UAlbany News

Life Sciences Building Opens
More than 200 members of the UAlbany and SUNY community celebrated the grand opening Oct. 13 of the Life Sciences Research Building, a state-of-the-art facility for research occurring at the frontiers of contemporary science. The 194,000 square-foot facility dramatically expands the space and tools available to UAlbany researchers in their efforts to decipher the molecular mysteries of life and disease and to help design new or more effective treatments for disease. Full Story >>

CDC Awards School of Public Health $5 Million to Fund Center for Public Health Preparedness
UAlbany's School of Public Health has been awarded $5 million in funding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to continue serving as a national Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP). The CPHP works to improve the capacity of the public health workforce to respond to current and emerging public health threats with a focus on bioterrorism and infectious disease outbreaks. Full Story >>

Center for Jewish Studies Honors Philanthropist Michael Steinhardt
UAlbany awarded philanthropist Michael Steinhardt the Medallion of the University, the institution's highest honor, at the 2004 Center for Jewish Studies celebration Sept. 22. The award recognizes Steinhardt's distinguished leadership in the Jewish community, extraordinary commitment to perpetuating Jewish life and innovative approaches to education. Full Story >>

Study Shows Voice Attractiveness Predicts Sexual Behavior
UAlbany researchers have found a significant association between the perceived attractiveness of a person's voice and the sexual activity of the speaker. "When the phone rings," said psychologist Gordon Gallup Jr., "even though you may not know the person at the other end of the line, as soon as they speak you usually know whether you are talking to a male or female, and a child or adult. ... Our research shows that voice might be a medium that also conveys subtle information about sexual behavior and body configuration. Full Story >>

Schools and Colleges

New Course Tackles Emergencies in Schools
The School of Education and the Center for Public Health Preparedness in the School of Public Health have collaborated to create “Emergency Preparedness in Schools: Prevention, Response, and Recovery,” a course to train educators and public health professionals to manage disasters in schools. The course will be offered for the first time in spring 2005 as an online class through the SUNY Learning Network. Full Story >>

Social Welfare Constituent Group Celebrates 6th Anniversary
The School of Social Welfare Alumni Constituent Group is committed to providing professional development opportunities for alumni. Its most recent offering, cosponsored with the School of Social Welfare, is an Oct.16 workshop on Solution Focused Therapy. The group, which was founded in 1998, also is involved in service, social and advocacy activities. For more information about the constituent group, contact Dawn Knight-Thomas at


Athletic Hall of Fame Welcomes New Members
Four former athletes will be inducted into the University's Athletic Hall of Fame October 15. The new inductees include Xiomara Davila Diaz '99, track & field; Peter Pedro '90, football; Kimberly Toone '96, being honored posthumously for her exploits in track & field; and William Vanos '94, a standout in cross country and track & field.

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Of Note

Coming Soon: E-Postcards
Starting next Tuesday, you will be able to send an electronic postcard to family and friends from the UAlbany web site. Wish someone a Happy Birthday, let them know you’re moving or just drop a note to say hi. Users have seven categories of postcards from which to choose, including a greeting card option. Check it out at www.ualbanyepostcards.

Reunion Volunteers Needed
Reunion planning is underway for classes ending in 5 and 0. If you are interested in helping plan class activities for your reunion next year, email Amy Ellis or call (518) 442-3087.


Join the Party Before 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

Free Basketball Season Ticket
Be one of the first ten people to sign up for UAlbany Alumni Association membership after reading this email and get a free basketball season ticket - a $75 value. Plus, enjoy the wonderful benefits of UAAA membership including ½ price on athletic facility usage; exclusive access to pregame parties; discounts on alumni merchandise, bookstore merchandise, car rentals, hotels and more! Contact 1-800-836-ALUM or to sign up. Be sure to mention News@UAlbany!

commencement date change
The date of the winter Commencement ceremony has been changed to DECEMBER 12, 2004 at 1:00 p.m.
Check our web site for more information regarding Commencement.

October 20 – Friends of the Libraries Community Conversations: Presidential Elections
October 20 – School of Social Welfare Brown Bag Lunch, “What’s Age Got to Do with it? Sexuality and Aging”
October 23 – UAlbany vs. Stony Brook Football Game and FREE tailgate party
October 28 – Capital District School of Business Reception
November 11 – Capital District Chapter Culinary Institute of America Lunch & Tour

What was the most difficult course you ever took at UAlbany? Share your thoughts with us, and we'll enter your name into a drawing for UAlbany merchandise.

In the last issue, we asked you to tell us what advice you would give to incoming freshmen. Thanks to all the alumni who wrote back to share their thoughts with us. Below are a few of our favorite responses.

1) Set your goals early.
2) Take advantage of the resources available at UAlbany for academic and recreation.
3) Be part of at least one Student Association-sponsored club.
4) Don’t look back on mistakes, remedy them.
5) Learn the campus – learn the city – both are amazing if you make it yours.
Dr. Stephen Kanter BS '96

… go to as many events, lectures, concerts and social functions as possible. Make a concerted effort to introduce yourself to as many people as possible at these events. You never know who will end up in your dorm or in a class one day. Everyone is in the same boat as you. Some of the friends I met the first few weeks of my first year, are still my friends 15 years later. 
  Also important as a Freshman is to find one professor that can be a mentor to you. Introduce yourself early on. This professor can help you with not only the class at hand but general issues with the school and eventually, they will know you well enough to be able to write a very personal recommendation for you if you ever need one for a job.
Claudia Davis '93

My advice is not to get wrapped up in obtaining a high GPA. There is so much to the College experience. Go make friends, take a variety of classes and most of all enjoy the process.
Cindy March ’84

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