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Media Advisory: Announcement Regarding Future of UAlbany Athletics

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 31, 2007)

An announcement regarding the University at Albany's Department of Athletics and Recreation.

. Hosted by Provost Susan Herbst, officer in charge of the University at Albany
. Hon. Gerald D. Jennings, Mayor of Albany
. Lee McElroy, vice president for athletic administration and director of intercollegiate athletics, University at Albany

Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, noon - 1 p.m.

Hall of Fame Room, SEFCU Arena, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY

The University at Albany participates in 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics programs for men and women. Since 2000, UAlbany has won 18 conference championships and made NCAA appearances in men's basketball, men's lacrosse, softball, women's volleyball and men's and women's track and field.  In 2004-05, the Great Danes were awarded the Commissioner's Cup as the America East Conference's top athletic program.  In 2005-2006, UAlbany's NCAA academic progress rate (APR) -- the formula NCAA member colleges and universities have adopted to improve academic success and graduation of student athletes -- was above the 90th percentile for the third consecutive year. In November 2006, the University announced a $2.75 million commitment from SEFCU to name the Recreation and Convocation Center for a 10-year period. The facility, known as the SEFCU Arena, is the home for UAlbany's men's and women's basketball teams.

The University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges, and an honors college. For more information about this internationally ranked institution, visit theUniversity at Albany. Visit UAlbany's extensive roster of faculty experts.

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