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UAlbany Foundation Names 2019 Citizen Laureates 

From left, Citizen Laureates David Alan Miller, Anne and Harry Rosenfeld, and Marlene Belfort. 

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 23, 2019) -- The University at Albany Foundation announces the 2019 Citizen Laureate awardees: internationally acclaimed molecular geneticist, National Academy of Sciences member and UAlbany Distinguished Professor Marlene Belfort; Grammy Award-winning symphony orchestra conductor and music director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, David Alan Miller; and veteran newspaperman and prolific editor Harry Rosenfeld and his wife, Anne, who is active in many community organizations.

They will be honored at the 40th annual Citizen Laureate Awards dinner on Oct. 30.

The time-honored event recognizes outstanding leaders in business and industry, government and academia, and are the most prestigious honors bestowed by The Foundation.

Belfort will receive the Academic Laureate Award, and Miller and the Rosenfelds will be recognized as Community Laureates. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the Foundation and UAlbany student scholarships.

Michael J. Castellana ’84, ’92, president and CEO of SEFCU and Jerel T. Golub, vice chairman of Price Chopper/Market 32, are event co-chairs.

Funds raised through the dinner benefit the important work of The University at Albany Foundation, which acts on behalf of the University’s educational, research and public service missions. Established in 1967 to encourage philanthropic support, The Foundation supports the University’s strategic plan and sponsors efforts to build the University’s ties to the community.

To learn more about the event, visit UAlbany Citizen Laureate or contact the Office of University Events at (518) 442-5310.

About Citizen Laureate:
Celebrating its 40th year, 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.
Since 1977, the awards have honored outstanding leaders in business and industry, government and academia for their extraordinary accomplishments. Exactly 100 distinguished awardees have been honored over the course of the event’s history, and our laureates’ efforts continue to transform our region economically, scientifically, culturally, intellectually and socially.
Qualifications for the awards remain virtually unchanged. The Academic Laureate Award recognizes individuals for their notable achievements in academia, including teaching, research, scholarship 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.

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