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UAlbany Community Day Oct. 10: The World Within Reach

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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Community Day

The annual Community Day features activities, demonstrations, tours and exhibits showcasing UAlbany’s rich diversity, school pride, and the ways in which the University puts the world within reach.

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 5, 2009) -- The University at Albany will welcome neighbors, students, faculty and alumni for the annual UAlbany Community Day, Oct. 10, 2009, 8:30 a.m.--3 p.m.

Across the campus, dozens of activities, demonstrations, tours and exhibits will showcase UAlbany’s rich diversity, school pride, and the many ways in which the University puts the world within reach.

Students and Green Scene
As part of its Green Scene efforts, the University will host a Farmer's Market, with local vendors offering fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised beef, fresh baked goods, sausages and hamburgers, cider and cider doughnuts, homemade jams, and homemade food items.

Student showcase their skills and interests in demonstrations including a display of hip-hop dancing by the student group Knemesis, recently featured on BET. Students will offer demonstrations -- and lessons -- in salsa, the ancient art of belly dancing, and mixed martial arts, framed by the a cappella sounds of the student groups Earth Tones and Serendipity.

Faculty Show Off
UAlbany faculty will display their expertise in a series of presentations. In the lecture "H-1, N-1, B-Ready," Public Health Professor Ed Waltz discusses the swine flu virus and deflates the hype behind the national story. Professor Lynn Warner offers an overview of the use of medication in treating children with emotional, medical, and substance abuse problems.

School of Education specialist Lisa Grippo-Gardner tackles meeting the educational needs of special needs children, and Professor Warren Roberts of the History Department explores the famous Battle of Saratoga. Professor and NASA consultant John Delano of the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences explains the agency's active search for life in space. John Hicks, interim director of the UAlbany Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (NEFRI) presents "Forensic Science in Fact and Fiction: The CSI Effect," using case examples to show how DNA technology has helped solve crimes and exonerate innocent suspects.

The faculty of the Physics Department  and the Cyberphysics Lab will discuss the latest in physics advancements, as well as demonstrate robot technology by sending their bots through the hallways of the physics building. Professor George Berg will demonstrate how robots are used in instruction and research at the University.

Business Briefs
UAlbany Career Services will present information on how UAlbany student interns are boosting businesses, non-profit organizations of all kinds, and the work of government agencies. Several students who are making a positive difference for organizations around the region will be on hand.

UAlbany's Small Business Development Center, named among the top 10 such centers in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration, will present information on its no-cost market research, financial analysis, and counseling and training programs that help start and expand our region’s small businesses.

Dogs at Work
A sheepherding demonstration and exhibition of training and skill by Bianca, the University Police Department's newest K-9 member, round out UAlbany staff demonstrations.

Once the sheep are herded, kids can join the UAlbany Green Scene and explore, through arts and crafts, the world of environmental sustainability.

Guided and self-guided tours will be offered to the UAlbany Weather Center, where future meteorologists learn their craft, the University Art Museum, University Libraries, and the signature modernist architecture of campus designer Edward Durell Stone.

UAlbany Community Day is free and open to the public. Afternoon events include a tailgate party and UAlbany’s Homecoming Game.

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Educationally and culturally, the University at Albany-SUNY puts "The World Within Reach" for its 18,000 students. An internationally recognized research university with 58 undergraduate majors and 128 graduate degree programs, UAlbany is a leader among all New York State colleges and universities in such diverse fields as public policy, nanotechnology and criminal justice. With a curriculum enhanced by 300 study-abroad opportunities, UAlbany launches great careers. For more information about this globally ranked University, visit www.albany.edu. For UAlbany's extensive roster of faculty experts, visit www.albany.edu/news/experts.shtml.

Kelly Virkler, '09, Department of Chemistry
UAlbany Students

In three and a half years at UAlbany, Kelly Virkler leaves with a Ph.D. and international attention for groundbreaking work related to crime scene forensic evidence.

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