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University at Albany
A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany
Fall Homecoming
UAlbany News
Schools and Colleges
Of Note
Upcoming Events

Aug. 22 – A Day at the Races, Saratoga Race Track

Sept. 2 – UAlbany Great Danes Football at Hofstra with Pregame Party

Sept. 9 – Alumni Rock Climbing Night, Albany Indoor Rock Gym

Sept. 18 – FDR Estate and Vall-Kill Friends of the Library Outing

Sept. 23 – 2nd Annual Metro-NY Great Dane Golf Outing, Plandome, NY

Sept. 27 – Author Sidney Perkowitz, “Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids”

Sept. 29 – Author Paul Grondahl, “I Rose Like a Rocket”

Oct. 8-10 – Homecoming/Family Weekend and Reunion 2004



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Alum's Donation Sponsors All-Weather Lacrosse Field / Campaign Update / It's a Date! / UAlbany's Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program Expands National Work in Substance Abuse Prevention / Vellis Appointed Director of University Health Center

Schools and Colleges
Professor Gummer Mourned / School of Social Welfare Hosts Korean Students


Great Danes Open Against Fordham / Golfers - Mark Your Calendars!

Our Students Need You! / Join the Alumni Online Community / Alumni Association Members Benefit from Library Partnership

Homecoming '04 Features Reunion Classes / University Art Museum Exhibition / Friends of the Library Sponsors Fall Events

UAlbany News

Alumnus John Fallon, right and Director of Athletics and Recreation Lee McElroy, left.Alum's Donation Sponsors All-Weather Lacrosse Field
John R. Fallon, Jr., B.A.’77, M.P.A.’81 is contributing $250,000 to help finance a new all-weather lacrosse field for the men’s and women’s teams. A top partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, LLP in New York City, Fallon says his aim is to further bolster the success of UAlbany’s men’s lacrosse team, which earned an NCAA tournament berth for the second straight year this past spring. Full Story >>

BOLD.VISIONCampaign Update
The Bold.Vision. Campaign total has reached $282 million including a recent UAlbany Fund gift of $32,250 from the members of the Rockefeller College Advisory Board. The goal of the campaign – the University’s most ambitious capital campaign ever – is to raise $500 million in private support by June 30, 2008.

It's a Date!
The University will introduce a university-wide web calendar next month. The service will include one comprehensive events calendar as well as subcalendars for special areas, such as athletics, alumni events, etc. The calendar will replace the current alumni events calendar found on the alumni web site. You will be able to access the new calendar from the University homepage and alumni homepage.

UAlbany's Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program Expands National Work in Substance Abuse Prevention
UAlbany’s Counseling Center's Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program will expand its prevention initiatives advancing the development of technical materials for colleges and universities throughout the United States, thanks to a $10,000 gift from the Dominion Foundation. Full Story >>

Peter A. VellisVellis Appointed Director of University Health Center
UAlbany has named Peter A. Vellis, D.O. as director of the University Health Center after a national search. Vellis comes to UAlbany from Seton Health in Clifton Park, N.Y. Full Story >>

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Schools and Colleges

Professor Gummer Mourned
School of Social Welfare Professor Emeritus Burt Gummer, 66, a nationally recognized scholar on social welfare administration, passed away June 30. Gummer retired in 2002 after 25 years of dedicated service as a faculty member. Full Story >>

School of Social Welfare Hosts Korean Students
The School of Social Welfare hosted 12 graduate students from the Social Welfare program at Hallym University in Seoul, Korea, for two weeks in July. The students visited 20 social services agencies in the capital region and attended educational sessions at the school led by SSW faculty and staff. Professor Nam Soon Huh, Ph.D., who accompanied the students, received her doctorate degree from UAlbany's SSW.

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Northeast ConferenceGreat Danes Open Against Fordham

The Great Danes will open the home portion of their ’04-’05 football schedule against Fordham on Saturday, Sept. 11. For tickets, call (518) 442-DANE. For a complete game schedule visit

Great DaneGolfers - Mark Your Calendars
Enjoy a day of golf while raising funds for Athletic scholarships during the 2nd Annual Metro-NY Great Dane Golf Outing. The event will take place Sept. 23 at the Plandome Country Club, Plandome, N.Y. Cost: $425 for an individual golfer, $1,600 for a foursome. For more information, contact Don Ostrom at (518) 437-4416 or

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Of Note

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. Becoming a mentor is easy and only takes a few minutes. It’s all done online, so your commitment is as much or as little as you like. For more information on becoming an AlumNet mentor, visit the alumni volunteer web page.

Online CommunityJoin 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 and advertise your own.

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

Alumni Association Members Benefit from Library Partnership
The University Library has partnered with the Alumni Association to bring you more benefits for your Association membership. As a member you now have access to three journal databases:

Academic Search Premier: Access to nearly 4,600 scholarly publications.

Business Source Premier: Access to more than 8,500 scholarly business journals and other sources.

Regional Business News: Access to 75 business journals, newspapers and newswires from all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Contact Mary Sellen at for more information.

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Homecoming 2004Homecoming '04 Features Reunion Classes
This year’s Homecoming, Oct. 8-10, will feature all the usual favorites plus reunions for the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004. Highlights include Football vs. St. Francis, the Touchdown Tailgate, Jazz Cabaret, River Cruise, Comedy Night and class events. Visit our web page for all the details, and plan to join fellow alumni for all the fun and hoopla of Homecoming!

University Art Museum Exhibition
The University Art Museum will feature two exhibitions Sept. 28 – Nov. 14, with an opening reception Sept. 28. “First Happiness,” features an eclectic range of drawings by eight contemporary artists whose current art practice is directly inspired by experiences from their own childhood and adolescence. “Selected Works from the Pierogi Flatfiles” includes selections from this globe-trotting treasure trove of works on paper, along with work by UAlbany alumni artists. Full Story >>

Friends of the Library Sponsors Fall Events
The Friends of the Library is sponsoring a trip to the FDR Estate, Library and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Vall-Kill Sept. 18. Also in September are Sidney Perkowitz speaking on his book, “Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids” and Paul Grondahl, author of “I Rose Like a Rocket,” a biography of Teddy Roosevelt. For more information, email or call (518) 442-3540.

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