Out and About
By Kelsey M. O'Brien
Photos by Mark Schmidt
Roughly 2,000 undergraduate and 875 graduate candidates
participated in UAlbany’s Spring 2011 Commencement
ceremonies May 14 and 15. The undergraduate
class continues to reflect the rich diversity of the UAlbany
- Degrees were conferred in 50 majors, including business,
psychology, communications, accounting, English,
sociology, political science, history and biology.
- Students represented 20 states and 54 countries, including
China, the Republic of Korea, Afghanistan, Belarus,
Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, Italy, Israel, Japan, Pakistan,
Trinidad, Tobago, Togo and Vietnam.
Above left, no amount of rain could stop undergraduates, their families and friends from celebrating!
Above right, student speaker Cameron Waldman spoke about the bonds he and his classmate formed at UAlbany, and the strength that students and alumni alike should find in them.
TD Bank Sponsors Entrepreneurship Opportunities
More than 100 local business leaders from the Capital
Region attended a networking breakfast sponsored
by TD Bank. The June 7 program included insights
from a panel of successful business leaders: Carolyn
Jones, publisher of The Business Review; Elizabeth Coco,
founder of MicroKnowledge; Michael Hoffman, president
of Turf Hotels; Hamdi Ulukaya, president and
CEO of Argo Farms/Chobani; and School of Business
Dean Donald Siegel.
John E. Burton Lecture
Rep. Paul Tonko delivered the 27th annual John E. Burton Lecture at Page Hall on the downtown campus before an
audience of 125. A highlight of the April 27 event was a ceremony honoring six Distinguished Public Service Awards
recipients for their service to the citizens of New York.
Left to right: Pictured after the annual Burton
Lecture are Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy Dean Jeffrey Straussman; award recipient
Pete Grannis; UAlbany President George Philip;
Rep. Paul Tonko; School of Criminal Justice Dean
Alan Lizotte; Deborah Campbell (accepting on
behalf of Thomas A. Constantine); award recipient
William B. Hedberg; School of Education
Dean Robert Bangert-Drowns; School of Social
Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson; award
recipient Michael J. Castellana; award recipient
Kathleen Tanner; School of Public Health Dean
Philip Nasca; and College of Computing and
Information Dean Peter Bloniarz.