Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dr. Jim Reed, CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners, to address Roundtable 4/9


Trends in health care will be the focus of the April 9 luncheon

James K. Reed, M.D., President and CEO of St. Peter’s Health Partners, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, April 9. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

St. Peter’s Health Partners which was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health. This unique merger combined three successful health systems and included both Catholic-sponsored and secular components. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality, advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. St. Peter’s Health Partners has approximately 12,500 employees at more than 165 locations in seven counties of northeastern New York, and is the region’s largest private employer with an annual budget of $1.1 billion.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Reed served as President and CEO of Northeast Health, a regional not-for-profit comprehensive health care system providing primary, acute, long-term, residential, rehabilitative, and home care services to people of all ages. Dr. Reed received his undergraduate degree in economics from Amherst College, then attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he received his MBA. After nearly a decade at International Paper and Union Pacific, he attended Cornell University Medical College, and spent nine years as a partner in a private group family practice in Albany. In 1999, he was named Chief Medical Officer of Northeast Health. In 2001, he added the responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer, and in 2005, became President and CEO.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the April 9 luncheon are required by Monday, April 7 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Michael Fancher of CNSE to address Albany Roundtable 3/12


Advanced Technologies and “Smart Cities” will be focus of March 12 luncheon

Michael Fancher, Vice President for Business Development and Economic Outreach, Director of the New York State Center for Advanced Technology in Nanoelectronics and Nanomaterials (CATN2), and Associate Professor of Nanoeconomics at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, March 12. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

Mr. Fancher has been instrumental in advancing the College’s global educational, technology commercialization and economic growth initiatives. His work in developing industry, university and government partnerships has been a vital component of New York’s successful efforts to attract advanced nanotechnology-driven R&D and manufacturing to the state.

Mr. Fancher is internationally renowned as an industry expert and has been lauded for his work in the development of nanoeconomics as the study of the changing nature of corporate, government and academic decision-making processes as driven by nanotechnology and for technology policy.

NAI Platform is sponsoring the March 12 luncheon. “NAI Platform is pleased to provide our support to institutions that help build and promote local neighborhoods and livelihoods, and to civic leadership,” said Felton McLaughlin, Associate Broker, NAI Platform. “This is a very exciting time for the continued development of Tech Valley and the Capital Region, and we are delighted to help the Roundtable welcome Michael Fancher of CNSE.”

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the March 12 luncheon are required by Monday, March 10 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by email at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher to address Albany Roundtable

Chancellor of State University of New York will speak on February 12 

Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher, the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 12. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

With nearly 463,000 students, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. The Chancellor will discuss SUNY’s economic impact, with a focus on The Albany Promise, for which she is a driving force and a co-convener. The Albany Promise is a regional, cross-sector partnership where community, business, and civic leaders in Albany are coming together to support a shared cradle-to-career educational vision and engaging in collective impact.

Chancellor Zimpher began her work at SUNY in 2009 with a statewide tour of SUNY’s 64 campuses. The tour served as the first phase of a systemwide strategic planning process, and the resulting plan, The Power of SUNY, was launched in April 2010, with the central goal of harnessing SUNY’s potential to drive economic revitalization and increase quality of life every community across New York.

As The Power of SUNY is put into action, Chancellor Zimpher is leading a diverse set of new initiatives at SUNY in several key areas, including research and innovation, energy, health care, global affairs, and the education pipeline. She has also been a vocal advocate for groundbreaking legislative reforms that ensure SUNY can continue to provide broad access to quality, affordable public higher education while maximizing its impact as an engine of economic development.

Prior to coming to SUNY, Chancellor Zimpher served as president of the University of Cincinnati, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and executive dean of the Professional Colleges and dean of the College of Education at The Ohio State University.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the February 12 luncheon are required by Monday, February 10 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Albany Roundtable Offers Scholarship


The Albany Roundtable, an all-volunteer non-profit corporation celebrating its 35th season in 2014, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

The group presents a civic luncheon series which is open to the public and attracts an average of 70 participants each month to hear speakers with diverse viewpoints on timely subjects relating to the region.

The scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a high school senior who is recommended by a member in good standing of the Albany Roundtable. The application must be submitted by a student in his or her senior year of high school, and will be awarded contingent upon acceptance an attendance at a two- or four-year college or university.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 21, 2014, and the scholarship will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting in May at the University Club of Albany.

A short questionnaire, available here and at Roundtable meetings in January, February and March, must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor at the applicant’s school, or if the student is home-schooled, by a member of the community. An official transcript including courses, grades and grade point average should be included, as well as an essay of 300-500 words on the following topic: 

“Citizenship includes the exercise of certain personal responsibilities, including considering the rights and interests of others. Discuss your involvement in a civic capacity which demonstrates your commitment to the community.  This can include religious, social, and/or political activities.

Applications may be mailed to the Roundtable or may be submitted by email to ecrosen@nycap.rr.com.

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for civil discussion of the issues of the day,” said Chris Hawver, who began as the President of the 501c3 organization in September, 2013. “We hope that this scholarship will help to foster a new generation of civic leaders who will go on to contribute to their communities in ways that we cannot yet imagine.”

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mayor Kathy Sheehan to Address Albany Roundtable - *1/9/14*

DATE CHANGE for First Civic Luncheon of 2014 – Thursday, January 9

Kathy Sheehan will become the 75th Mayor of the City of Albany on January 1, 2014. She will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2014 on THURSDAY, January 9. The Roundtable usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month, but the date was changed to avoid a conflict with Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address.

Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany, and are open to the public.

Kathy was elected Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer in 2010. During her campaign for Treasurer, she pledged to bring independence, transparency and financial common sense to city hall. She refused to accept a city-owned vehicle, streamlined her office’s operations and modernized property tax and parking ticket collections.

She is a graduate of Albany Law School, and started her legal career as an attorney in the Albany office of Bond, Schoeneck & King. In 1996 she joined Intermagnetics General Corporation, a leading medical device manufacturer based in Latham. As vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Kathy helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million in sales to more than $300 million.

Kathy married her husband, Bob, in 1992 at St. Vincent DePaul Church on Madison Avenue. They have dedicated countless hours to serving our community.  Kathy and Bob live in the 8th ward with their 13 year old son and a rambunctious Boston Terrier.

KeyBank N.A. is sponsoring the January 9 luncheon. “Key is pleased to provide charitable support to area cultural and educational resources, to volunteer efforts that help build local neighborhoods and livelihoods, and to civic leadership,” said Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, KeyBank. “This is a very exciting time for the city of Albany, and we are delighted to help the Roundtable welcome Mayor Sheehan.”

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the January 9 luncheon are required by Monday, January 6 and may be made by paying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

New Patroon Award to be presented at 11/13 Luncheon


The Albany Roundtable has selected Grand Street Community Arts to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for the organization’s efforts to cultivate unity through the arts in a racially and economically diverse neighborhood in Albany. The award will be presented at the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, November 13th. Edwards Grimes-CarriĆ³n, executive director of Grand Street Community Arts, will accept the award.

Since 2003, residents of the Mansion neighborhood have been using the arts to bridge cultural and economic divides. Through a variety of programs – including YO! Youth Organics; YouthFX: Youth Film eXperience; YouthARTS; and the Vacant Lot Project – Grand Street Community Arts has set out to engage the creativity and imagination of local youth in areas that they otherwise might not experience in schools or at home.

The group is in the midst of a crowdsourcing effort to raise money for repairs to their headquarters, the former St. Anthony’s Church on Madison Avenue at Grand Street. Built in 1907, the building needs a new heating system as well as repairs to the roof, floors and walls, and plumbing to meet city codes and continue to fulfill its mission. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.grandarts.org .

“Grand Street Community Arts has created a supportive community that focuses on its youth,” said Chris Hawver, President of the Albany Roundtable. “The center presents a broad spectrum of arts programs and performances that encourage art as a natural tool of expression available to everyone. By restoring historic St. Anthony’s church as its home, the arts center creates and nurtures a link with the living history of the community. In doing so, Grand Street Community Arts is fostering a more vibrant and sustainable city. We are delighted to honor them with the New Patroon award.”

The featured speaker for the November 13 luncheon is Tammis Groft, Executive Director of the Albany Institute of History & Art. She will discuss the Institute’s latest exhibit, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies. The Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States (founded 1791) and is a major repository for the region’s history and cultural heritage.  Ms. Groft was appointed executive director of the Institute in 2013. She began as an intern in 1976 and was hired as Assistant Curator of Collections and Exhibitions in 1978.

The Albany Roundtable established its Good Patroon Award 1988 to celebrate outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals. While the Good Patroon Award has traditionally honored organizations and individuals with a long record of service to the community, the Roundtable launched its New Patroon Award in 2011 to highlight and encourage the work of newer organizations.

The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include Ruth Pelham and the Music Mobile; Amy Klein and Capital District Community Gardens; Maude Baum, Artistic Director of eba Dance Theatre; housing and social justice advocates Roger and Maria Markovics; and Christine M. Miles, Director of the Albany Institute of History and Art. Catherine Hedgeman and The Stakeholders, Inc., received the first New Patroon Award in 2011, followed by Jeff Mirel and The Albany Barn in 2012.

The November 13 Roundtable Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany at 141 Washington Avenue. The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable also offers the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com. The University Club will serve lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations are required by Tuesday, November 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

“When he died in 1839, Stephen Van Rensselaer III was remembered as ‘The Good Patroon’ for his benevolent attitude toward the residents of Rensselaerswyck,” said Hawver. “The Good Patroon and New Patroon Awards are the Albany Roundtable’s means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present Grand Street Community Arts with this award.”

Monday, October 28, 2013

Albany Institute's Tammis Groft to Address Roundtable on 11/13


MYSTERY OF ALBANY’S 3,000-YEAR-OLD MUMMIES THE TOPIC FOR ALBANY ROUNDTABLE’S NOVEMBER 13TH LUNCHEON















The Albany Roundtable has a fascinating speaker lined up for its November 13th luncheon; Tammis K. Groft, executive director of the Albany Institute of History & Art, is expected to discuss the Institute’s latest exhibit, GE Presents: The Mystery of the Albany Mummies.

The story of the Albany Mummies centers on two Ancient Egyptian mummies and their coffins. Albany Institute board member Samuel Brown purchased the 3,000 year old mummies and coffin bottoms from the Cairo Museum in 1909.

Plans for a major exhibition began seven years ago with new research, including analysis of the of the hieroglyphs on the coffin parts which indicated it belonged to Ankhefenmut, a priest and sculptor who lived between the years 1069 and 945 BC. X-Rays and CT Scans performed by Albany Medical Center also yielded surprising results.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States (founded 1791) and is a major repository for the region's history and cultural heritage.  

Ms. Groft was appointed executive director of the Institute in 2013. She began as an intern in 1976 and was hired as Assistant Curator of Collections and Exhibitions in 1978. Since then, she has assumed increasing responsibilities and has served as chief curator since 1987. She has organized and researched or supervised the development of over 70 exhibitions highlighting the history, art and culture of the Capital Region.

Ms. Groft also serves and an Adjunct Professor for the Public History Program, SUNYA and teaches a Graduate course called Curatorial Practices. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, in Williamstown, MA. Ms. Groft holds an MA in American Folk Culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York at Oneonta, and a BA in Anthropology from Hartwick College, Oneonta.

The cost for the luncheon is $20, which may be paid at the door. The Roundtable is also offering its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com. The University Club will serve a hot and cold buffet from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the November 13 luncheon are required by November 11 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.