Out and About

By Christine Binney '05, '07


The University at Albany Foundation’s 36th Annual Citizen Laureate Awards

William Cromie Vincent Verdile and I. David Swawarte

William Cromie, Vincent Verdile and I. David Swawite pose after receiving their awards. Photo: Mark Schmidt

On Nov. 11, UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena was transformed into an elegant event space for the annual Citizen Laureate Awards Dinner. Albany Medical College Dean Vincent P. Verdile, M.D., was named Academic Laureate; the Community Laureate awards went to William J. Cromie, retired president and CEO of Capital District Physicians Health Plan, and I. David Swawite, president and COO of Omni Development Company.


December Commencement

First generation graduates

Students prepare to participate in the December Commencement Ceremony. Photo: Mark Schmidt

Forty-seven hundred graduates and guests packed the SEFCU Arena last Dec. 6 for Winter Commencement. Larry Gold, founder and chairman of SomaLogic, received an honorary degree. During the ceremony, UAlbany President Robert J. Jones proudly recognized the many first-generation graduates in attendance; 40 percent of UAlbany’s current undergraduates will be the first in their families to earn four-year degrees.  


Second Annual Massry Lecture

Members of the Massry fmaily and Mary Galligan pose for a pictures with pesident Jones.

Shown, left to right, are Norman Massry, Micki Massry, Mary Galligan, and University President Robert J. Jones. The Massry family established the lecture to enrich the academic experience for University at Albany students. Photo: Mark Schmidt

UAlbany students and local business leaders welcomed Mary E. Galligan to campus March 3 for the second annual Massry Lecture. Galligan, a director in Deloitte & Touche’s Cyber Risk Services practice, is also an FBI-certified crisis negotiator and crisis manager who served in leadership positions at the FBI for 25 years. She spoke about cyber risk and the importance of collaboration.


Faculty & Staff Donor Reception

President Jones poses for a picture with faculty/staff who made 25 consecutive gifts

President Robert J. Jones presents Loyalty Society pins to David Mason, James Walser ’73 and Cecilia Lauenstein, pictured left to right, to honor each for making 25 consecutive annual gifts to the UAlbany Fund. Photo: Mark Schmidt

University President Robert J. Jones hosted a breakfast reception Feb. 11 to thank the many faculty and staff who donated to the UAlbany Fund this year. Their generosity echoes their commitment and dedication to UAlbany, and their support demonstrates that they are making a difference in students’ lives.