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University at Albany
A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany
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Leonard Named School of Business DeanCampaign Update Cancer Center Announces Fund for Memory and Hope Honorary Committee University Libraries Announces New Initiatives Fund

Rockefeller College Announces Mentor Program U.S. DOE Helps UAlbany Increase Number of Special Education Doctorates UAlbany Faculty Receive Breast Cancer Research Awards Endowment Created to Honor Dr. William Reid School of Social Welfare Professor Receives Healthcare Grant

Basketball Season Tickets Available Big Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast Set

Online Career Center Matches the Best People With the Best Jobs UAlbany License Plates Show School Pride

Master of Fine Arts Candidates on Display at Art Museum The Rivalry Heats Up as UAlbany Takes on Siena

UAlbany News

Paul LeonardLeonard Named School of Business Dean
Paul Leonard has been named dean of the School of Business, effective November 1. The appointment will run through the balance of this academic year and the following two academic years. Interim Provost Jeryl Mumpower said the University will conduct a search for its next permanent dean of the School of Business after the next president and provost are appointed and during the term of Leonard’s own appointment. Full Story >>

Meeting the ChallengeCampaign Update
The Bold.Vision. Campaign has increased by $4 million in the past three months, bringing total University support to nearly $286 million. Recently, the Gen*NY*sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, currently under construction at the East Campus, was awarded a grant of $230,000 from the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation and received a gift of $25,000 from Fischer Scientific. In addition, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation awarded $150,000 to the University’s Center for English Learning and Achievement.

Cancer Center Announces Fund for Memory and Hope Honorary Committee
UAlbany’s Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics has announced the names of the founding members of the Honorary Committee for the Fund for Memory and Hope. The committee will support the center’s commitment to research into the genetic origins of cancer. The initial fundraising goal is $25 million to equip a new state-of-the-art facility and support cutting-edge research. The centerpiece of the building will be the Wall of Memory and Hope. Full Story >>

Meredith ButlerUniversity Libraries Announces New Initiatives Fund
The Dean and Director’s New Initiatives Fund, established through a gift from Dean Meredith Butler, will enable the University Libraries to support new initiatives to advance the Libraries’ collections and services. To learn more about opportunities for investing in this endowment fund, which has a goal of $100,000, contact Roberta Armstrong at (518) 442–3540 or

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Schools and Colleges

DraperRockefeller College Announces Mentor Program
Rockefeller College is rolling out a new mentor program that will match students and young alumni with an alumni mentor in a field related to their interests. The time commitment for the mentor can be as little as a monthly phone conversation or more depending on the interests of both parties. If you are interested in either being or having a mentor, contact David Liebschutz at

U.S. DOE Helps UAlbany Increase Number of Special Education Doctorates
UAlbany faculty Deborah May and Kevin Quinn have received a $747,000 U.S. Department of Education grant for Preparation of Leadership Personnel in Special Education. The grant will enable the division of Special Education at UAlbany to increase the number of doctoral candidates, prepare participants to assume leadership roles in the field of special education, assist in career placement activities and provide ongoing evaluation. Full Story >>

UAlbany Faculty Receive Breast Cancer Research Awards
UAlbany professors Douglas Conklin and Carolyn MacDonald have received awards from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program for their novel concepts in breast cancer research. The global award competition offers hope that new research may provide improved prevention, detection or treatments for breast cancer. Full Story >>

Endowment Created to Honor Dr. William Reid
Dr. William Reid, a faculty member in the School of Social Welfare, passed away earlier this month. Reid was internationally recognized for his groundbreaking achievements in social work practice and research and was dedicated to furthering outstanding doctoral education and research. If you are interested in contributing to the William J. Reid Endowment for Doctoral Dissertation Research, email Stephanie Wacholder or call (518) 442-5324.

School of Social Welfare Professor Receives Healthcare Grant
Ronald Toseland, a professor in the School of Social Welfare, has received a five-year grant from the Veterans Administration to support the "Center for Integrated Healthcare." This Center, to be located in Syracuse, will explore methods to integrate mental health care into primary care. Toseland will serve as senior scientist/co-investigator on the grant.

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Great DaneAthletics

Basketball Season Tickets Available
The 2004-2005 Great Danes basketball season is right around the corner. For information on basketball season tickets visit our web site or contact Rob Totaro at (518) 437-4415.

Big Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast Set
The 8th Annual Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast is scheduled for Saturday, February 5, 2005. The event will feature a women's and men's basketball double-header against the University of New Hampshire. Ticket information for the event will be available online next month.

more great dane news!

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Of Note

Online Career Center Matches the Best People With the Best Jobs
Where do the best ad execs, accountants and artists look for advancement? They log on to UAlbany’s Online Alumni Community Career Center – exclusively for UAlbany alumni. If you have a job opening you’d like to fill, or are looking for a new job, start in the same place where you gained your career skills. Posting a job is as easy as a few quick clicks of the mouse. Check out our homepage or email Melissa Samuels or call (518) 442-3083.

UAlbany License PlateUAlbany License Plates Show School Pride
New Yorkers can show their UAlbany pride with custom UAlbany license plates. Plates cost $34.50 with a $25 annual renewal fee (2 year minimum renewal) or $63 for a customized plate with a $50 annual renewal fee (2 year minimum renewal). Orders can be placed at any NYS DMV office, online at or by calling 1-800-364-7528.

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Artwork on Display Master of Fine Arts Candidates on Display at Art Museum
The University Art Museum is featuring the artwork of five UAlbany fall 2004 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates, Dec. 2-19. The exhibit offers viewers an opportunity to see how today’s emerging artists are addressing contemporary issues in the visual arts. There will be an opening reception Dec. 10, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

UAlbany vs. SienaThe Rivalry Heats Up As UAlbany Takes on Siena
Join fellow UAlbany alumni at the Mad River Bar & Grill Nov. 23 for a festive pregame party as UAlbany prepares to take on Siena in the annual rivalry basketball game. Come eat, meet fellow UAlbany fans and hear Athletic Director Lee McElroy talk about the future of UAlbany’s athletic program. For event details, visit the alumni web calendar at

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