Message from the Alumnae Association President

Pins have become a big part of the Russell Sage College student experience. Students proudly display them on their class sweaters to show their Sage spirit. There are class pins, mascot pins, pins for participation in campus activities and organizations, pins for celebrated causes, and pins that just resonate with a student’s desire for expression. And one of the most highly sought after pins is the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association pin. Graduating seniors receive their Association pins after the Baccalaureate ceremony with alumnae eagerly waiting to officially welcome them into our ranks. I am bursting with pride for the 175 young women from the Class of 2018 who are about to head out into the world as women of influence and show off their RSC educations. These women are bright, talented, passionate and eager to make their mark in their fields of study.

As we send one class out into the world, we welcome back our sisters in the Classes of 3s and 8s for Reunion a few weeks later. Reunion invitations are in the mail so be on the lookout for yours. We’re looking forward to reconnecting you with your classmates and the College while creating some wonderful memories for you to cherish.

One of the questions I am asked most frequently is what opportunities are available to get involved with Sage. If you like to golf and are in the Capital District on Friday, June 1, the Sage Athletics Department is hosting its annual Gator Golf Classic at Colonie Golf & Country Club. Alumnae and guests are encouraged to participate. It is a fun and well-organized outing with proceeds supporting our student athletes. For more information on the tournament, contact Director of Athletics Sandy Augstein-Collins ’87 at [email protected].

Of course, one way that we can all help the College is through participation in the annual fund. Mascot Madness wrapped up at the end of March and the Purple Cows will have a commemorative brick installed in McKinstry Courtyard to celebrate having the highest number of gifts made to The Sage Fund for Excellence.

Thank you to all who have participated in annual giving challenges. As Sage moves into its second century, we need your help to make certain that deserving students can finance their education. Your support will provide the scholarship aid students need, as well as exceptional faculty and relevant programs to prepare them for success. All gifts made through June 30, 2018 qualify for this year’s campaign.

Reunioning classes (3s and 8s), we’ve saved the best for last! I am excited to announce the “Cheers to the Years!” challenge. This one-day challenge on Tuesday, May 1, invites alumnae in classes ending in 3s and 8s to make individual gifts to The Sage Fund for Excellence that will count toward your Reunion Class goals. So join your classmates in making a gift and the class with the greatest participation will receive champagne in your class lounge (and bragging rights) at Reunion! You have 24 hours to make your gift online and I can’t wait to toast your success!





Annie Iwanicki ’86