Out and About

By Christine A. Doyle, M.B.A. ’04

Connecting at the Hearst Tower

More than 200 UAlbany alumni gathered at the Hearst Tower in New York City March 6 for an exceptional evening spent rekindling old friendships and creating new ones. Hosted by University at Albany Foundation President George R. Hearst III, the reception was the kickoff event for UAlbany Connects Metro NY, a program aimed at giving New York City-area alumni greater opportunities to connect, network and socialize. Pictured are some of the attendees.

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Mark Schmidt


Celebrating Our Donors

Loyalty Society members Jeff Hurwitz ’82 and Terry Hurwitz smile for the camera.
Mark Schmidt

At a June 12 reception honoring members of UAlbany’s giving societies (the 1844 Society, the Loyalty Society and the Heritage Circle Society), donors got an exclusive sneak peek at the newly renovated fountain. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres “poolside” after hearing from University President Robert J. Jones about the project and its impact on the campus. Jones also honored Loyalty Society and 1844 Society members Charles Gibbs ’73 and Rene Gibbs ’75 for their 29+ years of consecutive giving.

Charles Gibbs ’73 and Rene Gibbs ’75 pose with University President Robert J. Jones.
Mark Schmidt


Boston Area Rooftop Gathering

Kimberly A. Welsh ’89, managing director at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, hosted a June 16 gathering for fellow UAlbany supporters on her office rooftop, which overlooks Boston Harbor. President Robert J. Jones joined guests to share his vision for UAlbany and invite them to help articulate that vision.

Group photo on rooftop in Boston
Shown, left to right, are Michelle Mahon ’09 of the University Development staff; Janis Weilheimer ’84; Michael Weilheimer ’83; James Ioli ’73; Deb Ioli ’74; President Robert J. Jones; host Kimberly Welsh ’89; Peter Pedro ’90; and Development staffer Mary Johnson.


Third Annual Bunshaft Lecture

At the third annual Bunshaft Lecture April 17, Adam Denenberg ’98 spoke about his journey from UAlbany, where he studied computer science and physics, to his current position as vice president of Engineering at The Huffington Post. In Find Your Success Story: What I Wish I Knew When I Graduated, Denenberg shared some of the secrets he learned along the way to becoming a successful engineering leader. Here, Albert Bunshaft ’80, left, poses with Denenberg. Bunshaft and his wife, Caryn Bunshaft ’82, established The Bunshaft Endowment in the College of Computing and Information to support the lecture.

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Mark Schmidt


Women’s Networking Reception

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Stacy Kanter ’79 hosted UAlbany’s sixth Women’s Networking Reception at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Manhattan. The invitation-only reception, held April 29, afforded professionals  an opportunity to network and socialize. Keynote speaker Joan Solotar ’86, senior managing director at The Blackstone Group L.P., gave an inspiring talk that sparked conversation. Photos: Marty Heitner

A Tribute to Coach Ford

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Bill Ziskin

Retired UAlbany Head Football Coach Bob Ford was the guest of honor June 7 at an event attended by more than 350 alumni, parents, coaching peers, staff and friends. Those attending enjoyed the view of Bob Ford Field during the cocktail hour, then moved to SEFCU Arena for dinner and the tribute. Highlights included remarks from football alumni representing each decade of Ford’s tenure, reflections from Ford himself, and the taking of a photo of Coach with his former players. In addition, City of Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan surprised Ford with the unveiling of a sign designating a portion of Western Avenue just off the uptown campus “Coach Bob Ford Way.”

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