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University at Albany

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany 

Big Purple Growl
UAlbany News
Schools and Colleges
Alumni Services of Note

Upcoming Events


February 4 – Big Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast

February 15 – Washington, D.C., Celebration of Alumni & Friends

February 16 – Raleigh/Durham
Celebration of Alumni & Friends

February 24 – SUNY Alumni of Atlanta 5th Annual Mid-Winter Part

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President Hits the Road in 2006
President Kermit L. Hall and other members of his executive cabinet are meeting with alumni across the country in a series of events in early 2006. Tour stops have already occurred in Boston, San Francisco and Phoenix/Scottsdale. Additional events are being planned for West Central Florida (Jan. 28); Washington, D.C. (Feb. 15); Raleigh/Durham (Feb. 16); Naples (March 14); and Long Island (March 30.) Call the Alumni Association at 1-800-836-ALUM for details.

Big Purple GrowlCatch the Spirit at the Big Purple Growl
Get ready to rock the RACC at the 9th Annual Big Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast Feb. 4. Enjoy an evening of Great Danes basketball, fabulous food, games and prizes. Prior to the game, mingle in the University Gym with fellow alumni at the Ferocious Feast, which features great food, giveaways and a Puppy Pound loaded with entertainment for adults and kids. Full story >>

Jon IatiJoin the Road Trip to the America East Conference Tournament
Join the excitement as the Great Danes travel to Binghamton for the America East Conference Tournament March 4-5. The UAlbany Alumni Association is offering an event package that includes round-trip bus transportation, an all-session pass for six weekend games and a hospitality suite at the Holiday Inn University, where rooms have been blocked for UAlbany fans. Cost is $75 for Varsity Club members and $85 for non-members. For more details, call 800-836-ALUM or email

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UAlbany News

From left, Gov. George Pataki, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Alain Kaloyeros, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, and President Kermit L. Hall at today's announcement of the consortium.New $435 Million Nanoelectronics Research Institute to Be Located at UAlbany
Governor George E. Pataki announced earlier this month that a new $435 million Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX) – one of only two to be created in the nation – will be located at the Center of Excellence in Nanoelectronics at UAlbany. The second similar institute will be located in the Silicon Valley in California. Full story >>

University at Albany Ranked in Top 25 of Nation's Colleges
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine has ranked the University at Albany the 22nd best public education value for out-of-state students and the 46th best value for in-state students for 2006, based on data provided by more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities. Full story >>

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Schools and Colleges

UAlbany is a JPMorgan Core School
UAlbany’s School of Business is part of a select group, JPMorgan’s core schools, providing a small pool of candidates for their Management Services Program. Boston College, NYU, Fordham, Baruch and a handful of other top schools round out this inner circle. After preparing undergraduate information technology students with interview training, JP Morgan interviews and hires. Upon employment, the grads enter a project-based, two-year management training program that determines their strengths and eventual placement in the firm.

Rockefeller CollegeRockefeller College Advisory Board Introduces Scholarship
The advisory board of the Rockefeller College for Public Affairs and Policy launched two scholarship appeals in November with generous gifts from board members. The Dean Frank J. Thompson Scholarship will support a student interested in health policy, human resources or public management in honor of the school’s current dean. The Fund for Student Excellence will support graduate students in any field of political science and public administration who demonstrated academic excellence as undergraduates. Full Story >>

School of Education Co-Hosts Literacy Forum
The School of Education and the New York State Education Department jointly sponsored the Destination Diploma III forum on literacy Dec. 12-13 on the UAlbany campus. The forum brought together more than 400 educators and stakeholders from 23 large and small city school districts, schools and their partners to determine how to improve graduation rates through an increased focus on literacy. Full Story >>

Susan PhillipsSchool of Education Dean to Evaluate Professional Psychology Preparation Programs
Dean Susan Phillips has been elected to serve on a national committee that determines the eligibility of institutions and programs to be designated as providers of preparation in professional psychology. The committee is a joint project of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Full Story >>

School of Education Professor Wins Grant to Study Online Teaching
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded $45,000 to Peter Shea, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Theory and Practice, to pilot a study to identify what motivates college faculty to instruct online. Full Story >>

SSW Faculty Member Receives Grant to Develop New Model Senior Center
Victoria Rizzo, research assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare, in collaboration with Senior Services of Albany, has received $12,000 from Charitable Venture Foundation to conduct a market feasibility study and develop a business plan for a new model for senior centers in Albany County. Rizzo will design and implement a mail survey and focus groups to identify the activities, opportunities and the physical environment that would attract “baby boomers” to a redesigned senior center.

SSW Receives Grant to Target Mental Health and Service Needs of Older Adults
With partner agencies in St. Lawrence County government, Phil McCallion ’93 and Lisa Ferretti ’90, ’03 of UAlbany’s Center for Excellence in Aging Services have secured a Medicaid Disease and Care Management Demonstration Program grant from the New York State Department of Health (DOH). They will target the mental health and service needs of residents of Adult Homes and SROs using intensive case management and peer-led models. The overall project is funded at $340,000 over two years.

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Chris MartocchiaLacrosse Team Ranked No. 18 in Preseason National Poll
Inside Lacrosse and Face-Off Yearbook have released their Division I preseason coaches’ poll, and UAlbany is ranked 18th nationally. The Great Danes captured their third consecutive America East Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth last season. Head coach Scott Marr has led the program to a 10-6 record in three straight campaigns. UAlbany returns three of its top four scorers from a squad that ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense at 11.63 goals per game.

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Of Note

Law SchoolThinking About Graduate or Law School?
The UAlbany Alumni Association is pleased to offer LSAT, GRE and GMAT preparation courses to help alumni and students prepare for law, graduate and business school admissions tests. Visit our Web site or contact the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 or for more information.

Advertise or Shop With Alumni Yellow Pages
If you have a service you’d like to share with fellow alumni, check out UAlbany’s online Alumni Yellow Pages. The Alumni Yellow Pages allow you to advertise your goods and services, or shop for those offered by other alumni. This is just one of the many free services available to alumni through UAlbany’s alumni online community.

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Volunteers Needed for alumni association membership campaign
The countdown to the UAlbany Alumni Association's 2006 membership campaign has begun! With campaign kickoff less than a month away, your Alumni Association is seeking volunteers to help make this year's campaign a success. The 2006 campaign will focus on keeping alumni connected and making UAlbany stronger. A training session will be held Feb. 4 for all campaign volunteers. If you are interested in participating, contact Amber Newcomb at (518) 442-3087.

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“With this college, we will be creating a community of scholars - students and faculty - who work together in a challenging environment to stimulate the highest levels of academic achievement.”

-Provost Susan Herbst