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100 Years of Moments

Saint Rose Centennial

‘100 Years, 100 Faces’: People who helped define our first century

Joan Horgan ’79: Helping students grow in spirit and service
Joan Horgan '79: Helping students grow in spirit and service
The five 'American Girls' and Nick Arcomano: Pioneers in study-abroad adventures and their transformational year
Matt Latiolais: Finding the words and guiding others
Rita Crotty '70 and Kathleen Sullivan Ricker '70: Leading their class in leaving a lasting legacy with Project 70
Catherine Fratianni Guevara and Pedro Guevara-Fratianni: Finding HOME at Saint Rose in so many ways
Joe Donahue ’91: Getting his start at Saint Rose, then opening doors for future broadcasters
Ken Scott: Showing students the value of service to the dear neighbor
George R. Hearst III: Trustee and steadfast supporter of Saint Rose
Christine Hmiel Schudde ’06: Community development with compassion
The people who helped bring Saint Rose into the 'computing age'
Edson Chipalo ’17: Finding home and educational opportunity in another part of the world
Edson Chipalo ’17: Finding home and educational opportunity in another part of the world
Michael Vamosy '93: Star power, brilliant vision, and a grateful heart
J. Robert Sheehan: A life dedicated to music and his faith
Dr. Margaret ‘Maggie’ M. Kirwin: A talent in so many roles at Saint Rose
Scott Bartley '93: Enriching the world of branding with his artistry and creative vision
Dr. Louis C. Vaccaro: Transformational leader of Saint Rose in the '80s and early '90s
Annie Sheeley: Hospitality that embodied Saint Rose and touched students
Daniel P. Nolan, JD: Coming in with the assist for our Golden Knights
Communication Sciences and Disorders Professor Jack Pickering: Seeking the authentic voice
Pat Filien ’93: Always an advocate for Saint Rose
Garth Joseph ’19: From Dominica to Saint Rose to the NBA
Garth Joseph ’19: From Dominica to Saint Rose to the NBA
Saint Rose BOLD Scholars: Future leaders determined to shatter the glass ceiling 
Sister Sean Peters, CSJ '67: Keeping the founding mission alive
Glen Barker '93: A shining star in Golden Knights baseball history
Father Christopher DeGiovine: Providing a home for all faiths
Founders of Sabor Latino: Keeping traditions alive at Saint Rose
Dr. K. Michael Mathews: From theory, to practice, to connections with the community
Mark Ylvisaker: A professor driven to help others communicate and feel valued
Khia Duncan ‘18: Addressing the needs of the times with a Black Student Union
Jeffrey Beale '77: Honoring a legacy and not losing faith
Sister Catherine Francis Soulier: A transformational president at Saint Rose
Sister Catherine Francis Soulier: A transformational president at Saint Rose
Scott Landers G'00: Receiving a business education with heart
Mike D’Attilio: A fearless leader and selfless friend to many
Mother Rose of Lima Dolan: A founding sister and instrumental president at Saint Rose
Jesús Valbuena '93: From international student and soccer star to powerful professional communicator
Patricia Hayes '65: Passing up Cornell for Saint Rose
Sister Margaret Keeshan, CSJ, Ph.D. '50, G'52: Biology professor, department chair, and College president
Karene Taquin Faul: Art department chair and program innovator, Carondelet Medal Winner 2012
Dr. R. Mark Sullivan: Creating an elevated institution with a small-town feel
Sister Theresa Wysolmerski, CSJ, Ph.D. '53: A ‘force of nature’ and blessing to Saint Rose
Ann Forman Mataraso ’54, G’58 and Matthew Mataraso H’99: A shared love for each other, and for Saint Rose
Ann Forman Mataraso '54, G'58 and Matthew Mataraso H'99: A shared love for each other, and for Saint Rose
Dr. Kajanna McKenzie ’13, Gerald Moore Jr. ’13, G’14, Jermaine Brookshire Jr., Esq. ’13: Making great expectations a reality
The Honorable Loretta A. Preska ’70, H’95: Becoming a ‘force for good’ and finding lifelong friends at Saint Rose
Retired NYS Senator Elizabeth (Betty) Little ’62: Confidence found at Saint Rose built a career in public service
Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok '80: Living the Saint Rose values each day
Saint Rose of Lima (1586-1617): The inspiration for the College's name
Dr. Patricia Fox '68: A plastic surgeon who uses her skills to care for the dear neighbor
Jimmy Fallon ‘09: A Saint Rose legend and worldwide star
The evolution of Sister Mary Anne Nelson, CSJ ‘72, G’76, Saint Rose alum and music industry leader pioneer
Laurie Darling Gutheil: Building a winning program from the ground up
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Celebrating 100 Years - The College of Saint Rose

Watch our Centennial Celebration

Our centennial celebration video, which featured a variety of members of our College community, made its debut with a live watch party held on YouTube and Facebook on June 12. You can still view the documentary on YouTube.

Thanks to our Volunteers and Sponsors

A volunteer-driven centennial celebration committee, working with the Office of Institutional Advancement, wrapped up a very successful fundraising campaign in honor of the centennial. The initiative, led by centennial celebration co-chairs and trustees Julie Massry Knox G’04 and Rita Crotty ’70, raised over $540,000 for student scholarships. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors as we exceeded our fundraising goal by 116%. More than 325 individuals and companies were sponsors, including 100% trustee participation.

Please take a moment to view the full list of these very special people and businesses – including diamond sponsor Tri City Rentals and gold sponsors Ann Barry ‘65 and Gerald Barry, George R. Hearst III, Matthew H. Mataraso, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet-Albany Province – who are all so critical to the mission of Saint Rose.

As of May 14, 2021

How well do you know Saint Rose?

Take this quiz to find out.

How well do you know Saint Rose?
  1. When was The College of Saint Rose founded? *
  2. When did Saint Rose become fully co-educational? *
  3. What is the name of the book recognizing 75 years of Saint Rose history? *
  4. What did Saint Rose call its first class of students in 1920? *
  5. What WAS the name of the first building at Saint Rose, purchased in 1920? *
  6. When Saint Rose opened in 1920, how many faculty members were there? *
  7. What is the name of the first Saint Rose newspaper? *
  8. What are the official Saint Rose colors? *
  9. When was the original structure of Saint Joseph Hall completed? *
  10. When was the Science Wing added to Albertus Hall? *

Watch our Founder’s Day Talk

Don’t worry if you missed our Founder’s Day virtual celebration when we aired it live on the College’s YouTube channel on September 22 (when we officially turned the big 1-0-0). You can watch it anytime. Schuyler Bull ’10, G’10 emcees the festivities as you learn more about Saint Rose history from Sister Sean Peters, CSJ, ’67; Sister Kitty Hanley, CSJ, Ph.D., ’61; and Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, Ph.D., ’70, G’74, hear from Interim President Marcia J. White, and enjoy some beautiful music. And of course, no celebration is complete without some cake – or a Pass the Cake Challenge.

Shop the Centennial Store

Saint Rose Alumni TShirt

Show Your Spirit!
Sponsored by The College of Saint Rose Alumni Association, the online Centennial Store includes t-shirts, hats, and mugs for all the Saint Rose fans in your life.

Always remember this important Saint Rose milestone by purchasing some commemorative centennial items.

Kick off our 100 Hours of Service project

Part of our founding mission is serving the dear neighbor and meeting the concerns of the times. In honor of 100 years, starting in September, the Centennial Committee is launching a 100 Hours of Service project for the entire Saint Rose community.

Community Service Volunteers

How to participate

  • Log 100 hours of service in honor of Saint Rose’s 100 years. That translates to less than three hours a week.
  • Whether you volunteer time on a nonprofit board, knit hats for preemies in the NICU, or embark on a service trip – it all counts!
  • Completed projects will be recognized during Reunion 2021 at the culminating Centennial Celebration on June 12, 2021.

Learn More and Sign-Up

Citation from Albany Mayor's Office for Saint Rose centennial (text in post)

NYS and Albany mark Saint Rose centennial with proclamations, citations, resolutions

The College of Saint Rose has been such an instrumental part of the community for 100 years, and our community is not letting our centennial go by without its good wishes.

Recently, the College received proclamations, resolutions, or citations from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Sen. Betty Little, who is also a member of the Saint Rose Class of 1962, and Sen. Neil Breslin, the Mayor of the City of Albany, and the Albany Common Council.

Click to view our full story to read the proclamations, resolutions, and citations.

Is Saint Rose a Family Thing?

Check out these stories from some of our legacy families.

Do you have your own family story to share? Email your story (fewer than 250 words, please) and a photo to, and we’ll add it to the centennial website.

Get Your Saint Rose Magazine

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Centennial Edition

The Saint Rose Magazine – a special all-centennial edition – is out!

Inside you’ll find the calendar of events for our centennial year, a timeline of the College’s history, a celebration of people who have contributed to our history or represent a pivotal shift in our story, and a special project that allows you to mark the anniversary of the College by serving the community around you.

Contact Us

For More Information, be sure to reach out!

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  • Becky Bonenfant
  • Shai Butler
  • Rita Crotty ’70
  • Denise DiNoto ’95, G’96
  • Jacquelyn Fossati ’20
  • Jessica Gallo ’00
  • Jennifer Gish
  • Allison Hansen ’22
  • Joan Horgan ’79
  • Kathy Kieffer ’84, G’89, CAS’02
  • Kim Lynch
  • Angelina Maloney ’96
  • Sharon Vilardo Maneri ’64, G’69
  • Karen Manor ’81
  • Julie Massry Knox G’04
  • Cherèva McClellan
  • Lisa McKenzie G’17
  • Mary Ann McLoughlin ’63
  • Sonia Morreira ’19
  • Sr. Mary Anne Nelson ’72
  • Kathleen Ricker ’70
  • Mary Sager ’62
  • Nancy Sandman ’70
  • Amanda Schafer ’20
  • Sr. Patty St. John ’79
  • Lisa Thomson G’94
  • Sr. Betsy Van Deusen ’84
  • Vito Van Dunk Jr. ’19
  • Fran Vorsky