Spring Newsletter | April 2016

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What's new with Talent Connect?
We've hit the ground running after our transition under the Center for Economic Growth. Check out what we've been up to...

New Professionally Guided Tours!
We've added a new service at Talent Connect by providing professionally guided tours of the region.  What a great way for a new resident to see the history, arts, and culture they can enjoy when moving into the Capital Region!  Our tour guides, Peter and Tacy, both have real experience delivering tours for Plaza Travel & Meetings and the Albany Aqua Ducks.  Have you walked on the stage at Proctors or SPAC?  Have you seen the planetarium at the Albany Visitors Center and watched the video "Albany- A Cultural Crossroads"?  Have you done a walking tour of Troy?  Did you know that Henry Hudson landed here eleven years before the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock? 
Let Peter, Kathy, and Tacy entertain you while you learn and laugh your way through the "fruits of the region".  We will tell you more about them in the next newsletter.  Contact our staff to secure your tour!       

TC in the TU
Talent Connect was recognized in the Times Union for our work in cultural transitioning for foreign new-hires. We can all understand that relocating is tough for everyone, but transitioning form a different country and culture presents an extra set of obstacles to overcome. Talent Connect offers Cultural Transitioning services as part of our New Hire Navigation. We connect our international clients with resources to help these professionals understand American customs and traditions, and general day-to-day activities. Program Manager, Joanne Bucher, recently on a panel to address the challenges international newcomers face when accepting a job and moving to the U.S. Click here to read the full article


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Dual Career SpotlightDCSpotlight
Looking for quality talent in the Capital Region? Look no further than Talent Connect's dual career clients!
Talent Connect offers support to help spouses and partners of newly relocated professionals find their dream jobs in the Capital Region. Maybe you'll find the right fit for your organization...
Megan Rose , Student Affairs Professional
A relocation veteran..  who chose the Capital Region to plant her roots... 
"We're here to stay!"
  Megan and Kevin Ro se seem to be experts at relocation. The couple have relocated six times together, going as far as New Zealand, to explore opportunities and advance Kevin's career in academia. Fortunately, Megan also found her passion in higher education.

Both pursuing careers in the academic community, the Roses decided to relocate to metropolitan areas with a vast selection of institutions. "I have flexibility in my career as long as there are institutions, we've been pursuing [dual career]opportunities where we could find them" Megan said. "Luckily, we've moved to a lot of great areas with really great institutions, so I've had really rewarding positions along the way."

Megan received a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, but found her calling in Student Affairs while attending graduate school. "I decided when I was in graduate school that I was really excited about student leadership development more than anything else." She went on to graduate from Miami University of Ohio with an M.S. in College Student Personnel. Since then, Megan's experience ranges from managing an entire office of student activities and first year experience to teaching as an adjunct faculty member.  "I'd love the opportunity to get in the classroom with students again. Right now, I'm looking for opportunities in student activities, first year experience and leadership development."

Megan says she measures her success in her career by her students' successes. "It sounds really corny, but it's the truth. I have seen my student leaders go on to pursue the things they want to do, and watching them blossom is exciting." She lights up as she describes her students' accomplishments. "It's really watching the students discover and pursue their passions and then finding their place in the world." When asked about her ideal position, Megan says she would feel enriched by a wide range of roles. "I'm open to a lot. I would love to be advising student organizations again, and I would also love the opportunity to be teaching. If that comes in the form of training student organizational leaders, that's fantastic. If it's getting back into the formal classroom and teaching a credited course again, I would love that as well. The perfect opportunity would involve me wearing the many hats that I've worn in the past. I have supervised some professional staff, I'd love that opportunity again. There really isn't an institution in the Capital Region that I wouldn't enjoy working at in terms of size so that's a beautiful thing."

Being a considered a "trailing spouse" can present obstacles when job hunting in a new location, but Megan sees the positive aspects of the term. "The beautiful thing in working in student affairs and my husband working in academic affairs is that I get the opportunity to make conscious decisions about my career as well." She went on to say, "It's a challenge to have some hops on my resume, but I've had some really fantastic experiences with some wonderful students and professionals along the way. Being trailing spouse is a challenge if you let it be, but for me with this move and the timing of it, it was actually perfect." Megan says that she fears potential employers may see her as non-committed at first glance of her resume, but she's confident they will recognize quickly that  when she jumps into a position, she jumps in with both feet.

The Rose's move to the Capital Region was a bit different from their previous moves. This time they were joined by their (at the time) 4-month old son, Clark. What's the biggest difference about this move for the Rose family? "We're here to stay," Megan says with a smile on her face, "I'm tired of packing!"

Megan and Kevin both grew up in Northwest New Jersey. The two were high school sweethearts, meeting in AP Statistics. They wanted to return to the Northeast to be closer to their families and raise their own. After researching institutions and positions ranging from Boston to D.C., they settled on the Capital Region where Kevin accepted an Assistant Professor position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Recently purchasing a home in Niskayuna, Megan says she's excited to explore the region again. "Growing up two hours from Albany, we really love mountains and lakes, so being this close to the Catskills and the Adirondacks is really a dream come true. This area feeds both our personal lives and professional lives at the same time."  

Outside of her career, Megan enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, working on her new home, and getting outdoors. "We're looking forward to the summer and getting up into the Adirondacks." Megan and Clark also joined a non-profit called Hike It Baby, a parents group dedicated to getting families together and out into nature with newborns and little ones. "It's a really wonderful non-profit organization. It's free to join and most hikes are free, which is really fantastic because it makes it a really inclusive organization." Megan and Clark even lead their own hikes in areas such as the Albany Pine Bush Preserve and along the Mohawk Hudson Bikepath. "It's been a fantastic way to meet other people in the area and really get out and explore."

Megan also noted that Talent Connect's services were extremely appreciated when relocating with Clark. "Joanne's been wonderful so far. She was really great about asking if we needed information about doctors, daycares, all kinds of stuff like that which was very much appreciated. When I was interested in returning to work, she set up some really great informational interviews and I've meet some wonderful people so far."

It's clear when speaking with Megan that she is passionate and excited about working in Student Affairs; finding her work extremely rewarding when she's helping students develop themselves and discover their own passions. Additionally, her laid back personality and positive attitude would make a great addition to any work environment.

If you would like further information on Megan's background or would like to meet with her, please contact Program Manager, Joanne Bucher, at joanneb@ceg.org or (518)698-1715.

Talent Connect is assisting the following professionals in their career search:

Sheela, Business Analyst
Esther , Operations/Marketing Specialist

Manfred, R&D Engineer
Pheba , Audiologist

Regine, Spanish/French Teacher & Lecturer
Riham , Student Management/Event Planning

Veda, Researcher of Eye Diseases/Disorders
Sandra , Inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker

Isabella, Attorney for Domestic Violence Survivors
Brad , Corporate Communications

To set up an informational interview with these professionals, please contact Program Manager, Joanne Bucher at joanneb@ceg.org or (518) 689-1715. 
Newcomer News


Our clients, Veda and Shankar
- who moved to the Capital Region in 2015 -
welcomed baby girl, Arya,  on January 13th, 2016.

Neighbors getting together to learn something, 
share something, do something
Here is a cool site that allows anyone to search for others with similar interests. If you are into meditation, hiking, bug collecting or dancing, you'll find others who are as well. If you can't find the group you are looking for, start your own with Meetup!

Just  click here for more information.
Springtime means it's time to take advantage of all the 
outdoor activities available in Upstate NY   - 
and more specifically, the Capital Region...Springtime

Have a day to explore? Well you're in luck because the Capital Region is full of rich and unique architecture. Many of the structures in the region, such as state buildings and churches, are a wonderful display of the history of our area. What's the best part about this kind of sightseeing? You don't need any knowledge of architecture to admire and appreciate the grandeur of many buildings and structures throughout the region. Connect with the Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway for a tour of historic downtown Troy, including checking out the collection of Tiffany windows throughout the city. Or head over to Schenectady's Stockade Neighborhood, NYS's first historic district, to tour the unique collection of 17th - early 20th century homes, businesses and churches. Have you checked out the million dollar staircase or faces etched into the walls of NYS's Capitol Building? They offer daily tours! Be sure to stop into Albany's Visitors Center for a walking tour guide that showcases the rich history of the city too!


Springtime means rainy days are coming, but don't fret, there are plenty of things to do here on the not so great days. Being so rich in history, the Capital Region has many museums to enjoy. The  New York State Museum is located in the heart of Albany, and is situated on the south end of the Empire State Plaza. Just a few blocks away is the Albany Institute of History and Art. Head downtown and you'll find the  Irish American Heritage Museum. Looking for outside of Albany? Here is a full list of museums located in or around Saratoga Springs. Schenectady is home to the Museum of Innovation and Science, along with the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. Still looking for more? MASS MoCA, is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual and performing art in the U.S., located in North Adams, MA, only about an hour drive. For more museums in the Berkshires, click here

Now that being outside is bearable, where better to spend an afternoon than at one of our many local parks? Washington Park is Albany's scaled down version of NYC's Central Park. Located right in the middle of the city, Washington Park is home to over 100 species of trees, a pond (also home to many local ducks), a playground, dog park, and a lake house amphitheater! Being just a block away from Lark Street, you can grab some food and have a nice little picnic for yourself.
Each of the 4 cities that make up the Capital Region (Albany, Troy, Saratoga, Schenectady) have parks large and small for all to enjoy. In Troy, Frear Park is a 247-acre expanse featuring an 18 hole golf course, ice rink, tennis courts, playground and a nature trail. Saratoga is home to Congress Park, which features 17 acres of green grass, gardens, fountains, springs and even a wooden carousel. Schenectady is known for its own Central Park, home of the New York Buzz, World Team Tennis and a 2,400 seat tennis complex. The park also boasts 16 other tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, a performance stage that hosts a summer concert series (more info on that in our next newsletter), swimming pools, and a spectacular rose garden.
There are also many state parks in our area to enjoy. Have a picnic, take a walk, bike ride, roller blade, run.. there's plenty to do to get out and enjoy the weather!  Click here for a list of the Albany Times Union's favorite parks in the area.

The flowers are starting to bloom and in Albany, we love TULIPS! We have a whole festival celebrating the tulips and arts of our region. The Annual Tulip Festival is the Capital Region's official start of summer, and more importantly summer event season! The festival takes place over Mother's Day weekend (May 7th & 8th), and hosts a variety of local and national musical performances, arts and craft vendors, food trucks, and of course, tulips!
Albany also hosts its own music festival, known as MOVE Music Fest. Think of it as a smaller version of Austin's SXSW festival. Local, regional and national musicians will be performing at various venues throughout the city of Albany from Friday, April 22nd - Sunday, April 24th. The idea is to showcase local music by having attendees "move" around the city to the different venues.  

Being located in the Northeast, we have our fair share of rainy days during the spring season. Not to worry! The Capital Region is full of fun things to do when it's not so nice out. Here are some options...

 If you thought all trampolines are the same, you thought wrong. Flight Trampoline Park has dozens of trampolines, ranging from the dodgeball trampoline area, the airbag area, video games, to the mechanical bull. The park welcomes children and adults, reserving different times for different age groups. They also offer fitness classes! Check out their website for pricing and specials! 

K1 Speed Indoor Go-Kart Racing 
If you want to experience the thrill of indoor go-kart racing, then K1 Speed Albany indoor karting center is for you! Situated in Crossgates Commons in Albany, the karting center features high-performance electric karts, a professionally designed kart track, and a collection of authentic racing memorabilia that would be right at home in a motorsports museum. It is fun for all ages - boys and girls, men and women!

Zero Gravity Laser Tag 
Zero Gravity is a neon-lit laser tag arena sprawled out over multiple levels and has an accompanying arcade. Adrenaline will be pumping as teams of up to 20 can battle it out as red vs. blue in the 5000 sq ft arena. Check out their website for the most up to date hours and specials!

Opening in Albany in 1983, the theater was built in the 1940s as a single-screen Art Deco style movie theater. Keeping the style of the theater, Spectrum expanded into the 8-screen theater it is today, still maintaining the personality and charm that sets it apart from the big chain theaters. Spectrum showcases the best Hollywood, first-run independent and foreign language films, special events featuring conversations with independent filmmakers, and offers a variety of concession items, including baked goods, coffee, teas, and popcorn with real butter! The Spectrum Theatre is committed to keeping alive the idea of cinema as a vital art form and is proud to be the regions primary resource for film. 

Crandell Theatre  
Chatham is about a 30 minute scenic, country drive from Albany, and if you're willing to make the trip, be sure to check out the Crandell Theatre. Built in 1926 as Spanish vaudeville house, the Crandell is Columbia County's oldest and largest movie theater. This 534 seat theater's brick and stucco architecture offers an impressive Spanish design complete with arches and lanterns. But the really cool thing is it's many unique features not found in today 's movie houses, like a full 26 foot wide and 13 foot deep stage with dressing rooms, a 112 seat balcony, an orchestra pit, and organ lofts on each side of the stage. The Crandell has a large concession stand, with approximately 50 different selections, and popcorn is popped daily on the premises. Another great thing about the Crandell? Tickets are only $7.50! Check out their website for showings and events. 

Springtime Auto Tips AutoTips
from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
Some preparation now will help ensure that your summer driving plan go as smoothly as you envision them now. ASE offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer:Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. that first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter's gloom (to say nothing of grit an road salt) is literally washed away. Take out the snow shovel, the gloves and heavy boots because it's time to store them 'til next season. Surely summer can't be far away.
  • Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules
  • Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in.
  • Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual's recommendations. The level, condition, and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. 
  • Have a marginally operating air conditioner system serviced by a qualified technician to reduce the likelihood of more costly repairs. 
  • Change the oil an oil filter as specified in the owner's manual. (Properly dispose of used oil).
  • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended.
  • Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Always check the tire pressure when tires are cold.  
  • Inspect all lights ad bulbs; replace burned out bulbs
  • Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to combat summer's dust and insects. 
For more tips or more information about ASE, click here.

Tips for House Hunting this Spring
By Christine Ryan Jyoti
Spring and all its glory is right around the corner-just take a look at the signs all around you.  No, we're not talking about the budding flowers or the chirping birds-we're referring to those "For Sale" signs that start popping up on lawns across the country as the weather starts heating up.  And once the home-buying season commences ... so do the bidding wars and mad dashes from one open house to another.  Since the housing market can be a tricky one to suss out, we asked agents across the country to give us their assessments for this season's real estate landscape.  Their overarching observation? This will be a competitive home-buying season-so if you snooze, you may lose out on that four-bedroom colonial you've been eyeing.  "The major pitfall is lack of preparation," says David Yocum, a Redfin real estate agent based in Chicago. "The [housing] recovery appears slow due to a lack of inventory and a low participation rate among first-time buyers, but it's still a competitive seller's market."
House-Hunting Tip #1
Close that laptop - and canvass old-fashioned open houses
These days, using real estate sites to explore your options is par for the course: 90% of people search for listings online during their home-buying process.
House-Hunting Tip #2 Educate yourself on market values and trends
Buyers need to get up to speed quickly on market values so they know the right decision when it presents itself. 
House-Hunting Tip #3 Nab low mortgage rates - Now
Another reason not to dawdle too long? You want to take advantage of low interest rates while they last.
House-Hunting Tip #4 Build your home-buying dream team before you bid
If spring-cleaning season has you in a hyper-organized mood, channel some of that spirit into your house hunting- in order to be a serious frontrunner in a bidding war, you'll need to have all your ducks in a row. 
House-Hunting Tip #5 Keep sweeten-the-deal moves in mind
So you've finally found that dream Tudor on a half-acre - but you're stuck in a bidding war with another equally prepared buyer. How do you win by a nose?

Click here to read the full article
Are you doing any SPRING CLEANING this season?
It's the time of year to clear the clutter from your home! Have extra items you're looking to get rid of? Donate them! 
Click here for a list of local organizations accepting donations of clothes, electronics, reading materials, kitchen items, etc. 
Additional Resources for Newcomers

Have you checked out MOBILITY Magazine?

Find relocation industry answers here. Join more than 30,000 relocation professionals who read MOBILITY magazine every month. This informative tool for HR and relocation professionals across corporate, government, military, and service provider industries offers the best of all worlds. In each issue, relocation leaders share experiences, offer new solutions to age-old challenges, set industry trents, describe best practices and policies, as well as comment on key issues affecting the relocation profession. 

Take a look at the latest issue!

The International Center, based in New York's Capital of Albany, helps the Capital Region engage with the world and promote international understanding. The ICCR is a non-profit membership organization which works to increase global awareness of the region's assets. The International Center is NYS's leader in fostering local and international cultural exchanges, education, and understanding. It is a professionally staffed organization dedicated to enabling the residents of the Capital Region to actively participate in citizen diplomacy through collaborative events and activities bringing together the region's residents,  institutions , and businesses. 

Subscribe to ICCR's monthly newsletter for news and events.
Meet Talent Connect's 
Community PartnersComPart

KeyBank's Capital Region offers a broad array of retail, commercial and investment banking products and services for individuals and businesses. As an affiliate of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), one of the nation's largest financial services companies, Key's Capital Region offers the strength and resources you would expect from a leader in the financial services industry while providing the local decision-making, customized solutions and commitment to civic involvement of a leading community bank.
Key provides 24 hour account access to consumers and businesses through its extensive branch, ATM and call center networks, as well as Internet-based services at key.com. The Capital Region , which is one of 23 Key districts nationwide, has 47 branches and 50 ATMs.

Linium has maintains a full suite of staffing services.  Our success is supported by proven search methods and a comprehensive knowledge of past, present and emerging technologies. Linium Staffing consistently delivers the kind of services that drive growth and market leadership.
We have the vision to look beyond the resume and consider qualities such as work style, leadership ability and character.  We match a company's individual culture with talent that will provide dependable long-term value.   We consistently identify, recruit and deliver the best - creating harmony for you and your team.

Discover style and comfort at our hotel in downtown Albany.
Explore the best of downtown Albany from TownePlace Suites Albany/Downtown Medical Center. We feature well-appointed, spacious hotel suites, which offer a host of fantastic amenitites, such as free Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, a flat-screen TV, and an ergonomic work area. Our hotel's additional resources include a 24-hour fitness center, a heated indoor pool, a complimentary breakfast buffet, and a wide selection of business services. Featuring a location in the heart of downtown Albany, our hotel provides unparalleled access to top attractions. We're just minutes from the Albany Medical Center, NYS Museum, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Choose TownePlace Suites Albany/Downtown Medical Center for a refreshing, relaxing hotel stay. 

The University at Albany Weekend MBA Program combines an accelerated format, cohort structure, customer service-centric focus, international business residency, all-inclusive investment, and a compelling value proposition to attract some of the leading business minds from across New York State. Students from as far away as New York City, Syracuse, and Lake Placid are joining local business executives to Power Up   their careers!  The Weekend MBA Program will dramatically expand your business knowledge and heighten your leadership capabilities. The value leader among executive MBA programs in New York, the program is offered by the University at Albany's AACSB-accredited School of Business in cooperation with eight regional chambers of commerce. 

The Albany Academy for Girls and The Albany Academy are Preschool-Grade 12 independent college-preparatory single-gender schools that have been producing leaders of the Capital Region, the State of New York, and the world-at-large for 200 years. Now united into a single institution, the schools follow an innovative model of single-gender education from Pre-K through the Tenth Grade and a coordinate program in the final two years in preparation for college and beyond.
Who We Are : The Albany Academies-The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls-develop capable and confident students through single-gender education in the Lower and Middle School, and through coordinate education in the Upper School.
What We Do : Employing individualized and positive education, The Albany Academies provide students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed for leadership and success in the creative, entrepreneurial century that lies ahead.

Doane Stuart is a coeducational, Nursery through Grade 12 day school. As the nation's only successfully merged Protestant-Catholic school, Doane Stuart stands as an unique model for interfaith education in America, welcoming  students  of all faiths. The mission of Doane Stuart is education,  for students  from every quarter. In a college-preparatory context, where the joy of discovery is valued, Doane Stuart emphasizes serious study, educates to social responsibility, and lays the foundation for a strong faith.

The Parker School is an independent school for boys and girls in pre-school through 8th grade, on a 77 acre campus just 10 minutes from downtown Albany. We believe that successful learners are confident, caring and creative, capable of defining their own place in the world. Our mission is to engage each student in a thoughtful and challenging learning process that inspires curiosity and a passion to achieve, nurtures confidence and community and cultivates purposeful action. At Parker, close relationships among students and teachers cut across traditional age and grade boundaries. The culture fosters openness, empathy, mentoring, mutual respect and the confidence to embrace diversity.

We're excited to welcome our newest Community Partners!

At Coldwell Banker Prime Properties we believe in making a positive difference in people's lives by improving the real estat e experience.  Locally owned and operated for nearly 30 years, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties offers a full line of services to guide you through the real estate process from beginning to end, whether you are buying, selling or relocating to the region.   With 15 offices and more than 350 agents throughout Upstate New York, we are the number one Coldwell Banker Prime affiliate in New York State and take great pride in serving the need of our clients.  

Capital Accent is the only  corporate speech pathology firm in the Capital Region,  specializing in accent modification training and  business communication.  We provide pronunciation training  to outcome-oriented individuals  seeking to improve their expressive language skills  for personal and professional growth. Speech Pathologist, Laurie Aurelia  understands the challenges of of being being able to speak another language, but not be understood by native speakers. Capital Accent's services offer speech therapy, accent reduction, pronunciation and how to integrate these skills into your professional life. 

A Message from our Community Partners...

The Source for Real Estate and Relocation Needs!

As the Capital Region continues to grow  Coldwell Banker Prime Properties and Prime Companies are here to help make your move happen!!
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties is committed to making a positive difference in people's lives by improving the real estate experience. With 14 offices throughout New York State (Capital District, Northern Country, and Central NY), our team provides a wide variety of services to meet the real estate needs of employers and their employees relocating to the Capital Region. 

Each year our Relocation Department successfully relocates hundreds of transferees from companies of all sizes to our region from around the globe. Our department includes full-time Relocation Staff and 80+ Agents that have completed comprehensive training to work with relocating transferees and their families. Each transferee has unique wants and needs. It is for this reason that our Relocation Staff and Agents work together to manage the relocation process from beginning to end.
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties is an active member in the Relocation/Mobility Industry. Our work with organizations including Worldwide ERC ® provides our team with continual training, global knowledge and relationships with service providers across the globe.  Coldwell Banker Prime Properties is a principal broker in the Cartus Broker Network and have been recognized for our outstanding service results.
For short-term housing or apartment needs, our team at Prime Companies offers a variety of accommodations from beautiful unfurnished apartment home communities to fully furnished all-inclusive apartments through our ExecuStay of New York's Capital Region division.
Prime Companies offers apartments at six wonderful locations throughout the Capital Region. Communities offer a variety of amenities from onsite fitness, 24-hour maintenance and pet friendly offerings.
We are proud Community Partner of the CEG Talent Connect program. Our team looks forward to you assisting with your move the Capital Region and welcoming you home!
Ryan Watroba
Vice President, Relocation & Business Development
Coldwell Banker Prime Properties
Welcome to Upstate New York!
I came to the capital region and Doane Stuart in the summer of 2014.  After nine years at a large New York City school, I was looking for a smaller, user-friendly place to live and work.  I had several offers, and it was easy to choose Doane Stuart and Albany.   
The Doane Stuart School is a merger of two old independent schools: St. Agnes in Loudonville and Kenwood Academy in Albany.  They merged in 1975, largely for financial reasons, and the only possible hiccup was that one school was Episcopalian and one was Catholic.  Rather than choose one religion, the school became Interfaith; we study and celebrate all the major religions of the world.  We feel strongly that any appreciation of history and geopolitics requires one to understand the part religion has played in culture, language and war.
At Doane Stuart we are more interested in thinking than in memorizing, in asking a good question than in answering a stock question, in writing clear essays  than in  filling in little dots for multiple choice items.  There is a saying ascribed to Confucius:
Tell me something and I will forget it
Show me something and I might remember it
Give me something to do, and I will learn.
Doane Stuart students are asked to do experiments, work mathematical problems, debate history, act out or read aloud Shakespeare; we know that real learning begins with experience and question and works its way to knowledge and then wisdom.  We ask our students to participate in class and to collaborate with friends; the leaders of the 21st century will need to work together and understand each other. To that end we have students from China and Coxsackie, Croatia and Catskill.
From the very youngest students here - 3 years old - to the seniors, we ask that they speak in public and make themselves heard in debate and discussion.  The Early Childhood students have a plastic microphone and make announcements at assemblies and presentations.  Older students use real mikes and regularly speak and sing for the school and their parents. We enjoy musical performances and art shows, science fairs and humanities presentations.  Some students make video, some make ceramics, others code apps -- creativity comes in many forms and we want to exploit them all!
We are preparing leaders; to that end students commit to service in the neighborhood and in school; they travel abroad and welcome guest teachers and students from other countries. Some are class presidents, some team captains, all are expected both to lead by example and to follow graciously. The Doane Stuart student fits no mold; he and she follow passions and passing fancies; they chase varied interests beyond what we offer-we have a bag piper and a pole vaulter, a competitive swimmer and a horsewoman, a leader in a church choir and a lover of throat music. We like learning together, and we are preparing our children for the active work of life, with a stop at college along the way.
My move to Albany was enhanced by landing downtown in a lovely condo near the Palace and Capital Repertory Theatre and within easy walking distance of a dozen or more cool restaurants. Albany is the perfect size-lots to do but no traffic (by NYC standards) and easy access to parks and wilderness for hiking and cross country skiing. The Adirondacks are close and Broadway is 150 miles for those yearning for bright lights and crowds.
Pam's Head of School Bloghttp://www.doanestuart.org/blog/
Bio - Pam Clarke joined the Dane Stuart family after serving as Head of the Trevor Day School, an independent school for 800-plus students in grades N-12 in Manhattan.  Before her time as Head of School at Trevor Day, Clarke was Head at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY.  She is also a board member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the Harlem Academy. 
For more information or to sign up for our mailing list,  
please visit www.doanetuart.org or call (518) 465-5222.

With  Earth Day  on Friday, April 22nd, we thought it'd be a good idea to offer our newcomers some volunteer opportunities in the area. Volunteering is a great way to get to know the area, the community, and to meet new people with similar interests. No matter what your passion is, there is always a way to give back to the community doing something you love. 

Take a look at the opportunities below or check out  www.volunteermatch.org  to find something that better fits your interests. 
Earth Day in the Pine Bush: Come celebrate Earth Day a little early by volunteering on a conservation project in the Pine Bush. On Saturday, April 16th, enjoy the day outside as you contribute to keeping one of our area's natural preserves clean. A variety of activities suitable for all ages will be taking place. Please dress appropriately for the weather and outside working conditions. Please bring drinking water. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers. This opportunity is available for all ages. Click here for more infoNot available to help out on the 16th? The Albany Pine Bush Preserve offers long and short-term opportunities all year long! For more info click HERE .

Volunteer at Capital Roots: Capital Roots is a grassroots organization dedicated to providing residents of the Capital Region with fresh, affordable, locally grown produce to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health. The organization manages multiple community gardens in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties that provide healthy food access and offers nutritional and horticultural education for all ages. Capital Roots offers a variety of volunteer opportunities from educating others, communications and event planning, public health projects, maintaining gardens, and more. Check out all the opportunities and find the volunteer application HERE.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary: Located in New York's Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary is a 110-acre haven for horsed and farmed animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS offers innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet.
CAS offers a variety of volunteer opportunities including shelter/pasture cleaning, animal grooming, unloading supplies, landscaping, painting, greenhouse operations, video, photography, graphic design, tour greeters and guides.. and many more! 12 yr old age minimum for volunteer work. Volunteers ages 12-15 need to be accompanied by an adult. Check out all the opportunities  HERE.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY: If you like working outdoors, gardening, and helping others at the same time, sign up to volunteer at Patroon Land Farm. Beginning in April, the Regional Food Bank offers volunteer opportunities on the farm planting and harvesting vegetable for the Food Bank's member agency food pantries and soup kitchens. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, and no prior farming experience in required. Check out the full description on Volunteer Match.The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY offers many year-round opportunities as well.Click here to view their volunteer brochure.

Mohawk Hudson Human Society: MHHS is a non-profit organization that has been providing shelter for lost, abused and unwanted animals since 1887. MMHS is the oldest and largest animal protection organization in NY's Capital Region, receiving an average of over 6,000 animals per year. Volunteer opportunites range from animal care, clerical work, Humane education, outreach and fundraising, grounds beatification, bottle and can sorting, along with general clerical work. Click here to find out how to get involved.

Mother's Day is coming up... 

Sunday, May 8th
Check out the Albany.com guide to Mother's Day for ideas on how to make this year special for Mom!

Memorial Day 2016
Memorial Day,  originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. 
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear - Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our country's fallen heroes. Click here to learn more about the history of Memorial Day.

Upcoming Events in the Area..Events

Saturday, April 30th
Join The Ruck in Troy on Saturday, April 30th, as they team up with City Beer Hall and Two Roads Brewing to bring to you Bike 2 Beers!  Together, the craft beer bars are hosting a charity group bike ride with all proceeds being donated to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society!   Choose either a 14 mile ride starting at The Ruck -> City Beer Hall -> The Ruck,  or a 7 mile ride starting at City Beer Hall riding to The Ruck!  For $20, each rider will receive a T-Shirt, Water Bottle, and tickets at The Ruck and City Beer Hall for some Two Roads beers.  Registration for the 14 mile ride: 9 AM at The Ruck, roll out at 10:30 AM.  Registration for the 7 mile ride: 11:15 AM at City Beer Hall, roll out at 12:15 PM. We will continue the party out on the patio of The Ruck at the end of the ride! Click here to purchase tickets. Cheers!

Friday, April 29th & Saturday April 30th
Please join us for our fourth annual fine arts and crafts event, The Collar City Craft Fest. The event will be held at the Arts Center in the heart of downtown Troy on April 29 and 30, 2016. The Collar City Craft Fest will be a juried, indoor showcase of original works, and will feature the Northeast's top artists and craftspeople. All proceeds of this event benefit the Arts Center of the Capital Region.

Thursday, May 5th, 5:00pm
The Lark Street Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting its annual fundraiser, Champagne on the Park, where we will honor leaders of the Lark Street community for the positive impact they continue to have on the Lark Street Community and the greater Capital Region. The event will feature live music, champagne, and food tastings from all your favorite Lark Street area restaurants. Champagne on the Park serves as a kick off to the Albany Tulip Festival. 

The 68th Annual Albany Tulip Festival
Saturday, May 7 - Sunday, May 8th
The Tulip Festival is Albany's signature spring event. Featuring annual traditions rooted in the city's rich Dutch heritage, nearly one hundred artisans selling their handmade crafts, a fine arts show, delicious food, the KidZone family fun destination, two stages of world-class live entertainment and more than 140,000 tulips in 150 different varieties, the Tulip Festival is a sparkling showcase of local culture and business. It all takes place in historic Washington Park, the 81-acre "crown jewel" of the City. 

Saturday, May 7th
Schenectady County Pedal-Paddle-Run is a team-triathlon, where teams compete in three events: biking, paddling, and running.  Come out and enjoy this "Not Your Typical" Triathlon. A 7 mile bike, 2 mile kayak or canoe and 5K run makes this event a one of a kind experience. Join us for a fun, family friendly, yet competitive event that provides an exciting adventure on the Mohawk River and the Mohawk Hudson Bike Path. All participants receive a race shirt and all finishers will receive a medal! Pedal-Paddle-Run (PPR) is designed to be a day of wellness and community-building, bringing the Schenectady County community together for a day of fun, fitness, and celebration. 

St. Sophia Greek Festival
Friday, May 13th - Sunday, May 15th
Albany Goes Greek for 3 days with continuous LIVE Greek Music & Greek dancers in traditional costumes, authentic Greek Dining, a Greek Pastry Shop featuring homemade pastries, various Greek foods under the tent, souvenir and jewelry shops, amusement rides for young children, and Church Tours.

Sunday, May 15th
SPAC's 5K Rock & Run, the region's fastest growing 5K, is back again in 2016!  This family-friendly outdoor race is a rockin' 5K, 10K, kids 1K  fun run and new this year: Half Marathon  ! Runners' energy will stay high with live music along the route by some of the region's best bands and a large, post-race family-day party follows.   All proceeds will benefit SPAC's Vivienne Anderson program which hosts underserved children at classical performances.

Saturday, May 28th - Sunday, May 29th
The 4th Annual Wine and Food Festival  will feature beverage trail members plus other regional wineries, distilleries and cideries.  There will also be delicious foods for sale and sampling including gourmet cheeses and creameries, baked goods, grass fed meat producers and more! Throughout the weekend there will be special guest appearances and book signings, seminars of wine and food pairings, home brewing, and cheese making by some of the region's foremost experts.

Coming up in June...
 June 4th

June 4th

 June 18th

June 17th - 18th

Founded in 1967 along Albany's Washington Park,  
marks  its 48th season in 2015-16, its ninth in residence at Proctors.

For almost five decades "The Step" has brought to Upstate New York, Western Massachusetts, the Hudson Valley and lower Vermont -- and often way beyond -- a steady stream of incredible acoustic music: folk, blues, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic & world music, theater and dance. Its four-decade performer roster comprises a folk "Who's Who" that includes Pete Seeger, Richie Havens, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Wailin' Jennys, Tom Paxton, banjo wizard Tony Trischka, Odetta, Ani DiFranco, Arlo Guthrie, David Grier, Bucky & John Pizzarelli, Holly Near, Dave Van Ronk, Gordon Bok, Ronnie Gilbert, Tom Rush, Patty Larkin and Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham.

Saturday, April 30th
7:30 pm
One of contemporary folk's very finest singer-songwriters, Fure continues to shine in the Folk world with release of her fifth solo CD on her own Tomboy Girl Records. Rembrandt Afternoons collects Fure's love songs, beautiful story songs and socially conscious songwriting with strong acoustic melodies.
"One of the most prolific artists in the contemporary singer-songwriter arena"   CURVE

Friday, May 6th
7:30 pm
45th Anniversary Concert
Intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and soaring two-part harmonies, folk-rock phenomenon Aztec Two-Step continues as one of acoustic music's most respected and enduring acts, forty-plus years after REX FOWLER and NEAL SCHULMAN serendipitously met at an open mic at a Boston coffeehouse.
"Beautiful acoustic guitar playing...songs performed with forceful vocals and near perfect instrumental harmonies"   VARIETY

Friday, May 13th
7:30 pm
GORKA's keen ear picks up stories of those along his path, folding them into rich poetry and lyrical melody. Soaring below the pop culture radar he creates a magical live evening onstage with his self-effacing stage presence and musical versatility (guitar, piano & rich baritone). 
A brilliant, hysterical performance and beautifully crafted songs...nothing you read nor hear from her albums prepares you for WHEELER live onstage, where half her show is great songs she's never recorded, despite a slew of critically acclaimed albums loved by fans and critics.

Friday, May 20th
7:30 pm
Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound; world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the irresistible need to dance!  The Sultans thrill audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while sitar serves up shimmering grooves. 
"Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!" MAVERICK MAGAZINE, UK

Saturday, May 21st
7:30 pm
with Bob Beach, virtuoso harmonica
Indie rock-infused blues from this fierce slide guitar player and song-poet - his music starts in the wellspring of Delta blues but ranges far afield from there. He's known both for his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon. He channels age-old wisdom and heartache with such dexterity, energy and passion that you feel good even about feeling bad.
"Fiery passion...exciting and engaging...Don't be fooled by his youth; Jacobs-Strain knows what he's doing"    DIRTY LINEN

Thursday, June 30th
7:00 pm
His music pays homage to cultural authenticity.  Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others. Legendary poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti shares "a great affinity with Tom Russell's songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America."
"Soulful and moving...Russell's view of history may be romantic but it is also gritty as hell, and enduring. This is his masterpiece."   ALL MUSIC GUIDE

History of the Eighth Step...
The Eighth Step ranks as America's oldest continuously running non-profit coffeehouse.  "The Step" began as a youth outreach project supported by FOCUS churches, a coalition of four historic Albany congregations clustered on and around Lark Street--Albany's Center Square area -- not far above the NYS Capital. 
Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights struggle, Vietnam and widespread student unrest, The Eighth Step opened its doors at 14 Willett Street, just eight steps down from an alleyway off Washington Park, in the basement of 1st Presbyterian Church of Albany, a FOCUS member. On opening night, more than 100 teens and young adults streamed in for hot coffee, folk music and dialogue. FOCUS quickly made it an autonomous, 20-year funded project with its own board and bylaws. It rapidly became a haven for restless youth in a tumultuous era.   Click here to continue reading.
A Brief History of Proctors..
What began as a vaudeville theatre in the early 20th century is now the Capital Region's destination for major Broadway shows, cutting edge film festivals, exciting special events, and everything in between. Built in 1926 by F.F. Proctor, the "Dean of Vaudeville," Proctors on State Street in Schenectady was a popular theatre that used a method of continuous performance to draw huge crowds and numerous vaudevillians of that area. 
Over the past decade, Proctors has expanded and made numerous renovations, which have made it possible to accommodate large Broadway productions, giant screen films, local performers, and ever-growing audiences from around the country.

For more events at Proctors, click HERE.
Fun Stuff for KidsKids

Here is a site chock full of things to do with the kids all around the Capital Region. There are events, classes and camps and, according to their home page, there are 462 free things to check out. Learn more here.

Have you started thinking about 
Summer Camps yet? 
Here are a few you might be interested in...

The Albany Academies offer a number of camps for children in Pre-K through Grade Ten, including our highly popular LEAP Camp; Leaps & Bounds Adventure Camp -- a camp specifically for boys and girls entering Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Grades; Little Leapers, Classic Day Camp, Musical Theater Camp, Adventures in Sports, Adventures in Photography and Leadership & Life Skills Program for Ninth & Tenth Grades.  Click here to download the summer program brochure.  Learn more about their summer programs at an Information Session: March 11th, 8:00am or April 18th, 4:30pm.  Click here for more info!

Planet Parker Summer Programs  take full advantage of Parker's 77 acre classroom for exploration of the natural world and energy science. Hands on week-long camps are offered in a variety of exciting and kid-friendly themes taught by Parker's own skilled, caring, and creative teachers and our education partners. Planet Parker Summer Program will begin on June 13th this year and run through August 26th. We have 11 fun-filled weeks of programming for children ages 4 - 14 and Parker 3 year-olds.  

The University at Albany offers a variety of summer programs for students in grades K-12.  Programs range from Environmental Outreach, Young Writers Institute, Language and Culture, Leaders of Tomorrow, Young Entrepreneurs and many more. 
Summer@Rensselaer offers pre-college programs to prepare your high schoolers for college. Embark on a journey that will pave the way for a successful college experience.  Expand your world view, meet a diverse set of peers, and learn alongside our faculty who are experts in their fields and here to help test-drive potential majors!
 SCHOOL + CAMP = SCAMP. Our teachers are designing the daily curriculum to include the traditional three R's (reading, writing and arithmetic) as well as science, arts, music and more - all wrapped up in fun! Our teachers make learning to read and solve problems exciting, and they make exploring the physical world natural. We'll play in the gym, on the school's outdoor playgrounds and field, and run between sprinklers for cooling off. Pertinent field trips will add to learning.  (Ages 3-7)
 Summer Art & Design at Sage (High School Students)
Summer Art + Design at Sage is geared towards students who want to exercise and refine their creative expression. Students enhanced their skills and expanded their horizons under the guidance of professional artists and designers.  Summer on the Stage - Theater Institute (ages 8 - 16).  Come join an exciting three week program in the performing arts that emphasizes personal development, collaboration, creativity, commitment and fun. Summer on Stage offers a variety of performing arts classes from daily classes in acting to workshops in voice, dance, stage combat, Shakespeare, scene painting and improv.
SUNY Poly CMOST Summer Camp is great for scientific exploration, and a wonderful place where children will have the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends, gain confidence in their skills, and feel good about who they are while learning new things! SUNY Poly CMOST provides an environment that fosters scientific creativity with hands-on activities under knowledgeable guidance of our educators. Children are encouraged to find their science and technology passions on their own terms in an informal educational setting without deadlines, homework, or exams.   At camp, children play and learn together where trial, failure and creative experimentation is encouraged.
YMCA Summer Camp is a safe and fun way to enjoy the Summer. Our camp staff are ready to help with memory-making day camp experiences. Camper safety always comes first. Camp staff share our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. You can depend on our staff to ensure that camp activities are well supervised and safe.
The Capital District YMCA offers a variety of programs at multiple locations.
The Albany Jewish Community Center offers 3 camps during the summer. Camp Taf (ages 3-5) includes daily swim lessons, art, sports, nature, dance, music, and theme weeks on-site at the JCC from late June to late August. Camp Olam is an offsite day camp for ages 6-11 years old located near Grafton, NY where campers participate in daily swim lessons, boating, ropes course, art, nature, dance, drama, archery, trips, theme weeks, and overnights. Teen Camp (for grades 7-10) is located in East Berne, NY At this camp, campers do water sports activities on Motor boats, sports, free swim, boating, trips, and overnights. The JCC also offers a variety of Specialty Camps at the end of the summer as well - Circus, Rocketry, British Sports, Soccer, Baseball, Mad Science, Playful Performing Arts, and Lego Camps. 
Summer at Skidmore offers a variety of programs for children of all ages at Skidmore College during the summer months. Camp Northwoods, Skidmore's day camp for children entering grades 1-6, offers an exciting program of sports, cultural arts, nature study and relaxed play. Our goal is to provide a variety of fun activities that happily challenge the imagination, intellect, and body. 
A wide array of  Sports Camps  are offered from June through August for children of all ages. Choose from baseball, lacrosse,swimming, basketball, tennis, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. Children learn the concept of teamwork while acquiring the necessary skills for his or her sport of choice.

Union Athletics offers a variety of sports camps for children and teens enter grades 3 - 12. Camps include field hockey, swimming, diving, basketball, football, ice hockey, volleyball and even strength and conditioning. 
The EDGE Program offered at Union is for high school age girls interested in engineering. The programs combines real-life college learning and living experiences with activities intended to interest girls in studying science and engineering in college.

THINQubator is one of just a small handful of kids makerspaces around the world.

 A project of the  Tech Valley Center of Gravity, the THINQubator empowers kids and families to think, tinker, collaborate, skill-build, design, and MAKE. 
Through hands-on experiences, kids deeply explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math in an engaging, fun format.

Check out our latest and greatest  video.  It's fun, edgy, and more than a little cheeky! 

Learn more at 

The CNSE Children's Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST) is the only science center in the Tech Valley designed spe cifically for kids and parents to Explore, Discover, and Imagine the world of science together.

Check out their calendar of events by clicking the link below:

Professional  Networking Eventsnetwork
Albany County Berkshire County Rensselaer County Saratoga County
Friday, April 22nd, 7:45am
La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries
840 Loudon Road, Latham

Wednesday, May 18th, 5:30pm
French's Hollow Fairways
4681 Hurst Road, Altamont

Friday, June 3rd, 11:15am
Albany Marriott
189 Wolf Road, Albany

Wednesday, April 20th,
5:00 - 7:00pm
Elder Services of Berkshire County
877 South St, #4e, Pittsfield M A

Thursday, May 18th,
5:00 - 7:00pm
771 Church Street, North Adams MA
Thursday, May 5th, 5:30pm
Franklin Plaza Ballroom
4 4th Street, Troy

Thrusday, June 16th, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Franklin Plaza, Third Floor - Rooftop Terrace
4 4th Street, Troy
Thursday, April 14th,
5:30 - 7:30pm
The Winfield Group
3 Corporate Drive, Suite 200, Clifton Park

Thursday, May 12th, 
5:30 - 7:30pm
Carson's Woodside Tavern
57 Route 9P, Malta

Thursday, June 9th, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Disiena Furniture
115 Round Lake Ave, Mechanicville

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