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University at Albany

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany 

UAlbany News
Schools and Colleges
Alumni Services of Note

Upcoming Events


April 22SUNY Alumni Spring Fling, Beaufort, S.C.

April 29 – Spring Stomp

May 3 – Albany Aqua Ducks Historic Albany Tour, Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries

May 20-21Commencement Weekend


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Alumni enjoy a picnic lunch at Alumni Weekend '05Alumni Weekend Is a Chance to Reconnect
Calling the classes of 1936-1966 (those years ending in one and six) – Reconnect with fellow classmates and see all that has changed at the University. The fun begins on Friday with campus tours, an all-alumni wine tasting and the Gala Awards Dinner.Saturday, enjoy an all-alumni luncheon, sorority/fraternity coffee hours, programs and class get-togethers. On Sunday, bid farewell at the Champagne Brunch Cruise. For more information or to register, call the Alumni Association at 1-800-836-ALUM.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting Scheduled
The UAlbany Alumni Association invites its members to attend the annual All-Alumni Luncheon and Annual Meeting June 3, 2006, at noon on the Downtown Campus. Come and learn what the association has accomplished in the past year and vote on proposed amendments to the bylaws. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 1-800-836-ALUM.

Spring StompKeep the Great Danes Spirit Alive at Spring Stomp
Come to the UAlbany Spring Stomp April 29 at 6:30 p.m.! Be there as UAlbany celebrates the grand opening of the John Fallon Lacrosse Field. Cheer on our nationally ranked America East lacrosse champions and three-time NCAA participant Great Danes as they take on Binghamton at 7:00 p.m. The first 1,000 attendees receive a Great Danes drawstring bag! Alumni Association members – preregister and receive a free hot dog and beverage! To become a member of the Alumni Association, visit

Summer Literacy Institute Scheduled
Elementary and secondary instruction will be the focus of the 2nd Annual School of Education Summer Literacy Institute June 27-29 on the UAlbany campus. The program is open to teachers and other school leaders. Keynote speakers are Richard Allington, professor of education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and president of the International Reading Association, and UAlbany professors Peter Johnston and Robert Yagelski. Visit the institute’s Web site for registration and session. Full story >>

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UAlbany News

Joe PersicoUAlbany Libraries Acquire Joseph Persico Papers
UAlbany has acquired the papers of Joseph E. Persico ’52, the best-selling author of Roosevelt's Secret War, Edward R. Murrow: An American Original, The Imperial Rockefeller, and co-author of former Secretary of State Colin Powell's autobiography My American Journey, as well as other acclaimed works of history and biography.
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First Niagara CheckFirst Niagara's Foundation Supports UAlbany Cancer Research Center
First Niagara's Foundation presented $50,000 March 29 to UAlbany's Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics. The funds will be used to purchase high-tech laboratory equipment for genomics and biomedical sciences research. Full story >>

university signUAlbany Unveils New Downtown Sign
President Kermit L. Hall unveiled a new campus sign for the University's downtown campus March 29, symbolizing the first step of a $2.4 million initiative that will make the University's three campuses welcoming and easy to find and navigate. The University has set a goal of completing the project in time for students' arrival for the fall 2006 semester.
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Schools and Colleges

MBA Students present at Eastern Academy of Management
The Eastern Academy of Management has accepted a paper from UAlbany MBA students, who won out over a group of working professionals and doctorate candidates. It is unusual for MBA work to be accepted. First-year students Chuck Quadrini, Dan Peat and Kristen Harris will present “Globalization and the Merck Pharmaceutical Company” at the EAM conference in May.

Thomas BirklandRockefeller College’s Thomas Birkland Appointed to National Science Foundation
Thomas Birkland, an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, has been appointed to serve for one year as a program director at the National Science Foundation. Full story >>

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and BeSang Inc. Embark On Joint 3D Memory R&D Program
As part of a three-year program valued at $1.1 million, BeSang Inc., a Portland, Ore. Start-up company, will use tools and facilities at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Albany NanoTech complex to enhance its 3D technology. "Through access to the state-of-the-art facilities at Albany NanoTech, we will be able to develop our 3D technology more quickly, which will allow us to speed up its introduction in the marketplace," Sang-Yun Lee, CEO of BeSang, said in a statement.

Social Welfare Faculty Member Zvi Gellis Selected for Governor's Council
Associate Professor Zvi Gellis, director of the Center for Mental Health and Aging, has been appointed to Governor Pataki's Interagency Planning Council for Geriatric Mental Health Services in New York State. The New York State Office of Mental Health and Office of the Aging will work collaboratively to develop a strategic "aging friendly" mental health plan for services to older New Yorkers.

haunted houses book coverGuggenheim Foundation Honors UAlbany Professor
UAlbany professor of English and writer in residence Lynne Tillman has been awarded a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The fellowships are awarded to professionals who have demonstrated exceptional ability by publishing a significant body of work in the fields of natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the creative arts. Full story >>

Grant Will Support Long Term Health Care Initiatives
School of Social Welfare Assistant Professor Vicky Rizzo, in partnership with the Center for Human Services Research, has received a $200,000 grant from the New York State Department of Health for a one-year project intended to further improve the existing quality assurance/quality improvement process by using direct feedback from care recipients and to pursue system-wide changes that will benefit the entire long-term home care population.

(L. to r.) Professor Meras, Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson, and Associate Professor Blanca RamosSchool of Social Welfare Welcomes Peruvian Guest
The School of Social Welfare welcomed Professor Armando Meras, director of the Office of Community Development and a faculty member at Universidad Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo in Chiclayo, Peru, on his second visit to UAlbany. Meras visited the school to further collaborative initiatives with faculty, staff and students and to discuss ways to implement the school’s programs in Peru. School faculty and students will travel to Peru again this summer.

School of Education Hosts Exchange of International Scholars
Over the years, the School of Education has hosted numerous visiting international scholars and students, helping to prepare leaders who can facilitate educational reform in their native countries and around the world. This academic year, the school is pleased to host a remarkably large number of visiting scholars: two Fulbright New Century Scholars and four Fulbright Students. Full story >>

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Golf Classic Supports Student-Athlete Scholarships
The 13th Annual Great Danes Scholarship Golf Classic will be held at Shaker Ridge Country Club in Albany May 22. Proceeds assist student-athletes in attaining their educational and athletic pursuits through scholarship contributions. A similar event is planned for Sept. 25 in Bethpage, N.Y.
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football playerDelaware, Cornell, Lehigh and Fordham On Football Schedule
UAlbany’s 2006 football schedule has been announced, and includes seven games against conference opposition. The non-league schedule features 2003 national champion Delaware, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, and a first-ever meeting with Cornell. The Great Danes, who tied for third in the Northeast Conference standings last year, open with consecutive Patriot League opponents in Lehigh and Fordham. Full Story >>

Adam ThorpeUAlbany Super Fan Featured on CBS
It wasn’t just the Great Danes who received national attention during the recent NCAA basketball tournament. Senior Adam Thorpe, a Great Danes super fan, was profiled during the Final Four on CBS and its cable sister in a 30-second CSTV package highlighting avid college basketball fans. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior is a fixture at UAlbany basketball games. He paints his face purple and gold, waves a giant UAlbany flag, and runs laps around the court pumping up the fans. You can watch the spot at (Scroll down and click on "Albany.")

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Of Note

legacy familyLegacy Families Honored at Commencement
If your family has a student graduating in 2006, as well as a parent or a grandparent who is an alum, we would like to know. Your family will be invited to a special event prior to commencement, and receive other recognition. For more details, e-mail Melissa Samuels or call (518) 442-3083.

Alumni Association’s Membership Campaign Reaches Goal
March 31 marked the official close of the Alumni Association’s 2006 membership campaign, resulting in more than 250 new members. Alumni Association board members along with Council of Classes members and other alumni volunteers made this year’s campaign a success, supporting traditional recruitment efforts with targeted phone calls to fellow alumni. But we’re not finished yet. If you haven’t joined us already, visit our Web site or call 1-800-836-ALUM to get reconnected today!

Commencement Volunteers Needed
Your alma mater needs your help! Please consider joining us for Spring Commencement, May 20-21. Each year, about 14,000 students, family members and friends converge on our campuses to enjoy this exciting occasion, and we need the support of more than 200 volunteers to make this event a success. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to visit campus and welcome the Class of 2006 to your alumni community. Please visit the commencement Web page and look for the VolunteerNow! button.

2006 Alumni Association Excellence Awards Recipients Selected
The UAlbany Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its 2006 Excellence Awards. (See sidebar at right.) Friends and family will celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals at the Gala Awards Banquet June 2 at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center. The awards program recognizes UAlbany alumni and friends making a difference in the University, local and international communities. For more information, email Melissa Samuels at the Alumni Association or call (518) 442-3083.

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UAlbany Alumni Association |


APRIL 2006

2006 Excellence Awards Recipients

Tino Hernandez
Tino Hernandez, M.S.W.’88, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus award from the Alumni Association this June.

Distinguished Alumni Award
• Tino Hernandez ’88

Citizen of the University Award
• Carl H. Rosner, Ph.D.

Bertha Brimmer Medal
• Louis A. Schiavone Jr. ’75, ’77

Excellence in Alumni Service Award
• Michael Corso ’83, ’84
• Patricia A. Caldwell ’75

Excellence in Arts & Letters Award
• Carolee Carmello ’83
• Gregory Maguire ’76

Excellence in Business Award
• Robert Matza ’77

Excellence in Community Service Award
• Arnold Rothstein ’60, ’62 and Judith K. Rothstein

Excellence in Education Award
• Ruth J. Kellogg, Ph.D. ’72, ’73
• Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D. ’74
• James R. Butterworth, Ph.D. ’73, ’77, ’79, ’86

Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award
• Harvey Patashnick ’67

Excellence in Public Service Award
• Mayor Gerald D. Jennings ’76
• William Barnette ’81

Top Moments of Great Danes' A-East Championship Game Against Vermont Catamounts, March 11, 2006

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Alumni Weekend

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JUNE 2-4
UAlbany will honor the classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966. There will be many exciting events and activities throughout the weekend and plenty of chances to reminisce with old classmates. For more information, e-mail the Alumni Association or call 1-800-936-ALUM.

Sicily, Italy


Poros, Greece
June 9-18, 2006

Sicily, Italy
October 14-23, 2006

For more information on these exclusive trips, e-mail the Alumni Association or call 1-800-936-ALUM.