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State Funds University Master Plan
With New York State’s pledge to invest $130
million in the University at Albany for new construction and renovation,
the campus has launched the first phase of a master plan that will include
several new buildings, and a reconfiguration of Perimeter Road and parking
to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.
The $130 million was included in the Higher
Education Capital Construction Plan approved in April by state leaders
as part of the 1998-99 New York State Budget.
University President Karen Hitchcock called
the budget “a turning point in the history of the University at Albany.”
The University’s master plan, which is designed
to be carried out in three phases between now and 2008, calls for up to
one million square feet of construction and renovations, including a new
life sciences building, public safety building, sculpture studio, and entry
building on the uptown campus, and renovations on the uptown and downtown
campuses. (See Spring ’98 issue of Albany.)
By realigning Perimeter Road, the main road
on the uptown campus, the University will move vehicle traffic and parking
out toward the residence hall quads and surround the main academic podium
with a “green area,” up to 400 feet wide of open spaces and pedestrian
Hoffmann Is Arts and Sciences Dean
Richard Hoffmann, a biologist whose research focuses on evolutionary genetics
and asexual reproduction, is the new dean of the University’s College of
Arts and Sciences. As he assumed that position on Aug. 1, he also joined
Albany’s Department of Biological Sciences as a full professor. Prior to
coming to Albany, he had served as interim dean of the College of Liberal
Arts and Science at Iowa State University.
Fallon, Malesky Named to University Council
Fallon, Malesky Named
to University Council
John R. Fallon, Jr., B.A.’77, M.P.A.’81, and
Thomas J. Malesky, Ed.D.’74, have been appointed by Gov. George Pataki
as members of the University Council, the local governing body of the campus.
Fallon is a partner in the New York City law
firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MaCrae, L.L.P. His practice focuses
on corporate acquisitions and divestitures, health care facility transactions,
project finance and oil and gas transactions.
Malesky is former chief of the Bureau of Educational
Finance Research and an associate in educational finance for the State
Education Department. Malesky, from Schuylerville, also has a long history
in New York State public school education, serving as principal of the
Schuylerville High School and superintendent of the Redwood School District
Interconnect Focus Center at University
The University at Albany and Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute have been chosen to participate in the prestigious
semiconductor industry Focus Center program. The major initiative, to be
headquartered at the University’s Center for Environmental Sciences and
Technology Management (CESTM), will conduct research for new generations
of more powerful computer chips, a key step in New York’s bid to attract
Participating with Albany and Rensselaer in the Focus Center at New
York are the University at Stony Brook and Cornell University. The University
at Albany and its partners were selected from among seven competing consortiums.
Gov. George Pataki, who announced Albany’s selection
Aug. 11 at a press conference at CESTM, said Albany and Rensselaer are
part of the national Focus Center in Interconnects, which includes Georgia
Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Stanford
Center Expands Efforts to Rebuild
The University’s Center for Legislative Development
(CLD) is expanding its efforts to help Lebanon rebuild its governmental
institutions, under terms of a $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Agency
for International Development (AID).
“This project is a component of Lebanon’s
effort to rebuild its government after a very destructive war,” said Abdo
Baaklini, center director. “As part of that process, the Parliament and
local government must acquire the institutional capacity to act as a full
partner in Lebanon’s developing democracy, and the center’s activities
will assist in that effort.”
The Center for Legislative Development has
been working to assist Lebanon since 1993.
Albany Programs Rank Among Elite
In its first-ever rating of public affairs
programs, U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked the University’s
Rockefeller College graduate programs in public administration, criminal
justice, information technology, and public finance and budget among the
In the rankings, Rockefeller College’s master’s
in public administration program tied for 11th in the nation (among 248
public affairs programs) with Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Albany’s program in criminal justice policy
was ranked No.3 in the nation, information policy and management was No.4,
public management was tied with American University at No.7, and public
finance and budget was ranked No.9.
In other U.S. News rankings, Albany’s Ph.D.
program in sociology was tied for 21st with Ohio State University and Johns
Hopkins University, the University’s psychology Ph.D. program was ranked
53rd (with the clinical psychology specialty ranked 20th); and the School
of Education was ranked No. 49.
The Association of State and Provincial Psychology
Boards ranked the University’s clinical psychology program 10th out of
183 in the U.S. and Canada in how well graduates perform on the Examination
for Professional Practice in Psychology.
Daniel J. Hogarty, Jr., president and chief executive officer of The Troy
Savings Bank, and Dr. Anthony P. Tartaglia, professor of medicine and former
dean of Albany Medical College, were named as the 1998 Citizen Laureates
by the University at Albany Foundation.
The awards recognize individuals for significant
contributions to the community and academic world. Tartaglia received the
Academic Laureate Award and Hogarty received the Community Laureate Award.
Leslie "Bennie" Siegel
Leslie “Bennie” Siegel, 78, long-time equipment manager for the University’s
Athletic Department and a member of the University’s Sports Hall of Fame,
died on March 29 after a long illness.
Few colleges or universities have had a more
devoted employee or personal booster for their athletic programs than Albany
had in Siegel. A diminutive man with an at-times fiery temper, he was famed
for personally attending to broken equipment, connecting hundreds of athletes’
names to faces each year, and making sure that every uniform looked as
gleaming new as possible for each contest. He also assigned lockers to
teams, faculty and staff alike and mentored hundreds of work-study students.
Siegel also attended nearly every home contest
for every sport, cheering on Albany athletes as if they were family. Equipped
with a megaphone at football and basketball games, even after retirement,
he would lead the crowds with spelling out “Albany,” letter by letter,
sometimes stretching his body to form the letters.
He is survived by his wife and fellow friend
of the University, Sylvia Siegel, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren,
a brother, and a sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bennie
Siegel Scholarship Fund, c/o the University at Albany Foundation, AD 231,
Albany, NY 12222.
Awards and Honors
H. Bayley, dean of the University’s School of Criminal Justice, and
William Reid, a professor in the University’s School of Social Welfare,
have been named Distinguished Professors by the State University of New
York Board of Trustees.
Bayley, who joined the Criminal Justice faculty
in 1985 and became the School’s dean in 1995, is a leading expert on issues
of police behavior, not only in the U.S. but around the world. He was among
the first criminal justice scholars to spot the trend towards community
policing, and his work in that field, as well as in social control theory
and comparative policing, has helped define the field. His latest book,
Police for the Future, was selected by the Oxford University Press as the
lead book for a new series on crime and
Reid, an influential leader in the field of
social welfare, is principally known as the “inventor”
of the task-centered approach to social work. This brought about a significant
shift in how that work with individuals and families is viewed. His latest
work focuses on extending the task-centered model to work with families
of children at risk of school failure. A prodigious scholar, he has authored
or co-authored 14 books and more than 120 articles and chapters in scholarly
books and professional journals.
The rank of distinguished professor is conferred
on individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and
a distinguished reputation within a chosen field.
Sharona Wachs, cataloger in the University Libraries, was
awarded the 1997 Bibliography Award from the Research and Special Libraries
Division of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Wachs received the award,
including a $500 cash prize, for her publication American Jewish Liturgies:
A Bibliography of American Jewish Liturgy from the Establishment of the
Press in the Colonies through 1925.
Faerman, a professor in the University’s Department of Public Administration
and Policy, is the 1998 Collins Fellow. Faerman, who joined Albany’s faculty
in 1987, is nationally recognized for her expertise in public management
and organizational behavior and renowned on campus for her devotion to
students. The Collins Fellow
award recognizes outstanding service and commitment to the University
and is named for the late Evan R. Collins, who served the University as
president from 1949 to 1969.
Ironweed, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by University Professor
of English William
Kennedy, is now being cited as one of the top 100 English-language
novels of the 20th century.
The top 100 were selected by the editorial
board of the Modern Library, a division of Random House.
Ironweed, the story of hobo hero Francis
Phelan set in the 1930s in Albany, was ranked 92nd. No. 1 on the list was
Ulysses by James Joyce.
Ironweed won the Pulitzer Prize for
Fiction in 1984. Kennedy, who is director of the University-based New York
State Writers Institute, is also the author of The Ink Truck, Legs, Billy
Phelan’s Greatest Game, O Albany!, Quinn’s Book, Very Old Bones, Riding
the Yellow Trolley Car, and The Flaming Corsage.
National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Albany publisher Joel Blumenthal
to spend a year “on loan” from the University, working as a Public Affairs
Specialist in the NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs in Arlington,
Virginia. Blumenthal, who began his assignment August 17, will be responsible
for obtaining media coverage of NSF-funded research in the areas of Social
and Behavioral Sciences, Eco-nomics and Engineering. He has led the University
at Albany’s public relations and publications efforts since September 1990
as Associate Vice President for Advancement/University Relations.
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