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April 2003
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University News

WELCOME TO NEWS@UALBANY News@UAlbany is the University at Albany's new online update for alumni and friends. As a member of the UAlbany community, you will receive this monthly e-news about UAlbany events, activities and news -- up-to-date and as it happens. We welcome your input. Please send your comments and ideas to

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University at Albany LogoMINERVA IS FRONT AND CENTER IN NEW GRAPHIC IDENTITY PROGRAM UAlbany has rolled out its new University logo and seal. The logo design, which incorporates an updated version of Minerva, the University's long-standing symbol, aims to reflect the history, tradition and modern-day distinctiveness of UAlbany. The new design is the result of months of collaboration that involved a Univeristy at Albany Sealcross section of University constituents including administrative staff, students, alumni and deans. The figure of Minerva and the Latin motto, Sapientia et sua et docendi causa (Wisdom both for its own sake and for the sake of teaching), have appeared on the University seal since about 1913.

ALBANY A+ IN EDUCATION The Albany region is tops when it comes to education, according to a February 14 article in Forbes magazine that was based on research done by the Places Rated Almanac, Millennium Edition. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy Region rated number three in the nation. "Not only does the University provide a fertile environment that encourages learning, it is also a major employer that -- unlike many now-defunct tech companies -- is unlikely to endure massive layoffs," the article said.

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Schools and Colleges

COMMUNITY LEADERS SUPPORT SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE Capital Region community leaders are being invited to join the School of Social Welfare's Subcommittee on Strategic Partnerships, chaired by Charlotte Buchanan, Esq. The group will further collaborative initiatives of the School and its community-building work and help create the necessary conditions for our community and school to become a national investment site. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson at (518) 442-5324.

CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY IN GOVERNMENT LEADS STUDY OF GOVERNMENT INFORMATION INTEGRATION UAlbany's Center for Technology in Government has received a two-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to assemble a multidisciplinary team of researchers to examine government information integration projects. The research will develop a series of models to help researchers and government professionals better understand the social and technical processes that make up cross-organizational integration initiatives. More details.

STUDENT'S SYSTEM DYNAMICS RESEARCH WINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION UAlbany public policy student Emil Bove was one of only 20 students chosen through a nationally competitive process to present his research on System Dynamics at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Research Conference in January. More details.

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Great DaneAthletics

ALBANY MEN CAPTURE AMERICA EAST INDOOR TRACK TITLE UAlbany's men's indoor track and field team captured the team title at the America East Conference championships held in Boston. UAlbany finished first thanks in part to the efforts of junior Paul Roche (Niskayuna, NY) who was named the Most Outstanding Male Field Performer. On the women's side, UAlbany finished in third place.

HUTCHESON & McGINLEY NAMED 2ND TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE Sophomore center Danielle Hutcheson (Pheonix, AZ) and senior forward Jess McGinley (Burke, VA) were both named America East Conference 2nd Team All-Stars in women's basketball. Hutcheson set a UAlbany sophomore scoring record. McGinley led the Great Danes in scoring and finishes her UAlbany career 4th on the all-time scoring list.

Jamar WilsonWILSON NAMED ROOKIE OF THE YEAR; LEVINE NAMED TO ALL-ROOKIE TEAM Freshman Jamar Wilson (Bronx, NY) was named the America East Men's Basketball Rookie of the Year and also was named an America East 2nd-Team All-Star. Levine, who led Albany in scoring at 19.2 points per game, was second in league scoring and is the first UAlbany freshman to score 500 points in a season. Along with Wilson, Levi Levine (New York, NY) was named to the conference All-Rookie team.


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Of Note

JOIN THE ALUMNI ONLINE COMMUNITY Stay in touch with friends and your alma mater by registering for UAlbany Connections, the free online community designed exclusively for UAlbany alumni. The community features:

  • Online alumni directory lets you find fellow graduates fast -- no matter where they are.
  • Career Center brings qualified people and great jobs together.
  • Permanent e-mail addresses never change and your e-mail will be forwarded to you no matter how many times you change internet access providers.
  • Yellow Pages let you shop for goods and services offered by other alumni.

It's all on the internet, accessible only to UAlbany alumni. Log on to our web page at to get connected.

D.C .Chapter EventALUMNI CHAPTERS TAKE OFF Alumni across the country -- and across the world -- are bringing the UAlbany spirit to their local area by volunteering for leadership roles in regional chapters and clubs. Newly formed chapters include New York City, southern California and Washington, D.C. Plans are underway for a club in Cypress as well. To see what these, and other regional groups are planning, visit the Alumni Web Site.

OUR STUDENTS NEED YOU! Every year, hundreds of UAlbany students look to alumni for career advice and guidance. They find the right connections through AlumNet, UAlbany's online mentoring program. Right now, we are sorely in need of mentors in the following fields: Advertising/Public Relations, Music Industry/Entertainment, Computer Animation, Event Planning, Finance, Forensics, Human Resources, International Business, Pharmaceutical Sales, Public Policy, Sports Management/Marketing and Teachers in Montessori or secondary schools. For directions on becoming a mentor, visit the alumni volunteer web page.

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NEW YORK TIMES PRAISES STEPHEN GUIRGIS '90 The March 2 edition of The New York Times featured a profile of Stephen Adly Guirgis (BA'90). The article, "The Sound of Fury," called him an overgrown kid who may be the best playwright in America younger than 40. The article mentions that while at UAlbany, Guirgis became a famous campus character, and it was here that he had a chance to pursue his interest in acting.

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Alumni WeekendALUMNI WEEKEND 2003 All alumni, friends, spouses and children are invited to the UAlbany campus for Alumni Weekend 2003, June 6-8. This year's event will feature programs on both the uptown and downtown campus and includes the Annual Alumni Awards, class dinners, Capitaland Chorus, All-Alumni Buffet and much more.

May 17-18, 2003
Commencement is a momentous occasion for our graduates and their families, and the University invites you to join in the celebration. Hundreds of volunteers are needed in a number of areas in order to make this event run smoothly:

  • Ushers, assistants for disabled guests, student line-up/procession
  • Information booths throughout campus to guide guests
  • Floaters in the Campus Center area to provide assistance to guests
  • Individual school ceremonies (needs vary by school)

For more details or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Christy DeLaMater at (518) 591-8626 or

1999 Great Danes ClassicTENTH ANNUAL CAPITAL DISTRICT GREAT DANES GOLF CLASSIC Join us for this annual event June 2 to benefit the UAlbany Athletic Scholarship Fund. The tournament will be held at the Normanside Golf Club in Delmar, N.Y. This year's tournament will feature AM & PM flights. Call (518) 437-4416 for more information.


Carol Gilligan, internationally acclaimed author and scholar of education, human development, and psychology, will discuss her recent book The Birth of Pleasure April 30 at UAlbany's Performing Arts Center. The event is cosponsored by the School of Education, Robert C. Parker School and the New York State Writers Institute. For more information, call (518) 442-4991 or email


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