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Undergraduate Bulletin 2007-2008
 
Bulletin Homepage |General Information | Student Success

Student Success

The Division of Student Success

The Division of Student Success provides a critical component to the mission of the University at Albany by providing services that contribute to the overall quality of life on campus, enhancing the intellectual, cultural, social and physical development of students. The major programming areas within the Division of Student Success include: Residential Life; Health Services; Counseling Services; Career Development; Student Involvement and Leadership; Campus Center management; Disability Resources; University Police; Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility; Diversity and Affirmative Action and Academic Support Services/Educational Opportunities Program.

The Vice President for Student Success

The Vice President for Student Success has the responsibility for the leadership and administration of all the departments within the Division of Student Success. The Office of the Vice President oversees all services, activities and programs designed to promote a positive total educational experience for every student. In addition, the Vice President assists students and parents with the resolution of matters of concern. The Office of the Vice President is located in University Hall and can be reached at (518) 956-8140.

Residential Life

Living on campus is an integral part of the overall college experience. The Department of Residential Life provides both traditional and apartment style living for 7200 students. There are 39 traditional residence buildings that are both suite and corridor style. There are also 50 apartment style buildings, equipped with kitchens. All students are provided with cable hook up and wireless connections. Laundry rooms are conveniently located in all buildings and are free of charge to resident students.

Freshmen students who live outside a 50 mile radius are required to live on campus and are assigned to areas designed to enhance their first year experience and build a solid foundation in their first year of college study. The environment for first year students encourages community, promotes responsibility and positive social interaction, and supports solid academic preparation.

Limited apartment housing is available to juniors and seniors based on a lottery system and there is no graduate or family housing currently available. All residence halls and apartments are smoke free.

For additional information, including scholars housing and the availability of living learning communities, go to the Residential Life web site at: www.albany.edu/housing
 
The Office of Residential Life is located in the basement of the Tower on State Quad and can be reached at (518) 442-5875.

New Student Orientation

Orientation programs introduce new freshmen, transfers, and their parents to the University and assist students in making a smooth transition to life at the University. Students entering the University as newly matriculated freshmen or transfers for the fall semester are invited to participate in a Summer Planning Conference. Transfers attend a one-day program, while entering freshmen attend a two-day program that includes a one-night stay in a Residence Hall. Summer Planning Conference programs include presentations by University administrators, small group discussions, academic advisement and registration for fall semester classes. Information sessions for parents of new students are offered concurrently with freshman programs and transfer programs. Students who are unable to attend a Summer Planning Conference attend an orientation program prior to the start of classes in the fall. All freshmen and transfer students also attend the Great Danes Beginnings program in the fall prior to the beginning of classes. For new students enrolling in the spring semester, an orientation program also occurs prior to the start of that semester.

The Orientation Office is located in the Department of Residential Life in the basement of Eastman Tower on State Quadrangle, (518) 442-5875, or (518) 442-5509.

Parent Services: Parent involvement at the University at Albany is fostered through various programs and services coordinated by the University’s Parent Liaison. The Parent Liaison assists families with their student’s transition from high school to college, and their college experience through graduation. Programs and services include individual parent advisement, the Parents Council web site, electronic communications, and the coordination of events during Parents Weekend. Parent Services is made available through the Department of Residential Life located in the basement of Eastman Tower on State Quadrangle (518) 442-5875 or parents@albany.edu or www.albany.edu/parents).

University Health Center

The University Health Center (UHC) is the primary health care facility for registered students. Services include General Medical Clinic, Women’s Health Clinic, Immunization Clinic, Self-Help Cold Clinic, psychiatric services, and an on site pharmacy. The UHC is open Monday – Saturday and sees students by appointment. Appointments with a health care provider are free for registered students only. Call (518) 442-5229 or (518) 442-5455 to schedule an appointment. The UHC is located in the Health Services Building on the west side of campus. The main office telephone number is (518) 442-5454. Immunization requirements and additional information can be found at www.albany.edu/health_center/

Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Services:

Five-Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service is a student-operated, Student Association-funded service consisting of more than 75 highly trained volunteers who provide state-certified campus ambulance service to the campus on a seven days a week, 24 hours a day basis, as well as coverage at major campus programming and athletic events. The ambulance service also sponsors extensive training and educational programs in CPR, advanced First Aid, and a variety of other topics. The phone number is (518) 442-3131.

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center provides a range of education, prevention, and clinical services to assist students in adjusting to University life and in meeting their educational and personal goals.

Clinical and Consulting Services: Services include psychological counseling and short-term psychotherapy for emotional, social and academic concerns as well as psychological evaluation of academically underachieving students. Prevention programs, including anonymous on-line screening for the University community, address a broad range of health and mental health issues. Specialized educational programs and services are provided in areas of addictive behaviors, body image and eating awareness, sexual assault prevention, sport psychology and performance enhancement, and suicide prevention. University personnel, parents and students also consult psychologists by telephone, email or in person regarding issues or problems that negatively impact University students.

Peer Assistance Programs: Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program: This Nationally recognized peer assistance program trains student volunteers to help other students. Through its hotline service, Middle Earth peers lend a listening ear, assist with problem solving, and provide information or referrals. Middle Earth also provides outreach programs and workshops for the campus community. The Middle Earth hotline (518-442-5777) is open from noon to midnight, Monday through Thursday, and 24 hours per day from noon on Friday until midnight on Sunday when classes are in session. Middle Earth also provides training with the option of receiving course credit. Students interested in volunteering can pick up an application at Middle Earth, or call the business line at 518- 442-5890.

Project SHAPE: Sexual Health and Peer Education: Project SHAPE is a peer education program comprised of student volunteers who assist the University’s Coordinator for Health Promotion in facilitating sexual health programs for the University community on a variety of topics such as HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infection’s (STI’s), and communication with a partner. These popular programs take place in academic courses, residence halls and for student groups. In addition, Project SHAPE coordinates week-long events such as the annual World AIDS Week, STI Awareness Week, and Black HIV Week. Project SHAPE members complete an accredited training course. Those interested in volunteering or requesting a program should call (518) 442-5800.

The Counseling Center, staffed by psychologists and a health promotion specialist, provides supervised training for doctoral students in the University’s Clinical and Counseling Psychology programs. There is no charge for Counseling Center services. The Center is located on the second floor of the Health and Counseling Building. Office hours are 8:30AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Please call with questions or to make an appointment (518) 442-5800. Email consultation@albany.edu, or visit via the web at www.albany.edu/counseling_center/.

Student Involvement and Leadership

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership supports the academic mission of the University by emphasizing student involvement in the campus community. The Office promotes major events and programs and enhances the efforts of all student groups and fraternal organizations by providing quality advisement, assistance and effective leadership development programs. This Office also coordinates the Danes After Dark late night programming and maintains the calendar of student events on campus.

This office is located in Campus Center 130, and can be reached at (518) 442-5566. Visit the Student Involvement website at http://www.albany.edu/studentlife/sa.html or go to www.albany.edu/studentevents to view the calendar of events.

Campus Center Management

The Campus Center is the hub of university activity. Student service offices, meeting facilities, student government, as well as dining and retail operations make this a popular destination for the university community and a center of daily campus life. The Campus Center also hosts and facilitates an extensive schedule of meetings, programs and special events involving both the university and local communities.
For more information, stop by Campus Center Room 137, call (518) 442-5490 or visit the Student Life web site:

http://www.albany.edu/studentlife/CC/index.html

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides a broad range of personalized services to people with disabilities, learning disabilities, or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Services include pre-admission information, orientation, assistance with registration, personal attendant referral, assistance with alternative testing, lending of tape recorders and adaptive equipment, advocacy, and personal counseling. Students may schedule appointments for assistance with developing various study skills, receive coaching in time management and setting goals, or test taking skills. The office also maintains a large multimedia library of disability resources and organizes learning strategy groups. The DRC provides information and referrals for disability-related questions and issues. In addition, the office makes recommendations to offices and departments regarding reasonable accommodations. Particular emphasis is placed on assisting students in developing their talents and abilities in preparation for professional and graduate training and for employment. Professional staff of the DRC are also available to meet with prospective students and their families who may be considering attending the University at Albany. The DRC also interacts with local, state and federal agencies concerned with disability issues. The office is located in the Campus Center, Room 137 and can be reached at (518) 442-5490 or (518) 442-3366-TDD.  Visit our web page at http://www.albany.edu/ studentlife/dss

Multicultural Student Affairs

Located within the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, Multicultural Student Affairs provides special assistance and support for students of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American descent. The office also provides advice and guidance to multicultural student groups and sponsors and cosponsors a number of cultural programs and special events. Some of these include the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. /Black History Month Luncheon, the National Latino Collegiate Conference, Asian Occasion, Pan-Caribbean Fashion Show and the Spellman Achievement Awards. For more information stop by the Campus Center room 130, call (518) 442-5566 or visit our website: www.albany.edu/studentlife/multicultural/index.html.

Career Development Center (CDC)

The Career Development Center (CDC) is not just a place to go to get a job after graduation. The CDC exists to help undergraduate students of all majors and class levels, graduate students, and alumni, explore majors and career options, make decisions about graduate study, and identify internship and full-time employment opportunities.

CDC staff members are available to assist students and alumni in specifying career goals and expanding their knowledge of career alternatives through individual consultation sessions. Working closely with academic departments, student organizations, and other student success  departments, the CDC provides educational opportunities and workshops related to career planning.

Numerous resources for students and alumni to research major and career information, graduate school programs, career changes, as well as review part-time and full-time employment and internship vacancies can be accessed by visiting the CDC library or visiting the CDC web page, www.albany.edu/cdc.

The CDC also offers an extensive internet-based on-campus recruiting program for internships and full-time employment. For more information, stop by or contact the office at Science Library, G 50, (518) 442-5515, or visit the web page listed above.

Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility

The Office of Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility is responsible for overseeing, interpreting, communicating and implementing Community Rights and Responsibilities, which is the student code of conduct. This includes educating our students regarding the values of the University community, as well as holding students accountable who violate community standards. This office provides consultation services to faculty and staff who are dealing with student issues with regard to CR&R. It also provides conflict resolution through mediation and informal problem solving and adjudication and resolution of formal student conduct complaints.

For questions regarding the University’s judicial processes and the other functions of the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility, please contact us at (518) 442-5501 or visit the web site at www.albany.edu/judicial_affairs

University Police (UPD)

UPD is responsible for providing a safe and secure campus environment, one in which students, faculty and staff can pursue their educational and career goals with a minimum of distraction and disruption from crime. It works closely with the departments of Residential Life, Health and Counseling, Physical Plant, and Campus Life to achieve the highest levels of personal safety possible. UPD is staffed around the clock with professional law enforcement officers. They provide an extensive array of law enforcement and security services to the University community, including mobile and foot patrols, crime prevention education, traffic enforcement, crime reporting, and follow-up criminal investigations. UPD is located in the University Police Building, (518) 442-3132). The emergency number is (518) 442-3131 from a campus phone, or 911 from a cell phone.

 

The Office of Academic Support Services

A Division under the Office of Student Success

The following seven programs support new undergraduates as they make their transition into the University at Albany community. These comprehensive support services include the study groups, academic early warning program, university tutors, independent tutoring program, faculty mentoring programs, study skills workshops, and the Educational Opportunities Program. Also, other Office of Academic Support Services programs include Project Excel, C-Step/AGEP/LSAPM Program, and the Academic Talent Search Program.

Study Group Plan

In 24 freshman classes, the Office sponsors study groups free of charge to all students. A study group consists of several students in a given course that decide to meet on a regular basis for discussions, analysis, and reviewing of course material. Participation in a study group can be an excellent way to prepare for exams, since participants must organize their thinking about course topics and present, or defend, their individual perspectives before the group. Study groups emphasize the student’s active involvement with course material.
Participants are encouraged to re-examine concepts, to question or to challenge each other with respect to course topics. Study groups can also help to maintain a high level of interest and enthusiasm towards course work and allow students to examine ways in which the course is personally meaningful or relevant to their college goals.

Coordinated by a graduate student who serves as a facilitator, the objectives of the student group concept are: (1) to clarify course material through restatement or illustrations, using familiar terms and concepts, and (2) to assist study group members in learning course material and achieving success in the course.

University Tutors

Each study group, in addition to the facilitator, will have two University Tutors on hand to assist with questions and problems. These tutors, who are undergraduate honors students, will at times also offer individualized assistance to those study group students who seek special attention.

Academic Early Warning System

The main objective of this Academic Early Warning System is to have professors identiFy students experiencing problems and to encourage them to utilize available academic and advising supportive services in order to overcome their difficulties. This warning is in lieu of a mid-semester grade.

The designated university courses include the following: A Bio 110, 111; A Chm 120, 121, 220, 221; A Psy 101, 210, 211; I Csi 101, 201; A Soc 115, 221; A Eco 110, 111; A Mat 100, 101, 106, 108, 111, 112, 113; and B Acc 211, 222; A Phy 105, 108, 120, 124.
During the fifth week of the semester, this composite list of potential failures will be circulated to the academic advisers of these students so that they can encourage the following help: 1) conference with faculty member of particular course; 2) consultation with academic/faculty adviser; 3) participation in respective study group (all of the Academic Early Warning System courses are an integral part of the study group plan); and 4) involvement with an independent tutor. Also, a staff member from the Office of Academic Support Services will contact the students, advising them of their options.

Independent Tutoring Program

The Office of Academic Support Services provides the student community with an updated listing of academically successful students who are available to tutor students on a one to one basis. These independent tutors have taken the course in which they tutor and have received a B+ or higher. These independent tutors must have at least 3.0 cumulative academic averages, secure faculty recommendations, pass the personal interview, and complete a tutoring orientation.

Faculty Mentoring Program

Matriculated students at the University at Albany are eligible to participate in one of the faculty mentoring programs. If enrolled in a program, it is expected that the student be willing to interact with a faculty or professional staff member in a mentoring partnership.
University mentoring programs take many forms and address different groups including the following: Presidential Scholars; academic probationers; multicultural recruitment students; special talent admits; and other students, especially incoming freshmen seeking support.
For a new freshman or a continuing student with academic needs, family or personal problems, the value of a trusted friend, confidante, guide and role model is obvious. For mentors, a one-to-one relationship can be an opportunity to give another person the guidance and support they once received from their own mentors.

Mentoring is not an easy job; it is not a job quickly accomplished. Yet helping and guiding a young person may be the most important work a volunteer will ever do.

Study Skills Workshops

Study skills workshops are offered free of charge to all students, especially freshmen. These one-hour sessions provide an opportunity to acquire skills vital to achieving academic success. Titles of workshops include time management, textbook mastery, learning from lecture, memory enhancement, listening skills, examination preparation, examination strategies, multiple choice examination skills, and final exam preparation.
 

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM


Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs/EOP
Carson Carr, Jr., Ed.D.

Assistant Dean for Academic Support Services
Maritza Martinez, M.S.W.

Office of Academic Support Services Instructional Staff
Paul Cummings, Ph.D.
Craig Hancock, D.A.
Claudia Ricci, Ph.D.
Mary Kay Skrabalak, M.S.
Silke Van Ness, Ph.D.

Project Excel (Student Support Services)
Chris Fernando, Ph.D.
Makisha Brown, M.S.W.

EOP Program Counselors
Monica Hope, M.S.
Tyshena Hunter, M.S.
Abdul Jarvis, B.A.
Patrick Romain, M.S.
Gladys Santiago, M.A.

Academic Talent Search Program
Felicia Collins, M.A., Coordinator
Felita Orr, M.S.W.

Step
Etwin Bowman, M.A.

C-Step/AGEP
Marc Carter, M.S.

Fiscal Officer
Mayra Santiago, B.S.

Introduction

Commencing here at the University at Albany back in 1968, this 39 year old program seeks to provide admission opportunities for economically and educationally disadvantaged students who wish to enroll in one of many undergraduate departments at this University. Having the second largest EOP in the SUNY system with 700+ students being served, one objective of the EOP is to see that each student admitted is provided with all the services and assistance necessary for success in whatever degree program he or she seeks to complete. To this end, students enrolled in the Educational Opportunities Program are provided with supportive services designed to help students who need assistance in academic, financial, social, or personal matters. Specifically, the following services are provided to EOP students by a staff of professional counselors and departmental faculty members:

# Developmental coursework in reading/writing, math and study skills
# One to one personal/academic counseling
# Free one to one tutorial assistance
# Five week EOP mandatory Pre-College Summer Residential Program
# Monthly EOP newsletter
# Financial aid packaging
# EOP Computer User Room and an EOP Writing Center
# Peer tutorial and peer advisement services
# Career and personal growth workshops
# Study skills materials
# Graduate school advisement and EOP graduate school tuition waiver.

EOP Pre-College Summer Component

Each summer, incoming EOP Frosh students participate in a 5-week residential experience on the college campus. The program begins in July and ends in early August. The full cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and books is paid for through an EOP Grant. Small classroom instruction is offered to remediate, enrich, and provide a better start for university courses that will be taken in the fall semester. Students are also exposed to numerous academic and nonacademic survival skills, extensive individual and group counseling sessions, and personal and educational advisement. Other priorities during the summer include extensive study skill enrichment and career awareness sessions.

The summer instructional staff includes university lecturers who exclusively teach our EOP students during the academic year. The academic subjects involve pre-college work in writing, reading, and mathematics. EOP counselors who coordinate the extensive counseling sessions are experienced and trained. They develop a unique personal relationship with students, and this relationship continues during the matriculation years. In addition to the instructors and counselors, student assistants are also totally involved in the pre-college summer experience. These peer tutors and lay counselors not only live in the residential halls with the students, but also assist in the instructional process.

EOP Supportive Service Unit

It is the obligation of an educational institution to contribute to the development of the “total” individual. As such, the EOP staff insures that all channels of supportive service are available to the members of the EOP population. The EOP Office is the hub from which all EOP services radiate. Inherent in the agreement to accept students into the EOP Program is the understanding that the EOP staff commits its energies to the positive academic and social adjustment of the individual students who select the program.

Academic Services

The EOP Complex serves as the administrative unit through which academic assistance is provided to all EOP students. EOP seeks to promote scholarship and to insure the graduation of those students. The EOP Program incorporates basic social and educational techniques to meet the different needs.

Developmental Course Programming

Incoming freshmen admitted to EOP are evaluated, their weaknesses and strengths defined, and their special needs established.
As mentioned above, the developmental course curriculum offers developmental courses in mathematics and writing. If needed, students are required to take a maximum of two levels of developmental courses during their pre-college summer program and during their first two semesters. During the academic year, along with the developmental courses, students also choose university courses. Although students receive transcript credit (not graduation credit) for enrollment in the developmental courses, the individual growth acquired can insure success in regular university courses.

The curriculum in writing is designed to develop and increase student awareness of the value of writing, and to encourage participation in the experience through writing in various modes and across the curriculum. The course work consists of a two semester sequence in which students increase their confidence and fluency in writing, learn to cope with writing in the academic world, and learn the essentials of how to structure and write a college-level essay.

Counseling Services

EOP seeks to offer its students a multidimensional approach to individual development. Fundamental to each student’s successful adjustment is the availability of comprehensive, competent counseling. Because the University at Albany presents a very demanding, competitive, and in most cases unfamiliar environment, the EOP staff counselors make every endeavor to reduce anxiety and to help students in adapting to university life. Counseling staff members advise and counsel students in academic, social, emotional, and vocational areas in order to help resolve student problems. Consultation links are sustained between the EOP counseling unit, the Advisement Services Center, the Campus Health Center, and other university service offices.

Peer Tutorial Program

The tutorial program aims to provide a well structured peer tutorial support system to assist student academic progress in University at Albany course work. This tutorial program plays a vital part in contributing to the academic success of the University’s EOP population. Recommended by university faculty members, upper-class and graduate students are selected to tutor undergraduates in the University’s many departments. To insure more effectiveness, tutoring is usually done on a one-to-one basis. Although tutoring is optional, it is strongly urged that students take advantage of this service before any academic difficulty is incurred. Tutors will usually work as many hours as needed.

Other Student Services

Computer Lab

EOP students have access to the Office’s own computer lab usage room. Staffed at all times with a computer specialist, EOP students can receive technical assistance for word processing purposes.

Personal/Career Growth Workshops

A number of personal growth workshops are held yearly to aid EOP students with career choices and personal enrichment. Facilitated by the EOP counselors and University personnel, these career workshops improve a student’s understanding of the academic departments and of prospective career goals. Also, personal workshops focus on coping skills, study skills, time management, financial aid, and graduate school entrance.

Liaison Relationships

To assist the EOP staffers with a better understanding of individual academic departments, the EOP Office has a list of key faculty members who act as liaisons with EOP and that particular department. In addition, the faculty members periodically update the EOP staffers on departmental changes.

University-Wide Services

The EOP student is also encouraged to take full advantage of all academic and student services campus-wide.

University Developmental Courses

This instructional component consists of university developmental courses and is open to any matriculated student seeking help in writing skills and mathematics skills. These courses do not carry graduation credit because they foster the development of skills required for regular university courses.

O Eop 14 Written World (0)
Basic course in essay writing and critical reading skill. Offered only to EOP pre-college students during the summer. S/U graded.

O Eop 15 Writing Skills I (0)
Students gain competence and confidence through extensive writing practice with informal and formal assignments. Course work is highly individualized through extensive revision and frequent student/teacher conferences. Attention is paid to all aspects of the writing process. S/U graded.

O Eop 16 Writing Skills II (0)
Students gain competence and confidence in academic writing through reading based assignments and practice with standard academic discourse conventions. Students explore the connection between personal expression and public discourse. Final course project is a research paper and research based class presentation. S/U graded.

O Eop 17 Math I (0)
Primarily a review course in basic arithmetic and elementary algebra. It stresses the fundamental operations and application of whole numbers, decimal numbers, directed numbers, fractions (both numerical and algebraic), percent algebraic expressions, solutions of various types of first-degree equations, and some verbal problems. Other selected topics from algebra are also treated. S/U graded. [MS]

O Eop 18 Math II (0)
This course involves the mastering of basic algebraic and trigonometric operations. [MS]

O Eop 19 Math III (0)
This Precalculus course provides the student with materials needed for the introductory university calculus course. It examines solving equations and inequalities. It also involves exposure to graphing techniques for rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. [MS]

 

Other Programs

Academic Talent Search Program:

The Academic Talent Search Program, a federally funded TRIO project, provides lower income middle and high school students and adults with programming to encourage them to attend school. Residents in the Capital District (Albany, Schenectady, and Troy) are eligible to participate. Programming includes tutoring in the schools, field trips to colleges, senior seminar series to prepare students for college, personal, academic and career advisement, SAT/PSAT review sessions, mentoring programs, cultural trip programming, and GED advisement.

Project Excel:

Providing academic supportive assistance designed to increase the retention and graduate rates of two hundred low-income, first generation, and disabled students is the primary intent of the Project Excel Program. Funded by a four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Project Excel is a Student Support Services Program (A TRIO Program). Project Excel will strive to achieve its goal of a graduation rate of 80% of its participants by offering the following services: supplementary academic advisement, personal counseling, career planning, financial aid planning and information; peer mentoring; study skills workshops; instruction in pre-college biology; tutoring; professional and graduate school speakers; graduate school seminars; and field trips to local industries.

C-STEP/AGEP/LSAMP Program:

The premise of this program is to provide students from historically underrepresented groups (African-American, Latino, and Native American) and low-income backgrounds and who are first generation college students, with an opportunity to pursue M.D. and/or Ph. D. degree in science and technology. The program seeks to recruit second year undergraduate students who are majors in science and/or technology including (but not limited to) mathematics, chemistry, biology, pre-med, public health, physics, economics, or computer science with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.8 or higher. These participants are provided with faculty research opportunities during the summer. In addition, there is other programming to assist students with their eventual goal of securing the undergraduate degree, as well as the Ph.D.

STEP:

This program serves middle and high school students in the City of Albany.

The Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP), which is co-sponsored by Academic Support Service at the University at Albany, State University of New York continues to bring the college experience to the urban and city communities in Albany, New York.  STEP is part of a statewide body that is conducted by the State Education Department.

STEP prepares historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged elementary and secondary school students to acquire the aptitude and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary degree programs that lead to professional careers in the scientific, technical, health-related or other licensed professions.

The program also challenges parents and educators to become involved in the process to support the development of our “community of learners.”

Students are expected to participate in and attend the annual statewide conference.

The goals of the program are as follows:

# To stimulate, challenge and encourage students to achieve in a technological setting.
# Introduce students to a variety of careers in the fields of Math, Science and Technology.
# To meet people in the industry and in education and to encourage students to pursue careers in Math, Science and Technology.
# To provide a non-threatening environment for students.

The benefits of the STEP follow:

# Academic Instruction
# Tutoring
# Counseling
# Technology-based Projects
# Field Trips
# Enrichment Activities
 

DEPARTMENT OF ATHLETICS & RECREATION

UAlbany's intercollegiate athletics program excels at the NCAA Division I level, producing competitive teams, successful coaches, and outstanding student-athletes recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom.  The University sponsors 19 varsity sports for men and women.  Club sports, an intramural program, and recreational opportunities are also offered.

As a member of the America East Conference, eighteen of the school's nineteen varsity teams are eligible for conference championships and NCAA post-season competition.  Football, a Division I-AA program, has been an associate member of the Northeast Conference since 1999.

In 2004-05, UAlbany was awarded the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup, which annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in the America East Conference based on success both during the regular season and at championship competition.  UAlbany's point total was bolstered by America East titles in volleyball, men's lacrosse, men's outdoor track and field and softball.  The Great Danes were also runners-up in men's indoor track and field and women's golf.

For information on intercollegiate, club sports and intramurals, one may contact the Albany Sportsline at (518) 442-DANE (3263) or the Intramural Office at 442-5640.

The indoor and outdoor physical education design is among the most comprehensive in the Northeast. The Recreation and Convocation Center, a state-of-the-art facility; the Physical Education Building, which houses University Gym; and an air-supported bubble are utilized for sporting and cultural activities. In addition, there are 12 lighted tennis courts, racquetball/squash/ handball courts, a swimming pool, a dance studio, and a comprehensive fitness and weight training center. UAlbany recently constructed two all-weather athletic fields.  "John Fallon Field" is the home to the men's and women's lacrosse teams.  An adjacent surface known as "Alumni Turf Field" will be for women's field hockey in addition to serving as a multi-use recreational field for UAlbany students.

The Department is located in both the SEFCU Arena and the Physical Education Building, (518-442-DANE).

 Men's Sports  Head Coach
 Baseball  Jon Mueller
 Basketball  Will Brown
 Cross Country  Craig McVey
 Football  Bob Ford
 Indoor Track and Field  Roberto Vives
 Lacrosse  Scott Marr
 Outdoor Track and Field  Roberto Vives
 Soccer  Johan Aarnio
   
 Women's Sports  Head Coach
 Basketball  Trina Patterson
 Cross Country  Craig McVey
 Field Hockey  Phil Sykes
 Golf  Richard Sauers
 Indoor Track and Field  Roberto Vives
 Lacrosse  Lindsey Hart
 Outdoor Track and Field  Roberto Vives
 Soccer  Mary-Frances Monroe
 Softball  Chris Cannata
 Tennis  Elissa Kinard
 Volleyball  Kelly Sheffield