Sept. 20 at 9 a.m., the Sage Colleges will dedicate a renovated area of center campus to be named “Gretchen’s Garden” in honor of Russell Sage College alumna Gretchen Alberty Schindler, a member of the class of 1955.
Schindler met her husband, Hal, an RPI student, while she was attending Sage. When she died in 2013, Hal Schindler wanted to do something special to honor her memory. Because of her love for Russell Sage College and given that their journey together began on campus, he thought a garden named in her memory would be a fitting tribute.
The newly planted, sculpted garden and a memorial plaque will be unveiled during the dedication. The garden is located on the Russell Sage campus on the east side of Second Street between Ackerman Hall and the Troy Public Library.
Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia, Sage President Susan Scrimshaw, Troy Public Library Director Paul Hicok, and Hal Schindler and family will be in attendance for the dedication. More than 25 Russell Sage alumnae will also be in attendance to participate in Leadership Day activities and plan for their upcoming reunion.
Interdisciplinary academics, community engagement, international exposure, and artistic and athletic endeavors are among the pillars of the educational experience at the Sage Colleges. Sage enrolls more than 3,000 students in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs at the coeducational undergraduate Sage College of Albany, the undergraduate Russell Sage College for women in Troy, and the graduate-level Esteves School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Management, with programs on both campuses.