From the Podium and Beyond


The Danes Claim Another Title

Fans of the Great Danes have had a lot to cheer about in 2015!

In February, the UAlbany men’s and women’s track & field teams claimed the America East Indoor Track Championship titles at the Armory in New York City.

It was the 10th consecutive America East crown for the men, and the team’s 12th in the past 13 years. The team scored 191 points, defeating second-place Binghamton University by nearly 60 points.

UAlbany’s women took home a third consecutive championship, winning five of the last six. They scored 197.66 points to edge the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC), which claimed second place with 153 points.

Jason Tomlinson
Dominique Claudio

On Day 2 of the 2015 America East Indoor Track & Field Championships in February, Jason Tomlinson, above left, competes in the 500-meter dash final, while Dominique Claudio, above right, participates in the 800-meter run. The competitions took place at The Armory in New York City.


Margarita Rosario
Sarah Royals

Royals, Rosario Make History

UAlbany women’s basketball teammates Sarah Royals, immediate right, and Margarita Rosario, far right, have participated in the America East Tournament all four years of their undergraduate careers. They graduate this year.


Hooley Hailed as a Hero

Peter Hooley celebrates after the Great Danes win the America East Championship on March 14. With 1.6 seconds left in the game, the junior sank a 3 that enabled the Danes to defeat Stony Brook 51-50, sealing UAlbany’s third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Peter Hooley raises trophy, wears flag after winning America East Championship game

Massry Family Makes Historic Gift to UAlbany

The University at Albany has received a $5.25 million gift – the largest in its 170-year history – from the family of Morris and Esther Massry, Capital Region philanthropists.

Announced Dec. 8, 2014, by UAlbany President Robert J. Jones, the contribution will

  • preserve the School of Business as a state-of-the-art resource for teaching, learning and research
  • enrich the academic experience for School of Business students by funding speakers, conferences and visiting faculty
  • establish the Massry Community Fellows Program, allowing students throughout the University to pursue internships with local non-profit organizations and strengthening UAlbany’s core values of community service and public engagement

The Massrys, well known for their service to the Albany area, are longtime University at Albany supporters. Their donation is the largest single gift the family has made to any institution or cause in the area.

More details about the gift will appear in the Fall 2015 UAlbany.

George R. Hearst III, Robert J. Jones, Fardin Sanai and Donald Siegel thank the Massry family for their historic gift to UAlbany

University at Albany Foundation President George R. Hearst III, left, and UAlbany President Robert J. Jones, Vice President for University Development Fardin Sanai and School of Business Dean Donal Siegel, all at right, thank Murray Massry, Julie Massry Knox, Morris Massry and Norman Massry for their family's gift to the University.

Stellar Is Academic Affairs VP, Provost

James R. Stellar joined the University at Albany Feb. 2 as senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost.

Stellar came to UAlbany from Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where he was vice president for Academic Innovation and Experiential Education. Previously, he served for four years as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the college.

Stellar began his academic career at Harvard University as a professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Relations, and as a Harvard Medical School biochemistry researcher. His other experience included 22 years at Northeastern University, where he spent a decade as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Alumni Chapter Launches in Taiwan

Below, left, University at Albany President Robert J. Jones greets Kelly and Mark Yang, B.S.’92, at the Dec. 14 launch of the alumni chapter in Taiwan. Below, right, George Tai-Jen Chen, Ph.D.’71, pictured at the president’s right, co-hosted the event for leadership alumni.

President Jones greets Kelly and Mark Yang