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SAGE Scholars Monthly Newsletter | December 2022

Become The Ultimate SAGE Scholars Student

Become The Ultimate SAGE Scholars Student

SAGE Scholars has worked to provide families with the resources to navigate higher education for over twenty-five years. As the years have gone on, SAGE Scholars has adapted, expanded, and reequipped families for the ever-changing climate of higher education. While many sponsors and students may know of and understand the SAGE Scholars' mission to make private colleges and universities more affordable, they may not know the full extent of the benefit in which they receive by participating in the program. To maximize this benefit, we've compiled a list of ways students and parents can engage with the program and become the ideal SAGE Scholar.

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Marymount Manhattan College College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Marymount Manhattan College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

Marymount Manhattan College, which in November celebrated the launch of the new Judith Mara Carson Center for Visual Arts, has become the 31st private college in New York State to join the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards program. The Visual Arts Center, made possible by a $25 million lead gift, is designed to serve as a cross-disciplinary creative hub that brings together the College's full range of visual arts - from graphic design, illustration, photography and animation to costume design, web design, and book design. Housed on the 8th and 7th floors of Carson Hall, the Center's versatile, digital immersion project space offers the MMC community the ability to create, collaborate, and showcase work. Acting, cinematography and video production, communications, dance, drama and theatre production, and performing arts are some of MMC's most popular majors for the 1,500 undergraduate students. A top college for Broadway performers, Backstage ranked MMC as the # 2 school in the country attended by TONY Award nominees.

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Marist Named Among Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges by The Princeton Review

Marist Named Among Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges by The Princeton Review

Marist College has been honored as one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features Marist in its online resource, The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition and schools were selected based on a survey of administrators and students at 713 colleges during the 2021-22 academic year. The Princeton Review highlighted Marist's longtime commitment to environmentally sustainable practices on campus, noting that the College has a Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee CSAC staffed by students, administration, and faculty. The committee's goals include educating the Marist community about the impact of their actions on the environment and establishing sustainability principles, goals, and best practices. Marist is also lauded by The Princeton Review for having a sustainability-focused degree available and for the school's substantial commitment to sourcing local and organic food on. Read More

Grace Jinliu Wang, PhD, is named as Worcester Polytechnic Institute's 17th President

"Grace" Jinliu Wang, PhD, is named as Worcester Polytechnic Institute's 17th President

"Grace" Jinliu Wang, PhD, a materials scientist and highly accomplished and collaborative leader in higher education, government, and industry, has been selected as the 17th president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Elected by the WPI Board of Trustees after an extensive national search, Wang will assume the presidency on April 3, 2023. She succeeds Laurie Leshin, who served as WPI president for eight years before joining NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as director this past May. Winston "Wole" Soboyejo, WPI provost and senior vice president since 2019, has served as interim president since Leshin's departure. Read More

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Preparing for Your First Winter Coming from a Warmer Climate

By Nathaniel Tamminga

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and growing up, I wore shorts and flip-flops all year round because the low in the winter is 45F. Experiencing my first winter in the Midwest was quite a shock because it gets a little bit colder than it does in CA. Here is some wisdom I learned transitioning from winters in a warmer climate to a colder one. Read More

The Science of Sleep Part I: Myths and Misconceptions

By Kaitlin Meyer

Many college students suffer from sleep deprivation, daytime sleepiness, and various other sleep-related problems. With heavy workloads, packed social schedules, work, and adjusting to living somewhere new, college students are particularly susceptible to sleep problems. These problems can create a vicious cycle by decreasing daily energy levels, performance, and efficiency and pushing those affected to stay up later and sleep less to avoid falling behind. This article begins a sleep series exploring common misconceptions about healthy sleep habits. Read More

Tips for Healthy Eating in College Part One: Building a Pantry

By Mari Whitmore

For many students, college will be their first experience living away from home and being responsible for their needs. When it comes to ensuring you are getting adequate nutrition, some colleges have amazing dining halls with many healthy options. It can be tricky to navigate which choices to make if your college dining hall offers a less-than-thrilling selection regarding taste and nutritional value. You may also have chosen to opt-out of an expensive meal plan and rely solely on your own devices to plan, purchase, and prepare healthy meals. This article will focus on tips for eating healthy in college while preparing most of your meals or heavily supplementing your dining hall's options. Read More

LaGrange College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

LaGrange College Joins SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards

LaGrange College, the oldest private college in Georgia, founded in 1831, has joined the SAGE Scholars Tuition Rewards program. 12 Georgia colleges are now members. Located 60 miles southwest of Atlanta, LaGrange is a leader in international education. 68% of LaGrange students opt for a study-abroad experience. The College's Office of Global Engagement has approved more than 300 "study-away" programs, including sessions in more than 30 countries. The College extends grants of up to $2,000 for travel expenses. LaGrange's 750 undergraduates can choose from 27 majors, with business, nursing, psychology, and kinesiology/exercise science among the most popular. The Hudson Lab Science Building offers facilities for anatomy/physiology, biology, cell, and molecular biology, chemistry, and ecology. The average class size is 15.

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Lawrence University's Business And Entrepreneurship Major Launched

Lawrence University's Business And Entrepreneurship Major Launched

Lawrence University is introducing a new business and entrepreneurship major, built through the lens of the liberal arts with a focus on preparing future innovators who will bring social, global, and environmental context to business leadership. The program, to be available beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, takes an interdisciplinary approach as it centers on global entrepreneurship and the broader impact of business on communities. Constructed within the existing Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) program, the business and entrepreneurship (BUEN) major will open new doors for students attending one of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions, with focused study across the business spectrum. Read More

SCAD Atlanta unveils 'FORTY FOUR' on Spring Street

SCAD Atlanta unveils 'FORTY FOUR' on Spring Street

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announces the unveiling of FORTY FOUR, the university's new, state-of-the-art 10-story residence hall, welcoming students for the 2022-2023 academic year. Named in honor of the forty-four years since SCAD was founded by President Paula Wallace, FORTY FOUR is the first phase of SCAD Atlanta's transformational development projects on Spring Street in the upper Midtown corridor. Boasting sweeping views of Atlanta's Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead skylines, FORTY FOUR is a 581-bed residence hall with co-educational accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students. FORTY FOUR features dormitory-style rooms, suites, and apartments outfitted with modern amenities for high-rise urban living. Read More

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Fashioning a Professional Wardrobe in College

By Kaitlin Meyer

Are you stressed out about what to wear to an interview? Instead of rushing to put together the perfect outfit at the last minute and filling your life with more stress, try following these steps to fashion your professional wardrobe. What you wear to class isn't high stakes like the clothing you will wear to your first job interview. As such, classes, campus events, and meetings with faculty are great places to get comfortable with formal clothes and find a professional style that suits you. Plus, you'll have the bonus of looking more stylish than all your classmates! This article provides the necessary steps to building your professional wardrobe while you are in college. Read More

Building a Mental Toolbox

By Xavier Royer

A university student's "toolbox" is the skills they use to solve problems. This article intends to get students to think about their toolboxes consciously. Part of the benefit of college is the opportunity to grow the student's mental toolbox. This is accomplished by not simply providing students with the tools but by creating the challenges requiring more extensive toolboxes. Students should be conscious of their current toolbox and always look to expand, refine, and improve it. Read More

Six Keys to Studying Abroad as a Student-Athlete

By Ryan Adams

In the spring semester of 2018, I had the privilege of studying abroad in South America for four months. It was the perfect opportunity to sharpen my Spanish skills, live in a foreign country, and preserve my winter and spring eligibility to return for a full fifth year of athletics competition. My excitement grew during the orientation sessions seeing pictures of the incredible places I would get to visit, but so did my anxiety. How could I continue to train at the high level I grew accustomed to without my coaches, teammates, or access to training facilities? Would I return out of shape or a few months behind? What would happen if I got injured? While I write this article from a runner's perspective, I hope student-athletes from any discipline planning on studying abroad can glean some methods to facilitate success during their time abroad. Read More

Dr. Anne E. McCall Named Wooster's 13th President

Dr. Anne E. McCall Named Wooster's 13th President

Anne E. McCall is the 13th president of The College of Wooster. Her appointment was approved by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees following a national search led by trustees, alumni, students, staff, and faculty. McCall, currently provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana, is an inspirational and values-driven administrator with a track record for building innovation through inclusive excellence, dedicated teacher and mentor, and internationally recognized scholar of nineteenth-century French fiction and life writing. She will be the second woman to lead Wooster as president since its founding in 1866 and will also be a tenured professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies. Read More

Roberts Expands Athletics with Four New Sports

Roberts Expands Athletics with Four New Sports

Roberts Wesleyan University President Deana L. Porterfield and Executive Director of Athletics Bob Segave announced that the university will add four new sports to its roster of NCAA Division II athletic offerings, bringing the total number of intercollegiate sports programs on campus to 20. Beginning in fall 2023, Roberts will add women's field hockey, women's triathlon, men's volleyball and an electronic sports (Esports) team. These new athletic options will add a new dimension to the student experience and will afford more scholarship opportunities for prospective athletes. Read More

Bridgewater College Announces Undergraduate Engineering Major

Bridgewater College Announces Undergraduate Engineering Major

With the development of its newest major in engineering, Bridgewater College seeks to give students a clearer path to their desired career outcomes. Over the last five years, the field of engineering has consistently been named among the top four career objectives by admitted students to Bridgewater College. In response to student interest, the College reworked its applied physics major curriculum to offer an undergraduate degree in engineering, which will allow students to graduate with career-ready skills necessary for the fields of mechanical engineering, automation engineering and mechatronics, nuclear engineering, aerospace engineering, and automotive design. Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in summer 2023, the College will officially launch the engineering major in the fall of 2023, with its first cohort graduating in 2027. Through rigorous coursework in mathematics, science, and engineering, Bridgewater's engineering. Read More

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Saving in College

By Paul Merimee

While college can be an incredible period of your life, managing finances can be downright miserable. Maybe you dread opening up your bank app, or wish your credit company would just forget you existed for a month or two, or don't have a credit card and don't know how to find a good one! This article is here to ease that stress and give you a few helpful tips to maximize your savings in college. Read More

Say "No" When You Need To

By Norrell Edwards

As a new faculty member, I have often heard the adage, "protect your time!" Demands on new faculty members can often run the gamut from participating in this or that committee to supporting or leading various projects. As a student of color—I often received unfair or unrealistic demands on my time long before I became a professor. As one of few Black students a PWI, it was easy to become the face of diversity. With that came the expectation to participate in every town hall or be the student voice for various committees. This is invisible labor that can take a mental and emotional toll. Much is written about these demands on university faculty, but much less is said about the impacts on students. Ultimately, you have got to do what is best for you. Read More

Navigating Conflict and Improving Communication with Your Child in College

By Sharon Callender

As a parent, your priority is always your child's well-being and safety. Everything you've done since their birth has aimed to protect them from any potential threat on the horizon. From car seats to curfews, there are no limits to the lovingly strategic measures taken by parents. All of it is done to keep your child on a path for their greatest good. During the college selection process, that same dedication and devotion to your child's best interest are at work from start to finish. As a parent who intentionally demonstrates concern, attentiveness, respect, and empathy for your college student, you create a healthy emotional climate conducive to their success and positive well-being. Read More

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SAGE Advice

SAGE Advice, our helpful college advice column, is here to help answer important questions for sponsors and students. Send your SAGE Advice question to support@sagescholars.com to be featured in our following MC&G newsletter!

Student's Question:

Dear SAGE,

I have two colleges I've been very interested in for years so now that it's my senior year, I applied to both. The 'problem' is I got accepted to both. Both cost around the same and are offering great financial aid, both are great schools... I can't decide! How do I pick "the one" between two great options that are impossible to compare side by side?

Sincerely,

Open-Minded and Overwhelmed

SAGE Answer:

Dear Open-Minded and Overwhelmed,

Look at you—doing all the big things! I hope you've taken the time to celebrate this milestone moment and all the hard work it took to get to this point. It's paid off in big ways! The best part? You can't make a 'wrong' choice here. It feels overwhelming now, but you will do great things wherever you go.

Have you reached out to admissions to see if the schools have student representatives that you can speak with? If so, it'd be helpful to get a student perspective of each of the campuses. You could ask them how accessible faculty are, what kind of student support is available, whether students are friendly with one another, and if the academics are very competitive?

Sometimes, if you indicate to college admissions that you have numerous acceptances on the table, schools may offer extra aid and scholarships to incentivize you to enroll.

I'd also advise you to contact the department that you're interested in majoring in. For instance, if you're thinking of becoming a teacher, find the University's department website and ask what kind of courses they offer. If one school is looking significantly more interesting than the other in terms of course offerings, this may help you make a more informed decision. If you're not sure what you're going to major in yet, ask admissions offers or current students if the school has a set curriculum or a flexible curriculum. Sometimes, schools have required courses to graduate. If there's a school that has a set curriculum that you're not interested in, this is an important consideration when selecting the place to spend your next chapter.

Sincerely,

SAGE Scholars