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Albany Society Heads Back to Class

March 11, 2007

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    Curt Copenhagen '55 (left) and Jack Venables '56 visit with Liz Safran, associate professor of environmental studies.

The Albany Society, an honorary organization of alumni who graduated from the College 50 or more years ago, attended classes and met with current students October 30 through November 2.

“Albany Society members contributed immensely–in fact, they taught the entire class!” says Janet Davidson, associate professor of psychology and department chair. Davidson hosted two class sessions for Albany Society members, one on developmental psychology and the other on the psychology of aging. Albany Society members shared stories about how they met their spouses, examined issues on aging, and offered advice on exploring the world. “They added so much to the class that next year I’d like to schedule them right into the syllabus,” says Davidson.

Cyrus Partovi, senior lecturer in social sciences, welcomed Albany Society members into his U.S. Foreign Policy and Middle East Politics classes. “The class topics are based on current events, and it was great to have alumni participating and asking probing questions along with students,” says Partovi. “I hope to see more alumni in my classes next year.”

In addition to attending classes, Albany Society members spent the week hosting tables in Fields Dining Room, where they shared career advice with students.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to exchange ideas with students in the classroom and over lunch each day,” says Ray Hoen ‘54, Albany Society secretary. Hoen attended Davidson’s class as well as classes in communications, ethics, and social sciences. “Not only do faculty and students gain from our experience, but we have a chance to give back to the College and make a connection that really counts.”


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