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University at Albany

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany 

President Kermit L. Hall, 1944-2006

Kermit L. Hall,

University News
Schools and Colleges
of Note

Upcoming Events


Aug. 20 – Day at Saratoga Race Track, Capital Region Chapter

Aug. 30-Nov. 12
Julie Heffernan: Everything That Rises and Flicker, University Art Museum

Sept. 1 – U.S. Open Tennis, Metro NY Chapter

Oct. 20-22 – Homecoming/Family Weekend & Reunion 2006

Oct. 21 – Legacy Reception

Nov. 10 – Culinary Institute of America Luncheon, Capital Region Chapter


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HomecomingYou’re Invited - Homecoming/Family Weekend and Reunion ’06
Relive your favorite memories or make new ones during this jam-packed weekend of activities, Oct. 20-22. This is also class reunion time for the classes of 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006. Highlights include the Touchdown Tailgate, tours, lectures, Comedy Night, football vs. St. Francis and fireworks after the game! Check the alumni Web site later this month for all the details.

Calling All Boston UAlbany Alumni
There are more than 1,000 UAlbany alumni living in Boston – how many do you know? Let us know if you would like to have an opportunity to meet fellow UAlbany alumni living in the Boston area. E-mail Carmelina Morrison at the Alumni Association and tell her about yourself.

Saratoga Day at the RacesCapital District Alumni Invited to Saratoga Race Course
UAlbany alumni will gather Aug. 20 at the Saratoga Race Course to share in the excitement of this world-class race track with fellow alumni. The Paddock Tent luncheon is sold out. However, alumni are still invited to gather at the Alumni Association picnic area. Full story >>

Is Real Estate Your Business?
Are you interested in networking with New York City UAlbany alumni in the real estate profession? E-mail Carmelina Morrison at the Alumni Association with your area of expertise and interest in this potential event.

Self-portrait as Netherworld 2004 60x52Two New Exhibitions to Open at University Art Museum
Julie Heffernan: Everything That Rises features paintings by contemporary artist Julie Heffernan, whose work combines traditional motifs with a range of art historical references including Flemish landscapes, 17th-century portraiture and Rococo interiors. Flicker features five contemporary artists whose work references the ephemeral and contradictory impulses of the Baroque Era. The exhibitions are on view Aug. 30-Nov. 12. Visit the museum’s Web site for details.

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University News

Members of the UAlbany team with some of their hosts in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province.University Team Visits China
A UAlbany team led by President Hall, deans and other faculty traveled to China in July to discuss academic and research collaborations. They were accompanied by a State University of New York group to discuss program collaborations at the new Xianlin University Town in Nanjing. Hosts were Nanjing University in Jiangsu Province, and East China Normal University and Fudan University in Shanghai.  Read the China Journal >>

$300,000 Gift Creates Scholarships for Visually Impaired and Disabled Students
A $300,000 gift from retired schoolteacher Goldie Brenner Swartz '51, and her husband, Howard Swartz, of Longboat Key, Fla., will provide financial support, tuition, room and board for students with visual impairments or disabilities. Full story >>

UAlbany Adds Journalism Major
The University has added a major in journalism to the 54 degree programs in its undergraduate fields of study. The program, housed in the English department in the College of Arts and Sciences, expects to enroll 30 journalism majors in Fall 2006. Full story >>

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Schools and Colleges

School of Social Welfare 40th Anniversary Celebration SetSchool of Social Welfare 40th Anniversary Celebration Set
The School of Social Welfare invites alumni to celebrate its 40th anniversary with an afternoon of socializing Oct. 20, 4-6 p.m., in Milne 200 on the Downtown Campus. Invitees include alumni, representatives of community agencies and organizations, corporate and foundation sponsors, government officials and representatives, friends, current and former faculty and staff. For more information, e-mail Stephanie Wacholder or call her at (518) 442-5753. This event is part of UAlbany’s Homecoming/Family Weekend.

School of Business Professor Chairs Inaugural Conference on Cyber Security
In June, Sanjay Goel, School of Business assistant professor and director of research for the New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance, co-chaired the first annual Symposium on Information Assurance, the newly implemented academic track of the New York State Cyber Security Conference. The center is a partnership of UAlbany, the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination, and the New York State Police.

gyeUAlbany’s Africana Studies Graduate Program Second in the Nation
UAlbany’s Africana Studies undergraduate and graduate programs both ranked in the top 10 in the nation according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine. The graduate program ranked second, behind Columbia University, for the second consecutive year, and the undergraduate program ranking moved from 10th to sixth. Full story >>

UAlbany students help build a security wall around the cultural and spiritual center in Kigali, Rwanda.Faculty and Students Visit Rwanda For Study and Service Tour
UAlbany Social Welfare and Political Science students accompanied Social Welfare professors Barbara Rio and Starr Wood to Rwanda this July for a service learning/study tour. The students participated in cross-cultural dialogues with genocide survivors attending the local university; assisted in building a security wall around a cultural and spiritual center in the capital city of Kigali; and participated in activities with children orphaned by HIV, poverty and the 1994 genocide that killed one million people. Full story >>

Professor Donna ScanlonProfessor Receives Literacy Grant
Donna Scanlon, a professor in the reading department and associate director of the Child Research and Study Center, and her School of Education colleagues Lynn Gelzheiser, Frank Vellutino, and Virginia Goatley have received a three-year, $1.44 million grant from the Institute of Education Science of the U.S. Department of Education for a project that will involve collaboration with educators at a variety of colleges and universities to develop and evaluate materials to be used in pre-service language arts methods classes. Full story >>

Professor Gilbert ValverdeProfessor Selected as Fulbright Senior Specialist and Consultant in Uruguay
Gilbert Valverde, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, has been selected as a Fulbright Senior Specialist for a five-year period. The program’s intent is to foster international scholarly exchanges by matching senior expertise to requests for such expertise made to the local Fulbright committees of participating countries. Full story >>

Students and Faculty from Hallym University Visit the School of Social Welfare
For the past nine years, the School of Social Welfare (SSW) has hosted students and faculty from Hallym University in Seoul, Korea, to introduce them to American culture and its social welfare system. This July, Hallym University visitors heard presentations by SSW faculty and visited health and social welfare agencies in the Capital District to learn about our region's community services.  SSW has a formal sister-university agreement with Hallym University. 

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FootballGreat Danes Home Opener Against Fordham
UAlbany kicks off the home portion of its 2006 season when the Great Danes host the Fordham Rams Saturday, Sept. 9. Game time is 6 p.m. For tickets or a complete game schedule visit or call (518) 442-DANE.

GulfMetro NY Great Danes Scholarship Golf Classic Set
The fourth annual Metro NY Great Danes Scholarship Golf Classic returns to the Green Course of historic Bethpage State Park Monday, Sept. 25. Lunch and registration begin at noon with a shotgun start scheduled at 1:30 p.m. followed by cocktails, dinner and awards. For more information, contact either Don Ostrom at (518) 437-4416 or Mary Johnson at (518) 442-5445 in the Athletic Development office.

more great dane news!

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Of Note

Test-Prep Courses Offered.Test-Prep Courses Offered
The UAlbany Alumni Association offers GMAT, GRE and LSAT test-prep courses to help alumni and students prepare for graduate/law school admission tests. Best of all, these courses are being offered at half the price of other national courses. Classes are now forming for the fall – so register early for additional savings! Cost to current UAlbany students and Alumni Association members is $495 if registered by Sept. 29. Full story >>

Help Students Find Internships
You can help UAlbany students gain important experience by sharing internship opportunities with the Career Development Center (CDC). If your organization has a need for student interns, please send a posting to the CDC at or fax (518) 442-5005. Please include internship title, description of duties, whether the internship is paid or credit-bearing, and contact/application information. If you have questions, call (518) 442-7766.

UAlbany Restaurant OwnerLet Us Know You Are a UAlbany Restaurant Owner!
If you or somebody you know is a UAlbany alum and a restaurant owner we want to hear from you. The Alumni Association is always looking for locations to host alumni events in cities throughout the nation. We will keep your information on file and reach out the next time we are on the hunt for a location in your area. E-mail Carmelina Morrison at the Alumni Association with your information.

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(L. to r.) Dan Doyle ’97, ’04; Christy DeLaMater ’04; Stephanie Ferriero and her husband, Carmen ’04.

Alumni turned out to cheer on the Tri-City Valley Cats, who honored the America East Champions UAlbany men's basketball team June 29.

Trevoir Hudson ‘94 and Mary Boyd ’86.

Alumni traveled from around the country to Atlanta for an EOP & Friends Reunion in July.

Varsity Club members.

Varsity Club members enjoy a tailgate sponsored by the Alumni Association prior to a New York Giants practice.