UAlbany News

Kermit Hall Named New UAlbany President
Following the recommendation of Chancellor Robert L. King, the State University of New York Board of Trustees approved the nomination of Kermit L. Hall, head of Utah State University, as the University at Albany’s 17th president. Hall has been president and professor of history of Utah State University since 2000 and previously served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of history at North Carolina State University. Full Story >>

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Awards World's First Ph.D. Degrees in Nanocale Science
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of UAlbany – the first college devoted to the study of nanoscale scientific concepts – awarded the world’s first Ph.D. degrees in nanoscience in December. Nanotechnology involves manipulating matter at the atomic scale and holds great promise for innovation in such fields as chip making, fuel cell development, drug delivery and sensor technology.
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USAID Awards UAlbany $17 Million to Bolster Democracy in Lebanon
The Center for Legislative Development at UAlbany has been awarded a three-year, $17 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development to continue its efforts to strengthen municipal institutions in Lebanon and increase their effectiveness in support of democracy. Full Story >>

Middle Earth Students Win National Awards in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention
UAlbany’s Middle Earth peer counseling students received national honors for their work in alcohol and drug prevention at the BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network National Conference in November. UAlbany won a total of four awards, more than any of the other 87 competing colleges and universities. In addition, two UAlbany students were elected to national office. Middle Earth is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Full Story >>

Campaign Receives Year-End Support
During the last two weeks of December, the University realized year-end gifts and pledges totaling more than $500,000, thanks to dedicated alumni and friends. We are truly grateful for your continuing generosity and support of the Bold.Vision campaign!

Schools and Colleges

School of Social Welfare to Apply Information Technology in Children and Family Services
Through a collaborative funding arrangement with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the School of Social Welfare will be one of the first schools of social work in the nation to adopt informatics and information technology to provide models for application and development of human services. A new faculty member is being recruited to help advance the school’s evidence-based agenda and practice research initiatives. For more information, contact Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson at or (518) 442-5324.

School of Education to Produce Web-Based Literacy Materials for High School English Teachers
The School of Education’s Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA) has received a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to provide Web-based professional development materials to high school English teachers. The award will be used to adapt for high school English teachers a Web-based literacy guide produced by CELA for teachers at the middle school level. For more information, visit the school’s web site.


Catch the Spirit at the Big Purple Growl
Get Ready to Rock the RACC at the 8th Annual Big Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast Feb. 5. Enjoy an evening of Great Danes basketball, fabulous food, games and prizes. Prior to the game, mingle in the University Gym with fellow alumni at the Ferocious Feast, which features a new menu, lower pricing, lots of giveaways and a Puppy Pound loaded with entertainment for kids.
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Of Note

Advertise or Shop With Alumni Yellow Pages
If you have a service you’d like to share with fellow alumni, check out UAlbany’s online Alumni Yellow Pages. The Alumni Yellow Pages allow you to advertise your goods and services, or shop for those offered by other alumni. This is just one of the many free services available to alumni through UAlbany’s alumni online community.

Join a Constituent Group and Get Connected
Take advantage of opportunities for networking, professional development and reconnecting with old friends by joining a UAlbany constituent group. Constituent groups are organized groups of alumni who share a common bond. Current groups include:

School of Education
School of Business
Albany Crew Alumni
Rugby Alumni
School of Social Welfare
University at Albany Lawyers Association
Varsity Club
Jewish Alumni Group
School of Information Science and Policy

For more information, visit our web site, or contact Carmelina Morrison at

Thinking About Graduate or Law School?
The UAlbany Alumni Association is pleased to offer alumni the opportunity to take test preparation courses. GMAT, GRE and LSAT test prep courses are now available on campus. Visit our web site, or contact the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 or for more information.


Tour New Life Sciences Research Building
Tour the newest building on the UAlbany campus – the Life Sciences Research Building. The 194,000-square-foot facility supports interdisciplinary research groups exploring the basic scientific mechanisms that underlie the cause and address the cure of disease. Join the Alumni Association Feb. 16 for breakfast and networking, followed by a tour and presentation led by Albert Millis, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. Cost is $15 for Alumni Association members, $20 for non-members. Call (518) 442-3080 to register.

Hudson Mohawk Education Expo Announced
The School of Education invites all 2004 and 2005 UAlbany graduates to interview with representatives from school districts across the state and nation at the Hudson Mohawk Education Expo 2005. The event will be held at the Empire State Convention Center in Albany March 30-31. In preparation for the Expo, the School of Education will run a Resume Writing Workshop on campus Jan. 18. For more information, visit the school’s web site.

Art Museum Announces Spring 2005 ACT Schedule
ACT (Art and Culture Talks) brings together artists, critics, writers, poets and scholars to address key issues in contemporary art and culture through provocative talks, seminars, screenings and readings in an informal setting. All programs are free. For more information, call (518) 442-4035.

What is (or was) your favorite UAlbany tradition, and why? Share your thoughts with us, and we'll enter your name into a drawing for a UAlbany T-shirt.

In the last issue, we asked you to tell us about your favorite wintertime memory at UAlbany. Seems there was a lot of fun going on in all that snow!>>

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