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10th Annual Initiatives For Women Awards Celebration at UAlbany

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (July 7, 2003) -- Initiatives For Women (IFW), a program that provides annual awards for women to support their educational and professional goals at the University at Albany, will hold their Tenth Annual Awards Celebration on Wednesday, July 9, at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Assembly Hall on the University's uptown campus. The event honors the 2003 IFW award recipients. It is free and open to the public.

IFW supports endowed scholarships, fellowships, excellence awards for students, internships and training programs, career planning and advisement, and research on women. UAlbany President Karen R. Hitchcock will present the awards.

Past recipients of IFW awards have worked to improve their lives in many different ways and this year's recipients are no exception. Those honored this year include:

Tamara L. Smith, a Ph.D. student in sociology, will use her award to help with her dissertation on the role of adult granddaughters in caring for frail grandparents.

Susan Brent, a single parent in her senior year pursuing a bachelor's degree, will use her award to defray tuition and living expenses.

LaTrice C. Ewing, a first year art student, will use her award to purchase a computer to help with her studies.

Sydney K. Allen, a library professional in technical services, who will use her award to attend an intensive metal smithing and jewelry course.

For a complete list of the 44 winners, visit

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit

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