Bridging the Gap Between New York City and Albany


The School of Business works closely with alumni in New York City. Many of the school’s advisory boards meet in the city.  Staff meet likely candidates for the Direct Admit program, departments hold conferences, current students visit our alumni on Wall Street, at the Big Four accounting firms and other influential organizations. And of course, the School of Business hosts annual networking events.

School of Business Dean Don Siegel said, “We hold the events in New York City because that’s where our alumni are.”  He continued, “We do events in Albany, buts it’s easier for our downstate alumni, including those who work on Wall Street and for the Big Four accounting firms to attend if the event is held in New York.”

NYC Alumni Advise the School

Many of the alumni who guide the school work in New York City. The Dean’s Advisory Board meets there twice a year. The advisory board of the Department of Accounting and Law meets in NYC annually, hosting duties rotating among members, as does the board of the Center of Institutional Investment Management who have met at Goldman, JP Morgan, Goldentree Asset Management, Dalton Greiner Hartman and Maher, and most recently at CIFG.

Meeting and Greeting

The university and the school offer many chances for alumni to connect with their school and each other.  The annual fall alumni networking reception goes off without a hitch.  Usually. Scheduled to be held at a new location this fall, Stout, the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. We will be back next year.

The Women’s Networking Reception, established six years ago, is held annually at Skadden Arps. The event brings together alumnae and students.

Network NYC brings alumni and students together each January at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Would you like to attend? Details are available at the end of this story.

The second annual Financial Analyst alumni event was held at Rockefeller Center this year, attended by 40 program graduates, ten students, and ten faculty and staff.

The university offers the 1844 Society reception for donors who contribute at least $1,000.

Jeff Black, Vice Chairman, Deloitte and Touche hosts an annual event for key stakeholders of the School of Business. This fall, the group met incoming University at Albany President Robert Jones and learned of the latest accomplishments of the School of Business from Dean Don Siegel. See photos of event.

The School of Business dean and university president also attend corporate alumni events at New York City firms, including Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young and Morgan Stanley.


Hurricane Sandy not only forced cancellation of the annual fall alumni event, but also two New York City hosted conferences, one on alternative investments that was scheduled for the SUNY Global Center and a technology transfer conference scheduled for the New York Academy of Sciences located low on the isle of Manhattan at the World Trade Center. 

The Technology Transfer Society Annual Conference has been rescheduled for April. The new date for “The Effects of Alternative Investments on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Growth” will be selected shortly.

The Department of Accounting and Law will sponsor the “First Annual Special Topics in Strategic and Emerging Technologies Conference” on March 1, 2013.  See details on all of these conferences below.

Business Plan Competition Extends to NYC this Year

The School of Business sponsored New York State Business Plan Competition has been expanded in 2013 to include ten regional events in advance of the final, including one in New York City. The competition offers over $500,000 in prize money, making it the fifth largest in the country. 

Students Visit and Learn from the Best

Students enrolled in the Financial Analysis Honors program have an opportunity to tour the trading floors at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. A recent visit to Morgan Stanley featured a panel of professionals including many School of Business alumni discussing their career paths and their professional focus. These visits provide an opportunity for networking.

Business students have had the opportunity to visit Oppenheimer headquarters, the Federal Reserve Bank and the Stock Exchange.

Recruiting Business Majors

New York City firms have allowed the School of Business to further extend its reach. Deloitte and Ernst & Young have stepped up to host Direct Admit receptions providing promising high school seniors the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, alumni and current students. 

Upcoming NYC events

Network New York City '13
Alumni working in the business arena are invited to share their experience and insight with today's students. This alumni/student networking event enables alumni to speak with current students on various topics, including career options, job paths and the job-search process. This is not a recruiting fair, but an informative way for students to learn about working, living and succeeding in New York City. Sponsored by the UAlbany Alumni Association and the School of Business.
January 9, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fashion Institute of Technology
Building A, Faculty Dining Room, 8th Floor; West 27th Street and 8th Avenue, NYC
Register here.
Contact Melissa Samuels at (518) 442-3083 or

The First Annual Special Topics in Strategic and Emerging Technologies Conference
The Department of Accounting and Law sponsored program, “Text Analytics in Accounting,” will cover research and practitioner use.
March 1, 2012
SUNY Global Center

116 East 55th Street (Between Park and Lexington), NYC
Registration information

Technology Transfer Society Annual Conference
Conference Theme: “Technology Transfer and Academic Entrepreneurship”
April 19-20, 2013
New York Academy of Sciences

250 Greenwich Street, NYC
Contact: Sally Mills at or (518) 442-4272

Effects of Alternative Investments on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Growth
Special issue conference for Managerial and Decision Economics
Date to be determined (Spring 2013)
SUNY Global Center

116 East 55th Street (Between Park and Lexington), NYC
Contact: Sally Mills at or (518) 442-4272

Seeding Entrepreneurship with Microfinance
Special Issue Conference for Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
October 4, 2013
SUNY Global Center

116 East 55th Street (Between Park and Lexington), NYC
Contact: Sally Mills at or (518) 442-4272