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Gifts at Work

By Carol Olechowski

E&Y Initiative Supports Business Students

Ingrid Fisher, Dean Siegel, Alex Fredericks and Elda DiRe (Photo Mark Schmidt)

In April, a group of School of Business alumni – all Ernst & Young and Ernst & Young Foundation employees – made an additional $102,000 donation to the Ernst & Young Initiative, which enhances the student experience and assists the school in preparing a competitive workforce. From left, Professor and Chair of Accounting Ingrid Fisher and School of Business Dean Donald Siegel joined Ernst & Young partners Alex Fredericks, B.S.’95, and Elda DiRe, B.S.’83, for the check presentation.



J. Spencer and Patricia Standish (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Standishes Designate Pledge for School of Business

Longtime UAlbany supporters J. Spencer and Patricia Standish have made a $250,000 pledge to associate their names permanently with the University’s new School of Business.

The building’s atrium will be named for the Standishes, who are well known in the Capital Region for their support of higher education and medicine. The Standish Room in the Science Library also honors the couple.

J. Spencer Standish, who served as University at Albany Foundation president for many years, is now director emeritus of The Foundation. He is also chairman emeritus of Albany International in Menands, N.Y. Patricia Standish, a retired English teacher, taught for many years at Siena College.

Sanjay Goel (Photo Mark Schmidt)

McDonnell Foundation Funds Goel’s Research

If idling at a red light with no other vehicle in sight annoys you, take heart. Associate Professor of Information Technology Management Sanjay Goel’s research could make your aggravation – and the attendant wastes of time and fuel – a thing of the past.

The James S. McDonnell Foundation recently awarded Goel a five-year,
$378,375 grant to continue his research, which indicates that coordinating traffic patterns and signals could minimize vehicle wait times at intersections, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate driver frustration.