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Homecoming 2011  

 Vincent O'LearyMemorial Service Planned for Former President Vincent O’Leary
A Memorial Service honoring the life of former University President Vincent O’Leary will be held Oct.16 at 11 a.m. in the Recital Hall in the Performing Arts Center (PAC). A reception will follow in the PAC Futterer Lounge. O’Leary served as the 15th president of UAlbany from 1977 to 1990 during a time of great transformation. He passed away April 22, 2011, at the age of 86. RSVP by Oct. 10 or call (518) 442-5373. Gifts in memory of President O’Leary should be made payable to: The University at Albany Foundation, 1400 Washington Avenue, UAB 226, Albany, N.Y. 12222.

 Homecoming 2010Homecoming Weekend and Fallbany: Register by Oct. 7
Have you registered for Homecoming yet? On Friday, Oct. 14, attend the Reaching Higher Achieving More luncheon or enjoy some wine and cheese while you view the After School Special Alumni Art Exhibition. Saturday, Oct. 15, attend the Welcome Back Breakfast; take a tour; or attend the tailgate, where you will find a farmers market, children’s activities, student performances and tons of purple and gold spirit. At 1 p.m., cheer for the UAlbany football team as the Danes take on Robert Morris. Saturday evening, join us for the World Within Reach Speaker Series program headlined by “Magic” Johnson, attend a reunion event or visit with classmates at WT’s.  All alumni who register for the tailgate or the Great Dane Great Bash will receive free food and drink at those events. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 7. Details.

 UAlbany Lecture SeriesUAlbany Lecture Series - Life Habits & Cancer Risks
Attend the next UAlbany Lecture Series -- Life Habits & Cancer Risks, Novel Findings from UAlbany’s Cancer Research Center -- Oct. 18 at the Midtown Executive Club, 40 West 45 St., New York City. Hear from Martin Tenniswood, Empire Innovations Professor, about ground-breaking research conducted at UAlbany. After the discussion, network with alumni during the dinner reception. Register now.  Future events include Alumni in Fashion and a lecture on poet Emma Lazarus. If you are a UAlbany alum working in the fashion industry, please let us know!

 Mohonk Mountain HouseCapital Region Chapter Annual Luncheon to be Held at Mohonk Mountain House
Join the Capital Region Chapter of the Alumni Association Nov. 11 at its annual luncheon. The Mohonk Mountain House event will include a lavish buffet lunch and an opportunity to take in more than 100 small rustic gazebos; panoramic views of Rondout, Wallkill and the Catskill Mountains; and award-winning show gardens. Before lunch, hear the Mohonk Culinary Traditions talk. Meet at the Mohonk Mountain House or take advantage of round-trip transportation from the Alumni House. Details.

 Michael Oatman (M.F.A. ’92) - Smarmageddon, 2010 - Collage; book cuttings and automotive paint on paper, 34 x 118 x 3 inches - Collection of id29 Design & MarketingArt Exhibit Highlights Alumni Artists
After School Special: The 2011 Alumni Show, will run Oct.14-Dec. 10 at the University Art Museum. The exhibit is curated by New York Times freelance critic Ken Johnson ’76. Johnson, the author of the recently published Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, will hold a lecture and book signing Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. An opening reception will be held during Homecoming Oct. 14, and tours will be given Oct. 15. Details.

 Hard Rock Times SquareNetwork and Reconnect at the Hard Rock Times Square
Join President George Philip ’69,’73, and School of Business Dean Donald Siegel Oct. 27 at the Hard Rock Café, 1501 Broadway, Manhattan. Connect with alumni and enjoy dinner, beer, wine and soda. Register now. 

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University News

 Mayor Gerald Jennings and UAlbany President George Philip '69, '70 greet students.Year in Review Highlights 2010-11 Accomplishments
Revisit the highlights of 2010-11 through photos, videos and stories in the University at Albany Year in Review 2010-2011. The report highlights the University’s most recent accomplishments and demonstrates the tremendous vibrancy of the UAlbany community. Through the NYSUNY 2020 Act and a focused strategic plan, the University has a strong foundation on which to build as we work together to move UAlbany forward. 

 PowerSUNYSUNY Report Shows Gains in Performance
The State University of New York’s second report card, released Sept. 26, shows that student graduation and retention rates improved slightly, and money spent on research grew between the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Details.

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Schools and Colleges

 Marina PetrukhinaUAlbany Group Solves Scientific Mystery
UAlbany Associate Professor Marina Petrukhina and her research team in the Department of Chemistry have solved a long-standing scientific mystery, according to Science magazine. Details.

 Girl enjoying scienceNanoCollege & Girls Inc. Partner to Motivate Girls to Explore Opportunities in Nanotechnology
Addressing the critical national need to expand the number of young women who pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and Girls Inc. have announced they will establish New York’s only Girls Inc. Eureka!® program as a means of encouraging girls to explore the growing educational and workforce opportunities in nanotechnology. Details. 

 Left to right: David Hogenkamp (UAlbany graduate Regional Planning major); Adrianna Ramirez (sociology and black studies major at SUNY New Paltz), homeowner; Jamie Dughi (UAlbany graduate Social Work major); and trip leader Dr. Shirley Jones.Students Provide Aid in South Africa
Participants in the 2011 Summer Study Tour to Africa visited poor South African townships affected by apartheid. Students visited agencies and organizations that provide services to families and children; educate the community regarding HIV/AIDS; help to empower women and rural communities; and advocate for economic and social justice. Students distributed handmade quilts, school supplies and toys in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. UAlbany summer study tours are part of the community engagement and service learning programs that are receiving growing recognition, both in the United States and South Africa.

 The University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Computer Chip Technology Investment to Bring $400M, 800 Jobs, to UAlbany's CNSE
UAlbany President George Philip joined New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo Sept. 27 to announce that the State of New York has entered into agreements guaranteeing investments worth $4.4 billion with leading global companies to create the next generation of computer chip technology. The investments will provide $400 million to UAlbany's College of Nanoscale and Science Engineering (CNSE), including $100 million for energy efficiency and low-cost energy allowances. The new high-tech job distribution will include 800 positions at the UAlbany CNSE complex. Details. 

 Disaster reliefNational Science Foundation Grant to Address Disaster Recovery
School of Social Welfare Associate Professor Loretta Pyles has been awarded a three-year research grant for $399,650 from the National Science Foundation’s Disaster Resilience in Rural Communities competition. The research, a comparative study of disaster-affected rural communities on the U.S. Gulf Coast (Louisiana and Mississippi) and in Haiti, is designed to analyze the interactions between international actors and communities during recovery efforts and their influences on the capabilities of disaster-affected individuals. The findings will culminate in the production of a guide and training for international actors, focusing on practical applications of local-external partnership building.

 Dean Donald SiegelSchool of Business Offers Innovative Programs
The School of Business is offering two new programs, one graduate and one undergraduate. Business majors now may enroll in a concentration in entrepreneurship. Interdisciplinary coursework includes management, finance, marketing and information technology management. Dean Donald Siegel taught the first class last spring. In response to a worldwide demand for credentials in cyber security, a graduate certificate program is due to begin during the summer of 2012. The program will meet the needs of students in the United States, and will also involve universities in Armenia, Russia and Spain.

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 Men's basketballMen’s Basketball Invited to Play in Sears BracketBusters
UAlbany men's basketball has been invited to play in the 10th annual Sears BracketBusters. The Great Danes, who are participating for the fourth time since 2006, are among 142 teams from 16 conferences selected to the pool. Sears BracketBusters will feature 13 nationally televised games on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3. UAlbany is scheduled to have a home game at SEFCU Arena the weekend of Feb. 17-19. Details.

 Athletic Hall of FameFormer Athletes to Be Enshrined In Athletic Hall of Fame
Four former athletes will be enshrined in the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame Oct. 14 at the 28th annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. The new inductees and their sports: Megan Buchanan '00, basketball and golf; Steve Checksfield '08, baseball & football; Samantha Cohen '99, track & field; and Howard Sellers '95, track & field. With this year's class, there are 132 former athletes, coaches and administrators who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Details.



 UAlbany basketballBasketball Schedules Announced; Big Purple Growl on Feb. 4
The UAlbany men start their schedule on the road against a Big East Conference team for the third time in the last four years with a matchup at Pittsburgh Nov. 11. UAlbany begins America East regular-season play against Hartford Jan. 2 at the SEFCU Arena. The women's basketball program begins a 16-game America East schedule on the road against defending league champion Hartford Jan. 2, and the Great Danes will tangle with UMBC in the conference home opener at the SEFCU Arena Jan. 4. Details.

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Of Note

 fleece vestExclusive. Proud. Purple & Gold.
The cold weather is coming, so check out the winter gear available through the Alumni Association’s online store. A distinctive clothing line designed solely for you, the UAlbany Alumni Collection has pullovers, fleece, scarves, skullcaps and much more. Looking for a gift for the holidays? Celebrate your UAlbany pride with an item from this extensive collection.

 2012 Excellence AwardsNominations Deadline for Alumni Association Excellence Awards Approaches
The deadline for nominations for the 2012 Alumni Association Excellence Awards is Oct. 21. The awards recognize alumni and friends of UAlbany for their outstanding achievements and service to the University and the community. Visit our Web site for more details.

 MadridSpain: Alumni Association 2012 Travel Destination
Join Ray Bromley, vice provost
for International Education,
May 25-June 3, 2012, as he hosts a unique tour of Madrid and Spain’s southern treasures – Cordoba, Granada, Toledo  and Seville – where European and North African influences create a cultural crossroads. Enjoy Madrid, a bustling capital. Experience the royal palaces and the museums – the Prado, plus the majestic Alhambra and Reina Sophia museums. For details, contact Loida R. Vera Cruz at 1-800-836-2586.

 TestPrep booksRegistration Ongoing for Fall Test Prep Courses
You have time to register for the LSAT, GMAT or GRE test prep courses and take advantage of the special discount offered to UAlbany alumni and students. For more information, visit our Web site or contact the Alumni Association at 1-800-836-2586.

Volunteers Needed
Help shape the lives of today's students and alumni by becoming a UAlbany volunteer.  For details, visit our Web site or call the Alumni Association at 1-800-836-2586.