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University at Albany

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany 

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UAlbany News
Schools and Colleges
Alumni Services of Note


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Head Coach Will Brown
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Upcoming Events


Nov. 26 – UAlbany at San Diego State Pregame Gathering

Nov. 28 – Rockefeller College Alumni Awards

Nov. 29 – Great Danes at UCLA Bruins Pregame Party and Basketball Game

Dec. 3 – Great Danes vs. Siena Pregame Party and Basketball Game

Dec. 11 – Winter Commencement

Dec. 15 – Holiday Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast, SUNY Atlanta Chapter

Jan. 7 – Great Danes 2006 Tip-Off Party

Jan. 21 – West Coast Florida Chapter Annual Luncheon, Sarasota

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Student AssociationStudent Association Reunion Planning Underway
Were you a member of the Student Association during your years at UAlbany? If so, please e-mail the Alumni Association at to let us know and to confirm your contact information. An October 2006 reunion is being planned to reunite and reconnect. If you’re interested in helping plan the event, please include that information as well in your email.

Bus Ticket

Alumni Holiday Bus Trip to New York City Set
Enjoy a great day taking in the sights of New York City decorated for the holidays. Make your own schedule -- shop, dine or see a show. The bus trip, Dec. 10, departs from the Alumni House promptly at 7 a.m. and will return at 10 p.m. Full story>>

Alumni Gatherings Planned as Great Danes Take on San Diego State, UCLA, Siena
Great DanePregame parties are scheduled for three men’s basketball games in the coming weeks:
Nov. 26 – UAlbany at San Diego State
Nov. 29 – UAlbany at UCLA
Dec.3 – UAlbany vs. Siena at Pepsi Arena

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080 or

G. George Girard, House Warming, 2005Master of Fine Arts Candidates’ Work on Display at Art Museum
The University Art Museum is featuring the artwork of five UAlbany Fall 2005 Master of Fine Arts (MFA) candidates Dec. 2-18. The exhibit offers viewers an opportunity to see how emerging artists are addressing contemporary issues in the visual arts. There will be an opening reception Dec. 9, 6-8 p.m. For more information, call (518) 442-4035 or visit

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UAlbany News

Norman E. Snyder Jr. '83Alumnus Norman E. Snyder Jr. Commits Largest Individual Gift in University's History
Rheingold Brewing chief and former South Beach Beverage Company (SoBe) partner Norman E. Snyder Jr. '83 has committed $5 million to UAlbany's School of Business to establish the Norman E. Snyder Jr. '83 Endowment Fund. The fund will be used for general support of the school's goal to become the leading public business school in the Northeast.  Full story >>

Great Dane-FilersRead About Today’s Students on the Web
Do you want to learn more about today’s UAlbany students? A new Web site by the Great Dane-Filers, a group of Presidential Honors Society and Sigma Tau Delta students, highlights just a few of the bright, involved students on campus today. Students plan, write and take photos for the site. Full story >>

UAlbany Opens New Cancer Research Center
President Hall and group in a symbolic ribbon-cutting for the new UAlbany facility.
The University's new Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics officially opened its doors last month and unveiled its Wall of Memory and Hope. The $45 million facility is the cornerstone of New York State's Gen*NY*Sis (Generating Employment Through New York Science) program, a $500 million initiative in government and private investment that is attracting new life science industries to the state and making New York a leader in creating biotechnology jobs. Full Story >>

Senior Darwin Jonesí internship at Verizon led to a host of job offers.From Internship to Job Offer
For many college students finding an internship can be a job in itself. But at UAlbany, real-world opportunities abound in a variety of fields, and internships frequently lead to job offers. Learn how just a small sampling of business students succeeded in doing just that. Full Story >>

Sherman, Sherer Establish Center for Jewish Studies Endowment Funds
Two new endowments have been established in support of the UAlbany Center for Jewish Studies at UAlbany -- The Susan Roth Sherman and Malcolm J. Sherman Philanthropic Fund and The Eunice Sherer Judaic Studies Scholarship. Full Story >>

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Schools and Colleges

Kajal Lahir UAlbany Launches Economic Forecasting Degree
UAlbany’s Department of Economics has implemented a new concentration in economic forecasting, offering both a professional master’s degree and an advanced certificate in the field. Distinguished Professor of Economics Kajal Lahiri secured two grants totaling $25,000 from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/Ford Foundation to implement the program. Full Story >>

Center for Technology in Government to Create International Digital Government Research Community
UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has received $1 million from the National Science Foundation's Digital Research Program to build and sustain an international digital government research community. Full Story >>

School of Education Partners with Albany City Schools in NYGEAR UP Program
With a $154,300 grant from NYGEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) the City School District of Albany will expand the services offered by the School of Education via the Community Service in Education class and the university work-study program. Participating students will work as after-school tutors for middle school students requiring additional college preparation. Full Story >>

Frank ThompsonDean Frank Thompson to Step Down
Frank Thompson, dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, has announced he will leave the position in January 2006. Thompson will resume teaching and research as a full professor. Full Story >>

DOE Grant to Support Training of Nontraditional Students for Careers in Special Education
The Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology's Division of Special Education, in a joint effort with the Department of Reading, has received a $757,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support training needed to retain highly qualified and diverse candidates as they change their fields of employment to special education. Full Story >>

School of Social Welfare Faculty Awarded Grant to Support Aging Initiatives
Victoria Rizzo, research assistant professor, will receive a portion of a $250,000 New York State grant to the Arthritis Foundation for a third year. The legislative allocation seeks to develop capacity to conduct disease management programs throughout the state. Rizzo will conduct the evaluation of the 2006-07 program.

School of Social Welfare Receives Retirement Community Development Grant
The School of Social Welfare has received a $144,000 grant from the New York State Office of the Aging for the Albany Naturally Occurring Retirement Community proposal. The school, in collaboration with community partners, will implement a supportive services program for older adults in the southwest quadrant of Albany. This is the first NORC award for Albany County. Zvi Gellis, an associate professor at the School of Social Welfare, will take a lead role in the project.

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Jamar WilsonIndividual Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tickets On Sale
Individual game tickets for both UAlbany men’s and women’s basketball programs are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased through the UAlbany ticket office at (518) 442-4683 or at the box office in the Physical Education Building, adjacent to the Recreation and Convocation Center, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Season tickets also are still available.

Individual Game Prices
: $20 Courtside, $9 Chairback, $7 Reserved
Season Ticket Prices: $200 Courtside, $125 Chairback, $75 Reserved (Includes both men’s and women’s games.) Half-price tickets available for Varsity Club members.

Big Purple GrowlBig Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast Set
The ninth annual Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006. The event will feature a pregame party and feast followed by the women's and men's basketball double-header against Boston University. Ticket information for the event will be available online next month.

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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 – where great job opportunities are posted. 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 our Web site for details.

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 (two-year minimum renewal) or $63 for a customized plate with a $50 annual renewal fee (two-year minimum renewal). Orders can be placed at any New York State Department of Motor Vehicles office, online at or by calling 1-800-364-7528.

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