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UAlbany's Rockefeller College Announces 2015 Alumni Award Recipients

Rockefeller College students attend classes on the University at Albany's Downtown Campus. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 29, 2015) — UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will honor six individuals for outstanding achievement and service to the public and to the College at its Annual Alumni Dinner & Awards Ceremony, Friday, May 15 at the New York State Museum in Albany. This year’s awardees have been chosen for their contributions in the areas of advocacy, higher education, government, nonprofit leadership and service to the Rockefeller College community.

“Once again, the awards will showcase Rockefeller’s exceptional alumni and faculty and pay tribute to the professional accomplishments of established and emerging leaders in their fields. This event has become a premier opportunity for current students, recent graduates and long-standing alums to meet, network and celebrate Rockefeller together,” said Rockefeller College Interim Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer.

The 2015 Alumni Award recipients include:

Distinguished Alumna in Political Science
Libby Post, B.A. '82, M.A. '84
President, Communication Services
Political/Advocacy Consultant and Commentator

Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy
David M. Van Slyke, Ph.D. '99
Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University

Young Alumnus in Political Science
Matthew Peter, B.A. '06, M.A. '07
Chief of Staff to the Mayor, City of Albany

Young Alumna in Public Administration and Policy
Natasha Pernicka, M.P.A. '08
Executive Director, Food Pantries for the Capital District

Distinguished Service to the College
David F. Andersen, Ph.D.
Dean, Rockefeller College (1983–1988) and Distinguished Service Professor of Public Administration and Information Science, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Associate Dean, UAlbany’s College of Computing and Information

Distinguished Service to the College
Michael J. Malbin, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Director of the Semester in Washington Program, University at Albany
Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Campaign Finance Institute

Rockefeller College’s Alumni Dinner & Awards Ceremony is open to the public. For information on obtaining tickets or to learn more about this year’s ceremony and awardees, please visit the Alumni Awards website or contact Rockefeller College’s Director of Alumni Relations Andrea Lomanto at 518-442-3862 or .

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