Values Fellowship to Nicholson

Linda J. Nicholson of the Department of Educational Administration & Policy Studies has been awarded a Residential Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at the Divinity School at Harvard University for 1998-99.

Janower Leads Choirs to Italy

David Janower of the Department of Music will lead the combined efforts of the Skidmore and University at Albany choirs in the Santa Maria Elisabetta Church in Venice on May 20. The group will make their European debut in an 11-day private tour of Italy designed by Janower. The trip, which begins with a flight from New York City on May 18, will also include performances in Ravenna, Florence, and Milan, as well as guided tours and sightseeing in the various cities.

Gebhardt Feted for Good Public Relations

Thomas Gebhardt, director of the Office of Personal Safety and Off-Campus Affairs, has been named the runner-up for the 1997-98 Outstanding Public Relations Program Award by the American College Personnel Association, Commission XVII, which recognizes commuter students and adult learners.

New Directors of Institute

Salvatore Belardo

Salvatore Belardo of the Management Science & Information Systems faculty of the School of Business and Debra L. Sottolano, associate director for the last two years of the University’s Institute for the Advancement of Health Care Management, have taken over co-directorship of the Institute from Jo Ann Weatherwax.

Weatherwax is now director of extended learning in the Office of the President.

Belardo brings to the Institute an extensive background in information systems, specifically in the area of strategic decision-support systems. He is currently involved in an Institute project with the State Department of Health Office of Managed Care, dealing with the problems community health centers face as they move to a managed care environment.

Sottolano has been responsible for developing a number of student research and consulting projects between the Institute and healthcare organizations in the Capital Region. Her initiatives helped solve several healthcare community needs while giving business undergraduates valuable real-world experience. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the organizational studies program at the University.

Chesin Takes Over Development

Sorrell Chesin, Associate Vice President for University Advancement, has assumed responsibilities for the overall development operation in the Division, Interim Vice President Paul T. Stec announced on April 7.

"Sorrell brings a wealth of knowledge to this role and, importantly, he will oversee the day-to-day activity of development staff assigned to our schools and colleges," said Stec. "This will provide continuity in our development and outreach efforts on behalf of these academic areas."

Chesin replaces Candace Groudine, who has accepted a position with the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington D.C. as vice president for development. She was with the University since 1992. "Candace’s efforts were central to the success of the University first Capital Campaign, and we offer her warm congratulations on her new assignment," said Stec.

Kaloyeros’ Students Achieving

Heidi Gundlach, a Ph.D. student in physics and a member of Professor Alain E. Kaloyeros’s research group, how been awarded the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) 1998 Graduate Fellowship in Microelectronics, after a national competition. Gundlach’s honor brings to three the doctoral students of Kaloyeros to earn SRC Doctoral Fellowships. In addition, two others have earned the prestigious NASA doctoral and Motorola doctoral fellowships.

Faculty/Staff Picnic

The annual Faculty/Staff Picnic will be held on Friday, June 19, from noon to 7 p.m. at Lanthier’s Grove in Latham.

"Your response to last year’s event, also held at this venue, was overwhelmingly positive, and I am sure this one will be just as well received," President Hitchcock wrote the University community on April 17.

"The University Social Committee has worked very hard to assure yet another successful picnic . . . As we draw to the close of another, in some respects extraordinary, academic year, it is important to take an opportunity to relax, socialize and celebrate our accomplishments with the other members of our community."

University Police Department Announces Honors, Promotion

Officers Karl Kilts and Michael Lascoe of the University Police Department (UPD) have been named co-recipients of the 1997 Officer of the Year Award. They were recognized for their work in helping to make the campus a safer place.

Kilts was involved in a number of department initiatives this year. His most significant contribution was making the department home page on the Web ( a reality. In addition, he has been active in the Albany County STOP DWI program and used this expertise to develop programming on the State’s Zero Tolerance Law that was presented at the Campus Alcohol Awareness Week. He also provides a very crucial service to the community as he serves as one of UPD’s CPR instructors.

Lascoe played a major role in the department’s crime prevention initiatives by developing numerous new flyers, posters, and brochures. He has conducted many security surveys on campus this past year.

Also, he was selected to serve on a Statewide committee on sexual assault. The committee will develop a sexual assault protocol for use on campuses in New York State that do not already have one. In addition to his crime prevention duties, Lascoe is the department’s evidence technician, photographer, and videographer.

In other UPD news, Officer Daniel Gomez was recently promoted to communications officer in the Department. Previously, Gomez was employed as a Security Services Assistant with the department. In addition to his communications duties, he is a certified security guard instructor and is responsible in part for coordinating all departmental in-service training for security services assistants. He has been a member of UPD since 1985.

12th Annual Bread and Roses Awards

The 14th annual Spring Celebration on April 14 in the Campus Center Assembly Hall included the presentation of the 12th Annual Bread and Roses Awards. Receiving their prizes were, left to right, senior Helen Petrozolla, head of People Organized for Women’s Empowerment and Respect; graduate student Elizabeth Burnworth, founder and president of Women Organized for Radical Difference; Shirley Jones of the Department of Social Welfare; Bonnie Spanier of the Department of Women’s Studies; and Nancy Belowich-Negron, assistant dean for Student Affairs and director of Disabled Student Services. The Bread & Roses award is presented each spring by the Council of Women’s Groups to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions on behalf of gender equity that have enhanced the quality of life for women at the University.