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Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco looking at plans with BBL and 3t Architects representatives.

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco looks at plans in the Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok ’80 House with Jeremy Whiteman, project manager with BBL Construction Services, and Geoff MacDonald, partner with 3t Architects.

The Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok ’80 House at The College of Saint Rose, home to the new Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) and the residence for the senior cohort of the College’s BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Scholars, has been renovated and expanded throughout the summer and is nearing completion.

The 3,800-square-foot living-learning center was made possible by a $1.2 million gift by Michelle and Walt Borisenok earlier this year. It will serve the Saint Rose community and the wider region and includes space for offices, receptions, and speakers on the first floor, and residence rooms on the second floor for the College’s senior BOLD Scholars, students selected for the exclusive national leadership development program for women. BBL Construction Services and 3t Architects have led the transformation of the building.

“I’ve had the pleasure of touring the Borisenok House throughout the construction progress, and I am eager to unveil it to the community and begin the important programming that will be housed there. Our first cohort of BOLD Scholars is excited to move in at the end of August, and the building is sure to serve as a source of inspiration for the students as they develop their skills as young leaders. We could not be more grateful to alum Michelle Borisenok and her husband, Walt, for their vision, passion, and generosity in supporting this project with their gift. They are incredible champions for women and for Saint Rose.”

The Women’s Leadership Institute will support the ongoing advancement of women leaders through education, advocacy, and collaboration and will serve as a hub for dialogue and resources. The Institute will offer students, alumni, faculty, and staff – and the broader community – distinctive, timely programming to build unity, develop skills, and gain perspective and experience to help women excel in their professions and serve as agents of change.

The opening of the Borisenok House will be celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception on November 1 at 4:30 p.m. A press tour will be offered earlier in the day along with the announcement of the Women’s Leadership Institute advisory board, a group of local, national, and global leaders who will guide the institute’s activities.