Monday, February 26, 2018

New UAlbany President Discusses Higher Ed Funding at Albany Roundtable - 3/14/18



ALBANY, NY –  As the New York State budget process continues, the Albany Roundtable has invited University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez to discuss higher education funding, how it impacts UAlbany and his vision for the University moving forward.

Dr. Rodríguez
took office at UAlbany in September with more than 25 years of experience as a leader in higher education.

Before coming to UAlbany, Dr. Rodríguez was the founding provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). Dr. Rodríguez was instrumental in creating UTRGV, a new public research university, and building the university’s new medical school from the ground up. He had previously served as interim president and provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas Pan-American, which merged with The University of Texas at Brownsville to become UTRGV.

Prior to his leadership positions in Texas, Dr. Rodríguez spent seven years at the University of Delaware as deputy provost, vice provost for academic affairs and international programs, and professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. He also directed UD’s acclaimed Disaster Research Center, the world’s first research center devoted to the studying the complex social problems that result from natural and technological disasters and other community-scale crises.

Dr. Rodríguez has also held faculty and administrative positions at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, and served as Director of the Minority Affairs Program for the American Sociological Association (1995-1998). A respected scholar, he studies the socioeconomic impacts of disasters and the economic well-being of minority populations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Rodríguez received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife, Rosy Lopez, have three grown children.

This event is being sponsored by the University atAlbany Alumni Association.

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 March 14 luncheon are required by Monday, March 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Jill Peckenpaugh discusses work of US Committee on Refugees & Immigrants - 2/14/18

With ICE, DACA, the Wall and more in our nation’s current events, Jill Peckenpaugh, the director for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)'s Albany Field Office, sheds light on what’s real and fake in today’s news. She will talk about the good that is being done in Albany at the next Albany Roundtable luncheon on Wednesday, February 14 at the National Register-listed University Club, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street in Albany. The meeting is open to the public.

In the neighborhoods across Albany, a sanctuary city, USCRI open doors for uprooted people, helping the world’s most vulnerable rebuild their lives. USCRI is part of a nationwide network that breaks through social, cultural, and economic barriers so previously interrupted lives can flourish.

Jill Peckenpaugh is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a degree in International Relations, and Lesley University, where she earned a master’s in Training and Development. She worked for more than 10 years as a consultant, was director of Program Management at Cross-Cultural Solutions for 5 years and has been director of the USCRI Albany Field Office for about nine years.

“Our perspective is very positive and our refugees greatly improve their lives in terms of nutrition, health care, education and opportunity, particularly those who came from refugee camps,” Peckenpaugh told the Albany Times Union in 2016. “They don’t succeed overnight, but look at what our refugees achieve here is a testament to their hard work and how welcome and supportive this area has been.”

There were nearly 74,000 foreign-born individuals living in the Census bureau’s Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area in 2014.

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 February 14 luncheon are required by Monday, February 12 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling and leaving a message to register at 518-992-5360, or by sending an e-mail to albanyroundtable@gmail.com.