County seeks stories about Saint Rose

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Albany County’s Department for Aging is seeking stories about The College of Saint Rose, which is closing at the end of this school year, to publish a book of memories.

ALBANY COUNTY — The county’s Department for Aging is seeking stories about The College of Saint Rose from alumnae and alumni, friends, faculty, and neighbors, which it will compile into a book to honor the college’s legacy.

Located in the heart of Albany, the college was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1920, emphasizing the professional training of teachers, according to the college’s history and mission statement.

Founded as a women’s college, programs expanded from training teachers to preparing women for business and other professions as well. “Men were first admitted as the College opened its evening division for World War II veterans in 1946 and the graduate school three years later,” the history says. “In 1969 Saint Rose became fully coeducational.”

“With the college now closing, it is important to reflect on the history and impact of this institution on the community,” said the county’s announcement.

 The book will be titled “A toast to Saint Rose — Book of Memories.”

Submissions should consist of a paragraph or two highlighting a cherished college memory.

“This could be your first moments at Saint Rose, your experience at the college, what the college meant to you, how important your degree is, a professor or a student who enlightened you, or any other anecdote you feel like sharing,” the announcement said. “Be sure to include your name and year of graduation or the years you worked or taught at the college.”

Submissions are to be emailed to or mailed to the Department for Aging, 100 Heritage Lane, Albany, NY 2211.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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