Out and About

By Christine A. Doyle, M.B.A. '04
Karen Hitchcock at portrait unveiling

Karen R. Hitchcock

Portrait Unveiling

Photo: Mark Schmidt

The University at Albany’s 16th president, Karen R. Hitchcock, returned to campus Sept. 17 for the unveiling of her presidential portrait. Known for her ability to organize coalitions and work with diverse groups, Hitchcock served as president from 1996 to 2004; under her leadership, UAlbany facilities and programs experienced significant growth. In 2004, Hitchcock was named principal of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. She returned to the Capital Region in 2008.



Scholarship Reception/Alumni Awareness Luncheon

Photo: Mark Schmidt

Evan Zahn and scholarship recipient, Julia Prusik

Homecoming Weekend 2010 included an Oct. 8 reception that celebrated philanthropy and student success.

Right, pediatric cardiologist Evan Zahn, M.D., creator of the Evan Michael Zahn ’82 Scholarship, is pictured with Julia Prusik, recipient of the award that carries his name. Prusik, a junior majoring in biology and art, intends to pursue a career in general surgery.

UALbany scholarship recipients

Above, young men and women whose studies and career plans are being positively impacted by the generous support of University donors pose for a group photo. Read more.


School of Business Alumni Reception in New York City

Photo: Raymond Robinson

More than 140 UAlbany alumni living and/or working in Metro New York gathered at the Hard Rock Café in Manhattan on Oct. 14 to network. They also heard remarks from President George Philip and School of Business Dean Donald Siegel.

Philip poses with Lisa Ganz ’89 and Debra Ganz ’89, creators of Twins Talent, the only referral service/talent agency exclusively for twins and multiples.

From left to right, are guests Jessica Cavallero ’08, Michelle Mund ’08, Michelle Landers ’08 and Natalya Ruseva ’05.









Citizen Laureate Dinner

Photo: Gary Gold ’70

University and Foundation Presidents Philip and Hearst III with Citizen Laureate Dinner co-chairs and laureates

With more than 430 guests attending, the 31st annual Citizen Laureate Awards Dinner was a great success! The event, held Oct. 20 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, helped to gross an unprecedented $180,000 to support University at Albany Foundation initiatives, including the Campaign for Students.

Pictured right, those enjoying the evening’s festivities included, from left, University President George M. Philip; Citizen Laureate Dinner Co-chair I. Norman Massry; Community Laureate John J. Nigro; Academic Laureate Sally Temple, Ph.D.; and UAlbany Foundation President George R. Hearst III. Watch video from the 2010 Citizen Laureate Dinner.

Rockefeller College Alumni Awards

Photo: Mark Schmidt

Rockefeller College Alumni Awards Recipients

During its 27th annual Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony on Dec. 2, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored five individuals for outstanding public service.

Pictured, left to right, are Mohammad O. Abbadi, M.P.A.’08 (Rockefeller College Young Alumnus Award); Peter D. Miraglia, B.A.’72, M.S.W.’77 (Distinguished Continuing Professional Education Leadership Award of Excellence); Ruth S. Walters (Rockefeller College Distinguished Service Award); The Honorable Lawrence K. Marks, B.A.’79 (Distinguished Alumnus Award in Political Science); and Peter C. Finn, M.P.A.’77 (Distinguished Alumnus Award in Public Administration & Policy).

World Within Reach Speaker Series

Photo: Mark Schmidt

Barbara Walters and UAlbany's all-male a cappella group, The Earth Tones

Renowned broadcast journalist Barbara Walters visited campus Oct. 9 as part of the Student Association’s World Within Reach Speaker Series. Walters’ ground-breaking exclusive interviews with world figures and her enterprising reporting have made her one of the most highly acclaimed journalists on television. She is pictured here with performers from The Earth Tones, UAlbany’s premier all-male a cappella group. When Walters met them during the photo opportunity, she asked them to sing to her. Members claim it was one of their proudest moments!

Media Legend Barbara Walters Offers Her 'View'

Winter Commencement

Photo: Island Photography

UAlbany’s alumni are a source of tremendous pride and inspiration. On Dec. 8, at the Winter Commencement Ceremony held in the SEFCU Arena, almost 1,000 graduates joined our alumni family. Of that number:

  • 561 students earned undergraduate degrees in 42 different majors and represented 17 countries, including China, Korea, Japan and Ghana. Ages ranged from 20 to 61. Fifty percent were men; the class also included 10 military veterans.
  • 434 students earned graduate degrees; they came from nine states and 25 countries, including Pakistan, Turkey, China, India, Korea, Iran and Japan. Ages ranged from 22 to 63. Sixty percent of the graduate students were women.
Kelsey O'Brien - Winter Commencement 2010

Kelsey O’Brien, a bachelor’s candidate who received her degree in psychology, spoke on behalf of her fellow graduates about recognizing those who have supported them along the way and giving back to others. She is pictured here with one of her treasured Fountain Day rubber duckies!