Monday, December 19, 2011

Mayor Jennings to Speak on January 11


ALBANY, NY - December 16, 2011 - Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings will address the first Albany Roundtable luncheon of 2012 on Wednesday, January 11.

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.

Mayor Gerald D. Jennings was elected the 74th Mayor of the City of Albany in 1993. Born in North Albany, Jennings had a 21-year career as a teacher and high school administrator for the Albany City School District and served 13 years on the Albany Common Council representing the 11th Ward.

The Mayor has successfully established collaborative partnerships with New York State, the business community, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations that have produced new development projects representing more than $6 billion in new investment since 1994.

The Mayor will discuss the city's recently completed comprehensive plan which will help determine what lies ahead for Albany. Albany2030 looks forward twenty years, while at the same time considering where the city is now and where it's been. Through a series of public meetings, development of the plan has engaged hundreds of citizens in all aspects of city life: housing, recreation, transportation, sustainability, infrastructure, and more.

The cost for the luncheon is $15, which may be paid at the door. The University Club will serve lunch from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., with the program commencing at 12:30. Reservations for the January 11 luncheon are required by Monday, January 9 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com .



Friday, November 4, 2011

Rex Smith, Editor of Albany Times Union - 11/9


Rex Smith, Editor and Vice President of the Times Union, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, November 9. As he does on The Media Project, which airs weekly on WAMC, Smith will offer an inside look at media coverage of current events.

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.
Rex Smith has been Editor and Vice President the Times Union in Albany since September of 2002. He had been Managing Editor/News of the paper for seven years before that, and had come to the Times Union after serving four years as Editor of The Record newspaper of Troy. Rex came to New York’s Capital Region as state capitol bureau chief and national correspondent for Newsday, where he spent 11 years on various reporting beats. Earlier in his career, Rex was a congressional aide in Washington and editor of the daily newspaper in Rensselaer, Indiana. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the national Society of Professional Journalists, the World Hunger Media Award, the New York League of Women Voters Citizen of the Year Award and numerous other prizes for reporting and editorial writing.

Smith grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota and graduated cum laude from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He was awarded a master’s degree with highest honors from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, which awarded him a Pulitzer Fellowship.He is past president of the state daily newspaper association, vice-chair of the New York Fair Trial/Free Press Conference, and is in demand as a guest speaker and contest judge. He has twice been a Pulitzer Prize juror.
Smith and his wife, the author Marion Roach, live in Rensselaer County, New York, with their daughter, Grace.

The cost for the luncheon $15, which may be paid at the door. 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 Monday, November 7 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.



Monday, October 10, 2011

New Patroon Award to be Presented to Catherine Hedgeman, Stakeholders

Civic engagement, arts, philanthropy booster will be honored on October 12

The Albany Roundtable has selected The Stakeholders, Inc. and its founder Catherine M. Hedgeman, Esq. to receive its prestigious New Patroon Award for the organization’s efforts to cultivate support for philanthropy, civic engagement, and the arts among the region’s young professionals.

“The Stakeholders, since its founding in 2008, immediately brought a new vitality to an area traditionally populated by a hoarier demographic – philanthropy,” said Colleen Ryan, President of the Albany Roundtable. “Further, The Stakeholders are stemming ‘brain drain’ by working to make our region a sustainable and stimulating place to live and invest. By encouraging younger people to stake a personal claim in our community’s future, the Stakeholders are actualizing a vision long espoused by the Albany Roundtable: that the urban centers of New York’s historic Capital Region should be a preferred destination for living, business and entertainment. We are delighted to honor Kate and The Stakeholders with the New Patroon award.”

Formerly known as the Good Patroon Award, the Albany Roundtable established the recognition program in 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 board is seeking, with its New Patroon Award, to highlight and encourage the work of nascent organizations.

Ellen Sax, Vice President of Community Relations for KeyBank, will present the Award at the first meeting of the Albany Roundtable’s 33rd season on Wednesday, October 12th. Ellen serves on the Stakeholders Advisory Committee.

The featured speaker for the October luncheon is Meika Loe, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Colgate University who will discuss her new book, Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond (Oxford University Press, September 2011.)

The Stakeholders, Inc., is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that people are key to the sustainability of New York’s Capital Region. The group seeks to retain and attract residents, workers and visitors and foster regional pride by connecting individuals with area resources and providing enrichment through programs on Education, Capacity Building and Philanthropy.

The October 12 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 $15, which may be paid at the door. 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 Monday, October 10 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

The most recent Good Patroon Award winners include 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.

“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 Ryan. “The Good Patroon Award is the Albany Roundtable’s primary means of honoring those leaders who make our community a better place to live. We are so pleased to be able to present Kate and The Stakeholders with this award.”


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Albany Roundtable Welcomes Author of "Aging Our Way"


Professor Meika Loe will address luncheon on October 12 

Meika Loe, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Colgate University, will address the Albany Roundtable at the first luncheon of the 2011-2012 season on Wednesday, October 12.

Professor Loe, a Delmar resident, will discuss her new book, Aging Our Way: Lessons for Living from 85 and Beyond (Oxford University Press, October 2011). Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.

Following the everyday lives of 30 elders living at home – including many in the Albany area – Loe explores how the very old navigate the practical challenges of living as independently as possible. Drawing on the latest interdisciplinary scholarship, this book reveals that maintaining social capital as we age can make all the difference in staying healthy, connected, and comfortable.

Loe is also the author of The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America and co-editor of Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness Through an Ageing, Science and Technology Lens.

The Roundtable’s New Patroon Award will be presented at the October luncheon to The Stakeholders, Inc. and its founder, attorney Catherine M. Hedgeman, for the organization’s efforts to cultivate support for philanthropy, civic engagement, and the arts among the region’s young professionals. 

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15, which may be paid at the door. 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 Monday, October 10 and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the Albany Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

Friday, May 6, 2011

RSVP Deadline 5/13 for "An Evening with Janet Flammang"





The Albany Roundtable Presents “The Taste For Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society” on May 18

Janet Flammang, Ph.D., will be Visiting Speaker at Annual Meeting


Janet Flammang, author, professor and chair of political science at California’s Santa Clara University, will be the featured speaker at the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

The event is open to the public, and will be held at the historic University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception 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 and a presentation by the visiting speaker. Tickets are $30.

Janet Flammang is the author of The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society, (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009.) The book explores the idea that table activities – the mealtime rituals of food preparation, serving and dining – lay the foundation for a proper education on the value of civility, the importance of the common good, and what it means to be a good citizen.

The arts of conversation and diplomatic speech are learned and practiced at tables, and a political history of food practices recasts thoughtfulness and generosity as virtues that enhance civil society and democracy. In our industrialized and profit-centered culture, however, foodwork is devalued and civility is eroding.

Janet A. Flammang teaches courses in U. S. politics with an emphasis on women and politics. Her current research explores the relationship between meals, conversation, community and democracy. She is the author or editor of books and journal articles on women’s politics including Women's Political Voice: How Women Are Transforming the Practice and Study of Politics.

“Since the Albany Roundtable was founded in 1979 it has provided a forum for the exchange of ideas and information – as well as an opportunity to break bread with people from all walks of life,” said Colleen Ryan, president of the all-volunteer not-for-profit organization. “As James Beard, the dean of American cookery once said, ‘Food is our common ground, a universal experience.’ Recent trends may point to an erosion of civility, but Albany Roundtable luncheons have a long tradition of offering participants a chance to talk, to listen, and to ask questions of civic leaders.”

The Albany Roundtable’s previous Visiting Speakers have included Colin Beavan (No Impact Man), Jaime Correa (planner, architect and professor at the University of Miami); Stan Eckstut (NYC architect, Battery City Project); Tony Hiss (Project for Public Spaces); Robert McNulty (Partners for Livable Places); Paul Pritchard (National Parks and Conservation Association); Richard Bradley (proponent of Downtown business districts); Ray Oldenburg (The Great Good Place); James Howard Kunstler (author and new urbanist); Jane Holtz Kay (architecture critic, author of Asphalt Nation); Joseph P. Riley (Mayor, Charleston, South Carolina); Richard Reinhart (Buffalo Place); and others.

Tickets for the reception must be reserved by Friday, May 13. For more information, visit www.albanyroundtable.com, email albanyroundtable@yahoo.com or call the University Club at 518-463-1151.




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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

An Evening with Janet Flammang



Wednesday, May 18
6:00 p.m. ~ 8:00 p.m.
The University Club of Albany
141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street

Reception ~ 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Light Fare and Open Bar
Program ~ 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Janet Flammang is a writer, professor and chair of political science at California’s Santa Clara University, and the author of The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society, (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009.)

The book explores the idea that table activities – the mealtime rituals of food preparation, serving and dining – lay the foundation for a proper education on the value of civility, the importance of the common good, and what it means to be a citizen.

Tickets $25 for members, $30 for the general public.
2011 membership list is available online here.
Join when you purchase your ticket and save $5!

View and download flyer with RSVP form here.

Friday, April 1, 2011

NO FOOLIN' - Yet another speaker change

Christine Ward to Address Albany Roundtable on 4/13
New York State Archivist and CEO of Archives Partnership Trust


ALBANY, NY – April 1, 2011 – Christine Ward, head of the New York State Archives and Archives Partnership Trust, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, April 13.

Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.

The New York State Archives holds many of the oldest and most important archival treasures in the nation. Established in 1971 and opened to the public in 1978, the NYS Archives is a program of the State Education Department, with its main facility located in the Cultural Education Center on Madison Avenue in Albany. There it cares for and provides access to more than 200 million documents that tell the story of New York from the seventeenth century to the present.

The Archives Partnership Trust, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1992 to build an endowment and provide project support to enhance humanities programs, increase access to these outstanding treasures, and continue the preservation of New York's historical records.

Ms. Ward received a bachelor’s degree in history from Russell Sage College in Troy and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University at Albany. Under her leadership, the State Archives facility has been completely renovated to include state-of-the-art storage for its 200 million records and modern public service space, and it has received nearly $3 million in federal grants for preservation and access work.

Reservations for the April 13 luncheon are required by Monday, April 11 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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.

All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a pair of passes to the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Vanguard Show House which opens on May 3 in Loudonville.

Advance-sale tickets will also be available for the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the University Club. The event will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a presentation by Visiting Speaker Janet Flammang, the author of The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society, (University of Illinois Press, 2009.) The book explores the idea that table activities – the mealtime rituals of food preparation, serving and dining – lay the foundation for a proper education on the value of civility, the importance of the common good, and what it means to be a citizen. Tickets are $30.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.com or www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com .

Saturday, March 26, 2011

NEW SPEAKER - Paul Beyer on April 13

Paul Beyer to Address Albany Roundtable on April 13
Director of Smart Growth Planning at the NYS Department of State

ALBANY, NY – March 25, 2011 – Paul Beyer, director of Smart Growth Planning at the New York State Department of State, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, April 13. Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.

Various New York state agencies are involved with the Smart Growth initiative, which is committed to working with localities to use smart, sensible planning to create livable communities, protect our natural resources and promote economic growth. Smart Growth bolsters and complements the state’s overall sustainability agenda.

Among other things, Beyer will discuss the Smart Growth Infrastructure Policy Act of 2010, which emphasizes infrastructure investments in smart growth projects.

In his position as director, Beyer oversees the governor’s Smart Growth cabinet, a group of state agencies committed to promoting Smart Growth on the state and local levels in New York. His experience in land use and Smart Growth began when he worked in the New York State Assembly, where he focused on land use, environmental policy and public health policy. Beyer served on the board of directors of Partners for a Livable Western New York, the premier Smart Growth advocacy group in the Buffalo area. Beyer has a law degree from the University at Buffalo.

Reservations for the April 13 luncheon are required by Monday, April 11 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a pair of passes to the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Vanguard Show House which opens on May 3 in Loudonville.

Advance-sale tickets will also be available for the Albany Roundtable’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the University Club. The event will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and a presentation by Visiting Speaker Janet Flammang, the author of The Taste for Civilization: Food, Politics and Civil Society, (University of Illinois Press, 2009.) The book explores the idea that table activities – the mealtime rituals of food preparation, serving and dining – lay the foundation for a proper education on the value of civility, the importance of the common good, and what it means to be a citizen. Tickets are $30.

For additional information visit www.albanyroundtable.com or www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com .

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Matthew J. Driscoll to Address Albany Roundtable on March 9





Matthew J. Driscoll, President and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, March 9.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public and held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. A vegetarian option will be available.

The NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) provides low-cost capital and expert technical assistance for environmental projects in New York State. EFC helps public and private entities comply with federal and State environmental protection and quality requirements in a cost-effective manner that advances sustainable growth. The Corporation administers and finances the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. Since 1990, EFC has provided over $14.5 billion in low-cost financing and grants for over 2,100 water and sewer infrastructure projects across New York State.

Matthew J. Driscoll became the President and CEO of the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation in January 2010. From 2001 through 2009, Mr. Driscoll served as the 52nd Mayor of the City of Syracuse, where his tenure was distinguished by his environmental and sustainability initiatives. As Mayor, Mr. Driscoll’s action plan for energy conservation, sustainability initiatives, and environmental protection efforts earned Syracuse the title of “The Emerald City” and recognition by Popular Science magazine as one of the Nation’s greenest cities (ranked #17).

Reservations for the March 9 luncheon are required by Monday, March 7 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle for a “Lark Street Shopping Spree” by dropping a business card at the registration table.




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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dr. Douglas North, The Albany Academies to Speak Feb. 9

Dr. Douglas North, Head of School of The Albany Academies will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, February 9.

The Albany Roundtable luncheon meetings are open to the public and held at the historic University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany.

Dr. North was appointed Head of School of The Albany Academies on July 1, 2009 and has already posted a significant number of accomplishments, including: balancing the school budget, preparing a five-year financial plan and establishing a firm identify for the institution – comprised of Albany Academy for Girls and The Albany Academy.

A graduate of The Albany Academy, North has a doctorate degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

For the past two decades, he served as a successful university president. Before returning to the Academies, Dr. North was the President of Alaska Pacific University – a liberal arts and professional university that emphasizes experiential and active learning – in Anchorage, Alaska. He also served as President of Prescott College, an independent liberal arts college in Prescott, Arizona.

Reservations for the February 9 luncheon are required by Monday, February 7 and can be made by calling 518-431-1440 (through the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce) or by e-mail at albanyroundtable@yahoo.com .

The luncheon is open to the public and the cost is $15. 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. All luncheon participants are invited to enter the Roundtable Raffle by dropping a business card at the registration table.

For additional information visit http://www.albanyroundtable.com/ or http://www.albanyroundtable.blogspot.com/ .