Gifts at Work

By Carol Olechowski

Endowment Honors O’Leary

President Vincent O'Leary

A year after his passing in April 2011, the memory of former University at Albany President Vincent O’Leary is being kept alive by his daughter, Beth O’Leary, and other family members through a scholarship endowment in his name.

The President Vincent O’Leary Scholarship Endowment will provide support for undergraduates. Recipients must demonstrate financial need.

O’Leary joined the School of Criminal Justice faculty in 1968 and subsequently served as dean. He was the University’s 14th president from 1977 until 1990.

Scholarship Benefits Graduate Students

President Vincent O'Leary

As a professor of English for 30-plus years, Arthur N. Collins, Ph.D., B.A.’48, taught thousands of New York State College for Teachers (NYSCT) and UAlbany students. Today, through The Professor Arthur N. Collins and Marion B. Collins Scholarship, he is still helping students.

Amy Hoptay, Collins’ daughter, established the fund in his name and that of her late mother, the professor’s first wife. The scholarship will support students pursuing graduate degrees in the humanities.

Collins, who retired from the University in the mid-1980s, passed away in December 2011.

Bunshaft Inaugurates Lecture Series

Bunshaft inaugurates lecture series

Al Bunshaft, B.S.’80, shared his thoughts about having “a fun and fulfilling life after college” with 200 UAlbany students April 20 at the first Bunshaft Lecture. “How to Have a Career (and a Life) – even if your goals aren’t clear yet!” focused on his career in global technology. Bunshaft is managing director of Dassault Systèmes North America, which uses realistic 3D virtual simulations to assist companies in addressing industry-specific challenges. He and wife Caryn Bunshaft, B.S.’82, established the The Bunshaft Lecture on Careers in Computer Science within the College of Computing and Information (CCI).