With a history spanning more than 40 years, The University at Albany Foundation's Citizen Laureate Awards have maintained their original intent, which was to strengthen the ties between the academic and business communities.
Designed to not only honor each year's recipients for their achievements but to inspire others to share their talents to the benefit of community and academia, they continue to recognize and elevate the awareness of civic and academic achievement exemplifying the highest standards of leadership and citizenship.
Held in various landmarks throughout the Capital Region (see below) since 1977, the awards have honored outstanding leaders in business and industry, government, and academia for their extraordinary accomplishments. Proudly founded by Sorrell E. Chesin, Ph.D., Alan V. Iselin, and Lewis P. Welch, Ph.D., all of whom turned an idea into a legacy, the event is now a signature fundraising event for UAlbany students, with proceeds benefiting the important work of The University at Albany Foundation. Established in 1967 to encourage philanthropic support, The Foundation continues to advance the University’s strategic goals and sponsors efforts to build the University’s ties to the community.
Over 100 distinguished awardees have been honored over the course of the event's history, and our laureate's efforts continue to transform our Capital Region economically, scientifically, culturally, intellectually, and socially.
Qualifications for the award remain virtually unchanged.
- The Academic Laureate Award recognizes individuals for their notable achievements in academia, including teaching, research, scholarship, administration and/or service.
- The Community Laureate Award honors individuals for their impactful and sustained contributions to the community.
Both must have widely recognized records of achievements which have long-range significance in enhancing the quality of life in our community. Nominations for the awards continue to be limited to the Capital Region.
Our laureate family’s creativity, teaching, entrepreneurship, research, mentorship, generosity, and friendship have forever transformed our region and our University. We honor those we have lost throughout the years, knowing their legacies live on in many ways.
Citizen Laureate Dinner Locations: A Retrospective
1977-1985 UAlbany Uptown Campus - reception around fountain, dinner in Campus Center Ballroom, dancing in Patroon Lounge
1986 Norstar Plaza (Union Station)
1987 NYS Museum, Albany
1988 Hall of Springs, Saratoga
1989 NYS Education Building, Albany
1990 UAlbany Uptown Campus - awards ceremony in the Performing Arts Center, dinner in Campus Center Ballroom
1991 UAlbany Uptown Campus Ballroom
1992 UAlbany Uptown Campus RACC (now SEFCU Arena)
1994 UAlbany Uptown Campus - cocktails around fountain, dinner in Campus Center Ballroom
1995 Kiernan Plaza, Albany
1996 NYS Museum, Albany
1997 Hall of Springs, Saratoga
1998 Franklin Plaza, Troy
1999 Hall of Springs, Saratoga
2000 Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia
2001 UAlbany Uptown Campus - cocktails in Science Library Atrium, dinner under tent on lawn
2002 Hall of Springs, Saratoga
2005-11 Hall of Springs, Saratoga
2012-now UAlbany Uptown Campus - SEFCU Arena
*The event was not held in 1993, 2003 and 2004 due to scheduling conflicts, or 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.