Annie Iwanicki ’86
As I write this, I am on my way home to Tampa, Florida, post-Hurricane Irma. While Irma wreaked havoc in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and throughout the state of Florida, I was thankfully on-campus for our Russell Sage College Alumnae Association board meeting. Russell Sage has always been a safe haven for me, and the last few days proved that once again. I was surrounded by the love, care and concern of my Sage Sisters who rallied my spirits as a Category 5 hurricane was projected to hit squarely in Tampa. God thankfully spared Tampa, but my thoughts and prayers are with those Virgin Islanders, Puerto Ricans, Floridians, Texans and Louisianans who were not so fortunate this hurricane season. We have many Russell Sage alumnae in those areas and they need our support emotionally, financially and physically to help sustain them as they rebuild their lives. As women who live out our motto, now is the time To Be, To Know and To Do in whatever way you can.
As I begin my second term as president, I want to extend my gratitude to those board members whose terms ended this summer: Jennifer “Jeff” Flather ’86, Joyce Isabelle ’88, Nancy Meyers ’71, Jennifer Johnson ’70, Yvette Echeverria ’88 and Mariah Thompson ’16. All of these women worked extremely hard and made valuable contributions on behalf of our Alumnae Association. Their departures make room for new voices on our board and I am thrilled to welcome Caroline Leavitt DeCota ’84 as our newest alumnae trustee. Also joining our board are Mary Perillo ’82, Alexis Hewitt ’13 and First Year Representative Katie Giarrantano ’17. We also welcome a new treasurer, Jamie Salm ’01.
The 2017-2018 academic year will be an exciting year for us as we welcome Christopher Ames as Russell Sage’s 10th President. I am honored to be working closely with him and other college leaders to represent the voice of our 14,000 RSC alumnae living and working around the world. Our Alumnae Association is throwing an Inaugural Champagne Brunch for you to meet President Ames on Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. We hope you’ll make a day out of it and stay for a tour of campus. You’ll be excited to know that our RSC Ring Raffle is back. We are giving away one RSC ring at the brunch. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. If you can’t make it to the brunch to get your tickets, contact Executive Director of the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association Joan Clifford ’82 at [email protected] or 518-244-2410 to purchase yours. Last year’s winner was Judy Campisi ’80!
This year the RSCAA has established a goal of strengthening our campus-to-community connections, not just in New York’s Capital District, but in the thousands of communities you call home. Every day, you have the opportunity to represent Russell Sage through participation in chapter/regional events, community volunteerism, current and future student outreach and with everyone you come in contact with. We encourage you to get involved in a local RSC activity that inspires you, whether volunteering for a project or attending a career panel discussion.
And even though it is September, we are already looking ahead to Reunion 2018 (June 1,2,3) and are excited to welcome back alumnae who graduated in classes ending in 3 and 8. It’s not too early to start planning your time to be together on campus, making new memories and sharing the bonds that link us forever.
See you at the brunch,
Annie Iwanicki ’86