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May 2003
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(L.-R.) David Gellman '78, 79; Bernard Arbit '42; and Robert Burstein Esq. '72 arrive for the Campaign Kickoff. )BOLD. VISION.

THE CAMPAIGN FOR THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY UAlbany announced the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in the history of the state university system April 26 -- $500 million over the next five years. The announcement came at a gala kickoff party attended by more than 400 alumni, faculty and friends of the University. "We intend to rank among the nation's 30 top public research universities by the end of this decade," President Karen Hitchcock told the audience. The Campaign offers individuals, businesses and foundations a range of opportunities to partner with us as we continue to advance in service to society. This critical private investment will provide new or renovated facilities appropriate to the 21st century, as well as critically needed new endowment for faculty chairs and professorships, endowed scholarships and fellowships, and academic programs. DETAILS.

More than 17,000 guests were on hand to celebrate UAlbany's 159th Commencement May 17-18. Catherine Bertini '71, undersecretary-general for management to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, received the Medallion of the University and served as keynote speaker at the graduate ceremony Saturday. Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Educational Opportunity Program Director Carson Carr Jr. addressed students and guests at the undergraduate ceremony the following day. More than 1,700 undergraduate, 870 master's and 134 doctoral degrees were awarded.

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Schools and Colleges

(L.-R.) University Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo President Pedro Mendoza, Dr. Blanca M. Ramos, Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson and UAlbany President Karen Hitchcock.UALBANY SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH PERU UAlbany President Karen Hitchcock and President Pedro Mendoza of the University Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo in Chiclayo, Peru, have signed an agreement to foster collaborative research and faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions. President Mendoza has been working closely with Dr. Katharine Briar-Lawson, Dean of the School of Social Welfare, and Dr. Blanca M. Ramos from the School of Social Welfare and Department of Latin American Caribbean Studies. The SUNY Center for International Development and the School of Social Welfare are exploring potential collaborative opportunities in Peru.

Ing-Nang WangARTS AND SCIENCES FACULTY AND STUDENT HONORED Ing-Nang Wang, assistant professor in Biological Sciences, is the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow. This prestigious award joins Professor Wang with other recipients from UC/Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Columbia, Cornell, MIT, NYU, University of Chicago -- to name just a few. Dr. Wang is the only SUNY recipient. William Lanford, Professor of Physics with joint appointment in Classics, recently was granted the Medal of the University from the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. Nicole Speed, a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is the winner of a 2003 Barry M. Goldwater Science Research Scholarships.

LOGA PRESENTS DEMOGRAPHIC RESEARCH John Logan, Director of the Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research and Professor of Sociology, presented his work May 8 at a symposium of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's in Washington, D.C. The symposium focused on changing demographic trends and their implications on civic and electoral participation in communities of color.

CRIME AND CULTURE: DRESSED TO KILL? Drop dead gorgeous? From the sartorial elegance of James Bond in black tie to the streetwise styles of young urban males, clothing speaks. How these messages are interpreted by a beautiful "Bond girl" or by a real-life cop on the beat is crucial to the interaction that follows. On May 21, Professor Frankie Bailey of the School of Criminal Justice will present a lecture at the New York State Museum that will take a serious, sometimes humorous look at clothes, crime and impression management. More details.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION HONORS FOURTH ROCKEFELLER COLLEGE PROFESSOR Sharon Dawes, associate professor of public administration and policy and director of the Center for Technology in Government, has been elected to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). She joins Rockefeller College faculty members Frank J. Thompson, Dall W. Forsythe and Richard P. Nathan as NAPA Fellows. The selection process for the Academy is extremely competitive and membership is limited to 400. More details.

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Great DaneAthletics

UALBANY ANNOUNCES 2003 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE The Great Danes, the defending Northeast Conference champions, will play a seven-game conference slate, and meet non-conference opponents Northeastern, an NCAA Division I-AA playoff team, Brown from the Ivy League, Towson and St. Peter's. Details.

MEN'S LACROSSE FALLS TO PRINCETON IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP UAlbany lost to Princeton 16-10 on Saturday, May 11, in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse championships. The Great Danes and Tigers were tied 5-5 at halftime before Princeton pulled away in the 3rd quarter. Despite the loss, the men's lacrosse team made history on Saturday, becoming the first Great Danes athletic team to qualify for NCAA Division I tournament action after defeating Hartford 7-5 in the America East championship game. Details.

Men's LaCrosse Team

TRACK AND FIELD TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP The UAlbany Men's Outdoor Track & Field team won its first ever America East Championship May 4. The team set a new conference championship meet record with 230 team points. UAlbany sophomore Jesse Bennett was named the meet's Most Outstanding Performer. UAlbany Director of Track & Field Roberto Vives and his staff were named Male Track Coaching Staff of the Year by the conference. UAlbany's Women's Track & Field team finished 2nd at the AE Championships with 135 points to trail only first place Northeastern, which finished with 183.5 points. Details.

SOFTBALL FALLS IN AMERICA EAST CHAMPIONSHIP GAME UAlbany softball lost to Boston University 5-1 and 3-1 in the championship round of the America East Tournament on Saturday, May 10. Albany finishes with a school-record 34 wins (34-10 overall). Chris Cannata '85 was named conference Coach of the Year. Details.

Emil Bove IIITheresa MasseAlissa GibbsMERIT MEDAL RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED Emil Bove III, Theresa Masse and Alissa Gibbs are UAlbany's ECAC Merit Medal recipients for 2002-03. The annual awards are given to the school's top senior male and female student-athletes who have shown excellence in the classroom and as competitive athletes. Bove, a co-captain of the men's lacrosse team, has a 4.0 GPA in a dual major of public policy and economics. Masse, a tri-captain of the women's lacrosse team, has a 3.68 GPA majoring in psychology with a dual minor in education and sociology. Gibbs was captain of the volleyball team and has a 3.55 GPA in computer science with a minor in mathematics.


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Of Note

E-MAIL FORWARDING SERVICE AVAILABLE UAlbany alumni can select a free permanent email address to share with family, friends and fellow alumni. All messages sent to your UAlbany email address will be automatically redirected to whatever mailbox you select. Your e-mail will be forwarded to you no matter how many times you change internet access providers, eliminating the need to update friends, family and coworkers when your email address changes. For more information, visit the Alumni Online Community.

UALBANY OFFERS ONLINE GIVING UAlbany appreciates the support we receive from our alumni. Now you have an additional option for contributing to UAlbany: online. You can make donations via our web site using a credit card. The site is completely secure, private and easy to use. Check out the site and learn how you can be a part of the new Campaign for UAlbany.

INTERNATIONAL UPDATES The UAlbany Alumni Association is working to gather updated information for alumni living internationally. Please email your mailing address, phone number and preferred email address to the Association so we can contact you when we are visiting your area. If you have contact information for other alumni living outside the United States, please forward this e-news to them and ask them to contact us.

WHAT'S NEW WITH YOU? Let your former classmates know what's new with you. You're invited to submit information for the Class Notes section of UAlbany magazine. Send news about your accomplishments, activities and personal milestones to the Alumni Association.

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Spring 2003 Master of Fine Arts adn Master of Arts CandidatesART STUDENTS' WORK EXHIBITED The University Art Museum is featuring the artwork of its spring 2003 Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts candidates, May 1-18. The UAM provides MFA/MA candidates with the opportunity to exhibit a cohesive body of their work in a professional museum setting, while offering area viewers a unique opportunity to see how today's emerging artists are addressing contemporary issues in the visual arts.

Potter Club members 1931.POTTER CLUB ANNUAL REUNION Visit with your fraternity brothers June 5-6 at a variety of events, including a dinner Thursday evening and a bus trip to historic Troy and Oakwood Cemetery. For more information, contact Theodore Bayer '51 at (518) 885-4515 or

REUNION 2003 SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE Hundreds of UAlbany alumni will return to the campus June 6-8 for the University's Alumni Weekend 2003 activities. For reunion details and a registration form, go to:

REGIONAL ACTIVITIES Visit our regional activities calendar for more details about these and other upcoming regional activities:

May 17 - Southern California's Day at Hollywood Park
May 21 - Spring Social in Washington D.C.
June 4 - Metro New York Careers On The Move Networking Social
June 17 - Metro New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Baseball Game
July 14 - 1st Annual Metro-NY Great Dane Golf Outing
June 28 - Washington DC's Feed the Homeless Volunteer Community Project
August 23 - Saratoga Invitational Rugby Tournament, Saratoga Springs, NY
Check out the UAlbany Rugby web site at


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