Association Honors Those Making a Difference
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518)
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 2, 2004) - The University
at Albany will honor 14 individuals at the Alumni
Association Awards gala on Friday, June 4, at
6 p.m. at the Desmond Hotel on Albany-Shaker Road.
The cost of the event is $50 a person. A social
hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and
This year, the Citizen of
the University Award, which recognizes
outstanding contributions to the University by
a non-alumnus or alumna will be given to Thomas
E. D'Ambra, Albany Molecular Research Inc.
CEO. D'Ambra, who with his wife Constance kicked
off UAlbany's $500 million fund-raising effort
with a $1 million gift, serves as chair of the
University's Life Sciences Research Initiative
Committee and is a member of the Campaign Development
The Excellence in Entrepreneurship
Award recognizes the accomplishments of
an individual who has contributed to the 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. The
recipient is Robert W. Lazar,
M.S. '77, president of the New York Business Development
Other awards to be given at the event:
The Distinguished Alumni Award
for those who have displayed distinctive achievements
in their profession or field and/or outstanding
service to society or their community, will be
- Frances E. Allen,
'54, an IBM Fellow Emerita at the T.J. Watson
Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.
- James J. Fyfe, M.A.
'72, Ph.D. '78, New York City Police Department's
Deputy Commissioner for Training.
- Denise D. Knight,
M.A. '83, D.A. '86, assistant chair of the English
Department at SUNY Cortland.
- Madhav V. Marathe,
Ph.D. '94, team leader in the Basic and Applied
Simulation Science group in the Computer and
Computational Sciences Division at the Los Alamos
- Seung Park, M.A.
'73, Ph.D. '74, head of the Bank of Korea and
former associate professor and dean of the Graduate
School at Chung-Ang University.
The Excellence in Alumni Service
Award, an honor which recognizes sustained
leadership and service to the Alumni Association
and/or the University, will be awarded to:
- Helen Brucker Martin,
'44, retired teacher and elementary school principal.
- Joan D. Rosenthal,
'76, formerly with JPMorgan Chase.
- Patricia E. Salkin,
'85, associate dean, professor of law and director
of the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.
The Excellence in Education
Award pays tribute to alumni for extraordinary
distinction in the field of education, including
pre-K through post-secondary classroom teaching,
school services and administration/supervision,
and will be given to:
- Leila V. Moore,
Ed.D. '75, who runs a consulting practice with
- Harris Pastides,
'74, dean of the Arnold School of Public Health
and interim vice president for research for
the University of South Carolina.
- Paul Zachos, M.S.
'74, Ph.D. '91, director of the Atlantic Canada
Association of Science Educators, an association
of scientists and educators who work to improve
teaching and learning.
The Bertha E. Brimmer Award,
which celebrates excellence in secondary-school
teaching, will be awarded to Noreen
C. Benton, Ph.D. '91, an active adjunct
in UAlbany's Department of Educational Theory