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Rockefeller College Alumni Quarterly
Winter 2014 

Greetings and Happy New Year!
In a just few short weeks, students will return for the spring semester and in the coming months we will host alumni events in Albany, NYC and DC. We hope to see you out and about!  We are also accepting class note submissions until Wednesday, January 15. Click here to submit your good news!

Best wishes to you in 2014!

You're Invited:
Upcoming Alumni Events 

Wed., Feb. 5, 6 - 8:30 p.m.


Thurs., Feb. 13, 6 - 8 p.m. 

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Rockefeller on the Road
Alumni Events in Albany, NYC and DC
2014 Alumni-Student Jeopardy Challenge  
Friday, January 24, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Husted Hall, UAlbany Downtown Campus
Join us for a fun evening with fellow alumni, students and faculty. The event kicks off the spring 2014 semester for our students and will give them a chance to chat with our outstanding alumni in an informal setting. Join a team or just stop by for some refreshments and good conversation. The deadline for forming a team is Wednesday, January 15.
Click here for more information

Dialogue on Women's Leadership Challenges
Wednesday, February 5, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC
Join us for a conversation among senior women leaders as they explore the topics of leadership challenges in the 21st century. Hear two women who have experienced great success in their careers reflect on the struggles and celebrations along the way. The event will feature Christine Varney '77 and Judge Karen Peters. Click here for more information

Washington D.C. Alumni Reception  
Thursday, February 13, 6 - 8 p.m.
Bloomberg Government, Washington D.C.
Join us for a Washington D.C. Alumni Reception for UAlbany grads and current students of the Washington Semester Program.
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Leading Strategically: Natasha Pernicka, MPA '08
Q & A with the Executive Director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc.
Q: What are your responsibilities as executive director?

A: I am responsible for the development, execution and management of the policies, programs and initiatives of the Food Pantries ...


Q: Why did you decide to enter the nonprofit field?

A: After teaching English in Japan for a year, I genuinely wanted to help people when I returned to the States, but I just wasn't exactly sure how to do it...  


Q: What's been the greatest challenge for your organization?

A: The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that more than 13.3% of the New York State population does not always have enough money to meet their basic nutritional needs. Since the economic downturn, we have seen an increase in the number of people seeking assistance through our local food pantries; service levels have increased by 52.5%...


Q: How did Rockefeller prepare you to take on the challenges of your current position?

A: From financial management to social network analysis, I developed a greater understanding in areas that help me do my job today... 


Click here to read the full Q & A with Natasha 

PISCES Project Receives Strong Federal Support to Stem WMD Proliferation
Professor Brian Early is Directing the Efforts
The Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES), directed by UAlbany political scientist Bryan Early, received significant expansion of its U.S. State Department funding in 2013 to aid countries that seek more stringent controls on their international commerce related to conventional arms and weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

The nearly $600,000 in State Department grants will support PISCES projects in Kazakhstan, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and the western Balkan countries of Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. The awards build on previously funded PISCES projects, totaling approximately $1.75 million, which the group has used to provide strategic trade control assistance to countries in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  

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