UAlbany Alumni Association
Presents its 2005 Awards for Excellence
(June 5, 2005)
at Albany Alumni Association kicked off this
year's Alumni Weekend by honoring its 2005
Award Winners, selected for excellence in service
to their profession and community.
Awards were presented in education, community,
public service, arts and letters, entrepreneurship,
and distinguished achievement in professional
life. An award was also be presented to a
Citizen of the University for outstanding contributions
to the University by a non-alumnus or alumna.
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award recognized
early achievements in a chosen profession or
field of service, or service to the community.
The award winners were feted at a Gala
Awards Banquet on June 3, 6 p.m. at the Albany
Marriott during the Association's annual Alumni
Weekend, June 3-5, 2005.
The 2005 Honorees are:
CITIZEN of the UNIVERSITY
contributions to the University by a non-alumnus
or alumna through leadership, service or
a special gift.
Robert Schwartz is chair of the University at Albany Foundation's Council for
Economic Outreach, and a member of the School of Business Advisory Board and
the Jewish Studies Honorary Committee. He founded and serves as managing director
of Schwartz Heslin Group, Inc. (SHG), specializing in corporate planning, finance
and development. Schwartz has served more than 375 clients in the United States,
Europe, Asia and Africa, mainly rapidly growing entrepreneurial companies in
such diverse industries as financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals,
chemicals, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, printing, housing
and real estate. His achievements include development and implementation of
strategic plans, mergers and acquisitions and a full range of investment banking
services. He has served on the boards of directors of a number of corporations
and community organizations.
Additionally, Schwartz has served as a director
of a number of public, private, and non-profit
organizations; he has been on the board of
directors of the United Cerebral Palsy Association
of the Capital District since 1973. He is also
a trustee of the Newman Foundation and was
an RPI trustee from 1974 to 1978. An adjunct
professor of management at Union College, he
chairs the Center for Economic Growth's Nanotechnology
Committee. Schwartz, who received his undergraduate
degree in industrial and labor relations from
Cornell University, has done some graduate
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD
Honors alumni who have
exhibited sustained outstanding achievement
in a chosen profession or field of endeavor
and outstanding service to society or their
Jack M. Richman, '72, '74
Richman is currently dean of the School of Social Work at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, overseeing a graduate school with more than
85 tenure track, clinical and research faculty members. Under his leadership,
U.S. News and World Report ranked the master's in social work program as
#4 in the country. He has worked in numerous non-profit agencies and authored
more than 60 book chapters, papers and monographs.
Richman graduated cum
laude from UAlbany in 1972 with an
undergraduate degree in sociology and anthropology.
He received a State University Foundation
Research Grant while working toward the Master
of Social Work degree, awarded by UAlbany
in 1974. He completed his formal education
at Florida State University in 1977 and has
held a wide variety of academic posts. He
has served on or chaired 20 school and university
committees and others for major professional
associations and societies.
Dean Richman's record of published research
is extensive. With M. W. Fraser, he edited The
Context of Youth Violence: Resilience, Risk,
and Protection (Prager Press, 2001).
His scholarly publications in the last 15 years
alone number three monographs and more than
50 articles or book chapters of which he is
either author or co-author. In the same period
he has delivered more than 60 papers at workshops,
conferences and professional meetings. His
recent research focuses on at-risk youth: to
promote school and home-based interventions
that prevent school failure and drop-out, and
to develop training and curricula for practitioners
that interact with children who experience
EXCELLENCE IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Recognizes the accomplishments
of an individual who has contributed to our
University, region, and economy by demonstrating
the spirit and personal drive of the entrepreneur.
The award also recognizes the recipient's
contributions in the areas of business, leadership,
academic excellence, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
After Norman Snyder Jr. ("Norm") received his UAlbany degree in accounting
in 1983, he was recruited by Price Waterhouse, spending two of his eight years
with the company in their Caracas, Venezuela, office where he became proficient
in Spanish. He then moved to the National Football League to become controller
for NFL Properties, Inc., the marketing arm of the league. In 1996 he became
an original partner of South Beach Beverage Company (SoBe), and served as chief
financial officer and later chief operating officer. SoBe, headquartered in
Norwalk, Connecticut, produces herbally enhanced refreshment beverages marketed
in the U.S.A., Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, U.K. and throughout the Caribbean.
Norm oversaw many facets of the company as it experienced explosive growth
in revenue from $2.4 million in 1996 to more than $200 million before PepsiCo
purchased the company for $370 million in January 2001. Norm retired from SoBe
in August 2001.
Throughout his career, Norm has amassed a
broad range of expertise in both public and
private sectors. He has had experience in diverse
industries, from manufacturing, pharmaceuticals,
oil and gas, and the technology sector. He
drew on this background and from 2001 to 2003
created his own consulting business, Redyns
Consulting, which serviced small to mid-size
businesses on various financial and operational
In 1998, a descendant of the Liebmann family,
which had founded the Rheingold Brewing Company,
and a group of investors secured the Rheingold
trademark and began brewing Rheingold beer,
some 20 years after the brewery had closed.
In the spring of 2003, after the brand was
repositioned and the packaging updated, the
brand was relaunched in New York City. At that
point Norm joined the team and now serves as
chief operating officer.
Norm has visited the campus of his alma mater
as a member of the steering committee of the
School of Business, discussing plans for a
new building for the school. He has been a
guest lecturer in accounting classes and in
2003 spoke at the "Orientation to the Accounting
Profession" for the School of Business. He
credits the University's accounting program
for giving him the broadest possible perspective
on business problems and opportunities. "Albany
did a great job of preparing me for the real
world," he said. "I learned that hard work
does pay off."
OUTSTANDING YOUNG ALUMNI
To recognize early outstanding
achievements in a chosen profession or field
of service and / or service to the community.
Rogers '95, '96, '98, '00
Rebecca Rogers has received four degrees from UAlbany -- her undergraduate
degree in 1995, master's degrees in 1996 and 1998, and her doctoral degree
2000. Now in her fifth year as a professor at Washington University in St.
Louis, she has already been hailed as "a budding star in the field of literacy
education." In December she received an Early Career Award at the annual meeting
of the National Reading Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Jerome C. Harste,
Distinguished Professor and occupant of the Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Chair
in Teacher Education at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, says that "Dr.
Rogers' research has helped us look at what we do in school as a particular
form of social practice that perpetuates a particular form of literacy which
systematically benefits some while denying others."
Rogers' research and teaching are directly
related to her desire to build a more just
and equitable society. Her first book, A
Critical Discourse Analysis of Family Literacy
Practices: Power in and out of Print,
won the Edward Fry Book
Award from the National Reading Conference
for an outstanding contribution to literacy
research in 2003. It was also nominated for
the British Association
of Applied Linguistics Book Award. The
book reports on a three-year study where she
investigated the literacy practices in an economically
disadvantaged African American family while
spending time tutoring the mother and daughter;
the family receives payments from the royalties
earned by the published book.
In addition to her several other honors and
grants, in 2002 Washington University presented
her its award for Excellence in Mentoring Graduate
Students, in 2003 she was nominated for Excellence
in Teaching, and in 2005 was awarded the Who's
Who in Teaching Award. Rogers serves on the
editorial advisory board for several major
journals and provides service to The National
Reading Conference, the International Reading
Association, and American Educational Research
EXCELLENCE in ARTS & LETTERS
Honors alumni for extraordinary
distinction in arts and letters.
Award-winning reporter Paul Grondahl received his master's in English in 1984,
and since that year has been a staff writer for the Albany Times
Union on assignments from the Arctic to Antarctica, from Northern Ireland
to Africa, from Ground Zero on 9/11 to the Adirondack wilderness. His articles
have won numerous state and national writing awards for himself and his newspaper--
more than a dozen New York State Associated Press awards, first place in a national
feature writing competition from the American Association of Sunday and Feature
Writers, and the Hearst Eagle Award, the highest recognition for a reporter in
the Hearst Corporation. A web site comprising a collage of stories, journal entries,
photos and interactive features based on Grondahl and photographer Steve Jacobs'
16 days among villagers in Malawi -- some of the most impoverished people in
the world -- won the Scripps-Howard Foundation's National Journalism Award in
Web Reporting, presented at the National Press Club in 2004.
Mayor Erastus Corning:
Albany Icon, Albany Enigma, Grondahl's
first book, won him entry into the ranks
of America's most eminent biographers. The New
York Times Book Review called it "a
minor classic" and then-Governor Cuomo seconded
its assessment of Corning and praised it
as "detailed, accurate and eminently readable."
In I Rose Like a Rocket:
The Political Education of Theodore Roosevelt (2004),
Grondahl describes how "God made Teddy Roosevelt
bright and bold, but it took the real and
very rough politics of Albany to make him
a great politician." In Guilderland, the
Public Library hailed him as Notable Author
of the Year 2004.
The Teddy Roosevelt biography was Grondahl's
third book. The second, That
Place Called Home, is the story of a
Catholic nun in Albany who adopted and raised
a child with AIDS. The Reader's
Digest published excerpts and CBS optioned
it for a movie.
John Laub '76, '80
The writings of John Laub, who received his doctorate in 1980 from the University
at Albany School of Criminal Justice, have made him one of the best known
and most highly respected criminologists in the world. A professor of criminology
and criminal justice at the University of Maryland, he is an affiliate faculty
member of the Department of Sociology, a faculty associate of Maryland Population
Research Center, and since 2000 an affiliated scholar at the Henry A. Murray
Center of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.
In 1996, he was made a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology and
served as vice president (1995-1996) and president (2002-2003) of the 4,000-member
organization. In 1997 UAlbany's School of Criminal Justice presented him
its Distinguished Alumnus Award.
John Laub has published five books and more
than 70 articles or book chapters. At the heart
of his work is a collaboration with fellow
Albany alumnus Robert Sampson. Together they
returned to the wealth of data collected by
Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck who, in the 1940's,
studied 500 delinquents sent to reform school
and 500 non-delinquents. In their second book, Shared
Beginnings, Divergent Lives: Delinquent Boys
to Age 70 (Harvard Univ. Press, 2003),
Laub and Sampson followed the lives of delinquents
from the Gluecks' study as they approached
age 70, making this the longest longitudinal
study of crime in the world. This book has
won the American Society of Criminology's 2004
Michael J. Hindelang Award for Most Outstanding
Contribution to Criminology and was the recipient
of the 2005 Outstanding Book Award from the
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
EXCELLENCE in COMMUNITY
Pays tribute to alumni
for extraordinary volunteer community service.
Post '82, '84
After enrolling at UAlbany, Libby Post became the first media director for the
Student Association and held that position until she won a Revson Fellowship
to focus on women and public policy at the Center for Women in Government in
1984. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and journalism (1982)
and a master's in political communications (1984). With degrees in hand, she
launched Communication Services, her own full-service marketing, public relations
and development firm, addressing chiefly not-for-profit organizations and political
Post has devoted the greatest part of her
volunteer work to the gay and lesbian community,
helping to secure the equal protections which
are the right of every citizen. In 1991 she
became the founding Chair of the Empire State
Pride Agenda, now one of the state's powerful
and influential lobbying and political action
organizations. From 1994 to 1996 she served
on the board of the Capital District Gay and
Lesbian Community Council and served as its
elected president from 1999 to 2004. In October
2004 she received its Council Leadership/Lifetime
Achievement Award, now named in her honor.
A decade earlier, New York Governor Mario Cuomo
honored her work on behalf of gays and lesbians
with a public citation.
Sherer received his bachelor's degree from the then-New York State College
for Teachers in 1947, having served in the United States Navy during World
War II. The Albany native married his Albany High School sweetheart, Eunice
Blank, in 1950 and, with a degree from the School of Dentistry at New York
University (1952) began a forty year practice in general dentistry in Albany.
Having served a dental residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital, he was
appointed clinical professor in the Department of Dental Surgery at the hospital.
In the late 1970s, Sherer and his wife began
annual trips to Kibbutz K'far Blum in the Upper
Galilee in Israel, where for a month each year,
until 1985, he donated his services to patients
seeking oral surgery and advanced dental care.
He and his wife were made honorary members
of the kibbutz in 1984. In 1995, the Sherers
received the Educators of the Year Award from
the Anti-Defamation League. Has served on the
Board of Trustees for Temple Israel for 20
years and received numerous awards for his
work on the National Kidney Foundation, United
Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
and many other honors.
EXCELLENCE in EDUCATION
Honors alumni for
extraordinary distinction in the field
of education, including pre-K through post-secondary
classroom teaching, school services and
L. Oliver Robinson, Ph.
D. '94, '96
Born in Jamaica, Robinson moved with his family to Bell Glade, Florida, when
he was eight. When he graduated from high school, he challenged the guidance
counselor who told him, "Black people can't go to Ivy League schools." He became
the first from his school to do so, graduating from Brown University in 1991
with a Bachelor of Economics. After a year of teaching algebra in a Florida
school, he enrolled in the School of Education at UAlbany, completing his master's
in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies in 1994
with a concentration on school finance and business management. He received
his doctorate in the same department in 1996.
Robinson is the superintendent of Mohonassen
Central School District in Schenectady County,
an authority on public school finance, and
involved with the University at Albany's outreach
program of the School of Social Work. On July
1, Robinson will become Superintendent of Schools
for the Shenendehowa Central School District,
one of the largest suburban school districts
in New York State. The district, which this
year has a budget $113.6 million, includes
two high schools, three middle schools, and
seven elementary schools with an eighth under
construction. At 36 he is one of the youngest
superintendents of schools in upstate New York.
Alan Fiero '74, '77, '93
In a recent letter supporting Alan Fiero for the award, the principal of the
Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland, New York, where Alan has taught
since 1985, wrote, "Alan Fiero is a role model for classroom teachers" and, "Alan
has been an inspiration to me."
Fiero began his career with a bachelor's
degree focused on teaching science and later
earned two master's degrees in the School of
Education (in advanced classroom teaching,
1977 and reading, 1981). He earned his doctorate
in curriculum and instruction in 1993.
An important measure of Fiero's work is the
enthusiasm not just of his students but of
parents and community leaders in their expressions
of gratitude. Fiero has affected the physical
as well as intellectual environment of his
community by drawing national attention to
the plight of the endangered inland pine barren
called The Pine Bush. As a member of the Environmental
Inquiry team of Cornell University he
has focused much of his school's science on
protection of the Pine Bush; in turn there
has been enthusiastic collaboration with teachers
of other subjects, especially language arts
Fiero has published numerous articles on
science, and served as supervisor of mathematics
and science at Farnsworth 2002-2004.
EXCELLENCE in PUBLIC SERVICE
Honors alumni for
outstanding achievement in public service.
Alice Green '67, '73, '79,
Alice Green holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in social sciences, English,
and social welfare, and both a master's and doctorate in criminal justice --
all from the University at Albany. She has worked as a school teacher and a
social worker, and for years served as executive director of the Trinity Institution,
a youth and family service center in Albany's South End. In 1985 she founded
the Center for Law and Justice, a non-profit community organization monitoring
and advising on criminal justice policy, where she still serves as executive
director. The Center publishes The Advocate (a
quarterly criminal justice journal with a circulation of 3,000), develops educational
materials, and conducts workshops, seminars, and conferences.
In 1985 Governor Cuomo recognized Green's
prominence by appointing her to the Citizens
Policy and Complaint Review Council of the
State Commission on Corrections, and in 1986
named her deputy commissioner of the State
Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.
She serves on the advisory board of the Fund
for Modern Courts.
Green, who helped establish the Paden Retreat
for Writers of Color, has published in scholarly
journals and in 1999 co-authored Law
Never Here: A Social History of African American
Responses to Crime and Justice.
Green also has been given the Community Service
Award from the Albany chapter of the NAACP;
Woman of the Year from the YWCA, Shaker and
Mover Award from the National Association of
Women, and many more.
Daniel Fitzpatrick '71,
After receiving a bachelor's degree, cum laude,
from Marist College in 1969, Daniel Fitzpatrick earned his master's in business
administration from UAlbany in 1971, and, in 1977 his doctorate in public administration.
In his 21 years of experience as a city manager he has served the cities of
Poughkeepsie and Ogdensburg, New York; Augusta, Maine; and Oak Park, Michigan.
He currently is back in the Hudson valley, serving Peekskill.
Fitzpatrick's professional accreditations
include certification by the Academy of Administrative
Management and the Institute of Certified Professional
Managers, the American Society for Quality,
the American Institute of Certified Planners,
the Association of Government Accountants and
the International City/County Management Association
(ICMA). An instructor in the ICMA Training
Institute from 1979 to 1996, he mentored the
first graduate of the Certificate in Management
Program. He has served on ICMA's Task Force
on Continuing Education and Professional Development
and last year was appointed to a three-year
term on ICMA's Credential Advisory Board.
In March 2004 the National Academy of Public
Administration and the American Society for
Public Administration presented Daniel Fitzpatrick
with their highest award, the National Public
James O'Sullivan '87
Currently the foundation program officer for the prestigious John A. Hartford
Foundation, James O'Sullivan campaigns to improve health care and services
for older adults across the nation. O'Sullivan received his bachelor's degree cum
laude in history and journalism from UAlbany in 1987, and has achieved
distinction in the administration of philanthropic organizations. He began
in 1989 as an intern at the Charles A. Dana Foundation, and by 1994 had become
program officer in the health division and director of grants management.
In 1996 O'Sullivan was awarded a master's
in public health from Columbia University and
became program officer for the Soros Foundations.
Over the next two years he developed a $13
million national grants program of rehabilitative
services for prisoners, ex-prisoners, their
families, and for victims of crime.
O'Sullivan's social and professional interests
were refocused when he was hired as grants
manager and now program officer to promote
the John A. Hartford Foundation's mission of
increasing our nation's capacity to provide
effective, affordable care to the rapidly increasing
older population. He has worked to develop
a national agenda for gerontological social
work, first assessing the needs of the field
and then tailoring grant making to address
those needs. The Capital District has benefited
from his partnering with the Center for Aging
Services in UAlbany's School of Social Welfare.
In all, the Hartford Foundation has awarded
$40.9 million to programs to create new leaders,
curriculum and programs in geriatric social
BERTHA E. BRIMMER AWARD
Celebrates alumni for
excellence in teaching K - 12 and dedication
to their profession.
Shepard '60, '61
A social studies teacher at Roy C. Ketcham Senior High School in Wappingers
from 1961 until his retirement in 1997, Shepard has received numerous teacher
of the year awards and a commendation for excellence in teaching by the Dutchess
County Legislature. The Wappingers Central School District grew in those same
years to be the seventh largest in New York State, and for a semester Shepherd
was the district's acting social studies department head, but, ultimately,
preferred to return to full time teaching. He continued his professional education,
participating in a national Summer Institute on Teaching Economics in 1969
and receiving a master's in teaching (economics) from the University of Missouri
Parents, colleagues and former students have
written in enthusiastic support of Shepherd.
Says one, "Phil asked analytic questions that
encouraged students to articulate how and why
they were answering as they did. He demanded
critical thinking, expected research, and required
The Ketcham High School chapter of the National
Honor Society named him Teacher of the Year
in 1991 and presented him with its Excellence
in Teaching Award in 1996.