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March 2012 Newsletter

March 2012 Newsletter

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Published by: Colleen Ryan on Mar 01, 2012
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The University Club Foundation joined forces with the Albany Institute of History and Art, for a Play

Date for Grown Ups on Valentine’s Day. Pictured above top right: Eileen & Elliot Rosen (foreground) wait for the tour to get started. Middle left: Kids Stuff exhibit sign at AIHA (the exhibit is only open until March 4th, so get over there if you haven’t seen it yet!); Middle right: Debra Sunukjian and Meredith Helgerson consult the Magic 8-Ball. Lower left: Do you remember Wooly Willy? Bottom Right: Eric Hoppel shows off his Barrel of Monkey skills at dinner at the Club after the tour. The Foundation is busy planning more great events. Get all the details on pages two and three.

Medicaid programs, and is credited to have trimmed the state's Medicaid budget by 4.8%. The Wisconsin model focused on making it easier for people to enroll while reforming reimbursement rates, but without dictating how that would be done. He always packs the house! Join us on Friday, March 2nd when Jeff Strange returns to the Grille Room for an early show from 6-8 p.m. He will be regaling us his signature energetic performance of rock, original music and, of course, plenty of Irish tunes to get us in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day. The performance is free and open to the public as part of the University Club Foundation’s participation in 1st Friday, the downtown arts walk that showcases the thriving and lively art scene in downtown Albany. Ala carte dinner will be served from 5-9 p.m. Reservations please. Call the desk at 463-1151. $15 per person, includes lunch. The buffet begins at noon with the presentation at12:30. Reservations are required by March 9th and may be made by calling 518-431-1400 (the AlbanyColonie Chamber of Commerce) or by sending and email to albanyroundtable@yahoo.com.

We’re planning a dinner in April based on the film Big Night... but before we do we thought we’d give you a chance to see it on Monday, March 26th in the Grille. We’re open for dinner and/or drinks that night. No charge for the movie. Just stop by! In Big Night, Primo and Secondo are brothers who emigrated to America from Italy to open an Italian restaurant. Primo is a gifted chef who is determined not to squander his talent on routine dishes. Secondo is the frontman, trying to keep the restaurant afloat, despite few patrons. The successful owner of nearby Pascal's restaurant, offers to call his friend, bigtime jazz musician Louis Prima, to play a special benefit. Primo begins to prepare his masterpiece, the feast of a lifetime, for the brothers' big night. "Big Night" Dinners have become a cult classic event following this quiet little movie. On April 27th, our own Italian Chef, Kevin Pagano, will recreate the fantastic meal featured in the film complete with risotto, fresh roasted vegetables and the ultimate delicacy, Timpano: a mix of pasta, sauce, meatballs and hard boiled eggs baked in a flaky crust. Stay tuned for details!

For most, St. Patrick’s Day conjures images of leprechauns, shamrocks, corned beef and beer, but not for the U Club Staff. We’ve been working out, getting plenty of rest and eating our vegetables so we’re in tip-top shape as our thoughts turn to getting ready for the 200+ people who join us for our annual St. Pat’s event, which gets bigger and better every year! We have one of the best vantage points on the parade route. Watch it from the front lawn or, stay inside and watch it from the windows in the Living Room. Be sure to plan to arrive early to beat the street closures and get your shamrock beads (we will be handing them out while supplies last). St. Patrick’s Day timeline: 11:30 Club opens for drinks Noon Our famous corned beef and cabbage buffet (available until 2:30 p.m.)

University Club member Jason Helgerson, New York's Medicaid Director, will address the Albany Roundtable on Wednesday, March 14th. In January, 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in his State of the State address that he had issued an Executive Order aimed at redesigning New York's outsized Medicaid program. The order called for the creation of a new Medicaid Redesign Team to find ways to save money within the Medicaid program. New York spends more, per capita, on Medicaid than any other state in the country. In an effort to rein in the program's rising costs, Gov. Cuomo tapped Jason Helgerson to be the state Medicaid director, and to serve as Executive Director of the NYS Medicaid Design Team. Helgerson previously oversaw Wisconsin's "BadgerCare Plus" and

2 p.m. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Quail Street and Central Avenue (it should pass the club around 2:30 p.m.) Adults $14.95; Kids $7.95 RESERVATIONS ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. Call the Front Desk at 463-1151.

Joanna Palladino, Lou Sansivero & Bob Resnick form the unforgettable 60’s trio, Off the Record (that’s them hamming it up in the UC Bowling alleys above). Join them in the Grille from 8-10 p.m. when they’ll entertain us with 60’s songs and newer tunes influenced by the 60’s...all with their usual flair and signature style. This group is a lot of fun, so make plans to be there. The performance is free. Dinner will be served from 5-9 p.m.

Annual Easter Buffet Sunday, April 8th 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Assorted Salads Maple Glazed Ham Roast Prime Rib of Beef Honey Glazed Turkey Cod with Sautéed Lemon & Fennel Baked Macaroni & Cheese Homemade Mashed Potatoes Seasonal Vegetable And for our young guests: Chicken Tenders & Fries Assorted Pies for dessert Adults $23.95; Kids $10.95 Join us for all the traditional favorites and some tasty newcomers. This is a popular event. Make reservations early. Call 518-463-1151.

Tuesday, April 24 Mike Camoin and Larry Jackson will discuss a film the former has in production, Grazing Miss Albany, and the hit 1988 film Mystic Pizza, for which Jackson served as studio executive in charge of producti on, in thei r tal k on “Filmmaking as an Economic Engine.” Tuesday, May 1 Rich Lounello will discuss the challenges and opportunities of life as a professional actor in a small market, his work on the WMHT-produced 2011 documentary William Kennedy’s Prohibition and his award-winning short film The Loop in his talk, “A Sense of Place.” All sessions will be open to the public and will be held from 6–8 p.m. at the University Club, with a networking reception from 6–7 p.m. (cash bar) and the presentation commencing at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 per session, a subscription to all 3 is available for $25, and light fare will be provided at each event. Reservations are required and may be made by call the Front Desk at 463-1151. Yoga Classes Lunch Express $7.50 Mondays noon-12:45 pm. Evening Class Tuesdays 5:30-6:45 p.m. $10 (pre-paid) $15 drop-in Chair Yoga Class? Ellen is thinking about adding Chair Yoga to the schedule. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, or standing using it for support, making yoga accessible to people who have balance, mobility and/or strength issues. The class would be during the day (probably morning) and last 45 minutes. If you are interested please call or email Ellen.

The Membership Committee would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mary Briwa to the University Club family: Ms. Briwa is the Director of Policy and Communications for the New York Public Welfare Association. She graduated from the College of St. Rose in 2009. Her University Club sponsors are Frank Nemeth and Joe Brady.

The University Club Foundation, the Lark Street BID and the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau/Albany Film Commission will be hosting a Spring Filmmakers Forum, titled “And...Action!”. Actors, screenwriters, producers, and independent filmmakers will share their experiences, thoughts and insights on what makes a great film in a series of presentations. Scheduled sessions are: Tuesday, April 10 Thomas Mercer will share insights and lessons learned while producing his cinematic documentary on the military career of Benedict Arnold in his talk “Bringing the Past to Life – American General: Benedict Arnold.”

The Membership Committee is also proud to announce a reinvigorated relationship between the University Club and Siena College. The two have had a long, rewarding relationship over the years and many of the Club’s past and current members are Siena alumni. In fact, Siena alumni represent a full 25% of the Club’s membership, with three currently serving on the Board of Directors. The University Club would like to see that relationship continue long into the future, so we are partnering with the Office of Alumni Relations to extend a special offer allowing Siena alumni a unique and economical opportunity to join their fellow alums at the Club (applies to new members only). The program will be promoted through the Alumni Office via a full-color promotional piece, designed by the House and Membership Committees. Thanks go out to Board members Nate Maloney and Tim Varney who were given the task of investigating and implementing the program and to Colleen Ryan who edited and arranged for the printing of the promotional piece. As a Siena alum Nate also deserves a big thank you for acting as liaison and working out the details of the program. We will be sure to keep you posted!

Officers: Warren Abriel, President Colleen Ryan, Vice President Amy Hines-Kramer, Secretary Matt Badalucco, Treasurer Tom Pandick, Past President

Directors: Joseph Brady Kevin Clancy Jeffrey Hill David Hochfelder

Nathan Maloney Frank Nemeth William Ross Timothy Varney


MONDAY 5 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Yoga Noon Bowling 7 pm 12 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Yoga Noon Bowling 7 pm

TUESDAY 6 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Bowling/Mixed 7 pm Yoga 5:30 pm 13 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Yoga 5:30 pm

WEDNESDAY 7 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

THURSDAY 8 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

FRIDAY 9 Lunch & Dinner Grille & Dining Room



14 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room
Roundtable Speaker Jason Helgerson 12 Noon

15 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

16 Lunch & Dinner Grille & Dining Room

17 St. Pat’s Parade and Buffet


19 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Yoga Noon Bowling 7 pm 26 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room
Yoga Noon Bowling 7 p.m. Big Night Film 6 p.m.

20 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Bowling/Mixed 7 pm Yoga 5:30 pm 27 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Yoga 5:30 pm

21 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

22 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

23 Lunch & Dinner Grille & Dining Room


28 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

29 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

30 Lunch & Dinner
Grille & Dining Room



2 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Yoga Noon Bowling 7 pm

3 Lunch & Dinner Grille Room Bowling/Mixed 7 pm Yoga 5:30 pm

4 Lunch in Grille and
Dining Room

5 Lunch in Grille and Dining Room

6 Lunch & Dinner Grille & Dining Room OFF THE RECORD in the Grille 8-10 pm

7 EASTER is TOMORROW! Did you make reservations?

This space available.
Contact Ellen for details: 518-463-1151

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