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3/16/2017 9:00:00 AM
Have you heard?
The board of trustees of The College of Saint Rose in Albany has called on the New York State Legislature to expand the state's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for all college-bound New York students and reject GOV. ANDREW CUOMO'S proposed Excelsior Scholarship. In a resolution passed unanimously, the board of trustees urged that the state to:

•  raise the minimum and maximum TAP awards;

•  expand income eligibility to include more families; and

•  expand proven opportunity programs, such as the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Science and Technology Entry Programs, known as STEP/C-STEP. 

The board of trustees pressed the Legislature to expand TAP for all students instead of endorsing supplemental financial aid only for those attending public institutions. Nearly half of Saint Rose's 2,600 undergraduate students are eligible for TAP, and 41 percent are eligible for federal Pell grants.

Sociologist FRANCISCA OYOGOA will discuss race and gender inequalities in service work in a free lecture March 23, 6 p.m., at The College of Saint Rose in Albany. Contact DR. MARDA MUSTAPHA, mustaphm@strose.

edu or (518) 337-4696.

A free physical education fair at The College of Saint Rose will be held April 10, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with exhibitors including the American Cancer Society, Diabetes Association and Heart Association; the Lions Eye Bank at Albany; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; the Albany Police and Fire Departments; AAA Hudson Valley; the Adirondack Mountain Club; experts from Saint Rose and more. Contact DR. ANN NEILSON, (518) 454-5248 or neilsona@strose.edu....

Three students from Bishop Maginn High School in Albany just earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts: seniors FRANK RYAN and VINCENT MUNIZ and junior ISAIAH JOHNSON. They have been in scouting together since attending Blessed Sacrament School in Albany. For service projects, Frank built a community garden for Blessed Sacrament parish; Isaiah made picnic tables for the STEPHEN AND HARRIET MYERS Residence in Albany, a historic site; and Vincent built a community garden to benefit the community of Little's Lake....

ZACKERY GEDDIES JR. of Boy Scout Troop 1078 at St. Pius X parish in Loudonville has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was the beautification of the church's courtyard: restoring and replacing stones, clearing greenery and building benches. He is an altar server and sacristan at St. Pius and a senior at Catholic Central High School in Troy; in the fall, he'll attend SUNY/Cortland....

Two Odyssey of the Mind teams from St. Ambrose School in Latham competed in the Region 7 tournament recently -- the only private or Catholic school in the tournament. The first team placed 10th; the fourth-grade team also did a great job....

The Interfaith Community of Schenectady presented "Blisters and Blessings: Walking in Faith" March 23 at the Islamic Center of the Capital District in Schen­ectady. Speakers on faith through pilgrimage and visitation of holy sites included FRAN ROSSI SZPYLCZYN, a local Catholic blogger and pastoral associate for administration at Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville....

Hannaford grocery stores in Valatie and Scotia have selected Catholic Charities agencies as part of their "fight hunger" and "good karma" bag programs. Sales of reusable grocery bags will result in a donation to Catholic Charities....

RICK TOUCHETTE, executive director of Albany Diocesan Cemeteries, has been reelected to the executive board of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. He is the chair of Region 2, which includes New York and Puerto Rico....

The Siena College Research Institute, AT&T and the Tyler Clementi Foundation co-sponsored a statewide Cyberbullying Ambassadors program, the first program of its kind in New York. Siena hosted training sessions with students who will lead the new Cyberbullying Ambassador program for high school students, which will be rolled out across the state starting this spring. The program will be led by faculty from Siena and AT&T representatives....

NJ Viscio Films finished some filming at St. Lucy/St. Bernadette parish in Altamont for a movie to be titled "A Calling." The feature documentary/drama chronicles the lives of several nuns, the women they influence and a priest, looking at the evolution of their roles in the Church....

NET Ministries, which conducts evangelizing retreats for young people, will serve in the Albany Diocese Nov. 16-26. To book a youth retreat, contact JENNIFER LABONTE by April 10 at jenlabonte@nycap.rr.com or (518) 652-2037. For more information, visit www.netusa.org....

St. Anne Institute in Albany, which serves teen girls with emotional disturbances or disabilities, has received a $3,750 grant from the Stewart's Foundation (Stewart's Shops) as part Stewart's Holiday Match Program, which benefits local children. The funds will be used for birthday items for resident students and items for children's therapy rooms in St. Anne's residential and community-based clinical programs....

The R&E May School of St. Catherine's Center for Children in Albany is becoming one of the first schools in New York State to use fully operational computer-based testing. Students in grades three through eight will each be given a Chromebook and headphones for testing purposes. Each Chromebook will feature a special browser that can be used for testing only, and can read the questions aloud to the kids. The May School serves elementary students with behavioral and special educational needs. 

In other St. Catherine's Center news, VENKATESH AND SWATHI MUTHYAMA VENUGOPAL of Schenectady marked their first wedding anniversary by buying board games and clothing for children at St. Catherine's Copson House residential facility, a way of giving back for all the couple has received.

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