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President Kermit Hall testified before the Assembly and Senate committees on higher education. With him is Zack Berkovich, president for the day.

UAlbany: Bigger, Better, Different
(November 22, 2005)
President Kermit L. Hall called for a greater investment in public higher education in his testimony Oct. 17 at a public hearing before the New York State Senate and Assembly committees on higher education. More>

Provost Susan Herbst at the Fall Faculty address.

Fall Faculty Address: Strengthening Enrollment, Undergraduate Education, and Supporting Faculty
(November 22, 2005)
President Kermit L. Hall gave an update on recent developments at the Fall Faculty Address Oct. 6 in the Campus Center Ballroom, and then welcomed Provost Susan Herbst. More>

President Kermit L. Hall and group in a symbolic ribbon-cutting for the new UAlbany facility.

Opening of Gen*NY*Sis Center
(November 22, 2005)
Officially, it's known as the University at Albany's Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics. But for the researchers located there; the state legislators who saw a need for it; and the individuals, foundations, and corporations pledging their financial support, the $45 million East Campus structure is actually a place of hope where a cure for cancer may be discovered. More>

From left: Deborah A. W. Read, vice president for University Development; President Kermit L. Hall; Norman E. Snyder, Jr.; Paul Leonard, dean of the School of Business; and student Zack Berkovich, president for the day.

Snyder Boosts Business School
(November 22, 2005)
When he first arrived on the University at Albany campus in fall 1979, Norman E. Snyder, Jr., B.S.'83, never anticipated that he would be helping the University and its School of Business score a "hat trick" in 2005. But that's exactly what happened Oct. 17 when Snyder announced that he was making the largest individual gift ever – $5 million – to establish an endowment in his name. More>

Joanne Woodard of North Carolina State University.

Diversity Training on the UAlbany Campus
(November 22, 2005)
Numerous workshops have been held this semester on the UAlbany campus to help faculty, staff, and students strengthen their skills at getting along with others from ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds that differ from their own. More>>

Addressing Personal Safety Issues on Alumni Quad and Downtown Campus
(November 22, 2005)
Safety at Alumni Quad and around the downtown area has become a concern for many, though the number of criminal incidents reported by the Albany Police Department (APD) involving UAlbany students for 2005 is down from both 2004 and 2003. More>>

Edward Schwarzschild

Responsible Men Shines
(November 22, 2005)
Assistant Professor of English Edward Schwarzschild has written a refreshing first novel, Responsible Men (Algonquin Books, $23.95). More>>

Attendance at Dippikill has nearly doubled in the last ten years, to 5,200 overnight guests in 2004.

Dippikill: 50 Years of "Our Own Little Walden"
(November 22, 2005)
One visit to Dippikill and it's easy to see why alumni, students, faculty, and staff who come here year after year from across the country and overseas – as if making an environmental pilgrimage – call this special place "the University at Albany's own little Walden." More>>

Devendra Potnis

UAlbany Grad Student Assists on e-Governance in India
(November 22, 2005)
Rockefeller College graduate student Devendra Potnis was selected as a student intern this summer by the United Nations' Asia Pacific Center for Transfer of Technology. He traveled to India, where he worked on a few of the challenging e-governance projects being carried out by the state government of Karnataka, one of the southernmost states in India. More>>

From left, Blanca Ramos, Bonnie Carlson, Mary McCarthy, and School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson with children at a daycare center in Peru.

SSW Travels to Peru
(November 22, 2005)
Associate Professor Blanca Ramos traveled to Peru this summer to meet with faculty and administrators at four Peruvian universities to continue exploring collaborative research initiatives with UAlbany's School of Social Welfare. More>>

Promising Inventors
(November 22, 2005)
The SUNY-wide patent and inventors recognition dinner was held Nov. 3 at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie. President Kermit L. Hall was the keynote speaker. The following UAlbany faculty were recognized as promising inventors. More>>


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Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Herbst has announced, on behalf of President Kermit Hall, the appointment of Sue Faerman as vice provost for undergraduate education for a three-year term, effective immediately. "In elevating Dr. Faerman to the Provostial level of the institution," said Hall, "we seek to underscore our emphasis on academics first at UAlbany, and our particular concern to give increased attention to the undergraduate program." In her new role, Faerman is responsible for the coordination of the academic experience of undergraduate students at the University. She works closely with the vice presidents, deans and faculty of the individual schools and colleges and with the Undergraduate Academic Council in developing, coordinating, and implementing undergraduate academic policy and curricula. She is responsible for University-wide undergraduate academic programs.

Hall has announced the appointment of Miriam Trementozzi as assistant to the president for strategic initiatives. Over her five years in the Office of the President, she has developed the University's engagement in regional arenas as varied as economic development, health care, and heritage programming. In her new position, she will help catalyze and advance opportunities of strategic importance to the University, connecting with a wider array of constituencies from the regional to international levels. Trementozzi's work includes: assisting the China Working Group, which is developing a strategy for greater UAlbany involvement in China; forging a partnership with Albany High School that will strengthen recruitment efforts; and assisting a group that will assess the campus environment. She continues to build strategic community and neighborhood relationships, such as the Midtown project, to enhance the quality of life for both the University community and its neighbors. In addition, she maintains her role in providing staff leadership to the Business-Higher Education Roundtable of the Capital Region.

Slavic and Eurasian studies Associate Professor Charles Rougle has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Rougle is teaching courses in Russian-English translation to students in Moscow at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Moscow State University. He also serves as co-director of the State University of New York Center on Russia and the United States, a SUNY-wide institution dedicated to developing scholarly and cultural contacts and exchanges.

According to a recent amendment to the Education Law, the SUNY Board of Trustees has been asked to change its rules to permit campuses to amend their local traffic and parking regulations to provide a veterans' exemption from parking or vehicle registration fees for students who are veterans.

Etienne Rouwette of Radboud University in the Netherlands will be a visiting scholar at UAlbany for several months, and will be located at the Center for Policy Research on the downtown campus. He will be involved in group model building research, attend projects with clients, and prepare for a conference in 2006.