Sunday, April 12, 2015

An Evening with Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove - Thursday, 5/21

Author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities will speak at Roundtable Annual Meeting 

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time?

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, author of Urban Alchemy: Finding Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities (New Village Press – June 4, 2013) will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015.

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The event is open to the public, and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The meeting will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, the presentation of the Good Patroon Award, the presentation of two Albany Roundtable Scholarships for Civic Leadership, and a talk and book signing by the Visiting Speaker. Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar. Books will be available for $20 (including tax) courtesy of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Dr. Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore and identify ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Citing the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart and the American urban design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative and using urban restoration projects from France and the US as case studies, Fullilove has identified nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole.

Corporate sponsors for the event are: The Capital District Regional Planning Commission; The Center for Economic Growth; and the Society of Architectural Historians, Turpin Bannister Chapter.

Dr. Fullilove began her research career examining the AIDS epidemic among people of color in the US. As it became clear that AIDS was related to place not race, she began a series of studies on the psychology of place. Her theories on place and human well being provide the framework for her current work on the long-term consequences of urban renewal. This work has made her keenly aware of the environmental challenges that face American cities.

At the evening reception, the Albany Roundtable will present its Good Patroon Award to Historic Albany Foundation for the organization’s unwavering commitment to protecting Albany’s built environment for more than 40 years. The Good Patroon Award was established by the Albany Roundtable in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions to the community by institutions and individuals.

The Albany Roundtable will also present two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors for demonstrated civic leadership.

“The Albany Roundtable has embraced the concepts of smart growth, New Urbanism and sustainability since it was founded in 1979,” said Chris Hawver, president of the all-volunteer 501c3 corporation. “When Mayor Kathy Sheehan launched ReZone Albany – a major new initiative to update and streamline the city’s antiquated Zoning Code – we wanted help inform the discussion. We’re delighted that Dr. Fullilove is sharing her expertise with the Albany Roundtable. We hope that those who attend the program will go on to help Albany and many other Capital Region communities reach their full potential.”

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Kaid Benfield (People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think About Greener, Healthier Cities); Jeff Speck (Walkable City); John Norquist (CEO, Congress for the New Urbanism); Janet Flammang (The Taste for Civilization); Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami) and others.

Tickets for the reception must be purchased by Monday, May 18. For more information, email albanyroundtable@yahoo.com or call The University Club at 518-463-1151.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Christopher Spencer, Director of Planning for the City of Albany to address Albany Roundtable - 4/8/15


Christopher Spencer, Director of Planning for the city of Albany will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, April 8 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.  This luncheon is sponsored by NAI Platform.

In December 2014, Mayor Sheehan announced the start of ReZone Albany -- a major initiative to update the city’s antiquated Zoning Code. This two-year effort will streamline procedures for project development and promote sustainable design.  The existing Zoning Code, all corresponding laws, environmental and development regulations, along with sustainable and conservation practices, will be reviewed and combined into one consolidated Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO).

“NAI Platform is pleased to provide our support to the efforts of the city of Albany to spread the word about ReZone Albany,” said Felton McLaughlin, associate broker for NAI Platform. “This is the first time in 50 years that the city has performed a comprehensive updating of its zoning laws. This effort will be educating all citizens as to what sort of development is desired in every neighborhood, as well as clearly identifying what would not be a good fit. This clarity should streamline the development process and hopefully encourage additional investment activity. We are delighted to sponsor the upcoming Albany Roundtable presentation by Chris Spencer.”

Spencer was named Director of Planning for the city of Albany in September 2014.  He previously served as a campus planner at the University at Albany and prior to that, as a town planner for Tiverton, Rhode Island.  He received a bachelor's of science degree in historic preservation from Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) and and a master's degree in city planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), where he focused on city design and development. Spencer is also on the Board of Directors of the Albany County Land Bank Corporation

The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com or paying at the door. 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 8 luncheon are required by Monday, April 6 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, March 12, 2015

Scholarship Deadline EXTENDED to April 1!

The Albany Roundtable, a civic luncheon series celebrating its 36th season in 2015, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for discussion on the issues of the day,” said Albany Roundtable President Chris Hawver. “We hope that these scholarships 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.”

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each will be awarded to two high school seniors who are 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 and attendance at a two- or four-year college or university.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2015, and the scholarships will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 21.

A short questionnaire, available below 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 ecrosen52@gmail.com .

Monday, March 2, 2015

Mike Jacobson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital District to address Albany Roundtable - 3/11/15


Mike Jacobson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Capital District will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon and explain how the principles of Maslow’s Hierarchy are being incorporated into Habitat’s mission on Wednesday, March 11 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. 

Habitat for Humanity Capital District, founded in 1988 as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that serves Albany, Rensselaer and Southern Saratoga counties and is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Habitat home building, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.  To date, Habitat for Humanity Capital District has built 92 homes for families in the Capital District and is looking forward to completing its 100th house in 2015.

Jacobson, a 30 year veteran as a senior human resources executive for some of America’s leading companies, started his career at Habitat as a volunteer.  He served as Executive Director of the Sarasota Florida affiliate for six years and in 2010, he returned “home” to New York to lead the Capital District affiliate.  Jacobson and his wife Susan currently reside in Troy.

The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com or paying at the door. 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 11 luncheon are required by Monday, March 9 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 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project to address Albany Roundtable - 2/11/15


Paul and Mary Liz Stewart, co-founders of Underground Railroad History Project will address the Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, February 11 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. 
The Stewarts will present A New Interpretation of an Old Story: the Underground Railroad, Its Relevance for Today, and Its Relationship with Underground Railroad History Project, which will focus on African American leadership, civil disobedience and documentation of the real Underground Railroad Movement of the antebellum period, its relevance for today, and its relationship to the work of Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. 
Since its incorporation in 2003, Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, Inc. promotes and encourages knowledge and understanding of the Underground Railroad Movement and its genesis and legacy in the Capital Region and in New York State, and as a significant element of the history of the United States; encourages historical research on the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region, in New York, and in the United States; gathers, preserves, displays, and makes available for study artifacts, relics, books, manuscripts, papers, photographs, and other records and materials relating to the history of the Underground Railroad Movement in the Capital Region and New York State; and places the Underground Railroad movement in its proper context as the first civil rights movement, and as part of the ongoing struggle for equity, freedom, and justice.
The cost for the luncheon is $20. The Roundtable also offers its guests the option of paying in advance with a credit card at www.albanyroundtable.com  or paying at the door. 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 11 luncheon are required by Monday, February 9 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

Monday, January 19, 2015

Albany Roundtable Offers Scholarships

The Albany Roundtable, a civic luncheon series celebrating its 36th season in 2015, is accepting applications for The Albany Roundtable Scholarship.

“The Albany Roundtable has a long history of providing a forum for discussion on the issues of the day,” said Albany Roundtable President Chris Hawver. “We hope that these scholarships 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.”

Two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each, will be awarded to two high school seniors who are 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 and attendance at a two- or four-year college or university.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 20, 2015, and the scholarships will be awarded at the Roundtable’s Annual Meeting in late spring.

A short questionnaire, available below 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 ecrosen52@gmail.com 

2015 Albany Roundtable Scholarship Application

Monday, December 22, 2014

Mayor Sheehan to address 1st Roundtable lunch of 2015 - 1/15/15

Please note - date changed to avoid scheduling conflict


Mayor Kathy Sheehan will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2015 on THURSDAY, January15* at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.  

Mayor Sheehan became the 75th and first female mayor of Albany in 2014.  In 2010, after winning a city-wide election, she became Albany’s Treasurer and Chief Fiscal Officer. Sheehan modernized the City’s tax collection system and completely overhauled its scandal-plagued parking ticket system.

Sheehan 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, she helped grow the company from 500 employees to more than 1,200 and from $90 million to more than $300 million in sales. In 2006, she helped negotiate the $1.3 billion acquisition of Intermagnetics by its largest customer, Philips Medical Systems.

Sheehan was a Trustee of St. Vincent DePaul Church and served as Treasurer of the School 19 (now New Scotland Elementary) PTA.  She is a founding member of the Albany Promise, a coalition of community members, educators, service providers and business leaders working to ensure that every child in our City succeeds academically.  She also served on the board of Proctors Theater and is a trustee of Albany Law School.  Currently, Sheehan serves on the Boards of the Central Avenue and Downtown Business Improvement Districts, Albany Industrial Development Agency and Albany Community Development Agency.

KeyBank N.A. is the sponsor of the January 15 luncheon. “Key is pleased to be a long-time supporter of the Albany Roundtable, especially the Mayor’s annual address,” said Mitchell Miller, Senior Vice President, KeyBank. “The Albany Roundtable combines all of our charitable giving priorities, which include supporting area cultural and educational resources, volunteer efforts that help build local neighborhoods and livelihoods, and civic leadership.”

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 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 January 15 luncheon are required by Monday, January 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 

*The Roundtable usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month, but the date was changed to avoid a scheduling conflict.