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UAlbany Alumni

Big News for All Alumni!
As of July 1, if you're a UAlbany alum, you're also a member of the UAlbany Alumni Association. With the continued growth and success of the University and its Alumni Association in recent years, the Association now has the resources to provide membership to all alumni, expanding the alumni circle to thousands of additional alumni across the country and the world. It's our belief that by offering benefits and services to all alumni, we will engage a greater number of our alumni in the life of the University. In return, we hope more alumni will contribute their time and resources to their alma mater, as we continue to pursue our goal to be among the nation's top research universities in the country. Welcome to a bigger, even better alumni family! For an overview of member benefits, visit our Web site.


Alumni WeekendAlumni Weekend is Almost Here!
Don't miss out on a weekend of reminiscing and reconnecting will fellow classmates and your alma mater June 1-3.  This year Alumni Weekend pays tribute to the classes of 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957 and 1962. The weekend begins with campus tours, an all-alumni wine tasting and the Excellence Awards Gala. Saturday, enjoy the all-alumni luncheon, sorority coffee hours, educational programs/tours and class get-togethers. The registration deadline is May 25. Full story >>

Wine Tasting Alumni Invited to Wine Tasting
Join the Alumni Association for a sampling of New York State wines and hors d'oeuvres June 1, 3-5 p.m., at the Alumni House. There is no charge, but you must preregister by calling (518) 442-3080 or e-mailing the Alumni Association. Please be sure to mention you read about this opportunity in News@UAlbany!

Museum ArtworkMaster of Fine Arts Candidates Display Work

The University Art Museum is featuring the artwork of the UAlbany Spring 2007 master of fine arts candidates, May 4-20. The museum provides candidates the opportunity to exhibit a cohesive body of their work in a professional museum setting, while offering visitors an opportunity to see how today's emerging artists are using the visual arts to address contemporary issues. Full story >>

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University News

Architects Rendering of Grand Entry Plaza.UAlbany Unveils Design for Grand Entry Plaza
The University has announced it will transform the Entry Plaza, its main gateway, into a park-like setting with more green space, ornamental trees and gardens, fountains and bench seating. Work is expected to begin in June 2007, with completion slated for this fall. The project is the first phase of a $25 million beautification plan, with funding from New York state secured with the help of New York State Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari. Full story >>

Biodiversity / conservation / policy logoUAlbany Celebrates Earth Day with $1.1 Million in Support of Biodiversity Program
The University has announced $1.1 million in support of its Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy Program. The funds will support research and scholarships for students to learn the science of conservation and how to communicate effectively with policymakers. The $1.1 million comes from the combined commitments of five donors. Full story >>

Taconic Biotech Facility$13.2 Million Biotechnology Expansion Planned for East Campus
State and University officials have announced that Taconic will construct a new biotechnology building at UAlbany's East Campus, to be used for the development and production of the most technologically advanced mouse models available to scientists today. The total project cost is estimated at $13.2 million: The University at Albany Foundation is providing $4.1 million for site work and shell construction, and Taconic is providing $9.1 million to outfit the facility. Full story >>

GraduateKolbert, Kaye Highlight Commencements at UAlbany
Author Elizabeth Kolbert and the Hon. Judith Kaye, Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals, will deliver the graduate and undergraduate commencement addresses at the University at Albany 2007 Commencement Ceremonies May 19 and 20. Full story >>

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Schools and Colleges

Dr. Clinton Ray Carpenter Donates $300,000.Dr. Clinton Ray Carpenter Donates $300,000 to Establish Endowment at NanoCollege
Fifty years after becoming the youngest male graduate at UAlbany, Dr. Clinton Ray Carpenter made history again as the first alumnus to establish an endowment to support the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. The fund will total $300,000 and target community college graduates, with preference in the awarding of scholarships given to students who majored in engineering science and/or physics at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y., where Carpenter taught for more than 20 years. Full story >>

Center for Excellence in Aging Services Receives Funding for Reinventing Retirement
The National Council on Aging has granted funding for a new project to reinvent retirement, ExcelleShare. The project is designed to transform the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the OASIS education program for mature adults within the Center for Excellence in Aging Services. ExcelleShare, funded by the National Council on Aging, is one of the organization's 12 RespectAbility Models of Significant Service Demonstrations to develop 21st century approaches to developing leadership and professional roles for adults 55+.

Don ByronGuggenheim Foundation Honors UAlbany Professor and Musician
UAlbany professor and musician Don Byron has been named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2007. Byron is one of 189 artists, scholars and scientists selected from a pool of almost 2,800 applicants. The fellowships are awarded to professionals who have demonstrated exceptional ability by publishing a significant body of work in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities and the creative arts.

The G3 Summit: Going Green Globally
The School of Business is contributing to the UAlbany "Go Green" initiative through its Global Strategic Management course. First-year, full-time MBA students are confronting the effects of global warming by evaluating industries employing green technology, including biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, solar power, solar photovoltaics, mass transit and wind power. The students will predict success based on projected growth, world markets and global alliances. Each team may use alternative energy expert James Mahoney, president/CEO of DPL Inc., as a "lifeline" to ask one question via e-mail and another by phone.

School of Education Dean hosts luncheon for delegation and several members of SOE facultySchool of Education Dean hosts luncheon for delegation and several members of SOE facultySchool of Education Hosts China Colleagues
The School of Education hosted a delegation from the International Center for Teacher Education, East China Normal University, for a three-day tour of UAlbany and the Capital Region. Seven educators from Shanghai and neighboring provinces visited local public schools and learned about school-university partnerships, teacher quality and professional development. Their tour included seminars with UAlbany faculty, Capital Region community education partners and the New York State Education Department as well as a meeting with SUNY Chancellor John Ryan. Full story >>

SSW's Feretti Selected as a Practice Change Fellow
Lisa Ferretti, director of operations at the Center for Excellence in Aging Services, has been selected in the first cohort of Practice Change Fellows funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. Fellows receive $90,000 to support an innovative project in aging services. Ferretti's fellowship will support the implementation of her "Heart Healthy in the Neighborhood" project that will target Albany's West Hill community. For more information on the Fellows Program, visit

Former Village Voice Editor Named Editor-in-Residence
Donald Forst, former editor at the Village Voice, New York Newsday and Boston Magazine, has been appointed editor-in-residence with the Journalism Program at UAlbany. The program, a popular minor at the University for more than 30 years, was offered as a major beginning in Fall 2006. Currently, 50 students are declared journalism majors, and more than 150 are minoring in journalism. Full story >>

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Men's Lacrosse Defeats Loyola In First Round of NCAA Tournament
UAlbany defeated Loyola 19-10 to move into the NCAA Quarterfinals where they will face Cornell this Saturday, May 19, in a game to be played at Princeton Stadium in Princeton, N.J. The win was the first-ever NCAA tournament win by a UAlbany team since the program moved to Division I in 1999. Full story >>

Men's LacrosseLacrosse Player, Coach Receive Accolades
UAlbany lacrosse player Frank Resetarits has been chosen America East Player of the Year, while UAlbany's Scott Marr was named Coach of the Year. Marr, who also earned the honor in 2002, led the Great Danes to a share of the America East regular-season crown. UAlbany established school records for most wins in a season (12) and the program's all-time mark for consecutive victories (11), breaking a standard that had stood since 1972. The Great Danes have won 10 or more games in four of the last five seasons and made three NCAA appearances. Full story >>

Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & FieldUAlbany Wins America East Conference Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Joe Greene was named the championship's most outstanding performer as UAlbany captured its fourth America East Conference men's track and field championship in the last five years May 6 at UMBC Stadium Complex. The Great Danes also won the women's championship for the second consecutive year. Full story >>

UAlbany SoftballSoftball Wins America East Title
The UAlbany softball team won three straight games at the America East Softball Championships to advance to their third straight NCAA tournament. The Great Danes are in a four-team, double-elimination bracket to be hosted by Hofstra University. UAlbany will face No. 8 seed Baylor in the first round of the NCAA tournament at noon on Friday, May 18. Full story >>

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UAlbany Alumni Association |

MAY 2007


Trooper David Brinkerhoff, B.A.'01

The University community mourns the death of Trooper David Brinkerhoff BA '01, who was killed in the line of duty April 25 in Margaretville, N.Y. An eight-and-a-half year veteran of the New York State Police, David was assigned to the Coxsackie Barracks of Troop F. He was fatally wounded when he and another trooper were tracking a suspect involved in the shooting of another trooper. David is survived by his wife, Barbara, and their seven-month-old daughter. The University is flying its flags at half-staff in honor of Trooper Brinkerhoff.

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