The Capital Region Information Service of New York (CRISNY), an independent, not-for-profit corporation housed at the University, was officially launched on Oct. 25. The service is a new home on the Internet's World Wide Web for local governments, schools, colleges, businesses, not-for-profit agencies and individuals.
CRISNY's mission is to build a regional on-line community out of the many communities that make up the Capital Region. "One of the original motivations for CRISNY was to connect the Albany campus to the world outside," said President Hitchcock, who is president of CRISNY's board of directors.
"CRISNY now takes all campuses in the area beyond their walls, offering all area colleges students access to the Internet at reduced rates and giving faculty access from home to the full graphical capabilities of the Internet. But it also supports the movement toward regional sharing of resources and offers everyone access to local information and the wonderful resources of the Internet."
As a public service, CRISNY offers free Web access for most not-for-profit organizations, including governments, educational institutions, libraries, social service and cultural organizations. Individual CRISNY accounts, including full Internet access and e-mail are available for as little as $4 a month. Commer-cial accounts start at $25 per month.
Gayle Johnson, M.A. 79, who became a prolific artist and exhibitor in leading galleries in New York City, Wash-ington D.C. and Buffalo, as well as having several exhibits at the University Art Museum, died on Wednesday, Oct. 25, after a long bout with cancer.
Johnson, who attended the opening reception for her current show at the University, Gayle Johnson: Recent Works, on Oct. 17, had been a professor of art at Russell Sage College for the last 12 years.
In an effort to promote learning, one University educator recently attended a conference appealing for education reform on the basis that "every teacher is a teacher of the gifted."
Judy Genshaft, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, spoke at the AGATE(Advocacy for Gifted and Talented Education in NYS) Conference "Yearning for Learning: Satisfying the Need to Know", on Oct. 19 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.
Genshaft presented her topic "Gifted and the Educational Reform" at a panel discussion entitled "Gifted Education 1995: A Dialogue at the Capital."
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