UAlbany News

UAlbany Graduate Programs Ranked Among Top 25 in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of the nation’s graduate programs rate UAlbany’s criminal justice program second and several others within the top 25. UAlbany programs in information and technology management (4); public management and administration (6); public finance and budgeting (9); library science (15); social welfare (19); and public policy analysis (25) retained their earlier placements, as did Rockefeller College’s public policy program, which again ranked 10th. The sociology program now ranks 25th, and the University’s counseling/personal services program ranked 13th. Full Story >>

NIH Funds $1.4 Million Study on Cancer Dormancy and Preventing Metastatic Growth
The National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Center Institute have awarded Julio Aguirre-Ghiso of UAlbany’s Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics a $1.4 million grant to find ways to stop metastatic growth of cancer cells. Full Story >>

President Hall to Refocus Fund-Raising to Enhance Student Success
President Kermit L. Hall has announced plans to retire UAlbany's Bold. Vision. Campaign and refocus the University's fund-raising efforts to place greater emphasis on scholarships and academics with the goal of enhancing student success. Full Story >>

Schools and Colleges

UAlbany Partners With John Jay College to Develop Enhanced Crime Fighting Initiatives
Governor George E. Pataki has announced that the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services has entered into partnerships with UAlbany and John Jay College of Criminal Justice to enhance the strategic crime control and prevention initiatives used for Operation IMPACT. Full Story >>

Interns Get Insiders’ View
An intern’s life isn’t all mail sorting, fax retrieval and phone answering. UAlbany students interning in the nation’s capital through the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs’ Washington Semester Program are getting front-row seats to the inner workings of the top ranks of national political power. Other students have a front-row seat with an international view while interning with the British Parliament. Full Story >>

School Psychology Partners with Northeast Parent and Child Society
The Division of School Psychology (Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology) has partnered with Northeast Parent and Child Society, a non-profit agency dedicated to protecting children, preserving families, and strengthening communities through a variety of therapeutic and educational programs in the greater Capital Region. The partnership includes research and program development, as well as direct service. For additional information, visit the School of Education Web site. Full Story >>

Criminal Justice Offers Symposium on Crime and Justice
The School of Criminal Justice will sponsor its first national symposium at UAlbany April 28-29. "Developmental Criminology and Its Discontents: Offender Typologies and Trajectories of Crime" has attracted prestigious presenters from across the nation. They include John H. Laub, University of Maryland; Daniel S. Nagin, Carnegie Mellon University; Robert Sampson, Harvard University; Terence P. Thornberry, University of Colorado at Boulder; and Richard E. Tremblay, University of Montreal. The event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail

Reducing Depression in Homebound Older Adults Subject of UAlbany Study
UAlbany researchers have been awarded $1 million by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to study and evaluate a depression treatment program for older, homebound, medically ill adults. Full Story >>

School of Social Welfare Dean and Associate Dean Slated to Lead Professional Organizations
UAlbany’s dean of Social Welfare, Katharine Briar-Lawson, has been elected to a three-year term as president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD) for a three-year term. Associate Dean Anne (Ricky) Fortune has been elected president-elect of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) for 2005-2006.


Men’s Lacrosse Program Nationally Ranked
The men’s lacrosse program became the first Great Danes team to be nationally ranked at the NCAA Division I level when itthey entered the weekly USILA poll April 5. Currently ranked No. 13 in the country, the Great Danes have defeated three teams currently ranked in the national top 20.

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Of Note

2005 Alumni Association Award Winners Selected
The UAlbany Alumni Association has announced the winners of its 2005 Awards Program. (See side bar at right.) Friends and family will celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals at the Gala Awards Banquet June 3 at the Albany Marriott. The awards program recognizes alumni and citizens making a difference in the University, local and international communities. For more information, contact Amber Newcomb at the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 or

Alumni Association 2005 Award Winners

Citizen of the University Award
Robert W. Schwartz

Distinguished Alumni Award
Jack M. Richman, Ph.D. ’72,’74

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award
Norman E. Snyder, Jr. ’83

Excellence in Education Award
L. Oliver Robinson, Ph.D. ’94,’96
Alan P. Fiero, Ph.D. ’74,’77,’81,’93

Excellence in Community Service Award
Abraham Sherer, D.D.S. ’47
Libby Post ’82,’82,’84

Bertha E. Brimmer Award
Philip W. Shepherd ’60,’61

Excellence in Public Service Award
Alice P. Green, Ph.D. ’67,’73,’79,’83
Daniel W. Fitzpatrick ’71,’77
James F. O’Sullivan ’87

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Rebecca L. Rogers, Ph.D. ’95,’96,’98,’00

Excellence in Arts & Letters
John H. Laub, Ph.D. ’76,’80
Paul S. Grondahl ’84


2005 Alumni Weekend
Join us June 3-5 as we welcome back the classes of 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1965. This special weekend is full of activities to help you reconnect with former classmates and friends and rediscover your alma mater. Events include the Gala Awards Dinner, a wine-tasting reception, classic film viewing, an author’s talk and book signing, tours, class events and more. For more information, contact Amber Newcomb at the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 or Full Story >>

Albany Rowing Team Alumni Get Together
Join the UAlbany Crew Alumni Constituent group at the Alumni Tent Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and cheer on UAlbany as they race at the Metropolitan Championships’ Glenn Island regatta site in New Rochelle, N.Y. The location isn’t fancy; the rowing will be rough. But come support UAlbany because you rowed in someplace where there weren’t any UAlbany fans to cheer you on! RSVP to Glenn Merry ’90 at Click here for directions.

Get Ready for the Spring Stomp
Join fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff April 30, 6-7 p.m., at UAlbany’s stomping grounds for food, music, athletics and fun at the Great Danes Spring Stomp. Enjoy a live concert by The Schmooze at the pre-game party, along with a speed pitch, lacrosse shoot -out, rock-climbing mountain and inflatable obstacle course. Come to play and stay to cheer as UAlbany’s NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse team goes up against America East Conference opponent UMBC in their only 2005 game under the lights. Full Story >>

Join Our Alumni River Cruise
Join the Alumni Association’s Capital District Chapter Friday, May 13, 7:00-9:00 p.m., aboard the Dutch Apple Ccruiseruise ship in Albany. Enjoy a hot-and-cold hors d’oeuvres buffet while taking in the peaceful scenery and mingling with UAlbany alumni. Cash bar available. Cost $20. Contact (518) 442-3080 or e-mail to reserve your spot.

Master of Fine Arts Candidates Display Work
The University Art Museum is featuring the artwork of the UAlbany Spring 2005 Master of Fine Arts arts (MFA) candidates, April 29-May 15. The museum provides candidates with the opportunity to exhibit a cohesive body of their work in a professional museum setting, while offering viewersvisitors an opportunity to see how today’s emerging artists are addressing contemporary issues in the visual arts. Full Story >>

Upcoming Events

April 21 – NYC Chapter Happy Hour at Kate Kearney’sKearneys., 5-8 p.m. Details.
April 23 – UAlbany Crew Alumni Constituent Gathering
April 25 – Honorary Degree Convocation
April 29-May 15 – Master of Fine Arts Candidates Art Show
April 30 – Great Dane Spring Stomp, UAlbany
May 13 – Capital District Sunset Hors d’oeuvres River Cruise
May 26 – Alumni Career Night, UAlbany
June 3-5 – Alumni Weekend


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In the last issue, we asked you what three goals you believed President Kermit Hall should pursue during his administration and what three pieces of wisdom you would you give him. Here are a few of your answers:

Initiate the aggressive development of undergraduate-level public- and private-sector internship programs to give students more real-world, on-the-job experience.

Attain more national recognition of UAlbany's excellence and achievements to help improve and publicize our image and standing. 

Expand the scope of career planning support available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Place a greater emphasis on academics than on sports.

Improve the website…brag more!

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