Out and About

By Christine A. Doyle, M.B.A. ’04

Homecoming, Family and Reunion Weekend

Photos: Rob Totaro, Mark Schmidt

Thousands of UAlbany alumni, students, parents and friends gathered together Oct. 10-12, 2014, to participate in Homecoming, Family and Reunion Weekend. The weekend was packed with events that celebrated alumni accomplishments while providing opportunities for current students and their families to show their UAlbany spirit!

Luks family at UAlbany Homecoming

The Luks family has fun at the Homecoming Pre-Game.


Citizen Laureate Dinner Marks 35th Anniversary

Photo: Gary Gold ’70

It was another record-breaking year for the annual Citizen Laureate Awards Dinner! The 35th anniversary dinner, held Nov. 6 at SEFCU Arena, grossed more than $250,000 for The University at Albany Foundation and student scholarships.

Honorees at the 35th Anniversary of the Citizen Laureate Awards pose for a photo with Presidents Jones and Hearst

Left to right, University President Robert J. Jones; Rev. Kevin J. Mullen, Academic Laureate; Community Laureates Phoebe Powell Bender and Daniel P. Nolan ’74; and University at Albany Foundation President George R. Hearst III pose for a photo.

For additional photos and video, visit www.albany.edu/uafoundation.


UAlbany Faculty and Staff Invest in UAlbany

Photo: Mark Schmidt

Hundreds of UAlbany faculty and staff recognize the importance of philanthropy in the lives of our students and demonstrate their commitment by investing in the UAlbany Fund each year. On Jan. 29, President Robert J. Jones hosted a coffee reception in the University Hall Atrium to recognize these employees for going above and beyond their daily duties.

Michael Sattinger shakes hands with UAlbany President Robert J. Jones

With a Loyalty Society lapel pin, Jones recognizes Professor of Economics Michael Sattinger for his 25 consecutive years of generous giving to UAlbany.


Congratulations to UAlbany’s December 2014 Graduates!

Photos: Mark Schmidt

More than 1,000 degrees were awarded Dec. 6 at UAlbany’s Winter Commencement, held at SEFCU Arena.

Our December grads joined a global network numbering more than 165,000 alumni.

  • They hailed from more than 26 states and 27 different countries, including China, India, Korea, New Zealand, Iran, Pakistan, Italy, Nepal and Singapore.
  • Their ages ranged from 19 to 66.
  • Women comprised 53 percent of the undergraduate class and 60 percent of the graduate class.
  • Graduates studied a wide range of subjects, earning degrees in 56 majors that included psychology, sociology, communication, business, economics and biology.
  • There were 11 military veterans among the graduates. We thank them for their service.
Phillip Morris Proctors CEO speaks to graduates at winter 2014 commencement

Honorary doctorate recipient Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, N.Y., offers some personal insights to graduates and their families.


UAlbany Women in Accounting Networking Group Gathers

Photo: Marty Heitner

More than 50 UAlbany alumnae gathered at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manhattan last Nov. 12 to celebrate UAlbany Women in Accounting and discuss the delicate work/life balance.

Event host Joan Rosenthal poses with alumni, School of Business Dean and featured speaker at Women in Accounting networking event

Pictured, left to right, are event host Joan Rosenthal '76; Roanne Kulakoff '81; featured speaker Terri-Ann Dautzenberg '98; School of Business Dean Donald Siegel; Caryn Tuckman '75; Amy Knapp '97; and Richelle Konian '95.

State-of-the-Art Data Center Unveiled

Photo: Paul Miller 

On Sept. 30, 300 guests had a first look at UAlbany’s new Information Technology Services. The facility is the home of the new state-of-the-art data center, which supports the University’s growing research, academic and business operations by providing faster and more efficient computing, improved network capability, and new IT services.

Zimpher, Haile, Jones and Lopez cut ceremonial ribbon at grand opening of new state-of-the-art data center

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher; UAlbany Chief Information Officer Christine Haile ’77; President Jones; and New York State Assemblyman Peter Lopez ’83, ’88, cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening.