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UAlbany family and friends at the 2017 Excellence Awards Gala
UAlbany family and friends at the 2017 Excellence Awards Gala
Nearly 250 members of the University community attended the 2017 Excellence Awards Gala in April. This year’s event brought recipients from Hollywood, Houston and Pakistan.


Fred Bubbers was accepted into the master’s of fine arts program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. He is the author of Indian Summer and Other Stories.


A group of alumni and friends gathered for a weekend at Keuka Lake, N.Y., last September. Pictured left to right: Brian Lenihan ’84, Patricia Hammer Lenihan ’84, Matthew Jolly, Florence Hammer Jolly ’85, Steven Jolly ’84, Janet Guth Dowd ’84, and Kevin Dowd.

Mark Schaming was appointed deputy commissioner for Cultural Education, New York State. He oversees the Office of Cultural Education, which includes the State Museum, New York State Archives and New York State Library. Mark serves as the chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council for Museums. Lewis Wiener was recognized as one of JD Supra’s “Top Authors,” part of JD Supra’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

Ronald Greenberg
Ronald Greenberg ’84

Ronald Greenberg was appointed chair of the real-estate litigation practice group at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, in New York City. Ronald has served as partner at the firm since 2005. David Adelson joined the healthcare law practice group at Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., based in Bridgewater, N.J. He has more than 30 years of litigation and healthcare law experience.


Martha Mooke
Martha Mooke ’84

Martha Mooke collaborated with beat-boxing legend Rahzel on a residency at New York’s Symphony Space. The residency kicked off in May. Martha has performed with Philip Glass, Iggy Pop, Ben Harper and Alabama Shakes at Carnegie Hall and with the Lemon Twigs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She also has worked with Barbra Streisand and David Bowie.


Jennifer Manner was named a top broadband and media lawyer by CableFax. She is senior vice president of Regulatory Affairs at Echostar.


Jon Groubert was on “Jeopardy!” in the spring.


Martin Montorfano was named communications manager for Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA in Silver Spring, Md.

past and present Alumni Association leaders
Past and present Alumni Association leaders attended the gala in enthusiastic support of the evening’s honorees. Former board president Bill McCann ’86, ’87 (second from right) received the Excellence in Alumni Service award earlier in the evening.


Kelly Bates was appointed president of the Interaction Institute for Social Change in June. IISC is located in Boston. Anthony Rini was promoted to senior vice provost, Northeastern University. He previously served as vice provost for Budget, Planning and Administration. Anthony began his career in higher education as a graduate assistant in UAlbany’s Office of the Provost.

Jonathan Haray
Jonathan Haray ’91

Jonathan Haray received a 2017 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for legal writing. He is a litigation and compliance partner in DLA Piper’s Washington, D.C., office.


For the fourth consecutive year, John M. Bagyi was named one of the “Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (Up-and-Comers),” published in the June 2017 edition of Human Resource Executive.


Michael Poveda was named partner-in-charge of Grant Thornton LLP’s Albany market. He is a certified public accountant in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and a chartered financial analyst.