Student View of New Building

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Joan Rosenbaum Solotar ’86 and Gavin D. Solotar ’86 stand with Shannon Lafferty,
the 2013 recipient of the Solotar Family Scholarship. Lynette Buzen ’82 and David Buzen ’81 stand in front of the
David A. Buzen ’81 & Lynette Buzen ’82 Conference Room. The tunnel to the LC’s is one of the “wow” factors of the new
building. The long hallway lists all of the donors who contributed
to the new School of Business building. It really exemplifies how
much our alumni care about our education and how we, too, have
the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and support the
students who come after us when we graduate.

Lauren Ursaki ’13, M.S. ’14 Accounting Debbie ’81 and Saul Curtis ’81 in front of the Saul M. Curtis ’81
& Deborah A. Gaioni-Curtis ’81 Conference Room. Michaela and Norman E. Snyder Jr. ’83 stand in front of the Leadership
Donor Plaque in the lobby of the new Business Building.

In September, supporters of the School of Business gathered for a luncheon at the grand opening of the new building. There was a lot to celebrate. The Campaign for UAlbany’s School of Business has been a resounding success. Almost $8.3 million has been raised from over 1,500 donors, including corporations, foundations, alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students.

Speakers at the event included University President Robert J. Jones, School of Business Dean Donald Siegel, alumna Pat Caldwell ’75, who serves as a member of the University Council and the School of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, Accounting and Law Chair Ingrid Fisher ’82, ’02, and student Colin Gerner ’14.

After the luncheon, students led tours of the building. Since these students know the building better than most, we asked for their thoughts. Here’s what they said.

"The tunnel to the LC’s is one of the “wow” factors of the new building. The long hallway lists all of the donors who contributed to the new School of Business building. It really exemplifies how much our alumni care about our education and how we, too, have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and support the students who come after us when we graduate."

-Lauren Ursaki ’13, M.S. ’14 Accounting

"I love the open concept of the building. In a sense it bridges the gap between the students and faculty/staff. The third floor looks down onto the atrium, which in turn looks down at the lobby and then the café. This eliminates the “closed off” appearance that was present in the old building. Further, everybody is more aware of the other programs or activities held by various clubs and increases participation and collaboration."

-Najwa Zarook ’15, Accounting and Business

"It looks architecturally advanced and something I would expect at a private school. It makes me proud to say it is my business school. My favorite aspect is the living room. It is quiet enough to be conducive to studying yet allows for business students to mingle when we need a quick break."

-Monica Kotowski ’14, Business: finance and management

"Any UAlbany student knows the library is the worst place to get work done if you need to plug in your laptop. The new building is essentially the new library because you can actually get work done without worrying about how much battery life you have left due to the abundance of power outlets, even in the cafe. I haven’t spoken to a single student who is not proud of the new building. The new building has definitely enhanced the pride that current students have in the School of Business."

-Leon Matthew ’14, Accounting

"The people in charge of the design really thought of the students and faculty as they created a state of the art business school that could rival even the most elite private schools. The windows really allow maximum light throughout the building, which is totally opposite of our old building. Although the Trading Room can be used by many people, students in the investment group and the Financial Analyst Honors major, like me, benefit from having dual computer monitors with FactSet and a Bloomberg Terminal in this new trading facility."

-Ryan DeVoe ’14, Accounting and Business: Financial Analyst Honors Program

The New Building is Beautiful You Don’t Have to Take Our Word for It

The new School of Business building has been ranked the fourth “Most Beautiful Business School in the World,” according to an online survey from TopManagementDegrees.com. Harvard is number three.

Attending the opening of the new building in September were some highly successful young alumni, including two School of Business couples, the Raths and the Reynolds.

Attending the opening of the new building in September were some highly successful young alumni, including two School of Business couples, the Raths and the Reynolds.
Photo front row from left to right: Anna Politano ’10, Accountant, EY, New York Amanda Lim Reynolds ’08, ’09, Senior Associate, Forensic Services, PwC, Boston Susan Rath ’08, Financial Analyst, Neuberger Berman, New York
Back row from left to right: Nick Scala ’10, ’11, Transaction Support Senior, Transaction, Advisory Services, EY, New York Janelle Murphy ’10, ’11, Associate, Kinetic Partners, New York Mike Reynolds ’08, MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management, Formerly at Goldman Sachs, Boston Ian Ellis-Jones ’12, Analyst, Goldman Sachs, New York Brian Rath ’08, Equity Analyst, Walthausen & Co., Malta, New York Lauren Ursaki ’13, ’14, Associate, Forensic Services, PwC starting Summer 2014, New York