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University at Albany

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany 

Legacy families joined the Alumni Association and University leaders for a reception prior to the football game.

University News
Schools and Colleges
of Note

Upcoming Events


Nov. 26Men’s Basketball at UConn

Dec. 2 - Men’s Basketball vs Siena Pregame Party and Game

Jan. 27 - West Coast Florida Annual Luncheon, Sarasota

Feb. 3 - Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast

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UAlbany vs. SienaUAlbany vs. Siena -- Pregame Party and Basketball Game Set
Come join Purple and Gold fans at Broadway Joe’s on Saturday, Dec. 2, for a pregame party before the Great Danes take on cross-town rival Siena Saints. After the party move over to the Pepsi Arena to cheer on the men’s basketball team to victory. Register online or call (518) 442-3080.

Did You Intern at the Albany Institute of History & Art?
The Albany Institute is trying to reconnect with its alumni for a 2007 AIHA intern reunion. If you or someone you know interned at the museum, please contact Christina Scott, manager of Museum Services, at Please include your name, year of internship and the department you interned in, as well as your mailing address, and AIHA will forward you more details about the event.

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University News

Officer in Charge Susan HerbstProvost Susan Herbst Appointed Officer in Charge
SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan has appointed UAlbany Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan V. Herbst officer in charge of the campus. As officer in charge, Herbst has all of the authority and responsibility of a campus president. George M. Philip ’69, ’73, chair of the University Council, applauded the decision and noted the council will be organizing a national search for a permanent president in the coming weeks. Full story >>

Frank ThompsonFrank Thompson Named Acting Provost
Professor Frank J. Thompson, former dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, will serve the University as acting provost from January to June 2007. Thompson will act as provost with regard to tenure and promotion, the recommendation of faculty hires, and the review of selective investment proposals from schools and colleges; he also will represent the University at ceremonial events on campus and throughout the region.

Joining in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the SEFCU Arena were Director of Athletics Lee McElroy, SEFCU President Michael J. Castellana, UAlbany's Officer in Charge Susan Herbst, and SUNY Board of Trustees member Robert J. Bellafiore.SEFCU and UAlbany Forge 10-Year Partnership
SEFCU, the largest credit union in the Capital Region, and UAlbany announced a $2.75 million commitment to name the university's Recreation and Convocation Center for a 10-year period. The facility, to be known as the SEFCU Arena, is the home of UAlbany's men's and women's basketball teams. The SEFCU Arena will continue to expand its role as a major venue for community events, sporting events and university activities. The arena has seating for capacity crowds of 4,538.” Full story >>

Alumni Achievers Tell Their Stories
Four UAlbany alumni achievers, with very different interests and backgrounds but the same alma mater, came together at a special luncheon on campus Oct. 20 to share their life stories and launch a campaign that celebrates the successful career paths of UAlbany graduates. The campaign is designed to show all students how UAlbany helps lay the foundation of their success by giving them the tools to begin their self-discovery. Full story >> video icon View the video news clip >>

At left, Officer in Charge, Provost and Executive Vice President Susan Herbst cuts the ribbon to open the center.Emeritus Center Opens
It was standing room only at the Nov. 1 opening of UAlbany's Emeritus Center. The center, located in University Administration Building Room 134, is only the second emeritus center in the entire SUNY system; the first was created at the University of Buffalo many years ago. The center will serve as a gathering place for retired UAlbany faculty and professionals and is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship. Full story >>

Thanksgiving Host Families Needed
While most students spend the Thanksgiving holiday at home with their families, international exchange students at UAlbany typically do not have time to go home and are often alone on Thanksgiving Day. If you have room at your Thanksgiving table for one or more students, please consider hosting a UAlbany student for Thanksgiving dinner. For more information, visit the Web site of International Student Services. Full story >>

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Schools and Colleges

Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson (R.) looks on as Betty Barnette, chair of the school’s advisory committee, congratulates the school on its 40th anniversary.School of Social Welfare Achieves Fund-Raising Goal
Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson has announced the School of Social Welfare has attained its goal of raising $1 million in scholarship funding and has set a new goal of $3 million for support of students. The announcement came at a celebration last month of the school’s 40th anniversary, which was attended by more than 150 guests.

Business Professor and Alumnus Team Up To Win Finance Award
Associate Professor David Smith and School of Business alumnus William Desormeau Jr. MBA ’00 won second prize in the Financial Frontiers Award competition sponsored by the Colorado-based Financial Planning Association and the Janus Capital Group for their project “Optimal Rebalancing Frequency for Stock-Bond Portfolios.” The pair presented their research at the national conference of the Financial Planning Association in October.

School Opens Pathways Into Education Center
The first of its kind on the UAlbany campus, the Pathways Into Education (PIE) Center is a new way to assist students interested in School of Education programs. The center is now the central location for undergraduates and prospective students seeking information about and assistance with the undergraduate Education Studies Minor, teacher certification and graduate-level education programs. Full story >>

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UAlbany Unanimously Chosen To Repeat As America East Basketball Champions
Coming off its first-ever conference championship and subsequent berth to the NCAA Tournament, UAlbany has been unanimously picked to win back-to-back America East men’s basketball titles, according to a vote of the league’s head coaches. The Great Danes received all eight possible first-place votes (coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams) to pace the conference’s teams with 64 points. Full story >>

Big Purple GrowlMark Your Calendars for the 10th Annual Big Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast
The 10th annual Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007. The event will feature a pregame party and feast followed by the women's and men's basketball double-header against Binghamton. Ticket information for the event will be available online later this month.

Retirement Celebration Scheduled for Jack Koelmel
Tickets are now available for a retirement dinner honoring longtime UAlbany athletic trainer Jack Koelmel. The dinner will take place Dec. 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, contact Jennifer North in the Athletic Administration offices at (518) 442-3034.

Varsity ClubDon’t Miss The Fun … Join the Varsity Club!
Varsity Club members are invited to free pregame parties before all the men’s basketball and football games; they also receive half-priced reserved season tickets, a free media guide, discounts on Great Dane and alumni merchandise and an exclusive Varsity Club T-shirt. Join today online or e-mail Carmelina Morrison.

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Of Note

EOP Alumni Constituent Group Formed
The EOP Alumni and Friends constituent group has formed to assist with future reunion planning and to start a scholarship fund for EOP students. Join today to help build a strong group of alumni with an interest in EOP. For more information about the constituent group, e-mail

Online Career Center Matches the Best People with the Best Jobs
Where do the best ad execs, accountants and artists look for advancement? They log on to UAlbany’s Online Alumni Community Career Center – exclusively for UAlbany alumni – where great job opportunities are posted. If you have a job opening you’d like to fill, or are looking for a new job, start in the same place where you gained your career skills. Posting a job is as easy as a few quick clicks of the mouse. Check our Web site for details.

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A young UAlbany fan puts his creativity to work at the Touchdown Tailgate.

Students mixed with alumni and other Great Danes fans at the Touchdown Tailgate.

Damien makes a new friend at the Homecoming football game.

The Great Danes earned a 48-0 Northeast Conference victory over the St. Francis Red Flash.

The football game attracted fans of all ages.

Go Danes!

The stands were packed at the Homecoming football game.

Peter Applebee '99 and Professor Jose Cruz discuss New York's gubernatorial race during a Homecoming panel discussion.

Marc Gronich, Seth Starr and Anthony Giardina reminisce at the Class of 1981 reunion dinner.

Richard Golubow 85 and Joseph Zumbo, director of Student Legal Services, chat at the Student Association reunion open house.

Alums enjoy the Great Danes Great Bash at WTs. (Seated l. to r.: Brothers Paul ’86 and David Schaffer ’83. Standing l. to r.: Ellen Schaeffer ’86 and Brigid Schaffer ’86.)