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A Message from President Carolyn J. Stefanco: February 2019

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco

When the College celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last month with a series of events, one of the aspects we considered was the civil rights leader’s devotion to service. King said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

We believe that higher education is its own form of service, enriching the lives of people of all backgrounds and providing them the knowledge they need to gain upward mobility. In this way, and so many other ways, we know that colleges and universities positively transform the communities around them.

Because we are in service to others, we also seek to ensure we are always doing our very best work. Last year, we asked students to complete a detailed survey that allows us to better understand their experiences at Saint Rose, as well as their needs, in order to improve academic and student life.

Now, we are asking the same of our alumni, 44,000 of whom have called Saint Rose home. The alumni survey is a joint effort between myself and the Saint Rose Alumni Board. You can read more about the initiative in this newsletter, and if you are a graduate of Saint Rose, we hope you will be able to set aside time to share your thoughts with us.

Thank you for joining me in our efforts at Saint Rose to answer the call of Dr. King in how we serve our students, our alumni, and the world around us through higher education.

Best wishes,


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We’re Center Stage at Studio G3

President Carolyn J. Stefanco and George R. Hearst III and family cutting the ribbon at the dedication for Studio G3

Music industry students are already making good use of the fresh performance space in the Hearst Center for Communications and Interactive Media, but it took some rock stars to bring the project into fruition. The renovation of the space, formerly known as Jack’s Place and now called Studio G3, was made possible by the leadership and philanthropic support of Saint Rose Trustee George R. Hearst III and The Little Red School House Fund of The Community Foundation of the Greater Capital Region. The space was celebrated with a music-filled ribbon-cutting on February 7.

Included in the renovation was: a new steel balcony with a control room, increasing capacity in the venue from an audience of 140 to 238; a new television in the hallway outside the studio to broadcast to overflow crowds; updated and more energy-efficient lighting; and upgraded sound and video equipment. Improved soundproofing means the performance space and recording studio next door can now be used at the same time. And a new acoustic glass door system with sidelights offers an expansive view into the space from the hallway, while a new entryway with a brick façade and a metal canopy give the space a club-like feel.

We captured how students feel about the space in a video.

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Saint Rose Signs Articulation Agreement with HVCC for Cybersecurity Program

Saint Rose and Hudson Valley Community College officials at articulation agreement signing for cybersecurity

The College of Saint Rose has signed an articulation agreement with Hudson Valley Community College, allowing students from HVCC to seamlessly enroll in the cybersecurity program at Saint Rose. The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education has forecasted that the number of unfilled jobs in cybersecurity worldwide will grow to approximately 3.5 million by 2021.

“With a similar, holistic approach to educating the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, Saint Rose and HVCC were natural partners in this articulation agreement,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco. “With decades of experience in the study of technology and an innovate approach to filling the need for professionals in a growing industry, Saint Rose looks forward to building upon the foundation in cybersecurity that HVCC has laid for its students.”

The articulation agreement sets up a clear pathway from the two-year degree at HVCC to a four-year degree at Saint Rose.

Read more about the agreement with Hudson Valley.

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Get Out Your Scissors, It’s Time to Write Poetry

Saint Rose Professor Daniel Nester with students in poetry class

A recent installment in our video series “Love This Class” takes students inside the English classroom of Daniel Nester, associate professor at Saint Rose, on a day students were working on poetry.

Watch the video of Nester’s class to see what students came up with when presented with lines of text on strips of paper.

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