||New York State to
Provide $15 Million for Computer Chip R&D Center Extension at CESTM
By Vinny Reda
Governor George E. Pataki,
Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
were at CESTM on Tuesday to announce $15 million in funding to attract
additional hi-tech investments through the construction of a 300-millimeter
computer wafer pilot research and development facility. The funding will
go to the University's Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) and create
a new wing of CESTM.
The funding will support a
$55 million pilot prototyping center that builds upon the semiconductor
thin film research being done at the CAT. Thin film technology is used
to create computer chips, solar cells, lasers, high-resolution displays
President Karen R. Hitchcock
thanked the political leaders and the high tech industry representatives
present for their support in this newest expansion of UAlbany microelectronics
research. “Governor Pataki, Senate Majority Leader Bruno and Assembly Speaker
Silver have made strategic, long-term investments in our University's partnership
with the semiconductor industry that will greatly advance the economic
vitality of the State,” said the President.
“This most recent investment
in the research, development and workforce training facility speaks to
their vision and commitment to the state's universities and the future
of New York,” she added.
SUNY Chancellor Robert King
said, “Thanks to the work done here at the University at Albany, New York
State and the Capital District are at the cutting edge of semiconductor
Gov. Pataki concurred: “This
film technology is critical to many industries today and will become even
more important in the coming decades. And, as experience has shown in other
areas of the country, where these investments are made in our intellectual
capital, the returns in new businesses, jobs and economic growth are dramatic.”
The facility will be
a shared, state of the art chip facility consisting of clean-room space
to provide a particle-free environment for the manufacture of silicon wafers.
The project includes the 300-millimeter pilot manufacturing, business incubator
space, and a workforce training initiative.
“The expansion of the
CESTM facility is a pioneering and unique initiative,” said Senator Bruno.
“It is a marriage of academic research and high technology economic development
that will be a one-stop shop for industry needs. This facility will be
a major attraction for high-tech businesses and jobs throughout the entire
Assembly Speaker Silver noted
his chamber's early support for the CESTM extension. “I am proud the Assembly
first proposed New York State invest in this exciting project and am continually
impressed by the dramatic steps the University at Albany is taking to bring
it to reality,” said Silver.
New York State has provided
$10 million through the Empire State Development Corporation to assist
with facility construction. Industry will provide funding for the tools
and equipment to build the chips, which will cost up to $200 million. The
facility will have three purposes:
1. Pilot manufacturing where companies such as
IBM, Motorola or Intel would have the facility test and trouble-shoot equipment
for use by the companies;
2. Business incubation space for smaller local
high-tech companies that do not require daily use of clean-room facilities;
3. A workforce-training center consisting of a
fully electronic 100-seat classroom that will also provide Internet-based
instruction across the state, including the community colleges. The program
will provide short-course training on advanced semiconductor manufacturing
practices, followed by hands-on, on-site training at the CAT.
UAlbany's CAT has developed
partnerships with more than 80 microelectronics companies, including IBM,
Motorola, Texas Instruments, Intel, and 25 Capital Region firms. The Governor's
Office noted that, since 1994, the State has dedicated more than $65 million
toward hi-tech efforts at the University. Governor Pataki has also voiced
support for new biotech initiatives at UAlbany's East Campus.
||Campaign for the Libraries Tops
$3.5M; Captures Kresge Challenge Grant
By Carol Olechowski
Thanks to the generosity of more than 3,000
donors and to a $500,000 challenge grant from The Kresge Foundation, the
University at Albany has raised $3.8 million in private funds to help equip
its libraries as state-of-the-art interchanges on the Information Superhighway.
“With a final surge of generosity in late
1999, we exceeded our original campaign goal of $3.5 million by more than
$300,000,” announced George M. Philip, co-chair of the Campaign for the
Libraries, at a recent meeting of The University at Albany Foundation,
which leads University fund-raising efforts. “We are deeply grateful for
the overwhelming support of so many.”
Launched in April 1998, the Campaign for the Libraries
sought to raise $3 million by the end of 1999 and thereby earn a $500,000
Kresge Foundation challenge grant. At the final stroke of 1999, donors
had contributed $3,302,291. The Kresge grant raised the final total to
The funding, explained Philip, a 1969 (B.A.) and
1973 (M.A.) UAlbany alumnus, will support “computers, workstations, digital
workshops, and other state-of-the-art equipment worthy of one of the most
highly regarded academic research libraries in the U.S.” In turn, that
equipment will make possible “a number of advances in computing and telecommunications
The library project marked an important private-public
partnership for the University. New York State provided $26.6 million to
construct and equip the new library. The Campaign for the Libraries then
sought $3.5 million in private support to fully update and coordinate the
facility with UAlbany's other two libraries - the Main Library on the Uptown
Campus and the Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library on the Downtown Campus.
Toward this purpose, Philip, CEO of the New York
State Teachers Retirement System, and campaign co-chair Hans J. Naumann,
chairman and CEO of Simmons Machine Tool Corp., worked with University
staff and volunteers to develop a coordinated, campus-wide effort. Other
campaign leaders included Dean and Director of Libraries Meredith Butler;
1975 alumnus Jeremy Schrauf, chair of UAlbany's Library Development Committee;
and professors Bonnie Spanier and David Brown, co-chairs of the faculty
portion of the fund-raising endeavor.
University President Karen R. Hitchcock praised
the efforts of these leaders in bringing the campaign to a successful conclusion.
“I also want to thank the thousands of donors who, through their generous
response to the Campaign for the Libraries, expressed their faith in the
University's commitment to expand its education, research, and service
mission by further enhancing its library facilities and its technological
capabilities,” she said.
“UAlbany promises to become one of the most vital
stops along the Information Superhighway,” said Hitchcock, “not only for
our students and faculty, but for people throughout the Capital Region,
the nation, and the world. And that's a very exciting prospect for all
Philip noted that 2,966 individuals - including his fellow alumni,
UAlbany Foundation members, parents, faculty, and staff - and 95 groups
contributed to the campaign. Among the latter were 58 corporations sponsoring
matching-gifts programs, 22 other corporations, eight UAlbany alumni classes,
four service organizations and three foundations.
University at Albany Vice President for Advancement
Robert R. Ashton said that the library project is another in a series of
public-private partnerships that UAlbany has pursued. “When you stop to
think that only about 20 percent of the University's operating budget comes
from tax dollars - compared with 80 percent a dozen years ago - you can
see why private support is so necessary to provide the margin of excellence
at UAlbany,” said Ashton.
The largest single commitments to the Campaign for
the Libraries were the $500,000 Kresge grant and the like amount pledged
by Barnes & Noble College Bookstores.
UAlbany alumni contributed a total of $638,680,
with leadership gifts from Dorothy G. Griffin ’34, Hedy Schwartz Bagatelle
’60, Robert (’77) and Dorothy (’78) Matza, Cynthia and Peter Bulger ’77,
and Jean Edgcumbe Groff ’38. Two bequests totaled $205,000: $161,000 from
the estate of Distinguished Service Professor of English M.E. Grenander,
and $44,000 from the estate of Augusta R. Brown ’30.
More than $1.3 million came in the form of corporate
gifts from firms such as the Coca-Cola Company, Albany International Corp.,
Trans World Entertainment Corp., Dell Computer Company, and Hannaford Corp.
Gifts from alumni classes, parents, and service
organizations totaled $431,863. This group of supporters included the University
at Albany Alumni Association; the classes of ’82, ’48, ’73, and ’78; the
University at Albany Benevolent Association; and the UAlbany Parents’ Fund.
Friends of the University at Albany Foundation contributed
$310,773, with leadership gifts donated by J. Spencer and Patricia J. Standish,
the Hans J. Naumann family, Nolan Altman, George R. Hearst III, Susan (’77)
and Nolan (’77) Altman, Karen and Timothy Welles ’81, Rex S. Ruthman, Esq.
’64 and Elisabeth A. Ruthman Ph.D. ’74, Harold C. Hanson, Esq. ’63, John
J. Nigro, Alan Goldberg, and George McNamee. Faculty and staff contributed
$170,940; lead gifts came from emeritus professor of physics Raymond Benenson,
UAlbany Libraries Director Meredith Butler, and emeritus professor of mathematics
George E. Martin ’54.
Apart from the Kresge gift, foundation giving totaled
$185,000. These donors included the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the
Equinox Foundation, and the Swyer Family Foundation.
|Kendall Previews N.Y. Primary
By Carol Olechowski
When the results were tallied
for the Republican contenders in the February 1 New Hampshire primary,
reporters and politicos alike were stunned when Arizona Senator John McCain
snatched victory from the candidate generally expected to win, Governor
George W. Bush of Texas. One observer who wasn't taken by surprise was
Kathleen E. Kendall of the University at Albany's Department of Communication.
In fact, Kendall cautioned
as long ago as last July 4, in an opinion piece for the Times Union, that
“victory for Bush is far from certain.” Wrote the highly respected teacher
and political observer: “The Republicans appear to think that by
uniting behind the front-runner early, they can mount a confident and winning
campaign. But they are forgetting the primaries.”
Kendall herself definitely
did not forget the primaries. As she has every four years since 1988, Kendall
also hit the campaign trail, so to speak.
She spent the last nine days
of the New Hampshire primary campaign conducting research for an intensive
analysis of communication in the Bush campaign. Carrying a press pass from
WAMC, a National Public Radio affiliate in the Capital Region, Kendall
attended ten Bush events, watched the candidate speak, and interviewed
members of the press. She also did three interviews with NPR.
In addition to observing Bush
herself, Kendall wanted to gauge public reaction to him. “A graduate student
distributed questionnaires at three Bush events so that I could see what
people thought of his communication before and after the event. I also
collected newspapers covering the events, and arranged for the videotaping
of network news coverage and of coverage by New Hampshire TV station WMUR.
I wanted to provide a thorough analysis of the ‘struggle for interpretive
dominance’ among the three main participants in any campaign: the candidate,
the media, and the voters,” recalls Kendall. She will share her research
findings in a paper for the National Communication Association convention
in Seattle next fall.
“I was impressed by Bush’s
large and efficient organization,” she notes. During her stay, however,
she also had the opportunity to observe McCain on several occasions. “He
was in New Hampshire 65 days and held 114 town meetings all over the state,”
Kendall explains. That particular forum “allowed McCain to reach many people
and keep his campaign going despite the fact that he didn't have much money.”
The two candidates “were very
different in their presentations,” observes Kendall. “McCain comes to an
event with everyone knowing he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for five
years; his book has given him a lot of attention. He is very quiet. McCain
speaks for about 20 minutes, then answers questions. He lets the audience
ask many questions - that's a risky thing to do, allow the audience to
define the agenda - and I think it builds admiration and makes the candidate
seem confident. McCain answers questions in a clear, informed way. And
he often admits, before responding to a question, that the audience may
not like his answer.”
Bush, on the other hand, “is
dynamic in his delivery but more vague in the statements he makes. He talks
about taxes, education, and parenthood. In fact, Bush speaks about parenthood
a lot - about how it's the most important job anyone can have,” says Kendall.
“All the candidates like to
be seen as fighters,” she adds, “and it seemed to me last year already
that McCain was going to have the mantle of ‘fighter’ placed on him by
the media. He describes himself as a ‘maverick,’ and he was a navy pilot
and a war hero, so, in a literal sense, he is a fighter.” McCain’s repeated
attempts to make campaign finance reform a reality have enhanced his feisty
reputation. So did his ultimately successful bid to be placed on the ballot
in New York's March 7 primary, which Kendall characterizes as “a David
vs. Goliath media story.”
As the campaign in New Hampshire
continued, polls showed McCain closing the gap with Bush. “I thought McCain
was going to win, but I had no idea he was going to win by so large a margin
- 19 points,” Kendall notes.
New Hampshire is small; most
of its 1.2 million residents live in the southern part of the state, Kendall
points out, and it is “not very diverse and not at all urban.” Still, the
Granite State is significant in terms of presidential politics: In nearly
every primary since 1952, New Hampshire voters “have been prescient” in
predicting which candidate would eventually become president. (The one
exception was the 1992 contest; the late Paul Tsongas, a Senator from Massachusetts
at the time, won that year. Bill Clinton placed second.)
The people of New Hampshire
take their responsibility as voters seriously, according to Kendall. “They
have a reputation; they see themselves as sort of an advance guard for
the rest of the country. They enjoy the speeches, the debates, and the
handshaking, and they expect the candidates to answer their questions.
New Hampshire schoolchildren are even encouraged to study candidates and
After the February primaries
in Delaware, South Carolina, and several other states, the candidates’
next stops will include New York. Kendall is pleased that voters in the
Empire State will go to the polls earlier this year for the presidential
primary. Previously, New Yorkers cast their primary votes in April, and
by that time, many of the contenders had dropped out of the race. “I’m
glad New York is going to be part of the decision this time,” Kendall says.
By mid-February, Gary Bauer
and Steve Forbes had already bowed out of the campaign. What does Kendall
foresee for March 7?
“New York could be the graveyard
of some of the candidates,” she predicts. “It will be do-or-die here for
Bill Bradley. Al Gore is organized and very well known; he can count on
the support of the state's Democratic party leaders. But Bradley has the
advantage of coming from an adjoining state (New Jersey) and of being a
sports star. If McCain wins South Carolina, then the strength of the Bush
campaign will diminish, and it will be a hard-fought race in New York.
I think McCain will win here. But New York doesn’t allow Independents to
vote in primaries, so I’m probably wrong!” Kendall laughs.
In the meantime, Kendall urges
her fellow New Yorkers to prepare for Primary Day: “There’s still time
to look at the candidates.”