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University at Albany
A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany
Commencement Weekend
UAlbany News
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May 13 – Sunset River Cruise

May 13-15 –
Commencement Weekend

May 26 –
Career Transitions

June 3 –
Alumni House Wine Tasting

June 3-5 –
Alumni Weekend

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SUNY Atlanta Volunteer for Literacy Volunteers of America

June 16 –
Metro NY Yankees Game

July 9 –
“Mama Mia”

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Relax on a Sunset Hors d'oeuvres River Cruise Thinking of Changing Jobs? Join us for Alumni Weekend New York Yankees Tickets Available A Chance to Dance, Mingle and Meet a Broadway Star! SPELLBOUND Volunteers Needed

President Hall Emphasizes the Importance of the Student Experience UAlbany Wins Funding in NYS Budget Students Voice Their Concerns Elias J Corey Receives Honorary Doctorate UAlbany Seniors: Accomplished, Outstanding and Ready to Make Their Mark on the World

CNSE Partners with Mexican Research Laboratory Professor Renews Interest in 19th Century Author Marietta Holley SSW Students Part of an Engaged Global Community Peruvian Professor Visits SSW to Further Collaborative Initiatives

UAlbany Athletes Receive Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Awards Lacrosse Wins Third Consecutive America East Title

Save Money Through Loan Consolidation Stay Involved


Relax on a Sunset Hors d’oeuvres River Cruise
Cruise the Hudson River on the Dutch Apple and meet President Kermit L. Hall in this casual setting May 13, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy the peaceful scenery and a hot-and-cold hors d’oeuvres buffet and cash bar. Contact the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 to reserve your spot.

Job Tools.Thinking of Changing Jobs?
Are you hunting for a new job or thinking of switching careers? If so, join fellow UAlbany alumni for “Career Transitions” May 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Alumni House. Hear experts from the New York State Department of Labor address developing a search strategy, job search tools and much more. Career counselors will be on hand to review resumes, and attendees will have an opportunity to network at a reception following the presentation. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080.

Alumni WeekendJoin Us for Alumni Weekend
Alumni Weekend is June 3-5 for the classes of 1930, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1950, 1955, 1960 and 1965. Enjoy class events; a wine tasting; and a host of activities on the downtown campus, including an alumni picnic, Myskania reunion, Page Hall film festival, author reading/book signing, and a program highlighting UAlbany’s “Greatest Generation.” For a complete event listing, visit our Web site or call the Alumni Association at 1-800-836-ALUM.

New York Yankees Tickets Available
The Metro NY Chapter of the Alumni Association is heading to The Bronx for a game against Pittsburgh June 16. Tickets are in Box 669 (upper deck) and are $10 each. There is a four-person limit on tickets, and they will go fast. Call Carmelina Morrison at (518) 442-3080 for more information.

A Chance to Dance, Mingle and Meet a Broadway Star!
Join the UAlbany Alumni Association at “Mamma Mia,” a musical based on Abba’s best-loved songs, July 9, 2005, at 2 p.m. After the show meet Carolee Carmelo, a 1983 UAlbany alumna who plays the show’s lead character, Donna Sheridan. Don’t miss this great show that will have you dancing in the aisle! Cost includes round trip bus from UAlbany and show ticket -- $125 for Alumni Association members, $135 for non-members. Limited seats available. Email the Alumni Association or call 1-800-836-ALUM.

SPELLBOUND Volunteers Needed
SUNY Alumni of Atlanta will be volunteering to benefit adult literacy at Literacy Volunteers of America's annual Scrabble tournament, SPELLBOUND, at the Buckhead Sheraton June 9, 7-9 p.m. Volunteers are needed for registration, silent auction and scoring. RSVP by May 13 to Debbie Currie at (404) 498-4163 or

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UAlbany News

President Kermit L. Hall with Richard Nichols IIPresident Hall Emphasizes the Importance of the Student Experience
President Kermit L. Hall called for "a little home cooking, some basic planning, and some recalibration" in his spring address to faculty, and he emphasized the importance of improving the student experience. Full Story >>

UAlbany Wins Funding in NYS Budget
UAlbany will receive critical funding for important needs under the recently approved 2005-06 New York State budget. Full Story >>

Students Voice Their Concerns
Faculty, staff and President Kermit L. Hall listened April 19 as six undergraduates voiced their concerns with course availability, access to faculty and academic advising in the first of three "Voice of the Students" panel discussions. Full Story >>

Elias J. Corey Elias J. Corey Receives Honorary Doctorate
Elias J. Corey, the 1990 recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, was awarded an honorary doctor of science degree from UAlbany. Full Story >>

UAlbany Seniors: Accomplished, Outstanding and Ready to Make Their Mark on the World
UAlbany seniors are finishing up papers, projects and exams in a whirlwind of activity as they move toward commencement May 15. While it’s impossible to mention all the outstanding seniors who have pursued and extracted all the countless opportunities available at UAlbany during the past four years, we can introduce you to a few. Full Story >>

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Schools and Colleges

CNSE Partners with Mexican Research Laboratory
UAlbany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) has signed an agreement to collaborate on research and educational programs with the Centro de Investigación en Materials Avanzados (CIMAV), one of Mexico’s leading national research laboratories. Full Story >>

Mary Ellen Shevalier, shown here in a Saratoga Springs garden, plays the elder Marietta Holley in the WPBS documentary.  Kate Winter made Shevalier's hat.Professor Renews Interest in 19th Century Author Marietta Holley
Kate Winter of the Department of English is on a mission to bring back the work of Marietta Holley, the "female Mark Twain" of Jefferson County, N.Y., in the 1800s. Winter scripted, appeared in and completed work on a one-hour WPBS documentary about Holley. Full Story >>

SSW Students Part of an Engaged Global Community
Barbara Rio, School of Social Welfare assistant coordinator of Undergraduate Field Education, and her Social Work Practice I class recently traveled to New York City for the 22nd Annual Social Work Day at the United Nations, titled "Women's World: Global Challenges & Solutions." Speakers from around the world presented various topics, including women's health rights; trafficking of young children, women and men; and poverty.

Katharine Briar-Lawson, Professor Armando Meras, Blanca RamosPeruvian Professor Visits SSW to Further Collaborative Initiatives
The School of Social Welfare welcomed Professor Armando Meras from the Universidad Toribio de Mogrevejo del Peru. Professor Meras is the director of the Center of Poverty, Community Development, and Research at his home university. The participants met to explore collaborative research initiatives and to plan 2005 summer study tours in Peru.

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UAlbany Athletes Receive Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Awards
Seven UAlbany student-athletes have received the Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award. UAlbany athletes honored are Andy Allstadt (cross country), Roman Dubiel (baseball), John Eleby (lacrosse), Jill Friedman (golf), Ashley Heilmann (lacrosse), Alexis Johnson (field hockey) and Susan Spierre (volleyball). The Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award recognizes a combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement. The winners were selected by athletic directors at SUNY’s Division I institutions.

Lacrosse Wins Third Consecutive America East Title
Chris Martocchia scored a career-high six goals and Merrick Thomson added five goals and one assist as UAlbany won its third consecutive America East Conference men's lacrosse championship with a 16-7 victory over Stony Brook May 7. The Great Danes, who are 10-5 overall, will make their third straight NCAA appearance. UAlbany travels to No. 6 Virginia on Saturday, May 14, at 8:00 p.m. Full Story >>

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Alumni Services Of Note

Save Money Through Loan Consolidation
The Alumni Loan Consolidation Program enables recent alumni and their parents to reduce monthly student loan repayments by consolidating their eligible federal student loans. Alumni with more than $10,000 in outstanding federal student loans can take advantage of the lowest interest rates in recent history. Visit our Web site for details.

Stay Involved
Are you looking for a way to stay involved with your alma mater? Whether you live near or far, have hours or just minutes a month to spend, there’s a way for you to be a part of the UAlbany community. Check out “25+ Ways To Support UAlbany” and find a connection that’s just right for you.

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MAY 2005

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In the last issue, we asked you what section of UAlbany magazine you turn to first. The overwhelming response – 70 percent – go straight to Class Notes to see what’s new with their former classmates. Other responses included the cover story, events and UAlbany News.