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University at Albany
A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the University at Albany
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Sept. 18
- FDR Estate and Vall-Kill Friends of the Library Outing

Sept. 23 - 2nd Annual Metro-NY Great Dane Golf Outing, Plandome, NY

Sept. 27 - Author Sidney Perkowitz, “Digital People: From Bionic Humans to Androids”

Sept. 28 - University Art Museum: “First Happiness” and “Selected Works from the Pierogi Flatfiles”

Sept. 29 - Author Paul Grondahl, “I Rose Like a Rocket”

Oct. 8-10 - Homecoming/ Family Weekend

Oct. 23 - Stony Brook Tailgate



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Getting Smarter All the Time: The Freshman Class / What's New at UAlbany / You're Invited - Come on Home for Homecoming '04

Schools and Colleges
Nakumura New Director of Center for Legislative Development /Albany NanoTech Pioneers 193nm Immersion Lithography R&D /Professor Perloff Mourned / Africana Studies Program Earns Honors / Summer Study Tour to Africa a Success


RACC Gets a Makeover / Golfers - Mark Your Calendars!

E-Mail Forwarding Service Available / UAlbany Veterans Project Clebrates 3rd Anniversary

Wanted: Energetic Enthusiastic UAlbany Alumni! / Tell Us About Your Alumni Events

UAlbany News

Getting Smarter All the Time: The Freshman Class
UAlbany continues to be a school of choice for many top students. This fall a projected 2,100 freshmen, including more than 200 Presidential and Frederick Douglass Scholars and two National Merit Finalists, entered the University. An estimated 38 percent of the entering class falls within the highest selectivity grouping established by SUNY, a slight increase from 36 percent in 2003. They bring with them a New students on campus.high school GPA of 90.7, up from 90.1 last year, and mean combined SAT scores of 1166, 150 points higher than the national average.

What's New at UAlbany
Students arriving on campus to begin the fall semester encountered a number of changes including new academic programs, new faculty, improvements in several campus buildings and expanded parking. Full Story >>

You're Invited - Come on Home for Homecoming '04
Enjoy a relaxing cruise … chat with a professor … cheer on Homecoming '04the Great Danes as they take on the St. Francis Red Flash. These are just a few of the exciting opportunities during Homecoming/Family Weekend, Oct. 8-10. This year’s event also will feature reunions for the classes of 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004. Visit our web page for all the details.

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Schools and Colleges

Nakumura New Director of Center for Legislative Development
Robert Nakamura, professor of political science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, has been appointed director of the Center for Legislative Development following a national search. The center is one of the college's main windows on the world, focused on institution building in emerging democracies. Full Story >>

ASML Albany NanoTech Pioneers 193nm Immersion Lithography R&D
The College for Nanoscale Science and Engineering has installed and begun qualifying for 300mm wafers using the world's first 193nm pre-production immersion lithography system. The activity brings together worldwide technical expertise and state-of-the-art resources from ASML, IBM and Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) to the ever expanding 300mm wafer nanotechnology R&D complexes of Albany NanoTech, further establishing it as one of the most advanced university complexes in the world. Full Story >>

Professor Perloff Mourned
Janet Perloff Fossett, professor and associate dean for research at UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare, passed away August 29. Perloff joined the UAlbany faculty in 1989, serving in faculty and administrative positions in the schools of Social Welfare and Public Health. Full Story >>

Africana Studies Program Earns Honors
The master’s degree program in Africana Studies at UAlbany has been recognized as one of the top five in the nation by Black Issues in Higher Education magazine. UAlbany’s program is ranked third in the nation, up from eighth last year. Other schools in the top 10 included Columbia University, Cornell, Indiana University, Ohio State, Yale, and UCLA. UAlbany’s undergraduate Africana Studies program was ranked number six in the nation. Full Story >>

Summer Study Tour to Africa a Success
School of Social Welfare faculty, students and community based practitioners participated in the 2004 Summer Study Tour to Africa. The tour included workshops, meetings with community agencies and local tours. Participants gained hands on experiences with diverse cultures, expanded international collaborative partnerships, and learned how countries such as South Africa and Uganda are effectively addressing HIV/AIDS.

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RACC Gets a Makeover
Renovations to the Recreation and Convocation Center began September 1. The $1.5 million improvement is expected to be completed by November 30. The RACC's three playing surfaces will be completely changed over to Robbins biochannel flooring; plus a new synthetic surface will cover the 170-meter indoor track. In addition, the facility's sound system, wiring and telecommunications and data will be upgraded.

Great DaneGolfers - Mark Your Calendars
Enjoy a day of golf while raising funds for Athletic scholarships during the 2nd Annual Metro-NY Great Dane Golf Outing. The event will take place Sept. 23 at the Plandome Country Club, Plandome, N.Y. Cost: $425 for an individual golfer, $1,600 for a foursome. For more information, contact Don Ostrom at (518) 437-4416 or

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Of Note

E-Mail Forwarding Service Available
UAlbany alumni can select a free permanent email address to share with family, friends and fellow alumni. All messages sent to your UAlbany email address will be automatically redirected to whatever mailbox you select. Your e-mail will be forwarded to you no matter how many times you change internet access providers, eliminating the need to update friends, family and coworkers when your email address changes. For more information, visit the Alumni Online Community.

UAlbany Veterans Project Celebrates 3rd Anniversary
UAlbany Veterans Wall of Honor
Three years ago, the University unveiled its Veterans Wall of Honor, a 9-panel, 36-foot-long mural inscribed with the names of UAlbany servicemen and women. The Wall now holds the names of almost 4,000 UAlbany alumni, students, faculty and staff. To learn more about the project or to check if your name is included on the list, visit the UAlbany Veterans Web Site.

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Wanted: Energetic Enthusiastic UAlbany Alumni
Would you like to reconnect with some of your classmates? Do you have some great ideas for alumni events? We are looking for alumni who are interested in offering advice and assistance to help plan alumni events in their communities. Responsibilities include steering committee meetings and planning events. Contact the UAlbany Alumni Association at 1-800-836-ALUM or

Tell Us About Your Alumni Events
The UAlbany Alumni Association can help you plan and promote your alumni events. Let us know what you are planning, and we will include your event on the UAlbany Web Calendar and the UAlbany Alumni Calendar of Events. We are also happy to assist you with booking your event and may be able help reduce your event costs. Contact us at 1-800-836-ALUM or

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UAlbany Asks You!

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?
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 you considered to be your finest moment at UAlbany. Thanks to all the alumni who wrote back to share their stories with us. Below are a couple of our favorite responses.

My finest moment was during my senior year. After struggling as a teen to find food and shelter, I didn't know what college was about. During my first year I came close to failing out. But I didn't. It took me the better part of my third year to finally learn how to study more efficiently. And when I received my first A's I was shocked and surprised at what I was capable of accomplishing.

But even that wasn't my shining moment. It came during my senior year. The year when I was voted in as the first elected President of the Latino Greek Council. …The year I received UAlbany's Spellman Outstanding Leadership Award. The year I was selected to be in Who's Who Among Students In American Colleges and Universities. The year I received the University President's Award for Greek Leadership. The year I changed my Sociology Minor into a Double Major during my last semester, and came through with flying colors. The year my elderly grandmother, my step-mom, my step-uncle and 3 of my closest friends drove 3 hours from NYC to see me walk down an aisle in a cap and gown.
My senior year was the year of my greatest accomplishments. Accomplishments that I had no idea were possible five years earlier. For me, Albany will always be the place where I learned that I can accomplish anything that I choose. Where limitations are just another goal to be achieved. -Marc A. Porrata ‘93

It was a cold, dry winter night as I left my class on the academic podium. I was walking back to my dorm on State Quad with small snowflakes swirling in the wind-tunnel air. Up ahead, I noticed a dark shape, but couldn't make it out. Slowing down my pace, I realized I was alone as far as I could see except for this shape up ahead. As the shape became clearer, I felt the shock of the realization that it was a man in a motorized wheelchair. I ran to him and called out his name. I will never forget the look of fear and relief on his face. We knew each other from State Quad. He explained that the battery died on his chair. I don't remember how long he had been there, but it was long enough to be dangerous because his body could not regulate his temperature. I will never forget the look on his face as we hurried back to the Quad and his dorm room where he lived with his brother. He told me I was "his angel."

There were many fond memories of my time at the University at Albany. That night was special because I had saved a life. I could have walked through the buildings above or the tunnels below to get back to my quad, but that wintry night was the kind I walked in growing up in Queens Village, New York. The clear air and star filled sky filled me with a familiar feeling of awe. And awe is what I felt when it was meant for me to find my friend. I was gifted that night.
-Dolores M. (Saraniero) Martin ’76