VOLUME 23
NUMBER 13
March 29,  2000
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University Presents 14th Annual Spellman Achievement Awards
By Lisa James Goldsberry

   The University will honor 800 students with Spellman Achievement Awards at a special award ceremony  Sunday, April 2, at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The Spellman Achievement Awards  recognize the academic achievements of African American, Latino, Asian American, and Native American men and women studying at Albany. There were 80 more recipients of the Spellman certificate for academic achievement this year than last.
    Awards are given in the areas of scholarship, leadership and community service. The scholarship awards are given to those who earn a GPA of 3.0 or better. The leadership award is given to students who lead organizations or groups and are instrumental in calling attention to issues of concern to students. The community service award recognizes students who have made a significant impact on both the University and the community at large.
    University President Karen R. Hitchcock and Vice President for Student Affairs James P. Doellefeld will be on hand to present the awards. "I am honored to recognize the Spellman Award recipients. Students being recognized for academic achievements are students in training for success," Doellefeld said.
    The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs established the awards program in 1986; a few years later, it was expanded to include recognition of outstanding student leadership and community service. "The awards allow the opportunity to profile and highlight these individuals who otherwise might not receive recognition for their hard work," said Anthony Torres, director of Multicultural Student Affairs.
    In 1989, both the programs and the awards presented were named in honor and memory of the late Seth W. Spellman Jr., who served the University with distinction for more than 20 years. He joined the faculty in 1967 as an associate professor of social welfare and in 1969 was appointed assistant to the president. In 1975, he became dean of the School of Social Welfare. He was also a professor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies, which he helped to establish.
     He received the University’s award for Excellence in Academic Service and, in 1984, was awarded the rank of Distinguished Service Professor by SUNY. Since the inception of the awards, the program has received strong support from the Spellman family, and each year Spellman’s son, Torin Spellman, is in attendance.
    The top honorees have been among the best and the brightest the University has to offer. Those top award winners are:

Freshman Class
Amicah A. Bullen
Richard K. Prou
Alexandra J. Rodriguez
Hector I. Mejia
Michiko Sato
Francis Kim

Sophomore Class
Lekeasha N. Hales
Joseph Edmondson
Lisa Hernandez
Javier Guerrero
Jieun Kim
Toar D. Mewengkang

Junior Class
Amma F. Agyemang
Edward L. Scott
Leilani J. Rodreguez
Thomas P. Amenedo
Chia W. Hsu
Michael J. Jang

Senior Class
Sara L. Valencia
Clemmie Harris
Kristy M. Sullivan
Scott Lopez
Ragi S. Patel
Helmut D. Thelliyankal


Civil Rights Activist Bell to Speak at UAlbany
By Lisa James Goldsberry

    Renowned educator, lawyer and activist Derrick Bell will speak at the University at Albany Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom on the University's main campus. His lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session as well as a book signing.
    Bell’s speech, titled “Why, Knowing What I Know Now, I Would Have Dissented from Brown v. Board of Education,” is part of the President’s Speakers Series of the University Commission for Affirmative Action at UAlbany. University President Karen R. Hitchcock will provide the introduction.
     A visiting professor at New York University’s School of Law since 1991, Bell has a distinguished career as a civil rights activist and scholar. Credited with advancing the academic study of race and racism as a legal issue, Bell authored, in 1973, Race, Racism and American Law, which has become a standard law school text.
    Bell became Harvard Law School’s first black tenured law professor in 1969. In 1980, he became dean of the University of Oregon Law School, and returned to Harvard in 1986. He is famous for his stance while on the Harvard Law School faculty regarding the school’s failure to have any female African-Americans among the teaching faculty. When his protest continued beyond Harvard’s two-year limit on leaves of absence, he was dismissed.
    His early career included work with the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and with the legal arm of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, where he was recruited by former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Assigned to Mississippi in the midst of the civil rights movement, Bell represented blacks in hundreds of suits dismantling legal segregation in schools and public facilities. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa.


Department of Africana Studies Celebrates 30th Year
By Lisa James Goldsberry

   A conference on “Garveyism, Malcolm X, and Nkrumahism in the New Millenium” will be held at the University from Thursday, April 6, through Saturday, April 8, at various locations in the Campus Center. The cost is $50 for non-students or $25 a day and $25 for students or $10 a day. The event is part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the Department of Africana Studies.
    The objectives of the conference are to facilitate scholarly discussions of the Pan-Africanist visions of Garvey, Malcolm and Nkrumah and to examine how relevant their visions are in the 21st century.
    The conference will begin with an opening ceremony led by Kwadwo A. Sarfoh, chair of the Department of Africana Studies; Marcia Sutherland, a professor of Africana Studies; Ed Brown, of United Africa 2020; and Tony Martin, of Wellesley College. 
    Highlights of the conference will be discussion sessions. The first, on Garveyism, will be lead by Martin, Clinton Hutton from the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies, and Marcus Garvey, Jr. The second, on Malcolm X and Nkrumah, will be facilitated by James Turner of Cornell University; and Kofi Hadjor, of the University of California at Santa Barbara.
    The event will conclude with a Pan African Village Meeting on Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom, where speakers and attendees will address practical strategies for the African world’s development in the new millennium.


Ambassador to Lecture
By Carol Olechowski

    Erato Kozakou Marcoullis, the Republic of Cyprus’ Ambassador to the U.S., will visit the University Tuesday, April 11, at the invitation of President Karen R. Hitchcock. The ambassador will deliver an International Affairs Lecture, “Cyprus: The Goal of Reunification and Membership in the European Union,” at CESTM from 5 to 6 p.m. A reception will follow. 
    Marcoullis, who holds degrees from the universities of Helsinki (Finland) and Athens (Greece), has had a distinguished diplomatic career, serving her country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in several directorial and advisory capacities.  She has headed or joined numerous delegations to represent her nation at conferences and meetings around the world and has also been a member of the Permanent Mission of Cyprus to the United Nations. Marcoullis, who was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Sweden for two years, has served as her country’s representative to the U.S. since September 1998.  She is also accredited as High Commissioner to Canada and Ambassador to Brazil.
    UAlbany enjoys a longstanding relationship with Cyprus.  In addition to providing graduate fellowships for students from that nation, the University houses the Institute of Cypriot Studies. 


FYI
Restoring Justice Conference
    Is forgiveness possible when someone has harmed a loved one? Are there non-punishing alternatives to prison? What are the Navajo traditions when someone has committed a crime? What do certain family structures have to do with violence to and by children?
These are just some of the timely and controversial issues that will be explored by 12 nationally recognized scholars at a one-day conference: 
    “Restorative Justice: Healing Harms and Preventing Violence Among Youth,” Friday, April 14, from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Assembly Hall.
    The conference is sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice, with funding support from a grant by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. The conference is open to the public and free of charge.
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