University News

John R. Ryan Named UAlbany Interim President
The State University of New York Board of Trustees unanimously voted Feb. 24 to name SUNY Maritime College President, Vice Adm. John R. Ryan, USN (Ret.), as interim president of the University at Albany. "Working with the students, faculty and staff at the campus will be a great pleasure, and I am looking forward to the challenges that come with leading a large, dynamic institution such as the University at Albany." Ryan will continue his presidency of Maritime College while serving as interim president at UAlbany. Ryan will not be a candidate for the position of permanent president at UAlbany. Details.

University Celebrates The Writing Semester As part of its celebration of the 20th anniversary of the NYS Writers Institute, UAlbany is showcasing the best of the literary arts during The Writing Semester. Pulitzer Prize winners Ellen Goodman, Dave Barry and a host of nationally known poets, authors, screenwriters, playwrights and journalists will be on campus to lecture, read, perform and participate in seminars and panel discussions. Details.

New State Author and Poet Named Russell Banks is New York's new State Author and Billy Collins the new State Poet, the New York State Writers Institute announced Feb. 12. Banks, novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter, will receive the New York State Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for fiction writers; and Billy Collins, will receive the New York State Walt Whitman Citation of Merit for poets. Details.

Giants Will Train at UAlbany Through 2006 The New York Giants and UAlbany have signed a three-year contract that will allow the National Football League team to continue to conduct its summer training camp on the UAlbany campus through 2006. UAlbany has been the Giant’s training camp site since 1996.

Campaign Update Since last month’s report, UAlbany’s campaign total has increased from $277 million to $278 million. The University continues to carry the message and mission of the BOLD.VISION. Campaign to alumni around the country. A reception will be held in Washington D.C. March 23. Another is scheduled for Boca Raton, Florida, March 25.


UAlbany Wins America East Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Championship UAlbany won its second consecutive indoor conference title at the America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in February. UAlbany scored 140.50 points to win the crown, coming from behind to defeat Northeastern, who was second with 128.50. Details.

Great Danes Picked Second in America East Conference Lacrosse Preseason Poll America East newcomer University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is the preseason favorite to win the men's lacrosse conference title this year, according to a vote of the head coaches Feb. 17. The Retrievers received five of a possible seven first-place votes and 47 points overall to outdistance defending champion UAlbany, which had two first-place votes and 42 points. Details.


Of Note

SUNY Applications Up For the eighth year in a row, SUNY has seen an increase in applications to the system’s 34 state-operated campuses statewide. SUNY received approximately 71,000 applications last fall, a 2.6 increase over last year.


UALA Provides Forum for UAlbany Alumni Lawyers The University at Albany Lawyers Association (UALA), in conjunction with the New York Law School, hosted more than 100 lawyers at the New York Law School to present “Ethics 2004: State, Federal and Corporate Practice.” In light of the event’s success, co-chair Robert Burstein ’76 is considering similar programming for the future. If you are interested in learning more about UALA and becoming a member, visit their web site.

Upcoming Events
March 10-13 – America East Women’s Conference Tournament, Hartford University
March 12 – Metro New York Happy Hour. Details.
March 23 – Washington DC Alumni Reception
April 2 – Burian Lecture by Theater Historian Mary Henderson
April 20 – DC Chapter Happy Hour at Buffalo Billiards. Details.
April 21 – Capital District Senior Salute
May 1 – Great Dane Spring Stomp, UAlbany
May 4 – Dave Barry Reading, UAlbany
May 21 – Metro New York Harbor Cruise Event. Details.
June 4 -5 – Alumni Weekend Celebrating Classes 1929-1969



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