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President Clinton Visit Highlights UAlbany Spring Semester Calendar

President Bill Clinton and UAlbany President Patrick Swygert in 1994, UAlbany Campus Center

President Clinton (shaking hands with former UAlbany President H. Patrick Swygert) first visited UAlbany in November 1994. He returns on March 2nd as part of the World Within Reach Speaker Series. (Photo Gary Gold)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (January 25, 2011) --

President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States, is scheduled as the featured speaker for the fourth installment of the World Within Reach Speaker Series at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena on March 2, 2011 at 8 p.m. His visit highlights an array of special events at UAlbany during the spring semester, including Pulitzer Prize-winning authors to championship-caliber Division I sports. The former President will also take part in a moderated question and answer segment during the visit.

UAlbany celebrated its school pride at the 14th annual Big Purple Growl and Ferocious Feast on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the SEFCU Arena and the University Gym. More than 4,000 fans cheered as the men's team avenged an earlier loss to Hartford with a 62-59 victory. The women's team, fighting for a high position in the America East Conference tournament, dropped a close one to Hartford, 61-56.

PostSecret creator Frank Warren visited the campus on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Performing Arts Center as part of the University's Sexuality Week campaign. Warren shared the memorable postcards and secrets behind the international phenomenon he created. The visit was presented by the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, the PAC, and the University Counseling Center.

UAlbany junior Felicia Johnson

UAlbany junior Felicia Johnson will help lead the women's basketball team for their match up against Hartford during the Big Purple Growl on February 5.

UAlbany's spring sports season starts as the women's lacrosse team hosts crosstown rival Siena on Tuesday, February 22, at 3 p.m. on John Fallon Field. The team hopes to repeat the success of a 2010 campaign in which they earned their first national ranking, won the America East regular season title and hosted the league championship series. The Great Danes are led by first-year head coach John Battaglino and 2010 America East player of the year Nikki Branchini of Guilderland, N.Y.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd returns to the University on Thursday, March 10, for an 8 p.m. reading and discussion hosted by the New York State Writers Institute. The event will be held in Page Hall on the downtown campus. Dowd, known for her for her witty and acerbic commentaries on the politics of Washington, D. C., was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 for her columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

On Tuesday, March 22, the men's lacrosse team takes on Marist at UAlbany's annual DANEger Zone Spring Stomp. Food, prizes and games start at 6:15 p.m. In 2010, the Great Danes advanced to the America East Championship Game for the eighth time in the last nine years.

UAlbany will also host the American Place Theatre performance of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Presented by the PAC and the Writers Institute, the one-person play is an adaptation of Junot Díaz's Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Oscar Wao, an overweight Dominican boy, growing up in New Jersey, who is obsessed with science fiction, fantasy novels, comic books, and role-playing games. Oscar seeks to escape the family curse that has plagued his family for generations. The bestselling novel, on which the play is based, won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008. The play will be presented on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the PAC. Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors, faculty and staff and $10 for students.

Fountain Day, the University's annual rite of spring, will be held on Sunday, April 10. Thousands of students attend the 34-year-old tradition in which the 30-foot-high waters of the fountain come to life to officially usher in springtime at UAlbany. All-day attractions for students include games, contests and entertainment, while faculty and staff share in the festivities by serving food and refreshments.

The School of Public Health 25th Anniversary culminates on Saturday, May 7, with a 7 p.m. gala in the Campus Center Ballroom. The evening includes dinner, entertainment, and a silent auction.  Special guests will be honored and recognized.

The spring semester comes to close on May 14-15, as the University celebrates its 167th Commencement ceremonies. The graduate commencement will be held on Saturday, May 14, while the undergraduate celebration is scheduled for Sunday, May 15.

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