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News Archive

Applications now being accepted for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Jennifer Maclaughlin, director of careers and internships, shares the following information from the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Rockefeller Professors Bruce Miroff and Jose Cruz Among Featured Speakers at CDPFC’s “Why Vote?”

Capital District Progressive Faculty Caucus presents
University in the City a free public discussion, "Why Vote? The Election and Political Change."

Rockefeller Public Service Professor Paul Castellani Discusses NYS and Medicaid (NYT, 10/24/12)

Depending on who is doing the talking these days, New York State is either a national model of how to curb Medicaid spending, or the nation’s prime example of Medicaid abuse.

Rockefeller Remembers Senator
George McGovern

On September 30, 2009, Rockefeller College had the privilege of hosting Liberal icon and former Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern for a campus wide conversation with the UAlbany community. Sadly we lost Senator McGovern yesterday (October 21, 2012). He passed away in Sioux Falls at the age of 90 in South Dakota, surrounded by his family and dearest friends. Today we mourn the loss of a gentleman and statesman, but we celebrate his life, leadership, and legacy of courageous public service.

“The Moral Clarity of George McGovern” – An Op-Ed by Prof. Bruce Miroff (NYT, 10/21/12)

EVERYBODY noticed George S. McGovern’s decency. Robert F. Kennedy called him “the most decent man in the Senate.” But during the 1972 presidential campaign, political pundits assumed that a man who was that nice could not possibly be the strong leader Americans required. Few predicted that he would still be standing after the early primaries.

Refki Discusses Romney’s Citing of CWGCS Report

During his second debate with President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney cited a 2004 study from Rockefeller College's Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS) that provided a five-year trend analysis related to the gender, race and ethnicity of appointed policymakers in state government. Romney was referencing the report in response to a town hall meeting attendee’s question about pay equity for women. 

CWGCS Director Dina Refki to Moderate Women's Law Caucus

Albany N.Y. (October 18, 2012) - Dina Refki, executive director of Rockefeller College’s Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS), will moderate a discussion on the role of women in the judiciary on Monday, October 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Law School, Room 200, 80 New Scotland Avenue, Albany.

Romney Cites Study from Rockefeller’s CWGCS During Presidential Town Hall Debate

During his second presidential debate with President Barack Obama, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney cited a 2004 study from Rockefeller College's Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS) that provided a five-year trend analysis related to the gender, race and ethnicity of appointed policy makers in state government. Romney was referencing the report in response to a town hall meeting attendee’s question about pay equity for women.

Koslowski to Speak at First Annual BORDERPOL Conference in London, November 16-17

Rockefeller College Associate Professor of Political Science Rey Koslowski will be a featured plenary speaker at the first annual BORDERPOL Conference and Exhibition being held in London, October 16 through 17. BORDERPOL, founded in 2003, serves the international border policing and border management community.

Graduate Students Partner with College to Present Election Panel Discussion and Debate Watch, October 22

Albany N.Y. (October 15, 2012) - The Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS) and the Public Administration Student Association (PASA) are teaming up with Rockefeller College to present a panel discussion and debate watch on Monday, October 22 from 8-10:30pm.

Doctoral Student’s Research Looks at Romney Running Mate Paul Ryan

Michael Armato, a doctoral candidate in the Rockefeller College Department of Political Science, has been studying Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as one of the subjects of his dissertation, “Practicing Representation: The Influence of Political Competition on the Home Styles of U.S. Representatives.”

Visit Rockefeller Alumni Group’s Tailgate Table at Fallbany this Saturday, October 13

The Rockefeller College Alumni Group will have its first ever Rockefeller table at the UAlbany Homecoming Tailgate this Saturday, October 13 from 11am-1pm.

Students React to First Presidential Debate

Over 60 UAlbany political science, public policy and journalism undergraduates gathered in Social Sciences 255 and 256 on the uptown campus Wednesday night to watch the first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. After the debate a number of students stayed to discuss their reactions to the candidates’ comments.

Former Rockefeller Advisor and UAlbany Alumna, Catherine Bertini, Named to Benghazi Accountability Review Board

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has named Dr. Catherine Bertini (BA, ’71) to serve on the State Department’s Accountability Review Board that is looking into the facts and circumstances of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11.

Interpreting Public Administration: Why Words Matter in the Real World — Oct 18 & 19

The Department of Public Administration and Policy is sponsoring a two-day workshop for masters and doctoral students titled Interpreting Public Administration: Why Words Matter in the Real World, October 18 and 19 at Rockefeller College on the downtown campus of the University at Albany.

Rockefeller Offers Admissions Info Session, Wednesday Evening, October 3

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 25, 2012) -- The Rockefeller College Department of Public Administration and Policy will hold an admissions information session for prospective on Wednesday, October 3 from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Levitt Room, Page Hall on UAlbany’s downtown campus.

Talking Politics: Five Rockefeller Political Scientists Chew Over the Presidential Election

A meal can get lively when politics is on the menu, especially when the conversation turns to this year’s too-close-to-call presidential election. You’re invited to eavesdrop on an entertaining and incisive back-and-forth shared by five Rockefeller College political scientists — Sally Friedman, Bruce Gyory, Anne Hildreth, Bruce Miroff, and Patty Strach — over a friendly summer­time lunch at Taste, a downtown Albany eatery just a stone’s throw from New York’s historic Capitol where some of the most interesting politics in the country take place daily.

T-STeP: Rockefeller Trains Homeland Security Professionals

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy has received a $200,000 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support its T-STeP program, a combined education, training, and research opportunity administered by the College in partnership with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES). T-STeP, Training for Security and Terrorism Professionals, is designed to prepare homeland security professionals for two types of long-term employment: as intelligence analysts in local, state, or federal service and as social science researchers in the public and private sectors.

UAlbany Student Success Assistant Vice President to Serve as National ODK President

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 31, 2012) -- Dr. Michael Christakis, Assistant Vice President for Student Success at the University at Albany, has been named national president of the 300,000-member leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Christakis was elected to serve a two-year term by nearly 300 student, faculty and alumni delegates at the national ODK biennial convention in Charlotte, N.C. July 28. He has been a member of the ODK national board of directors since 2000 and a trustee of the ODK Foundation since 2006.


Rockefeller Public Management Specialist Facilitates Workshops for Australian Nonprofits

Albany N.Y. (August 31, 2012) - This past August, Assistant Professor Yvonne D. Harrison of the Rockefeller College Department of Public Administration and Policy facilitated four workshops with nonprofit boards of directors representing aged care, disability, and mental health in New South Wales and Melbourne, Australia.

New York Times Editorial Cites Rockefeller Institute Director Tom Gais’s Forthcoming Article – NYT (8/24/12)

New York, N.Y. (August 24, 2012) -- On Thursday, Mitt Romney unveiled the latest in a series of bad ideas for taking government duties out of Washington and hiding them in the back rooms of state capitols. Mostly, Mr. Romney wants to allow states to quietly smother social programs the federal government has run for decades. In the case of his new energy policy, he wants to give states power to bypass Washington’s caution in burrowing for oil, gas and coal on federal lands.

Matthew C. Ingram Joins Rockefeller Political Science Faculty

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 24, 2012) -- The Rockefeller College Department of Political Science is pleased to welcome new tenure-track assistant professor Matthew C. Ingram. Dr. Ingram’s research examines justice sector reforms in Latin America. Matthew Ingram Specifically, he studies the political origins of institutional change and judicial behavior in the region's justice systems, focusing on sub-national courts in Brazil and Mexico.

Professor Michael Malbin Tells Morning Edition that Campaign Contribution Totals Reveal Complex Picture – NPR (8/21/12)

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 21, 2012) -- A moment ago we heard warnings that Todd Akin will lose financial support if he stays in the race. For a campaign, of course, money is like oxygen, and the presidential campaigns have set out their latest reports on how they're breathing. President Obama and Mitt Romney each have an advantage, depending on which bank account you're looking at. NPR's Peter Overby reports. Let's start with $5,000, the online contribution that President Obama made to his own campaign. They made it into a fundraising video. Here he's disclosing his employer.

Rockefeller Strategic Trade Controls Expert Bryan Early Comments on Impact of Sanctions Against Iran – WSJ, 8/2/12

TEHRAN—As the U.S. imposes fresh sanctions on Iran, businessmen in Tehran say existing restrictions targeting the country's disputed nuclear program and its ruling regime are landing severe blows on businesses that aren't directly connected with either. Despite U.S. and European Union assurances that sanctions have been designed to avoid harming Iran's civilian population, one Western official acknowledged that collateral damage on business is a predictable consequence of such tough sanctions, but ultimate blame for this lies with the Iranian government.

States Continue to Collect More Taxes through Early 2012, Rockefeller Institute of Government Report Finds

ALBANY, N.Y. (Aug 2, 2012) -- States' tax collections grew for the ninth straight quarter in the first three months of 2012, according to Rockefeller Institute research and Census Bureau data.Overall state tax revenues are now above pre-recession levels, as well as above peak levels that came several months into the Great Recession. In the first quarter of 2012, total state tax revenues were 4.8 percent higher than during the same quarter of 2008. 

Why New York Still Welcomes Immigrants, A Commentary by Rey Koslowski (WSJ, 7/28/12)

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 28, 2012) -- Many states across the U.S. have passed restrictive immigration measures in recent years. But New York under Gov. Andrew Cuomo is bucking the trend. "We are a state of immigrants," he declared in his 2012 State of the State address. "While other states build walls to keep people out, we open our arms and we invite people in." The Empire State is in this regard a lot like Australia, which is notable among developed nations for actively recruiting immigrants.

POLIS Research Shows Cost of Lawsuits to NYS Localities (TU, 7/26/12)

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 26, 2012) -- Localities in the state spend at least $1 billion a year on judgments and other costs of lawsuits, according to preliminary data from Rockefeller College. Taxpayers in Albany, Schenectady and Troy have been stuck paying hefty settlements in cases ranging from a death during a police pursuit, criminal conduct by a school manager and violation of First Amendment rights.

Rockefeller Nonprofit Specialist Delivers Keynote in Melbourne

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 24, 2012) -- Rockefeller College public management specialist Yvonne D. Harrison has been invited to present at the 6th Australasian Better Boards Conference in Melbourne, Australia July 27-29. She and research partner Vic Murray of the University of Victoria are the developers of Board Check-Up, an online self-assessment tool that boards of directors and nonprofit organizations can use free-of-charge to assess their effectiveness.

Deloughery Shares Her Experience with Graduate Education During Visit to Moscow State University

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 24, 2012) -- Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Kathleen Deloughery recently traveled to Russia to participate in the School of Public Administration’s International Summer School at Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). Kathleen Deloughery (pictured fourth from left in back row) with summer school participants in front of Moscow State University This year’s summer school focused on Russian-American academic collaboration and dual degree programs between Russian and U.S. universities.

Public Policy Student Amaury Muñoz Chosen as Pickering Fellow

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 24, 2012) -- University at Albany senior Amaury Muñoz is one of only 40 college and university students nationally participating in the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, a program for students aspiring to enter the United States diplomatic corps. The only student representing the State University of New York system, Muñoz will be working alongside peers from Georgetown, Columbia, New York University, Harvard, and Yale.

Women's Share of Seats on the Nation's State Benches Inches up in 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 16, 2012) -- Women's share of the nation’s state judgeships in 2012 rose 0.7 percent over its 2011 level, but women's representation on the nation’s federal benches dropped 0.1 percent, according to a report released by the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.

Rockefeller's Asal & Early Ask, “Are We Focusing on the Wrong Nuclear Threat?”

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 29, 2012) – Americans are wringing their hands about the grave threat that a nuclear Iran would pose to the United States. But the numbers tell a different story. As a contentious new round of high-stakes nuclear talks between Iran and world powers wraps up in Baghdad, it is important to think critically about how much of a threat Iran poses to the United States.

Rockefeller Professors Take Part in Innovative International Degree Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2012) – Rockefeller College Professors David Andersen and George Richardson have been affiliated with an innovative international degree program, the Erasmus Mundus European Master Programme in System Dynamics, since planning for it began several years ago.

Rockefeller/Bocconi Double Degree Program Offers MPA Students Opportunity for Study Abroad

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2012) -- The Rockefeller College Department of Public Administration and Policy recently welcomed Paolo Cancelli, manager of global alliances for Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, for a two-day visit to campus.

Rockefeller’s Center for International Development Collaborates with Kenya National Assembly to Host Conference

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 21, 2012) – SUNY/CID’s USAID-funded Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program collaborated with the Kenya National Assembly to host the Kenya Legislative Development Conference in Nairobi. The March 29-30, 2012, conference provided an opportunity to reflect upon achievements made and outline steps forward for the 11th Parliament as it works to implement the new constitution.

Rockefeller Announces Speakers for Commencement Events

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 17, 2012) – Rockefeller Announces Speakers for Commencement Events – FCC’s Jennifer Manner ’86 and Retired Albany County Executive Mike Breslin

The challenge is on for Rockefeller students, faculty and alums!

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 14, 2012) – In an era of declining state support for public higher education across the country, it is vital that universities and colleges identify new resources that can be invested to support our mission of teaching, research, and service. In addition to external funding from groups such as foundations, these investments traditionally come from stakeholders including students, faculty, and alumni.

Rockefeller Political Scientist Assesses Mexico's New Immigration Laws in The Washington Times

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 10, 2012) – About 200 impoverished and undocumented migrants recently packed into a small building in this ramshackle town 20 miles north of Mexico City. Nearly all were from Honduras and headed for the U.S. border. Almost none spoke a word in the shelter’s dark main room, where the only thing thicker than the smell of unwashed clothes was a sense of fear.

Rockefeller College to Honor Five Distinguished Alumni at Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony on May 17th

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 4, 2012) – Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will honor five distinguished individuals for their contribution to public service at its annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 6:00pm. The ceremony will take place at the State University of New York Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany, New York. The event is open to all -- students, faculty, alumni, staff, and members of the general public. Please come and join the celebration on this very special evening for Rockefeller College.

Rockefeller Undergraduate selected for the UC Berkeley’s prestigious Public Policy Fellowship

Albany, N.Y. (May 3, 2012) - Two University at Albany juniors, Amaury Muñoz and Kalima Johnson, have been selected for the University of California Berkeley’s prestigious 2012 Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute Fellowship. They are among only 30 students across the nation admitted to the fellowship program each year. UC Berkeley’s Goldman School offers the Summer Institute in policy skills to empower students to better address the needs of historically underserved communities. Students participate in a rigorous seven-week program designed to improve analytical and quantitative skills vital to success at graduate programs in public policy, international affairs and law school studies.

Rockefeller’s Rey Koslowski Discusses the ‘Hidden World of Immigrant Smuggling’ on NPR’s Talk of the Nation

Rockefeller College Professors Call for End to Use of Child Soldiers — Christian Science Monitor OpEd

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 20, 2012) – Tonight, April 20, is the Invisible Children organization’s “Cover the Night” campaign, where people all over the world are supposed to plaster their towns and cities with Kony 2012 posters. Invisible Children, the creators of the viral video “Kony 2012,” seek to increase pressure on American policymakers to help capture Joseph Kony, the brutal leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Raising global awareness about the use of children as soldiers is a noble goal, and Mr. Kony certainly deserves to be brought to justice for the 20 years he spent using child soldiers to terrorize Uganda. While Kony deserves to be punished for his crimes, his arrest alone will do little to address the global problem of child soldiers.

Hispanic Coalition NY Names Rockefeller Student and Alumni to 40 Under 40 Rising Stars

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 19, 2012) – University at Albany Senior John-Raphael Pichardo II of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., alumnus Irving J. Burbano ’11 of New York City, and alumnus Joe Bonilla ’11 of Albany, N.Y., have been named to NY’s 2012 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars by the Hispanic Coalition NY, Inc. The finalists will be honored March 24 during the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force Annual Somos el Futuro Legislative Conference in Albany, N.Y.

Life After the Ban: An Assessment of US Syringe Exchange Programs’ Attitudes About and Early Experiences with Federal Funding

Albany N.Y. (March 27, 2012) - Despite the temporary removal of a ban on federal funds for syringe exchange programs, few programs received federal financial support during 2010-2011 as they faced multiple barriers to accessing the money, a new study finds. Instead, the programs -- intended to prevent the spread of HIV and viral hepatitis -- continued to rely heavily on funding from state and local governments and private sources, and report ongoing funding concerns.

Scholar on Comparative Legislative Behavior and Legislative Politics to Address Rockefeller Students

Albany N.Y. (March 22, 2012) - Albany N.Y. (March 22, 2012) - Dr. Michael Mezey, a distinguished student of comparative legislatures and former Dean of Arts and Sciences at DePaul University, will address Rockefeller College students on the topic of working with legislatures to strengthen their role in policymaking.

Rockefeller College Seeking Nominations for Dean’s Leadership Council and Applicants for New Undergraduate Scholarships

Albany N.Y. (March 22, 2012) - Rockefeller College Interim Dean David L. Rousseau invites students to nominate themselves for a position on the newly created Dean’s Leadership Council. The purpose of the Council is to bring together College leadership and active and interested students in public policy and political science to participate in a council that advises Rockefeller College on matters of College and University policy.

Rockefeller College's Erika G. Martin Serves on Institute of Medicine Committee Looking at How to Evaluate National HIV Policies

Albany N.Y. (March 16, 2012) - The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies released a report March 15 that identified and recommended available data critical to assessing and monitoring the impact of federal legislation and policy on HIV care. Erika Martin, assistant professor of public administration and policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, and a fellow at the College’s Rockefeller Institute of Government, serves on the IOM committee that produced the report. The White House Office of National AIDS Policy requested the report.

Rockefeller College takes the Policy Challege

Albany N.Y. (March 16, 2012) - In December 2011, the White House announced the Startup America Policy Challenge where federal government agencies challenged the American public to serve as entrepreneurial problem-solvers, identifying the best solution for administrative change to a particular public challenge. Rockefeller College has joined a network of schools under the stewardship of the Arizona State University (ASU) School of Public Affairs who are attempting to meet this challenge.

Miroff’s The Liberals’ Moment Named to WSJ’s Five Best

Albany N.Y. (February 21, 2012) -- The Liberals’ Moment by Rockefeller College political science professor and Collins Fellow Bruce Miroff, was recently named to the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Five Best’ list. Miroff, an expert in American politics and the presidency, writes about Senator George McGovern’s remarkable 1972 presidential bid and explores how McGovern’s devastating loss to Richard Nixon would go on to impact and shape the Democratic party and its election efforts for years to come.

Fossett Lays Out Implications of Biotech Giant’s Decision to Cancel Clinical Trials of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy

Albany N.Y. (February 21, 2012) -- James Fossett, Rockefeller College associate professor and director of the Rockefeller Institute’s health, Medicaid studies and bioethics research programs, writes on biotech giant Geron’s decision to cancel a clinical trial for a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) therapy, and the implications that decision is having in California and beyond.

Rockefeller Institute to Train Future State Leaders

Albany N.Y. (February 21, 2012) -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has launched the New New York Leaders Initiative to recruit talented young professionals and college students to serve in state government. The Rockefeller Institute of Government is collaborating with the administration to train those selected for the Initiative's Empire State Fellows program, intended to prepare future leaders for policymaking roles.

UAlbany Students Present IT Recommendations to State CIOs

ALBANY, N.Y. ---- It's all about real-world experience for graduate students in Theresa Pardo's public administration course at Rockefeller College. A team of UAlbany students from her class presented recommendations to New York State Acting Chief Information Officer Dr. Daniel C. Chan and CIOs from several state agencies on two important information technology (IT) issues: cloud computing and the use of personal devices in the workplace.

Rockefeller Institute Report Notes Regional Differences in Paying and Receiving Share of State Revenues

ALBANY, N.Y. ---- Downstate gives more to the state in taxes and revenues than it gets back in expenditures for services and other assistance. Upstate, on the other hand, gets more than it gives. That's according to a new report by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, analyzing the regional distribution of revenues collected and dollars spent within the New York State budget. The report, Giving and Getting, examines actual receipts and expenditures for the 2009-10 fiscal year

State Tax Revenue Up for Seventh Straight Quarter Says New Rockefeller Institute Report

ALBANY, N.Y. ---- Preliminary tax collection data for the July-September quarter of 2011 show growth in overall state tax collections, as well as for personal income tax and sales tax revenue, for the seventh consecutive quarter. While still strong, revenue growth was more moderate than in the previous three quarters. We will provide a full report on the July-September period after Census Bureau data for the quarter are available.

Fossett and Purtell Consider Complexities of Privatizing Public Assets

Albany N.Y. (December 5, 2011) -- "Privatizing public assets has become an attractive alternative for cash-strapped American state and local governments," say Rockefeller researchers Jim Fossett and Bob Purtell in a November 2011 article the two prepared for the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Rockefeller Researchers Organize Workshop on Immigration Policy Reform for US and Mexican Officials

Albany N.Y. (November 23, 2011) -- Rockefeller College Political Science Professors Rey Koslowski and Laura Valeria González-Murphy recently organized and facilitated a two-day series of immigration policy reform workshops in Washington, DC. Rey Koslowski, PhD On Monday, October 31, Koslowski and González-Murphy welcomed US and Mexican officials and policymakers to the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for a wide-ranging discussion of the two countries' immigration reform efforts. 

Rockefeller Public Policy and Political Science Major Muñoz is Committed to Making a Difference

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 14, 2011) -- When Amaury Muñoz was a boy growing up in the Dominican Republic, he never dreamed he would one day meet a former United States president, work for a U.S. senator, or be an intern in the Office of Regional Affairs for the governor of New York state. However, all of this became possible at the University at Albany, where he is now studying public policy and political science.

New York in the World: The Impact of the Global Economy on New York State and City

Albany N.Y. (November 4, 2011) -- No place has achieved greater advantages or suffered worse losses due to globalization than New York City and New York State, a new report from the SUNY Levin Institute and Center for an Urban Future shows. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher On November 4, 2011, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, an institute of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, hosted a forum where the the report's authors discussed their findings, which, as Jonathan Bowles of the Center for an Urban Future said, tell a tale that is familiar but has not been comprehensively documented until now.

Rockefeller Hosts Social Documentarian

The Political Science Department of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy presents "Race, Poverty, Public Housing," a screening and conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ronit Bezalel on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7pm.

Rockefeller Forum on The Patriot Act Brings Together Experts from Homeland Security and Criminal Justice

Albany, N.Y. (October 20, 2011) - On Thursday, October 20, Rockefeller College concluded its special three-part series Navigating the Post-9/11 World with a policy forum at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. The forum, titled Chasing Criminals vs. Chasing Terrorists: Comparing Investigation Standards and Criminal Procedures in the Post-9/11 World — Reflections on the Patriot Act, featured key officials and experts in military and government security.

Rockefeller College Receives DHS Grant to Train Homeland Security Professionals

Albany N.Y. (October 17, 2011) -- Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University of Albany has received a $200,000 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of its T-STeP program, a combined educational, training, and research opportunity administered cooperatively by the College and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES).

CID, EALA to Develop East African Parliamentary Institute

ARUSHA, Tanzania (July 7, 2011) -- The University at Albany's Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) and the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), the legislative arm of the East African Community (EAC), have signed an agreement to create and develop the East African Parliamentary Institute (EAPI).

Schumer, Gillibrand Push To Include NCSP In National Domestic Preparedness Consortium

Albany N.Y. (June 27, 2011) - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand reintroduced legislation to include the National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) at Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, State University of New York, in the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a partnership of several organizations meant to enhance the emergency preparedness of federal, state, local, and nongovernmental emergency responders and counter-terrorism teams.

Rockefeller Researcher to Direct Task Force on State Budget Crisis

Albany N.Y. (June 27, 2011) - Donald J. Boyd, a senior fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, who has for three decades researched and written about states' fiscal policies, will serve as executive director of the Task Force on the State Budget Crisis, newly created by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch.

Rockefeller Institute Report Explores SUNY’s Role in
NY Economy

Albany N.Y. (June 6, 2011) - A comprehensive statewide study by the Rockefeller Institute and the University at Buffalo Regional Institute finds the State University of New York is positioned to be the critical force in building an innovation economy for New York. Its economic impact equates to $5 for every $1 of state support. It has a diverse array of economic development activities already in place across its 64 campuses — and a growing potential to do more.

Hats off to the Class of 2011

Albany N.Y. (May 19, 2011) - Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored the achievements of the Class of 2011 at its annual graduate and undergraduate recognition ceremonies on May 13 and 15 at Page Hall on the downtown campus of the University at Albany. This year’s Masters and PhD recipients attending the graduate ceremony totaled 103, while 176 bachelor’s degree awardees, their families and friends filled the historic hall to capacity for the college’s undergraduate recognition ceremony.

Meet Rockefeller College Valedictorian Ruky Tijani '11

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2011) -- Growing up economically disadvantaged in a family wrought with troubles and tragedy, Rukayatu “Ruky” Tijani was 5 when she learned about famed jurist Thurgood Marshall. She has dreamed of becoming a lawyer ever since. That day draws closer on May 15 with Tijani's graduation from the University at Albany and her acceptance into the University of California, Berkeley, law school.

UAlbany Report: Number of Women Judges Rises, but Equal Representation is Elusive Goal

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 17, 2011) -- The number of women holding federal and state-level judgeships across the nation continues to inch forward, a University at Albany study has found. However, no state has achieved equal representation of women (50 percent of all seats) in either federal or state-level judgeships.

Policy Conversation Focuses on Collective
Bargaining Debate

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 28, 2011) -- At the April 26th Rockefeller College Policy Conversation, Madison, WI Alderman Mark Clear shared his experience as both a citizen and elected official caught up in the chaos of the recent battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin. Rockefeller College adjunct professors Bruce Gyory, a political consultant with Corning Place Consulting and former advisor to three New York State governors, and Nick Vagianelis, former director of classification and compensation with the NYS Department of Civil Service, provided commentary and offered insight into the current labor situation in New York State.

Rockefeller Students Participate in Model EU

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 21, 2011) -- A delegation of Rockefeller College undergraduates was among a group of 145 students from 15 universities throughout New York State and Europe that participated in a Model European Union (EU) simulation at SUNY New Paltz, April 14-16. The three-day exercise, the largest of its kind in the US, afforded students the opportunity to assume the roles and responsibilities of key players in the EU such as foreign ministers, prime ministers, finance ministers, diplomats, and commissioners.

College Honors Deputy Comptroller Pete Grannis

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 18, 2011) -- Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will honor Pete Grannis, first deputy comptroller for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller (OSC), at the 2011 John E. Burton Lecture & Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 27 at Page Hall Auditorium. The annual event, hosted by the University at Albany, recognizes individuals who have dedicated their careers to serving the people of New York. The Honorable Paul D. Tonko (NY-21) will deliver this year’s Burton Lecture.

Martin’s Work on Mental Health Drugs and HIV Published in American Journal of Public Health

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2011) -- Erika G. Martin, assistant professor of public administration and policy at Rockefeller College and institute fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, is lead author on a paper to be published in the June 2011 edition of the American Journal of Public Health. The article, titled “The Adoption of Mental Health Drugs on State AIDS Drug Assistance Program Formularies,” is now available online to AJPH members. Colleen L. Barry, associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was co-author on the article.

Governor Cuomo Nominates Rockefeller Institute’s Courtney Burke to Lead Agency

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 13, 2011) -- Courtney Burke, director of the Health Policy Research Center at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, has been nominated by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve as commissioner of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. Burke will bring extensive knowledge of health care and government to the position. She has conducted research on health care policy at the Institute for 10 years, focusing primarily on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), health reform and private insurance coverage.

Cornell’s Ingraffea Talks Energy Policy at Rockefeller

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 7, 2011) -- Anthony R. Ingraffea, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering in the Cornell University School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, led a policy conversation on the shale gas debate at Rockefeller College on Thursday, April 7. Professor Ingraffea, an expert on hydraulic fracturing, explained the process of “hydrofracking” and highlighted a number of key policy issues raised by this unconventional and controversial energy technology.

US Homeland Security Official to Visit Rockefeller

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 28, 2011) -- On Wednesday, April 6, US Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Douglas Andrew Smith will visit Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy to speak with students, faculty, and members of the New York State homeland security community about the role higher education can play -- through education, training, and R&D -- in combating cyberterrorism. 

Congressman Paul Tonko Visits Rockefeller Class

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 21, 2011) -- U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko of New York’s 21st congressional district addressed two Rockefeller College undergraduate classes Monday, March 21 on the uptown campus of the University at Albany.

Sharon Dawes Named Advisory Board Chair for United Nations University Institute

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 10, 2011) -- Sharon Dawes, senior fellow at the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, was recently named Chair of the Advisory Board for the United Nations University-International Institute for Software Technology (UNU-IIST). UNU-IIST, located in Macao, is one of the Research and Training Centers of the United Nations University, an independent UN agency.

UAlbany's Center for Women in Government and Civil Society Names 2011 Fellows

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 04, 2011) -- A veteran Albany educator, advocates for immigrant rights and services, and a UAlbany doctoral student who is conducting research on preventing hate crimes and bullying are among the 10 women selected for the Fellowship on Women and Public Policy Program offered by the University at Albany’s Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.

Rockefeller College and ASPA Team Up To Offer Students Interview Training

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 23, 2011) -- The Rockefeller College Career Services Office and the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) are collaborating to offer students an opportunity to hone their interviewing skills. Students may attend one of eight 45-minute one-on-one mock interview sessions led by an ASPA professional.

UAlbany Athletics Director Kicks Off Spring Policy Conversations

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 14, 2011) -- Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy’s Spring 2011 Policy Conversations get underway this Tuesday, February 15 with a visit from the University at Albany’s Vice President for Athletic Administration and Director of Athletics, Lee A. McElroy, Jr. 

Rockefeller College Presents Distinguished
Alumni Awards

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 8, 2010) -- Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored five individuals for outstanding public service at the College’s 27th Annual Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, December 2, 2010.

Rockefeller College State and Local Government Expert Named to Cuomo Transition Team

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2010) -- Sydney Cresswell, Assistant Dean at Rockeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, has been named to Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo’s transition team. Cresswell, who directs the Intergovernmental Studies Program (IGSP) at the College, will serve on the incoming governor’s State and Local Government Reform Committee.

Rockefeller College Alumnus Earns Public Administration Honor

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 22, 2010) -- David M. Van Slyke, PhD ’99 was recently named a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Van Slyke, an associate professor of public administration at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and a senior research associate in the Campbell Institute of Public Affairs.

Rockefeller Experts Consider Health Care Reform

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 15, 2010) ─ Two scholars from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy have collaborated on articles that appeared in the Health Affairs Blog, a major forum for discussion about health policy news and research.

Fulbright Scholars Highlight Wide Range of UAlbany Academic Excellence

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 15, 2010) -- Six distinguished researchers at the University at Albany will bring their academic expertise to Europe, Mexico and Africa after being named Fulbright Scholars for 2010-2011.

Rockefeller College Announces Policy Conversations

Albany, N.Y. (September 14, 2010) - Dean Jeffrey Straussman of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany invites you to participate in Policy Conversations, the popular and timely lunchtime discussion series that features experts on a wide variety of domestic and international public policy issues.

Rockefeller College Welcomes New Students
and Faculty

Albany, NY (September 8, 2010) - August 30 may have been the first official day of school at UAlbany, but for more than 60 new and returning Rockefeller College graduate students, class was already in full swing on the downtown campus 10 days earlier. From August 21 through 28, Rockefeller MPA students took part in Welcome Week, an intensive academic “boot camp” designed to help students brush up on important skills they’ll need during the upcoming semester.

CWGCS's Refki and Williams Share Views and Findings on Women in Leadership

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 21, 2010) -- Women in Public Policy and Leadership is the topic of today's Capitol Pressroom when host Susan Arbetter welcomes guests Dina Refki, D.A., executive director of the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at Rockefeller College, University at Albany and Nancie Williams, director of the Center's Women's Leadership Institute.

Rethemeyer and Asal Discuss Terrorism on Today's Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 15, 2010) - R. Karl Rethemeyer and Victor Asal, co-directors of the Project on Violent Conflict (PVC) at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, UAlbany, were Susan Arbetter's guests today on The Capitol Pressroom for a discussion about terrorism and terrorist networks.

Thomas Gais Named Director of UAlbany’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 1, 2010) -- Thomas L. Gais has been named director of the University at Albany's Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. Gais, who joined the Rockefeller Institute 16 years ago, served as co-director from 2005 to 2009, and as acting director since November 2009. The selection of Gais as Institute director is the result of a nationwide search.

Rockefeller Interns Head to Overseas Assignments

Albany, NY (June 4, 2010) - Three Rockefeller College MPA students are headed overseas this summer to gain valuable experience in international development. Boston native Benjamin Brennan and New York State residents Kate Garguilo of Clifton Park and Ryan Ashe of Mohawk will spend July and August abroad completing the internship component of their public service studies at Rockefeller College.

Rockefeller College Salutes the Class of 2010

Albany N.Y. (May 16, 2010) - Hundreds of graduates, their families and friends celebrated Commencement 2010 on the grounds of Rockefeller College this past weekend.


NYS Executive Deputy Comptroller Pattison Honored by Rockefeller College

Albany N.Y. (April 21, 2010) - Mark P. Pattison, Executive Deputy Comptroller, Office of State and Local Government Accountability in the Office of the State Comptroller, was honored by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy during the 26th Annual John E. Burton Lecture & Distinguished Public Service Awards Ceremony at Page Hall on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

Rockefeller College Professor Offers Political Game-Changer

Albany N.Y. (April 20, 2010) - Rockefeller College Political Science Professor Udi Sommer proposes a bold and tantalizing idea in an op-ed published online in the April 20, 2010 edition of The Christian Science Monitor.


Annenberg Speakers Bureau Visits Rockefeller

Albany N.Y. (April 15, 2010) - The Rockefeller College Office of Career & Alumni Programs presented two sessions on how to pursue a career with the federal government on Wednesday, April 14. Brad Golson, Strategic Planning and Efficiency Review Coordinator in the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer outlined the many career opportunities available and offered advice on how students can make their applications for internships and full-time employment more competitive.

Rove and Dean Face-Off at SEFCU Arena

Albany N.Y. (April 8, 2010) – Former Bush White House Senior Advisor Karl Rove and one-time Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean faced-off in a spirited and entertaining debate sponsored by the UAlbany Student Association on Thursday, April 8. Dean Jeffrey Straussman of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy moderated the 70-minute discussion that drew over 2,500 attendees and covered issues ranging from healthcare to Middle East policy.

Dean Jeffrey Straussman to Moderate Rove vs. Dean Debate

Albany N.Y. (April 1, 2010) - The UAlbany Student Association (SA) has named Dean Jeffrey D. Straussman of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy the moderator for its upcoming World Within Reach Speaker Series Debate between political heavyweights Karl Rove and Howard Dean. “I am honored to be asked,” said Straussman. “This debate promises to be both spirited and informative about the many challenges that face our great nation, both now and in the future.”

Rockefeller Students Learn About Federal
Career Opportunities

Albany N.Y. (March 15, 2010) - More than 100 UAlbany students gathered in the Campus Center Assembly Hall Monday evening to learn about job opportunities with the federal government. “Our goal was to educate students on federal careers and give them a real life perspective on public service,” said event coordinator Jennifer Maclaughlin, Director of Internship and Career Program for Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. “

Zimpher Articulates SUNY's Leadership Role in New York’s Resurgence

Albany N.Y. (April 2, 2010) - The State University of New York system is busily creating a new roadmap that will aid the growth of New York State in profound ways — but, said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, SUNY needs a state "driver's license" of flexibility and stability to make it happen. The Chancellor discussed SUNY’s 2010 Strategic Plan as a special guest of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy's Policy Conversation series on Tuesday in Milne Hall. The title of her talk was "Leading Boldly in Perilous Times."

UAlbany and Girls Inc. Launch Program to Steer Girls to Science and Math

The University at Albany's Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWGCS) and College of Computing and Information Women in Technology (CCIWIT) will partner with Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region to launch the Girls Research & Information Network (GRIN).

Rockefeller College Scholar Elected to APSA Council

Julie Novkov, professor of political science and women’s studies at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the American Political Science Association (APSA) Council.

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Honors Distinguished Alumni

The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy will honor five individuals for their outstanding contributions to public service, including a homeland security communications administrator, an executive from state government, two accomplished professors, and the director of a Capital Region organization committed to improving the quality of life for seniors.

NYS Assembly Internship Program Courts
Rockefeller College Students

Come January, there will be lots of new faces around the Capitol. And a good many of them will be Rockefeller College students who have landed full-time, semester-long assignments in the New York State Assembly’s highly regarded annual Session Internship Program.

Former US Congressmen Visit Rockefeller College 

On October 7 and 8, political science students at Rockefeller College had the rare opportunity to interact with two former members of Congress. Over the course of their two-day visit, Glen Browder (D-AL,1989-1997) and Steven T. Kuykendall (R-CA, 1999-2001) spoke to undergraduate classes.

'A Conversation with George S. McGovern' at UAlbany

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 23, 2009) -- Former presidential candidate and liberal icon George S. McGovern will visit the University at Albany, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m. , University Hall Atrium, to discuss his latest book, Abraham Lincoln  (New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2008).

Rockefeller College's Distinguished Leaders of Public Service

When President Barack Obama sought to fill the post of secretary of the Army, he turned to a leading expert on armed services -- Rep. John McHugh, graduate of the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

Six Rockefeller College Alumni Nominated for Senior Posts in the Obama Administration

Developing leaders starts with strong intellectual, analytical and ethical foundations. The faculty and staff of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, have always strived to instill these attributes in all of our students. We are especially proud of four alumni who have been nominated by President Obama to serve in senior positions in his administration.