In Brief

Final Candidate

The fifth candidate to interview for the position of University President was Scott G. McNall, provost and vice president for academic affairs at California State University, Chico. He was on campus March 31 - April 2, and attended a reception on April 1.

Formerly dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Toledo, McNall received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Oregon. His field is sociology. His resume is now available for review in the offices of the deans and the office of Sorrell E. Chesin, University Council secretary.

Scanning Classes

The Interactive Media Center, located in the lower level of the library, is now offering scanning instruction and facilities to the University community.

A Hewlett-Packard ScanJet 4C scanner, connected to a PC running Windows 95, is available for use upon presentation of a valid University ID card. Text scanning allows printed text to be converted to a computer-readable format which can then be edited using a standard work processing program. Image-scanning enables image types, such as black & white or color photos, halftones, or drawings, to be converted from print format to digital.

Instructional classes are offered in the following on a weekly basis when classes are in session: text scanning, Tuesdays, 3 p.m., and Fridays 11 a.m.; image scanning, Mondays, 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 11 a.m. New schedules will be effect for this summer and then again this fall.

Sign-up is at the Interactive Media Center service desk, ULB-41, by telephone at 442-3607, or by contacting Tae Yun, at e-mail tyun@cnsvax.albany.edu. Other classes, including Saturdays, may be arranged by appointment.

Man of Letters

The board of trustees of Elizabeth City State University of the University of North Carolina has voted to confer its honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters upon Leonard A Slade Jr. of the Depart-ment of Africana Studies at its commencement on May 4. The award comes in recognition of Slade’s "many achievements in the literary arena as well as his outstanding achievements in academia."

Slade, a member of University faculty since 1988, has written six published books of poetry, the last Vintage: New and Selected Poems.

Significant Achievers

The Tenth Annual Spellman Achievement Awards Program will be held this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event, sponsored by the Student Affairs Division Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, honors African American, Latino, Asian American and American Indian undergraduates who have made significant achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and community service.

The program also honors its namesake, the late Dr. Seth W. Spellman Jr., a distinguished service professor and former dean of the School of Social Welfare at Albany who made numerous contributions to the growth of the University community.

For information on attending, contact Carl Martin or Tony Torres at 442-5490.

Migration of Women

Instructor Fan Dai, a graduate student in the Department of Geography and Planning, presented her paper "The Feminization of Migration: a Case Study in South China" at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in Charlotte, N.C., on April 10.

The paper was part of a comprehensive study of the new mobility in China, with a focus on women who have migrated to the southern city of Guangzhou (Canton). According to Fan Dai, in China, as in many other developing countries around the world, women now make up an increasingly large proportion of the total number of migrants.

She said the current situation there is of particular interest because until quite recently, women living and working in rural China have been particularly constrained, in geographical terms, by the structures of a Confucian-dominated patriarchal society.

The paper reports on the results of interviews with 61 women migrants currently living in the city of Guangzhou. For the most part, said Fan Dai, the subjects were resigned to the fact that they will have to return home eventually because they do not have the legal status to stay in the city permanently.

This represents a personal tragedy for many of the women in question, but Fan Dai says their exposure to the city and new-found emphasis on the importance of education could work positively to stimulate modernization in their home villages.

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