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The Personal Approach: Hall Meets Student Leaders
(February 8, 2005)
President Kermit L. Hall, who took office Feb. 1, has wasted no time in getting to know students. After meeting with student leaders in the first-floor Campus Center lounge Feb. 4, he noted, “The student leaders are a wonderfully diverse group who are united in their affection for the University at Albany. I was moved that so many of them were present to shake my hand, one of the historic ways people express unity.” More>>

President Kermit L. HallKermit L. Hall Takes Office as UAlbany's 17th President
(February 1, 2005)
Declaring that “our goal will be to always put academics first,” Kermit L. Hall, a constitutional law scholar and legal historian, has taken office as the 17th president of the University at Albany. More>>

Kermit L. Hall on UAlbany
(February 1, 2005)
Talking with students, faculty, staff and friends of UAlbany, Kermit L. Hall has begun to chart his plans for UAlbany’s future. More>>

Nancy Belowich-Negron UAlbany’s NCBI Offers March 22-24 Constituent Retreat for Jewish Leaders; Said to Be First of Its Kind
(February 4, 2005)
Nancy Belowich-Negron remembers the early 1990s, when there were difficulties in communication between students of African heritage and Jewish students on campus. More>>

Dean of Undergraduate Studies Sue FaermanIFW Success Multiplies: March 10 Event Planned
Initiatives For Women (IFW) has been so successful that last year it gave out more than eight times the amount of award money to UAlbany students and staff than it did in its first year, 1994. During that same period of time, the number of awards given almost quadrupled, from 10 awards in 1994 to 38 in 2004. More>>

Kendall A. Birr, professor emeritus of historyKendall Birr
(February 4, 2005)
Kendall A. Birr, professor emeritus of history, passed away Dec. 26, 2004 at the age of 80. More>>

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work
Are you energetic, creative, and ready for a rewarding leadership opportunity? Then the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day committee needs you! The current committee is seeking additional members and new co-chairs for this annual campus- and nationwide event, which is Thursday, April 28. Not sure you can do it alone? Join with a colleague to co-chair a committee of volunteers in planning the day of events. More>>

Business-Higher Education Roundtable Launches Capital Region - College Region Initiative
(January 31, 2005)
New York’s Capital Region – College Region - You’ll it here ! is the theme of a regional initiative launched January 31 by the Business-Higher Education Roundtable (BHER). The group unveiled a first-ever marketing campaign to advance the area’s growth as a destination for young talent by leveraging its dynamic college cluster. More>>



Judith Langer, Arthur Applebee, Audrey Champagne, and Vicky Kouba, all of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice (ETAP) are playing key roles in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Congressionally mandated program that monitors achievement over time in key subject areas in individual states, and across the nation. Professor Langer has been reappointed to the NAEP Reading Committee, which oversees all aspects of the design, administration, scoring, interpretation, and reporting of NAEP reading assessments. The framework for the NAEP Reading Assessment, in place since the 1992 assessment, is based in large part on Langer’s research. Applebee has been reappointed to the NAEP Writing Committee. Champagne serves on both the NAEP Science and Science Framework Planning committees. The NAEP Science Framework Planning Committee will make recommendations to the National Assessment Governing Board about the new Science NAEP Framework. Champagne is the primary author of the committee’s paper that will outline issues to be addressed in the design of the new Science Framework. Kouba has also been a reviewer for the NAEP Mathematics Objectives; an item writer for NAEP Mathema-tics assessments; and a member of the team of researchers doing the National Council of Mathematics’ interpretations of the 1986, 1990, 1992, and 1996 NAEP Mathematics assessments (supported by grants from the National Science Foundation). Through their longstanding involvement in NAEP, UAlbany’s ETAP faculty help to ensure that the nation’s systems of curriculum, instruction, and assessment work together to support higher levels of achievement for all students – and in particular to ensure that the assessment program reflects the most current thinking about the nature of effective curriculum and instruction in each subject area.

School of Criminal Justice Professor James R. Acker took a team of students in November to compete in the American Collegiate Moot Court Association Tournament at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. Teams were required to argue two issues: the lawfulness of a social worker’s entry without a warrant into a couple’s home to investigate allegations of child abuse; and whether the social worker should be entitled to qualified immunity from a subsequent lawsuit even if the parents’ constitutional rights were violated. UAlbany was represented by four teams: Winston Brownlow and Daniel Ranellone; Ellen Hau-schen and Chris Willson; Jacob Fleitman and Georgette Hagan; and Jasmine James and Summer Sha-lizi. “We enjoyed unusual success on the first day of the two-day competition,” Acker said. After three sets of arguments on the first day, three of UAlbany’s four teams advanced to the round of 16 for the single-elimination arguments. When single-elimination rounds began, two of UAlbany’s three teams were ousted in the round of 16. Hauschen and Willson won their opening argument, and advanced to the round of eight. They lost a close argument to a team from Patrick Henry College, which placed all four teams among the final four in the competition. “All of the UAlbany teams performed with distinction,” said Acker, “And, I think, the tournament and preparations for it were a valuable learning experience for all involved.”

Joseph F. Zimmerman, professor of political science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, presented a paper on November 23, The United States Federal System: A Kaleidoscopic View to faculty, fellows, and graduate students at Oxford University’s Nuffield, St. Anne’s, and St. Anthony’s colleges, and also participated in graduate student tutorials. Zimmerman is the author of many books, including Interstate Economic Relations published by the State University of New York Press in July 2004, and has received the Distinguished Federalism Scholar award of the American Political Science Association and the Donald C. Stone Award as the Outstanding Academician, Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society for Public Administration.