Universty at Albany

Campus Update

Media Advisory: UAlbany Fountain Day: A Celebration of School Spirit

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150, (mediarelations@uamail.albany.edu)

Fountain Day
Thousands of UAlbany students descend on the campus' main fountain to celebrate school spirit at the University's annual Fountain Day. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)
ALBANY, N.Y. (April 23, 2008)

Fountain Day is one of the University at Albany's most treasured traditions, uniting the campus community in a rite of spring and school spirit. Fountain Day is unique to colleges and universities throughout the nation. Thousands of faculty, staff, students and alumni turn out at the main campus fountain and, after a thunderous countdown, the 30-foot-high waters of the fountain are released, officially ushering in springtime. All-day attractions for students include games, contests and entertainment, while faculty and staff share in the festivities by serving food and refreshments.

Interim President George Philip will conduct the ceremonial countdown to signal the turning on of the fountain.

Sunday, April 27, 2008, noon - 4 p.m.
Fountain will be turned on at approximately 3 p.m.
Academic podium, UAlbany's uptown campus, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y.

Fountain Day Facts and Figures:

The Fountain Day celebration was moved from a weekday to Sunday allowing for more faculty and staff participation. University at Albany students, faculty, and staff attend this event, which is sponsored by the Student Association and the Division of Student Success.
Has a pool 92 feet wide and 172 feet long and holds 266,000 gallons of water.
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