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.

Best wishes,

Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco
President
The College of Saint Rose