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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 morning classes

Contact: 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, 2005

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 Ronald Canestrari

11 - Noon Walking Tour
· Professor John Pipkin will guide a walking tour

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 Kratt

3:30 p.m.
· 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

6 p.m.
· Return to Collins Circle


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