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University at Albany

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany 

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Alumni WeekendAlumni Weekend is Almost Here!
Don’t miss out on a weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting with fellow classmates and your alma mater June 2-4. This year Alumni Weekend pays tribute to the classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961 and 1966. The weekend begins with campus tours, an all-alumni wine tasting and the Gala Awards Dinner. Saturday, enjoy the all-alumni luncheon, sorority/fraternity coffee hours, educational programs/tours and class get-togethers. And don’t forget to bid farewell Sunday on the Champagne Brunch Cruise. The registration deadline is May 26. Full story >>

EOP & FriendsEOP & Friends Reunion Planned for July
Atlanta will host a University at Albany EOP Alumni Reunion July 28-30. The alumni steering committee chose Atlanta because it offers a change of scenery in a high-profile city where a significant number of alumni have relocated over the years. While the event will provide some great networking and rekindling of past relationships, the main purpose is to address how alumni can support students entering the University EOP program and provide EOP alumni services. Full story >>

NEW -- NYC Yankees Game Added
Albany NYC and friends are heading up to The Bronx for a game against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, June 11, at 1:05 pm. Tickets are in Section GA, Row 10 upper deck. Cost is $10 for Alumni Association members and guests and $15 for nonmembers. Tickets are limited, and they will go fast. To order tickets, click here. Please forward this to UAlbany friends and visit the chapter Web page often.

Doris '55 and Custer Quick '55 enjoy a New York wine at the 2005 wine tasting reception.UAlbany Alumni Wine Tasting
Join the Alumni Association for a sampling of New York state wines and hors d’oeuvres June 2, 3:30-5:30 p.m., at the Alumni House. Cost for Alumni Association members is $7; nonmember cost is $12. To register, contact (518) 442-3080 or Please be sure to mention you read about this opportunity in News@UAlbany!

Kawther Elmi, Transport (detail), 2006Master of Fine Arts Candidates Display Work
The University Art Museum is featuring the artwork of the UAlbany Spring 2006 master of fine arts candidates, May 5-21. The museum provides candidates the opportunity to exhibit a cohesive body of their work in a professional museum setting, while offering visitors an opportunity to see how today’s emerging artists are using the visual arts to address contemporary issues. Full story >>

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UAlbany News

From left to right: Eric Block and Kenneth L. DemerjianUAlbany Honors Top Researchers with Endowed Professorships
UAlbany President Kermit Hall has named the first recipients of two endowed professorships. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Eric Block will hold the Carla Rizzo Delray '42 Professorship. Kenneth Demerjian, director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science was named the first recipient of the Ray Falconer Endowed Chair in atmospheric sciences. Full story >>

Jeffrey J. HaugaardHaugaard Named to Head Honors College
Jeffrey Haugaard will become the first leader of the new University at Albany Honors College. Haugaard was chosen after a national search and will begin his duties as assistant vice provost on Aug. 1, 2006. Haugaard is currently an associate professor of human development at Cornell University. Full story >>

Jeffrey D. StraussmanStraussman Named Dean of Rockefeller College
Professor Jeffrey Straussman has been appointed dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Straussman, currently associate dean of the Maxwell School and chair of public administration at Syracuse University, will replace Frank Thompson, who returned earlier this year to the Rockefeller College faculty to pursue scholarship. Straussman will assume the post July 1. Full story >>

School of Public Health Dean Peter Levin To Retire
UAlbany School of Public Health Dean Peter Levin has announced his retirement from his post effective this summer. Under Levin's leadership, the School of Public Health has seen a consistent increase in enrollment, expansion of distance learning initiatives and three new joint degree programs through partnerships with Albany Medical College and UAlbany's School of Social Welfare. Full story >>

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Schools and Colleges

Joachim FrankFrank, Saunders Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Joachim Frank, professor of biomedical sciences, and John Saunders Jr., professor emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, were elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences on April 25. The two UAlbany professors are among 72 new members and 18 foreign associates elected to the academy in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Full story >>

Dean Briar-Lawson, President Kermit Hall and Immaculée Ilibagiza with UAlbany students traveling to Rwanda this summer. Rwandan Genocide Survivor Visits UAlbany
Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor and author of the best-selling book Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, was the guest speaker for a special showing of “Hotel Rwanda” at Albany’s Palace Theater in April. More than 200 attendees heard Ilibagiza tell her chilling story of survival during the 1994 massacre. In July, faculty and students from the School of Social Welfare will travel to Rwanda to provide community service and community building for orphans and adult victims of the Rwandan genocide. Ilibagiza appeared in Albany to support fund-raising activities for student scholarships to travel to Rwanda.

Carol Gilligan receiving Ualbany Medallion from President Hall.Carol Gilligan Receives UAlbany Medallion
On May 3 UAlbany honored scholar and acclaimed author Carol Gilligan at the 2006 Center for Jewish Studies and School of Education Celebration. The event marked the beginning of a new Jewish Education Initiative that is a collaboration of the nationally ranked School of Education and the new Center for Jewish Studies. Gilligan received the Medallion of the University, the University's highest honor, in recognition of her distinguished career and groundbreaking scholarship, which has fundamentally reshaped the fields of psychology, education and gender studies. Full story >>

Emily Riley, a research assistant at CNSE and student at UAlbany’s School of Business, acted as business lead and Haralabos (Harry) Efstathiadis, an instructor at CNSE served as technical lead on the CNSE team.UAlbany Nano College Team Reaches Global Competition Finals
A team of instructors and students from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering was one of three finalists in the Entrepreneurship Challenge. The annual competition conducted by the Materials Research Society is designed to promote the commercialization of technology.

Michael J. KavanaghBusiness Professor Wins International Award
The International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) recently presented Mickey Kavanagh an Excellence Award for his service to IHRIM, particularly for his commitment to student outreach activities. For the past 22 years, Kavanagh has encouraged student involvement in IHRIM, frequently accompanying students to programs in New York City and sponsoring events in Albany. Kavanagh said, “I have always felt students can learn a great deal outside of the classroom and faculty have an obligation to help them find those opportunities.”

Left Judith Langer; right Arthur Applebee.School of Education Professors Engage Middle School Students in High-Level Literacy Skills
Improving middle school reading performance may require building instructional capacity, notes Distinguished Professor Judith Langer and Leading Professor Arthur Applebee of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice. Langer and Applebee have been involved in a two-year study assessing the impact of professional development on curriculum, instruction and student achievement. The program provides teachers with a framework for thinking about how to increase students’ literacy skills, plus specific curriculum and instruction approaches associated with higher achievement. Full story >>

Counseling Psychology Program Reaccredited by APA
The School of Education’s Ph.D. program in counseling psychology has passed its reaccreditation review and received the maximum seven-year reaccreditation from the American Psychological Association. The Counseling Psychology Ph.D. is one of three doctoral programs in the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology. In addition to its exemplary record of accreditation, the department’s faculty also has the distinction of being consistently ranked in the top five in the nation on such indicators as publication productivity.

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Eight Great Danes Earn Chancellor’s Award
Eight UAlbany student-athletes are recipients of the 2006 Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award. UAlbany athletes honored are Andy Allstadt (track & field), Shelley Gebhardt (field hockey), Brian Lillis (basketball), Samantha Williams (golf), Kate Fontana (lacrosse), Stephan Hall (soccer), Kelly Ogden (softball) and Ashlee Reed (volleyball). The award recognizes a combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement. The winners were selected by athletic directors at SUNY’s Division I institutions. Full Story >>

Joe GreeneUAlbany Captures America East Track Crowns
Joe Greene won two individual titles and was named the Most Outstanding Track Performer as the UAlbany men won the America East Conference championship May 7 at New Hampshire's Reggie F. Atkins Track Facility. The Great Danes earned their second consecutive title and third in the last four years with 199.5 points. The UAlbany women also were crowned champions as they took home their first-ever America East title, finishing with a best-ever 180 points.

Football, Basketball Season Tickets On Sale
Season tickets for football and men’s and women’s basketball are now on sale. For more information, contact the Great Danes box office at (518) 442-4683.

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Of Note

Save Money Through Loan Consolidation
The Alumni Loan Consolidation Program enables recent alumni and their parents to reduce monthly student loan repayments by consolidating their eligible federal student loans. Alumni with more than $10,000 in outstanding federal student loans can take advantage of the lowest interest rates in recent history. Visit our Web site for details.

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MAY 2006

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Poros, Greece

New Dates for UAlbany
Alumni Travel Program!

Poros, Greece
June 9-18, 2006

Sicily, Italy
October 14-23, 2006
NEW DATES: September 30 – October 9, 2006

For more information on these exclusive trips, e-mail the Alumni Association or call 1-800-936-ALUM.