Higher education communicator and former journalist Amy Gage joined the University of St. Thomas as neighborhood relations program director in June 2014. Previously Amy was director of marketing and communications at St. Catherine University and earlier held the same position at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
"Positive" and "proactive" are her watchwords for community engagement. And she is an active neighbor herself:
- Amy and her husband, David Studer, moved to Merriam Park in September 2013 after raising their two sons in Northfield.
- She co-chairs the West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee (WSNAC), serves on the board of the Midway Chamber of Commerce and was selected to participate in the 2016 Leadership Saint Paul program.
- She earned a certificate in town-gown relations in 2015 from the International Town & Gown Association and a graduate certificate in business communication in 2017 from the Opus College of Business at St. Thomas.
- In October 2017 she completed the training program Campus Restorative Justice Across Student Affairs through the Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Prior to her career in higher education, Amy was an award-winning columnist on women and work at the Saint Paul Pioneer Press; a senior editor at several Twin Cities magazines; and editor of the Northfield News. She writes a blog on women at midlife called "The Middle Stages."