Spotlight on Student Service

Our students have departed for the summer, but the impact of their community service continues. Students across the UAlbany campuses demonstrate their commitment to the Capital Region and beyond through exemplary service activities, fundraising campaigns, and innovative partnerships.

A Walk to Cure Violence
The student group Doctors 4 Hope collaborated with SNUG/Cure Violence to organize a march on April 26th through West Hill and a rally at the Washington Park Lakehouse where Mayor Sheehan spoke. Over 100 people attended the event, which helped draw atte
ntion to recent gun violence in the neighborhood. Toyin Ben-Shidah helped SNUG/Cure Violence director Clarence Jackson emcee the event. This was a major student-to-community outreach effort that involved not just Doctors 4 Hope but many other student organizations, including the African Student Association, Omega Phi Beta sorority, the Department of Residential Life, Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Sankofa Afrika, Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, and others. Click here for more information. 

Students Raise Serious Cash for Relay for Life
Since 2005, UAlbany's Students of Albany Against Cancer has conduced major fundraising efforts for the Capital Region's annual Relay for Life event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The event helps to honor cancer survivors, remember those we have lost, and raise funds and awareness to fight back and help end cancer forever. This year, the UAlbany student group raised nearly $60,000, with over 1,369 participants. Altogether, UAlbany students have raised nearly $800,000 in the past 9 years for the cause. Click here for more information or to make a donation.

Business Students Receive Big Prizes at NY Business Plan Competition
Two School of Business students were in the winner's circle at the 2014 New York Business Plan Competition in April, besting 564 teams from 62 colleges and universities from across the state. MBA student Colby Creedon ('10, '14) and the Glauconix team won the overall grand prize of $100,000. Glauconix offers a glaucoma drug screening service that incorporates a realistic lab-produced eye tissue as a substitute for real eye tissue. In addition, undergraduate student Ryan Stern ('15) and the Open Campus team placed third in the Social/Nonprofit division. Open Campus links students with specific skills to small businesses who post short-term, goal-oriented projects. Click here for details.

Albany Med Recognizes UAlbany Student as Volunteer of the Year

Undergraduate student Michael Medwid ...

Frat Brothers Develop Program for Teens on the Autism Spectrum
For the past three semesters, the brothers of UAlbany's Theta Delta Chi fraternity have worked in partnership with the Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region to develop a program for teen boys on the autism spectrum. The fraternity brothers work with middle and high school students for the 10-week program to help participants develop self-confidence and socialization skills. During the program, the fraternity sponsors activities for their "younger brothers," including bowling, UAlbany basketball games, and movie nights. They also help participants get a better understanding of college life and serve as role models. The program is an extension of Theta Delta Chi's national community outreach efforts to promote awareness and provide support to youth on the autism spectrum. Visit the BrosUnited website for more
info.

Teaching in Ghana
Three School of Education students - Peter Garnsey, Patrick O'Connell, and Anna Onderdonk - from the Master in Science in Secondary Education Program spent t
heir fall semesters in Ghana, Africa. They traveled there as part of their clinical training in teaching. Peter, Patrick, and Anna not only lived  and learned in the community but also experienced a valuable exchange of global perspectives on education and the respective cultures of all involved.