20 UAlbany Faculty Hit
the Road with President Kermit Hall for "Roads
Scholar Tour" of Capital Region with
Stops in Schenectady, Albany and Troy
First stop - Schenectady
High where the president and faculty will teach
Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
Karl Luntta (518) 265-4114 cell
Michael Parker (518) 265-3910 cell
ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2005) -- University
at Albany President Kermit L. Hall and 20 full-time
UAlbany faculty members will board a bus early
Monday morning, May 16, to take an all-day
tour of the Capital Region.
“The 'Roads Scholar Tour' is an opportunity to orient our new faculty to
the region while affirming UAlbany's priority for academics, teaching and our
community,” said President Hall.
The tour begins with a visit to Schenectady
High School, where new UAlbany faculty members
will teach a class with an assigned high school
teacher. Faculty have worked with their colleagues
at Schenectady High School to develop a lesson
plan which will give students a chance to learn about a variety of subjects.
President Hall will teach a course on the Kennedy Assassination Papers.
The bus will then head to the State Capitol
where Assemblyman and historian John J. "Jack" McEneny will spend an hour taking the faculty through the
building. After the tour the group will have lunch at Nicole’s Bistro and
visit Quackenbush Square with Michele Vennard, president and CEO of the Albany
County Convention and Visitors Bureau, as host. Next the bus will travel to Troy
for an introduction to The Arts Center of the Capital Region, guided walks through
the downtown historic district, and a tour of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
The tour will conclude at the Times Union, where faculty will engage in an editorial
meeting as Times Union editors decide the headlines for the next day.
The goal is make “Roads Scholar” an annual tradition for new faculty.
MEDIA NOTE: Media are
invited to attend all or part of the “Roads Scholar Tour." A
bus is scheduled to depart Collins Circle on
the uptown campus of UAlbany on Monday, May
16 at 7:30 a.m.
Roads Scholar Tour Itinerary - May 16,
7:15 a.m. Collins Circle
· All participants arrive
7:30 a.m. Collins Circle
· Bus leaves for Schenectady High School
· Welcome and announcements
· Professor John Pipkin, narrator for bus trip
8 a.m. Schenectady High School
· Breakfast reception with John Falco, superintendent
and Arnold Spadafora, asst. superintendent.
8:15 a.m. Schenectady High School
· Faculty and President Hall pair off with teachers.
Faculty, staff & students who are not
teaching can observe classes where fellow
faculty are teaching
8:30-9:20 a.m. Schenectady High School
· Faculty teach classes
9:30 a.m. Travel to Albany
· Commentary by Professor John Pipkin
10-11 a.m. State Capitol
· Tour of State Capitol with Assemblyman John
J. McEneny, author of Albany:
Capital City on the Hudson.
· Meetings with Senator Neil Breslin, and Assemblyman
11 - Noon Walking Tour
· Professor John Pipkin will guide a walking
Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch, Nicole’s Restaurant
· Self-guided/optional tour Quackenbush Square & Visitor’s
Center (Film at 1:10, optional)
1:45 p.m. Travel to Troy
· Commentary by Professor John Pipkin
2-3:30 p.m. Troy tour
· Tour of The Arts Center of the Capital Region,
with Raona Roy, executive director
· "Troy’s Fame and Fortune: Introduction" by
Stephen Schechter, professor of political science
and director of the Council for Citizenship Education,
Russell Sage College; walking tour with Stephen
Schechter and staff
· "Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: An Enduring
Classic," tour with Executive Director Laura
· Travel to Times Union
· Commentary by John Pipkin
4-5:30 p.m. Times Union building
· Faculty attend the editorial board meeting;
(Rex Smith, editor)
5:30 Travel to UAlbany
· Faculty return to UAlbany/Collins Circle Wrap
up commentary by John Pipkin
· Return to Collins Circle