Crossroads of Campus

As the School of Business broke ground for the new building a few years ago, Dean Donald Siegel prophetically stated, “The new School of Business building will transform the school, the university and the Capital Region.” His prediction rings true as we celebrate the anniversary. It is not only the heart of the school but has caught the attention of the university and the community.

When classes are in session, the J. Spencer and Patricia Standish Living Room in the atrium and zime café in the sunlit basement vibrate with activity. Group study rooms, computer labs and lounges buzz with students studying, collaborating on projects and unwinding.

Special events bring a different energy to the building. The first university-wide event held in the new space was momentous: University at Albany President Robert J. Jones’ Inaugural Luncheon and Gala. Since then, the university has hosted the Alumni Association Homecoming Wine Tasting, a luncheon for volunteers, and a UAlbany Foundation board meeting. University administration made use of the living room for the Provost Reception for Faculty and the University Police Department hosted a gathering. University student groups brought the 24th Annual National Latino Collegiate Conference and the Omicron Delta Kappa 10th Anniversary Reception to the Standish Living Room.

School of Business programs are held in the new building on a regular basis. The Family Business Seminar made use of the first-floor atrium. The John Levato memorial celebration brought a packed house to the Standish Living Room. The YEA! high school entrepreneur program holds weekly classes and offered a reception for young alumni of the program. Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession hosted a weeklong program for high school students with an interest in accounting.

Students are the biggest users of the building. After all, it is their new home. Besides attending classes and using common space, they hold club meetings. Accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi and other business clubs use the space almost daily. The UAlbany chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for Finance and Accounting hosted the “Corporate Elite Panel,” and joined with the National Association of Black Accountants for an annual recognition dinner. The MBA holiday reception, the MBA Research Forum and graduate commencement celebrations were held in the new digs. In January, KPMG hosted students at a hot chocolate bar in the atrium.

The annual Business Climate Survey conducted by Marvin and Company, with the assistance of School of Business faculty and students, was presented in the Standish Living Room. The accounting department hosted the annual Milton C. Olsen ethics seminar with speaker Martin Biegelman.

One of the best ways to promote the school is by welcoming others into the brag-worthy building. The Southern Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, the Upstate Venture Association of New York and Capital Region Guidance Counselors have also met in the living room.

Above: Captions clockwise from top left:

  • David ’81 and Lynette ’82 Buzen congratulate University at Albany President Robert J. Jones, Ph.D., at Jones’ inauguration
  • The Corporate Elite Panel sponsored by the Association of Latino Professionals for Finance and Accounting
  • VITA volunteers Weican Guo ’17 and Dan Mehr ’17, at the Living Learning Community World of Accounting Community Service Fair
  • Lee Serravillo, Executive Director of the University at Albany Alumni Association; William McCann ’76, George Warnock ’79, Lois Warnock ’79, Jeffrey Luks ’91, ’01
  • UAlbany President Robert J. Jones, Ph.D., speaks at his inauguration gala
  • Kevin McCoy ’85, Marvin & Company at the 28th Annual Business Climate Survey