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UAlbany Day 2012: Building Connections with Capital Region K-12 Students

1,100 K-12 Students Attend the 5th Annual UAlbany Day to Explore and Discover the Opportunities of College Life

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 6, 2012) -- The University at Albany welcomed approximately 1,100 K-12 students to a fun-filled and engaging day of discovery and exploration at UAlbany Day 2012 -- Showcase at the Plaza.

UAlbany Day 2012
A group of k-12 students listen to a presentation about UAlbany's College of Computing and Information at UAlbany Day 2012. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

The 5th annual UAlbany Day at the Empire State Plaza attracted students from 25 area K-12 schools to experience the vitality and richness of college life at the University at Albany.

Students were exposed to a wide range of educational, research, and cultural-related activities including:

  • More than 60 engaging research, educational, and student success activities
  • More than 35 live student performances
  • Participation by more than 1,100 K-12 students, and another 100+ teachers and parents from 25 area schools
  • College-student led K-12 leadership talks
  • Environmental sustainability demonstrations 
  • University Police K-9 Unit demonstrations
  • Conversations with the Great Danes Basketball teams
  • Trivia challenges and games
  • Free ice cream and refreshments
  • Daylong competitions, raffles, and giveaways

"UAlbany Day 2012 is a wonderful opportunity for our students to get excited and inspired about the importance of higher education, said Raymond Colucciello, Ed.D., Superintendent of the City School District of Albany. "The University at Albany’s students, faculty and staff are to be commended for reaching out to young people and building critical connections to the region’s K-12 schools in an effort to strengthen the education pipeline."

"We are pleased today to bring a bit of our campus to the Empire State Plaza, showcasing our nine schools and colleges, our accomplished faculty, our Great Dane athletes, and our tremendously talented students," said UAlbany President George M. Philip. "They offered a glimpse of what our great university has to offer, with the goal of demonstrating the very real difference UAlbany makes in the lives of our students and our communities." 

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