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2003 Collins Fellow Awards
The Collins Fellow Award is named for the late Evan Revere Collins, who served the University as president from 1949 to 1969. It is presented to senior members of the teaching faculty to recognize “extraordinary devotion to the University and the people in it over a sustained period of time.” More>>

Jeryl L. Mumpower has been appointed interim vice president for Research. A professor of public administration who also holds joint appointments in the University’s public health and information science graduate programs, Mumpower will continue to serve as dean of Graduate Studies. He is recognized for his contributions to the fields of decision-making, risk analysis, environmental policy, medical decision-making, and public mental health. Mumpower, a fellow of the Society of Risk Analysis, has twice served as program manager for the National Science Foundation’s Decision, Risk, and Management Science Program.

Peter Bloniarz, former interim vice president for Research, has been named dean of the School of Information Science and Policy and associate provost for informatics. During his 26 years at the University at Albany, Bloniarz has served in a number of administrative capacities and has been at the forefront of the institution’s efforts to advance science and technology-related initiatives. In his role as dean, he is chief administrative and academic officer for SISP; in addition, he provides leadership and coordination for efforts to develop information science and informatics components in other academic units.

Marts & Lundy, Inc., Senior Consultant John T. Wolff, who has worked in development and advancement for more than 20 years, is serving as UAlbany’s chief advancement officer. Wolff served at the vice presidential level on a number of college campuses for 12 years prior to joining Marts & Lundy, a professional fundraising consulting firm that has assisted nearly 8,000 clients in raising $18 billion in philanthropic giving since 1926. His past experience includes leading the most successful capital campaign ever at Utica College of Syracuse University, as well as fundraising for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Richmond. Currently, private and public colleges and universities in the Northeast, including other SUNY institutions, and in the South number among his clients. He has also provided fundraising counsel to cultural and social service organizations and to a Public Broadcasting station. As chief advancement officer at UAlbany, Wolff oversees the Division of Advancement and the $500 million BOLD.VISION. campaign, launched last April. He replaces Robert R. Ashton, who has taken a position as vice president for university advancement at San José State University, San José, Calif.

Thomas Kilcullen of the University Police Department attended the 213th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. The program, which has existed for about 70 years, offers experienced law enforcement officials opportunities for personal and professional advancement through education, training, and networking, and stresses a healthy lifestyle, physical fitness, and academic achievement. During the 10-week session, Kilcullen, UPD’s assistant director of Public Safety, completed 16 credits, including Overview of Forensic Science for Police Administrators and Managers; Seminar in Media Relations for the Law Enforcement Executive; and courses in leadership, investigation management, legal issues, and criminal justice research. He was one of 240 participants representing 49 states and 20 foreign countries.

Distinguished Professor and National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement Director Judith Langer was inducted into the International Reading Hall of Fame at the International Reading Association’s (IRA) 48th annual convention last May. Langer, chair of UAlbany’s Department of Educational Theory and Practice, also received the Albert J. Harris Award for her article “Beating the Odds: Teaching Middle and High School Students to Read and Write Well,” which was published in the American Educational Research Journal’s Winter 2001 edition.

Professor of French Studies Mary Beth Winn has received a Camargo Foundation Fellowship. She will spend the Spring 2004 semester at the foundation’s study center in Cassis, France, near Marseilles, joining other scholars pursuing humanities and social sciences projects related to French and francophone cultures. The Camargo Foundation also sponsors creative projects by writers; visual, video, and media artists; photographers; filmmakers; and composers. Winn, who received a UAlbany Excellence in Research Award and a third National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship last spring, is renowned for her research on Parisian publisher Anthoine Vérard and on the French publishing industry in the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

Assistant Director of Institutional Services Lianne Fenn recently completed the requirements for professional Certified Mail and Distribution Systems Manager certification by the Mail Systems Management Association (MSMA). Fenn, one of only about 325 people nationwide to have earned the certification during the 14 years the program has existed, was honored in April with the U.S. Postal Service’s Mail Center Manager Award.

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