Cecily Wilson-Turner G’07: Inspiring Close to Home

Cecily Wilson-Turner Gā€™07 earned her certificate of advanced study in School District Leadership, School Building Leadership at Saint Rose, close to where she serves today at an assistant superintendent for the City of Albany School District. After growing up in Arbor Hill, she said she wanted to return to Albany to student teach because she would learn from the best.

Today, as a leader in the district, she seeks to make sure teachers feel equipped to stay at the top of their game and serve students.

Read more about her work and her story here.

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Mock Trial Team Readies Students for a Life in Law (and More)

Saint Rose students participate  in a mock trial scrimmage

The Saint Rose Mock Trial Team started five years ago and has since divided into two teams, Team A and Team B, to meet the growing needs of the program. The overall team is named after Hon. Loretta A. Preska ā€˜70, United States District Court Judge, alumna of Saint Rose, and benefactor of the team. The program is open to students of all majors, and encouraged for those planning to obtain a Juris Doctor degree.

Follow them during a recent scrimmage in this story.

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Class Notes for February 2018

Beginning this month, Saint Rose is happy to reinstate Class Notes for alumni. If you have any items to share, please email Irene Kim at kimi@strose.edu.

2000s and beyond

Brian Xavier Willis ’15, who graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice, Behavior, and Law, is attending the police academy in Atlanta, Georgia, and expects to finish in a few weeks. “When I’m mandated, I’ll be a sworn police officer in the state of Georgia,” he says. “Eventually, I want to work in the FBI, and I hope to be there by the age of 30 (fingers crossed).”


Joanne L. DeTore ’90 was named Undergraduate Program Coordinator for Interdisciplinary Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she is an associate professor of humanities and communication.


Thomas Kerner ’82, after recently retiring from teaching, has been invited to present on teaching non-native speakers of English to teachers’ organizations in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Massachusetts.


Ellen Keegan ’68 established Books for Troops in 1998 after retiring from teaching. The organization has since grown to receive donations from all over the country, and sends books to troops all over the world and at 20 Veterans Affairs hospitals throughout the United States. Find more information at: booksfortroopscp.webs.com

Kathleen Bragle ’69 reports that her spouse, George W. Bragle, former chair of the Education department at Saint Rose, passed away on June 20, 2017, after a short illness. He taught at Saint Rose for nearly a decade.


Anne Tower ’58 passed away peacefully on September 27, 2017, in Cohoes. She graduated from Saint Rose with a BS in Nursing and worked as a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, as a community health nurse supervisor at Eddy Visiting Nurses Association, and as a nursing supervisor at Adept Health Care, all in Troy, before retiring. She was an early advocate for and caregiver to people living with HIV/AIDS and those with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Students, Donors Gather at Rose of Lima

On February 8, the annual Rose of Lima dinner was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Albany. Donors, students, and other members of the Saint Rose community were in attendance to celebrate those who contribute to the College, offering critical financial support to students.

Check out photos from the night in this gallery.

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