|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
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:
Amicah A. Bullen
Richard K. Prou
Alexandra J. Rodriguez
Hector I. Mejia
Lekeasha N. Hales
Toar D. Mewengkang
Amma F. Agyemang
Edward L. Scott
Leilani J. Rodreguez
Thomas P. Amenedo
Chia W. Hsu
Michael J. Jang
Sara L. Valencia
Kristy M. Sullivan
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
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
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
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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