Saint Rose, President Stefanco Honored with BOLD Leadership Opportunity

Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco has been awarded a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant, and The College of Saint Rose has been invited to join the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network by the Pussycat Foundation. To “champion women of superior accomplishment,” and to honor President Stefanco’s leadership of the College, the Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant to the President’s Fund at the College. The BOLD grant of $1 million will fund a program to benefit women student leaders at Saint Rose over the next few years.

The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network funding is intended to empower a diverse group of young women leaders enrolled at a select group of institutions of higher education to address important issues in their communities. The Pussycat Foundation was founded by Helen Gurley Brown, best known for reinventing Cosmopolitan magazine, and was named after Ms. Brown’s favored term of endearment.

In the past two years, the foundation has identified 80 BOLD scholars, a diverse group of female students who are working on developing projects to transform their campuses. The initiative envisions collaboration across institutions of higher education to address issues on their campuses, particularly those related to leadership development. The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network currently operates at five colleges and universities: Ithaca College; Middlebury College; Smith College; California State University, Fullerton; and Rutgers University–Newark. With this announcement, two institutions were added to the network: The College of Saint Rose and the University of Connecticut. Each partner institution is led by a woman president, who has demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career.

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Saint Rose Praised for Service to Veteran Students for Ninth Year

For the ninth consecutive year, The College of Saint Rose has been named a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs and other publications for military personnel. The College also has been ranked No. 1 among “Gold Standard” private colleges with fewer than 10,000 students for the third year in a row.

“We are so proud of our veteran community at Saint Rose, and, in appreciation of their service, the list of programs we provide to our veteran students, students who are actively serving, and military family members grows each year,” said Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco. “Last year, thanks to the generosity of the Massry family, we announced the Massry Veteran Scholarship, which helps veterans who have a tuition gap after their military benefits are applied. In Fall 2018, we will offer veteran student housing in the residence hall located beside our Veteran Center. We are grateful for the accolades, and we will not be complacent in our efforts to provide educational opportunities to those who serve, have served, and their families.”

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Saint Rose Student Lands Coveted Target Internship

Target is known for its good deals, smart ads, friendly employees, and dazzling retail stores. For one Saint Rose student, however, Target is more than an iconic megastore: It’s an incredible internship opportunity that allows him to apply what he’s learning in his management classes.

Recently, Caleb Gregg ’19, a Management major, secured an exclusive internship opportunity at Target, where he will learn the ins and outs of running a multi-million dollar operation and have the chance to lock down a high-level (not to mention well-paying) management job right out of college.

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Alumni in the News for May 2018

Leading a capella student groups to competition wins, providing insights into tea and beer entrepreneurship – and, yes, expanding market share of overcaffeinated coffee – Saint Rose alumni continue to make the news. Read about their recent achievements.

Molly Biggs Celani ’61, currently the vice president for the Granville Board of Education, was mentioned as a candidate for the upcoming board elections. The notice, in “Locals eye board seats in three school districts,” appeared in the Manchester Newspapers on April 19.

Kim Murdick ’17 and her husband, Tim Murdick, visited Saint Rose on April 18, to speak about the shame and stigma associated with a disease affecting families in all demographics: substance abuse. The Murdicks talked about the tragedy of losing their young son, Sean, to an addiction to painkillers that began with prescription opioids for a broken arm. The story, “West Sand Lake parents share story of losing son to drugs,” was written by Nicholas Buonanno ’14 and appeared in the Troy Record on April 18.

August Rosa ’08 talked about the evolution of his beer store, Pint Sized, in a Q&A with the Times Union on April 12, in “August Rosa strives for pretension-free vibe at his places.”

Jimmy Fallon ’09 garnered a mention in “The late-night evisceration of Donald Trump,” in the Times Union blog on April 11.

Mary Darcy ’88 revealed “20 things you don’t know about me” to the Times Union on April 9.

Mike Brown G’08 and his popular Death Wish Coffee popped into the news with the opening of Albany Distilling Company’s new retail space. Death Wish Coffee vodka appeared in “Albany Distilling Co. opens $1 million tasting room/bar and bottle shop” on April 9, in New York Upstate and in “A look around the new Albany Distilling bar and bottle shop” on April 5, on All Over Albany, the blog founded by Mary Darcy ’88.

Death Wish Coffee also was mentioned in “Pop Roc, a new kind of comic shop owned by a WWE wrestler, opening in New York on Friday,” in Bleeding Cool on April 4, and in “Organic coffee market 2017 – industry trends and forecast to 2025” in The Financial on April 5.

Brown also made news as his coffee company expanded its national reach to 2,000 grocery stores after inking new deals with major retailers Walmart and Safeway. The highly caffeinated brand will appear on new supermarket shelves on the east and west coasts beginning in early June. The news was reported in “Death Wish Coffee will be in 2,000 grocery stores by the end of 2018” in the Albany Business Review on March 30, and “Death Wish Coffee expanding to Walmart” in the Times Union on March 29.

Laura Falkowitz ’14 appeared in “BH-BL grad Laura Falkowitz named Union College volleyball coach,” on April 4 in the Troy Record, and in “Burnt Hills grad Laura Falkowitz named Union College women’s volleyball coach” in the Community News, also on April 4.

Schuyler Bull ’10, Dan Cancelliere G’05, and Jordan Yanatos ’09 were profiled in “40 under 40 – where they went to college” in the Albany Business Journal in April.

Kerry Dineen ’91, the first female mayor of Altamont and Voorheesville, was featured in “In Altamont, coming for the schools and staying for the community” on March 27 in the Albany Business Review.

Elizabeth Schultz ’13 was mentioned in “People news: Schultz promoted at LP&M Advertising” on March 27 in the Business Journal News Network.

Thomas Schuttenhelm ’92 became the new artistic director for the Network for New Music. His new position was mentioned on Philly.com on March 27.

Colonel (retired) Marty Dinan ’86, director of veteran enrollment at Saint Rose, was featured in “Veterans transition to civilian life with help from the College of Saint Rose,” on March 26 on the News 10 site.

Nicole Gabriel ’05, G’09 led For Good Measure, the a capella singing group she founded at Mohonasen High School, to victory at the Northeast Quarterfinals of the International Championships of High School A Capella competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic’s EMPAC. That win qualified the group to travel to Worcester, Massachussets, for the semifinals in April. “Mohonasen group hitting all the right notes” appeared in the Daily Gazette on March 26.

Joyce Zacharewicz (Soodkanong Muongmee) G’05 recently opened a second location of her Short and Stout tea shop in a popular local mall. Her newest enterprise was featured in “Western Ave. tea shop opens second store at Crossgates,” in the Times Union on March 25.

Joe Milazzo ’85 was mentioned in “PGCBL names new President, Vice President” in the Utica Leader-Herald on March 25.

Tracie Killar ’86 was interviewed on WNYA about the South End Children’s Café, her community dining center and after-school haven for kids and families in Albany’s South End. In 2015, Killar started the café, which provides healthy meals, homework help, and TLC for the area’s children at no cost to them or their families, and runs primarily on volunteer power. The café has served about 20,000 meals to date. The interview aired on March 25.

John Antonio ’71, G’80, longtime music educator and currently co-conductor of the Empire State Youth Orchestra’s Repertory Percussion Ensemble, was one of three expert percussionists who mentored and coached students at A Day of Percussion in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. The event allowed young percussionists to learn from professional musicians and perform with the Rutgers Percussion Ensemble. Working alongside Antonio were Rutgers percussion department head Joseph Tompkins, and Albany Symphony’s principal percussionist Richard Albagli. The story, “Rutgers University percussionist leads Day of Percussion at New Jersey Youth Symphony April 14,” ran in Tap into Berkeley Heights on March 22.

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