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Five regional college presidents gathered Wednesday to discuss the impact of higher education on the Capital Region economy. 

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Six members of the College of St. Rose’s Board of Trustees have tendered their resignations. It’s the latest challenge at the private Albany college.

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In recent years, The College of St. Rose in Albany has been experiencing conflict between the administration and faculty. The college has faced financial challenges even as it celebrates enrollment milestones.  Yesterday on Midday Magazine, we heard from St. Rose professor Angela Ledford about a recent faculty letter calling for the president’s removal. Ledford is vice president of the Faculty Association of St. Rose and vice president of the St. Rose chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

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In recent years, The College of St. Rose in Albany has been experiencing conflict between the administration and faculty. The college has faced financial challenges even as it celebrates enrollment milestones. WAMC's Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas sat down with St. Rose professor Angela Ledford to discuss a recent faculty letter calling for the president’s removal. Ledford is vice president of the Faculty Association of St. Rose and vice president of the St. Rose chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Earlier this year, Capital Region community, business, education and government leaders announced the University at Albany’s $60 million plan to transform the century-old former Albany High School building into a home for its new College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.  On Monday, many of those leaders gathered once again at the old school to share with the public their plans to conduct a joint study to look at "improving connections to downtown campus."

Rose Record Label Group At The College At Saint Rose

May 9, 2016

The Rose Record Label at The College of Saint Rose is devoted to producing, releasing and representing new music cultivated by creative students, alumni, faculty, and the community. It is their mission to provide opportunities, and experiences to a diverse group of artists and fans alike.

Following contemporary trends in the music industry, they promote original music by creating and collaborating with rising talent. The idea to create a label came from a music industry student who presented it to her classmates. They have recently released their first album, Rose Roots Volume 1 which is a compilation of music from various artists and songwriters in the music industry program at Saint Rose.

Their Album is available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. For more information visit

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An American Association of University Professors report out this week criticizes cuts and layoffs at the College of St. Rose in Albany, saying they resulted from “...a lack of responsible stewardship at the board and presidential levels, ” that undermined academic freedom and rendered tenure virtually meaningless.

Ben Cohen and childhood friend Jerry Greenfield opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor in Burlington, Vermont, in 1978, and over the years the pair turned Ben & Jerry’s into a worldwide phenomenon.

It is Vermont’s Finest ice cream. But, it did have its origins in our region – Saratoga Springs to be exact.

Ben and Jerry are bringing their new “Bernie’s Yearning” ice cream flavor to the College of Saint Rose tonight in conjunction with the Terrance Simien Zydeco Experience concert at the Massry Center. They will be on campus from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm scooping out samples of the new flavor, which they whipped up as private citizens.

When New York lawmakers announced the state budget agreement last week, ethics reform was not part of the package. That’s likely to come up at tonight’s Albany Museum of Political Corruption roundtable discussion at the College of Saint Rose.

The College of Saint Rose has announced a tentative contract agreement impacting 160 adjunct faculty members.

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If we’re lucky, each of us had a teacher or two who inspired us, mentored us, even changed our lives. Most of us wouldn’t be where we are today without them. 

Protestors gathered at the College of St. Rose in Albany to protest academic cuts announced last Friday by college president Carolyn Stefanco, who is dealing with a 9 million dollar deficit. 

As many of you have learned over the past couple of months, The College of St. Rose asserts a significant deficit. In response to this revelation (but without ever actually opening the books), the president, cabinet, and board of trustees eliminated some 40 staff positions in the spring and announced a process in September they have termed Strategic Academic Program Prioritization (SAPP) in order to meet the goal of eliminating the deficit by 2019. According to President Stefanco, this process calls for a market-driven approach to divert more resources to programs that are growing in demand and eliminating or shrinking programs in which students indicate little or declining interest. Announced to faculty only in early September, the President set a deadline for final recommendations (to the tune of 3 million dollars from the academic affairs portion of the College, its heart and soul) to be submitted by late October for consideration by the Board in its November meeting. While on its face such a plan might sound reasonable, a great many students, faculty, alumni, and community members have joined together in vocal resistance to this approach, because it violates our system of shared governance, imperils the academic mission and ethical responsibilities of the College, and, if implemented, will short change students. Worst of all, similar processes at other colleges have failed to produce the cost savings predicted.

  Carolyn Stefanco was inaugurated as President of the College of Saint Rose in April of this year. Just a few months later, Stefanco proposed changes, including program cuts, to academic offerings at the Albany private liberal arts college as the college works to identify the best ways to reduce a $9 million deficit and boost enrollment.

Stefanco discussed the specifics of her recommendations with trustees two weeks ago. While no specific cuts or increased areas of spending were announced, a statement noted the college had refinanced its debt and lowered its borrowing costs; eliminated 40 staff and administrative positions, 23 of which were filled; eliminated contingency budgets; and reduced spending for employee benefits and other areas.

While the trustees met on the Friday before Thanksgiving, faculty, students, and alumni rallied outside to protest the cuts. To discuss the fiscal woes and future plans, we welcome Dr. Carolyn Stefanco to the RT this morning.

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Nov 19, 2015

By and large, the cost of college keeps rising, but what students get for their money isn’t always so clear. Student debt is accumulating as schools struggle with having to impose higher tuition rates, which some argue threatens the quality of a college education.

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Over the last few decades, Albany's College of St. Rose has expanded both its campus and its educational offerings. But there've been a few bumps in the road more recently.

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Plagued by staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose has accepted the resignation of a high-level administrator.

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The College of Saint Rose in Albany is facing a  $9.3 million deficit and has told faculty members to prepare for layoffs. The Times Union reports the college is seeing declining enrollment and incurred $4 million in operating costs last year. Additionally officials said 70 percent of the school’s property has a mortgage.  A  St. Rose spokeswoman said the college is working toward “a sustainable financial model.” 

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As it publicly grapples with staff cutbacks and a dropoff in admissions, Albany's College of St. Rose’s international program is flourishing.

  This weekend, two of the area’s best music venues team up for two nights of great jazz music!

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy and The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose in Albany present The Bridge Jazz Festival with a concert on Friday at the music hall and a concert on Saturday at The Massry Center.

The performers are the Marcus Roberts Trio, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, Heard, the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant, and the Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo. Here to tell us more are Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and Salvatore Prizio, Massry Center Programming Manager.

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In a move to reduce the cost of law school, which can reach six figures, two colleges in New York are partnering to offer accelerated law degrees.

Albany’s College of Saint Rose and Pace University School of Law in White Plains have teamed up to enable qualified Saint Rose students to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years. Dean of Pace Law School David Yassky says it is his school’s first partnership with an outside college.

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Authorities have determined the identity of a man's body that was found along the Hudson River outside Albany.

The body was found on the river's west bank Wednesday afternoon by CSX railroad employees working on a bridge near the Thruway in the town of Coeymans , just south of Albany.

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The family of a missing College of St. Rose student is making a new appeal for his safe return.

At 3:30 p.m. on October 17th, University Police were notified by the College of St. Rose that one of its students was missing. The student, 17-year-old Connor Trapatsos, was last seen leaving Brubacher Hall in downtown Albany a week ago.  His family wants him to call home.

" Connor we love you so much. We miss you. We just want you to come home.  We don't care about school or grades."

Connor left his prescription medication behind and may require medical attention.

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The College of Saint Rose and the State University of New York at Cobleskill  are teaming up to prepare students for careers in the fields of counseling and school psychology. 

In these days of spiraling tuition fees and student loan debt, it pays to know your options — in this case, three joint programs of study between the two colleges will enable qualified SUNY Cobleskill graduates in applied psychology to transition seamlessly into specific master’s degree programs at Saint Rose.

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Unhappy with what they say is low pay and inconsistent scheduling, more than 300 College of Saint Rose adjunct professors are preparing to get out the vote in their upcoming union election.

Meet Dr. Carolyn Stefanco, St. Rose's New President

Apr 15, 2014
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The College of St. Rose in Albany has named its 11th president. The St. Rose Board of Trustees approved the recommendation of the search committee in its appointment of Dr. Carolyn Stefanco, who has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. since 2010. Dr. Stefanco, who will assume her new position at St. Rose July 1, will fill the vacancy of Dr. David Szczerbacki. Dr. Stefanco, who served as a Fulbright scholar in Croatia, has also held positions in the California State University system and Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

Students at an upstate college are planning a TV "viewing party" Monday.

College of Saint Rose Students, faculty and staff will gather late Monday night at the Touhey Forum for a Student Association-sponsored viewing party to watch on the big screen and cheer as Saint Rose alumnus and Saugerties native Jimmy Fallon debuts as host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” 

  College of Saint Rose alumna Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian, investigative journalists and authors of a groundbreaking book on the movement toward legalization of marijuana, will read from their new book, A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition, as part of the 2014 Frequency North writers series at The College of Saint Rose on Thursday February 6th.

In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington passed landmark measures to legalize the production and sale of cannabis for social use—a first not only in the United States but also the world. Medical cannabis is now legal in twenty states and Washington, D.C., and more than one million Americans have turned to it in place of conventional pharmaceuticals.

Yet the federal government refuses to acknowledge these broader societal shifts and continues to raid and arrest people: 49.5 percent of all drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.

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There were some tense moments Thursday on an area college campus.  The College of Saint Rose campus in downtown Albany was locked down for close to an hour after someone reported seeing a gunman enter a school building. School officials released a terse text alert, and many students took to Twitter, worried that more bad news was imminent.

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