Study Abroad Students Get a Close Look at Life in Panama

Saint Rose students in the Faculty-Led Program in Panama are learning that selfies are a language spoken across the world.

When Dr. Claire Ziamandanis, a professor of Spanish at Saint Rose, took eight students enrolled in SPA 370 for a two-week trip to Panama during the winter break recently, she added a “daily selfie” to the students’ assignments.

“Students are working on Spanish language development and are also learning about the history and culture of Panama,” Ziamandanis said. “They go out every day in pairs with assigned topics and interview Panamanians to learn more about the history and culture.”

Read more about the trip here. You can also read about how study abroad began at Saint Rose – and the alumna behind it – here.

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Saint Rose Signs Agreements with Colleges, Universities in China

In early December 2017, The College of Saint Rose hosted a delegation from China. Guests represented Chongqing Vocational College of Transportation, Heifei College of Finance and Economics, and Xinyang University. This visit was the part of the ongoing global outreach efforts that were laid out in the College’s strategic plan.

As a result of the productive visit, Saint Rose President Carolyn J. Stefanco recently signed three Memorandums of Understanding. These Memorandums of Understanding will enable further collaboration between the College’s four schools and the Chinese institutions.

Read more about the agreements here.

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Saint Rose Alumni in the News: January 2018 Edition

Helping animals, inspiring their siblings, moving up the school system and accounting ranks, and giving a TEDx talk have put Saint Rose alumni in the headlines recently.

Tina Murray G’97, who has served as executive director for Ulster County’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals since August 2017, was featured on December 31, 2017, in the Daily Freeman article “Tina Murray’s devotion to animals began long before she became Ulster County SPCA’s executive director.” Murray, who had previously worked for the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (Albany) as director of operations and cruelty investigator, has been concerned with animal welfare since early childhood.

Valerie Santillo ‘07 and her sister Alison Krawczyk appeared in a Q&A interview titled “You Inspire Me: Sisters motivate each other’s work.” Santillo, who teaches in the East Greenbush Central Schools District, and Krawczyk, who directs public relations at an Albany media agency, shared stories about playing school as kids, being spurred on by each other’s accomplishments, and supporting each other throughout their lives. The article appeared in the Times Union on December 29, 2017, and in the January/February 2018< print edition of the Times Union’s Women@Work magazine.

Timothy McNamara G’97 became superintendent of the Afton Central School District, in Chenango County, on January 1. Prior to this appointment, McNamara was principal of Downsville Central School District for 10 years, and before that served as principal and athletic director at Sidney High School for three years. His story appeared in “Afton hires Downsville principal as superintendent,” in The Daily Star on December 15, 2017.

Lynn A. Wadleigh G’03 joined Marshall Associates CPAs of Glens Falls, providing accounting and tax, as well as administrative, services. Wadleigh, who began her career with Ernst & Young CPAs in Albany after receiving her MBA from Saint Rose, consequently held senior financial-management positions with Kadant Inc. and AngioDynamics, and most recently served as CFO of WWARC. The announcement, “Changing Scene: Lynn A. Wadleigh joins accounting firm,” appeared in the Post-Star on December 13, 2017.

Jason Radalin ’94 will be one of several speakers at a TEDx talk at 6 p.m. on January 31, 2018, at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Radalin is an assistant professor of theatre arts, film studies, and English at FMCC. He has worked as a freelance technical director and lighting designer, and a screenplay he co-authored was a semi-finalist in the 2003 Nicholl Fellowship. The event was announced in “TEDx talks return to FM in 2018,” in the Leader-Herald, on December 6, 2017.

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Events at Saint Rose for January 2018 and Beyond

Warm up to the new year with Saint Rose! The campus roars into 2018 with a great mix of community, cultural, and athletic events, including a week-long celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Golden Knights basketball games, two Twitter chats led by communications alumni, and music to suit every taste.


January 16:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Yoga every Tuesday. Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary. Open to campus community.
  • 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Week celebration begins with screening of movie “13th,” sponsored by Intercultural Leadership office. Standish Conference Rooms A and B, Events and Athletics Center. Open to campus community.

January 17:

  • 12:30 to 2 p.m. MLK service lunch and debriefing. Standish Conference Rooms A and B, Events and Athletics Center. Open to campus community.
  • 3 p.m. TwitterSide Chat led by Marissa Salzone ‘12, Marketing Director, GreyCastle Security. Use hashtag #SRCOM.
  • 5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, Nolan Gymnasium
  • 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Southern New Hampshire, Nolan Gymnasium

January 18:

12:30 to 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Week Cultural Expo, Events and Athletics Center. Open to the campus community.

January 19:

4 to 9 p.m. Martin Luther King Week Gala Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium. Tickets required. Call 518.454.5299 for details.

January 20:

  • 5:30 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs. Assumption, Nolan Gymnasium
  • 7:30 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Assumption, Nolan Gymnasium

January 26:

  • 5 p.m. – Reception for Visiting Artist Lisa Corinne Davis, painter and professor of art at Hunter College, held in the Esther Massry Gallery.
  • 7 p.m. – Visiting Artist Lecture by Lisa Corinne Davis, at Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium. Free and open to the public.

Davis’ exhibition, Turbulent Terrain, runs January 20 through February 24 at the Esther Massry Gallery.

January 31:

3 p.m. Alumni-led TwitterSide Chat with Alyson Martin ’07. Use hashtag #SRCOM.

February 2:

8 p.m. Singer-songwriter Lera Lynn. The Nashville transplant embellishes her Americana roots with a mix of spacey, left-of-center rock and experimental pop-noir. Box office and lobby open at 7 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m. $35. Massry Center for the Arts, Picotte Recital Hall.

February 3:

7:30 p.m. Faculty recital: Suna Gunther with visiting guest pianist Keith Teepen of the University of North Dakota. Massry Center for the Arts, Picotte Recital Hall.

February 17:

7:30 p.m. Saint Rose Camerata, featuring Schubert and Beethoven, Massry Center for the Arts, Picotte Recital Hall.

February 20:

8 p.m. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn. TIME magazine called him “one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade;” Bonnie Raitt declared, “Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know.” Box office and lobby open at 7 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m. $35. Massry Center for the Arts, Picotte Recital Hall.

This is the rescheduled date for the original October 14, 2017 concert date. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the new concert date.

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