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.