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UAlbany's Rockefeller College Dedicates Newly Improved Milne Hall

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Renovated Milne Hall corridorALBANY, N.Y. (October 12, 2004) -- The University at Albany today dedicated its newly refurbished Milne Hall, one of the oldest buildings on the UAlbany campus and home of the nationally ranked Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

"Rockefeller College is one of the finest public affairs schools in the nation," said University at Albany Interim President John R. Ryan. "This new space reflects the school's dedication and efforts to constantly renew itself to meet the challenges of educating future generations."

"This project shows the significant improvement that can be achieved while respecting historically important structures," said Rockefeller College Dean Frank J. Thompson. "Rockefeller College has long had first-rate academic programs located in aging facilities. This project is a major step toward eliminating that disparity. We are indebted to all those at the University who made this possible."

The University spent $445,000 to refurbish some 10,000 square feet of space on Milne Hall's first floor, which houses the college's administrative office and public spaces. Included in the rehab was a newly outfitted conference room, new carpets and furniture, and an original sculpture called "Reverence," by artist Terri Boor. The renovation is the second phase of a multiyear project designed to update Milne Hall's administrative spaces. In 2003, some 17 second floor offices and public spaces were renovated in a $250,000 refurbishment.

"We want to create a visual identity for Rockefeller College and its administration," said University architect Diana Delp, who designed the space. "Our goal is to provide the college with direction, a visual anchor point."

Milne Hall, opened in 1929, is one of the oldest buildings on the University at Albany's downtown campus, and was one of three buildings (with Page and Richardson halls) added to the then-New York State College for Teachers on the original Western Avenue campus. The building was named for William A. Milne, a former president of a distant precursor of the University, the New York State Normal School. In 1905, Milne headed the transitions of the Normal School to the four-year liberal arts college the New York State Normal College. The three new buildings were designed by the state architect Sullivan W. Jones, and constructed at a total cost of $825,000.

Until 1977, the building housed the school's practice junior and senior high school, the Milne School. It served several purposes until Rockefeller College occupied it in 1982, and has been the home of the college since.

In "America's Best Graduate Schools 2005," U.S.News & World Report ranked the Rockefeller College Public Affairs and Policy number 10 in the nation, and placed several of its programs in the top 10:

· Information Management & Technology - 4th
· Public Administration & Management - 6th
· Public Finance - 9th



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