Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Leadership Luncheon Honoring Lois Wilson - 6/25


Lois (right) in Ghana in July, 2014.

The University Club was founded in 1901, but it wasn’t until 1938 that women were admitted to the Club as “Privilege Members.” A women’s bowling league was organized, tea parties and bridge parties were held annually, but the fairer sex was precluded from joining in the whiskey poker games. A generation or so later, after four years of intense debate, women were admitted to full membership in the Club on March 24, 1983, by a vote of 223 to 85. One year later, in 1984, Lois Wilson was the first woman elected to the board.

The University Club Board will celebrate the leadership – both in the Club and in the community – of longtime member Lois Wilson with a luncheon at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street on Thursday, June 25 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

The cost for the luncheon is $25, which may be paid at the door, or payment may be made in advance with a credit card at www.universityclubalbany.com .  The event is sponsored by the University Club Foundation and one need not be a member of the Club to attend. The 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 June 25 luncheon are required by Tuesday, June 23 and may be made by prepaying online, by calling the Club at 518-463-1151 or by sending an e-mail to ellen@universityclubalbany.com.

The featured speaker at the luncheon will be Philip McCallion, Ph.D. ACSW, co-director of The Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness (CEACW) of the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare. The CEACW promotes the adoption of effective, innovative practices and policies that address the needs of aging persons, their families and caregivers with an emphasis on vulnerable and oppressed populations. “Real community change around aging issues comes when key voices in that community speak up and lead,” said Dr. McCallion.”Lois has always been such a voice and leader.”

When she received the 3rd Age Award in 2011, Senior Services of Albany described Lois Wilson as “a woman of many firsts. She was the first woman to be elected to the University Club Board of Directors and was the first woman to serve as president of the Board of Trustees at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany.” Although she retired in 1997 after a 37-year career in the Albany area, Lois has continued to work tirelessly to advance social justice and sound public policy at home and abroad.

  • In 1998, Lois co-founded the Capital District Senior Issues Forum (CDSIF), a grassroots, voluntary initiative among faith communities, organizations and individuals that provide support for seniors in the Capital District through education and dialogue. The CDSIF’s goals are: to recognize the contributions of older adults; to identify issues and unmet needs of the senior community; to serve as the convener of stakeholders to address these issues through forums, legislative programs and educational programs; to educate the community about issues affecting seniors; and to generate the support of faith communities for health, healing and wholeness of older adults.
  • Since 2001 she has been the co-chair of the African Ministries Committee at Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Committee works with more than 45 persons born in Africa who have joined Westminster since 2001, has an affiliation with eight Capital District groups representing African immigrants, is organizing its sixth mission trip to West Africa, and expects to spend about $25,000 in 2015 for projects in Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone to support children who need safe water, food, shelter and basic education, including Ebola orphans. The Committee’s final 2015 fundraiser will be Saturday, Nov. 7, from 5 - 8:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany.
  • Since 2005 she has been the convener for the Community Coalition that is providing programs for residents at Schuyler Inn in Menands. As of May 29 Schuyler Inn was running senior-support housing for 35 individuals and was providing services to 60 families with 90 children. The community coalition organizes social events, holiday gifts, homework help three days a week, summer recreational programs and a supplies corner stocked with dental supplies (donated by the New York State Dental Foundation), bath soap, toiletries, and diapers.

Lois was born in Batavia, New York, graduated from Ithaca High School and earned a bachelor’s degree at Elmira College and a master’s degree at Cornell University. She began to work in Albany as a Public Administration Intern in July 1960 and worked for the New State Assembly, NYSUT, Governor’s Office, NYS Budget Division, NYS Education Department, NYS School Boards Association, and the NYS Senate Education Committee. She retired in December 1997.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

1st Friday with Off the Record! 6/5/15


Make plans to join us on Friday, June 5, from 8:00 - 10:00 pm as we welcome back one of our favorite bands, Off The Record! OTR is Albany’s own rock n’ roll lounge band that helps to transform the Club’s Grille Room into a swinging cocktail party! The Futurist Trio performs songs from the 60s as well as modern tunes influenced by that memorable era.

  • Joanna Palladino - fresh from treading the boards in ACT's production of "The Night of the Iguana" - uses her background in theatre to deliver memorable performances. She breathes life into each song, letting the song tell its own story. She spends hours before each show to transform herself into a 1960s gal! 
  • Bob Resnick lays down a solid beat using the djembe while adding textures from his customized drum setup. Bob is a mainstay of the local music scene, playing roots rock with The Backburners, funk rock with the Rumdummies, and percussion with a number of other bands. 
  • Lou Sansivero brings diverse influences to his guitar sound, including Rock n’Roll, Blues, Soul, Funk and Country. He has played and recorded with a number of local bands, including Group Therapy, Blues Shaker, The Kleins, and Big Blue Dot.

Dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m., please call 518-463-1151 for reservations. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club’s participation in 1st Friday, the downtown arts walk that showcases the lively art scene in downtown Albany.

Remember - 1st Friday at the U Club is on hiatus in July and August, but we'll be back on Friday, September 4!


Thursday, April 30, 2015

5th Annual Pinkster Celebration with Beth Wood - 5/29

In the spring of 1811, the Albany Common Council banned Pinkster Day celebrations because of “rioting and drunkenness.” The resolution read, in part, “No person shall … collect in numbers … with or without any music under a penalty of ten dollars or confinement in jail.” Two centuries later, in an effort to revive a tradition from Albany’s past, members of the University Club petitioned the Common Council to repeal the prohibition. The Pinkster ban was lifted on May 16, 2011.

On Friday, May 29, the U Club is bringing music back as we welcome singer-songwriter Beth Wood for a concert as part of the 5th Annual Pinkster Celebration at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany.

Beth Wood, based in Eugene, Oregon, is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for sixteen years. Beth’s music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, high-energy communication of joy.

The Club’s first Pinkster Celebration featured readings from four centuries of scholarly and popular publications documenting the people and places of New York’s capital city. In 2012, the University Club Foundation was delighted to welcome Albany’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning author, William Kennedy. The featured speaker for 2013 was Stefan Bielinski, the director of the Colonial Albany History Project. Last year, award-winning journalist and author Paul Grondahl discussed his latest book, These Exalted Acres: Unlocking the Secrets of Albany Rural Cemetery.

The 2015 Pinkster Celebration will feature a cocktail reception with light fare and cash bar from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., followed by the concert by Beth Wood.

Two levels of tickets are available for the Pinkster Celebration with Beth Wood: $25 per person for General Admission or $50 per person for Preferred Seating. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151 or tickets may be purchased online.

Proceeds from the event benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 corporation, and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building, its historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Introducing NEQ! 1st Friday ~ May 1 ~ 8 - 10 p.m.

L to R: Kyle Esposito, Manuel Quintana, Todd Nelson. Photo by Tom McGregor



Hudson Valley, NY based NEQ puts instrumental exploratory electric spacey americana, jazz grooves and more on the table.


A perennial favorite at the U Club under the name of "Todd Nelson Trio" - the band is launching a new recording with a new name - Nelson Esposito Quintana, or NEQ if you're pressed for time or trying to keep your tweet under 144 characters.

NEQ plays original songs and original arrangements of unusual covers of any genre signified by the muse. Improvisational but not noise; exploratory in texture and sound but melodic; arranged but open-ended; structured while embracing the random; aware of the past without repeating it; unafraid of space, subtlety or beauty, and they rock. Todd Nelson - Guitar, loops and textures, Kyle Esposito - Fretless bass, Manuel Quintana - Drums, percussion and sfx.

Metroland calls local guitar hero (and Hudson/Park neighbor) Todd Nelson “a preternaturally tasteful guitar player…” 

On the first Friday of each month, as part of the University Club’s celebration of 1st Friday, one need not be a member to enjoy live music in the Grille Room, dress is casual, and cash and major credit cards are accepted. Dinner served until 9 p.m., call 518-463-1151 for reservations.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Raffle Reveal! April in Paris ~ Friday, 4/24

Spring Buffet, Wine Tasting, Wine Pull and Raffle


Celebrate spring and support the University Club Foundation with a scrumptious spring buffet, a wine pull, or both!

The University Club Foundation will host April in Paris on Friday, April 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mark Brogna of Capital Wine & Spirits on Lark Street in Albany is lining up a tasting featuring fine French wines – reds, whites and rosés. The tasting is included in the price of the spring buffet.

At the Wine Pull station, everyone’s a winner – for a $20 ticket, guests will pull a bottle with a value of up to $100.



THIS JUST IN: 
These bottles, donated by a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous, will be raffled at April in Paris. Tickets are $5 each, or five for $20.
  • 1989 Hermitage Jean-Louis Chave ~ Rhone
    Full bodied, concentrated, magnificently complex and elegant, the wine develops a broad palette of aromas ranging from blackcurrant to smoky tones via notes of prune, leather, toast and spices. Most drinkable 2014-2022. Score 94/100 – Average Value $403

  • 1986 Dunn Vineyards ~ Cabernet Sauvignon
    Medium cherry red color with clear meniscus; mature leather, mushroom and tart plum nose; tart plum and tobacco palate, nicely structured with firm underlying tannins; medium-plus finish. Drinkable 2015. Score 91/100 – Average Value $179

April in Paris is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, and one need not be a member of the Club to attend. The cost for the spring buffet and tasting is $30 and includes tax and gratuity, beverages are additional. The tasting will be held from 5:30 – 6:30, the buffet from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., and the wine pull and raffle will take place at 8:30 p.m.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151. Tickets may also be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, Artist in Residence

Opening Reception - Monday, May 4


In addition to paintings by Jonathan Bradley Morse and Walter Launt Palmer and sculpture by Terri Boor, the Living Room, Lobby and Dining Room of the University Club of Albany have long featured works from a variety of renowned artists.

From May through September, the University Club will present a solo exhibition of the works of SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, who will serve as the Club’s third Artist in Residence.

The exhibition will open with a Meet the Artist Reception on Monday, May 4, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the National Register-listed University Club at 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The reception is free and open to the public and will feature light fare and cash bar.  >> Make a Reservation

Scheduled to run through Monday, August 31, the exhibition will be on view during public and special events at the Club, and by appointment with the artist, who will receive an honorary membership in the University Club for the duration of the show.

A concurrent exhibition will feature historic photographs, drawings and artifacts from the SUNY Central Administration Building, the former D&H Railroad Building. Designed by Marcus Reynolds and inspired by the 13th-century Cloth Hall in Ypres, Belgium, this structure sits at the foot of State Street on Broadway. The central tower is thirteen stories high and is capped by an 8-foot-tall working weathervane, a replica of Henry Hudson’s ship Half Moon.

The Artist in Residence program furthers the University Club and Foundation’s commitment to promote the use of the historic Clubhouse as a venue for performing and visual arts as well as cultural events. It builds on the success of the October, 2011 Athletic Annex Exhibition curated by local artist Chip Fasciana. For 9 days, the University Club’s former fitness annex was transformed into a “pop up art gallery” with an exhibition featuring some 20 local and regional artists. The Athletic Annex Exhibition was part of MoHu – the Mohawk Hudson Art Festival featuring theatre, dance, music, visual and random acts of art throughout the region.

“I have a lot of interests outside of my job, but my most cherished avocation is watercolor,” Zimpher said.  “I would do it every day if I could. I still paint, but only on occasion now. My most recent painting dates to a few years ago — I did it as a gift for my son and daughter-in-law when they got married. When I find time, I’ll paint New York. I’ve never seen a more beautiful landscape than what you have here.”

Zimpher’s paintings are largely watercolor landscapes inspired by the countryside in her native Ohio and other places she has lived or visited, including Wisconsin, Florida, and Maine. Rich browns, yellows, and golds are prominent in her work.

In June 2009 Nancy L. Zimpher became the 12th chancellor of The State University of New York. With 460,000 students and 64 colleges and universities, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education.

Prior to coming to SUNY, Dr. 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. She has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, and academic journal articles on teacher education, urban education, academic leadership, and community-university partnerships.

Chancellor Zimpher holds a bachelor’s degree in English Education and Speech, a master’s degree in English Literature, and a Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration, all from The Ohio State University.

This event is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, Inc., and one need not be a member of the University Club to attend. The 501c3 Foundation which was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901. For more information contact the University Club at 518-463-1151 or online at www.universityclubalbany.com.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

April in Paris, Friday 4/24

Spring Buffet, Wine Tasting, Wine Pull and Raffle


Celebrate spring and support the University Club Foundation with a scrumptious spring buffet, a wine pull, or both!

The University Club Foundation will host April in Paris on Friday, April 24 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Mark Brogna of Capital Wine & Spirits on Lark Street in Albany is lining up a tasting featuring fine French wines – reds, whites and rosés. The tasting is included in the price of the spring buffet.

At the Wine Pull station, everyone’s a winner – for a $20 ticket, guests will pull a bottle with a value of up to $100. Raffle tickets will also be available during the evening for $5 each, and guests may enter drawings for collectible wines and other seasonal prizes.

April in Paris is presented by the University Club of Albany Foundation, and one need not be a member of the Club to attend. The cost for the spring buffet and tasting is $30 and includes tax and gratuity, beverages are additional. The tasting will be held from 5:30 – 6:30, the buffet from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., and the wine pull and raffle will take place at 8:30 p.m.

Reservations are required and may be made by calling the University Club at 518-463-1151. Tickets may also be purchased online. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the University Club of Albany Foundation, a 501c3 corporation. The Foundation was formed in 2009 to recognize and maintain the unique historic and architectural significance of the National Register-listed University Club building and property, its neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since its inception in 1901.