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volume 24, Number 9, January 25, 2001

V. Mark Durand to Serve as Interim Dean

University Library Renovations

Sexuality Week

UAlbany Roller Hockey

Dolores Cimini and Daniel A. Trujillo Awarded

Commencement to Have a New Look

Avon Grant Gives Scholarships

UAlbany in the News

CTG Releases Insider's Guide

Building a Laboratory on a Chip

United Way Campaign

Celebrate Black History Month

UAlbany to Create Major Northeastern Center for Jewish Studies
President Karen R. Hitchcock has announced plans to create a Center for Jewish Studies that will eventually establish Albany as the hub of Jewish studies for the State University of New York system and for public higher education in the Northeast. Full Story

Honorary Degree to be Awarded to John Lewis
The Honorable John Lewis, United States Representative for the 5th Congressional District of Georgia and a major civil rights activist, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University at Albany on Thursday, Feb. 15. The honorary degree convocation will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center (PAC). This is the highest honor bestowed by the State University of New York system. Full Story

Center for Excellence
UAlbany and its Institute for Materials (UAIM) will be big winners if Gov. George Pataki’s proposal to create a Center for Excellence in Nanotechnology becomes a reality. Full Story

Butler Named Distinguished Librarian by SUNY Trustees; Alba and Logan Honored as Distinguished Professors
Meredith Butler, director of the University Libraries and dean of the Library Faculty, has been appointed as the State University of New York’s first Distin-guished Librarian by the SUNY Board of Trustees. In addition, UAlbany professors Richard Alba and John Logan have been appointed distinguished professors. Full Story

VTI Boosts Medical, Drug Research
A firm located at UAlbany’s Rensselaer County venue is playing an important role in developing products designed to aid medical researchers in studying and understanding cancer, coronary disease, and atherosclerosis. Full Story

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Karen Hitchcock with Max

President Karen R. Hitchcock and her dog, Max, cheer on the Giants, who play in the Super Bowl Sunday. UAlbany Director of Athletics Lee McElroy said, “Hosting the Giants (at summer training camp) means that we have an opportunity to partner with a great organization that emphasizes quality, excellence, and service. Through the Giants training camp, UAlbany works to enhance the quality of life in the Capital Region.”

Vice President for Student Affairs James Doellefeld added, “The Giants have consistently lauded the UAlbany facilities, food and staff performance. The UA/Giants training camp partnership is producing on-field results. Coach (Jim) Fassel told President Hitchcock, Dr. McElroy and me last summer that this Giants team was special in terms of ‘togetherness.’ And ‘together’ the Giants are in the Super Bowl.” (AP photo/Tim Roske)