Michael J. Albano, newly elected to the Massachusetts Governor's Council, will be the speaker at the Awards Banquet of the 73rd annual American International College Model Congress. Albano will address the delegates on Saturday, January 12, 5:00 p.m. in the AIC Dining Commons.

Students from high schools in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont will be competing for more than $200,000 in AIC scholarships at the 73rd annual Model Congress, January 10-12.

The delegates debate, amend and vote on a variety of bills at the three day event, which begins Thursday night, January 10, with an Emergency Session at the Springfield Sheraton. During the emergency session delegates have the opportunity to debate a bill they have not prepared for.

Friday, January 11, the delegates attend a Joint Session address in the Griswold Theatre at 9:00 a.m. Following the keynote speech, they begin work in their legislative committees, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Amaron Hall.

Bills which are passed in committee are sent on to the House and Senate for debate on Saturday, January 12, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Schwartz Campus Center.

Faculty judges rate the participants on their debating and oratorical skills, as well as their use of Roberts' Rules of Order.

Albano, the former mayor of Springfield, received a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from American International College and a Master in Public Administration Degree from the University of Hartford.

Albano began his public service career as a Probation Officer in the Westfield District Court in 1974. He was appointed to the Massachusetts State Parole Board in 1982 by Governor Edward King and reappointed by Governor Michael S. Dukakis in 1987. In 1992 Governor William Weld designated Albano as a Special Parole Board Member. In 1994 State Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci appointed him as an Audit Specialist.

In 1991, Albano was elected to the Springfield City Council. He was reelected in 1993 and unanimously elected City Council President in 1994 and 1995.

Albano was elected as the 52nd Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts on November 7, 1995 and reelected in 1997, 1999 and 2001 the first and only Mayor in City history to be elected to four consecutive terms of office serving until January 4, 2004.