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March 31, 2024

What classes should be in a "Best Class Ever" video series? Use this form to nominate a class you love!

Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member nominations due by April 5: Please use the Terry M. Cannizzaro Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award Nomination Form.

Need to withdraw from an undergrad course? Want to opt to Pass/Fail a course? This Friday, April 5, is the deadline. Contact [email protected] with questions.

(Click on the "View Entire Message" link at the bottom of your scroll to read about the free Color Blast Run/Walk, and more events.)

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Upcoming Survey Asking About Your Internship;

Respond and You Could Win $25 Amazon Gift Card

Marisa Beeble from Interdisciplinary Studies and Carleen Pallante from the Career and Self-Discovery Center are VERY interested in improving your internship experiences and need your feedback.

This week or next, you will receive an email with the subject "About Your Internship Experience." Please open it, click the link, and complete the survey. Students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards!

The survey, designed by graduate students in PSY 625-Program Monitoring and Evaluation, asks about your internship experience, whether you felt prepared, what would have made you more prepared, and whether you feel better prepared for your career. Thanks in advance for opening the email, and for completing the survey!

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A Note About the April 8 Total Solar Eclipse:

Safety Information and Campus Watch Parties

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. A total solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the sun. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk. This is the first time that New York State has been in the path of totality in nearly 100 years.

In the immediate Capital Region, The moon will begin to block the sun starting at 2:12 p.m., reach maximum coverage at about 3:36 p.m., and end at 4:36 p.m. Being able to see an eclipse is a rare treat but one that must be approached with caution because looking directly at the eclipse without proper eye covering could cause retinal burns. That doesn’t sound fun so if you plan to watch the eclipse, you should take the following precautions:

  • Do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse.
  • View the sun through eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer during the partial eclipse phases before and after totality. We expect to reach 97% totality in the Capital Region. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the sun. 
  • If you are outside during the eclipse, please don’t look directly at the sun. This includes if you are in a car or on the shuttle.
  • Protect your skin from the sun by wearing broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, even on a cool day.

Find more Eclipse Safety Tips from NASA.

If you will be on campus during the eclipse I encourage you to join our eclipse watch parties from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the Kahl Campus Center porch in Albany or the Buchman Pavilion terrace in Troy. We will have 100 pairs of approved eclipse glasses for students on each campus, along with sun and moon-themed snacks. Come join us!

Trish Cellemme

Vice President for Student Life

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Commemorating Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month;

Commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

April is Middle East and North African Heritage Month. This celebration honors the cultures, histories, and contributions of people from the Middle East and North Africa. Moreover, MENA Heritage Month serves as an opportunity for the Sage community to celebrate MENA identities and share stories. 

Additionally, in April we will recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. AAPI Heritage Month is traditionally recognized in May but due to an abbreviated month we are celebrating early. It is a time to honor the contributions, achievements, and cultural heritage of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals. AAPI Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn about AAPI communities, while also promoting greater understanding, inclusivity, and solidarity.


Community Iftar

Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., Roy Court Spirituality Center, Troy

Enjoy a variety of cuisines and learn about the recent Eid celebrations and the Muslim faith.

TWO DATES! Critical Conversation

Thursday, April 4, 11 a.m., Bush Memorial, Troy

Friday, April 5, 11 a.m., Kahl Campus Center 224, Albany

RSC Nursing graduate Farkhondeh Tajik didn’t start formal education until she arrived in the U.S. at age 22. Filmmaker Elahe Gol Pari created a documentary to share Farkhondeh’s story of perseverance. See the early edit of the film.

Cooking Demonstration and Volunteer Project at the RWC 

Sunday, April 21, 1:30 p.m., Refugee Welcome Center, Albany

Learn how to cook a culturally relevant dish and share a meal with others. Food provided for up to 15 participants. Email [email protected] to sign up.

TWO DATES! Critical Conversation 

Thursday, April 25, 11 a.m., Bush Memorial

Friday, April 26, Kahl Campus Center 224, Albany

Hear from Cricket Hall of Fame Inductee Ashok Adikoppula about his work to promote the sport of cricket in New York, especially for young people with south Asian heritages. 

An Insight into the Life of MENA Identifying Students

Wednesday, May 8, 9 a.m., Use this link to attend on Zoom

Ilham AlMahmid, an associate professor at UAlbany and a founding member of New York for Syrian Refugees, will share her journey in higher education as a MENA leader and how higher education can support other MENA-identifying students' success. 


The librarians have curated a list of books to help celebrate and recognize diverse authors and storytellers. All are available electronically or in print from both campus libraries. The links below take you to the library catalog.

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum: Three generations of Palestinian-American women in Brooklyn are torn between individual desire and the strict mores of Arab culture in this story of love, intrigue, and courage.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid: In a world being transformed by migration, in a country on the brink of civil war, Nadia and Saeed embark on a furtive love affair. As violence escalates, they decide to leave their homeland.

Against the Loveless World by Susan Abulhawa: A Palestinian woman sits in solitary confinement, reflecting on the events that landed her in prison in a country she barely knows.

Disbound by Hajar Hussiani: Hajar Hussaini is an Afghan poet, literary translator, and 2019 graduate of Russell Sage. Her poems scrutinize the social, political, and historical traces inherited from one's language.

Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America by Laila Lalami: Pulitzer Prize finalist Lalami recounts her journey from Moroccan immigrant to U.S. citizen and explores the rights, liberties, and protections traditionally associated with American citizenship. 

The Flag of Childhood: Poems from the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye:

This collection of poems from Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Iraq, and elsewhere opens windows into the love of family, friends, and for the Earth, the daily occurrences of life that touch us forever, and the longing for a sense of place.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong: A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read unearths a family’s history that began in Vietnam and leads to an unforgettable revelation. 

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka: This novel traces the lives of young women brought from Japan to San Francisco as “picture brides” a century ago.

Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia edited by Evelyn Flores and Emelihter Kihleng: This anthology of contemporary indigenous literature reshapes Micronesia's historical and literary landscape.

Yellowface by R. F. Kuang: When literary darling Athena Liu dies, June Hayward steals her manuscript and publishes it as her own under the ambiguous name Juniper Song. Yellowface grapples with questions of diversity, racism, cultural appropriation, and the alienation of social media. 

American-Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: This graphic novel tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters whose lives come together with an unexpected twist. Currently streaming on Disney+ as a series.

Afterland: Poems by Mai Der Vang: This powerful collection of poetry recounts the Hmong exodus from Laos and the fate of thousands of refugees.


Every Thursday Sodexo’s lunch and dinner menu is inspired by heritage month celebrations.

Thursday, April 4: Indian 

Thursday, April 11: Chinese 

Thursday, April 18: Thai

Thursday, April 25: Polynesian 

Events This Week

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Looking for something to do?

New events are added to The Chomp every day, so check it often to see what is going on.

Have an event to promote?

Add it to The Chomp, then email the details to [email protected].

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First Friday at Opalka Gallery

Friday, April 5, Albany

Opalka Gallery will be open until 8 p.m. during Albany's First Friday celebration of arts and culture.

Listen to jazz from Carmen and Life’s Guilty Pleasures and see the High School Regional Exhibit.

Robin Hood (A Workshop Reading)

Friday, April 5 , 7:30 p.m., Little Theater, Troy

Adapted from books by Professor of Graphic + Media Design Matt McElligott and Larry Tuxbury. Music and lyrics by Professor of Fine Arts and Music Michael Musial.

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The David Pope Case:

A Journey from Cold Case to Conviction

Sunday, April 7, 1 p.m., Armory, Albany

Retired New York State Police investigator Thomas Aiken will take the audience through the 1995 conviction of David Pope Sr. in the death of his stepson Howard, including the grand jury presentation, trial details, case photos, and audio of 911 calls. Online pre-registration requested.

Zumba: Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.,

Robison Gym, Troy

Sign up for Zumba

Open Gym: Daily, Robison Gym, Troy

Sign up for Open Gym

Open Pickleball: Thursdays and weekends, Meyer Gym, Troy

Sign up for Open Pickleball

What Else is New

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PechaKucha at Opalka Gallery:

Share Your Story!

Do you have a story or art project to tell us about? Opalka Gallery is signing up speakers for PechaKucha on Friday evening, April 12.

Learn more at PechaKucha.com then email Opalka Director Amy Griffin to participate.

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Help Alleviate Period Poverty 

Nursing and Occupational Therapy students are collecting donations to make period kits for homeless women in Troy. 

Items needed: pads, tampons, wipes,

bars of soap, underwear, hand sanitizer, and

gallon bags for packaging the kits.

Donations can be dropped off in the pink bin on the first floor of Ackerman, Troy. If you have questions or are available to help assemble kits on April 12, please email Abigail Woods. Thank you!

Natoria Carey

RSC Grad Joins The New York Times Newsroom

Learn about Natoria Carey, a member of the Class of 2014 who is an operations manager assigned to the Politics and Metro desks at The New York Times.

More Events

Check The Chomp events calendar on Sage.edu for the full list of events.

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Write in the Night

Tuesday, April 9, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.,

Albany campus library

Find support, wherever you are in the

writing process! Get help with research, generating ideas, looking over a draft, and anything in between. All students and disciplines are welcome!

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Career Closet Fashion Show,

Thursday, April 11, 6 p.m., Opalka Gallery

Join a styling team, or network and learn! Refreshments, prizes, and raffles for name-brand items like Coach!

Register your team here and find full details about the Fashion Show on the Chomp!

Women’s Health: Transforming Medical Education Across Disciplines

Friday, April 12, Troy campus

This conference bridging advocacy, the arts, gender and sexuality studies, and medicine is hosted by The Women's Institute at Russell Sage College.

Registration is requested by Friday, April 5.

Pictured: Women’s Institute Affiliate Scholar Rachel Gross, a science journalist and the author of Vagina Obscura: An Anatomical Voyage, who will speak at the conference.

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BSU Roller Skating Party

April 13, 6 p.m., Guptill's Roller Skating Arena (Transportation from Albany, 5:30 p.m.)

Free for the first 50 students who sign up at this link!

(Guests welcome on shuttle and must register, but will have to pay admission and rental fees)

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High Intensity Interval Training

Thursday, April 18, noon, Armory, Albany

Sign up for HIIT

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TWO DATES! Cento Poetry Events

Thursday, April 18, 11:30 a.m., Shea Learning Center library cafe, Troy and Friday, April 19, Albany Campus Library lobby, 12:30 p.m.

Make a cento (Latin for "patchwork") poem from lines of existing poetry with the Libraries and the English, Writing and Culture program!

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Color Blast Run/Walk and Carnival

Friday, April 26, 4:30 p.m., Albany Quad

Participate in the free run/walk, then stay for a barbecue, DJ, carnival games, and more.

Register by April 19, get a free t-shirt:

Sign up for the Color Blast Run/Walk.

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Sagettes Spring Concert

Saturday, April 27, 2 p.m., Bush Memorial, Troy

Enjoy a free performance from Russell Sage College's a cappella group. 

Guided Meditation

Monday, April 29, noon, KCC 105, Albany

Sign up for guided meditation

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Student Occupational Therapy Association Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 30, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.,

Latham Chipotle, 2 Wade Road

Please mention SOTA, or use code C26N7GB on your online order for your purchase to count toward the fundraiser. 


FAFSA!: Don't forget to complete the new, simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid. RSC's Guide to the New FAFSA can help!

Nutrition Science Department survey: You are invited to participate in an online survey that Nutrition Science faculty are conducting, to understand what proportion of RSC students experience food insecurity and how it impacts their education. They hope to use the findings to better serve students. If you enter your email address, you will be entered into a lottery for a $15 grocery gift card. If you have questions, please email Laura McClure.

Gift cards for club members who participate in Accepted Student Day: Accepted Student Day is Saturday, April 20, from 12:45-2:30 p.m., at the Armory, Albany. Use this link to sign up for Accepted Student Day

"Shop" the Career Closet: If you need professional clothing, the Career and Self-Discovery Center can help! Make an appointment on Handshake; pick “Career Closet” as appointment type!

Discounts for RSC students: Receive a discount at businesses in Troy with your RSC ID. Find a list of merchants and discounts.

Hope to hear from YOU! RSC students do amazing things and your clubs plan amazing events; we want to hear about them! Email [email protected] with photos, events, achievements, or other other news you would like us to consider including in the college newsletters.

Have questions?: There are Solutions desks at the front of each library, where you can ask anything. Stop by, call 518-244-2020, or email [email protected].*

*Unless you have something you would like us to consider for Solutions: The Newsletter! In that case, please email [email protected] by Wednesday for the following Sunday's newsletter.

Office Hours


Freddie's, Kahl Campus Center, Lower Level (Albany)

McClellan Student Center, McKinstry Hall (Troy)

Open daily, noon-9 p.m.

Commuter Lounge, Hart Hall (Troy)

7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.


Armory Fitstop (Albany)

McKinstry Fitness Center (Troy)

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Kahl Campus Center (Albany)

Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

McKinstry Dining Room (Troy)

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Buchman Grill & Starbucks Cafe (Troy)

Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.


Kahl Campus Center, Lower Level (Albany)

Kellas Hall, 1st Floor (Troy)

Open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

After-Hours Care


Albany Campus Learning Center library

Shea Learning Center library

Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Key fob access Monday-Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight; Friday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-midnight.


Albany bookstore

41 Union Drive, in the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences' Gozzo Student Center

Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

M.o.s.s. books and other provisions (Troy)

Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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