Russell Sage College Students

For parents and family members of incoming and current Russell Sage College students.

Dear Families,

Even though campus is a bit too quiet for my taste this time of year, I always enjoy the excitement and anticipation that the summer brings to Russell Sage College.  It’s a bit bitter-sweet, having just said good-bye to our graduating seniors, but we look ahead with promise and enthusiasm to our new students who will join us at the end of August.  Whether your student will be joining us as a first year student right out of high school or as a transfer student, know that we are anxiously awaiting their arrival on campus.

The Student Life Office keeps busy all summer long preparing and planning new student orientations and fall programming.  We hope you will join us for our orientation programs.  First Year Students have been invited to come to campus for First Year Orientation on Thursday, July 20th for an all-day event that will have unique sessions for students and parents alike.  Our faculty, staff and orientation leaders are looking forward to welcoming our transfer students to Transfer Student Orientation on Thursday, August 17th.  Both events aim to ensure that students and families feel welcome on campus and fully aware of all of the resources and people available to help support student success throughout the year.  All students are invited back for Welcome Weekend Orientation on Friday, August 25 through Sunday, August 27, just in time for classes to begin on Monday, August 28.  We hope all students and families will join us at 3:00PM on August 25th for President Ames’ Welcome and Convocation.  Students will receive a more comprehensive orientation schedule as we near the end of August.  For now, they should be sure to reserve the whole weekend to make sure that they are prepared to start the fall semester off on the right foot.

One of the benefits of being a part of a close-knit campus, like Russell Sage, is that all members of our community, be they graduating students or prospective students, resident students or commuters, can be assured that there are ample people, programs, services, and events that are available to provide all of us with the support we need to accomplish our goals.  I see one of my main roles as dean of students is to remind students that they are not alone and there are people who believe in you, even when you don’t quite have the strength to believe in yourself.  I reach out to families to assure you of that truth, and to ask your help in making sure students access the support they need throughout the year.

Dean Deb Lawrence and I write 2 Family Newsletters per semester so that we can share a bit about our community with you, and to remind you that you are important members of our community as well.  Click on one of the links below if you want to see some of the archived newsletters as a reminder of the services and support that our available on campus.  Our April 2017 Parent Newsletter has been sent home, but future editions will only be available electronically.  Click on this link to sign up for future newsletters that will be sent via email.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students’ Office with any questions or concerns. Our number is 518-244-2207. My e-mail address is [email protected].

With warm regards,

Stacy M. Gonzalez
Russell Sage College Dean of Students