September 2008

The University at Albany launched its undergraduate major in Globalization Studies, designed to expand students' worldview and prepare them for economic, social, political, cultural and environmental interactions around the globe.

With a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, UAlbany established the Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success to address nationwide workforce shortfalls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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UAlbany's School of Business and Albany Law School announced a cooperative J.D. and M.B.A. program, allowing students to simultaneously pursue and complete law and graduate-level business degrees.

October 2008

UAlbany opened its doors to the community for UAlbany Day on October 25, offering dozens of faculty and student demonstrations, tours, a farmers market, and an Andy Warhol photography exhibit.
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With the flourish of refurbished chimes, UAlbany's historic carillon reclaimed its place as a venerated UAlbany tradition and gained a new role as a campus safety component.
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The School of Criminal Justice, ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, celebrated its 40th anniversary.

November 2008

The Upstate New York Infant Development Screening Program was launched by UAlbany's School of Public Health and the New York State Department of Health.  Funded through a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, the program aims to direct early intervention services to children with developmental problems.

UAlbany's School of Social Welfare was selected to spearhead the $16.5 million National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, established to provide leadership training for those who serve abused and neglected children.

December 2008

UAlbany Anthropologist Adam Gordon's “hobbit” research was one of the top 100 science stories of 2009, according to Discover magazine.

Fourteen School of Public Health graduate students and four faculty members – the "NOLA 4" volunteers – headed to New Orleans, seeking new ways to help three years after Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact.
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UAlbany's football team became the first Northeast Conference champion to win the Gridiron Classic by defeating Pioneer Football League champion Jacksonville.  Head coach Bob Ford led the Great Danes to a 9-3 record and an undefeated campaign in league play for the second consecutive season.

February 2009

UAlbany reduced energy costs by $280,000 as a result of its winter Intersession and Fall Energy Savings initiatives. The announcement was made at a lecture by leading environmental activist Denis Hayes, coordinator of the first “Earth Day” in 1970.

Susan Phillips was named University at Albany Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Phillips had served in an interim capacity in the dual posts since January 2009 and was previously Dean of the School of Education.

March 2009

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering marked the official opening of a $150-million expansion of its research complex.

UAlbany's Counseling Center earned national recognition for providing a prevention and intervention framework for students to reduce their risk for alcohol use and related negative consequences.

April 2009

UAlbany's School of Business was among the top 15 graduate schools most highly rated by students, according to a report in Entrepreneur magazine.

In an effort to reduce greenhouse gases, the University launched a study to evaluate commuter vehicle patterns of students, faculty and staff, as well as research alternative modes of transportation.

May 2009

The UAlbany men's track & field team captured its first-ever IC4A outdoor championship and became the first school to sweep both the IC4A indoor and outdoor team titles in the same year since Rutgers University in 2005.

The undergraduate commencement ceremony was held for the first time on UAlbany's new Grand Entry Plaza.

June 2009

In one of the first stops on her statewide 64-campus tour, State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher joined UAlbany Interim President George M. Philip to announce the selection of the architecture firm Perkins+Will as the designer of the University's new School of Business building.
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The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering announced the world's first comprehensive undergraduate degree program in nanoscale science.

The State University of New York Board of Trustees voted to name George M. Philip the 18th president of the University at Albany. Philip, an alumnus, had served as interim president since November 2007. Before that, he headed the New York State Teachers' Retirement System, one of the 10 largest public retirement funds in the nation, since 1995.