UAlbany News

Inaugural Scholarship Fund Gathers Support
Established by UAlbany President Kermit L. Hall when he took office in February, the Inaugural Scholarship Fund is gathering support. Pledges and gifts reached a total of $152,265 this month. The goal of the fund is to assure that qualified undergraduate students have the financial resources they need to attend the University at Albany. Full Story >>

On the Move with President Hall
In his first six weeks on the job, UAlbany President Kermit L. Hall has been on the move both on and off campus, meeting with students, faculty and staff, alumni, government leaders, prospective Presidential Scholars, and more. Full Story >>

UAlbany to Work with Library of Congress to Help Preserve Digital Records
UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has received an $800,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to work with the U.S. Library of Congress to develop strategies for states and territories to preserve state government digital information. Full Story >>

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Celebrates 20th Anniversary
One of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious forums for young scientists will observe its 20th anniversary next week when high school students and teachers from around New York State join former participants for a two-day symposium hosted by the University at Albany. Full Story >>

Schools and Colleges

School of Education Professors Study School Crime Prevention
Professors Amanda Nickerson (School Psychology) and Matthew Martens (Counseling Psychology) have received a grant from the American Educational Research Association for their project Authoritarian vs. Educational/Therapeutic Approaches: Effects on Crime in U.S. Schools. They will use data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ School Survey on Crime and Safety to evaluate crime prevention strategies currently used in schools and the extent to which these strategies actually prevent school crime. Full Story >>

UAlbany Professor Addresses Mental Health Needs of Tsunami Survivors
In the aftermath of the tsunami that devastated southeast Asia, the world rushed money, food, shelter and other humanitarian aid to the region. Now, relief efforts also are beginning to address the mental health needs of survivors, and UAlbany faculty are assisting those efforts. School of Social Welfare Assistant Professor Eric Hardiman recently traveled to Jakarta to conduct a workshop aimed at providing Indonesian professionals with “some background in trauma and traumatic stress, grief and loss, and the potential role of sport and physical activity.” Full Story >>

School of Business Launches Job Board
The School of Business has developed a job board for undergraduates, graduate students and alumni of the school. Users can post their resumes on the site and review job postings. Alumni who are seeking to hire candidates can post available positions and internships on the site and review resumes. Learn more about the job board at, or contact Deirdre Sweeney, Office of Career Services, at (518) 442-4199 or

“Social Smell” Discovered In Mice
A team of scientists that includes UAlbany chemist Eric Block has found the first evidence of neurons responsive to social odors. The researchers used a new analytical approach to isolate one of these social odors – a novel sulfur-containing chemical in urine that enables mice to distinguish between the sexes. Full Story >>

Rockefeller College Career Center Gives Graduates the Edge
With graduation rapidly approaching, the Career Center at Rockefeller College continues to assist students in finding employment, placing nearly 95 percent of its graduates. Students also seek to enter careers in state government through the New York State Public Management Institute, which has attracted talented students from across the country for nearly 50 years. Finalists for the PMI are preparing to attend the job fair, where they will be placed in civil service positions. Full Story >>


Great Danes Selected To Win America East Title In Men's Lacrosse Preseason Poll
UAlbany received 44 points in balloting by the America East coaches and four first place votes. UMBC was picked to finish second (37 points), followed closely by Binghamton (36). The Great Danes, who have captured back-to-back America East titles, won their season opener March 6 over Providence.

UAlbany Men Finish Second at America East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships
Northeastern ended the Great Danes’ quest for a third consecutive men’s indoor title by edging UAlbany 146-145 at the 2005 Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships. New Hampshire was third with 102 points. The UAlbany women finished in third place behind Northeastern and Boston University.

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Of Note

Legacy Families Honored
If your family has a student graduating in 2005, as well as a parent or a grandparent who is an alum, we would like to know. Your family will be invited to a special event prior to commencement, and receive other recognition. For more details, email Melissa Samuels at or call (518) 442-3083.

Join the Jewish Alumni Constituent Group!
Join the Jewish Alumni Constituent Group and take advantage of the many opportunities for networking, professional development, reconnecting with old friends and supporting academic programs. For more information about this constituent group and others, e-mail the Alumni Association or call (518) 442-3080. A sign-up form is provided on the Web.

Commencement Volunteers Needed
Your alma mater needs your help! Please consider joining us for Spring Commencement, May 14-15. Each year, about 14,000 students, family members, and friends converge on our campuses to enjoy this exciting occasion, and we need the support of more than 200 volunteers to make this event a success. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to visit campus and welcome the Class of 2005 to your alumni community. Please visit the commencement web page and look for the VolunteerNow! button.


School of Education Holds 19th Annual Edward F. Kelly Evaluation Conference
Alumni and the general public are invited to the breakfast keynote address of this annual conference organized by graduate students in the field of evaluation. The conference offers students an opportunity to present original research and network with professionals in the field. This year’s keynote speaker is W. James Popham, a national expert on school testing and assessment. Full Story >>

Phi Delta Kappa Sponsors Upcoming Events
The Capital District Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international association of education sponsored by UAlbany, will present a number of prominent speakers in programs open to the public this spring. Visit the association’s Web site for more details.

Upcoming Events
March 24 – Capital District Young Alumni Mixer, Albany Marriott
April 4 – All SUNY DC Alumni Reception at Rayburn Hall Cafeteria, Capitol Hill
April 9-10 – Milne School Reunion
April 10 – All SUNY Atlanta event: Braves vs. NY Mets, Braves Stadium, Atlanta
April 25 – Honorary Degree Convocation
April 30 – Great Dane Spring Stomp, UAlbany
May 26 – Alumni Career Night, UAlbany


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In the last issue, we asked you to tell us why you chose UAlbany and whether it met your expectations. Below are excerpts from some of the responses we received.

“The opportunities I had at Albany allowed me to leave with much more than a degree – I had a variety of real-world work experience … Ten years removed, I see resumes of college grads with no work experience whatsoever, and they quickly make it to the bottom of the pile …” -Rob Bunnell ’93

“Top notch all the way. When I pursue my Ph.D. I will definitely consider relocating again to go to UAlbany.” -Yesenia Carrillo ’96

“I chose Albany for its reasonable cost and excellent reputation (yes, even back in the mid 1960's) … I loved the experience and have to say that my four Albany years met all my expectations.” -Walter Goldstein ’68

“In January 1951 I started my classes at NYSCT as a sophomore … There was not much of a campus but that didn't bother me at all … I enjoyed all my classes and I met my future husband at the bridge table in the snack bar on the ground floor of Brubacker Hall. As I wend my way though life, I know more than ever that I made a very wise decision.” -Katherine B. Pickett ’53, ’54

“I appreciate the impact UAlbany had on my private and professional life, and I am confident in stating that the school has done and continues to do the right things right!” -Keith L. Ball ’97, ’98

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