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Eric R. HardimanUAlbany Professor Addresses Mental Health Needs of Tsunami Survivors
(March 10, 2005)
In the aftermath of the tsunami that devastated southeast Asia, the world rushed money, food, shelter and other humanitarian aid to the region. Now, relief efforts are also beginning to address mental health needs of survivors, and UAlbany faculty are assisting those efforts. More>>

Inaugural Scholarship Fund Gathers Support
(March 4, 2005)
Assuring that qualified undergraduates have the financial resources they need to attend the University at Albany is the goal of the Inaugural Scholarship Fund. More>>

Marjorie PrysePryse Appointed Interim Dean
(March 4, 2005)
Professor Marjorie Pryse has been named Interim Dean of Graduate Studies. She is serving in this important leadership role on a half-time basis until a permanent dean is identified. She is also continuing half-time during this period as a professor of English and women’s studies. More>>

UAlbany Circle Strikes Gold with Capital Region Leadership Conference
(March 4, 2005)
On Feb. 26, the University at Albany Circle hosted the First Annual Capital Region Leadership Conference. The conference brought together more than 100 student leaders from the University at Albany, West Point Military Academy, Siena College, and the College of Saint Rose. More>>

Obituary: Barbara Rotundo
(March 4, 2005)
Barbara Bristol Rotundo, 83, a former associate professor of English at UAlbany and a pioneering educator and scholar, died Dec. 24 in Laconia, N.H. More>>

Fellowships Offered in NYS Senate
(March 4, 2005)
The New York State Senate is offering Graduate/Post-Graduate/Mid-Career Fellowships for 2005-2006 to provide talented individuals with an intimate knowledge of New York State government and to attract these individuals to public service careers. The program begins Sept. 8, 2005, and ends July 19, 2006. The application deadline is May 6, 2005. More>>

Professor John MonfasaniPulling at the Threads of Renaissance History
(March 4, 2005)
Professor John Monfasani of the Department of History is the first to tell a visitor that his new book Greeks and Latins in Renaissance Italy: Studies on Humanism and Philosophy in the 15th Century (Ashgate/ Variorum) is not for the layperson. "It’s for specialists," he said, sitting in his office in Ten Broeck on Dutch Quad. More>>

GSO President Gurinder SinghA Place to Concentrate
(March 4, 2005)
Graduate students have a new space on campus. Room 120 of the Business Administration Building has a small kitchen, several coffee-shop style tables, as well as a comfy sofa and two stuffed chairs. More>>

Tim Ferguson, a senior, and Melissa Nappi, a junior, are part of the Midnight Basketball League at UAlbanyMidnight Basketball Scores Big at UAlbany
(March 4, 2005)
It's Friday night on the UAlbany campus. Contrary to the Princeton Review, not everyone is out partying. In fact, if you one of the 96 members of the Midnight Basketball League, you are likely to be suiting up to play one of the three games of the night. More>>

Chair of the Department of Africana Studies and Professor Leonard A. Slade, Jr.; Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeryl Mumpower; Michael J. Hurt, sire archon of the Beta Psi chapter of Sigma Pi Phi; and Henry Shadrick, thesauristes for the fraternityFraternity Gives $7,500 to the Spellman Scholarship Fund
(March 4, 2005)
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity was founded in Philadelphia more than a century ago by black men who were college graduates. The fraternity has more than 100 chapters, or boule´s, in more than 25 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Bahamas, and its thousands of members are hailed for the contributions they make to their communities. More>>

UAlbany Athletes Make the Grade
(March 3, 2005)
Student-athletes at the University at Albany on Division I scholarships are making the grade, according to new data released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. More>>



Distinguished Professor Judith A. Langer was awarded an honorary doctorate Jan. 28 by the University of Uppsala, Sweden. The doctorate honoris causa (Hedersdoktor) was bestowed for her lifelong work on the literate mind and its contribution to scholarship and society. The ceremony was held at the medieval university built in the 1400s. Langer received a laurel wreath, a gold ring, and a scroll with the medieval wax seal. She also gave a lecture and a seminar.


The International Society of Criminology will award Professor of Criminal Justice Hans Toch the "Prix DeGreff" for distinction in clinical criminology at the World Congress of Criminology Aug. 7-11 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa. The board of directors of the International Society of Criminology voted at a meeting in the Supreme Court of France in Paris to bestow this honor on Toch.

Toch has been invited to attend the opening ceremony Aug. 7. The ceremony will include a processional of the heads of more than 30 worldwide societies of criminology, and will feature opening addresses by Professor Lawrence Sherman, president of the society, and by Professor Susanne Karstedt of Keele University.


Anna Marfey, an adjunct lecturer and teacher of Danish in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, has organized an event for March 13 celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. The event will be at 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall.

The Annie Galle Dance Company, a ballet company from Poughkeepsie, will present the program, a ballet for children based on the Andersen fairy tale "The Ugly Duckling."

A reception will follow in the Patroon Lounge, with music. The department is sponsoring the event with Marfey. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for children. For more information, call (518) 482-6145.


Research by geoscientists from the University at Albany will be presented at the 40th annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America March 14-16 at the Prime Hotel and Conference Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. An estimated 700 geoscientists are expected to attend.

Those presenting from UAlbany’s Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences include Matthew Montario, Adam Schoonmaker, Elizabeth Albert, Barbara Fletcher, and Lucas Benedict.