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A Message from President Carolyn J. Stefanco: April 2019

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco

In conjunction with the Saint Rose Alumni Board, the College recently launched an alumni survey. As we near our centennial, we are proud of our nearly 44,000 graduates, and we invited as many as possible to share their thoughts and to provide suggestions for how they can feel better connected to what we do and who we are today.

To date, more than 800 people have taken the survey. To those who are included in that number, I want to assure you that we hear you. Some of the key takeaways from the preliminary results include:

• Alumni desire more communication, more events, and more ways connect to the College.
• Alumni also want more information about “life after Saint Rose,” including how graduates are making their mark in their careers and communities.

As a result of your suggestions, the alumni office is already planning activities beyond HOME.COMING & Family Weekend. We are also nearing the completion of a new, print edition of the Saint Rose magazine that will include great stories and photographs about life on campus, as well as a large section for alumni updates. You can help with these efforts by sharing your good news: new jobs, promotions, marriages, awards, graduations/certifications, births/adoptions, publications, and other accomplishments. Send those updates to us at

We promise incoming students that the College will be their HOME, and we want alumni to feel this way, too. We want you to have many reasons to come back to campus; to send your children, nieces and nephews, and grandchildren to follow in your footsteps as students; and to support us in our efforts as we begin our second century. The survey is just one step in our plan. We will continue to listen and to partner with alumni and other friends of the College as we create a bright future for Saint Rose.

Best wishes,


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College Launches New Degree in Design Media Arts

Design Media Arts example on desktop, laptop and smartphone screens

Communicating their messages and brand through digital content is a top objective for most public, private, and nonprofit organizations. The new design media arts degree at The College of Saint Rose will prepare students for this growing interdisciplinary field by combining art, communications, and graphic and digital design. Saint Rose will enroll its first design media arts students in Fall 2019.

The new Bachelor of Science in Design Media Arts joins the expertise of the Center for Art & Design and the Department of Communications at Saint Rose. Students will have access to faculty’s industry knowledge and the College’s state-of-the-art studios and galleries. In addition to first-year students, the degree program is also ideal for transfer students who studied digital media, media arts, graphic communication, or related programs at their previous institutions.

Read more about our newest degree program.

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Honoring Our Ruggiero Scholars

The 2019 Ruggiero Honors Scholars with faculty at Saint Rose

Eight students from the Huether School of Business recently received the William and Camille G. Ruggiero ’37 Endowed Honors Internship. The faculty held a brunch February 22 where Huether School of Business Dean Mike Mathews, along with several business professors, commended the students for all the hard work they put into achieving their goals.

“This is a huge honor, and an even bigger honor that you are representing the Huether School of Business with all your outstanding endeavors,” said Mathews. “Saint Rose is proud of all of you.”

Every year, The College of Saint Rose presents the Ruggiero scholarship to a select group of students. This award supports the recipients financially as they partake in their summer internships. This year’s awards went to eight well-rounded individuals, who are ready to take the next step in their careers.

Read more about the honor here.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Excellence at the Massry Center for the Arts

Massry Center for the Arts at night

For 10 years, the Massry Center for the Arts has been hailed as a Capital Region treasure — a creative showcase not only for the Saint Rose community, but for distinguished artists, musicians, vocalists, and orchestras from around the world.

We are excited to enter a new decade with our talented students, faculty and staff, and performers. We’ve been celebrating this milestone with 10 days of events, join us for the final week! Events include an alumni panel focused on careers in the creative fields on April 11, and the festivities conclude with a performance by Grammy-winner Aaron Neville on April 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Read more about the entire line-up of Massry Center events.

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