Homecoming 2016


Registration deadline is September 30, 2016.

UAlbany Speaker Series featuring Brandon Stanton registration is still open however all other events are now closed. 
Football tickets are still available - call the box office at 518-442-3236.
Great Dane Game Day Lunch Buffet tickets may be purchased at the as well as limited concessions are available.

Families, Alumni and Community are invited to join us at Homecoming!

Schedule of Events





Invitation Only




Jump to: Friday, Oct. 7 | Saturday, Oct. 8 | Sunday, Oct. 9



8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.  

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Reunion Weekend Registration
Alumni House
Stop in, pick up your registration packets, and enjoy some coffee and cider doughnuts.

2:30-4:00 p.m.
Law School/Legal Career: Are They For Me?
Alumni House Conference Room
Are you interested in law? Curious about how law is taught in a college class? Want to meet UAlbany alumni who have pursued careers in law? Join us for an interactive discussion of legal issues in a simulated classroom session featuring alumna/lawyer/scientist Dr. Sharon Kantor ’73 and Professor James Acker. Then hear from a panel of alumni regarding legal education and career opportunities. Dr. Kantor, who earned both law and Ph.D. degrees after graduating from UAlbany, will explore issues relating to her specialization in intellectual property, including patent law. Professor Acker will focus on constitutional issues pertaining to criminal justice. Students, alumni, members of the surrounding community, and anyone interested in witnessing and participating in a simulated law-related classroom discussion are encouraged to attend. Registration required. Free.  

2:00 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Vermont
Field Hockey Field behind John Fallon Field

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tea and Scones hosted by the Cancer Research Center

1 Discovery Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144

Please join us for tea (iced and hot) and scones on the Health Sciences Campus (formerly the East Campus) in Rensselaer. Meet our researchers and staff. Impromptu lab tour offered. Bus transportation is available from the SEFCU Arena on the Main Campus at 1:16 p.m. and leaving for the Main Campus at 4:00 p.m.(arriving SEFCU at 4:38). You can also drive over and park in our visitor spaces close to the building.  Registration required. Free.  

5:00–7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Lecture Center East Concourse
Please join alumni, UAlbany families and friends for our welcome reception overlooking the University Main Fountain. Registration required. Free.  

5:00 p.m.
Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Great Dane inductees Bob Ford, Michelle Simpson, Casey Halloran, Kevin Rae, Luke Daquino and the 2003 men's lacrosse team will be honored.  To purchase tickets to the dinner, Click here for tickets

7:00 p.m.
Men's Soccer vs. Vermont
Tom & Mary Casey Stadium and Bob Ford Field

7:00 p.m.
Alumni and Student Shabbat Services

Campus Center, 3rd Floor
Reform, Conservative and Orthodox Services.  

7:30 p.m.
Class of 1966 Meet and Greet

Chat's Lounge (Lobby) Albany Marriott
Kick off your reunion weekend with an informal meet and greet. Here's your first real chance to reconnect with your classmates after so many years. Registration required. Cost: on your own, cash bar. 

8:00 p.m.
Hillel Shabbat Dinner
Campus Center
Registration required. Free.  

8:00 p.m. – Midnight
Campus Center Ballroom 
Join us for the 3rd annual Homecoming Fall Ball! Formal Attire, Great Music, and Refreshments. Free. 


8:00 a.m.-Noon
Homecoming Registration

Alumni House

9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Veterans Wall of Honor Viewing

University Library, 2nd Floor
View UAlbany's nine-panel Veterans Wall of Honor, which includes photos, illustrations and the names of more than 4,000 alumni, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. military. Free.  

9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Homecoming Breakfast and Half-Century Club Induction
Campus Center Ball Room
Join University administration, alumni, families and students as we kick off the day’s festivities. Enjoy a buffet breakfast while mingling with friends, hearing a University update and participating in the induction of the Class of 1966 into the Half-Century Club. Families will have an opportunity to re-connect with Orientation Leaders. Registration
required. Cost: $10.00/person.  

10:00 a.m
Shabbat Day Prayers and Lunch
12:30pm Shabbat Lunch follows.
Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center, 320 Fuller Road.  

10:30 a.m.
Where’s My Cell Phone: Memories for the Ordinary to the Extra-ordinary presented by Jeanette Altarriba, Ph.D.

Campus Center Assembly Hall
Have you ever misplaced your keys, forgotten someone’s name, or struggled to recall what you did last night? The phenomenon of memory reconstruction and the development of false memories and beliefs is a “hot topic” in cognitive and memory research. But just how can we demonstrate the existence of such memories? And, when we do forget, what are some techniques to try to remember? Learn about what the research tells us regarding false memories, their impact in your decision making, and what to do to decrease their prevalence. Registration required. Free.  

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m
Sorority/Fraternity Coffee Hour

Alumni House
Join your sorority or fraternity – Alpha Pi Alpha, Alpha Phi Omega, Beta Zeta, Chi Sigma Theta, Gamma Kappa Phi, Kappa Beta, Kappa Delta, Phi Delta, Potter Club, Psi Gamma, Sigma Alpha, Sigma Lambda Sigma, Sigma Phi for coffee and conversation. Registration required. Free.  

11:00–11:45 a.m.
University Art Museum Tour

University Art Museum
Join members of the museum staff for an informal gallery tour of the current exhibition. Registration Required. Free.  

11:00 a.m.
City of Albany Bus Tour  
Registered guests are giving first seating priority, however, if you would still like to attend, please come to tour pick up at the Alumni House, Dutch Gold parking lot.  If space is available, you may take the tour.

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
University at Albany Foundation Board of Directors Meeting 
Location TBD 

12:00–1:00 p.m. 
Presidents’ Legacy Reception Legacy 
Indian Sky Lounge
Families with more than one generation of alumni or current students whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) is an alum are invited to this informal reception hosted by the University President and Alumni Association President Joseph Garba '02, '05. Registration required. Free. 

12:30 p.m.
City of Albany Bus Tour  
Registered guests are giving first seating priority, however, if you would still like to attend, please come to tour pick up at the Alumni House, Dutch Gold parking lot.  If space is available, you may take the tour.

12:45-2:15 p.m.
Class of 1966 Buffet Lunch

Washington Tavern, 250 Western Ave.
Enjoy a nice buffet lunch at Washington Tavern, affectionately called “WT,” a popular meeting place for all downtown alums. Registration required. Cost: $15 per person, cash bar. 

1:00–1:45 p.m.
University Art Museum Tour

University Art Museum
Registration Required. Free.  

1:00-3:30 p.m.
Great Dane Game Day 

Adjacent to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium, Bob Ford Field
Get into the spirit before watching UAlbany take on Richmond in the Homecoming game! Enjoy a lunch buffet, live music and family fun activities with other Great Danes fans. Package includes lunch buffet, and football game ticket.  Packages currently available include game ticket behind the visiting team. If you would like an upgraded game ticket starting at $19 you may purchase it by calling 518-442-3263 and purchase the lunch buffet only option. Current UAlbany Students receive free game ticket in student section and can use meal swipe. If you would like your student to sit with you, you will need to purchase a package.  Free parking. Registration required. Cost: $30 adults, $20 children 10 and under, lunch only $15.  
*Reunion classes, Affinity Groups, School of Business alums, Rockefeller, and GOLD, will have reserved tables.

1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 
Donor Pavilion at Great Dane Game Day
Adjacent to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium, Bob Ford Field
In recognition of your generosity and support, UAlbany Heritage Society, Loyalty Society and 1844 Society donors are invited to stop by our exclusive picnic area to enjoy specialty drinks and desserts while mingling with UAlbany administrators, staff and students. Casual attire is welcome; UAlbany gear is encouraged! Registration Required

2:30-3:30 p.m.
UAlbany Downtown Campus Walking Tour

Downtown Campus, 135 Western Ave.
See some of your old haunts and reminisce with alumni during this tour of the various buildings on the downtown campus. Gregory Wiedeman, university archivist, will host the tour. Tour starts at Draper Hall entrance. Parking is available at Thurlow Terrace on Western Ave. Registration required. Free.  

3:30 p.m.
Homecoming Football Game | UAlbany vs. Richmond

Tom & Mary Casey Stadium, Bob Ford Field
Show your true colors! Wear your purple and gold proudly and cheer on the UAlbany Great Danes as they score a touchdown against the opponents. 

Homecoming 3 Game Package INCLUDING Homecoming Lunch Buffet
Games: Richmond (10/8), Delaware (11/5), Stony Brook (11/19)
Purple Section: $90 (103, 107, 109)
White Section: $75 (203-206)
Silver Section: $60 (Sections 201, 202, 207, 208)

Game tickets only: Purple $75, White $60, and Silver $45

Purple: Savings of $11 from gate price. Seating located in lower level sections 103 & 107-109.
White: $8 savings. Seating in center upper level sections 203-206.
Silver: $8 savings. Seating in corner upper level sections 201-202 & 207-208.  

To purchase game tickets visit https://tkt.xosn.com/tickets/TicketHome.dbml?DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=15800&_MODE_=MIPS&SALE_TKT_PERFORMER_ID=64770%20&SALE_TKT_SALE_CATEGORIES_ID=190139

6:00-7:00 p.m.
Class of 1966 Cocktail Reception 
Treviso, Italian-American Community Center
257 Washington Avenue Extension, Albany 
Registration required. cost: Free if attending dinner, $15 for reception only. Cash bar. 

7:00-10:00 p.m.
Class of 1966 Reunion Dinner

Treviso, Italian-American Community Center
257 Washington Ave. Extension, Albany

Continue to swap stories and recapture those wonderful memories of your college years while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner. Registration required. Cost: $50 

7:00-9:00 p.m.

Chapel House/The Interfaith Center 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Interfaith Center (formerly Chapel House)
Alumni, current students, past and present board members, past and present staff and chaplains, and friends are invited to gather to celebrate the past 50 years and the future of the Interfaith Center. Keynote speaker is Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard, DD from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. From more information contact dcrisafulli@albany.edu or call (518) 489-8573 ext. 21. Registration required. Free.  


8:00 p.m.
University at Albany Speaker Series

The Speaker Series brings renowned guest speakers from across the globe to campus in order to engage the University community in compelling and purposeful discussions addressing contemporary issues and events.  This year we will welcome best-selling author, photographer and blogger Brandon Stanton.  Stanton is the founder of Humans of New York, the widely popular photojournalistic work that has become an internet phenomenon.  He has been named one of Time Magazine's 30 Under 30 People Changing the World. Registration Required. Free.  



8:30 a.m.
Class of 1966 Farewell Breakfast

Market Restaurant, Albany Marriott
Here’s your chance to say goodbye for now until your next reunion. Registration required. Cost: On your own.

9:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Meeting

Alumni House

11:00 a.m.
GOLD Big Purple Brunch
The Point, 1100 Madison Avenue.
Join other GOLD alumni for a delicious brunch. Hearty breakfast and lunch buffet available, plus your first Mimosa or Bloody Mary is on the house! Only $15. Classes of 2006-2016 are welcome. Must be 21 to register. Registration required  

11:00 a.m
Minyan Prayers and Brunch
Prayers 11am, Bagel Brunch at 12pm
Shabbos House Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center, 320 Fuller Road.  

7:00 p.m.
Field Hockey vs. Lafayette
Tom & Mary Casey Stadium and Bob Ford Field

6:45 P.M.
Newman Catholic Association Mass

Campus Center Assembly Hall 

 Registration deadline is September 30, 2016.