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Students Move into Newly Renovated Montauk Hall
One hundred and thirteen students moved from Steinmetz Hall on State Quad into newly renovated Montauk Hall on Indian Quad to start the Spring 2001 semester, according to Laurie Garafola, director of Residential Life. About $1.7 million was spent on renovations, which included upgrading the fire alarm system as well as installing new sprinklers, floors, doors, lights, and ceilings. Bathrooms were gutted and new ceramic tile installed. In addition, the renovations included a fully handicapped-accessible room on the first floor.

UAlbany student Allison Landmesser, said, “I enjoy living in Montauk Hall because it is very comfortable. The rooms and halls are much brighter and bigger than where we used to live, Steinmetz Hall. Also, studying rooms are now more accessible. It is easier to study in these rooms than it is to study in your own room.

Another student, sophomore Kris Barth, said, “Recently I had a chance to become a resident assistant here in the newly renovated Montauk Hall. Not knowing how nice it would be, I still jumped at the chance. When I was able to see the building for the first time, I was truly surprised. The rooms are quite exceptional in size and in design. The feel of the new building inspires pride and a newfound willingness to be a larger part of the University community. These improvements to the building are more than just superficial; they represent the commitment of the University to constantly improve the quality of life for students.”

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UAlbany in the News

The creation of the University’s new Center for Judaic Studies was covered recently by the Algemeiner Journal, the largest circulation Jewish weekly newspaper in the country.

In other news, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Feb. 2 reported on the findings of UAlbany sociologists Don Hernandez and Nancy Denton, who found that between half a million and two million poor children were not counted in the 1990 census. Their study underscores the need for accurate data in 2001. Hernandez and Denton conducted the study for the Presidential Members of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board.

The New York Daily News quoted reading professor Virginia Goatley, an expert on literacy instruction, in a Jan. 30 story about the New York State fourth grade reading and writing exam. In another story, Edward Salsberg, a UAlbany research professor in the School of Public Health and director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies, was quoted in The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 1 in a story about worker shortages in hospitals across the nation.

Enhancing UAlbany’s profile around the world, the Center for Legislative Development was featured in an article in the English language newspaper The Daily Star of Lebanon. According to Nan Carroll of the center, “The Daily Star is read world wide and in particular by the diplomatic corps, so this is terrific coverage for us.”

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Master Plan
Winter Progress

By Christine McKnight

Life Sciences Building: The SUNY Construction Fund has formally awarded a $42.69 million construction contract to Northland Associates for the new Life Sciences Building. The Syracuse firm has already begun site preparation work for the 194,000-square-foot facility, which will go up at the east end of the academic podium. Ground-breaking ceremonies are expected to be held in the spring. The overall project budget is $67 million.

Former Administration Building: Employees of MLB Industries, the contractor for this $6.2 million renovation project, are putting up sheet rock and roughing in electrical, heating and plumbing systems. The project, which is scheduled for completion in January of 2002, will convert the University’s former Administration Building into academic space for the College of Arts and Sciences. A new Administration Building is planned for a site on the east side of Collins Circle and north of the Fine Arts Building. Projects Completed

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Jeryl Mumpower Named Fellow of Society for Risk Analysis
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies Jeryl Mumpower has been named a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), an international forum for the discussion of issues in risk analysis, management and policy.

The designation, which honors substantial achievement in science and public policy relating to risk analysis, reflects Mumpower’s significant contributions to the field.

Mumpower, who is also a professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, has done extensive research in the areas of risk analysis, negotiation and bargaining, environmental policy, and judgment and decision-making processes. A member of UAlbany’s faculty since 1984, he has written or edited nine books and more than 45 articles and book chapters in his research areas. In 1998-99, Mumpower worked at National Science Foundation (NSF) headquarters in Arlington, Va., as manager of the Decision, Risk and Manage-ment Science Program. Through its meetings and publications, the 2,500-member SRA fosters a dialogue on health, ecological, and engineering risks and natural hazards, and their socio-economic dimensions.

Mumpower was selected a Fellow at the Society’s annual meeting in December in Washington, D.C.

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New Faculty
By John Morris III

Traci Mach is teaching Applied Econometrics and Labor Economics as a new assistant professor in the Department of Ecoomics. “She is an authority on welfare reform and has extensive experience working with large data sets,” said Michael Sattinger, department chair.

Mach graduated from Ohio State University with a Ph.D. in economics. She specializes in welfare and poverty, labor economics, and econometrics. Her dissertation focused on how welfare reform affected individual behavior and how long people stayed in the system. An article based on her dissertation research is under revision for the Journal of Human Resources: “Measuring the Impact of Family Caps on Childbearing Decisions.” As part of her graduate assistantship, she served as project manager for the Ohio Closed Welfare Cases Study for the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State. “The study was designed to document how former welfare recipients were faring since their case closure,” said Mach.

Her research also includes youth and delinquency. “She brings important grant application skills to the department and the University,” said Sattinger. The Bureau of Labor Statistics gave Mach a grant to write a paper for the National Longitudinal Study of Youths ’97 Early Results Conference. She studied the correlation between the criminal involvement of youths, the schools they attend, and how school programs may deter delinquent behavior. She recently received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to conduct further research. Mach has also begun researching poverty trends and determinants that follow divorce.

Stephanie McFall joins UAlbany’s School of Public Health as an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior. She is the director for the track in social, behavioral, and community health.

Edward L. Hannan, department chair, said, “Our department is very fortunate to have Stephanie McFall as a new faculty member. Dr. McFall is a distinguished scholar and teacher who has a wide range of interests and publications in gerontology, health services research, health education, and health behavioral interventions.

“Currently, Dr. McFall is teaching two very important courses in our curriculum, an introductory course in social and behavioral aspects of public health, and a course in evaluation of health programs and policies. She is also proving to be instrumental as a mentor for students writing master’s theses.”

McFall was an associate professor with tenure at the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the health status and quality of life of older persons and preventive health behaviors. A current project, with colleagues from Oklahoma, examines prostate cancer screening, a health decision for which there are controversial guidelines and serious consequences for quality of life. McFall has been recognized as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

McFall came to the University because of its close association with the New York State Department of Health. McFall says she looks forward to working with the state agency based on her past involvement with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Eliot Rich has been a visiting and adjunct lecturer at the University for the past four years. Entering his fifth year as a lecturer in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems in the School of Business, he is teaching classes in systems analysis and Java programming. He has also taught expert systems, computer programming, and computer networking.

Department chair Giri Kumar Tayi said, “Eliot brings a unique blend of practical experience and sound analytical training in designing and implementing information systems in real world organizations. Having such a skill is rather rare for a straight academic faculty member. He has already made a mark in enhancing the quality of the information systems course offerings both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.”

Rich has a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, where he was awarded a Kennedy School Fellowship. After completing his degree, he worked as a systems designer and development manager for 10 years. Here at Albany, he is a doctoral student of information science with a primary specialization in information decision systems. Rich is working on his dissertation: “Modeling the Dynamics of Organizational Learning,” a study of how “knowledge-intensive organizations manage their intellectual capital.”

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Community Service Fair
By Jesse Diaz
Representatives from community service agencies were available Jan. 31 at the Lecture Center Concourse and Feb. 1 in the Campus Center Ballroom to distribute volunteer information and answer questions. An estimated 53 non-profit agencies answered students’ questions about volunteering.

The Division of Student Affairs and the Presidential Honor Society sponsored the two-day event. The Community Service Fair provided the opportunity to learn about volunteering in the Capital Region. Since the students signing up at the event in most cases will not receive academic credit for volunteering, they simply wanted to help out.

On the second day of the fair, an estimated 25 agencies were present from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. Some of the agencies included the Salvation Army, Citizen Action of New York, the Homeless Action Committee, and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood. There was an array of volunteer agencies to suit the tastes of potential student volunteers.

Michael Cohen was one of several students throughout the day to go and see which agencies were on campus. Cohen, a junior majoring in business administration, said, “I figured it was about time to do something.” He said volunteering his time for the community was “something to feel good about.” Cohen visited the tables of three community service agencies before deciding to sign up with the YMCA to coach youth basketball.

Erin Donnelly of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and Akili Duncan of Easter Seals New York were among those on hand to answer questions and introduce their programs.

Donnelly is a member of The Nature Conservancy, one of several groups on the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. The commission’s goal is to protect and preserve the Albany Pine Bush ecosystem. Volunteers may contribute to this effort through a variety of operations. Donnelly was helpful in introducing a few of the many hands-on conservation tasks volunteers may perform. She said they mark, clear, and maintain trails in the Albany Pine Bush, plant and monitor native species, and educate young children about ecosystems.

Easter Seals New York, one of the first organizations to aid people with disabilities, was also present. Duncan, a program coordinator and Camp Colonie director, was on hand to inform potential volunteers about Easter Seals programs and goals. Duncan, who was in human services for 10 years before joining the organization a year ago, is responsible for networking in communities. He said he is especially interested in helping those with disabilities in such under-funded communities as Troy and New York City’s Harlem. Duncan illustrated the wide range of services Easter Seals New York provides, like camps for children, educational programs, and annual events for disabled people and their families. The organization also donated buildings to accommodate the spatial and educational needs of those with disabilities. Duncan noted that volunteers have many options available to them with Easter Seals New York.

Each community service agency at the fair had a table for brochures and visuals. Throughout the day, a few students would sift in and walk to different tables. Students who attended had the opportunity to speak with as many volunteer agencies as they wished.

Carr Honored with Governor’s African American Leaders Award
By Lisa James Goldsberry

Carson Carr, Jr., associate vice president for Academic Affairs and director of UAlbany’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), is one of the first individuals ever to be honored with the Governor’s Tribute to African American Leaders of Excellence in State Service Award. The newly established award is one of the Empire State’s highest honors for state service.

The award was presented during the annual New York State African American Kick-off Celebration on Feb. 6 in the State Museum Auditorium at the Empire State Plaza.

“Carson Carr is a great asset to the University at Albany, and we are proud that his accomplishments, long recognized by the University, continue to be acknowledged outside the University,” said Carlos Santiago, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “We are appreciative of his contributions to UAlbany, our students, and the broader community.”

Since joining the UAlbany staff in 1985, Carr has doubled the EOP graduation rate, from 25 percent at the time of his arrival to above 50 percent - giving UAlbany one of the highest rates among the State University of New York system’s 50 EOP programs. The retention rate for UAlbany’s EOP students is higher than that of traditional students, and the program was cited as one of the six best programs in the nation by Noel Levitz retention consultants.

In addition to directing EOP, Carr oversees all UAlbany support services. Under his leadership, the University has instituted an extensive study group plan, the Faculty Mentoring Program, and a study skills manual for freshmen. Such initiatives have earned him numerous honors, including a New York State Assembly citation. Carr recently secured a four-year, $760,000 Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program grant for UAlbany to support professional career interests of students of color considering graduate study.

A native of Philadelphia, Carr earned his Ed.D in educational management from Syracuse University and his master’s degree from Seton Hall University. Prior to accepting the EOP position at Albany, he administered similar programs at Cheyney State University in Pennsylvania, Cornell University and LeMoyne College. He also has experience as a high school principal, a teacher of high school and junior high school mathematics, and a college faculty member.

Hernandez and Denton on Census Undercount of Poor Children
Results of a study by UAlbany sociologists Donald Hernandez and Nancy Denton of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis were released Feb. 1 in Washington, D.C., by the Presidential Members of the U.S. Census Monitoring Board.

The study showed children in poverty are among the hardest hit by an inaccurate census. At least 532,769 and as many as 2,099,620 poor children were missed in the 1990 count, results showed.

“If we are to combat child poverty, we must first ensure that every child is counted in the census,” said Gilbert F. Casellas, presidential co-chair of the monitoring board. Children in poverty depend on federal programs, including Medicaid, Head Start, and Foster Care, that rely on census data. The study suggests that decisions about required funding levels for children could be adversely affected if corrected census data are not released in 2001. The study is the first to quantify the number of undercounted children in poverty nationwide. “We know children are disproportionately missed in the census, and our findings show the number of poor children is much larger than indicated by the 1990 census,” said Hernandez. “Our concern is that the 2000 count may reveal a similar pattern of poor children being inaccurately counted.”

Denton said, “Research like this is particularly important because it demonstrates the concrete effects of what some see as an abstract statistical discussion or partisan political argument over adjusting the census.”

Established in 1997, the Census Monitoring Board is a bipartisan board that monitors the Census Bureau’s conduct of the 2000 census. Its findings are reported every six months to Congress.

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New Exhibit, Work, on Display at the University Art Museum through Feb. 18
By Corinna Ripps Schaming

The University Art Museum’s latest exhibition, Work, which runs until Feb. 18, features video, photography, drawing, performance, and installation by nine emerging artists: Dexter Buell, James Cullinane, Lee Etheredge IV, Tara Fracalossi, Meighan Gale, David Kasdorf, Mark Lombardi, Josh Singer, and Richard Wager. Co-curated by UAlbany Fine Arts Professor Danny Goodwin and University Art Museum Exhibition Designer Zheng Hu, Work explores how current art practices are informed by the literal and metaphorical definitions of work. While the artists in Work vary in their formal and conceptual approaches to the subject, all share a sense of how contemporary culture simultaneously needs and disavows their artistic contributions. A closing reception for the artists, which is open to the public, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the University Art Museum.

In the show, Buell exhibits a 15-foot wooden wheel fabricated in his studio. In an accompanying video, the artist runs inside the wheel until it spins out of control and he is jettisoned across the studio. Reflecting on his Sisyphean efforts, Buell says, “In the face of the mass-produced image, the one that is carefully constructed by an individual in time is the thing that can stand out in opposition to the huge tide, not necessarily in its permanence but in its poignancy.”

Cullinane’s nine-foot drawings of children at play are made on-site by hand-pushing thousands of steel tacks into the wall. His images are culled from old rulebooks and blown-up to gargantuan proportions. Beneath their surface lies the suggestion that play (like work) can be a condition of oppressive force rather than an expression of free will. Etheredge’s mark-making tool of choice is the manual typewriter. It takes Etheredge more than a million hits at the typewriter to make one of his minimalist drawings - letter after letter, row after row, his accumulated marks become squares on edge, circles in a void, and bands of gray adrift.

Fracalossi finds discarded snapshots and takes them back to her studio, where she sorts them by categories, blows them up on a photocopier, or packs them away in hand folded archival envelopes. Her site-specific installations are an extension of her studio practices: photographs are writ large on the wall or hidden away in museum cases.

Gale’s work documents the gestures that make up her day: lifting, bending, soothing, waiting. These movements define the perimeters of domestic activity. Gale studies the moves, then choreographs a sequence of postures based on their expressive potential.

Kasdorf hand-builds tiny models of common things: row houses, kitchen furniture, bare mattresses. In one print, Kasdorf presents a nondescript interior lined with upright mattresses - a prefab little world of prohibited sleep and limited dreams.

Lombardi (1951-2000) draws on the major political and financial scandals of the day to create large-scale linear diagrams that, at first glance, look like celestial maps; a closer reading reveals the intricate web of connections lurking beneath current headlines. From Whitewater to the Vatican Bank, Lombardi uses dotted lines and broken arrows to chart the paths of illicit deals and laundered money, keeping track of it all in a handwritten database of 12,000 index cards.

Singer’s videos combine disparate elements of text, music, image, and the spoken word in an effort to disrupt the conventional ways in which we see things - crystalline images appear in momentary flashes only to be obliterated in sudden narrative shifts. In Singer’s videos, the poetic is always at the mercy of cinematic fracture. Working digitally, Singer allows the computer to dictate the creative process. For Work, he will present unedited work online and will allow the viewer to assist in further edits.

Richard Wager contemplates ignored spaces and things (a three-foot section of subway platform, a toothbrush, a plastic spoon, a standard light bulb). Through a series of routine efforts, he transforms the commonplace into glowing totemic moments.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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