Wicked Author, Record Industry Execs, U.N. Humanitarian Return to UAlbany as Inspirations to Campus Community
Alumni luncheon slated for 12:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Campus Center Ballroom
Contact(s): Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150
"Our guests today symbolize the success of our more than 140,000 alumni and their contributions to the world," said Interim President George M. Philip. "They represent a broad array of fields ranging from the arts and entertainment to business and public policy and cutting-edge sciences such as nanotechnology."
Maguire is a creative literary mind, popular for his books for both children and adults. His 10th novel, the best-seller Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, spawned the Broadway musical smash hit Wicked. Maguire received a bachelor's degree in English and art. He works as a consultant in creative writing for children, which has taken him to speaking engagements across the globe.
Maguire recently released A Lion Among Men, which examines the tragically misunderstood life of the Cowardly Lion before and after his adventures with Dorothy and company. It is the third installment of Maguire's Wicked Years series based on the children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Maguire will sign copies of his books following the "Reaching Higher, Achieving More" luncheon.
Bertini has illustrated the importance of a global perspective by devoting more than a decade to changing the way we feed the world. Her successful efforts to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the World Food Programme serve as a model of United Nations reform. As a result, in 2003 she was awarded the World Food Prize. A leader in humanitarian relief and nutrition policy, Bertini is a senior fellow in agricultural development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She received a bachelor's degree in political science.
"Reaching Higher, Achieving More" is an alumni campaign designed to showcase the remarkable career paths of UAlbany graduates. The alumni inducted into this campaign are points of pride for the entire UAlbany community and are known for their lasting impact around the country and globe. Past featured alumni have included Judge Richard Wesley, '71, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals; Maureen Baginski, '79, senior intelligence advisor; and Brian Lehrer, '73, Newstalk radio host and commentator.
The luncheon will kickoff a weekend-long celebration at UAlbany, highlighted by UAlbany Day, which is designed to celebrate the richness of the University's academics, student success and campus life with the community. Alumni, students, faculty and staff will also gather for Reunion and Homecoming Weekend events.
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