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January 2004
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University News

UAlbany's Great Dane Damien with baby Dane.Name the New Baby Dane UAbany's Great Dane has a new side-kick, who now needs a name. Alumni and students are invited to name the "baby" Dane and submit their ideas by January 21 to the UAlbany Spirit Committee at The Committee will draw up a final list, which the student body will vote on in January. The new name will be announced at the Big Purple Growl February 7. The Great Dane was first chosen by the student body in 1965 to replace the former mascot, "The Pedwin," which had been the mascot of the NYS College for Teachers.

Post 1969 Classes to Reunion at Homecoming UAlbany reunions will have a new twist in 2004: the classes will split their reunions between June and October. Alumni graduating prior to 1970 will reunion at the traditional time in June. However, alumni from the classes of 1970 and after are being invited to hold their reunion during Homecoming 2004, October 8-10. “This change will allow us to appropriately program for each distinctive group and assure that they each get sufficient time to enjoy the campus where they spent their academic careers,” said Lee Serravillo, executive director of the Alumni Association. If your class year ends in a “4” or “9”, you’re celebrating your five-year reunion in 2004. If you’d like to assist in planning class activities, contact your class councilor.

Campaign Update The University’s Bold.Vision. Campaign continues to spread around the country. On February 6, there will be an alumni event in Sarasota at the home of Matt ’57 and Sandy ’71 Ostoyich. Meredith Butler, Dean of the University Libraries, will be the keynote speaker. Alumni receptions also are scheduled in Boston March 5 and in Boca Raton and Washington, D.C. in March or April.

NYS Writers Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary UAlbany will sponsor "The Writing Semester," an arts program featuring more than 50 cultural events, in observance of the 20th anniversary of the New York State Writers Institute. The semester, co-sponsored by the Institute and the College of Arts and Sciences, will include visits by humorist Dave Barry and columnist Ellen Goodman, a dramatic adaptation of Richard Russo's novel Mohawk, and the designation of the state author and state poet. Details.

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Schools and Colleges

MBA Program Earns High Marks The Financial Times of London has ranked the executive MBA partnership between UAlbany and the Graduate School of Business Administration Zurich as the 11th best program in the world. The program, launched seven years ago, assembles mid-career executives for two-week blocks at both the American and Swiss campuses to study an ongoing program in a real company. Students complete six blocks, usually over three years.

Social Welfare Creates Elder Network The School of Social Welfare has established the Elder Network of the Capital Region, a consortium of health care and service providers to the elderly. In October 2003, the Elder Network received a $328,189 grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to underwrite the Elder Network's new approach for communities to support their aging citizens by improving the integration of medical and support services and by offering new opportunities for the aging to live fulfilling lives.

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Great DaneAmerica EastUAlbany Prepares for America East Championship Tournaments Join the excitement as UAlbany basketball extends its season at the America East Conference Championships. The men will play at Boston University March 5-7 and the women will play at Hartford University March 10-13. UAlbany alumni are invited to a game party at BU March 5. Check the UAlbany web site calendar for more details as they become available.


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Of Note

Check out UAlbany's Fight Song If you haven't had a chance to hear UAlbany's fight song, you can listen to it on online. Visit UAlbany's web site and click on the Fight Song link. The song was written by students Jonathan Hansen and John Regan and is performed by the University at Albany Earthtones.

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Big Purple GrowlBig Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast Celebrates 7th Anniversary It’s not called the BIG Purple Growl for nothing! Now in it’s 7th year, the Big Purple Growl has become the biggest home basketball game of the season as fans pack the RACC for an evening of special activities, promotions, and loads of giveaways and prizes! This year, the Great Danes take on America East opponent New Hampshire, February 7. Before the games, join fellow alumni for terrific food and fun at the Ferocious Feast. Show your spirit and join the fun! Details.

Great Dane Spring Stomp To Debut You’ve heard of Homecoming and the Big Purple Growl, right? Well this is the spring athletic event that you have been waiting for! Join us May 1, 4-7 p.m., in the intramural “stomping grounds” for carnival activities, fabulous food and family fun. Email the Alumni Association or call (518) 442-3080 for more information.

Home ExtensionArt Museum Offers Home Extension The UAlbany University Art Museum announces the exhibition Home Extension featuring works by ten international artists responding to the theme of “home” as a place of refuge, memory, support, occasional conflict, love and connection. The works create an understanding of 'home" shifting from a physical place to a psychological space that is movable, transportable and complex. The exhibition, which is free to the public, will be on view January 21-April 10. Details.

Upcoming Events
Jan. 13 – NYC Mayor Bloomberg Panel Discussion, NYC
Jan. 24 – West Central Florida Chapter: Annual Luncheon, Sarasota
Feb. 7 – Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast, Albany
Feb. 11 – Nanotech Tour sponsored by the Capital District Chapter, Albany
Feb. 13-23 – Hawaiian Island Cruise
March 5 – America East Conference Tournament Pregame Party, Boston University
March 25 – Boca Raton Alumni Reception
April – Washington, D.C., Alumni Reception

*Reminder: Registrations for UAlbany’s trip to Normandy, France are due January 28. Call the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 to register.


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