Award Winners and Exemplars

The University at Albany engages with business, governments, non-profits and communities in hundreds of ways to address critical societal challenges and improve public well-being in the Capital Region and beyond. To advance public engagement as a core value and integral part of its culture, UAlbany celebrates the exemplary publicly engaged research, teaching and service of faculty, staff, students, and community partners. Check out the lists below to learn about the exciting work of our faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

President's Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement
President Robert J. Jones established the President's Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement in 2013 to honor effective University-community partnerships having an impact locally and globally. UAlbany winners are honored along with the community partners at an annual awards ceremony.

2015: (Program Descriptions) (Award Ceremony Photos)
  • Edmund Russell Altone, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Public Health
    Partners: Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc.; Capital Region Refugee Roundtable; Albany County Department of Health; U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; Global Institute for Health & Human Rights
  • Center for Human Services Research for work with Healthy Families New York, School of Social Welfare
    Partners: New York State Office of Child and Family Services; Healthy Schenectady Families; Prevent child Abuse New York
  • Center for Technology and Government for work on the National Youth in Transition Database Peer Caller Program
    Partners: New York State Office of Child and Family Services
  • Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector, Rockefeller College, School of Social Welfare, School of Public Health
    Partners: United Way of the Greater Capital Region;Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce; Chamber of Schenectady County; Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce; AVillage, Inc.
  • Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc. (student-run organization)
    Partners: Guilderland Emergency Medical Services; Regional Emergency Medical Organization; Albany Fire Department; Mohawk Ambulance Service; Town of Colonie Emergency Medical Services; Western Turnpike Rescue Squad; several internal UAlbany partners
  • Know Your Schools~for NY Kids, School of Education
    Partners: Capital Area School Development Association; Capital Region BOCES; New York State School Boards Association; New York State United Teachers; New York State Council of School Superintendents
  • Looking at Lemon: Transforming Life through Literature, Performing Arts Center, University Art Museum; New York State Writers Institute; University at Albany Foundation
    Partners: Albany High School; Albany Fund for Education
  • Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Group, Department of Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
    Partners: Center for Problem Gambling; Capital Counseling
  • Derik Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences
    Partners: Bard Prison Initiative; and other community-based organizations

2014: (Program Descriptions)

  • Capital Area School Development Association, School of Education
    Partners: Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSHWE) BOCES; School Districts of Argyle, Cambridge, Fort Ann, Granville, Hartford, Hudson Falls and Salem
  • Center for Human Services Research Education Team, School of Social Welfare
    Partners: City School District of Albany
  • Michelle Feder, PhD Candidate, School of Education
    Partners: Hannah Attard, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Atmospheric & Environmental Science; Club Zoe
  • Healthy Environments and Relationships that Support (HEARTS) Initiative, convened by Dr. Heather Larkin, Associate Professor, School of Social Welfare
    Partners: LaSalle School; St. Anne Institute; Prevent Child Abuse New York; St. Catherine's Center for Children; Troy Housing Authority; Parsons Child and Family Center/Northeast Parent and Child Society; Senior Hope; Center for Disability Services; Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region; Community Hospice; The WAIT House; Soldier's Hope; Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless; Homeless and Travelers' Aid Society; Healthy Hearts on the Hill
  • Akiko Hosler, Associate Professor, School of Public Health
    Partners: Schenectady County Public Health Services; West Indian Diabetes Coalition; Guyanese American Association of Schenectady; Ellis Medicine
  • Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo, led by Jennifer Goodall, College of Computing & Information
    Partners: KeyBank; Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
  • Hal A. Lawson, Professor, School of Social Welfare and School of Education
    Partners: Albany Institute for Research in Education; Capital Area School Development Association; Commission on Economic Opportunity, Troy, NY; New York State Education Department; New York State Office of Child and Family Services; New York State Social Work Education Consortium; many regional school district partners including Albany, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Cohoes, and Schenectady
  • Arlene Lev, Lecturer, School of Social Welfare
    Partners: UAlbany's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project; Pride Center of the Capital Region; In Our Own Voices; Rainbow Access Initiative; Empire Conference; Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center; New York State Northeast Division National Association of Social workers, Pride and Joy Families
  • Small Business Development Center
    Partners: School of Business; New York State Small Business Development Center
  • University in the High School Program, College of Arts & Sciences
    Partners: over 200 participating New York secondary schools

2013: (Program Descriptions)

  • Albany SNUG, Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, Inc.
    Partners: Albany Medical Center; Albany Police Department; UAlbany School of Social Welfare
  • Umaru Barrie, UAlbany undergraduate student
    Partners: Distributaries; New Sudan Jonglei Orphans Foundation; UAlbany student organizations Sankofa Africa Organization and MALIK Fraternity
  • Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness, School of Social Welfare
    Partners: Healthy Hearts on the Hill; Koinonia Primary Care; New York State Department of Health; New York State Office for the Aging
  • Center for the Humanities, Arts & Technosciences, College of Arts & Sciences
    Partners: Albany Institute of History & Art; The Albany Academies; Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau; William K. Sanford Town Library; UAlbany Libraries; UAlbany Foundation
  • Committee on University & Community Relations, Division of Student Success
    Partners: Albany Fire Department; Albany Medical College; Albany Police Department; College of St. Rose; Eagle Hill and Pine Hills Neighborhood Associations; Hudson Valley Community College; New York State Office of Fire Prevention & Control; and many others
  • G3: Going Green Globally, School of Business
    Partners: Batelle Memorial Institute; Golub Corporation; National Grid; New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; UAlbany faculty/staff from the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Rockefeller College, and Dept. of Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences.
  • Services Outcomes Action Research, School of Criminal Justice, School of Social Welfare
    Partners: LaSalle School; St. Anne Institute
  • Small Enterprise Economic Development, School of Business, School of Social Welfare, Small Business Development Center
    Partners: Empire State Development Center; SEFCU
  • Women's Health Project, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
    Partners: Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood

U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
This federal program recognizes college and universities for their role in addressing public issues and promoting civic engagement among students. The exemplars below were selected for an annual application to illustrate UAlbany's commitment to public engagement. UAlbany has received U.S. Honor Roll designation each year it has been offered. (Note: After 2010, the federal program renumbered the award years. There was no gap between 2010 and 2012.)

2014:

  • Community & Public Service Program, School of Social Welfare
  • Small Enterprise Economic Development, School of Business, School of Social Welfare
  • Science and Technology Entry Program, Office of Access & Academic Enrichment

2013:

  • Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
  • Psychological Services Center, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Information Studies' Web-Based Learning Modules Program, College of Computing & Information

2012:

  • Communities for Healthy Living, School of Public Health
  • Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, Division of Student Success
  • Master's in Regional Planning Program, College of Arts & Sciences

2010:

  • Community & Public Service Program, School of Social Welfare
  • Community Service Course EDU 390, School of Education
  • Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, College of Arts & Sciences