Some of the most meaningful messages I receive describe the transformative experiences students have at Saint Rose. That was the case with the recent email from Tracy and John Torda, who wanted to pass on news about their daughter, Ashley. After graduating from Saint Rose in May, Ashley became a head teacher in an autism classroom, a goal she has held since high school.
“They told us four years ago when we visited the campus that she would be known and called by her name, not a number; they were correct,” the Tordas wrote. “That personal touch made the difference for us. The bond she made with the education department/professors also made the difference. … In closing, our thanks for an experience like none other, including life lessons, friendships, mentoring, inclusion, volunteering, and the ultimate goal, a degree in childhood and special education. She earned the degree, but also took away so much more from her four years there!”
Helping students to make connections is an important part of what we do at Saint Rose. That brings me to a favorite event on my calendar: HOME.COMING & Family Weekend, when alumni, students, and their families gather together at a place they have called or currently call home. It also is an opportunity to celebrate Saint Rose, as we showcase our academic programs and outstanding recent graduates like Ashley; provide events for alumni to reconnect; and highlight our student groups. We cannot wait to celebrate together October 12 through 14.
Read more about HOME.COMING & Family Weekend, the latest news at the College, and our alumni accolades in our alumni newsletter stories for October 2018. As always, thank you for your support of Saint Rose.
Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco President The College of Saint Rose
The College of Saint Rose is excited to announce that President Carolyn J. Stefanco has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration with the African Leadership Academy (ALA). Based in South Africa outside Johannesburg, ALA is a two-year pre-university leadership program that seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the continent’s future leaders in ways that lead to social change.
In support of the global outreach efforts outlined in The College of Saint Rose’s 2020 Strategic Plan, this agreement will lead to cross-continent collaborations on leadership development programs, faculty exchange initiatives, and scholarship opportunities for students. Saint Rose has enrolled its first ALA graduate for the incoming Fall 2018 class, and another student will begin at the College in the Spring 2019 semester. It is anticipated that more students will apply and enroll at Saint Rose in the years ahead.
Last Spring, President Carolyn J. Stefanco was awarded a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant, and Saint Rose was invited to join the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network by the Pussycat Foundation, an organization founded by journalist Helen Gurley Brown and named after her favored term of endearment. The award includes more than $1 million in funding for a program that will benefit women student leaders at Saint Rose over the next few years.
The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network currently operates at six institutions of higher education: Saint Rose, Ithaca College, Middlebury College, Rutgers University—Newark, University of Connecticut, and Colby-Sawyer College. Each partner institution is led by a woman president who has demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout her career.