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University at Albany

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany 

Alumni Celebrate at Homecoming 2005.

University News
Schools and Colleges
of Note

Upcoming Events


Oct. 30 – Seattle Gathering of Alumni and Friends

Nov. 1 – San Francisco Gathering of Alumni and Friends

Nov. 10 – Culinary Institute of America Luncheon, Capital District Chapter

Nov. 26 – UAlbany vs. UConn Bus Trip

Dec. 2 – UAlbany vs. Siena Pregame Party, Broadway Joe’s


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All-SUNY Events Planned in Seattle, San Francisco
UAlbany will be joining other SUNY schools to host alumni events in Seattle and San Francisco this fall. Alumni will be gathering in Seattle, Wash., Oct. 30, and in San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 1. For more details, visit the UAlbany Alumni/Advancement Web calendar.

Culinary Institute of AmericaCulinary Institute of America Luncheon Set
The Capital Region Chapter of the Alumni Association will host the annual Culinary Institute of America luncheon Nov. 10. Feast on an incredible meal at the Escoffier Restaurant. You will have time after lunch to visit the bakery and bookstore to get a head start on your holiday shopping. Register on the Web or call (518) 442-3080 by Nov. 1.

Brian Tolle,  "Witch Catcher"  Photo: Tom PowellVisiting Artist Lecture With Brian Tolle '86
Alumni are invited to attend a lecture/presentation by Brain Tolle ’86 Oct. 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boor Sculpture Studio’s All Purpose Room. Tolle's work reflects his fascination with American history and the seamless ribbon that is America's timeline. He is particularly interested in the "gray areas" between past and present. The program is funded by the University at Albany Alumni Association and the Art Department.

SAVE THE DATE for the annual West Coast Florida luncheon, Jan. 27, 2007, at the Marina Jack Restaurant in Sarasota, Fla.

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University News

Scholarship recipients, from left, YanArabell Lin, Alice Forestal, Timothy Gao (in back), Yangfei Liu, Erick Rubio, Rebekah Adamoschek, Rose Destin, Maria Carranza and Chandra Cirulnick. Other recipients (not pictured) are Nicole Miklos, Naa Adoley Pappoe, David Richardson, Vimla Singh, Nisha Taneja and Wingate Wellington.UAlbany Awards
15 Inaugural Scholarships for
Fall 2006

Fifteen UAlbany students are the newest recipients of awards from the Kermit L. Hall and Phyllis A. Hall Inaugural Scholarship Fund, bringing the total number of scholars to 19. Renamed on Sept. 18 to honor the late University president and his wife, the endowment provides scholarship support through recognition of deserving undergraduates.
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UAlbany Goes GreenUAlbany Goes Green
UAlbany is going green and proud of it! President Kermit Hall created a Task Force on Environmental Sustainability in February 2006. Its goal: “… to be a leader in environmental sustainability … a model for other colleges and universities as well as a model for our own students and the community in everyday life.” The task force will recommend ways to raise awareness University-wide, promote a culture that supports sustainability, and improve policies and practices long term. To learn more, visit

New York Rises to Third in U.S. in Number of Nanotech-Related Companies
New York State ranks third in the nation — up from fifth a year ago — in the number of micro- and nanotech-related companies, according to a recent report in Small Times, the world’s leading trade publication covering the nanotechnology and microtechnology industries. In its assessment, Small Times said, “The Albany area is pushing nanoeconomic development aggressively. Look for the upstate region to evolve into a denser cluster as startups and service providers follow the recently announced AMD chip fab into the region.” Full story >>

Carolee CarmelloAlumni Achiever Campaign Highlights UAlbany as Great Starting Point
The images and career stories of 12 UAlbany alumni who exemplify the ideal of "Reaching Higher, Achieving More" now resonate from 7-foot-high posters in the Lecture Center area and large tripod screens in University Hall. They represent the first installment of a campaign that celebrates the successful, often remarkable career paths of UAlbany alumni in all walks of life. Full story >>

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Schools and Colleges

A group of orphans in Zululand, South Africa, enjoy hand made quilts donated by students on the 2006 Summer Study Tour.U.S.-African Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Celebrates Sixth Anniversary
This summer, students and faculty who were part of the U.S.-African Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Project experienced culture, policy and social welfare in South Africa and Swaziland. The project’s mission is to promote stronger U.S.-African relationships by engaging, educating and preparing students, faculty and community-based practitioners to function in a global society. The Summer Study Tours, a key component of the project, have introduced more than 78 participants to hands-on learning about culture, history, leadership and international policies.

Garry McCarthy '81McCarthy Shares Insights
Garry McCarthy ’81, who was recently hired as police director for the City of Newark, N.J., returned to campus in September to share his experiences with UAlbany students, faculty and staff from the School of Criminal Justice. McCarthy, who began as a beat officer in The Bronx in the 1980s, made a name for himself as a crime strategist with the NYPD. He helped establish Compstat, the data collection program for crime statistics that contributed to a significant drop in violent crime in New York City in the last seven years.

Fangqun YuResearchers Explore the Formation of Atmospheric Nanoparticles
A research team led by UAlbany’s Fangqun Yu has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the National Science Foundation. Yu’s team is employing a novel approach to study the formation of nanometer-size particles in the atmosphere, which affect the quality of life in many ways. In polluted urban environments, they lead to adverse health effects and deteriorate visibility. In regional and global scales, atmospheric particles influence the Earth's climate and change the hydrological cycle. Full story >>

School of Education Co-sponsors International
Forum in China

At the end of October, the School of Education is co-sponsoring the International Forum on Teacher Education at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, where Dean Susan Philips will deliver a keynote address. The forum is a result of recent efforts to expand collaborative opportunities between UAlbany and Chinese institutions of higher education. Full story >>

Undergraduates Deb Ruiz and Olivier Lindor.Business Fraternity Hosts
Career Fair

The Zeta Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi, celebrating its 40th anniversary next semester, coordinated its 32nd annual fall Career Fair in September. The international coed professional business fraternity plans and executes the annual event, open to UAlbany students from all disciplines. This year, 72 companies participated, including Lockheed Martin, Deloitte and Touche, GlaxoSmithKline and the Peace Corp.

Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s LearningJoin the School of Education Alumni
Book Club

Alumni are invited to take advantage of this great new opportunity! Choose from a selection of books, and in March visit the campus to enjoy a light supper and lively conversation led by a School of Education faculty author. To review the current book selection, visit the school’s Web site. For more information, contact Susan Palmer.

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BasketballBasketball Tickets Available
Individual game tickets for the 2006-07 men's and women's basketball home schedule will go on sale to the general public Oct. 16 at 9 a.m. in the Athletic Ticket Office or by calling the UAlbany ticket line at (518) 442-4683.

Varsity ClubFree Basketball Season Tickets
Be one of the first five people to sign up for UAlbany Alumni Association Varsity Club membership and get two free basketball season tickets — a $300 value. Plus, enjoy the wonderful benefits of the Varsity Club including a free T-shirt, free pregame parties at all football and men’s basketball home games, half price on future reserved season tickets, discounts on Great Dane and alumni merchandise and advance notice of Great Dane events — plus all the benefits of Alumni Association membership. Call 1-800-836-ALUM or e-mail the Alumni Association to sign up.

LacrosseLacrosse Schedule Announced
The Great Danes, who made their fifth consecutive appearance in the America East Conference championship final last year, will play five games against conference opponents. The non-league schedule features former national champions Syracuse and Johns Hopkins and last year’s NCAA runner-up Massachusetts. UAlbany starts its eighth season at the NCAA Division I level Feb. 24 against Johns Hopkins, the 2005 NCAA champion. Full story >>

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Of Note

Test Proctors Needed
The University is seeking volunteer test proctors for students needing special testing accommodations. Test proctors guarantee academic integrity and serve as readers and/or writers. Proctors are needed throughout the year, particularly during midterm and final examination periods. Proctors volunteer for one- to four-hour blocks between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Nancy Belowich at

Alumni Loan Consolidation Program Can Help
Graduates Save

The student loan grace period for most 2006 graduates will be ending soon. Graduates who consolidate their eligible student loans before their grace period expires are eligible to receive an additional interest rate discount of .60 percent, providing considerable savings over the life of the loan. The Alumni Loan Consolidation Program offers additional benefits to graduates. Full story >>

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Family Weekend


America's No. 1 Irish folk band will take the stage at the Homecoming Tailgate Saturday, Oct. 21, 2-4 p.m., in the RACC parking lot. Bring your grill and get ready to root on our Great Danes as they take on the St. Francis Red Flash. The tailgate also offers a Family Fun Zone and food, beer and soft drinks are available on a cash basis. Make sure to catch the fireworks after the game.

Hair Of The Dog To Perform at Homecoming.


Student Association Reunion

UAlbany Experts & Artists

Comedy Night

Legacy Reception

Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

Student Association Brunch

Reunion Events - Classes of ’71, ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01 & ’06

School of Social Welfare 40th Anniversary