Chronological History of the University at Albany, SUNY, 1844-2008

by Geoffrey P. Williams, University Archivist Emeritus

The chronology is a work in progress undergoing continuous revision as new or more accurate information becomes available. For example, it has been commonly thought that the earliest known mention of the school colors, purple and gold, dated from 1907. The author recently discovered a reference to purple and gold as the school colors dating from 1896 and updated the chronology to reflect that change. It is essential that you consult the online Chronological History when confirming a date to make sure you have the most up-to-date information available. Currently, entries from 1844 through 1935 have been checked and updated for accuracy. Entries without citations or followed by ???? means there is some doubt as to the validity of the entry should be confirmed with Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist Emeritus. The chronology represents the author's personal view of what is important in the University's history based on questions received in the University Archives. The Chronological History is intended to give brief information about a subject and pointers to fuller sources of information. Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the author.

Using the Chronological History: Most 19th Century entries are simply listed in chronological order during the year they occured. As the entries become more numerous, the entries for each year are divided into sub-categories, again listed in chronological order when an exact date is known. Among the sub-catagories are: Academic Colleges, Departments & Schools; Academic Degrees and Certificates; Academic Programs; Administration; Centers & Institutes; General; Gifts; Grants; Alumni Affairs; and Student Life.

Searching the Chronology: You can search by decade or use the Edit command and Find. Simple one word searches work best. Example: If you are interested in David Page, just search Page. You may get a few extra hits but you will also find buildings named after Page long after his death.

Other Histories: Readers who want a fuller history of the University should consult the three major published histories of the school: Kendall Birr, A Tradition of Excellence: The Sesquicentennial History of the University at Albany, State University of New York, 1844 to 1994 (Virginia Beach, VA: The Donning Company, 1994); William Marshall French and Florence Smith French, College of the Empire State, A Centennial History of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany [Albany, 1944]; and David Woodworth Martin, The Liberal Arts in the Curricula for the Preparation of Teachers at the State University of New York at Albany, 1844-1966 (The University of Connecticut, 1967), or an excellent unpublished history: W. Paul Vogt, The State University of New York at Albany, 1844-1984, A Short History (c. State University of New York at Albany, 1984). Copies of these works, along with a number of other specialized histories, are held in the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Research Room.

University Names
Name Date
New York State Normal SchoolMay 7, 1844 - March 13, 1890
New York State Normal CollegeMarch 13, 1890 - April 30, 1914
New York State College for TeachersApril 30, 1914 - September 1, 1959
State University of New York College of Education at AlbanySeptember 1, 1959 - October 16, 1961
State University of New York College at AlbanyOctober 16, 1961 - August, 1962
State University of New York at AlbanyAugust 1962 - Fall 1986
University at Albany, SUNYFall 1986 - present

Presidents & Principals


Name Date
David Perkins PageDecember 13, 1844 - January 1, 1848
George R. PerkinsJanuary 1, 1848 - July 8, 1852
Samuel B. Woolworth, LL.D.September 20, 1852 - February 1, 1856
David Cochran, A.M., Ph.D.February 25, 1856 - December [2?], 1864
Oliver AreyDecember [2?], 1864 - January 8, 1867
Samuel B. Woolworth, LL.D., Acting Principal,February 19, 1867 - April 3, 1867


Name Date
Joseph Alden, D.D., LL.DApril 3, 1867 - May 23, 1882
Edward P. Waterbury, A.M., Ph.D.June 22, 1882 - August 8, 1889
Albert N. Husted, Acting PrincipalSeptember 13, 1889 - October 29, 1889
William J. Milne, M.S., Ph.D., LL.D.October 29, 1889 - September 4, 1914
Leonard Blue, Acting PresidentSeptember 11, 1914 - February 1, 1915
Abram Roy Brubacher, Ph.D.February 1, 1915 - August 23, 1939
John Sayles, Pd.B., Acting President1939 - March 1, 1943
John Sayles, Pd.B.March 1, 1943 - March 10, 1947
Milton Nelson, Ph.D., Acting PresidentMarch 1947 - July 1949
Evan R. CollinsJuly 1949 - June 30, 1969
Allan A. Kuusisto, Ph.D., Acting President July 1, 1969 - June 30, 1970
Louis T. Benezet, Ph.D.July 1, 1970 - June 30, 1975
Emmett B. Fields, Ph.D.July 1, 1975 - 1977
Vincent O'Leary, Acting President1977 - 1978
Vincent O'Leary1978 - July 31, 1990
Judith Ramaley, Ph.D., Acting President1977 - 1978
H. Patrick Swygert, J.D.August 1, 1990 - July 31, 1995
Karen R. Hitchcock, Ph.D., Interim PresidentAugust 1, 1995 - April 24, 1996
Karen R. Hitchcock, Ph.D.April 24, 1996 - January 30, 2004
Carlos Santiago, Ph.D, Officer in ChargeJanuary 30, 2004 - February 24, 2004
Admiral John R. Ryan, Interim PresidentFebruary 24, 2004 - January 31, 2005
Kermit L. Hall, Ph.D.February 1, 2005 - August 13, 2006
Susan Herbst, Ph.D., Officer in ChargeOctober 2006 - October 2, 2007
George M. Philip, Officer in ChargeOctober 3, 2007 - November 26, 2007
George M. Philip, Interim President November 27, 2007 - June 16, 2009
George M. PhilipJune 16, 2009 - December 30, 2012
Robert J. Jones, Ph.DJanuary 2, 2013 - September 23, 2016
James R. Stellar, Ph.D, Interim President September 24, 2016- September 10, 2017
Havidán Rodríguez, Ph.DSeptember 11, 2017 - present

Chronological History

Founding in 1844


May 7th--The State Normal School created by legislature to train teachers for the Common Schools of N. Y. S. It was the 4th state normal school in the country, the first in N. Y. S., and the first outside of Massachusetts.  The school was financed by a $9,600.00 grant from the Literature Fund for the first year and $10,000.00 per year for the following five years.  It was regarded as an experiment which could be canceled in the future.  The State Normal School remained the only "State" normal school in N.Y. till 1866 when the N. Y. S. took over the municipal normal school at Oswego.  The State Normal School was under the joint control of the Secretary of State and the Regents. (William Marshall French & Florence Smith French, College of the Empire State: A Centennial History of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany [Albany, NY, 1944], pp. 38, 45, 72, hereafter cited as French.  A photograph of the original legislation is in the Archives Photo File.)

June 1--The Executive Committee, forerunner of our current University Council, holds its first meeting.  The first members of the Committee were Colonel Samuel Young, chairman (Secretary of State and Superintendent of the Common Schools), Regent Gideon Hawley, Francis Dwight, Rev. Dr. Alonzo Potter, and Rev. William H. Campbell (State Normal School at Albany. Executive Committee Minutes (transcription), Vol. I, p.1, hereafter cited as Exec. Comm. Minutes; for biographical information on the Executive Committee members see French, pp. 45-50)

November 23--The first faculty member hired by Executive Committee was George R. Perkins, mathematical instructor. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Vol. I, p. 6)  Perkins would become the second principal in 1848.

December 13--David Page's appointment as the School's first principal confirmed by the Executive Committee. (French, p. 56)

December 16--The first plan of organization for Normal School was submitted by Page and adopted with amendments by the Executive Committee.  (Exec. Comm. Minutes, vol. I, p. 8-10)  The first school catalog was published in The District School Journal of the State of New York, Sept. 1845, pp. 104-8. (Need to check to see if earlier version.)

December 18--The first classes were held at the State Normal School's temporary building, former Mohawk & Hudson Railway Building, later known as Van Vechten Hall, located at 115-121 State Street. The building’s second and third floors were donated by City of Albany rent free for five years. The City also donated $500.00 to renovate the building. Van Vechten Hall was demolished in the early nineteen-sixties for construction of the IBM Building. The initial enrollment was 29 students taught by two faculty: David Page and George R. Perkins.  By the end of the session 98 students were in attendance, "an equal number from each sex".  State students, those nominated by County Superintendents, receive free tuition and a $.03 pre-mile travel allowance from their home paid at the end of the term.  Sixty-nine "State Pupils" were registered by the end of the 1st term.  State students also received a weekly room & board allowance, $1.25 for women, $1.00 for men.  (French, pp. 53-54, 59; Figures on students from French and Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal School to the Superintendent of the Common Schools and Regents of the University of New York, January 14, 1846, p. 5; for the demolition of Van Vechten Hall see Permit No. 108358, 1964, Building Department Permit Indexes, A-Z, 1962, Albany County Hall of Records)


February 20--James L. Wadsworth donates $300.00 in his will to purchase books on the Library List for the school’s Miscellanea Library accepted by the Executive Committee.  Wadsworth was a prominent land developer and advocate of school libraries in NYS.  This was the first private donation to the school.  Other books and maps worth $600.00 were donate by book publishers.(Exec. Comm. Minutes, vol. I, pp. 17 & 21; French, p. 66)

April 4--The Executive Committee mandates that all student be required to sign a “Declaration of Teaching”--a pledge to teach in NYS district schools.  (Exec. Comm. Minutes, vol. I, p. 20)  The pledge to teach was not abandoned until 1962.

May 2--The first librarian, Darwin G. Eaton, was appointed. Eaton was a student. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, vol. I, p. 21)

   --The Experimental School opened. The Experimental School would become the Milne School and last as a teaching laboratory till 1977.  Reputed to be one of the, if not the first, practice-teaching school in the country.  Forty-five pupils enrolled in first  class.  (Ann. Report of the Executive Committee, January 16, 1846, p. 17)

 August 27--The first graduation ceremony was held.  Thirty-four students awarded diplomas. (Ann. Rpt. Exec. Comm., Jan. 27, 1846, p. 14).


January 1--Principal David Page dies. Page Hall on the Downtown Campus was named for Principal Page in 1929.  Among Page’s achievements were designing a curriculum that remained largely unchanged until 1890, securing the support of the legislature for the new experiment in teacher training, and securing legislation that allowed every recipient of a Normal School diploma to teach in the State of New York. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Jan. 1, 1848, Vol. 1, p. 70; French, p. 92)

January 12--George R. Perkins, LL.D., the first faculty member hired at the Normal School, appointed principal effective Jan. 1. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Jan. 12, 1848, Vol. 1, p. 72)

April--Governor John Young approves the Act of the Legislature passed April 12, 1848 titled "An act for the permanent establishment of the Normal School" and the sum of $15,000 for the building of a permanent Normal School building at corner of Lodge and Howard Streets. The City of Albany donates the old fire house on the corner.  The following year the State appropriated another $10,000.00 to complete the building and a further $3,500.00 for furnishings.  The main entrance of the building faced Lodge Street. (Annual Report of Executive Committee, Feb. 11, 1850, p. 9) See the Annual Report of the Executive Committee, 1850 for a print of the new building by Richard H. Pease, the floor plans, as well as a description of the design of the building for the building. George J. Penchard of firm of Perkins & Penchard, was the architect, . (Exec. Comm. Minutes, March 28, 1848, Vol. 1, p. 83)   For the exact location of the building see Map of the City of Albany with Villages of Greenbush, East Albany, & Bath. Sprague & Co. Surveyed and drawn by E. Jacobs, 1857. Albany County Hall of Records.)


April 11--By act of the Legislature "Every teacher shall be deemed a qualified teacher who shall have in possession a diploma of the State Normal school." (Annual Register and Circular of the State Normal School, Albany, N. Y., for the year ending July 31, 1851, p. 37, Appendix A of the Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal School to the Legislature, in Senate, No. 34, January 12, 1852)

July 31--The Normal School moves to new permanent building at the Corner of Lodge & Howard Streets.  (Ann. Rpt. Exec. Comm., April 12, 1852, p. 3; French, pp. 93-94).  This building was occupied by the School until 1885.  It was demolished in 1949. (Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1949, p. 2)

September 26--The Association of Graduates of the New York State Normal School was formed by William Phelps, SNS ’45, supervisor of the Practice School, 1845-52, Silas Bowen, SNS '45, Teacher of Intellectual Philosophy, 1845-53, and William W. Clark, ‘45, Teacher of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry, 1845-51.  The Association is the direct predecessor of current Alumni Association. The Association, lead by Corresponding Secretary William Phelps ‘45, maintains a record of the address and profession of graduates.  Phelps set up an educational placement bureau for the Normal School through the Association of Graduates. The Association’s members were also seen as a ginger group to give political support the Executive Committee’s plans for the Normal School.  The Association meets biannually. With Phelps’ departure in 1852 the Association lost its driving force and appeared by be primarily a mechanism for organizing reunions. Reunions were held in 1851, 1853, 1857, 1859.   Reunions were canceled during the Civil War and not very successfully renewed in the late sixties. They were held in 1867, 1868, 1870, and 1872.  (For the founding of the Association of Graduates see the Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal School to the Assembly, Jan. 3, 1850, pp. 8-9, 22-25.  For a list of reunion dates see French, p. 108. For the first Constitution of the Association of Graduates see Appendix C, Annual Report of the Executive Committee, January 3, 185[1])



Samuel Randall, Esq. donates 250 books to establish the Experimental School library. (For Youth & the State, p. 11)

March 23--1850 The Legislature passes “An act to provide for the support and education of a limited number of Indian youth of the State of New York, at the State Normal School.” (Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal School, January 3, 1851, p. 7; French, p. 94-95)

May--Nine Native American pupils were admitted, three women and six men, including Caroline, Nicholson & Newton Parker, all of  Pembroke, Lucia Green and Mary Jemison of Cattaurugus, Levi Williams of Collins, Thomas Webster of Lenox, and Honues Neddy of Onondaga. (Indian Pupils list, Appendix B,Annual Report of the Executive Committee, January 3, 1851, p. 21)  Between 1850 and 1853 at total of twenty-five Native American students attended the Normal School or its Experimental School.  None were listed as graduates of the school and on July 21, 1853 the Legislature passed a bill, at the urging of the Executive Committee, providing for the education of Indian pupils at academies instead of the Normal School. (French, p. 94-95; Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal School, Dec. 31, 1853, p. 6-7)  See also Harriet Twoguns, class of 1865.


March--Leo S. Root returns $75.00 to the School in compensation for not teaching as per his signed pledge. Root was freed of his moral obligation to teach by action of the Executive Committee. (Executive Committee Minutes, March 14, 1851, . I, p. 115)  He pursued a career as a manufacturing, analytic and consulting chemist. (Historical Sketch...., 1894, p. 135)


July 8--Principal George R. Perkins submits letter of resignation on May 17 effective July 8 to become mathematician for the New York Central Railroad.  (Exec. Comm. Minutes, May 17, 1852, Vol. 1, p. 160)

September 20--Samuel B. Woolworth, LL.D. assumes principal’s position. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, July 1, 1852, Vol. I, p. 164) Woolworth was the first college graduate to be appointed principal. He introduced departmental concentrations for teachers but was unsuccessful in his attempt to introduce the lecture method which the Executive Committee rejected as promoting inattention. (French, p. 95-96)


Superintendent of Experimental School and Director of Practice Teaching appointed.  (For Youth & the State, p. 11)


January 31--Oldest extant Commencement Program.  (Bound with Executive Committee Minutes, Feb. 7, 1851 [originals], Vol. 1, p. 219)

February 1--Principal Samuel B. Woolworth resigns effective Feb. 1 to become Secretary to the Board of Regents and a member of the Executive Committee of the Normal School.  As a Secretary of the Regents, Woolworth would introduce the Regents Exams. (French, pp. 95- 97; Executive Committee Minutes, January 4, 1856, Vol. I, p.  234) Woolworth would serve as acting principal of the school in 1867 upon the resignation of Oliver Arey, becoming the first person to lead the institution twice.

February 25--David Cochran, A.M., Ph.D. appointed principal. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, January 21, 1856, Vol. I, p. 236) Cochran was born in Springville, N.Y., July 28, 1828, a graduate of Hamilton College, class 1850, taught at Clinton Liberal Institute and subsequently served as principal of Fredonia Academy before his appointment as Professor of Natural Science at the State Normal School in September 1854. (“Obituary, David H. Cochran, Ph.D., LL.D,” The Echo, November 1909, p. 73)


Charlotte V. Usher--The first African-American student attends the Normal School.  There is no record of her graduation and no indication in our records that Usher was African-American.  Information about her being African American come solely from Carlton Maybee, Black Education in New York State, p. 312, fn. 10.

September–“Callisthenics” first appear in the “Program of Exercises.”  Callisthenics and Sub-Lectures were held from 12:40-1:15 replacing what had been a rest period.  On December 1st the Executive Committee give the principal permission to hire the first instructor of “Callisthenics & Gymnastics”, I. L. Montgomery. Montgomery was never listed with the regular faculty of the school so he must have served as an adjunct. Callisthenics continued to appear in the “Program of Exercises” through the fall of 1862. The Annual Report of the Executive Committee for February 10, 1863 noted the steep decline of male students and the program of exercised for the Fall limited Calisthenics and Sub-Lectures to ten minutes in the second of three fall terms.  No subsequent “Programme” mentions Calisthenics during the 19th Century. In the April of 1861 “military drill” was added to the gymnastic exercises for men. Military drill was lauded in the 1862 Annual Report for “important points of superiority over gymnastics.  Its effect on the carriage, its tendency to produce a habit of subordination, and its power to create the highest precision and promptness in action, have been shown to be of the first order.”  Military drill was conducted by Professors Husted and Kimball until they resigned to lead the Normal School Company in the Civil War.  (“Program of Exercises,” Appendix B, Documents Accompanying the Annual Report of the Executive Committee, January 19, 1859, p. 28-30; Exec. Comm. Min., December 1, 1859; Annual Report of the Executive Committee, Feb. 4, 1862, p. 9; Annual Report of the Executive Committee, February 10, 1863, p. 7-8, and Appendix B Programmes of Exercises, p. 38)




January 27--Literary Societies of the State Normal School hold semi-annual exercises. This is the first record of a literary society at the school. At the time two societies for males existed, the Excelsior Society and the Independent Association.  No mention of a women’s literary society appears until the early 1870s.  ("Program, Semi-Annual Exercises of the Literary Societies of the State Normal School, January 27, 1860." Commencement Program Binder, 1857-1917, Office of President Records)


September--Primary Department created an Experimental School as a separate department. The department prepared students age five to seven using the Pestalozzian or object method of teaching.  All female Normal School students spent one week in the department and one hour per week discussing the training method.  The first supervisor of the department was Lydia K. Keyes SNS ‘54.  A tuition of $20.00 a year was charged per pupil.  (Annual Report of the Executive Committee, February 6, 1863, p. 11, and accompanying Annual Register and Circular of the State Normal School for the Year ending July 10, 1862, p. 35; For Youth & The State, p. 11)  French indicates that the Juvenile Department was open in 1862.  This appears to be a misreading of the record.  (French, p. 100)


September--Normal School Company formed to fight in the Civil War.  Led by  Lieutenant, subsequently Captain, Albert N. Husted, SNS ‘45, and Captain Rodney Kimball, the Company fought at Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spottsville, and Cold Harbor.  (Husted Hall was named for Husted in 1927. Husted served as a teacher and subsequently professor of Mathematics of the Normal School/Normal College from September 17, 1855 until his resignation to lead the Normal School Company on July 12, 1862.  He was rehired on November 4, 1864 and served continuously as a faculty member until his death on October 16, 1912.  He served an interim appointment as principal on the death of President Alden in 1889.   Of one hundred original volunteers, seventeen died of wounds, eight of disease, and five were commissioned as officers in African-American regiments. For a brief account of the Company’s activities see A. N. Husted’s account of the Company’s service in A Historical Sketch of the State Normal School at Albany, N.Y. and a History of Its Graduates for Forty Years (Albany: Brandow & Barton, 1884), pp. xii-xv.


January 23--Literary Societies hold semi-annual exercises.  The renamed Independent Order of Normals (I.O.N.) [formerly Independent Association] and Ex Society, both male student organizations, again hold exercises. (See "Semi-Annual Exercises of the Literary Societies of the State Normal School," Commencement Programs Binder, 1857-1917, President's Office Records)


September 19--Principal David Cochran submits his resignation to accept the presidency of Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y.  At the State Normal School Cochran introduced object-teaching or Pestalozzianism to the school curriculum. The teaching method was used in a new Juvenile Department opened in 1861. The exact date Cochran’s resignation took effect  is unclear as he agreed to stay until a successor took office. He remained principal until early December and perhaps into January of 1864. (Cochran to Executive Committee, September 19, 1864, Minutes of the Executive Committee, Sept. 19, 1864, Vol. I, p. 295-6; decision to appoint Oliver Arey Principal, Dec. 2, 1864, Vol I, p. 298; and January 12, 1865, Vol I, p. 299.  The latter minutes indicate that Arey accepted the principalship but leaves blank the date at which he actually started work. (French, p. 99-101) Cochran served as President of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute from 1864 until his retirement in 1899. He continued to be involved with the State Normal School until at least 1900 when he spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers’ Memorial Tablet honoring the Normal School dead in the Civil War.  Cochran died in Brooklyn on October 6, 1909. (“Obituary, David H. Cochran, Ph.D., LL.D,” The Echo, November 1909, p. 73)

December 2--Oliver Arey, A.M., is appointed principal by Executive Committee to start at earliest possible date. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Dec. 2, 1864, Vol I, p. 298)


January 12[?]--Oliver Arey assumes office of Principal.  The Executive Committee Minutes of January 12, 1865, leave the impression that Arey did not take office until the new year. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Vol. I, p. 299) The local newspapers should be checked to see whether there is notice of Cochran’s departure and Arey’s arrival!!

July 13--Harriet E. Twoguns of the Cattaraugus Reservation graduates, the first Native American student to do so.  Twoguns taught African-American children in the south for twenty years after graduation. (Historical Sketch, 1894, p. 204) Harriet Twoguns’ descendent, Lee Leroy, received a Distinguished Alumni Award in her honor in 1971. (Carillon, Summer 1971, p. 1)


January 8–Principal Oliver Arey’s resignation accepted by the Executive Committee on January 8 effective as of the end of the term. Arey's term as principal was marked by a dispute with the faculty, the nature of which remains unclear. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, January 8, 1867, Vol. I, p. 319; French, pp. 101-102 details charges against Arey by faculty and counter charges filed by Arey, all of which were withdrawn from the official record.)

February 19--The Secretary to the Executive Committee, Samuel B. Woolworth, a former Principal, appointed Principal until a permanent Principal can be selected.  Woolworth became the only person to lead the institution twice. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Feb. 19, 1867, Vol. I, p. 320-21)

April 3--Joseph Alden, D.D., LL.D., becomes the school’s first president.  Alden was informally hired on April 3 to begin work on April 22.  The change in title from principal to president was approved by the Executive Committee at its July 8 meeting. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, July 8, 1867, Vol. I, p. 325)




Philomathean Society, young ladies literary society, founded ca. 1870.  From programs for a Ladies Literary Society dating from 1873, it appears that the Philomathean Society may have been a later name for the Ladies Literary Society.  (Literary Societies folder; Archives Vertical File; Echo, Sept. 1893, p. 11)



July 2--The Association of Graduates is revived. William J. Ballard, SNS ‘70, is elected president, Oscar Myers, SNS ’70, is elected vice president, Charles J. Majory, SNS ‘72, is elected treasurer, and Sherman Williams, SNS ‘71, is elected secretary.  The new leadership resolved to query graduates about forming a new Association which would meet once a year. The annual meeting would feature literary exercises including an oration, a poem, a historical essay, and addresses by the president and vice president. (Biennial Meeting Minutes, July 2, 1872, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p, 1-2.  Alumni Association Records)



June 30--The first annual meeting of the renewed Association of Graduates is held and a new constitution is adopted.  The object of the Association is to “continue the social relations among the graduates, to enable them to know, or to learn at any time the whereabouts of one another and present at its regular meetings such exercises as shall best conduce to these ends.”  The constitution established a differential fee, $.75 per year for men, and $.25 per year for women. Meetings were set for the close of the summer term.(Constitution of the Association of Graduates of the New York State Normal School, Article II, Article IV, section V, and  Article V. Annual Meeting Minutes, June 30, 1873, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, pp. 3-6)



December 30--At the second Annual Meeting  Alumni Association dues were raised to $1.00 for men and $.50 for women. In 1879 the dues returned to $.75 for men and $.25  for women. The Annual Meeting time shifted to the week between Christmas and New Year.  Sherman Williams, secretary, launches an effort to identify every graduate of the school. (Annual Meeting Minutes, December 30, 1874, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, pp.12-13; Annual Meeting Minutes, December 30, 1879, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p.23)


June 28--Sensaburo Kudzo, the first international student, graduates.   Kudzo played a prominent role in establishing the normal school movement in Japan.  He was an expert on western music.  (Historical Sketch, 1894, p. 254; Kudzo Folder in Archives Vertical File) No other international students are known to have attended the school until 1908.



Kate Stoneman, teacher of penmanship at the Normal School, SNC graduate, Class of 1866, and a group of suffragists, successfully lobbies the NYS legislature to allow women to elect local school boards. Women were still barred from voting in the all other elections. In 1886 Ms. Stoneman is admitted to the bar after successfully lobbying the NYS Legislature and the Governor to have women admitted to the bar.  She became the first woman lawyer in New York.  In 1898, while still teaching at NYS Normal College, Stoneman becomes first women to earn a law degree from Albany Law School. (Geoffrey P. Williams & Carole Novick, “A Woman Who Wouldn't Take No For An Answer” Albany Law School Magazine, Spring 1992, pp. 16-19. Hereafter cited as Williams & Novick.)


May 23--Executive Committee accepts President Alden's resignation effective at the close of the term. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, May 23, 1882, Vol. II, p. 391-3)  Alden’s contributions included the provision of equal pay for equal work regardless of sex and an insistence that English was as worthy of study as Greek & Latin.  During his term the school accepted and graduated its first international student. (See a letter from the women faculty to Alden on his resignation praising his support for them in the Alden folder in the Archives Faculty File; see French, pp. 104-7)

June 22--Edward P. Waterbury, A.M., Ph.D., assumes office of president. A graduate of Normal School, Class of 1849, Waterbury had served as a faculty member at the Albany Academy, was a local insurance agent, and, at the time of his appointment, was a member of the school’s Executive Committee.  Waterbury was appointed at the May 23, 1882 Executive Committee meeting. (Ibid.)  Waterbury was the first graduate of the school to lead the school.  Waterbury served as President until his death on August 28, 1889.  Among his accomplishments were supervising the construction of a new school building on Willett Street, the authorship of the first history of the school, A Historical Sketch of the State Normal School at Albany, NY and a History of its Graduates, 1844-1884, the leadership of the school’s first Alumni fund-raising drive to fund the Alumni Memorial Window, and the introduction of a Kindergarten Department. (French, p. 107-117)


New building planned for Willett Street across from Washington Park at a cost of $125,000.  The architect was Frank J. Wright of the firm of Ogden & Wright.  For floor plans see The Thirty-Second Annual Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Albany, Department of Public Instruction, January 1, 1886, p. 196.  Alumni Association embarks on $5,000 fund raising campaign to pay for Alumni Memorial Window in Willett Street Building (at the time the largest stained glass window in the country).  First major alumni fund-raising campaign.  Window design executed by Ezra Prentice Treadwell, Esq. of Boston, but construction of the window may have been completed by Tiffany. (Ibid., 199-200; for information about Tiffany & Co see the Executive Committee Minutes for July 5, 1890, Executive Committee Minutes [transcription], vol.2,  p. 557)

A Kindergarten Department is established at Model School. (For Youth & the State, 11; Executive Committee Minutes, June 11, 1883, typescript, Vol. 2, p. 409)


December 27--The Grand Reunion of Association of Graduates
-With the support of Normal School Presidents Alden and Waterbury, ‘49, and lead by Secretary Sherman Williams, '71, the Association of Graduates was rebuilt in the 1870s and early 1880s. In preparation for the 1883 reunion 2,000 invitations were sent out to graduates whose addresses were known.  Of that number a phenomenal 600 graduates attended what became known as the “Grand Reunion.” (French,p. 109)

-President Waterbury presents a history of the school to the Annual Meeting. The history was published in 1884 as A Historical Sketch of the State Normal School at Albany, N.Y. and A History of Its Graduates for Forty Years. Albany, N.Y., Brandow and Barton, 1884. The Historical Sketch includes a biographical sketch of the career of each graduate of the school to date.  It was revised and reissued in 1888 and in 1894. (Annual Meeting Minutes, December 27, 1883, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 33; French, p. 110-111)

-Fund-raising for Alumni Memorial Window commences at President Waterbury suggestion. The assembled graduates engaged in their first fund-raising event. To show their pride in the new Normal School Building being constructed on Willett Street across from Washington Park, they voted to commission Alumni Memorial Window for the Assembly Hall.  A $5,000.00 fund-raising campaign was launched, chaired by Professor Albert N. Husted, SNS ‘55, for what was at that time the largest stained glass window in the United States. E. P. Treadwell Architect of Boston designs window, possibly completed by Tiffany & Co.  A Class Committee was formed and a representative of each class was designated to raise funds from their classmates.  Donation of $2 to $10 were solicited. (Annual Meeting Minutes, December 27, 1883, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 32; French, p. 109-110)


A Historical Sketch of the State Normal School Established 1844, at Albany, N.Y. and a History of  Its Graduates for the First Thirty-Eight Years, 1844-1884 is published on the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the school. The book was written and financed by President Edward P. Waterbury to prove that the Normal School had done its job educating the teachers of the state. (Executive Committee Minutes of December 5, 1889 contain a motion by Dr. Ward to purchase the remaining copies of  Dr. Waterbury’s History of the School. Executive Committee Minutes [transcription], vol. 2, p. 554)

January 25--Evelena Williams graduates.  Williams was the first identifiable African-American graduate of the State Normal School.  Williams taught and was principal for nine years in a one room school house for African Americans in Jamacia, N.Y. She lost her job when the Jamacia schools were integrated in 1893 or 1894.  Nothing in our schools surviving records indicates that Williams was African-American.  That information comes from Carleton Maybee, Black Education in New York, p. ???????)


January 23–U. S. President elect (at the time NYS Governor) Grover Cleveland presents degrees at Commencement. (See The Daily Graphic, New York, January 27, 1885, p. 630, for a full page sketch of presentation ceremony by [Miranda ?], Archives Flat File)

September 9--Willett St. Building occupied and opened for classes. The building was constructed at a cost of $199,647.00. The architect was Frank P. Wright of the Albany firm of Ogden & Wright in a style described by the Executive Committee as "modern renaissance". It was located at 82-96 Willett Street. The Willett Street Building was designed to accommodate 400 normal school students and 200 model school students. (French, p. 113; for a detailed description of the building see the Thirty-First Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal School to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Regents of the University for the year ending August 20, 1884, pp. 167-70 contained in the Thirty-First Annual Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of New York, No. 8 in Assembly, January 6,1885; for the location of the building see City of Albany, Sanborn Insurance Map #60, 1892; for floor plans of the building see the Forty-Second Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal School to the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Regents of the University for the Year ending August 20, 1885, pp. 196-7, contained in the Thirty-Second Annual Report of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of New York, No. 17 in Assembly, January 5,1886. Photocopies of the Sanborn Map and the floor plans are in the University Achives Vertical File, folder Buildings, Willett Street.)


Kate Stoneman, faculty member, passes the NYS bar exam, but is denied admission to the NYS Bar by the NYS Court of Appeals. Stoneman & her allies successfully petition the NYS Legislature & Governor to pass a law admitting women to the NYS Bar. Stoneman becomes NYS first woman lawyer, continues to teach at Normal School while practicing law. (Williams & Novick, pp. 16-19)

December 30--The first mention of Class Meetings of Alumni. Prior to this the business meeting would be described as followed by a Social Reunion. From this date forward class reunions followed the Business Meeting and preceeded the general Social Reunion. (Annual Meeting Minutes, December 30, 1886, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 41)



December 30-- Decennial alumni reunion classes to be given special emphasis at future reunions. (Annual Meeting Minutes, December 30, 1887, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 43)


The Historical Sketch is updated and reissued by President Waterbury. Its new title is A Historical Sketch of the State Normal School Established 1844, at Albany, N.Y. and a History of Its Graduates for the First Thirty-Eight and Last Five Years Ending January 1, 1888 (Albany: Brandow Printing Co., 1888).

Minerva statue acquired with money from student fines. (French, & Anna Pierce art. An article titled “Minerva,” The Echo, October 1909, p. 15, on the contrary, indicates that Minerva was only acquired in 1900 or 1901, five years before the January 1906 fire.)


August 28--President Edward P. Waterbury dies. The first graduate of the school to lead it, Waterbury oversaw the construction of the new Willett Street building, guided the Alumni Association in its first fund-raising campaign for the Alumni Memorial Window, and after gathering information on graduate’s careers, wrote the first history of the school. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Sept. 13, 1889, Vol. II, p. 547)

September 13--Professor Husted appointed Acting Principal. (Ibid., pp. 550-51)

October 29--William A. Milne takes office as President. (Exec. Comm. Minutes, Dec. 5, 1889, Vol. II, p. 553)



March 13--The Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York changed the name of the school to the New York State Normal College. The same meeting resolved that “on or after September 1892" instruction given in the college be restricted to “methods of teaching, school economy, philosophy and history of education, and such other matters as are properly and directly connected with the science and art of teaching.” A final resolution granted the school the right to grant bachelors, masters and doctor of Pedagogy degrees. (First Annual Report of the Executive Committee of the State Normal College to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, for the Year Ending July 25, 1890, p. 141 contained in the Thirty-Seventh Annual Report of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1891, for the School Year ending July 25, 1890) The new curriculum included separate tracks, an English Course, a Classical Course, a course for College graduates, and a course for Kindergarteners. The College was also given the right to grant honorary degrees. (French, p. 165)

Special Course introduced. This was the beginning of continuing education for practicing teachers. It was a one year course leading to a life license to teach. (French, pp. 137-38)

Fall--High School added to the Practice School. (For Youth & The State, p. 12)

Fall--First mention since the 1860s of physical education, called "Physical Culture," as a required element of the curriculum, . Physical Culture was mentioned only in the fifth term. Lacking a gymnasium in the Willett Street Building, physical culture classes were held in the Young Men's Christian Association building. (Circular of the New York State Normal College, Albany, N.Y. For 1890 and 91, pp. 15, 19-20)


January 2--The name of the Association of Graduates is amended to The Association of Graduates of the New York State Normal School and the New York State Normal College. (Annual Meeting Minutes, January 2, 1890, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 50)


Delta Omega Sorority founded. First recorded Greek society. (The Neon, 1900, p. 18)



The Quicksilver Reading Circle formed as private class by Mrs. Margaret S. Mooney, instructor in literature and elocution. The Circle studied literature. (The Normal College Echo, June 1992, p. 11)



November-- A regular column of “Alumni Notes” begins in the November issue of The Normal College Echo, a monthly student literary and news journal. This column carried news of Alumni classes and events until it was superseded as the main organ of alumni news by the publication of the Alumni Quarterly in 1919.


June--The Normal College Echo, first student newspaper/literary magazine/alumni publication begins as a monthly.

February 5--Phi Delta Fraternity formed by merger of Normal Literary Union and Independent Order of Normals, two male literary societies. First male Greek letter society on campus. (The Normal College Echo, 1892-93, vol. 1; Neon, 1900, pp. 14-15)

Elite Literary Society formed in High School Department. (The Normal College Echo, December 1892, p. 9)


Salary survey of first graduates of Normal College curriculum reveals that male graduates receive an average annual salary $1,025.00 while female graduates receive average salary of $550.00. The male graduates jobs were predominantly as principals of public schools, while the females positions are not described. (“Success to our Graduates,” The Normal College Echo, June 1893, p. 7)


Agassiz Association formed in late 1893 supervised by Professor Wetmore to encourage original scientific research by students. (The Normal College Echo, December 1893, p. 10)


June 26, 27, 28--The School's Semi-Centenial Jubilee is celebrated with addresses by Superintendent of the Schools Dr. Andrew S. Draper, former Superintendent Neil Gilmour, Chancellor Anson J. Upson, and Mayor Oren E. Wilson. (French, p. 162)


June 28-- Alumni Association President Milford H. Smith, ‘79, suggests the Association raise funds for a Soldiers Memorial Tablet honoring the school’s Civil War dead. In 1896 Albert N. Husted, a long time faculty member and Lieutenant & subsequently Captain of the Normal School Company, was designated chairman of the fund-raising committee. (Annual Meeting Minutes, June 28, 1894 & January 3, 1896, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, pp. 67 & 69)

The Alumni Association publish an updated history of the school and its graduates on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the school titled An Historical Sketch of the State Normal College and a History of Its Graduates for Fifty Years (Albany: Brandow, 1894). (French, p. 164) An annotated copy of this volume in the University Archives contains updates of graduates names, addresses and careers through the class of 1918.



February--College pin in a diamond shape with letters in gold, S.N.C., on a purple enamel background. This is the first mention of both a college pin and the college colors. The pin was idea of the classes of 1896 and 1897 and available through the A. S. Gardner Co. for $1.50. ("The College Pin," Echo, Feb. 1896, p. 4)

February 9--Eta Phi Sorority holds its first tea. The exact date of the sorority's founding is unclear, but it may have dated from a January 24 meeting. ("The Eta Phi Society,"Echo, Feb. 1896, pp. 8-9; "A sketch of the Eta Phi Society," The Neon, 1900, p. 21)


May 17--The college baseball team played its first game at Castleton-on-Hudson resulting in a score of 2 to 5 in favor of Castleton. ("Base Ball," The Normal College Echo, May 1897, p. 9) There was a re-match on June 5 where the team and supporters took a steamer to the game. The game was also lost due to what the Normal College reporter called poor sportsmanship by the Castleton team and the umpire. ("Base Ball," The Normal College Echo, June 1997, pp. 14-15)

Spring--Tennis and bicycle clubs are in the process of organization at State Normal College. ("Athletics," The Normal College Echo, May 1897, p. 13)

Fall--Earliest mention of an Athletic Association whose main concern appears to have been to develop a successful "WINNING ball team." (The Normal College Echo, October 1897, p. 10) There is no indication that this was a permanent Athletic Association. The Athletic Association is not mentioned again until 1909.


June 16--Kappa Delta sorority founded. ("Kappa Delta," Echo, November 1897, p. 13)


Spring–-First record of inter-collegiate baseball schedule. Under the direction of Captain Dibble, baseball games were scheduled against New York University, Syracuse University, Hamilton College, Clinton Liberal Institute, and Oneonta Normal. ("Athletics," The Echo, March 8, 1898, p. 15) A check of the archives at the schools found that only two games at Oneonta were played and that record is only found in the Oneonata student newspaper, the Oneontian???????????. There is no mention of them in The Echo for 1898, no mention of baseball in 1899, and after 1899 we hold only broken runs of The Echo, our only source of information about athletics at the school. There is a photo of the baseball team in the 1900 Neon, the school's first yearbook.

May--First recorded men's intramural tennis tournament played at State Normal College. ("Athletics," The Echo, May 1898, p. 14)


February 15--Psi Gamma sorority founded. ("Psi Gamma," Echo, March 1898, p. 14; Psi Gamma Sorority Brochure 1898-1988, Psi Gamma Records Subject Files, University Archives)




June 14-- The Soldiers Memorial Tablet honoring the Normal School Civil War dead was unveiled at the conclusion of a successful Alumni fund-raising campaign. (Report of the Reunion,June 14-15, 1900, Alumni Association Minutes, Vol. 1872-1917, p. 79, Alumni Association Records)


The Neon, the first student yearbook, is published. No other yearbook exists until 1904.



Fall??---School acquires its first gymnasium at 100 Willett Street. The expenses were subscribed by donations from faculty & students. The gymnasium was used by both men and women for exercises and basketball teams. ("The Gymnasium," The Echo, Christmas 1904, pp. 12-14)


January--Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) founded. Printed first Student's Handbook in 1904 which while mainly describing the functions of the YWCA also listed student groups and publications as well as gave general advice to students. (Student's Handbook, New York State Normal College, Presented by the Young Women's Christian Association, 1904; Our Book, 1911, p. 69)

Senior yearbook, New York State Normal College, 1904, Nulla vestigia retrorsum, published. First yearbook since 1900.

The Crimson & White, the State Normal College's High School student magazine/yearbook first published.


December 14--Andrew S. Draper/Edward J. Goodwin Plan is enacted by the Regents, turning the State Normal College a four-year liberal arts college for teacher training. The Draper/Goodwin Plan directed that the College discontinue all training for the elementary schools, institute admissions requirements “substantially the same as those laid down by other eastern colleges of good standing,” establish a “four year course in the liberal arts and pedagogics,” require students “to pursue such subjects of study as are deemed essential to a liberal education,” require “professional courses...fundamental to the training of teachers ... of every student,” institute elective courses, mandated that the school’s mission was to train teachers for “secondary schools, training schools and normal schools” and train instructors in “art, manual training, domestic economy, commercial branches and other special subjects.” The Draper/Goodwin Plan granted the school the right to offer B.A., B.S., and Pd.B, “the first two to be given on the satisfactory completion of a four-year course, the third conferred only upon college graduates after a year of post graduate study.” The plan was formally instituted with the class entering in September 1906. (“Plan of Reorganization,” New York State Normal College, Albany, Circular and Announcement of the Courses of Instruction 1906-1907, p. 6-7) The State Normal College was the only institution in the state to provide free liberal arts degree. It was reputedly the first former Normal School in the country to offer liberal arts degree for teachers. (Need to check the last claim!!)


January 17--Fund-raising begins for Husted Award, honoring A. N. Husted, on the occasion of his 50th year of service as a teacher. (Report of the Reunion, January 16 & 17, 1905, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, pp. 96-97) The fund would support graduate study in education. Husted served as a teacher until 1912, dying three days after he taught his last class. Classes contribute funds to the campaign on graduation. The Husted Fellowship fund was fully subscribed with $10,000 in 1948 and in 1949 the first award was given to Nathan E. Kullman Jr. A.B. ‘37, M.A. ‘41. Alumni Quarterly, Oct. 1954, p. 8.)


January 6--The Willett Street building burns, destroying most historical records, the Alumni Memorial Window, the Soldiers Memorial Tablet and all the oil portraits of Principals, Presidents, and Executive Committee members which were hung in the gutted Assembly Hall. (Executive Committee Minutes, Jan. 15, 1906, p. 631 [transcription]) For evidence of the portraits of school leaders see the photos of the Assembly Hall before it burned. At its annual meeting on June 14 & 15, 1906 the Association decided not to raise funds for a new Alumni Memorial Window but rather to concentrate on raising funds for the Husted Fellowship. (Report of the Annual Reunion, June 14 & 15, 1906, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 102)

Position of Assistant to the President created. Dr. Aspinwall is named to the post. (Executive Committee Minutes, Jan. 15, 1906, p. 636 [transcription])

February--The Western Avenue (now Downtown) Campus site is chosen as the new home of the New York State Normal College. The Willett Street property and adjacent land plus $75,000.00 were swapped for the Albany Orphan Asylum land bounded by Western Avenue (637 ft.), Washington Ave. (609 ft.) and Robin Street (248 ft.). (Executive Committee Minutes (transcription), Feb. 28, 1906, Vol. 2, p. 636)

September–First students admitted to the four year Draper/Goodwin liberal arts curriculum. (New York State Normal College Albany, Circular & Announcement, 1906-07, p. 8)

1906-1907 Enrollment = 361. (President’s Annual Report, Dec. 1916 (typescript), p. 5, President Abram R. Brubacher Records, Office of the President Records)


March--Albert Randolph Ross, Architect and Hon. George Lewis Heins, State Architect, jointly commissioned to design the new three building Washington & Western Avenue Campus. Ross designed the exterior in the classical Georgian style, while Heins offices prepares interior drawings and specifications. $366,000 was appropriated for the buildings. (Memorandum of Agreement Made At A Conference Held at the Ways & Means Committee Room in the State Capital, At Albany, March 13, 1907, Executive Committee Minutes, Vol. 2, p. 653-55.) The contract to construct the buildings was awarded to the A. E. Stephens Co. of Binghamton. Minutes of the Executive Committee, Oct. 9, 1907, Vol. II, p. 664; see also Eunice Perine, “A Silver Anniversary, 1908-1933, the Romance of the Architectural Design of Our College,” Alumni Quarterly, January 1933, p. 3-4. Perine quotes a letter from Ross in which he describes the design of the college as a “very pure Georgian style.”)

March--Purple & gold again mentioned as school colors. See also 1896, the entry for the College Pin. “The purple and gold” is a verse from a college song by Louise Ward Clement. (Echo, March 1907, p, 184) The Echo for September 1907 (p.23) lists the college colors as “Purple and gold.” Later purple & gold are mentioned in the Alma Mater song as school colors. (Student's Hand Book, 1908-09, p. 46)

1907-08 Enrollment = 254. (President’s Annual Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 5)

Javier S. Adrianzen, A.B., a student from Chiclayo, Peru, attends State Normal School funded by the Peruvian Government. He earns Bachelor of Pedagogy in 1910. Adrianzen is the first known Latin American student. He designed the State Normal College Echo cover in 1907. (Echo, Oct. 1907, p. 52; State Normal College, Commencement Exercises..., June 21, 1910, Office of the President, Commencement Programs Binder, 1857-1917)


Alumni Association incorporated to allow them to collect and administer funds for the Husted Award. (Report of the Annual Reunion, June 24-25, 1907, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 106) The Association began collecting money for the award and the fund was not fully subscribed until 1948, the first award granted in 1949.

February-- Second fund-raising campaign begun for Civil War Memorial Tablet launched by the Metropolitan Alumni Association at its February meeting. A. N. Husted named chair of the fund-raising committee at the Annual Meeting in June. (Annual Reunion Minutes, June 22-23, 1908, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 111-12) The new tablet hung for many years in the West entrance to the Administration Building by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. It is currently in storage in the University Archives.


YWCA Glee Club organized. (Student's Hand Book, 1908-09, p. 35)


June 23--The first four year liberal arts class graduated earning Bachelors of Arts or Science. (State Normal College, Commencement Exercises..., June 23, 1908, Office of the President, Commencement Program, 1857-1917).

1908-1909 Enrollment = 187 (President’s Annual Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 50)


November--The Newman Study Club is founded, the first Catholic group on campus. Open to any woman interested in studying the life of Cardinal Newman. (Echo, Nov. 1908, p. 49) Chi Sigma Theta Sorority, known as Kappa Nu Sorority from its founding on October 5, 1914 until it adopted the name Chi Sigma Theta on Feb. 17, 1920, traced its founding date to the formation of the Newman Study Club. (Echo, Oct. 1914, p. 107; Pedagogue, 1935, p. 204)


April--It was decided that all courses below High School would be closed at the Practice School. Seventh & eighth grade were gradually phased out. (For Youth & The State, p.12)

April 5--The Executive Committee becomes the Board of Trustees reporting jointly to the Commissioner of Education and the Regents. (Minutes of the Board of Trustees, April 5, 1909, Vol. II, p. 672-3; For the precise powers of the renamed Board see: Education Law, Chapter 21, article 26, sections 661-664, 679, Consolidated Laws of the State of New York, 1909, Vol. 1, pp. 711, 717)

September--School occupies the three building campus consisting of, left-to-right: Science, Administration, and the Auditorium, in December 1927 given their current names: Husted Hall, Draper Hall, and Hawley Hall. ("Leaves from a Freshman Diary, Tuesday, September 7, 1909," The Echo, October 1909, p. 27)

Enrollment = 272 (President’s Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 5)

Departmental structure of College is created. Original departments: Ancient Languages; Modern Languages; English; Pedagogy; Psychology and Philosophy; Mathematics; Commercial Branches; History; Government and Economics; Natural Science;; Fine Arts and Design; Physical Training; Music. The college also included a Librarian and a High School Department (later the Milne School). (French, 159)

Fall--Physical Education added to curriculum in the Department of Physical Training headed by Fanny A. Dunsford, A.B., Professor. (New York State Normal College Annual Circular and Announcement, 1909-1910, p. 70)

October 28--The dedication ceremony is held for the Downtown Campus with speakers Governor Charles Evans Hughs, Commissioner of Education Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper, and Regents Vice-Chancellor St. Clair McKelway. Draper, in his address, said the school would be “a pedagogical college. It is to give a liberal training to men and women who will be teachers. It is not intended that it shall grow into a state university.” The goal of the school would be to “teach, study and investigate and try to add to the sum of pedagogical knowledge and experience.” This was the first definition of a research role for the school. (French, p. 148)


Fall--Borussia, a German study society, is organized. (Our Book, 1911, p. 75)

October 15--Athletic Association formed by men and women to promote all sports but principally “basket ball,” to take advantage of the “well-equipped gymnasium” in the basement of the Auditorium (later the Hawley Building). The men played an inter-collegiate & high school schedule while the women played inter-class games. Exactly when the first inter-collegiate Baskball game was played is unclear, but, during the 1909?-1910 season, the men's varsity team play basketball against Albany Medical College and Union College in addition to local high schools. It appears that the inter-collegiate games may have been during the Spring of 1910, see below. (The Echo, November 1909, p. 68; "Basket-Ball,"The Echo, April 10, pp. 232-3; Our Book, 1911, p. 89)



February--Department of Manual and Industrial Arts officially opened in 1910 and discontinued in 1920. (French, 160-61)

Spring--Men’s basketball plays first inter-collegiate matchs vs. Albany Medical College and the Union College freshmen. (A.M.C. 53, S.N.C. 10, Union 26, S.N.C. 6). The rest of the games were played against local high schools. (“Basket-Ball,” The Echo, April 1910, p. 233)

May 13–Sheridan’s “The Rivals” is performed in the Auditorium. This is the first known college theater performance by students. (Margaret S. Mooney, “The Rivals,” The Echo, May June, 1910, p. 27-8)

June--Department of Domestic Economy organized in 1910 and discontinued in 1932. (French, p. 161)

Fall--Enrollment = 413 (President’s Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 5)


June–The Class of 1910 orders a stained glass memorial window for the Auditorium (now Hawley Hall) as their Senior Class Gift. The window was designed and executed by Mr. Chapman of Albany. The window was to be mounted over the main entrance to the Auditorium, subsequently named Hawley Hall. (The Echo, May – June, 1910, p. 30) Subsequently, the classes of 1911, 1912, 1915, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, and 1929 would donate stained glass windows for the auditorium. Restoration of the windows between 1980 and 1986 was funded by the classes of 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, and 1952. (Carol Novick, “The Hawley Windows,” The Carillon, Spring 1989, pp. 1 & 6)

June 20--The second Soldiers Memorial Tablet, costing $411.71, is installed in Administration Building (subsequently Draper Hall) entrance hall. It replaced the original tablet lost in the 1906 fire. (Annual Reunion Minutes, June 20-21, 1910, Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, pp. 134,136)


Fall--The Contributors’ Club founded to promote original literary contributions. (Our Book, 1911, p. 71)

October 12--Promethean Literary Society holds first meeting.???????check (Our Book, 1911, pp. 72-3)

October--Dramatics Club founded. (Our Book, 1911, p. 71)

A yearbook, The Senior Book, is published. From this date forward, a school yearbook is produced every year.


Extension Programs begin, the first courses for which fees are charged. The fee was initially $5.00 per semester per credit hour. (Vogt, p. 147)

Enrollment reaches 503.(President’s Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 5)


Yearbook, Our Book, published.


1912-1913 Enrollment = 590 (President’s Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 5)

April 15--Intercollegiate baseball is revived at the Normal College. A team is organized with J. H. Ward as manager and Mr. Fitzpatrick as captain. The first game is lost to R.P.I. 14 to 10 on April 15th. (The Echo, May 1912, p. 419) Exactly how often baseball was played earlier is unclear. See 1897 for the Castleton games, 1898 for the Oneonta Normal games, and the 1900 Neon photo of a school baseball team. After that there is no evidence of a baseball team.

June--First mention of school letters being awarded. Given to women on the senior and junior women's basketball teams. ("Girls' Athletic Association," The Echo, June 1912, p. 475)


May--Moving-Up Day ceremonies first mentioned in The Echo. The entry indicates that the ceremony may have predated this event but that it was now a regular event in which classes wore armbands, and the seniors relinquished their seats to the Juniors, and so on down to the freshman. In 1913 the ceremony involved class "scraps" [possibly the origins of class Rivalry] and snake dances on the lawn. ("Moving-Up Day," The Echo, May 1912, p. 414-5, "Moving-Up Day," The Echo, May 1913, p. 475-77)

School yearbook named Pedagogue, a title it retained through 1963. Title changed to Torch in 1964.

December--Chemistry Club founded. (State College News, March 25, 1920, p. 8)


Fall--Commercial Department opens. (Vogt, p. 139; State College News, June 8, 1923, p. 8)

1913-1914 Enrollment = 556 (President’s Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 5)

Masters level graduate programs initiated. Master of Pedagogy and Master of Arts in Education offered. (New York State Normal College, Annual Circular and Announcement, 1913-14, p. 13)

September--Anna E. Pierce, Class of 1884, appointed first Dean of Women. (New York State Normal College, Annual Circular and Announcement, 1913-14, p. 5)

Omicron Nu, Beta Chapter, National Home Economics Honorary established. (Alumni Quarterly, 1919, p. 18)


December 12–Commercial Club formed for students in the Commercial Department promote social spirit and broaden their education through contacts with the business men and industries of the city. (The Echo, January 1914, p. 231)


April 30--The New York State Normal College officially rename the New York State College for Teachers by the Regents. The name change represented formal recognition that school is a liberal arts college for teachers. (State College for Teachers Albany, Circular and Announcement of the Courses of Instruction, 1914-15, p. 13)

April 30--The Regents give school permission to grant A.M. degree in Education. (Ibid.)

June 11--The first masters degrees are awarded at Commencement to seven candidates.(Commencement Exercises of the Seventieth Year, Thursday, June Eleventh, Nineteen Hundred Fourteen, Commencement Programs, 1857-1917, President's Office)

1914-1915 Enrollment = 670: 589 undergraduates, 43 graduate students, 38 special students. (President’s Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 4)

September 4--President William A. Milne dies. The Milne School and Milne Hall were subsequently named for Milne. President Milne had inspired the transformation of the State Normal School in 1890 into a professional school of education, and when that experiment failed, lead the 1906 move to its new mission as a four year liberal arts college for training teachers. The change in the name of the institution from the New York State Normal College to the New York State College for Teachers represented the formal acknowledgement of the transformation of the school to collegiate status.(French, p. 167)

Oil portrait of President Milne by David C. Lithgow, dated 1914, presented to the State College for Teachers. (Source: id tag by portrait in President’s Lounge, University Library)

September 11--Dean Leonard Blue named acting president by the Board of Trustees. (French, p. 167)

Normal College High School renamed High School Department of NYSCT. (For Youth & The State, p. 14)


Fall--Kappa Nu Sorority organized as a successor to the Newman Club. (The Echo, Oct. 1914, p. 107; Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1920, p. 25)


February 1--Abram Roy Brubacher assumes presidency. (French, p. 174)

September 27--Earliest minutes of the Faculty Council--becomes University Senate in 1969. Faculty governance begins. (Minutes of the Faculty Council, September 27, 1915, University Senate Records)

June 7--High School Department renamed William J. Milne High School by sanction of the Regents. (Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes, June 7, 1915, Vol. III, p. 753; The Echo, Oct. 1915, p. 89-90)

Fall--Dramatics introduced into the curriculum as a for credit course. (Annual Circular, 1915-16, p. 69) Reputed to be one of the first such course in the United States. (This is not correct, the third!). (Pedagogue, 1916, p.136)

Fall--Junior High School established in the Milne High School. It lasts until 1921 when discontinued for lack of space. (For Youth & The State, p. 12)

Fall--Extension Courses for teachers in Capital District authorized by Board of Trustees. Funds to pay teachers to be raised from fees on student at $5.00 per credit hr. Registration of 20 students was needed to offer a course in a neighboring city. Courses were offered in the late afternoon and on Saturday at the College and also in Troy and Schenectady. In the fall the enrollment was ninety in Troy and over 100 in Schenectady. (Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes, Sept. 30, 1915, vol. III, p. 755-56;The Echo, Oct. 1915, p. 90.)

1915-1916 Enrollment = 854: 756 undergraduates, 57 graduate students, 41 special students, 158 extension students. (President’s Report [typescript], Dec. 1916, p. 4)


College Orchestra first mentioned. Apparently the Orchestra was not permanently established at this time. See also 1920. (Pedagogue, 1916, p. 141)

June 10--Kappa Delta Rho (Gamma Chapter) Fraternity established. This was the first national (though at the time it only had five chapters) social greek organization established at the college. Fraternity house at 874 Lancaster Street. (Echo, Sept. 915, p. 31; Echo, Oct. 1915, p. 8; Pedagogue 1916, p.187)

October 4--State College News commences publication, the first true student newspaper, renamed the Albany Student Press (ASP) in 1964. The State College News, a weekly, replaced The Echo, a monthly, as the student newspaper. The Echo continued publication as the school literary magazine and organ for alumni news.

December--Hockey introduced as a college sport. (The Echo, Jan. 1916, p. 264; The Pedagogue, 1916, p. 156)


Fall--First Chinese student, Hinting Wong, enters New York State College for Teachers. Wong, who was also a student at Albany Law School, received his B.A. on June 18, 1917. ("Student from China," State College News, 11/1/1916, p. 1; NYSCT Commencement Exercies, June 18, 1917, Commencement Program Binder, 1857-1917, Office of President Records)

Fall--Miss Van Liew, head of the Home Economics Department, begins a Practice House for home economics students at 429 Washington Avenue. The house was rewired and replumbed by the men in the Industrial Class. Senior women would live in the Practice House for three weeks on a rotating basis. The first college sponsored housing for women. Van Liew would later open the first real dormitory, Sydum Hall, in 1918. The Practice House apparently continued to exist until 1932 when the Home Economics Department was moved to the recently renamed New York State College for Teachers at Buffalo.("State College Pupils Learn Home-Making in Practice House," Knickerbocker Press, May 13, 1917, pp. 1 & 3 with photos. Alumni Memorabila Collection; "A Junior High School at State," Alumni Quarterly, April 1929, p. 16)


Utica Branch of the Alumni Association formed by Mrs. Roy Van Denburg. (Executive Committee Minutes, March 10, 191[6?] Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 168)

First College Song Book funded by prizes ($40, 25, 15, 10 & 5) offered by the Alumni Association for songs and $500 loan from Alumni Association. (Executive Committee Minutes, Oct. 22, 191[5?], Alumni Association Minutes, 1872-1917, p. 165, and June 1, 1917 in Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 12)

June 17-- Alma Mater, “College of the Empire State” by Mrs Hubbard a “non-graduate” won the top prize awarded of $25.00, no entry being judged worthy of the $40.00 prize. (Alumni Association Minutes, June 17, 1916, p. 169)


Friday Student Assemblies introduced. ( Letter from "A Senior", March 23, 1917, "Letters to the Editor," State College News, March 28, 1917, p. 2)

Delta Omega moves to 396 Western Ave. (Echo, April 1916, p. 410)

Feb. 27--Joseph Henry Society organized for students interested in the physical sciences. (The Echo, April 1916, p. 408)

Fall--Newman Club reformed for Catholic students by Father Dunney. (State College News, March 27, 1918, p. 1)

November--Football played for the first time as an intermural sport, Freshmen vs. Upperclassmen. Score Upperclassmen 20, Freshmen 0. (State College News, November 15, 1916, pp. 1 & 4)

November--Hockey rink built on land between SCT and Albany High School. The students constructed the rink with boards provided by the City of Albany, the cost of grading born by the College and Albany High School, both of which would use the rink. (State College News, November 15, 1916, p. 1; November 22, 1916, p. 3)


Summer Session begins--again fees charged. (French, p. 190-91)

Fall--Freshman advisor system introduced by President Brubacher to curb high freshman attrition rate. Vogt states that there was one faculty advisor for each fifteen students. (French, p. 225, Vogt, p. 158)

October 20--The Elizabeth McClelland Student Loan Fund established by President Brubacher and the faculty in honor of Mary A. McClelland, class of 1867, who retired in June of 1917 after almost 50 years of services as a teacher of history and librarian for the school. Mary McClelland declined the honor of having the loan fund named after her, insisting instead that it be named for her mother, Elizabeth McClelland. (State College News, Nov. 7, 1917, p. 2 with photo) The Alumni Association Minutes of Oct. 19, 1917, p.17-18, indicate that this was not an Alumni Association fund.


January--Intercollegiate Hockey played for the first time against RPI. Later played West Point. NYSCT lost both games but won 4 games against regional athletic club teams. Hockey was not played in 1918 because of WW I, resumed in the Fall of 1919 and played until the Spring of 1921 when the sport was dropped. (State College News, January 17, 1917, p. 1; The Pedagogue, 1917, p. 169; State College News, March 25, 1920, p. 5 & July 17, 1921, p. 4)

March--Suffrage Club formed. ("Sufferage Club Formed," State College News, March 28, 1919, pp. 1 & 3)

April 12--MYSKANIA created, student governance begins. Responsible for creating and enforcing student traditions. Lasts as a judicial body till 1979. ("First Student Council," State College News, April 18, 1917, p. 1 & May 16, 1917, p. 1 & 3)

April?--Young Men's Christian Association branch established at NYSCT. ("Y.M.C.A. Branch Established," State College News, May 2, 1917, p. 2)

June--State College Song Book first issued. Prior to this student songs were found in the Student Handbook issued by the YWCA.

Spring–Eta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority founded. (State College News, September 19, 1917, p. 3)


June 15--Army unit established at State College. ("State College War Camp," State College News, September 26, 1918, pp. 1 & 4)

Fall--Minimum grade point average for admission raised to 70%. (Vogt,p. 158)

Fall--Graduate degree offered changed from Master of Arts in Education to Master of Arts. (New York State College for Teachers, Annual Catalog, 1918-19, p. 85)

Fall--Syddum Hall, the first school sponsored dormitory for women, was opened at 390 Madison Ave. by Marion Syddum Van Liew, head of the Home Economics Department. Twenty-two young women were accomidated in the initial Syddum Hall. Van Liew advanced the money to rent the house. In 1921, now under the guidance of Anna Pierce, Dean of Women, Syddum Hall moved to 1 Englewood Place. In the new location thirty young women were housed. Both quarters were rentals. (S. Mildred Hotchkiss, "Syddum Hall," Alumni Quarterly, October 1919, p. 55, and "Syddum Hall," Alumni Quarterly, October 1921, pp. 1-3 with a photo of the new Syddum Hall at 1 Englewood Place)

Fall--First school Cafeteria opened at College by Home Economics Department. The Cafeteria was an outgrowth of the June 1918 Mess Hall for the Student Army Training Corps that the Home Economics Department ran. The Home Economics Classes had apparently been providing luncheons as part of their class training for a number of years before a formal cafeteria was set up.("Our New Cafeteria," Alumni Quarterly, October 1919, pp. 55-6)

September--Y House opened as second dormitory for 20 women by the YWCA at 31 South Lake Avenue and Newman Hall houses about 20 women at the old McArdle house on Elm Street. ("Dormitory Germs," State College News, September 26, 1918, p. 1)

October 1--Company A of the Student Army Training Corps formally inducted into the Army. The Company consisted of NYSCT and Albany Law School students. (State College News, October 3, 1918, p. 1)


March 20--Executive Committee of the Alumni Association creates a Graduate Council made up of representatives of each class. (Executive Committee Minutes, March 20, 1919, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, pp. 28-29)

April 20--New York City Chapter of Alumni Association founded (?) on April 20 at Hotel Astor. Motion 8 of Executive Committee Minutes, April 4, 1918, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 21).

November 19--Mrs. Cameron, President of the Alumni Association, suggests an Alumni Quarterly to spark Alumni interest. She may have been inspired by an article by H. H. H. [Dean Harlan Hoyt Horner], "Wanted: An Alumni Quarterly," The Echo, June 1918, pp. 397-8. Nevertheless, Mrs. Cameron is generally given credit for inspiring the creation of the Alumni Quarterly, today "The Carillon" section of Albany Magazine. (Executive Committee Minutes, Nov. 19, 1918, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 24; "An Alumna Honored," Alumni Quarterly, Summer 1935, p. 11))

November--Albany Branch of Alumni Association formed. (Executive Committee Minutes, Nov. 19, 1918, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 24-25)


February--Canterbury Club organized for Episcopal students. (State College News, March 27, 1920, p. 1)

Menorah Organization established for Jewish students. (State College News, March 27, 1918, p. 1)

December--Mathematics Club formed. (State College News, March 25, 1918)


June 16--First Masters of Arts degree awarded to Caroline Fitch Lansing and Harrison Horton Van Cott. (NYSCT Commencement Exercises, June 16, 1919, President's Office Commencement Binder, 1918-1957)


June--Silver Cup purchased to be inscribed with class which performs best Alumni Day Stunt and a second Silver Cup donated by Mrs. Cameron to be inscribed with year of class having the best attendance. (Executive Committee Minutes, June 9, 1919, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 33)

June 14--The Graduate Council holds its first meeting. Mary Ella Sloan Cameron ‘90, the inspirer of and first chairman of the newly created Graduate Council, calls upon alumni to develop a mission and goals for their group. Cameron stated, “Our past has indeed been splendid, but what of our future? ... A new era is dawning for State College. Opportunities greater than ever are within her grasp. To take advantage of these opportunities, many things are needed. First and foremost—more land for the erection of a new high school building, a larger gymnasium, and dormitories for housing the students—an athletic field and a Student Loan Fund. Space forbids the mentioning of other requirement.” In 1935 Cameron was honored by the Alumni Association as the inspirer of both the Alumni Quarterly and the Graduate Council. ("An Alumna Honored," Alumni Quarterly, Summer 1935, p. 11)

June 14-- Mohawk Valley Branch of Alumni Association, Mrs. Carla Foster, reports for first time to Alumni Association Meeting. (Alumni Association Meeting Minutes, June 14, 1919, vol. 1917-1956, p. 36)

Thomas E. Finnegan Cup first awarded to oldest member of the oldest class (think this is right–look up.

July-- Alumni Quarterly of the New York State College for Teachers first issued.


Spring--Dramatic & Art Association established by Agnes Futterer and Eunice Perine. The new group would offer two plays a year by the Dramatics Class, sponsor prominent lecturers, and a spring trip to New York City theatres and museums. The first play the group gave was the Yellow Jacket on May 23. (Pedagogue 1920, p. 143; State College News, May 17 and May 29, 1920, p. 8 and p. 1 & 3)

Fall--Tradition of Freshman beanies begins. (State College Handbook, 1919-20, p. 38)



Spring--Department of Hygiene established with a grant from the Inter-departmental Hygiene Board. Offers credit courses in hygiene starting in the fall of 1920. This is the first known grant to the college. ("Our New Department of Hygiene," Alumni Quarterly, April 1920, p. 3-4)

June--Governor Smith announces he will sign bill sponsored by Senator Sage authorizing the State Education Department to acquire options on the land where Milne, Page, and Richardson Halls would be built. The total purchase price for lots was not to exceed $75,000. The total cost of the land appears to have been $70,000, consisting of an initial appropriation of $5,000, and a subsequent appropriation of $65,000 to acquire the property. The last deed for the property was passed on April 29, 1922. ("Bill to Acquire Land for State College Signed," State College News, June 4, 1920, pp. 1 & 4; "$65,000 Asked to Buy State College Land," State College News, March 20, 1922, p. 1; "State Acquires Land," State College News, July 18, 1922, p. 2)

June 21–James William Phillips graduates with Bachelor of Arts degree, the first identifiable African-American male student to graduate from the school. (NYSCT Commencement Exercises, June 21, 1920, p. 3; Pedagogue 1920, p. 84, for photo)

Fall--College Book Store opens for the first time as a co-op directed by Helen Fay. ("College Book Store," Alumni Quarterly, November 20, 1920, p. 11)


January-- Alumni Association Graduate Council members sent letters to urge legislators to pass appropriation to purchase land on the West side of the campus to allow for campus expansion. (Executive Committee Minutes, April 20, 1920, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 41)

May-–Lovisa Vedder, speaking for the Class of 1920 at Moving-Up Day, presents President Brubacher with the senior class gift, a stained glass window for the auditorium dedicated to State College for Teachers people who gave their lives in the Great War. (“Moving-Up Day,” State College News, June 4, 1920, p. 5)

June 19-- Alumni Association celebrates 75th Anniversary of founding at Annual Reunion. (Annual Meeting Minutes, June 19, 1920, Vol. 1917-1956, p. 46)

June 19--Half-Century Club founded and Half Century Student Loan Fund established. W. J. Ballard, class of 1870, proposes the club and endowment to the Annual Meeting. Fifty-Year Endowment Fund for use by “needy students.” Membership in the club to be limited to those who had graduated 50 years or more ago. (Annual Meeting Minutes, June 19, 1920, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-56, p. 47) By 1924 contained $290.00. (State College Hand Book, 1924-1925, p. 21)

June 19--WW I Soldiers Memorial Tablet collections started at the suggestion of James Edsall, Class of 1884. (Annual Meeting Minutes, June 19, 1920, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 48)

June 19--Distance Cup first awarded to Mrs. Isabel Wooding Pierce from Sierre Madre, California.(Annual Meeting Minutes, June 19, 1920, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 49)


February 18--College Orchestra holds first rehearsal when founded again. See also 1915. A fund raiser to start a orchestra was held on November 17, 1919. (State College News, October 2, 1919, p. ; State College News, February 26, 1920, p. )

March 11--Gamma Kappa Sorority recognized as the 7th sorority at the school. ("New Sorority at State College,"State College News, March 11, 1920, p. 1)

Political Science Club formed to discuss impartially items of local and national interest. (Alumni Quarterly, November 1920, p. 11)


Fall-Department of Librarianship established offering minor field leading to certification in Librarianship. According to Vogt, the department was one of the first, if not the first, in the country to specialize in training school librarians. (New York State College for Teachers Annual Catalogue, 1921-1922, pp. 56-7; Vogt, p. 143)

Fall--Newman Hall, a women's residence hall for Catholic students, opens at 741 Madison Avenue. (Pedagogue, 1926, p. 20)

November 5--Association of American Universities accredits NYSCT graduates as capable of graduate study. This is the first accreditation of graduates of the school beyond the certification that they were capable of teaching in New York schools. (Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1922, 11)

Fall--Student Health Service begins when students assess themselves an infirmary fee. Albany Hospitals provide private rooms and medical care. (President’s Report, 1921-22, in Board of Trustees Minutes, Vol. II, p. 1027-28)


April 9-- Western New York Alumni Association formed at Buffalo New York. (Alumni Quarterly, July 1921, p. 31-32)

Alumni Association Half Century Club organized. (Alumni Quarterly, July 1921, p. 30)

The Class of 1911 Student Loan Fund of $50.00 established at 10th reunion. An Alumni Association loan fund. (State College Hand Book, 1924-25, p. 21)

Legislative Committee of Alumni Association send letter to Legislature urging support for bill to acquire land for expansion of Downtown Campus. In 1922 the Legislative Committee reported obtaining and interview with the Governor regarding the purchase of additional land for the SCT campus. In 1923 President Brubacher congratulated the Alumni Association on their efforts to secure the appropriation for land and the appropriation for buildings on the Western Avenue Campus. (Executive Committee Minutes, April 19, 1921, Feb. 4, 1922, & Annual Meeting Minutes, June 16, 1923, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 54, 74, 89)

June 19-- WW I Soldiers Memorial Tablet Committee raises $296.88 for tablet which is installed on Alumni Day 1921. Any surplus funds to be allocated to a new World War Memorial Fund for student loans. (Executive Committee Minutes, April 19, 1921 & Annual Meeting Minutes, June 19, 1921, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, pp. 55, 61)

November 5-- Committee of five, subsequently the Dormitory Committee, appointed by Alumni Association ???? President to investigate available purchasable properties for dormitories, organize a residence hall fund drive, and present a general plan to be financed by the Eastern Branch of the Association. (Executive Committee Minutes, Nov. 5, 1921, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, pp. 66-67) Graduates Field Fund started to provide an athletic facility with a baseball diamond, a football field, tennis courts, and space for other outdoor games with a gift of $256.00 by the Class of 1916. The Class of 1917 then donated $239.00, and the Classes of 1918 and 1919 donated $300.00 in War Bonds. The fund held $2000.00 at the end of 1921. ("Graduates Field Fund," Alumni Quarterly, January 22, 1922, p. 15)


October 17--Permanent student government formed. Myskania creates Student Association. See the State College News, October 17, 1921, p. 2, for a copy of the constitution of the new association. Eunice Rice was the first Student Association president. (State College News, December 12, 1921, p. 1)


Spring--State Legislature appropriates $65,000 in addition to the $5,000 already appropriated to acquire the land between the State College campus and Albany High School. Future site of Milne, Page, and Richardson Halls. According to the State College News, the last deed for the land acquisition was filed on April 29. (President’s Report, 1921-22, Executive Committee Minutes, Vol. III, p. 1029; “State Acquires Land,” State College News, May 22, 1922, p. 1)

May–Moving Up Day–Margaret Meyer for the Class of 1922 presents President Brubacher with the gift of a stained glass window for the Auditorium, subsequently the Hawley Building. (State College News, May 22, 1922, p. 1)

Sabbatical leaves pushed by President Brubacher approved for faculty by Regents. The first leaves were granted in 1923 to Dr. J. V. De Porte and Professor A. W. Risely. (French, p. 178-79)


May 24-- Fulton County Branch of Alumni Association formed. (Alumni Quarterly, July 1922, p. 20)

June 16-- Dormitory Committee’s name changed to Residence Hall Committee and mission extended from organizing the raising funds for the proposed residence hall to establishing and operating a residence hall. (Executive Committee Minutes, June 16, 1922, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, pp 78-79)

June 17-- The Silver Jubilee Student Loan Fund of $140.00 established by the class of 1897 on 25th Anniversary. (State College Hand Book, 1924-25, p. 21)

Fall-- Hudson Valley Branch Association organized. (Alumni Quarterly, January 1923, p. 11)


May--Announcement of the Leah Lovenheim Prize, established by Leopold L. Lovenheim and Jerome Lovenheim to honor Leah Lovenheim, Class of 1892. The prize of $25.00 annually was for excellence in English composition. ("Leah Lovenheim Prize for Excellence in English Composition," State College News,May 11, 1923, p. 2)

June??–Queene Homan, speaking for the Class of 1923 at Moving Up Day, presents President Brubacher with the class gift of the “Peace” stained glass window for the Auditorium (in 1927 named Hawley Hall). (“Moving Up Day,”State College News, June 8, 1923, p. 3)


Loan funds consolidated into one account for banking purposes but retain individual names for loan purposes. (Executive Committee Meeting, June 15, 1923, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 87)


April??--Alpha Delta Omicron Club formed. On November 11, 1923 the club was recognized as an official sorority by President Brubacher. In 1926 it would change its name to the Alpha Chapter of Phi Delta, and spearhead a new national sorority. (Administrative History, Phi Delta Sorority Records Finding Aid, University Archives)

May 16--Menorah Society for Jewish students reintroduced. ("Menorah Club Formed," State College News, 6/8/23, p. 8)

Pi Alpha Tau Sorority found. (Pedagogue 1926, p. 199)


March 8-–Women’s Varsity Basketball Team plays first intercollegiate match. The State College team defeated Russell Sage 45 to 32. (State College News, March 7 & 14, 1924, both p. 1)

May??–-Harriet Ritzer speaking for the Class of 1924 at Moving-Up-Day presented the class gift of the stained glass “Pilgrim” window for the Auditorium, subsequently the Hawley building. (“Moving-Up Day, State College News, June 1924, p. 13)

Fall--Minimum grade point average for admission raised to 75%. (Vogt, p. 158)

Fall-Page Hall, a residence hall for women, established at 714 Madison Avenue. The residence hall, which may have been privately owned, was named after the school's first principal, David Perkins Page. (State College News, September 6, 1924, p.4; see the Pegagogue 1927, p. 217 for a photo of the building.) The Madison Avenue residence hall was sold in 1928 for $40,000 but a Page Residence Hall continued to exist at 131 South Lake Avenue into the 1930s. Need to find last date (State College News, November 16, 1928, p. 1; Pedagogue 1931, p. 267)


November 2-- John Sayles reports that Residence Hall Committee has acquired a large plot of land just south of Beverwick Park at a cost of $20,000 for the residence hall. (Executive Committee Minutes, Nov. 2, 1924, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 89)


The Harriet Donaldson Fund established following bequest of $10,000.00 by Harriet Donaldson, class of 1872. Junior and Senior women are eligible for loans of $10.00 to $100.00. This is not an Alumni Association Fund. (Alumni Memorabilia, Class of 1872 files; State College Hand Book, 1925-26, p. 29)


Phi Delta Sorority, Alpha Chapter, founded.


May 15-–Kathleen E. Furman speaking for the Class of 1925 at Moving-Up-Day, presented President Brubacher with the class gift, a stained glass window for the college auditorium. The window honored Miss Francisca Martinez who died during the summer session. Miss Martinez was a faculty member in the Spanish department. (“Moving-Up-Day Features Dormitory Parade,” State College News, May 29, 1925, p. 3; Annual Meeting Minutes, June 13, 1925, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 100)

Freshman adjustment period introduced (five days for freshman before classes start). This represented an attempt by President Brubacher to curtail the high freshman drop-out rate. (Vogt, p. 158)


January-- Albany Civic Campaign for Alumni Residence Hall launched. Mayor William S. Hackett pledges support of citizens and becomes Honorary Chair of the Committee. (Letter Hackett to Brubacher, Jan. 29, 1925, President Brubacher Files, Office of the President Records) Aim at raising $150,000.00 from citizens. Campaign Chair John T. d. Blackburn, President of Hygenic Refrigeration Corporation of Albany. Dr. Erastus Corning is on the committee. A special committee is set up to seek a $1,000.00 pledge from 5,000 leading citizens.

July--Residence Hall Building Committee of the Alumni Association formed & headed by John M. Sayles. (Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1964, p. 3)


Downtown Campus additions, Milne, Page, & Richardson Halls designed by State Architect, Sullivan Jones. (Board of Trustees Minutes (originals), March 3, 1926, p. 3)


June, 18-- John Sayles reports for the Residence Hall Committee that three additional lots have been purchased to added to what would become Alumni Quadrangle, and a house has been rented to the YWCA for Y House. (219 Ontario Street). Subscriptions total $298, 658. (Executive Committee Minutes, June 1918, 1926, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 104)


Alpha Rho Sorority founded. (Pedagogue, 1927, p. 247)

Epsilon Beta Phi Sorority founded. (State College News, March 25, 1927, p. 1; Pedagogue 1928, p. 191)


February--Portrait of Dean Anna E. Pierce by David Lithgow, paid for by the Class of 1927, exhibited for the first time. (State College News, January 28, 1927; see the Pedagogue, 1927, p. 2, for a colorized photo of the portrait.)

April 4--Kappa Phi Kappa, Chi Chapter, professional education fraternity, installed. (State College News, April 1, 1927, p. 1)

Fall--Department of Librarianship offers Bachelor of Science in Library Science and restricts admission to students holding a bachelors degree from a recognized college or university. By 1940 the department became the colleges first wholy graduate department (NYSCT Annual Catalogue, 1927-28, p. 58; Vogt, pp. 143-44)

November--Pi Gamma Mu, national Social Science honorary society formed when Herodotes, an honor society for history students, goes national. (State College News, November 11, 1927, p. 1)

December 12--Science Building, Administration Building, and the Auditorium officially named Husted Hall (for Albert N. Husted, Normal School graduate & long term faculty member), Draper Hall (for Andrew S. Draper, twice Chair of the Executive Committee/Board of Trustees, and twice involved in changing the academic direction of the school), and Gideon Hawley (creator of the Common Schools, Chancellor of the Regents, and member of the first Executive Committee). Also named were the as yet incomplete Milne Hall (named for former President William J. Milne, 1889-1914), Page Hall (named for first Principal David Page, 1844-1848), and Richards Hall (subsequently Richardson Hall, named after the founder of Home Economics, Ellen Richards). (Board Meeting of December 12, Board of Trustees Minutes [typescript], Dec. 12, 1927, p. 1187)

The State Normal School at Buffalo renamed the State College for Teachers at Buffalo, becoming the second State Normal School to become a full collegiate institution, twenty-two years after State Normal College at Albany was raised to the collegiate rank. (Vogt. p. 155)


June 20??--New York State College for Teachers Benevolent Association incorporated. Check this date! It seems to conflict with the next entry. (Alumni Quarterly, Winter, 1964, p. 3) The purpose of the Benevolent Association was to legally acquire and relinquish property. (Executive Committee Minutes, Aug. 30, 1927, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 109)

June 18-- On a motion of John M. Sayles, the Alumni Association formally conveys all of its properties for the residence hall to the newly created and incorporated New York State College for Teachers Benevolent Association, Inc. (Alumni Association Minutes, June 18, 1927, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p.111)

June 18–Last mention of class stunts in Annual Meeting Minutes. (Alumni Association Minutes, June 18, 1927, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p.111)


Gamma Phi Sigma Sorority founded. (State College News, November 11, 1927, p. 1)


June 8--First Masters of Science in Education awarded to Evelyn Melville Brich, Amy Ianette DeMay, Isabella Duncan, James Louis Kolbe, Helen Francies Lewis, John Myndert Paris. (Commencement Exercises, June 8, 1928, p. 2, Commencement Exercise Programs, 1918-1958, President's Office Records, UA)

June--Building tablets unveiled at Alumni Reunion for Gideon Hawley Library, Draper, Albert N. Husted Science Hall, Ellen Richards Hall of Science (Home Economics), David Perkins Page Hall, Milne Hall. (Annual Business Meeting, June 16, 1926, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 116)

December 7--Board of Trustees holds last meeting under that name. (Minutes of the Board of Trustees [transcription], Dec. 7, 1928, pp. 1198-1202)


Phi Lamda Sorority founded. (Pedagogue 1930, p. 221)

Sigma Alpha Sorority founded. (Helen Howard Pecham Scrapbook, Class of 1931, Alumni Memorabilia Collection; Pedagogue 1929, p. 205)


May 20--The renamed Board of Trustees holds first meeting as Board of Visitors. (Minutes of the Board of Visitors, May 20, 1929, p. 1204)

February-June--Mile Hall, Page Hall, and Richardson Hall were opened between February and June on what is now the Downtown Campus. Milne Hall, named William A. Milne, President of the New York State Normal College (1890-1914, the was the first building to open in February 1929. The Milne High School quickly occupied the building. Page Hall, named for the New York State Normal School's first Principal, David Page (1844-48), was open by May 1929. Richardson Hall was named for Professor Richardson who taught Ancient Languages at the school from 188? until his retirement in 1928?. The name Richardson Hall replaced the Trustee approved name, Richards Hall, when the decision was made to drop Home Economics from the curriculum. Richardson Hall is the only campus building to date whose name was chosen by the student body. (See French, p. 205-6 for the opening of the buildings and their naming.) The students waged a successful campaign during the spring of 1929 to rename the hall, Ricardson Hall, a campaign supported by the Alumni Association. ( ; "Richard's Hall," Alumni QuarterlyJuly 1929, p. 15) No evidence has been found in the Board of Visitors minutes (the successors to the Board of Trustees in 1929) that the Board, which alone had the right to name buildings, ever formally discussed or voted on the name change.

Enrollment reaches maximum allowable by Regents, 1300. (French, p. 212)

Fall??-Junior High School reestablished as Milne School moves to Milne Building. (For Youth & The State, p. 12)



February 21--NYS budget includes $40,000 to convert the first floor of Hawley Hall into the College Library. ("Review of Two Decades," State College News, October 2, 1936, p. 3

June--Warren Cochran graduates, second identifiable African-American male graduate. (See Pedagogue 1930, p. 72, for photo.)

June 9--First known research grant. President Brubacher announces a five year grant from the Spellman Foundation of $12,000 per year to study child development and parental education focusing on the Junior High School level. The Albany Schools would be conducting a similar study on pre-school learning at the same time. (Minutes of the Board of Visitors, June 9, 1930, Vol. 4, pp. 1219-20)

May 23--Signum Laudis, the campus honorary society, formed and the draft constitution is printed in the State College News. President Brubacher and Dean Meltzer became the first honorary members. In the fall Louis Wolner was elected the first student president of the honorary. (State College News May 23, 1930, p. 1, May 29, 1930, p. 1 and September 19, 1930, p. ????)

June 14--Torch Light Ceremony and Procession initiated. “The torch light procession lead to the administration [Draper Hall] steps where seniors handed down to juniors ‘the light of intelligence’ and received from Miss Keating [Alumni Association President] the candle inducting them into the alumni association.” The ceremony was intended to signal the accession of the Seniors into the Alumni Association. (Annual Business Meeting–General Association, June 14, 1930, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 121; Alumni Quarterly, July 1930, p. 136; "Commencement," Alumni Quarterly, July 1956, cover))


Spring-- California Branch of Alumni Association formed reports President Brubacher. (Annual Business Meeting–General Association, June 14, 1930, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 120)



American Association of University Women accredits New York State College for Teachers as liberal arts college. The NYSCT was the third teachers college to win accreditation, and the first state teachers college to do so. Teachers College of Columbia was accredited in 1917 and the George Peabody College for Teachers was accredited in 1925. (French, p. 175)


September--Edward Eldred Potter Club formed "to form a closer bond between alumni and undergraduates, to raise the social standard of State College." Potter was a World War I NYSCT military hero. The club bore his name at President Brubacher's suggestion. ("A New Fraternity?," State College News, September 25, 1931, p. 2; Alumni Quarterly, Oct. 1956, p. 3; for a description of the Potter Club Records found in University Archives see: )


Camp Johnston in Chatham, NY, was purchased by the Girl’s Athletic Association. Named in honor of Isabelle Johnson, Director of Physical Education. (Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1936, p. 2 with sketch of bldg.)


June 18-- Bronze Memorial Leonard Woods Richardson Relief Tablet unveiled in the Lounge. Sculptured by Gertrude Lathrop of Albany, it was the gift of the Class of 1930, presented by Betty Diamond. (Annual Business Meeting–General Association, June 14, 1932, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 125)

Formation of Eastern Massachusetts Alumni Group announced by Edmund Osborne ‘22. Roy Honeywell ‘16 is president. (I Annual Business Meeting–General Association, June 14, 1932, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 125) bid.)


February-June -–Emergency College held at college funded by Emergency Relief Administration. Staff were selected from unemployed teachers and students were enrolled from high school graduates who could not finance a college education. 209 student were enrolled. In September classes were held at the Nott Terrace High School building (76 students), at the Troy High School building (40 students), and at the College (150 students). Classes were held from 3:00 to 7:00 PM to avoid interfering with the College’s schedule. (New York State College for Teachers President’s Report, 1932-33, p. 18)

February–-Library moved from the second floor of Draper Hall to the first floor Hawley Hall which had been converted from auditorium to library. The seating capacity increased from 60 to 240 readers and shelving capacity for books increased from 10,000 to 25,000 volumes. (New York State College for Teachers, President’s Report, 1932-33, p. 27; see French, pp. 205-6 for Brubacher's struggles to create an expanded library.)

June 17--Hawley Library dedicated with Dr. James I Wyer, State Librarian as the speaker. (Annual Business Meeting–General Association, June 17, 1933, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 131; French, pp. 205-06)

September--Minimum grade point average for acceptance established at 80%. (NYSCT President's Report, 1932-33, p. 6-7; Vogt, p. 159)

June 17-- Quarter Century Club mentioned for the first time. (Annual Business Meeting–General Association, June 17, 1933, Alumni Association Minutes, 1917-1956, p. 129)


June--Oil portrait of President Brubacher funded by the Class of 1932 official presented to the College by Judie Fister on behalf of the class at Alumni Reunion. The portrait was by Edward P. Buyck. The Class gift has a statue of the Winged Victory in the background. The portrait originally hung in the Library. (“1932 Gift to College,” New York State College Alumni Quarterly, July 1934, pp. 1, photo of portrait , & 6; see also Alumni Quarterly, July 1959, p. 4, for the presentation, by the Brubacher Family, of a second Buyck portrait of Brubacher . That portrait had the map of Switzerland in the background and originally hung in Brubacher Hall stairwell. The July 1959 Alumni Quarterly contains a photo of the portrait hanging on the stairway with President Collins and Dr. John S. Brubacher looking on.) The first Brubacher portrait currently hangs in the Presidents Lounge on the second floor of the University Library, while the second portrait is located in the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Conference Room.


Leonard Woods Richardson Memorial Theatre opens at Alumni Quadrangle. The classical Greek theatre in the round was named for retired Classics faculty member L. W. Richardson. It was constructed with volunteer labor by faculty and students. ("Leonard Woods Richardson Memorial Theatre,"Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1935, p. 7)

Federal Emergency Recovery Act supports 160 students at NYSCT. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1935, p. 9)

National Youth Recovery Administration provides jobs for 142 students, 80 in campus offices. (Alumni Quarterly, Winter, 1936, p. 8)


September--Pierce Hall, a women's dormitory with a capacity of 162, opened as Women's Residence Hall. The Hall was designed by Albany architect Harold O. Fullerton. (For a preliminary description of the Residence Hall and a sketch of the building by the architect see "More About Our Dormitory," Alumni Quarterly, November 1934, pp. 10 & [19]) Rooms in the hall were dedicated in honor of prominent faculty or alumnae: the living room, funded by the Class of 1884, was named the "Anna E. Pierce Room," the knotty pine room, funded by the Milne High School Faculty, the "John M. Sayles Room," the men's reception room, funded by the Chemistry Club, the "Clifford A. Woodard Room," the director's suite the "Charlotte Loeb Room." Books for the library were donated by a friend in honor of former Dean Metzler. At the inspiration of a member of the class of 1922 rooms were furnished as a gift of memorial and named after the donors. The price of furnishing a dorm room ranged from $100.00 for a single room to $160.00 for a double room. A plaque would be placed on the room in honor of the donor. See the Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1935, p. 2, for a sketch of the plaque. The list of donors for named rooms included the Class of 1884, the Class of 1894, the Class of 1900 for Miss Edith Bodley, the Class of 1908, the Class of 1910, the Class of 1923 for Dr. Harlan Hoyt Horner, the Class of 1922, the Class of 1927, the Class of 1932, the Milne faculty, the Chemistry Club, Omricon Nu-Syddum Hall for Miss Van Liew, Ann Boochever de Beer, Pauline Baker, Ella Sloan Cameron, Ada Riggs Griffin, Alice Kniffen Hall, Dorothy Wakerley, D. Emma Wilber, Elizabeth Schaupp Wright, 219 Ontario Street "Girls",("Y House"), the Buffalo Branch, the Troy Branch, the Half Century Club, and Dr. Earl Dorwaldt. The Women's Residence Hall was formally dedicated on November 22, 1935. The recreation field in back of Pierce Hall was funded with $5,000 in class gifts. On June 14,1941 the hall was renamed in honor of former student (Class of 1884), teacher and Dean of Women, and a prime mover in the fundraising campaign that made the building possible, Anna E. Pierce. The first dormitory at a state school, it was paid for by alumni and local friends through the Benevolent Association, at a cost of $293,000. ("High Spots of Alumni Day-1935," Alumni Quarterly, Summer 1935, pp. 10-11; for the opening see "Residence Hall Incompletion Proves Handicap to 'Romeos'" State College News, September 27, 1935, p. 4 and "The Undergraduate," Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1935, p. 9; for the official dedication see "Week-End Receptions Open Dormitory Social Events...." State College News, November 22, 1935, p. 1; for donors to furnishing roooms see "Alumni for Everyone," Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1936, p. 11)

North Hall, South Hall, and Syddum Hall (cottage dormitories) purchase for the school by the Benevolent Association. Source????????


May--Inter-fraternity Council organized. State College News, November ??????????

September 28--All-State Rally & Bonfire held for the first time on the Residence Hall Field. ("College Bonfire and Rally to be held at Residence," State College News,September 27, 1935, p. 1)


Junipers House, a cooperate women’s dormitory, opens at 577 Western Avenue, Albany. Houses 18 women and a house mother. See the painting of Juniper House by Valerie Waterman in the Alumni House. The house closed in 1942. (Archives Vertical File: Junipers House folder.)

The Hawley Murals were painted and installed by William B. Van Ingen in 1935-1938. The murals were commissioned under the U.S. Works Projects Administration's Federal Project Number One, a significant New Deal cultural program. ( State College News, October 11, 1935, p.4.; State College News, October 3, 1937, p.1, 4)


Fall--Italian language study introduced. (Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1936, p. 8)


Italian Culture Club formed. (Ibid.)


Department of Librarianship restricts admission to students with B.A. Becomes first wholly graduate department of New York State College for Teachers.

September??--Milne addition completed? A three story addition to the Milne Building was completed housing a shop in the basement with machines for leather work, ceramics, and jewelry design, the Art Department located on the first floor, the second floor devoted to the "Little Theatre", and the third floor devoted to the Home Economics Department. ("Milne Additon Created New Work Possibilities," State College News, September 24, 1937, p. 4)

Regents cancel authority to award honorary degrees. (French, p.167)

Western Hall (corner of Western Ave. & Ontario St.) purchased by the Benevolent Association as a women’s dormitory.

Kappa Beta, Jewish fraternity, organized.

Sigma Lambda Sigma fraternity organized.


Middle States Association accredits New York State College for Teachers.


August 23--President Brubacher dies. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1939, p. 1)

John M. Sayles, Pd.B. SNC ‘02, appointed Acting President. (French, p. 231)

WOKO broadcasts from radio studio in Draper 207, sponsored by the State College Radio Guild. Broadcasts were every Thursday afternoon at 4:30. (Ruth Donnelly ‘40, “State Gets Own Broadcast Studio–By Accident,” Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1939, pp. 8-9)



Oil portrait of John M. Sayles by David C. Lithgow presented to the College by the faculty and students of the Milne School. (Find Date & Citation)


August 6--Contract awarded to build second dormitory, subsequently Sayles Hall. Harold O. Fullerton was the architect. (See Fullerton’s drawing in NYSCT Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1940, pp. 1-2)


Acting President John M. Sayles recognized as president by Chairman of Board of Visitors Judge Newton B. Vanderzee. (French, p. 232) The Regents still take no action on the appointment apparently because they made it a practice not to hire presidents from the faculty of a teachers college.(Ibid.)


June 14--Sayles Hall, also know as the Mens' Residence Hall, dedicated. Sayles Hall was named for President John M. Sayles. Sayles Hall cost $307,000 in alumni and local donations and was funded by the Benevolent Association. The dorm was opened in September 1941. (State College News, March 14, 1941, pp. 1-2; French, p. 234)

August--Farrell Mansion willed to the Alumni Association by Margaret Farrell. Shortly before the mansion was donated it was valued at $102,000. The mansion was used as a women's dormitory until 1946 or 1947 when it was sold back to the Margaret Farrell Schmidt, daughter of Margaret Farrell, for $55,000. (“Farrell Mansion,” Alumni Quarterly, Fall, 1942, p. 2; “Family Heirs Seek to Repurchase Farrell Mansion,” State College News, March 22, 1946; “Benevolent Association Active,” Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1964, p. 4, credits the sale date as 1947 and establishes the sale price.)


Fall??--Hillel, Jewish student organization, formed. Replaces Menorah Society. (Freshman Handbook for the Class of 1946, p. 76)



January 1-– Five year curriculum for permanent teaching certificate goes into effect as per a resolution of the Board of Regents, March 17, 1939. Students teaching academic subjects needed an approved four year liberals arts curriculum and an additional 30 semester hours of approved advanced courses. (New York State College for Teachers, Official Catalog, 1943-44, p. 13)

March 1--John M. Sayles officially recognized as president by the Regents effective March 1. (Photocopy of article, “2 on Faculty at State Get Higher Posts,” Feb. 20, 1943, [newspaper name missing], Dr. John M. Sayles file, Deceased Alumni Folder, Alumni Association Records)



College of the Empire State: A Centennial History of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany, N.Y., by William and Florence French, issued on 100th anniversary of founding of school. William French, NYSCT 1929?, was a faculty member at the school who had overseen the transcription of the minutes of the Executive Committee from 1844 to 1940. Florence French was a graduate of the Class of 193? .



Ten acres of St. Mary's park deeded to the State of New York by the City of Albany for a gymnasium, health education building and athletic fields for the NYSCT. (See the project description list, 8/13/47, attached to letter from L. A. Wilson to Dr. Milton G. Nelson, Acting President, NYSCT, August 13, 1947. Folder Construction-Draper, Husted Hall, etc., Box 12, President E. R. Collins Records)


July--The cottage at 283 Western Ave. is acquired by the Alumni Association. The house was acquired for $6,500.00 and a further $4,624.00 was spent remodeling it. It housed 13 women. (Alumni Quarterly, October 1945, pp. 2 & 17 with exterior photo on cover)


Intergroup Council, student group, formed to promote racial and religious tolerance. (State College News,May 4, 1945, p. 1)



Plans for the new Washinton Avenue facade of the NYSCT Western Avenue Campus published on May 11, 1946 in the Knickerbocker Press. Harold O. Fullerton drew the sketch which contained additons to Draper, Husted (subsequently Richardson), and Page Halls. The sketch also included a proposed enlargement of Hawley Library which was never built. At the time, the whole project was projected to cost $1,300,000. (Newspaper clipping, Class Councilor E. Francis Thompson Scrapbook, Class of 1923 Memorabilia, Alumni Memorabilia Collection)

Graduate School of Public Affairs founded as joint Syracuse University/New York University venture. This is the direct predecessor or the Nelson A. Rockefeller Graduate School of Public Affairs and Policy which became part of the State University of New York at Albany in 1966.

Van Derzee Hall opened by Benevolent Association, named for Judge Newton Van Derzee. The house was situated on the corner of State Street and Sprague Place adjacent to Washington Park, housed 47 ex G I s and three married couples. (Alumni Quarterly, April 1946, pp. 2-3 with interior and exterior photos).



March 10--President John M. Sayles, the second graduate to hold the title president, resigns due to ill health. Sayles made many improvements to the Western Avenue (Downtown) Campus and planned the post-war additions to the college on Washington Avenue. He was also a strong advocate of the Five Year Curriculum for permanent teacher certification. (French, p. ???)

Milton Nelson appointed acting president.


Farrell House, women’s dorm, sold back to Farrell family for $55,000. (Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1957, p. 1; Winter 1964, p. 4)



The State University of New York created by the legislature.


John Jennings is elected the first African-American president of the Student Council (also called the Student Association).



April 1-–The final transfer of the New York State College for Teachers to the State University of New York becomes effective. (New York State College for Teachers, Annual Catalog, 1950-51, p. 19)

July--Evan R. Collins is appointed president.

Fall--Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) formed. CASDA is currently governed by school districts and School of Education Dean. CASDA grew out of informal meetings between regional school district leaders and the rapidly expanding NYSCT. The school districts were facing rapid expansion in the post-WW II years. The college was expanding its research and service mission. CASDA was the third organization of its kind in the country, following ones affiliated with Columbia and Harvard. It is governed by a board representing the administrators of the affiliated school districts, and has been supported with office space and telephone service by the college/ university. Among CASDA's programs in the 1980s and 1990s have been the Select Seminars on Excellence in Teaching (begun in 1985) with published pro- ceedings, the Greater Capital District Principal's Center providing training in administrative skills, the Wired Scholars Program in which 10 juniors travel the state with their teachers learning about local history, the "I Have A Dream" program which guarantees college tuition to 94 Albany students, the Scholars Recognition Program, honoring senior scholars and teachers. CASDA was chartered by NYS in 1971. (Judith L. Genshaft, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, "CASDA: Half-Century of Partnership in Education," University Update, September 30. 1998, p. 4, reproduced form CASDA Newsletter, Spring 1998)

Teacher Placement Bureau headed by Elmer Mathews, Secretary, a division of the Office of Field Service and Placement, first mentioned in NYSCT Annual Catalog. (Annual Catalog, 1949-50, pp. 22-23) According to a later Alumni Quarterly article the Bureau was a joint student and College initiative. (Alumni Quarterly, October 1952, p. 6)


June--A. N. Husted Fellowship first awarded to Nathan E. Kullman, Jr. AB 1937, MA 1941 by the Alumni Association. Collecting for the fund began in 1905. The Husted Fellowship is awarded to a NYSCT, subsequently SUNYA graduate pursuing graduated study in Education. (Alumni Quarterly, July 1949, cover, with photo of Dean Anna E. Pierce presenting the $500 check to Kullman.)


May 13--Announcement that the “Pedguin,” a penguin like figure, designed by Paul Kirsch ‘51, was chosen as the school mascot by the student body. (State College News, May 13, 1949, p. 1) Kirsch’s letter with the memorabilia indicates that he originally called the design a “pedwin.” In the fall the “Pedguin” used on the front cover of the NYSCT Directory 1949-50. See also 1965 when the Pedguin was replaced by the Great Dane. A “Pedguin” patch can be found in the Class of 1951 memorabilia donated by Dr. Paul E. Kirsch ‘51, a Pedguin patch on a mid-50s school banner donated by ,and a “Pedguin” doll in the Class of 1964 Memorabilia, donated by Mary Young Osielski ‘64.




Center for Community Studies wins $10,000 research grant--first major research grant for New York State College for Teachers.

Department of Librarianship offers Masters of Library Science.

Alpha Epsilon, education honorary society founded.

Brubacher Lounge in Sayles Hall receives plaque from Class of 1937. (Alumni Quarterly, July 1950, p. 3 with photo of plaque.)

Fall--Commerce Building occupied. It was also known as Draper Annex and was located in back of Draper Hall on Washington Avenue. The building was designed by Harold O. Fullerton, architect, of Albany, and constructed by Panzieri-Henderson, Inc. at a cost of between $739,000 and $800,000. The building included 8 class rooms, faculty offices, a typing room, merchandising laboratory, accounting and secretarial practice rooms, student lounge, and 300 seat auditorium. The Commerce Building was the home to ancient and modern languages, mathematics and business education. (Evan R. Collins, “State Moves Forward,” Alumni Quarterly, January 1950, p. 3 with sketch of proposed additions to Hawley, Draper, and Page and Richardson; a Times Union newspaper clipping, November 19, 1950 found in scrapbook kept by E. Frances Thompson, Class of 1923 Memorabilia, gives the cost of the building as $739,000 and the name of the contractor; while Edward Sobol, "The New Look at State," Alumni Quarterly, October 1951, p. 3, describes the interior arrangements.)



Hawley Library expands to include the basement, formerly the students "Commons". The basement was used as a second reading room and reserve area. The Commons moved to the old Annex, and includes a coke machine, a record player, and a ping pong table. (Edward Sobol, "The New Look at State," Alumni Quarterly, October 1951, p. 3)

September 11--Brubacher Hall's dorm rooms occupied. Named for President Abram Roy Brubacher (President, 1915-1939). First New York State College for Teachers dormitory built with state funds by State Dormitory Authority at a cost of $1,541,839. The architect was Harold O. Fullerton, who also designed Pierce and Sayles Halls. The contractor was Sano-Rubin Construction Company. The building was designed to house 300 women students and a Student Union, as well as provide sleeping accommodations for overnight or weekend visitors. A completed wing of Brubacher Hall was occupied briefly by men in the Spring of 1951 until the whole building was finished and the men moved to Sayles Hall. (E. R. Collins to Clifton C. Flatner, January 17, 1955, folder Dormitory Authority Correspondence, 1949-63, President E. R. Collins Papers, Box 15; Evan R. Collins, “State Moves Forward,” Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1950, p. 2-3 with architects sketch of Alumni Quadrangle; Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1951, p. 2 and "State Releases Plans for New Student Dormitory," State College News, October 28, 1949, p. 4 also with Fullerton's sketch of Alumni Quadrangle reproduced from the Times Union with Brubacher Hall and quotes President Collins to the effect that the State Dormitory Authority owes its existence to the model that the NYSCT Benevolent Association provided in successfully constructing, running and retiring the debt on Pierce and Sayles Halls; Times Union clipping of November 19, 1950 found in scrapbook kept by E. Francis Thompson, Class of 1923 Memorabilia; attachment to a letter from L. A. Wilson to Dr. Milton G. Nelson, August 13, 1947, details the post war building plans for the NYSCT and credits Harold O. Fullerton as being the architect of the Commerce Building annex to Draper Hall, and also with drawing up the plans for additions to Husted and Page Halls, which were later modified to be an addition to Richardson and Page Halls, folder Construction-Draper, Husted Halls, etc., President Collins Records, Box 12)

September--Sayles Hall becomes mens dormitory again. (Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1951, p. 2)

Martha C. Pritchard Fund established in Department of Librarianship to aid students undergraduate study in Librarianship. (Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1952, p. 6)

Film, “Tomorrow’s Teachers” created as a high school recruiting tool. (Alumni Quarterly, April 1952, p. 4)



Tau Kappa Alpha, national forensic honorary society, grants local chapter to NYSCT. (Alumni Quarterly, April 1952, p. 4)

Arena Theatre program (summers) initiated. Discontinued for lack of funding in late 60's.

September 1--Office of Dean of Men created. David Hartley first Dean. (State College News, April 25, 1952, pp. 1 & 6)

Department of Library Science given right to grant M.L.S.

Director of Graduate Studies hired.


June 21--Alpha Pi Alpha Fraternity formed as local fraternity when brothers withdraw from Kappa Delta Rho because of the nationals “gentleman’s agreement” which barred membership to non-whites and non-Christians. Chronology of Events [re the Founding of Alpha Pi Alpha]” by Paul and Lee Atwood, August 2001.



SUNY Board of Trustees rules no organization can exist on a SUNY campus which bars students because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, or other artificial criteria. They also ruled that no greek organization could have national affiliation.

Northeastern New York Speech Center, Inc., founded.


October 31-The first Homecoming Weekend consisted of a soccer game, punch party, and dance. The weekend was organized by the Senior Class?? which invited graduates of the classes of 1951, 1952, and 1953 to return to the school. (State College News, October 30, 1953, p. 1)



Center for Curriculum Research and Service (School of Education) established.


June 12--Theatre Alumni Association formed to honor Agnes E. Futterer, long time Theatre faculty member and NYSCT graduate. (Alumni Quarterly, January 1962, p. 4)



Spring--Richardson Annex opens??? According to an October 1955 Alumni Quarterly article, "Additon to Richardson Hall Progressing Rapidly", p. 5, the annex was scheduled to open in the Spring of 1956. The annex would provide class room space, dressing and rehearsal rooms rooms for Page Hall, the Speech and Developmental Reading Clinic, and radio and broadcast television space.

Child Research and Study Center (School of Education) established.

Camp Dippikill purchased by students for $10,000.00.

First Educational TV contract in NYS history signed by State College for Teachers at Albany, State Teachers College at Brockport, the Division Avenue High School, Levittown Memorial High School, Union Free High School-District 5, Town of Hamstead???, Nassau County, Long Island. (Alumni Quarterly, October, 1956, p. 3)

East Hall, 358 Western Ave. & West Hall, 366 Western Ave. acquired to house women. (Ibid.)

July 31--Van Derzee Hall sold for $52,000. Judge Newton B. Van Derzee Scholarship established by the Benevolent Association with funds from the sale. (Alumni Quarterly, January 1957, p. 1; Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1964, p. 4)

Mu Lamda Alpha, modern languages honorary society, founded.

Baseball goes intercollegiate. (State College News, )



Indonesian Program (Comparative Studies Development Center) established.

Kappa Mu goes national, mathematics honorary.

Van Derzee Scholarship Fund established by the Benevolent Association for needy undergraduates. Awards varied from $25 to $150. First scholarship awarded in January-June 1957 according to a news release for the January 1957 Alumni Quarterly found in the Van Derzee-Pierce Scholarship folder (Alumni Association Records) and in 1959 according to the Alumni Quarterly, January 1960, p. 5.


September--Alden Hall (State Dormitory Authority funded) opened and occupied by 200 women students. Briefly known as Women's Dormitory.


February--Women's Dormitory officially dedicated as Alden Hall. Named for the first President of the State Normal School, Dr. Joseph Alden. Funded by State Dormitory Authority.

July-–Portrait of former President Brubacher by Edward P. Buyck presented to the College by the Brubacher Family. The portrait has the map of Switzerland in the background and originally hung in Brubacher Hall. It now hangs in the Special Collections and Archives conference room. The Alumni Quarterly contains a photo of the portrait hanging in the Brubacher Hall stairway with President Collins and Dr. John S. Brubacher looking on. (Alumni Quarterly, July 1959, p. : see also 1934 for the presentation of an oil portrait of President Brubacher funded by the Class of 1932. The class gift, also by Edward P. Buyck, has a statue of the Winged Victory in the background. The portrait originally hung in the Hawley Library and since the early 1990s has hung in the President's Lounge of the University Library.

September 1--New York State College for Teachers renamed State University College of Education at Albany. (State University of New York at Albany Annual Catalog, 1963-64, p. 31; Elmer Mathews, “What’s New Around Your College,” Alumni Quarterly, Oct. 1959, p. 2)

Freshmen varsity intercollegiate athletic teams introduced for the first time as freshman were now barred from playing in varsity athletics. (Winter Sports Guide, 1962-63, p. [5], University Relations Sports Information Files, UA)

CASDA wins major USOE grant to abstract and file research.

September--Waterbury Hall opened and occupied by 200 male students. Named for President Waterbury, 1883-89, Class of 1849. The hall was briefly known as the Men's Dormitory. (“Administration to Dedicate Waterbury Hall Tomorrow,” State College News, April 22, 1960, p. 1)

Faculty Lectureship established (distinguished faculty lecture series). (School of Graduate Studies Bulletin, 1964-66, pp. 31-2)




Ed.D. in School Administration authorized by Regents. First doctoral program authorized for the Campus. (Memo by Edgar Finton, “A School of Graduate Studies”, April 25, 1963, Graduate Studies Folder, 1922-66, President E. R. Collins Papers, here after Flinton, “Graduate Studies”)


1960 SUNY Master Plan places priority on masters programs at Albany. (“Self Examination,” Oct. 1,1964, p. 1)

February 5-– Co-ed dining hall opened between Alden and Waterbury Halls. (“New Dorms Open Coed Dining Hall,” State College News, February 12, 1960, p. 8)

March-–Dean Oscar Lanford announces SUCE will offer Ed.D. degree beginning in September 1960. (Ed Mangelsdorf, “Dean Lanford Announces College Doctoral Program,” State College News, March 16, 1960, p. 1)

April 23--Waterbury Hall formally named for President Edward R. Waterbury, the first graduate of the New York State Normal School to serve as its president, 1882-89. (“Administration to Dedicate Waterbury Hall Tomorrow,”State College News, April 22, 1960, p. 1)

September-–Sayles Hall converted from a men’s to a women’s dorm. Check this! (Pedagogue, 1961, p. 185)

December--Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller decides to situate new Uptown Campus on Albany Country Club. (“College Move to New Site Out Western Avenue Definite,” State College News, December 16, 1960, p. 1) The State University acquired 230 acres of the Country Club for the campus. (SUNY College at Albany Site Planning Program, December 28, 1960, p. 1, Campus Construction File)



February--Atmospheric Sciences Research Center established. (General Catalogue, 1963-64, p. 37)


April 6Governor Rockefeller approves the State University of New York The Master Plan Revised 1960, previously accept by the Regents on March 24,1961 with minor revisions and adopted formally by the Trustees of the State University of New York on February 16, 1961. This document (p. 49) called for the establishment of "comprehensive graduate centers in four key areas of the State. Graduate centers, each of which will offer programs through the doctorate level, should be established in the following locations: 1. Stony Brook-Setauket, 2. Binghamton, 3. Albany, 4. Buffalo." The document went on to describe development of each graduate center. The "Graduate Center in Albany" was described (p. 50)in the following terms: "Coincident with the early development of graduate programs in the natural sciences in the Long Island Center, the multi-purpose college in Albany should begin graduate work in the humanities and social sciences. The introduction of master's level work in these subject areas should be effected immediately. Because of its traditional commitment to the arts and sciences and the presence of strong teaching departments, the only factor which should initially limit the introduction of master's programs is the availability of appropriate space. Programs in the humanities and social sciences at the doctoral level should be developed as early as possible. Utilizing the resources of the State Library, modest beginnings at this level might feasibly be made now. A doctoral program of appropriate dimensions, however, must await the relocation and expansion of the College on its new site." (State University of New York The Master Plan Revised 1960, Note regarding adoption of the document bound with the plan, pp. 49-50)

Middle States reaccreditation.

September 29--Regents approve 11 state teacher's colleges becoming liberal arts colleges. First undergraduate upperclassmen & women admitted to the liberal arts program rather than teacher training program. Students can elect either a General Program or Teacher Education Program as their major. In 1962 freshmen would be admitted to the Liberal Arts & Science curriculum. Commissioner of Education Dr. James E. Allen Jr. announces that the State University College of Education at Albany will be renamed the State University College at Albany. It was also officially announced that the College would have a graduate school and that the school would be moved to the Albany Country Club. ("Teacher College Arts, Science Plans Okayed," Time-Union, September 30, 1961, p. 3; “Self Examination”, 1964, p. 1)

September 30--Official announcement that the architect of the new campus would be Edward D. Stone. ("E. D. Stone Will Do Campus Design," Times- Union, September 30, 1961, p. 3, Campus Construction Clippings File, 1959-62)

Dr. Alvin Bryan hired by Chemistry Department--thought by the University Archivist to be the first African-American faculty member.

Fall-–Biology and General Science Departments move to Selfridge & Langford Warehouse at 97 Central Avenue. (State College News, May 19, 1961, p. )

September--Two new annexes opened. The Washington Avenue Annex opens in the former Temple of the Congregation Ohav Sholom. The Washington Avenue Annex contains four classrooms, two of which are large lecture halls. The Developmental Reading Office and the Curriculum Materials Library are also housed in the Annex. The second annex is the Lake Avenue Annex housed in the former Presbyterian Church. It has one large lecture hall and a piano. The Psychology Department and the Psychology Lab are located in the building. ("College Adds Two Buildings," State College News, September 27, 1961, p. 1)

October 13--State University College of Education at Albany becomes the State University College at Albany by action of the Regents and the State University Board of Trustees. All of the State University Colleges of Education will have the name change and be allowed to admit students to a liberal arts curriculum in addition to a teacher training curriculum.( State University of New York News Release, October 13, 1961, University Relations News Release Files, UArchives; "State Holds New Name," State College News, October 20, 1961, p. 1)

November--Public Relations Department established at State College at Albany. Dr. Frank Carino heads the new department. Nathalie Lampman, SUCA Public Relations Department to Duane LaFlesche, City Editor, Knickerbocker News, November 20, 1961, University Relations News Releases, UA)

Barbara Gladysiewicz, ‘61, becomes the school’s first Peace Corps volunteer. (“Gladysiewicz Joins Corps,” State College News, December 1, 1961, p. 4 with photo)

James A. Warden Scholarship Fund established in honor of James A. Warden, Class of 1951. Initially a $200.00 scholarship, the award was given to a student in financial need of high academic achievement and noteworthy accomplishments in extra-curricular activities. The award was administered through the Faculty-Student Association. Contributions to the Fund were from the classes of 1948 through 1954. (Warden Fund folder, Alumni Association Records)


October 14--First mention of the Penguin as the school mascot since 1949. Myskania institutes tradition of the college mascot in penguin’s costume leading the Homecoming parade. The mascot was to be a senior male or female whose service and school spirit had been extemporary for four years and that they be “a ‘good penguin’ type person.” ("'61 Myskania Adopts Plan to Initiate Mascot Tradition," State College News, October 13, 1961, p. 1)



College of Arts and Sciences created consisting of a Division of Humanities, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Division of Mathematics and Science. (Self-Study Report, 1971, p. 1 & H3)

Graduate School of Public Affairs becomes part of SUNY. School dates from Fall 1946 under joint Syracuse/NYU program. (Ibid., p. 90)

School of Business created. (Ibid., p. 1)

School of Education created. (Ibid.)

School of Library Science created. (Ibid.????)

University College created for undergraduate students. 62? or 63???


B.A. for non-teaching candidates approved.?????--check above

Ph.D. in English authorized by Regents. First former teachers college in NY (?) to receive authorization for liberal arts doctoral program. First students admitted Sept. 1962. (Flinton, “Graduate Studies”Alumni Quarterly, Jan. 1963, p. 6 )

Fall--Master's level degrees offered in Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, Mathematics, Physics, Spanish, and Business. (Graduate Program to Focus On Expanded Offerings," State College News, November 16, 1962, p. 1 [need to check this against bulletins])

Ed. D. in Guidance and Personnel Services offered. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 7)


Arena Summer Theatre re-established.


Center for Inter-American Studies established. Discontinued in 1976/77. (General Catalogue, 1963-64, p. 36)


August--SUNYA made University Center. State University College at Albany renamed State University of New York at Albany. (State University of New York at Albany Annual Catalog, 1963-64, p. 31; Self Examination, 1964, p. 1)

August--Groundbreaking for new $130,000,000 Uptown Campus. The Campus was designed by Edward Durell Stone.

Fall--College Council becomes University Council.

September--University admits first freshmen non-teacher preparatory students as candidates for B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences. (State University of New York at Albany Annual Catalog, 1963-64, p. 31)

March 29--Beta Beta Beta (Theta Gamma Chapter) national biological society formed. (Alumni Quarterly, April 1962, p. 34; Biotica, p. 5)

Phi Delta Kappa, honorary for men in Education, installs Epsilon Omicron campus chapter. (Alumni Quarterly, Oct. 1962, p. 5)


March 7--Student Senate appropriates $2,000.00 to fund the start-up of radio station WSCA which will broadcast as a closed circuit AM carrier current signal to dorms and reach 48% of students. Bill Alexander'65 is the first station manager, and Don Allen '63 is the Assistant Station Manager. Faculty Advisors are Antony Salatino and Harold Story. (Charlie Baker, "Senate Appropriates $2,000 To WSCA; Broadcasting Operations To Begin Soon," State College News, March 9, 1962, p. 1; Bill Alexander, "WSCA to Start Operations; Group to Meet on Tuesday," State College News, March 22, 1962, p. 1)

September--Student Peace Group formed. ("Students Form Peace Group," State College News, October 19, 1962, p. 8)

November--Fencing Society is established at SUNYA with Col. Walter M. Tisdale as the society's sponsor. Ed Reid is elected the first president. (SUNYA News Release, November 19, 1962, University Relations News Releases,UA)



Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences founded and admits first students. Name later changed to Department of Atmospheric Sciences (1968). Awards first M.S. in 1967, first Ph.D. in 1970.

School of Social Welfare approved (admits first students in 1965).

Fall--University College for freshmen and sophomores headed by Clifton Thorne created. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1963, p. 4)


Ed.D. in Curriculum Supervision offered. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 7)

Ed.D. in Developmental Reading offered. (Ibid.)

Fall--Ph.D. in American History offered. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 7)

Fall--Ph.D. in English offered. (Self Study Report, 1971, p. H 12) According to the Alumni Quarterly, January 1963, p. 6, SUNYA was the State’s first former teachers college to receive permission from the Board of Regents to offer a liberal arts doctoral program.

Ph.D. in Psychology approved. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 7)

June--First doctorate (an Ed.D.) awarded to James Arthur Conway of School of Education, SCT, BA ‘54. (Alumni Quarterly, Summer 1963, p. 6 (with photograph))


Fall--Programs begun in Atmospheric Sciences, Inter-American Studies, Philosophy, Russian, & Speech. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1963, p. 3)


Fall--Counseling Service open with trained counselors to advise students on academic and personal problems. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1963, p. 4; "New Counseling Service Aids University Students," State University News, September 27, 1963, p 5)


Albany Study Center for Learning Disabilities (Dept. of Educational Psychology, School of Education) affiliates with SUNYA. The Center, created in 1956 by the Department of Pediatrics of the Albany Medical Center, is now a joint project of the Department of Pediatrics of Albany Medical College of Union University and the School of Education of SUNYA. Originally know for its research on reading and learning disabilities and remediation, the Center's programs would expand to include the study of "intellectual growth, perceptual functioning, language memory, and the etiology, assessment, and treatment of learning disabilities." The Center would later become the Child Research and Study Center. (Center for Learning Disabilities folder, University Relations Subject Files, UA; Centers & Institutes, 1982, pp. 13-14)

Center for Executive Development established. (School of Graduate Studies Bulletin, 1964-66, p. 27)


Date???--Construction bids on Dormitory I (Dutch Quad) received. The low bidder was Humphreys & Harding of NYC at $7,760,000. The winner of the Service Building contract was McManus, Longe & Brockwell. (Col. Walter Tisdale, Assistant to the President for Planning and Construction, to President Evan R. Collins, ?????,1963, Campus Progress Report No. 9, Campus Progress Report Folder, Campus Construction Collection, UA, hearafter cited as Tisdale to Collins, Date, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Camp Johnston, Women’s Athletic Association Cabin in Chatham, NY, probably sold at about this time. (Memo, Merlin Hathaway to David Hartley, Feb. 7, 1963, Camp Dippikill Folder, Dean of Men’s Records)

March 21--Dam at Campus Pond breaks, flooding businesses across Western Avenue. The $78,383 contract to rebuild the dam was awarded to Kilby Bros., Inc. of Albany and work was completed by December 15. (Fred T. Martin and Fred Smart, "Flood Hits Western Avenue," Knickerbocker News, Late Edition, March 21, 1963, p.1; Tisdale to Collins, October 25, 1963, CPR No. 18 on letting the repair contract, and December 18, 1963, CPR No. 26 on the completion, CPRF, Campus Construction)

May 9--Knickerbocker News carries article and photo of the revised SUNYA seal created by Jack Kral of the SUNYA paint department. The seal carries and outer band with "State University of New York 1948," an inner and with the SUNY logo, "LET EACH BECOME ALL HE IS CAPABLE OF BEING" and the SUNY shield on the inside. This represents the formal abandonment of Minerva on the SUNYA seal. Kral, who is retiring, painted the seal at home over two months. (Mack Johnson, "Painter 'Seals' His Retirement," Knickerbocker News, May 9, 1963, p. 14c, with hand written notes on scratch pad, April-May 1963 folder, University Relations News Releases,UA)

May 22--Decision announced that Greek organizations will be forced to move from their houses to the new campus by the Fall of 1965 when first dorm ready. (Dean Ellen Stokes, “New Policy for Fraternities and Sororities,” Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1964, pp. 7-8)

August--Report that the pilings for the high rise dormitory on Dutch Quad were driven to an average depth of 150 to 160 feet. (Tisdale to Collins, August 13, 1963, CPR No. 10, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Fall--Tuition assessed for first time for academic year students.

September--Enrollment total is 3,854: 850 freshmen, 250 transfers, 797 Masters candidates, 19 PHD candidates. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1963, p. 3)

Fall-–First Joan D. Van Slyke Scholarship awarded for the “educational and living expenses of a worthy and capable young boy or girl who desires to become a teacher and for that purpose to study and be educated.” The intent was that the award would go to students who wanted to become a teacher but who could otherwise not go to college. The recipient received $500.00 a year for four years as long as they maintained good academic standing. The funds were administered by the Benevolent Association. The fund was established in Miss Van Slyke's 1962 will. Van Slyke at one time had an interest in the Wellington Hotel. (Van Slyke Fund folder, Alumni Association Records; SUNYA News Release, "Albany State Alumni Award $4250 in Scholarships and Assistantships, 10/22/1964, News Releases, November 1964 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

October 24--185 male students move into the first dormitories on the new campus into Van Rensselaer and Rykman Halls on Dutch Quadrangle. The men had previously been living in motels. The dorms contain four and five men suites each including three rooms and a bath. Two rooms are bedrooms and one is a study area. Each student will have a desk, a chest and a closet for clothes. Meals will be served in the state campus commissary. Female students will continue to live in motels. (Carbon of news release, "University Center at Albany Moves to New Dorms," November 2, 1964, Public Relations Information Office, September - December 1964 Folder, University Relations News Releases, University Archives)

December--Bids received by Construction Fund for the estimated $26 million Academic I complex (the West end of the Podium including the Education Building, the Humanities Building, the Library, the Social Sciences Building) at the Uptown Campus. The contract went to Basic Construction. (Tisdale to Collins, December 18, 1963 and January 3, 1964, CPR Nos. 25 and 26, CPRF, Campus Construction)


April--Announcement that the Department of Chemistry has been award- ed a $17,500 National Science Foundation Grant to upgrade laboratory equipment in the biochemestry lab for sophomores, juniors and seniors. The new equipment will allow students to isolate viruses, cytoplasmic particles, enzimes, etc. (SUNYA News release, [no title], April 10, 1963, April - May folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)


February 5--Students stage first tuition protest, including a boycott of classes, a picket of the campus, and a march on the State Capital. ("Picket, March, and Pressure Mark Opposition to Tuition," State University News, February 8, 1963, pp. 1, 4)

February 22--WSUA, AM student radio station, signs on the air. The broadcast studio was a janitor’s closet in the basement of Brubacher Hall. The station was originally known as WSCA. ("WSUA Slates Cerra, Tyo for Broadcast Tonight," State University News, February 22, 1963, p. 2; Nick Argyros, "WSUA To Continue to Inform And to Entertain Quad Residents, State University News, May 10, 1963, p. 4; ASP, March 1, 1978???, p. 1)

May--New name for school yearbook chosen, Torch, replacing Pedagogue, the yearbooks name since 1913. The name was chosen by the members of Kappa Delta Sorority who received a gift certificate from the Co-op. ("TORCH Arrives," State University News, May 18, 1963, p. 1)



School of Social Welfare created and Dr. Richardson L. Rice was appointed in June 1964 to be the first dean of the school. He held that position until September 1968. (Self Study Report, 1971, p. 1; for Richardson Rice see SUNY News release, [no title], November 21, 1967, November - December 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)


M.A. in German offered.

Fall--Ed.D. in Educational Philosophy & Measurement offered. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 7)

Fall--Ph.D. in French offered. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 7; Self Study Report, 1971, p. H12)


Chinese language study added to the curriculum. This is a program jointly supported by SUNYA and Union College with financial support from the Ford Foundation. Mr. William Woo teaches at both schools. The December 1966 news release cited below stated the program was in its second year.(Faculty Bulletin of Information (FBI), Feb. 12, 1965, p. 1; News Release from Union College, stamped received SUNYA December 14, 1966, PIO folder, September - December, 1966, University Relations News Releases, UA)


November--Director of Ancillary Services appointed for the first time. The position would grow into University Auxillary Services. George E. Brewer was the first director of ancillary services which included food service to dormitories, the university bookstore, the university film service, the student loan service, and real estate management. The Faculty-Student Association is the principal financial arm behind ancillary services. SUNYA News Release, "State University at Albany Appoints Director of Ancillary Services, November 11, 1964," Public Relations Office folder September - December 1964, University Relations News Releases, UA)


March--Department of Conservation agrees to stock the Campus Lake with game fish. (Tisdale to Collins, March 17, 1964, CPR No. 39, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Spring--Six playing fields near the Western Avenue entrance to the Uptown Campus being readied for use in the spring of 1964 with heavy use in the fall of 1964. (Col. Walter Tisdale, Assistant to the President for Planning and Construction, to President Evan R. Collins, August 1,1963, Campus Progress Report No. 9, Campus Construction Collection, UA, hearafter cited as Tisdale to Collins, CPR, Campus Construction)

Summer--Summer Planning Conference for incoming Freshman initiated. (ASP, September 18, 1964, ?)

April-May--The low bidder for Colonial Quadrangle at $7,887,000, Foster-Newman of Valley Springs is awarded the construction contract. (Tisdale to Collins, April 14 and May 12, 1964, CPR Nos. 42 & 45, CPRF, Campus Construction)

July--Tisdale reports that negotiations are almost complete for the acquisition of an additional 48 acres on the North East corner of the campus. (Tisdale to Collins, July 27, 1964, CPR No. 52, CRRF, Campus Construction)

September--Enrollment 4,711: 1,219 freshmen, 298 transfers, 1,0436 graduate students (90 PHD candidates). (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1964, p. 3; Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 6)

September--Tennis courts on Uptown Campus to be ready by the time student return in the fall. (Tisdale to Collins, August 7, 1964, CPR 53, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Fall--Project Carillon begun to raise $40,000 for Alumni Carillon on Uptown Campus. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall 1964, pp. 8-9)

October--New incomplete dormitories on Dutch Quad open for inspection on Parent’s Weekend. (ASP, Oct. 20, 1964, p. 1)

October 24--Two hundred men move into incomplete Rensselaer & Rywick Dorms. The first of the 1,300 car parking lots was accepted by the University. The kitchen would not be ready until November 25.(ASP, Oct. 30????, 1964, p. 2; for the parking lot and kitchen see Tisdale to Collins November 6, 1964, CPR No. 54, CPRF, Campus Construction)

December 12 & 13--Dutch Quad occupied by female students staying at Thruway Motor Inn with aid of Kappa Beta Fraternity brothers. (ASP, Dec. 15, 1964, p. ? shows KB men unloading furniture.)

December-–First award of the scholarship from the Mr. & Mrs. Ben V. Smith Fund established in Benevolent Association for students in science courses following $350,000 bequest by Irma St. John Smith in honor of her late father, Joseph St. John, a State Normal School graduate, class of 1868, and faculty member from 1874 until his death in 1882. Ben V. Smith taught science at the New York State College for Teachers until he opened a jewelry store in Albany. (Ben V. Smith Award folder, Alumni Association Records; Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1966, p. 6)


State College News renamed Albany Student Press (ASP).



July--College of General Studies created for non-matriculated part-time adult students. Courses will be offered in the late afternoon, evenings, and Saturdays, or during the regular schedule as course registration permits. Initial classes will be in astronomy, business, chemistry, languages, literature, and the social sciences. Tuition for those holding a bachelors degree is $20.85 per credit hour, for those without a bachelors it is $14.35 per credit hour. During its first semester of existence, over 100 people enrolled in the for credit program. (News Release, [no title], July 16, 1965, PIO News Releases, July - December folder, University Relations News Releases, UA; News Release 1965, PIO News Releases, July - December folder, University Relations News Releases)

March 11--School of Criminal Justice approved by SUNY Board of Trustees. (Self Study 1971, p. 8 or 81) The School admits its first students 1968.

September-–School of Social Welfare admits first 27 Students. (Lisa James, “News & Notes,” Albany: The University at Albany Magazine with The Carillon, Fall 1991, p. 24)


Fall--Ed.D. in Higher Education offered. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p. 7)

Fall--Ed.D. in History & Philosophy of Education offered.(Ibid.)

--Ph.D. in Biology offered. (Alumni Quarterly, Spring 1965, p.7)

--Ph.D. in Chemistry offered. (Ibid.)

--Ph.D. in European History offered. (Ibid.)

--Ph.D. in Physics offered. (Ibid.)


Summer--University offers two study abroad programs, one at the University of Wurtzburg and a second at the University of Nantes. The Wurtzburg Program runs from June 27 to September 4 and cost $951 for round trip airfare, and tuition and fees. Also included is room and board with a German family, and four weekend excursions to historic sites. The Nantes Program runs from June 24 to August 28, cost $1110, again including air fare, courses taught in French by native faculty, a week studying in Paris, and weekend excursions. Both programs offer post season field trips at extra expense, $250 for two weeks in Germany and $340 for three weeks in Germany. (SUNYA News Release, "Summer Study Abroad," December 30, 1964, Public Relat- ions Office Folder, September - December, 1964, University Relations News Re- leases, UA; Alumni Quarterly, Winter 1965, p. 9)


September--President Collins creates two vice presidential offices. Dr. Webb S. Fiser is appointed the first Vice President for Academic Affairs. Office of Vice President for Student Affairs was also created by Collins. Dr. Clifton H. Thorne, named Dean of Students on July 1, is appointed Vice Presid- ency.(PIO News release, [no title], September 9, 1965, July - December 1965 folder, University Relations News Release, UA; University Telephone Directory, 1965-66, p. 2)

May--Announcement that the current position of Dean of Women will be abolished when Ellen C. Stokes, the current dean, retires. The job responsibilities will be transferred to Lois H. Gregg, associate dean of students. (PIO News Release, [no title], May 20, 1965, January - June 1965 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September--Position of Director of the Computing Center created and E. D. Reilly, Jr. is hired from GE to direct the new Computing Center. Reilly is also tasked with developing courses in computer science leading to the BA and/or graduate degrees in Computer Science. (PIO News Release, [no title], September 28. 1965, July - December 1965 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)


Computing Center established. Shares departmental instruction with Department of Computer Science. Ibid.???


January--New Two Year Air Force ROTC Program announced offered to male students through Union College or Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. (Flyer for ROTC with a call for registration by January 31, 1965, Public Relations Office News Releases, hereafter PRO News Releases, 1965 Folder, University Relations Office News Releases, 1965)

February--Announcement that the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 provides $50,000 to pay enrolled University students to serve as work study students at local social services agencies. Local service providers include the Albany Homes for Children, Family and Children's Services of Albany, the LaSalle School for Boys, the Trinity Institute, and the rehabilitation division of Albany Medical School. (PIO News Release, [No title], February 8, 1965, UR News Releases, UA)

April 25-–University hold first Honors Convocation to recognize superior scholastic ability and achievement. The Convocation was sponsored by Signum Laudis, the school's honorary society, and the Awards Committee. (Albany Student Press, April 23, 1965, p. 1 & April 27, 1965, p. 1 with photo; News release, "State University at Albany Will Hold First Honors Convocation," April 20, 1965, 1965 Folder, PIO News Release, UR News Releases, UA)

May 7--University receives 13 flags from the government of the Netherlands to be hung in Dutch Quad. (News Release, [no title], May 7, 1965, PIO News Release, 1965, 1965 Folder, University Relatons News Releases, UA)

May 14---Great Danes replaces Peds as Albany's sports team name. Great Dane becomes school mascot, replaces the Penguin or Pedguin. (ASP March 5, 1965, p. 2 and May 14, 1965, p. 6)

May-October--Series of strikes slows construction of academic podium. Tisdale to Collins, May 4, 1965, CPR No. 55, June 11, 1965, CPR No. 57, October 6, 1965, CPR No. 61, CPRF, Campus Construction)

July--Construction contract for the Infirmary goes to D. Fortunato, Inc. of Floral Park, NY in the amount of $1,205,700 with a projected two year completion date. (Tisdale to Collins, July 28, 1965, CPR No. 59, CPRF, Campus Construction)

August 1–-The old William F. "Billy" Barnes hunting lodge and summer house, across the perimeter road from the Health and Physical Education Building, purchased by the Capital Area Council of Churches. The property was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Donald Nord of Waverly Place. Announcement of the purchase was made by Dr. Milton Olson, the president of the Albany Area Council of Churches and Dean of the School of Business at SUNYA. [ The original purchase did not involve Roman Catholic or Jewish Community partners.] (Mary Anne Weber, "Old Barnes Lodge Becomes University Chapel," Knickerbocker News, November 27, 1965, Chapel House Folder, University Archives Clippings File)

Fall??--$300,000 X-Ray Laboratory opened to study x-ray diffraction & scattering in general. Researchers (a joint SUNYA/RPI endeavor) at the lab have won $83,000 grant from the National Institute of Dental Research, a part of the National Institutes of Health, to study ways to create permanent bonding of filling material to teeth. (PIO News Release, [no title], October 27, 1996, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September 14--The first all-university activity on the Uptown Campus is the freshman convocation addressed by SUNY President Samuel B. Gould. The convocation was held outside of Dutch Quad for 1,400 entering students. (PIO news release with excerpts from President Goulds speech, [no title], September 14, 1965, July - December 1965 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

Fall--Chapel House opens. (Update, Nov. 6, 1991, p. 1)

November 20th??--Tisdale predicts that the low rise dorm units E & F at Colonial Quad opened to students by November 20th. Students will be moved from the Travel Lodge, the Holiday Inn, and partially out of the Thruway House. Men will be housed in Unit E and women in Unit F. No eating facilities will be ready by that time. (Tisdale to Collins, October 29,1965, CPR No. 64, CPRF, Campus Construction)

December 17--Control Data Corporation 3100 selected as first main- frame computer at the Computing Center. The CDC 3100 will support curriculum, faculty and graduate research, and administrative data processing. "The CDC 3100 is capable of executing 200,000 arithmetic or logical instructions per second." The new computer will be use in a newly developed course "Introduct- ion to Computer Science," the first computer science course offered by the University for which 120 students have registered. (PIO News Release, [no title], December 17, 1965, July - December folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

December 18??--Tisdale predicts that Colonial Quad low rise units A & B will be occupied by male students on December 18. This will complete the evacuation of Thruway House. Tisdale to Collins, December 3, 1965, CPR No. 65, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Mohawk Campus purchased by Faculty Student Association.


WCIA broadcasts to Dutch Quad on Uptown Campus. (ASP, March 1, 1978, p. 3)



January--School of Library Science accredited by the American Library Association. (FBI, 2/25/66, p. 1; PIO News Release, [no title], February 4, 1966, January - June 1996 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

April--Richard A. Myren hired as the first dean of the School of Criminal Justice scheduled to open in September 1968. (PIO News Release, [no title], April 1, 1966, January - June 1996 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

May--Announcement that the School of Social Welfare, which opened to students in September 1965, has been awarded a $28,432 grant from the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare to establish training units in two county public welfare offices. (PIO News Release, [no title], May 10, 1966, January - June 1966 Folder, University Relations New Releases, UA)

September--Graduate School of Public Affairs becomes part of SUNYA. The School was created in 1962 reporting to the Chancellor, and originally dates from the Albany Graduate Program in Public Administration created in 1947, a joint Syracuse/NYU program. (Self Study Report, 1971, p. 1, 90; News Release, Public Information Office, [no title], September 15, 1966, University Relations New Releases, UA)

October 13, 1966--SUNY Board of Trustees approves creation of School of Nursing at SUNYA offering science degrees in nursing education. The school will prepare students to teach in nursing schools and assume supervisory or administrative roles in medical centers. The school will carry out studies in "medical-surgical, maternity-child care, psychaitric an public health." Initially offering bachelor's and master's level courses, it is envisioned that the school will eventually offer further degrees. Faculty will be hired during early 1967 with the expectation of 40 students being admitted in the fall of 1967. News Release, [no title], October 13, 1966, PIO News Releases, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)


September--B.A. with a concentration in Music offered for the first time. (PIO News Release, September 20, 1965, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September--M.B.A. offered for first time. (Revised agenda, Graduate Faculty Meeting, March 14, 1966, Master’s Degree Folder, President E. R. Collins Records)

September--M.A. in Russian offered, the first such degree in the SUNY System. Professor Marianna Poltoratsky is director of the masters program for the Department of Russian. (PIO News Release, [no title], March 2, 1966, January - June 1966 folder, University Relations New Releases,UA)

Ph.D. in Spanish offered. (Self Study Report, 1971, H12)


May--Announcement that Earl G. Droessler has been appointed vice president for research, a newly created vice presidental position. (PIO News Release, [no title], May 4, 1966, January - June 1966 folder, University Relations New Releases, UA)

Office of Alumni Affairs created.


February 6??--Colonial quad low rise dorms units C & D ready for occupancy by 200 students when they return from Intercession of February 6th. (Tisdale to Collins, January 10 and 28, CPR Nos. 66 & 67, CPRF, Campus Construction)

February--State Quad low bid of $9.6 million received from Planet Construction Company of New York City. The bid was $2.7 million more than either of the first two quads. (PIO News Release, "New Campus News," February 16, 1966, January - June 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

March 1st--Beneficial occupancy of Dining Hall at Colonial Quad set for February 22 with food service opening on March 1. (Tisdale to Collins, February 15, 1966, CPR No. 66, CPRF, Campus Construction)

March-August--Academic I podium complex is accepted and readied for occupancy. Education (March 1), Humanities, Social Sciences & Libary (August 12)

May 22–Dedication of Chapel House at 16 Waverly Place. ("Chapel House is dedicated." Faculty Bulletin of Information, May 20, 1966, p. 1)

June 18--Official dedication of the Alumni Carillon temporarily located on the roof of Stuyversant Tower. The Alumni Carillon Committee headed by Ken Doran, raised $30,000 to fund the carillon. (PIO News Release, [no title], May 24, 1996, January - June 1966 folder, January - June 1996 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA; PIO News Release, [no title], June 15, 1966, January - June 1966 folder, January - June 1996 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

June 19--First Commencement held on the new campus south of Dutch Quadrangle. The Commencement address was delivered by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. (PIO News Release, [no title], May 24, 1996, January - June 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

Fall--First classes held on Academic Podium. (Campus Viewpoint, 1967, p. 13)

August--Announcement of an experimental 17 day junior and senior high English teachers exchange program from Martinique in the French West Indies. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Information Service. (PIO News Release, [no title], August 25, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September--Announcement that three of SUNYA's newest schools will be located on Alumni Quadrangle. The School of Public Affairs will be located in Sayles Hall. The schools of Criminal Justice and Social Welfare will be located in Pierce Hall. The School of Social Welfare move was completed by late October with their library located in the Ingle Room with the library of the GSPA. The two halls will continue to house 200 graduate students.(PIO News Release, [no title], 9/15/1966, Folder July - December 1966, University Relations News Releases, UA; Tisdale to Collins, October 26, 1966, CPR No. 75, CPRF, Campus Construction)

September--Mohawk Campus open to students and faculty as place for "discussions, study, lectures, concerts, movies, and recreation." (PIO News Release, [no title], 9/15/1966, Folder July - December 1966, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September 8--"The University Seminar on Peaceful Change" on Thursday afternoon in Dutch Quad as part of a three day international confer- ence. The Seminar, sponsored by the University affiliated Institute on Man and Science at Rensselaerville, was attended by United Nations Secretary General U Thant. (PIO News Release, [no title], September 2, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September 15--Colonial Quad Tower accepted by the University with two of its three elevators working in time for returning students. The basement is still under construction. The third and last elevator that went to the tower lounge was accepted on October 18. The basement lounge and laundry room of Colonial weren't completed and accepted until November 17.(Tisdale to Collins, September 15 and October 18 and November 17, 1966, CPR Nos. 72, 74 & 77, CPRF, Campus Construction)

September 30--University accepts the upper two floors of the Infirmary and begins moving in equipment and furniture. (Tisdale to Collins, September 30, 1966, CPR No. 73, CPRF, Campus Construction.)

October--First Telethon, a fund-raising event initially called the Mental Health Telethon, held. (ASP, Oct.14, 1966, p. 1)

November 15--Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center Dr. Vincent J. Schaefer announces his discover of submicroscopic particles of lead in automobile exhaust. The discover was made at the Yellowstone Field Research Expedition. Schaefer postulated that this could be a new method of cloud seeding but also a means of measuring polution in the atmosphere in his paper "Ice Nuclei from Automobile Exhaust and Iodine Vapor," a paper submitted to Science. On February 22, 1967 Schaefer reported on sampling flights conducted over the United States between November 8 and December 3, 1966, to the Western New York section of the American Chemical Society meeting in Buffalo that "the submicroscopic lead particle concentrations in the air over much of the United States are so high and widespread that their presence poses a number of perplexing problems to all scientists, lawyers and government representatives interested or concerned with cloud modification." This discovery would later lead to the elimination of leaded fuel from gasoline. (PIO News Release, [no title], November 15, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, ; SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], February 22, 1967, January - June 1967 folder, both University Relations News Releases, UA; see also a somewhat fuller news release on Schaefer's March 21, 1967 address to the Conference of the American Meteorological Society on Physical Processes in the Lower Atmosphere, Ann Arbor, Mich., SUNYA News release, "The Detection and Measurement of Submiscropic Particles of Lead Oxide and of Iodine Molicules in the Free Atmosphere," March 21, 1967, January - June 1967 folder, both University Relations News Releases, UA )

November--Vietnam War begins to interfer with equipment delivery. Kitchen equipment for Campus Center delayed due to need for food service equipment in Vietnam. (Tisdale to Collins, November 9, 1966, CPR No. 76, CPRF, Campus Construction)

December 1--SUNYA receives its first gift of art, a painting by American artist Bruce Currie. Betty Knowlton '42 Rowe is the donor with a matching grant from General Electric, where Ms Rowe works. (PIO News Release, [no title],December 2, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

December 6--Newly organized Psi Chi national honor society in psychology holds initiation ceremony. (PIO News Release, [no title], November 29, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

December--Theatre Annual, edited by Professor Falconieri of the Department of Theatre now published under the auspices of SUNYA. The scholarly review has been published since 1942. (PIO News Release, [no title], December 13, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

December 15--Enrollment reaches all time high of 7,094. That includes 5,393 full-time students and 1,701 part-time students. 3,371 were men and 3,723 were women. Undergraduate enrollment is 5,1260 of whom 260 are non-degree candidates. Graduate enrollment is 1,956 of whom 568 are full-time and 1,388 are part-time. ([Report of Mrs. Ester H. Cook, registrar], PIO News Release, December 15, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

December 27--The top three floors of the Campus Center are accepted by the University. Tisdale predicts they can be occupied by January 7th but still subject to an extensive punch list. (Tisdale to Collins, December 27, 1966, CPR No. 79, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Faculty Senate established.

Council on Research established.

Goodman Place, adjacent to Camp Dippikill, acquired by Faculty Student Association. (Carillon, Winter 1969, p. 4)


July 18--The Alumni Carillon, a MAAS-ROWE symphonic carillon, officially presented to the University. The Carillon was initially installed on top of Stuyversant Tower (1966-68). (Knickerbocker News, 6/14/66; “The Carillon Presentation Program, Alumni Day, June 18, 1966,” Carillon Club Folder, Archives Vertical File) At the time of the presentation $30,000 had been raised by alumni. The classes of ‘24, ‘26, ‘35, ‘39 and ‘40 each gave in excess of $1,000.00 toward the campaign which was lead by Kenneth B. Doran, ‘40 Honorary Chair and Janice Friedman Keller, ‘40, General Chair. (“And the Bells Rang,” Alumni Quarterly, Summer 1966, p. 4-5: “The Carillon Facts and Folklore,” Carillon, Fall 1984, p. 1) The Carillon instrument is located in Room B-26 of the Lecture Center.

Pierce Hall and Sayles Hall sold to the State of New York by the Benevolent Association for $575,000. Sayles Hall houses School of Public Affairs. Pierce Hall houses Schools of Social Welfare & Criminal Justice. (Alumni Quarterly, Fall/Winter 1969, p. 4)



Dr. Dorothy M. Major appointed the first dean of the School of Nursing in April 1967. The school is scheduled to admit its first students in the fall of 1967, with transfer students admitted in 1968, (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], April 13, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA))

June 11--School of Social Welfare graduates it's first class, twenty- five students who earned a masters of social work in the two year program. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], June 7, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)


May 17-20--First master's thesis production in the Department of Speech and Dramatic Art will be Bonnee Scott's direction of Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot. Scott holds a 1962 SUNYA degree.(SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], May 11, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

First Ph.D. in Chemistry awarded to Richard John Strunk. (Commencement Program, 1967)

Ph.D. in Classics offered. (Self Study Report, 1971, p. H12)

Fall??--Master's degree in rehaiblitation counseling offered for the first time. The program was developed by Dr. Sheldon A. Grand, associate professor of education with a $26,207 grant from the Vocational Rehaibilitation Administration, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], December 29, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September--Semester Abroad program for juniors begins at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], January 10, 1967 and [no title], June 14, 1967 (with list of 15 initial students), January - April and May -July 1967 folders, University Relations News Releases, UA)

September--School of Education Dean Dr. Randolph S. Gardner announces new off-campus teaching centers involving SUNYA students and faculty and Guilderland and Niskayuna public junior and senior high schools. Student teachers in Guilderland will teach social studies while those in Niskayuna will teach mathematics. The hope was that more area schools would become involved. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], June 21, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)


January--Dwight C. Smith, Jr. appointed first director of institutional research. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], January 17, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

January--First full-time position of director of sports information created with the appointment of Robert H. Rice, Jr. to the position in the Public Information Office. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], January 26, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

Office of Sponsored Funds established.

March--University Athletics Council appointed by President Collins to coordinate the participation of all groups interested in athletic development. The Council will develop a "rathional for inter-collegiate athletics, a frame- work for administering athletic policy including a consideration of the duties and responsibilities of the Athletics Advisory Board and Director of Athletics; and conducting a continuous evaluation of athletic policy." The council will include administrators, faculty, alumni and students. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], March 14, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

April 4--Announcement that President Collins has established a faculty review committee on investigations involving human subjects. The committee will review research proposal requests "with regard to the rights and welfare of the individuals involved, the appropriateness of the methods used to obtain informed consent, and the risks and potential medical benifits of the investigations." Of particular concern is the subjects right to privacy. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], April 4, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)


Center for the Study of Science and Society created. Closed in 1971.

Neurobiology Research Center established. Initially the Center focused on "the development and plasticity of the nervous system, with a particular emphasis on experience-dependent nervous system development." In 2001 the name of the center was changed to the Center for Neuroscience Research. (Carol Olechowski, "UAlbany Joins Prestigious Group of Research Centers," University Update, May 3, 2001, p. 3)


January–-Announcement that the newly formed Albany Collegiate Interfaith Center, consisting of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, the Albany Jewish Community Council, and the Albany Council of Churches had been signed and was eying a site for a center adjacent to the new campus. ("State University Interfaith Site Eyed," Knickerbocker News, January 20, 1967)

January 29--Team of University students appears on GE "College Bowl" on NBC TV. This is the first time a SUNY school has participated. Fred Arthur Childs captains the team consisting of Barbara Weinstein, Lawrence J. Epstein, and Frank Burd. (PIO News Release, [no title], November 4, 1966, July - December 1966 folder, and SUNYA News, PIO, [no title], January 12, 1967 and [no title], February 2, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

February 2--Announcement that the Department of Biological Sciences team lead by Dr. Robert B. Allen has received a five year $1,338,241 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Science, National Institute of Health, for research in cell biology. (SUNYA News, PIO, [no title], January 12, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

Taylor Law passed allowing collective bargaining for public employees. (Self Study Report, 1980, p. 12)

February 6--Campus Center formally opens though still incomplete. Full use of the building doesn't happen until late April. The food service, kitchens,dining facilities, bookstore, barbershop, and bowling alleys are incomplete. The Faculty Dining Room (subsequently the Patroon Room) was accepted on March 1 and the main kitchen, dining hall, snack bar were accepted on March 23 or June 23. The bowling alley wasn't accepted until June 12. The fountain in front of the Campus Center wasn't formally accepted until November 6 but it may have been temporarily turned on for Alumni Day, (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], February 5, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA; Tisdale to Collins, March 1 and 23, April 24, June 21 and November 6, 1967, CPR Nos. 82, 83, 88, 89 (on temporarily turning on the fountains for Alumni Day), and 109 (on final acceptance of fountain) CPRF, Campus Construction )

February 16--Title to Sayles and Pierce Halls passes to the State. The University now owns 3.54 acres from Western Avenue to Brubacher Hall save lots 213 and 225 Ontario Street which are still owned by the Benevolent Association. (Tisdale to Collins, February 21, 1967, CPR No. 81, CPRF, Campus Construction)

March 10-11--Telethon becomes at 24 hour fund-raising event to benifit the New York State Mental Health Association, Inc. John Fotia and Jeff Mishkin are co-chairs of the student sponsored event called "Cavalcade of Talent," which will be televised live throughout the Campus Center. Reportedly the first event of its kind on a college campus to benifit mental health. The event raised over $5,500. (SUNYA News releases, PIO, [no title], February 17, 1967 and [no title], March 14, 1967 January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

March 14--President Collins announces that he has placed into effect the revised policy on alcoholic beverages on campus. In October 1966 the University Council permitted the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus. The new policy permitted a "rathskeller" in the Campus Center, but continued to prohibit alcohol in residence halls, individual rooms, and court- yards except on special occasions. All civil laws regarding alcohol would have to be observed including proof of age. (SUNYA News releases, PIO, [no title], March 14, 1967. January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

March 15--Tisdale tells Collins that the contract to design the Atmospheric Sciences Research Laboratory at Whiteface Mountain summit has been awarded to Barker and Henry, architects. The projected cost of the project is $125,000. (Tisdale to Collins, March 15, 1967, CPR No. 84, CPRF, Campus Construction

March 30--Announcement that State Quad, now under construction, will have provisions for handicapped students, particularly those on crutches or in wheelchairs. There will be elevator service from the dorm level to the dining hall, wider doorways for wheelchairs, special toilet facilities with wider doors, tow bars, and ramps both in the dorm and to the academic podium on the north side. The dorm complex will have parking for 1,300 cars. The complex will return to the use of a private bath for each suite. State quad dorms will be named for famous New Yorkers: Robert Fulton, developer of the steam boat; Herman Melville, early 19th century author; Washington Irving, whose fiction was based on early Dutch settlers; James Fenimore Cooper, author of the "Leatherstocking Tales"; George Eastman, film pioneer and founder of Eastman Kodak; Arthur and Lewis Tappan, New York merchants who agitated for the abolition of slavery; Walt Whitman, author of "The Leaves of Grass"; Susan B. Anthony, a leading suffragette; and Charles Steinmetz, consultant and inventor at General Electric in Schenectady. The flag room will contain flags showing the changes from 13 colonies to 50 states. The dining room will seat 600. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], March 30, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

April 15--Zeta Psi chapter inducted into Delta Sigma Pi, the largest professional business fraternity. The Zeta Psi chapter had originally organized in 1966 as Alpha Sigma Upsilon but changed its name when it joined the national fraternity. Pledges inducted on January 3, 1967 will become full brothers on April 15. The head of the local chapter is Jeff Warner. Doctors Harold Cannon and Frank Kolmin of accounting are the chapter advisors. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], April 6, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

April 21--Accepted the tennis, volley ball, and basketball courts to the East of the Physical Education Building. Also accepted Cehmistry 336, 338, 339, 340, and 355 which were damage by fire in 1966. (Tisdale to Collins, April 24, 1967, CPR No. 85, CPRF, Campus Construction)

May--First meeting of the newly-formed Alpha Kappa Delta honorary sociology society held. Professor Everett V. Stonequist of Skidmore College was the featured speaker. Professor Theodore G. Standing was the first charter member. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], May 16, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

May 25--Twenty-five original Ford Times water color paintings, valued at $4,800, presented to SUNYA by the Ford Motor Company's Captial District Community Relations Committee. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], May 23, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

May 25--Announcement that the Biology Department had acquire two painting by Margaret Crawford for the building's staff lounge. "Transition" was purchased with funds from Beta Beta Beta, the student honorary club, and faculty and staff, while "Subtlety" was given to the school. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], May 25, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases,UA)

June 11--Miss Ellen Regan is first woman to receive a doctoral degree from SUNYA, and Ed.D., having completed her dissertation studying the relation- ship between teacher belief and teacher classroom verbal behavior. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], June 8, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

June 21--Acquisition of 10 acres on the east side of the Campus is underway. (Tisdale to Collins, June 21, 1967, CPR No. 89, CPRF, Campus Construction)

July 14--Accept half of the State Quad parking lot nearest the Podium. (Tisdale to Collins, July 14, 1967, CPR No. 91, CPRF, Campus Construction)

July 20--Announcement of a three year $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Project Themis to the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to support weather modification experiments. Dr. Bernard Vonnegut will lead the project. The former GE Flight Center at the Schenectady airport will be used to conduct experiments in warm fog dissipation. A vertical wind tunnel will be installed at the airport to study the formation and coalscence of rain drips, hailstone and other weather phenomena. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], July 20, 1967, May - July 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

August--Accept the upper three floors of Earth Science (August 21) and the top three floors of Business Administration (August 23). Tisdale to Collins, August 21 and 23, 1967, CPR Nos. 95 and 96, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Fall--State Quad occupied. Low rise buildings A and B (accepted August 23), and E and F (top three floors accepted September 7)were ready for occupancy by the start of the Fall semester. Low rise unit H students were temporarily tripled on Alumni Quad. They would move in in early October. Low rise building G was accepted on September 12. The dining room was scheduled to open by Thanksgiving for dinner. The final acceptance of the buildings on State Quad (accept low rise C and D and the Tower which wouldn't be ready until the spring) including the kitchen, store rooms, loading dock, dining hall, "U" shaped lounge flag room and stairwells didn't take place until early December with the kitchen ready by December 11.(ASP, Sept. 29, 1967, ?; Tisdale to Collins, August 23, September 7, 12, October 5, November 1, and December 7, 1967, CRP Nos. 96, 97, 100,105,108,and 112, CPRF, Campus Construction)

September 6--School of Business completes move to Uptown Campus. Mathematics will move in by September 11 and Earth Science should move from 90 Central Avenue to their building by September 12. Tisdale predicts the Fine Arts building will be open to classes between September 18 and 22nd. (Tisdale to Collins, September 8, 1967, CPR No. 99, CPRF, Campus Construction)

September 7--Fine Arts Building top three floors accepted but not the Art Gallery. The Gallery was accepted on September 25 in time for its grand opening on October 5. Tisdale to Collins, September 7 and 25, 1967 CPR Nos. 98 and 102, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Fall--Clark’s Wall in Campus Center Assemby Hall designed and installed by A. William Clark of the Art Department. (ASP, Feb. 10, 1967, p. 9 & 11)

Fall--Final enrollment figures for the fall released: 9,150 students on campus, 6,348 (69.4%)are undergraduates, and 2,802 (30.4%) are graduate students. Full-time enrollment for graduate students is 922, while 880 are part-time. Amoung the undergraduates 748 are part-time students. 425 of the undergraduates are transfer students. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], November 30, 1967, November - December 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

October 5--University Art Gallery and Art Building dedicated. Opens with exhibit of Nelson Rockefeller Art Collection. (E. R. Collins to S. B. Gould, Aug. 23, 1967, Gould Folder, 1967, President E. R. Collins Papers)

October 24--Chemistry Building formally dedicated with a symposium "Chemistry: In Prospect and Retrospect," with the feature speakers Dr. Charles G. Overberger, president of the American Chemical Society and chairman of the department of chemistry at the University of Michigan, and Dr. Arthur M. Bueche, vice president and director of the Research and Development Center of General Electric in Schenectady. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], October 10, 1967, August - October 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

November 6--All fountains in Academic Group I accepted. Three fountains by the Library, one under the stairs from the Lecture Center, and ones in the North and South sunken courts of the library. All of the fountains were turned on briefly but the ones in the sunken courts on the North and South of the library, because of their exposure to the weather were quickly shut off until spring. (Tisdale to Collins, November 6, 1967, CPR No. 109, CPRF, Campus Construction)

November 8--Education Building formally dedicated with a program "Preparing the Professional Toward the 21st Century," Speakers will be Dr. Harold Taylor, former president of Sarah Lawrence College, Dr. Carl E. Helm, professor of education at the City University of New York, and Dr. Richard C. Miller, director of the Program on Education Change at the University of Kentucky. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], November 2, 1967, November - December 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

University at Albany Foundation established to promote good relations between the University & the Community. Later it took on responsibility for fund-raising and investment. (The University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1992-93, p. 1)

December 15--Accept Great Circle and Washington Avenue entrance to the campus, the black topped promenade North of the podium, and the parking lot near Physical Education Building. (Tisdale to Collins, December 15, 1967, CPR No. 113, CPRF, Campus Construction)

December 18--Greenhouse accepted.(Tisdale to Collins, December 18, 1967, CPR No. 114, CPRF, Campus Construction)

December 21--Administration building accepted. Tisdale predicts full occupancy by January 11. Tisdale to Collins, December 21, 1967, CPR No. 115, CPRF, Campus Construction)


June 10--Announcement that Alumni Day will be held on the Uptown Campus for the first time. (SUNYA News release, PIO, [no title], April 4, 1967, January - April 1967 folder, University Relations News Releases, UA)

Mildred Lawrence Schmid Fund established. Granted to senior excelling in Latin, administered by the Department of Classics. (Re the establishment of the fund see Walter Schmid to Charles W. Bowler, Director of Alumni Affairs, Oct. 3, 1969, Schmid Award folder, Alumni Association Records)



Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences splits into Department of Geological Sciences and Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

Fall--School of Nursing admits first students-last class graduates 1978.


Ph.D. in Romance Languages offered. (Self Study Report, 1971, p. H12)


First Vice President for Research appointed.

September--Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) established with Professor Harry Hamilton as first director. 164 or 464 students in the program. (Emphasis/Albany, May 1972, p. 1)


Center for Science and the Future of Human Affairs created. In 1969 becomes Center for the Study of Science and Society.

Comparative Development Studies Center established. The Center would later change its name to the Centeer for Legislative Development. Need to check this as Carol Olechowski, "CLD Rejuvenates Municipalities in Labanon," University Update, February 13, 2001, p. 5, says founded in 1970. (Emphasis/Albany, Sept. 1971, p. 3)

Institute of Gerontology (School of Social Welfare) established.

June--Neurobiological Research Center (Biology Dept.) established. (Emphasis/Albany, Sept. 1970, p. 3; Centers and Institutes, 1982, p. 31)

September--Two-Year College Student Development Center (School of Education) founded. The Center, lead by Dr. Arthur A. Hitchcock of the School of Education was formed to improve counseling and related personnel services in two-year colleges. (Two Year College Student Development Center folder, 1968-73, University Relations Subject Files, UA; Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 73)


Faculty Student Association sells 18 & 22 South Lake Ave. for $90,000. The buildings had served for 15 years as undergraduate and graduate housing. (Carillon, Fall 1968, p. 4)

Oil portrait of President Collins by Philip Pearlstein presented to the University by “Friends of the University”. (Source: id by portrait in President’s Lounge, University Library)

Spring--Remaining dorms on State Quad brought on line. Low rise units C and D were accepted in late January and the tower was accepted by mid-May. (Tisdale to Collins, January 29 and May 10, 1968, CPR Nos. 117 and 126, CPRF, Campus Construction)

January 30--Health and Physical Education Building is accepted. The building can immediately be used for basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, dancing, combative sports, and swimming. Use of the handball and squash courts is a week away. Tisdale to Collins, January 30, 1968, CPR No. 118, CPRF, Campus Construction)

February 28--Construction fund allocates $1,222,000 for Planetarium/ Accelorator Building. (Tisdale to Collins, February 28, 1968, CPR No. 119, CPRF, Campus Construction)

April??--University acquires two house lots on Ontario Street from the Faculty Student Association for $18,800 and interest (Map # 23). The houses have already been torn down and the land seeded. (Tisdale to Collins, April 24, 1968, CPR No. 173, CPRF, Campus Construction)

June 6--All of Colonial Quad now seeded. Tisdale predicts an end to dust storms on campus since only Indian Quad is now bare, though he points out that the bare State Police Academy on the Harriman campus may bring dust. (Tisdale to Collins, May 10, 1968, CPR No. 124, CPRF, Campus Construction.)

June--College Opportunity Program for under-privileged area children launched as a summer school advanced preparatory program. Forerunner of EOP Program initiated in the Fall. (Carillon, Spring 1968, p. 21; Geoff Williams conversation with Margaret Farrell, Math Education, 2/23/95)

June-–Martin Luther King Fund established for grants in aid to “disadvantaged students....[who] will not be students normally admitted to the University.” The announcement of the fund hoped to raise $25,000.00 to allow grants of $200.00 to $1,000.00 per year. (Memo, Donald A. Whitlock, Director of Financial Aids, to Charles Bowler, Director of Alumni Affairs, June 25, 1968, Martin Luther King Scholarship Folder, Alumni Association Records)

July 2--Bids opened for Indian Quad. Planet Construction Corporation is the low bidder at $11,830,000. (Tisdale to Collins, July 2, 1968, CPR 130, CPRF, Campus Construction)

August 9--Radiation Dynamics, Inc. delivers accelorator. It is temporarily stored at ASRC Schenectady County Airport Facility. (Tisdale to Collins, August 13, 1968, CPR No. 131, CPRF, Campus Construction)

September-–Students added to Faculty Senate Councils. The faculty voted at an open meeting on September 12 to amend the Faculty By-Laws and admit students to all Faculty Councils. The vote was formally approved by the Faculty Senate at its meeting on September 30th. Previously students had been admitted to membership on council committees. (The Professor, October 1968, p. 1)

September-–Packaged Kosher dinners are made available through The B’nai B’rith Hillel Society. (Campus Viewpoint ‘68, p. 60)

October 4--Physics building is named the Joseph Henry Physics Building after the prominent Albany scientist. (Emphasis/Albany, Feb. 1969, p. 2)

October 8--Running track at Health and Physical Education accepted. Also accepted are all exteriors at Health and Physical Education, Business Administration, Administration, Fine Arts, and Computing Center. (Tisdale to Collins, October 8, 1968, CPR No. 133, CPRF, Campus Construction)

October 30--The Water Tower is accepted with instillation of the Carillon scheduled for the Spring. (Tisdale to Collins, CPR No. 133, CPRF, Campus Construction)

November 15--University Library dedicated. (Emphasis/Albany, Feb. 1969, p. 4)

November 22--Biology Building dedicated. (Ibid.)

November 28--Main entrance plaza now fully accepted including cobblestones and the exterior of the Podium plaza, but not the sunken pool area. (Tisdale to Collins, November 28, 1968, CPR No. 136, CPRF, Campus Construction)



Department of Afro-American Studies created. Seth Spellman served as its Interim chairman. Adopted name of African and Afro-American Studies in 1974. In 1990 renamed Department of Africana Studies. (The Professor, January, 1969, pp. 1-2, April 1969, pp. 2 & 6)

Department of Speech and Dramatic Art divided into three new departments: the Department of Audiology and Speech (Paul Boomsliter 1st head), the Department of Rhetoric and Public Address (Kathleen Kendall acting chairman), and the Department of Theatre (Paul Pettit 1st chairman). (The Professor, April 1969, pp. 2 & 6)


June 30th-- President Collins resigns effective June 30th. (The Professor, October, 1968, p.1)

July 1--Allan A. Kuusisto, Ph.D. appointed acting president. Serves until June 1970. (Emphasis/ Albany, Aug. 1969, p. 2)


August--Center for Science and the Future of Human Affairs becomes Center for the Study of Science and Society. The Center was wound up in 1971.

Institute for Cypriot Studies founded. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 43)


March 19--Performing Arts Center accepted excluding the Main Theatre and the Recital Hall. Accepted areas include the Arena and Lab Theatres 1 and 2, choral and rehersal rooms, class and seminar rooms, and faculty offices and lounges. Tisdale predicts that the Main Theatre will be ready by Convocation. (Tisdale to Collins, March 19, 1969, CPR No. 143, CPRF, Campus Construction)

May 15-17--Uptown Campus dedicated. (Emphasis/Albany, May 1969, p. 1)

June 24--Planters and plantings on the Academic Podium accepted. (Tisdale to Collins, CPR No. 148, CPRF, Campus Construction)

August 8University takes possession of Lecture Center. Predicts carpet, seating and equipment will be ready for the start of the Fall semester. (Tisdale to Acting President Kuusisto, August 13, 1969, CPR No. 149, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Fall--Last annual Presidential Reception for Freshman Class.

Fall--Minority Assistantship Fellowship Program instituted. University provides matching funds to academic departments to enroll and support additional minority graduate students. (Final Budget Request, Program Narrative, 1969-70, p. 34) Check the citation title, date and whether funded.

September--University Senate created when students are added to the Faculty Senate (formed 1966). On September 11th the Faculty By-Laws were amended to allow 33 student senators, elected by the appropriate student body, to be added, to the Faculty Senate. The student senators were divided 1/3 graduate students and 2/3 undergraduates. The student membership would cease as of July 1, 1971 unless the faculty voted to extend the by-law provision. The Central Council would organize the undergraduate student vote and the newly formed Graduate Student Association would organize the graduate student election. (The Professor, October 1969, p. 1; Self Study Report, 1971, p. 48)

October 15--Vietnam Moratorium Day. (Emphasis/Albany, November 1969, p. 3)

October--Women’s Liberation Movement founded on Campus. (ASP, October 28, 1969, p. 2)

December 5--State University Professional Association (SUPA) holds first organizational meeting. (The Professor, January 1970, pp. 1-2; Tower Tribune, Feb. 2, 1970, p. 2)

Protect Your Environment Club formed. (Emphasis/Albany, Summer 1973, p. 3)




Fall--Department of Judaic Studies created. (Tower Tribune, April 13, 1970, p. 1; Self Study Report, 1971, p. H12)

Department of Computer Science formally separates from the Computing Center.

School of Business given right to grant M.B.A. and M.S. in Accounting.


Ph.D. in Philosophy offered. (Tower Tribune, May 4, 1970, p. 2; Self Study Report, 1971, p. H12)

Bachelor’s Degree requirements abolished. (Emphasis/Albany, Aug. 1970, p. 3)


July 1--Louis T. Benezet takes office as president. Inauguration on Sept. 2. (The Professor, October 1969, p. 1; Tower Tribune, May 4, 1970, p. 2, for excerpts from Inaugural Address see The Carillon, Winter 1970, p. 7)


Center for Biological Macromolecules created.


“Policy Statement on an Equal Opportunity Program at SUNYA” adopted. (Tower Tribune, Feb. 2, 1970, p. 2)

February 4--Linear Accelorator Laborator Building accepted. (Tisdale to Kuusisto, February 4, 1970, CPR No. 154, CPRF, Campus Construction)

May--1st annual Earth Day.

March 19-20--“Dialogue Days” Classes are suspended for students and faculty to discuss their concern in the aftermath of the shootings at Kent State????. (Tower Tribune, March 23, 1970, p. 1; Emphasis/Albany, May 1970, p. 1)

April–Announcement by Dr. Milton Olson, Chairman of the Albany Collegiate Interfaith Center Corporation and Vice President for Management of Planning of SUNYA of a $75,000 fund raising campaign to purchase, repair and remodel the Center before classes started in the fall. Of that total $45,000 would be used to purchase Chapel House from the Council of Churches, and $15,000 would be used to purchase two acres of land adjacent to the Waverly Road Chapel House from the SUNYA Faculty-Student Association. The two acres would provide direct access to University parking lots and roads from the Chapel House whose previous entrance had been from Waverly Road. (Marjorie LeBrun, "SUNYA Chapel House Property To Be New Interfaith Center," Knickerbocker News, April 11, 1970)

April--First student art exhibit at University Art Gallery. (Tower Tribune, April 20, 1970, p. 2)

April--Albany Collegiate Interfaith Center occupies Chapel House on Waverly Place. (Tower Tribune, April 20, 1970, p. 1, with photo)

April 10-12--First Annual Black Cultural Weekend held. (Tower Tribune, Feb. 17, 1970., p. 1)

May 14--Sigma Xi, national scientific honorary society, installs local chapter. (Tower Tribune, May 18, 1970, p. 1; Emphasis/Albany, May 1970, p. 1)

June-–Formal announcement of Edith O. Wallace Fund fund-raising campaign. The fund was to purchase classical books for the library. It was in honor of Edith O. Wallace, Milne graduate 1914, NYSCT graduate 1918???, classics faculty member 1918-1965, Dean of Humanities, 1962-65. Funds were actively collected through 1974, and expended to purchase books on Virgil. The Fund was closed out by the Board of Directors on December 5, 1981 with a final transfer of $5.00 to the University Libraries. (Edith Wallace Fund folder, Alumni Association Records)

June–Announcement that a $700,000 fund-raising campaign to build a new Interfaith Center was dropped after Attorney General Lewis Lefkowitz ruled that worship services could be held in University buildings, eliminating the necessity of a large new structure for worship services. ("New Interfaith Center Due to Open Near Albany State," Times Union, June 22, 1970)

July--Caucus on Women's Rights at SUNY established. (Tower Tribune, July 20, 1970, p. 2)

August 19--ASRC Whiteface Mountain Observatory accepted. Also accepted are the East and West Podium Courts. (Tisdale to President Benezet, CPR No. 164, CPRF, Campus Construction)


Fall--Intercollegiate Football begins as a club sport with Coach Bob Ford. (Emphasis/Albany, May 1970, 4) Actually resumes--NYSCT played intercollegiate football from 1922-24.

Fall--Two Indian Quad occupied gradually(still incomplete). Cayuga Hall is accepted on August 20with long punch list to finish . Tisdale predicts Cayuga will be ready for 200 male students by the start of the fall semester. Tisdale notes that strikes have caused significant delays at Indian Quad. Floors 1 to 3 of Mahican Dorm accepted with University in possession as of December 23. Tisdale predicts students can be housed in Mahican during the Intercession.(Tisdale to Benezet, August 20 and December 22, 1970, CPR Nos. 165 and 168, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Fall--Pierce Hall reoccupied as a student dormitory. Graduate School of Public Affairs moves to Draper Hall. School of Social Welfare moves to Richardson Hall. (Tower Tribune, Aug. 3, 1970, p. 1)

December 1--Pierce Hall Day Care Center opened. (The Carillon, Winter 1970, p. 1 with photo)

September 16--Performing Arts Center courts accepted subject to punch list. (Tisdale to Benezet, September 16, 1970, CPR No. 166, CPRF, Campus Construction)

SUNYA elected member of University Corporation for Atmospheric Science.


Students found Crisis 5300, a hotline for trouble students to call. It would grow into Middle Earth. The number came from the telephone of the hotline which was 457-5300. (Greta Petry, "Middle Earth Crisis Hotline: 25 Years," Update, May 3, 1995, p.[3])



D.A. in English first offered. The Doctor of Arts degree was intended for students preparing for teaching, not research. (Who We Are: Doctor of Arts Program SUNYA, n.d.)

Ph.D. in German offered.


Fall--University Archives established in the University Library. (Tower Tribune, Aug. 30, 1971, p. 4)


April 20--Dynamitron Particle Accelerator accepted by University. (Tisdale to Benezet, April 20, 1971, CPR No. 172, CPRF, Campus Construction; Carillon, Summer 1971, p. 3)

Whiteface Mountain observatory tower opened by Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. (Carillon, Summer 1971, p. 3)

May--Sherrie More, first EOP student to graduate.

Summer-Fall--Occupation of Indian Quad slowly continues. The first three floors of building D are accepted on July 9 while low rise units E and F are accepted on August 12. August 27 saw the acceptance of units G and H and a prediction that food will be served as of the start of the semester. By October 14 all of the low rise dorms had been occupied except parts of the basements of G and H. (Tisdale to Benezet, July 9, August 12, August 27, and October 14, 1971, CPR Nos. 174, 176, 178 and 182, CPRF, Campus Construction; Tower Tribune, Sept. 7, 1971, p. 3)

September--EOP Student Association (EOPSA) founded by Black and Puerto Rican students.

Women’s Liberation Front formed. (ASP, Oct. 15, 1971???, p. 2)

October 20--SUNYA Gay Alliance formed. (ASP, 10/26/71, p. 11)

October 26--Puerto Rican Organization for Liberation & Education formed as a separate entity within the EOP student body. It is the predecessor of Fuerza Latino. (Communication from Puerto Rican Students for a Right to An Education-SUNYA, Oct. 27, 1971, Archives Vertical File Folder: Puerto Rican Organization for Liberation & Education)

November--Alpha Phi Omega organizes, a service fraternity. (Tower Tribune, Nov. 15, 1971, p. 1)

November--E.D. Stone Construction building becomes Campus Police headquarters. (Tower Tribune, Nov. Or Dec. 1971, p. ???)



School of Criminal Justice awards first Ph.D. to Hyun Joo Shin.


Fall--B.A. and B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies offered. (Tower Tribune, July 24, 1972, p. 1; Ibid., August 28, 1972, p. 1)


James E. Allen Jr. Collegiate Center opens doors (experimental senior year of high school/freshman year of college with a B.A. received in three years), closed in 1976. The program was funded by a Carnagie Grant of $100,000. (Tower Tribune, January 18, 1972, p. 1) The first Dean was Seith Spellman. (Tower Tribune, April 10, 1972, p. 1 with photo)

Ecological Studies Program offered as second field (discontinued in 1976). (Tower Tribune, March 27, 1972, p. 1)

Puerto Rican Studies Program established.

Women's Studies established as second field.

Spring--Interdepartmental Peace Studies as a second field offered. (Tower Tribune, December 6, 1971, p. 2)

Spring–Urban Affairs registered as a second field. (Tower Tribune, January 24, 1972, p. 1)-

Fall-–Inderdisciplinary Studies introduced as Undergraduate major leading to a B.A. or B.S. (Tower Tribune, July 24, 1972, p. 1)

Fall–Milne School eliminates seventh grade, eighth grade to be eliminated in the fall of 1973. (Tower Tribune, January 18, 1972, p. 4)


Fall--Dean of Student Affairs, head of Division of Student Affairs replaces Vice President for Student Affairs. (Telephone Directory, 1971-72)


Comparative Development Studies Center (GSPA) created??????????????????

Criminal Justice Research Center founded, 1982 renamed Michael J. Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center (1982 or 1983?????? formally affiliated with University). (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 26)

Institute for the Study of Defects in Solids (College of Science and Mathematics) founded. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 48; Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)


January 25--Ten Indian Quad works of art painted on dearskins by Tom Two Arrows and mounted on frames made by the Plant Department are completed and mounted in the Indian Quad Flag Room. (Tisdale to Benezet, January 25, 1972, CPR No. 186, CPRF, Campus Construction)

March-–Charles E. Stokes Music Collection established in the Department of Music. The collection consisted of music scores and was housed in the Music Department library. (Tower Tribune, March 6, 1972, p. 1 with photo)

April ?-–Indian Quad dedication set for Friday. The Tower was still incomplete. (Tower Tribune, April 17, 1972, p. 1)

June 5--Humidification system for the Library accepted. (Tisdale to Benezet, June 5, 1972, CPR No. 193


Indian Quad Tower is finally completed and accepted. On June 8 the Tower excepting the meterological station and the lounge were accepted. Final acceptance took place on July 7 and that included the 22 floors, the lounge, the Meterological Station, the fallout shelter. By then draperies had been installed and carpet was being installed. With the wind down of major construction projects Col. Tisdale's reporting relationship shifted from the President to the , John Hartley. (Tisdale to Benezet, June 8, 1972, CPR No. 193 and Tisdale to Hartley, CPR No. 196, CPRF, Campus Construction)

June 30--Instillation of the Boller & Chivens 16" telescope on the roof of the Earth Sciences building completed. (Tisdale to Hartley, June 30, 1972, CPR No. 195, CPRF, Campus Construction)

August-–Departments of Economics, Sociology and Foundations of Education to be housed in Mohawk Tower due to shortage of students wanting on campus housing. (Tower Tribune, July 17, 1972, p. 1)

August 10--Stocking of Campus Lake by DEC switched from rainbow and brown trout (1,000 fingerlings per year had been stocked) to large mouth bass. The stocking took place on August 10 at no cost to the University. (Tisdale to Hartley, August 11, 1972, CPR 199, CPRF, Campus Construction)

Fall--Kosher Kitchen established on Dutch Quad. (Tower Tribune, Sept. 5, 1972, p. ??????)

Fall--Campus-wide TV network and signal distribution system to be brought on line by the Educational Communications Center (ECC) in the fall. It will include 12 video and 12 audio channels. Programs can be originated in the PAC, the CCI, the PE Building, Fine Arts Building, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Building, and Indian Quad. (Tisdale to Benezet, June 1, 1972, CPR No. 192, CPRF, Campus Construction)

October ??--1st annual Community-University Day. (Tower Tribune, Oct. 16, 1972, p. 1-3)

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits sexual discrimination at colleges and universities that accept federal funds. Federal regulations also allow sports with high recruiting or overhead costs that attract large crowds which “result in legitimate non-discriminatory differences” to continue to spend funds in a discriminatory manor. (Jim Naughton & Rachanee Srisanasdee, “Data on funds for Men’s and Women’s Sports Become Available as New Law Takes Effect,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (Oct. 25, 1996), p. A45) See also 1995 for law re. reporting of expenditures for athletics.


Albany Chapter of Caucus on Women’s Rights at SUNY (COWRS) formed. (ASP, Feb. 11, 1972, 2)



Department of Romance Languages splits into Department of French and Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies.


Fall--Asian Studies first listed in the Undergraduate Bulletin, Part II, Courses, Programs and Regulations, 1773-74, p. 17, as an interdisciplinary second field.

SUNY/Soviet Program--first program in nation for exchange of undergraduate students. Soviet students study at SUNYA and other SUNY campuses.


Feb.--Annual Fund established. (Carillon, Special Edition, Vol. 7, no. 3, p. 1)

April 21--Indian Quad formally dedicated.

September--Football becomes a varsity sport.(Emphasis/Albany, Fall 1973, 1)

September-–Kosher Kitchen opens on Dutch Quad for luncheon and dinner. This may be wrong. Possibly 1972.(Campus Viewpoint, 1973-74, p. 127)

October--Five Quad Ambulance Service officially begun. Idea initially conceived by Barry Baskoff (B.S. ‘72, M.A. ‘73). Marc Stern and Jane Reich organize the service. Five Quad volunteers participated in Ground Zero recovery efforts at the request of the State Emergency Management Organization. (Greta Petry, “Twenty Years of Camaraderie & Rescues,” Update, 11/10/93, p. 2-3; Greta Petry, "FIVE QUAD: 30 Years of Service, Update, October 10, 2002, pp. 1 & 7))

October 21--Community University Day initially held to foster town-gown relations. (“First Community University Day a Huge Success,” Carillon, Winter 1972, p. 1)

November 7--Campus Lake improvements, including planting of trees to prevent erosion, and final Indian Quad landscaping accepted. (Tisdale to Hartley, November 7, 1973, CPR No. 232, CPRF, Campus Construction)

December--Phi Gamma Nu--Women's business sorority establishes local chapter.

Edith O. Wallace Humanities Building dedicated. (Update, Oct. 18, 1989, 4)

Phi Delta Sorority pledges $10,000 to Annual Fund.



Fall--Department of Puerto Rican Studies admits first students.

School of Business graduate and undergraduate programs accredited by American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.


B.A. in Judaic Studies approved by State Education Department.


1974-75--Year abroad program in Israel offered by Dept. of Judaic Studies. (Undergraduate Bulletin, 1974-75, p. ????)


Rehabilitation Service Program established. Enlarges role of Rehabilitation Services Advisor appointed in 1973. Replaced by Disabled Students Services Program in 1981.


May 18, 1974–-Dedication of Agnes E. Futterer Memorial Lounge in the Performing Arts Center. (Dedication Program, Agnes E. Futterer Memorial Lounge folder, Archives Vertical File)

Phi Beta Kappa chapter officially installed at SUNYA. (Self Study for Reaccreditation, 1980, 5)

Hawley Library Murals by William Van Ingen restored by the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Program co-sponsored by the State University College at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association of Cooperstown. (Tower Tribune, July 15, 1974, p. 1)


April 22--Fuerza Latina (Latin Force) breaks away from EOPSA to form an independent organization and wins independent funding from the Student Association. (Maureen D. Griess, “Hispanics: An Anatomy of a Rift,” ASP, 4/30/74, p. 5)



Discontinued programs: Doctoral in astronomy, history, political economy, business education and instruction; Masters program in astronomy.


Departments of Astronomy, Speach Pathology & Audiology, Comparative & World Literature, Allen Collegiate Center, the Milne School, and the School of Nursing are scheduled to phase out. (Self Study for Reaccreditation, 1980, p. 6)


President's Task Force on Priorities and Resources created.

President Louis T. Benezet resigns.

July 1--Emmett B. Fields assumes office of president.


Allen Collegiate Center closed.

Cartographic Remote Sensing Laboratory (Geography Dept.) established. Later known at the Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Laboratory. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 58)

Laboratory of Bioenergetics (Chemistry Dept.) founded. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 57)

Regional Advancement Service (School of Business) established to foster University/business community cooperation.


Glenn L. Bumpus Award established to honor excellence in students in the biological sciences in the performance and communication of undergraduate research and future promise as a professional biologist. The awards trustee was The SUNYA Foundation. Winners of the award initially received a $100.00 award and had their names inscribed on a departmental plaque carved by Ed Cowley. Winners were chosen by a committee made up of biology faculty and students. (Glenn Bumpus Award file, Alumni Association Records)

University Libraries joins Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

Fall--Hotel Wellington houses 200 undergraduates. (Carillon, Oct. 1975, 1)

The Alumni House-Conference Center opens. It is located on University Drive west across from the Dutch Quad parking lot. The architects were Richard Jacques Associates, Architects, mechanical engineering by Rist-Frost Associates of Glens Falls, solar consultant Burt-Hill Associates of Butler, PA, general contractor Reimherr and Schmidt of Schenectady, NY. Construction of the solar power demonstration project was aided by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and a grant from the Electric Power Research Institute. The 7,000 square foot building was designed to be partially heated by Revere solar collectors covering much of the steeply pitch (45 degree) south west facing (azimuth of 17.5 degrees west of south) roof. Heat storage is provided by two 8,000 gallon water tanks buried next to the building. Two heat pumps are used to boost the energy capacity of the solar system and will assist in providing both heating and cooling. Back-up heating capacity is produced by an electric boiler. (A Technical Report on the Alumni House Conference Center, The University at Albany, Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, 1976, Alumni House-Conference Center folder, University Archives Vertical File)



Environmental Studies Program discontinued.

Interdisciplinary Computer Science/Applied Mathematics Program created. Ph.D. Approved 1982.

University begins exchanged program with Moscow State University (MGU). Twenty years later it was the oldest continuous exchange program between a Russian and American University. MGU is Russia's most prominent research university, and the exchange in 1976 was the first link that MGU had with any American University. (Carol Olehowski, "Moscow Trip Celebrates Twenty Years of Exchange," University Update, March 25, 1998, p. [3])


Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (Anthropology Dept.) established. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 67)

Institute for Particle Solid Interactions (Physics Dept.) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)


January 19--"University at Albany" is used on the masthead of the Tower Tribune, the University's internal newsletter, for the first time. The term was continuiously used on the masthead until September 1985 when the masthead, on the renamed University Update, reverted to the term "State University of New York at Albany". (Tower Tribune, January 19, 1976, p. 1; University Update, September 4, 1985, p. 1

SUNY Trustees allow national affiliation for Greek organizations if membership policy is determined on the local level.

Capital Partnership established by University Foundation to attract private support from the business community. (“The Capital Partnership,” Carillon, Spring 1984, p. 10)

June 18-–First annual Citizen Laureate Awards given to Ivar Giaever, Ph.D., Nobel Prize winner and biophysicist, of General Electric, and U. S. Representative Samuel S. Stratton. The Citizen Laureate Awards established by the University Foundation at the suggestion of its chair, Alan Iselin. Candidates for the award come from the four county region. The awards are give for sustained achievement in scholarly service and community service. The individual award is know as a “Laurie”. (News Releases, Citizens Laureate First Story folder, 1977, University Relations Subject Files)


Alumni House opens. (Carillon, July 1976, 2-3)



Spring--College of Arts and Sciences split into College of Humanities and Fine Arts, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. John Shumaker is named first dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Vincent Cowling heads the College of Science and Mathematics, and Richard Kendall heads the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. (“Arts and Sciences Divisions Become Three New Colleges,” The Carillon, July-August, 1977, p. 1)


September-– Ph.D. in Chemistry temporarily suspended. (“Doctoral Program in Chemistry Suspended on Advice of Graduate Academic Council,” The Carillon, December 1977, p. 1 )


President Emmett B. Fields resigns. (“Fields Resigns: O’Leary Named Acting President,” The Carillon, May-June, 1977, p. 1)

Vincent O'Leary appointed acting president. (Ibid.)

July--Missions, Programs, and Priorities for Action issued. First major SUNYA planning document. (Self Study for Reaccreditation, 1980, p. 10)


Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) formed from Office of Undergraduate Studies and University College reorganization.

Institute for Biomolecular Stereodynamics (College of Science and Mathematics) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Institute for Humanistics Studies formed by M. E. Grenander & Hugh MacLean. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 40)

Institute for the Environment begun with federal funds. Discontinued in 1978 when funds cut. (ASP, Jan. 27, 1978, p. 7a)


Fall–First eight floors of Mohawk Tower reconverted into a dormitory. (“Mohawk Tower Back to Dorm,” The Carillon , July-August 1977, p. 1)



Intensive English Language Program (IELP) begins to assist international students to increase English language proficiency and increase knowledge of American culture. (A Ten Years of Worldly Advance,” Update, April 17, 1988, p. 1)

August--Interdisciplinary M.A. Program in Liberal Studies first offered. (Program flyer)


Vincent O'Leary officially appointed President.

504 Taskforce on disabled students rights appointed. Reports 1980.

Programs and Priorities issued for first time.

University Commission on Affirmative Action created.


Center for Biological Macromolecules (Depts. of Chemistry, Biology, & Physics) established.

Center for Government Research and Services (GSPA) created. Later becomes Center for Financial Management. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 16)

Center for Women in Government (GSPA) created. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 21)

Center for Writing created. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 38)

Institute for Hemoproteins (College of Science and Mathematics) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Institute for Particle Solid Interactions (Physics Dept.) founded(?)

Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research founded. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 72 or 77)

Psychological Service Center established (opens doors to public Feb. 1, 1979) as a community outreach program.


February--Reconbinant DNA Research Facility receives final equipment to make it operable. (ASP, 2/7/78, p. 1)

Fall--Pittman Hall leased from St. Agnes School in Loudonville for 75 transfer students. (ASP, August 3, 1978, )


March 1--WCDB, campus FM station, begins broadcasting. Call letters stand for Capital District Broadcasting. (ASP, 9/2/77, p. 7)

May 5--First Fountain Day celebration begun as part of Mayfest. Originally took place on Human Awareness Potential Day (HAP Day). Fred Brewington, ’79, and Peter Galasso, ‘78, respectively Vice President and President of the Student Association are generally credited as the originators of the idea for Human Awareness Potential Day, and by implication the turning on of the campus fountains as a major event. (Arron Smith, "Human Awareness Program Podium Beer Blast Friday," ASP, May 2, 1978, p. ; Kendall Birr, Tradition of Excellence, pp. 204-5; Lisa James, A Fountain/HAP Day Honors its Traditions,” Update April 20, 1994, p. 1) More recent information suggests that Philip Mussman '78, and a group of his friends in a club that played fight songs at football games, originated the idea for Fountain Day as a major student event. (Victor Williams, "Fountain Day: Then and Now," The Student Voice, April 2002, p. 28)



School of Library Science renamed School of Library and Information Science.


Chinese Student Exchange Program negotiated.

Capital District Humanities Program launched.


Center for Professional Development and Continuing Education Research established.

Center for Staff Development (School of Social Welfare) founded. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 68)

Institute for Renaissance Interdisciplinary Studies formed. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 41)


First annual Martin Luther King Jr. Black History Month Luncheon.

Christopher DeCormier Scholarship Fund first awarded in 1979 to Rosalie M. Robertson, a Master’s Degree candidate with combined fields of anthropology and archeology. The fund, which contained over $21,000 from 425 donors at the time of the first award, was named in honor of Christopher DeCormier, a graduate of the University, who died in 1977 of cancer. The award will be given to undergraduates and graduate students studying the Mayan language and culture under the direction of the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies. (Christopher DeCormier Scholarship Fund brochure, Christopher DeCormier Scholarship Fund folder, Archives Vertical File)

October 13-– Downtown Campus officially named and rededicated. The rededication marked the completion of a $1,000,000 program of restorations to Draper and Richardson Halls, the move of the Schools of Criminal Justice, Library and Information Science, and Social Welfare to the restored buildings. The first degree granting departments of the University housed on the Downtown Campus since the 1960's. A further $1,466,000 was scheduled to be spent on modernizing Hawley Library, Husted, Page and Milne Halls. (“State University’s Downtown Campus Marks 70th Anniversary,” News Release 79-156, Downtown Campus folder, University Relations Subject Files)

December 19-–Gallery of Honor for winners of Distinguished Faculty Awards opened on the first floor, east entrance, to the Administration Building. In 1998 (?) the Gallery photos were moved to the President’s Lounge on the second floor of the University Libraries. The original idea for the Gallery came from Professor James Corbett. (Gallery of Honor folder, University Relations Subject Files)


Zeta Beta Tau national fraternity established Beta Tau Colony on campus. (ASP, Feb. 13, 1979, p. ; Ibid., 3/16/79, p. 3a)

Omega Psi Phi (OPP), black national, seeks campus chapter. (ASP, 3/16/79, p. 3a)




Department of Public Affairs and Policy created.

College of Humanities becomes College of Humanities and Fine Arts.


B.A. in Asian Studies added. ("From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring”, Update Special Report, [Sept. (?), 1989] vol. 12, no. 25, p. 3)

B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics added. (Ibid.)

B.S. in Computer Science added. (Ibid.)

Ph.D. in Philosophy terminated. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)


Liberal Education Advancement Program (LEAP) instituted. 300 students given broad courses taught by leading faculty. Leads to General Education Program in 1982. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 34)

Professional Development Program (Rockefeller College) established.

Undergraduate second field in Library & Information Science approved. (Rockefeller College... Progress Report, 1988-89, p. 33)


Center for Disaster Management (School of Business) established. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 72)

Center for Educational Research and Policy Studies (School of Education) created. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 10)

Center for Financial Management (School of Business) established.

Center for Organization and Policy Studies (Institute for Government and Policy Studies) founded.

Center on Minorities and Criminal Justice (School of Criminal Justice) established. Successor to Training Program in Criminal Justice founded in 1977. The center's activities ceased in 1982.

Institute for Government and Policy Studies (Graduate School of Public Affairs) founded. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 15)


Degrees awarded: Bachelors ??????,Masters 1068, Doctorates 115. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 54)

May--Herbert Walther Memorial Scholarship awarded for the first time to Roberta Glares, Thomas King, Elise Kleinwaks. The scholarship was in honor of Herbert Walther, B.A.’60, M.A. ‘61, a teacher at Malverine High School, NY, who died suddenly in 1975. Funds were contributed by his students and fellow teachers to honor “outstanding achievement by an upper level undergraduate or graduate student in the area of Criminal and/or Constitutional Law.” (Quote from letter, Sorrell Chesin to Roberta Glares, April 18, 1980; note about first award, Marsha Johnson McCarthy to Glares, May 17, 1980, Herb Walther Memorial Scholarship folder, Alumni Association Records)


September--Edna Craig Memorial Scholarship announced with $160,000 endowment from the will of Edna Craig, Class of 1921. The fund was established to allow seniors to complete their education, to assist deserving students and other educational objectives. ("Craig Endowment," The Carillon, September 1980, p. 3)



Department of Puerto Rican, Latin American and Caribbean Studies organized.

Division of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation created.

April 22--Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy created by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Originally composed of School of Criminal Justice, School of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs. (See News Release of Robert Perrin, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Development, Rockefeller College and Institute folder, 1980-82, Vincent O’Leary Records, Box 72, Office of the President Records; Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 8.)


Ed.D. in Counseling and Personnel Services terminated. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

Ph.D. in Chemistry restored.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

B.A./M.L.S. Program Offered. (Rockefeller College...Progress Report, 1988-89, p. 33)


Disabled Students Service Program title adopted for Rehabilitation Service Program created in 1974.


Center for Economic Research established.

Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) founded. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p.12; Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Decisions Techtronics Group (Graduate School of Public Affairs) created.

Film and Television Documentation Center founded. Produces Film Literature Index. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 76)

Institute for Northeast Anthropology founded. Originally called Institute for Native Northeastern Studies. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, 66)

Institute for Small Business Research (School of Business) established.

April 22--Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government founded by SUNY Board of Trustees. Provost of Rockefeller College heads Institute. (See News Release of Robert Perrin, Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Development, Rockefeller College and Institute folder, 1980-82, Vincent O’Leary Records, Box 72, Office of the President Records; Centers & Institutes, 1982, 79)

Psychological Assessment Laboratory opens.


February 13-20--First Annual World Week held. Event conceived by President O’Leary and coordinated by Dean of Undergraduate Studies Helen Desfosses celebrates ethnic distinction. (Felecia Berger, “World Comes to SUNY,” ASP, Feb. 5, 1982, p. 3)

Degrees awarded: Bachelors , Masters 978, Doctorates 93. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 54)

Honorary Degrees awarded for the first time since the 1920's at Commencement. Permission given by SUNY Board to award honorary degrees. First recipients at SUNYA are Domaso Alonso, poet, author and professor emeritus at the University of Madrid, Isaac Bashevis Singer, a Nobel Prize winner in literature, and Arthur M. Bueche, a General Electric vice president and former chief of the research and development center. (University News, March 18, 1981, p. 1)

College of Science and Mathematics begins publishing undergraduate students research in the Journal of Undergraduate Research. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 45)

Movie “Rollover” filmed at SUNYA. (Carillon, June 1, 1981, 1)


Fall–Second Circle Club formed by Alumni Association for alumni with relatives attending the University. (Carillon, April 1982, p. 11)




B.A. in Criminal Justice approved. (“From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring”, Update Special Edition, [Sept. (?) 1989] vol. 12, no. 25, p. 3)

Certificate of Advanced Study in Court Systems Management introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

D.A. in Humanities approved by SUNY Board of Trustees for introduction in September 1983. This was the first doctorate of arts in humanistic studies in the country according to the University News. (University News, Oct. 6, 1982, p. 1)

M.A. in Fine Arts approved. ("Interdisciplinary Endeavors," University at Albany Update: Special Report (Vol. 12, no. 24), p. [3])

M.A. in Public History approved.

M.P.A./J.D. in Public Administration and Law, also known as the "3 + 3" SUNYA/Albany Law Program established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

M.F.A. in Studio Art introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

M.R.P. in Regional and Urban Planning introduced. (Ibid.)

Ph.D. in Computer Science introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

Ph.D. in Pathology approved??????????????


Fall--General Education Program instituted.(Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p.37) Required students to complete 6 credit units in each of six areas: symbolics, natural sciences, social sciences, literature and fine arts, world cultures, and values. Students must also complete a writing course. (Undergraduate Bulletin, 1982-83, p. 34)


Office of Minority Student Services established. Carl Martin was appointed acting director of the office. ("Minorities Office is Organized," University News, October 6, 1982, p. 1)


Albany Institute for Communications Research created by combining existing survey research facilities on campus. The Institute brings together faculty from the Departments of Rhetoric and Communication, Sociology, and the Dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, John Web. (Mathew Maquire, “University Creates New Polling Unit,” University News, Oct. 27, 1982, p. 1 & 3)

Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorder (Psychology Departments) founded. A joint SUNYA/Albany Medical Center project. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 60)

Criminal Justice Research Center renamed Michael J. Hindeling Criminal Justice Research Center.

Institute of Archeological Studies inaugurated. (Centers & Institutes, 1982, p. 42)

Institute of Gerontology renamed Ringel Institute of Gerontology on receiving permanent endowment from Stanley and Rhoda Ringel. (Centers & Institutes Directory, 1982, p. 36)


Degrees awarded: Bachelors , Masters 967, Doctorates 111. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 54)

University at Albany Fund, Inc. created from merged University Foundation, Benevolent Association and Annual Fund of the Alumni Association as central fund-raising arm.

April--Hawley Library becomes Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy (GLPP). (Christine McKnight, "Hawley Assumes New Role As A Public- Policy Library," University News, March 2, 1983, p. 1 & 3)

February 11-20--first World Week. President Vincent O’Leary conceives the idea, Helen Desfosses serves as the first Coordinator. (ASP, Feb. 5, 1982, p. 3)

March--Announcement that GE will donate $75,000 microprobe to be built in the University's Nuclear Accelorator Laboratory. Only the third microprobe in the United States. The microprobe will be used to design smaller faster microchips. ("Albany, GE Join in Microbeam Research," University News, March 17, 1982, p.1)

April--Purple & Gold Service Group formed by President Vincent O’Leary & the Alumni Association to assist the University and the Alumni Association in service activities such as guiding tours, assisting hosting events, and working with freshmen. Membership in Purple & Gold was open to juniors & seniors. The first members we inducted in October 1982. ("Purple and Gold Formed for Service," University News, April 14, 1982, p. 3, and "Purple and Gold Inducts Members,"Ibid., October 27, 1982, p.2)

Spring--Michael Corso elected Student Association president for 1982/83, first disabled Student Association president(blind). ("Sightless, He Leads Students at Albany," University News, November 17, 1982, p. 1 & 3)

Minority Recruitment Program initiated to increase minority enrollment. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 41)

Fall--Mean SAT Scores of Traditional Freshmen is 1,123. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 26)

September 24--The University Libraries celebrates the acquisition of its millionth volume. The millionth volume was The Complete Presidential Press Conferences of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a multi-volume set. The 999,999th volume was Isaac Bashevis Singer's One Day of Happiness illustrated by Richard Callner. (Gillian Combs, "It Happened," University Libraries Newsletter, Spring 1983, No. 4, p. 1)

December--New York State's 1981 drinking law raising the drinking age to 19 goes into effect. ("Liquor Law Policy: Firm Enforcement," University News, December 8, 1982, p. 1 & 4)


April--Raymond Falconer Trust Fund established by Gertrude Thompson to support atmospheric research & education in the Adirondacks, particularly the natural history lectures at the Whiteface Mountain Field Station and the University at Albany Campus and to establish a Ray Falconer Chair at the University. ()("Trust to Support Research, University News, May 5, 1982, p. 1 & 4; Ray Falconer Fund brochure, University at Albany Foundation folder, n.d., Raymond Falconer Papers, University Archives)

Fall--Music Department receives a Steinway “Model M” grand piano from Sara and Alfred L. Green of Menands. (“Steinway Grand is Gift to University,” University News, Oct. 27, 1982, p. 4)



B.A. in Latin American Studies offered. ("From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring,” Update Special Edition [Sept. (?), 1989], vol. 12, no. 25, p. 3)

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Public History introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Russian Translation introduced. (Ibid.)

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Public Management introduced. (Ibid.)

Graduate Certificate in Regulatory Economics introduced. (Ibid.)


Department of Rhetoric and Communications renamed Department of Communication and shifted from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. ("ROC Transfers to New College," University News, March 9, 1983, p. 1)

Department of Health Counseling and Services (Division of Student Affairs) created.

Fall--School of Business reorganizes into six academic department: accounting, finance, human resources and organizational administration, law, management science, and marketing. ("Business School Reorganizes," University News, October 5, 1983, p. 3)

September 15--Nelson A. Rockefeller College Inaugural Convocation.


Public Service Training Program established.


Vice presidential Division of Student Affairs created. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 10)

Summer--First African-American vice president appointed, Frank Pogue, Division of Student Affairs. ("Pogue is New Vice President," Summer News, August 10, 1983, and "Pogue is Student Affairs Vice President," University News, September 14, 1983, p. 1 & 2)

The Development Center for Business established in the Division of University Affairs as one of 26 units established by SUNY Central to stimulate business in New York. "Blount Heads New Center for Regional Development," University News, December 14, 1983, p. 3)

Department of Health & Counseling Services formed in Division of Student Affairs. The Department includes the University Counseling Center, University Health Center, Middle Earth Drug Education & Crisis Intervention Program, and Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service. (Division of Student Affairs Five Year Plan, 1989-1994, p. 73)


Center for German Speech Islands in America (German Department) founded. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Development Center for Business (University Affairs Division) created.

Institute for Archaeological Studies established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Michael J. Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center (Rockefeller College) associated with SUNYA. The Center was originally established in 1972.(Ibid.)

Thunderstorm Analysis Center (Earth Sciences Dept.) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Writers Institute at Albany created by William Kennedy.


January--Announcement of the renamed Reno Knouse Fund by University Foundation to honor the late professor emeritus of marketing. The fund was initially established in 1972 by Knouse to support lectures, workshops, seminars and symposia for the business community. ("Fund Renamed to Honor Knouse," University News, January 26, 1983, p. 2) February 2--First annual Clifton Thorne Lecture given by Morris Abrams on the topic "Navigating Between Scylla and Charybdis: The Hard Choices of the President's Commission on Medical Ethics." ("Thorne Lecturer Discusses Ethics," University News, January 26, 1983, p. 2)

April 25--First annual Ringel Forum speech given by Bernice L. Neugarten on the topic "New Perspectives on Aging and Social Policy." (Neugarten Gives 1st Ringel Lecture," University News, April 20, 1983, p. 3)

Degrees granted: Bachelors , Masters 979, Doctorates 117. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 54)

July 1–University at Albany Fund established. (“University at Albany Fund Established,” Carillon, Spring 1984, p. 1)

Fall--Mean SAT scores of traditional freshmen 1,110. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 26)


February-–Mary W. Norton Scholarship Fund established in the Benevolent Association as per the will of Mary W. Norton, Class of 1916. Scholarships were awarded to needy students in small amounts totaling $300.00. (Memo on the Mary W. Norton Scholarship Fund, 1/07/85, Mary W. Norton Scholarship Fund folder, Alumni Association Records)

Fall--Classics Department given Greek Corinthian pottery and terracotta figurines by Roger Seymour. ("Classics Department Acquires Ancient Greek Artifacts," University News, December 7, 1983, p. 3)



B.A. in Computer Science added. (“From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring,” Update Special Report, [Sept. (?), 1989] vol. 12, no. 25, p. 3)

D.A. in Humanistic Studies is introduced for inter-disciplinary programs in Humanities. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies introduced. (Ibid.)

M.S. in Business Education terminated. (Ibid.)

M.S. in Distributive Education terminated. (Ibid.)

Fall--Ph.D. in Social Welfare introduced. (Ibid., Carla Park, "New Ph.D. To Fill Gap," University News, February 1, 1984, p. 1)

B.A./L.L.D. University at Albany/Albany Law School of Union University three plus three program initiated. (“From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring”, Update Special Report, [Sept. (?), 1989] vol. 12, no. 25, p. 3)


February--Announcement of the creation of the Writers Institute at Albany by President O'Leary and William Kennedy, the head of the institute. The institute was funded by a MacArthur Foundation Grant to Kennedy. The Writers Institute renamed the New York State Writers Institute received permanent state funding. (Ibid., "Kennedy to Direct Writers' Institute, University News, February 15, 1984, p. 1)

Spring--Center for Computing and Disability founded.

Center for the Arts and Humanities established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62) Later called Center for the Humanities. Est. to “foster studies, teaching, and research in the humanities and humanities related fields.” ("Center Explores Truth,”Update, Dec. 9, 1987, p. 1)

Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (Department of Puerto Rican, Latin American and Caribbean Studies) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Small Business Development Center (Division of Continuing Studies) created. The University was one of the five original schools in NY to create a SBDC. The SBDC serves Albany, Schenetady, Rensselaer, Columbia, Greene, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties. Individuals thinking of going into business and established small businesses with under $5 million in sales are eligible for assistance. (For a description of its programs see Christine Hanson McKnight, “Helping Small Business Survive,” Update, Oct. 3, 1990, p. 2-3; and Lisa James Goldsberry, "A Clearing- house for Entrepeneurs at UAlbany," University Update, November 17, 1999, p. 5)


Athletic Hall of Fame established. (Carillon, Spring 1984, p. 2)

Degrees granted 1983-84: Bachelors , Masters 913, Doctorates 128. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 54)

Summer-–Hawley Building stained glass windows restoration fund-raising campaign begun. The work was coordinated by the Alumni Association and paid for by gifts from the classes of 1928 (restored window over entrance), 1932 (restored class of 1921 W.W. I memorial window), 1933 (restores Francesca Martinez and Class of 1912 window), and 1952 (restores Class of 1911 window). (Carillon, Summer 1983, p. 1; “Class Gifts,” Carillon, Winter 1984, p. 9)

Fall--Mean SAT scores of traditional freshmen 1,118. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 26)

Fall--General Education requirements reintroduced after thirteen year hiatus. "Innovation Marks Return of Gen. Ed. Program," University News, February 29, 1984, p. 1 & 2)

September--Crew added as a club sport for men and women with the intention of turning it into a varsity sport by 1985. (“Announcement of Crew general interest meeting,” n.d., Crew folder, 1984, University Relations Office Sports Files, Univ. Archives; Carillon, Spring 1985???, p. 4)

Collins Fellow Award established named for former President Evan R. Collins. The award honors faculty who “over a sustained period of time” have “exhibited extraordinary devotion to the University and the people in it.” Frank Carrino, Hispanic & Italian Studies, and Helen Horowitz, Economics, first recipients of the award in 1984. (Collins Award Folder, Vert. File, University Archives; Birr, 219)

Glen House at Camp Dippikill put on sale by University Auxiliary Services. (Carillon, Summer 1984, p. 3)

Mohawk Campus’s 100 acres put on sale by University Auxiliary Services for $100,000. (Carillon, Summer 1984, p. 3)

Nuclear Microbeam Analyzer installed, joint SUNYA/General Electric project.

University at Albany Fund established as campus fund-raising arm. (Christine McKnight, “Strengthening Ties That Bind,” Update, August 5, 1989, p. 3)

University in the High School Program (College of Humanities and Fine Arts) established.

University Libraries joins Research Libraries Group (RLG). (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 10)


Vice President for Academic Affairs Judith A. Ramaley becomes Acting President while President O’Leary is on sabbatical. The first woman to head the University.

School of Social Welfare admits first doctoral candidate.

First Presidential Conference on Women.

Spring??--University as a Neighbor Advisory Committee organized.(Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 49)

February 8--T. Normal Hurd Reading Room (Milne 200) dedicated in honor of the long term New York State Budget Director and supporter of the Graduate School of Public Affairs. ("Hurd Feted by College," University News, February 8, 1984, p. 1 & 2)



M.S. in Biomedical Science introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

M.S. in Environmental Health and Toxicology introduced. (Ibid.)

Ph.D. in Biomedical Science introduced. (Ibid.)

Ph.D. in Environmental Health and Toxicology introduced. (Ibid.)

Ph.D. in Organizational Studies introduced. (Ibid.)

Psy.D. in School Psychology introduced. (Ibid.)


Fall--School of Public Health Science opens offering master's and doctoral programs in two departments, Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health and Toxicology. The new School was a collaboration between the University, the NYS Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research, and Albany Medical College. (Claudia Ricci, "New Hope for Hemophiliacs," University News, January 22, 1986, p. 3; and Claudia Ricci, “Newly Accredited School Earns Grant $,” Update, Oct. 27, 1993, p. 1)

--Department of Biomedical Sciences created. (Claudia Ricci, “Adding Public Health’s Cornerstone,” Update, Sept. 30, 1987, p. 2)

--Department of Environmental Health and Toxicology created. (Ibid.)


Honors Program in Judaic Studies offered. (Undergraduate Bulletin, 1984-85, p. )

Indonesian/SUNY Master's Program established. (Vinny Reda, “An Impact in Indonesia,” Summer Update, July 1, 1987, p. 1 describes the program and credits it with accepting its first students in 1985.)

Science, Technology Entry Program (STEP) instituted to provide urban middle school students with access to technology to get them hooked on mathematics and science. The program was funded by the State Education Department until 1998 or 1999 when it lost funding. It was refunded in 1999 or 2000 when the University received $96,000 to restart the STEP program. Joseph Bowman Jr. of the School of Education lead the program. (Greta Petry, "UAlbany Faculty and Students Provide High-Tech Training for Urban Youth, Community Groups," University Update, April 13, 2000, p. [5])


Division of Academic Planning and Development created, lasts till 1987.


Center for the Arts and Humanities established to foster research and teaching in the arts and humanities. (Peggy L. S. Barmore, “Bridging the Disciplines,” (Update, Oct. 18, 1989, p. 2)

Center for Cellular Differentiation (Biology Dept.) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)


January---Toni Morrison joins faculty as holder of Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities.

May 27--16 Waverly Road Chapel House burns. (Carillon, Summer 1985, p. 6; John Rabiroff, "Fire guts SUNYA retreat," Times Union, May 27, 1985)

September– Benevolent Association purchases 410 Loudon Road in Loudonville for $225,000 as president’s residence. The 14 room residence sits on 2 ½ acres and will be leased to the State for $20,000 a year for 10 years with an option for 5 more years. Replaces Slingerlands house on New Scotland Road that the (“Benevolent Association purchases house for University President, “New Release 85-103, 410 Loudonville Road folder, University Relations Subject Files, UA)

Fall--Mean SAT Scores of traditional freshmen 1,097. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 26)

Crew possibly begun as intercollegiate sport? (Vinnie Reda, “New Helmsman Propels Our Crew”, Update, Nov. 11, 1987, p. 1. Reda says sport in third year.)

Legal age for drinking alcohol in NY raised to 21. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 47)



Department of Business Education closes.

School of Library and Information Science changes its name to School of Information Science and Policy.


Graduate Certificate in Demography introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)


Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Technology Program (CSTEP) initiated to increase African Americans & Latinos in graduate programs. (“Mentors:Key for Student Success,” Update, Vol. 14, No. 19, p. 1& 4)

"Writing Across the Curriculum" program initiated as a requirement for graduation starting with the class of 1990. Requires two writing intensive courses, one at the junior or senior level. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-1990, p. 38)


Center for Applied Psychological Research (Psychology Department) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Center for Behavioral Teratology (Psychology Department) founded.(Ibid.)

May--Center for Biochemistry and Biophysics (Physics Department) first meeting (joint SUNYA, Wandsworth Laboratories, RPI center to share data and research). Replaces Center for Biological Macromolecules. (Ibid.)

May 15–Announcement of creation of New Chapel House Fund chaired by Joseph T. Lyons, publisher of Capital Newspapers, J. Spencer Standish, chairman of Albany International, and Robert L. Warsh, chairman of Children's Division of U.S. Shoe Corp. The new building would be built on private land by a private corporation. The architect of the new building would be Benjamin Mendel, Jr., of the architectural firm of Mendel, Mesick, Cohoes, Waite & Hall. (Rekhu Basu, "Plans under way to replace SUNYA Chapel Home," Knickerbocker News, May 15, 1986)

May 29–Letter confirming that President Vincent O'Leary had accepted position as Honorary Chair of Chapel Home Fund Drive. (Letter, Spencer Standish, Robert Warsh, Joseph Lyons, Co-chairmen New Chapel Home Fund Drive to Vincent O'Leary, May 29, 1986, Chapel House/Campus Ministry folder, 1985-87, President Vincent O'Leary Records, Box 000/120)

Center for Computing and Disability formed “at the prompting of Governor Mario M. Cuomo”. William Roth first director. (Vincent Sweeney, “The Helping Path of Computers,” Summer Update, July 1, 1987, pp. 2-3)

Center for Brazilian and Portuguese Studies (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62.)

Center for Research on Social Work Intervention (School of Social Welfare) established.(?)

Econometrics Research and Training Institute (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) founded.

Greater Capital Region Principals' Center (CASDA) established.


The “Bubble”, an air-supported athletics facility next to the gym, first inflated. The dimensions of the facility are 50 ft. high, 150 ft. wide, and 245 ft. long, total 36,750 sq. ft. (ASP, Nov. 8, 1996, p. 3; Birr, p. 180)

Spring--Faculty Mentor Program initiated. Freshmen whose graded point average falls below 2.0 are put on academic probation and required to participate. ("From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring," Update: Special Report (Vol. 12, no. 25), p. [3])

Fall--Mean SAT scores of traditional freshmen 1,093. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 26)

Fall--Janice D. and Theodore Fossieck Lecture Series established. ???

November--November–Plans for new $400,000 Chapel House unveiled. Announcement that $300,000 had already been raised and fund-raising would continue. (Daniel Gold, "Chapel asks help to rebuild," Times Union, November 22, 1986)



M.S. in Taxation (School of Business) introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)


Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, a joint venture of the University and the New York State Department of Health, wins preliminary approval. The first courses in the field were offered in the fall of 1987. (Claudia Ricci, “Adding Public Health’s Cornerstone,” Update, Sept. 30, 1987, pp. 2-3)


Fall--Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP) instituted by Division of Student Affairs to provide faculty tutoring & mentoring to under-represented minority and economically disadvantaged undergraduate and graduate students interested in entering science and technology fields. The program is funded by the State Education Department. In 1991, Anthony Torres was director of the progam at the University. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 36; "Mentors: Key for Student Success," Update, Inaugural Special Issue, Science and Technology, Vol. 14, no. 19, [March/April 1991], p. 1 & 4)

Graduate Education Research Initiative (GRI) begun. (Sheila Mahan, “Taking the Initiative”, Update, April 1, 1987, pp. 2-3; Sheila Mahan, “Legislature Boosts Initiative,” Update, April 22, 1987, p. 4)

Department of French Studies offers televized introductory French course "French in Action” in cooperation with WMHT, Empire State College and the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities. (John Wilson III, “French Via the Airwaves,” Update, Oct. 7, 1987, p. 1)

3-2 B.S./Bachelors in Engineering Degree Program initiated in cooperation with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. First three years at Albany which grants B.S., and the last two years at RPI for the engineering program. Also offered is a 3-3 joint B.A. from Albany and B.S./Masters in Engineering from RPI, as well as a 4-2 Albany undergraduate degree with a two year Master of Science in an engineering speciality. (Mary Fiess, “We Engineer a New Idea with RPI”, Update, Dec. 2, 1987, p. 1.)


Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature (School of Education) established.

Center for the Study of Literature and Schooling (School of Education) created. Center headed by Dr.’s Arthur Applebee, Judith Langer, and Alan Purves. It won a $1.5 million three year grant from the U.S. Office of Education. (Dennis Quick, “When Reading and Writing Are Not Enough,” Update, Oct. 27, 1987, pp. 2-3 )

Center for Writing and Literacy established.

Institute for Research on Women established. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Joint Laboratories for Advanced Materials established (Ibid.)

University Center for Policy Research established.


University ranks in top 100 of institutions receiving federal research and development funds for the first time. ("A Resurgence in the '80s," Univer- sity at Albany Update, Special Report (vol. 12, no. 24), p. [1])

May 3–Ground broken for new Chapel House. The new Chapel house was built at the bottom of the hill where the old Waverly Road Chapel House had been located in property formerly owned by John Holt-Harris. The Albany Collegiate Interfaith Center had exchanged its property on top of the hill for the Holt-Harris property at the bottom of the hill next to the University's circular road and Dutch Quad parking lot.(Timothy F. Schick, "Ground broken for new SUNYA Chapel House," Times Union, May 4, 1987; for the land swap see Grace O'Connor, "Bagel sale buys chairs for Chapel House," Times Union, May 1, 1988, and Joe Picchi, "Chapel House monument to inter-faith cooperation," Times Union, September 17, 1988)

Fall--Mean SAT scores of traditional freshmen 1,128. (Programs & Priorites, 1980-90, p. 26)

Fall--Special interest housing introduced for for freshman and upper classmen. The housing is group around the academic interest of students such as pre-law, foreign languages, etc. The intent is to foster academic interest according to Dean of Undergraduate Studies Sun Bok Kim. ("Special Interest Housing" sidebar, Update: Special Report (12, no. 25), p. [3])

SUNY Underrepresented Minority Graduate Fellowship Program introduced. (Brenda Oettinger, “Doubling Minority Graduate Enrollment”, Update, Nov. 9, 1988, p. 1)

Committee on Racial Concerns Across the Campus appointed by President O’Leary to investigate ways to promote diversity on campus. (“University Releases Racial Plan”, Update Special Report, Dec. 7, 1988, p. 1-3) Report announced Dec. 1988.


January--Peter C. Benedict Fund established by University at Albany Foundation. Benedict was a professor of Geology at the University from 1958-1983. He died on January 5, 1987. ("Benedict Fund," Update, January 1987, p.4)


University Libraries receives 1,000 Chinese works from the People’s Republic of China. (Update, Oct. 1987, p. 1)



Department of Biometry and Statistics (School of Public Health) formed. (Claudia Ricci, "A Life Saving Statistics,” Update, March 1, 1989,p. 2 Ricci speaks of the recently provisional Department.)

Department of Epidemiology (School of Public Health) created.


Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy introduced. (Ibid.)

Graduate Certificate in Women and Public Policy introduced. (Ibid.)

M.S. in Epidemiology approved. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53; Update, March 1, 1989, p. 4)

M.S. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)


Fall--Faculty in Residence Program instituted. (Lale Davidson, “Living on Campus,” Update, Dec. 13, 1988, p. 2-3)

Spring--Faculty Mentor Program initiated. (Vinny Redda, “Lending and Experienced Hand,” Update, Jan. 27, 1988, p. 1; Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 36)

Fall--Special Interest Housing initiated for students with shared academic interests. (“From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring”, Update Special Report, [Sept. (?), 1989] vol. 12, no. 25, p. 3)

September--Frederick Douglas Scholarship Program for minority scholars initiated. Scholars receive $1,000 per year. (Mary Fiess, “Tutoring Talented Students,” Update, April 6, 1988, pp. 2-3)

September--General Education Honors Program initiated. Program initially open to Presidential & Frederick Douglas Scholars and sophomores with 3.25 average. All current freshmen with a 3.5 average are also eligible for admission to the General Education Honors Program. In Spring 1991 all freshman can enter honors tutorial but must maintain 3.25 average. A special part of the Honors Program is the Honors Tutorial Program which allows the university's brightest undergraduates to work in small groups (limited to 20 students) with a faculty member. (Mary Fiess, “A Most Honorable Climate,” Update, April 1, 1987, p. 1; Mary Fiess, “Tutoring the Talented”, Update, April 6, 1988, p. 2-3 & “Honors Tutorials,” Update, March 13, 1991, p. 2-3; "From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring," Update: Special Report (Vol. 12, no. 25), p. [2])

Presidential Scholarship Program initiated. Scholars will receive $1,000 annual scholarship for each of their four years as long as the maintain a 3.25 grade point average. Three scholarships were offered in 1988 and in 1989 ten were awarded. (Mary Fiess, “Tutoring the Talented,” Update, April 6, 1988, p. 3; "From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring," Update: Special Report (Vol. 12, no. 25), p. [3])


Division of University Advancement created to coordinate resource development and alumni affairs. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p.18) First Vice President appointed.


Center for Molecular Genetics (College of Science and Mathematics) created by scientists from Department of Biology and School of Public Health. Albany Medical College scientists also cooperate. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62; Mary Fiess, “The Center for Molecular Genetics,” Update, Nov. 29, 1989, 3-4)

Empire State Youth Theater Institute affiliated with U. at A.

Institute for Decision Systems (School of Business) created.

Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research (Department of Geography and Urban Planning) launched with April 8th Mumford Colloquium “Urban Visions.” Ray Bromley is the first director of the Center. (Peter Sands, “Urban Visions,” Update, Feb. 10, 1988, p. 2-3)

February--Institute for the Study of Information Science (ISIS)established with William Holstein as Executive Director. ISIS was created as a multi-disciplinary institute to "allow opportunities for research, project contract activity for faculty" from a number of schools and colleges. ISIS sponsors colloquia, graduate student research projects, develops curricula, and publishes papers of members and program participants. ("An Atmosphere of Diversity," Update, Oct. 16, 1991, p. 3)


Advanced Metals Laboratory opened by Alain Kaloyeros. (Update, March 31, 1993, p. 2)

Albany-Colonie Business Maintenance Organization established.

December 1988 or January 1989???--Elena Jazin awarded first Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from School of Public Health. ("In Brief: Biomedical Beginnings," University at Albany Update, February 8, 1989, p. [4])

January 14--Albany Dreamers Program announced by E. Richard and Janet Yulman (administered by School of Education). (Sheila Mahan, “Building Upon A Dream Program”, Update, Jan. 27, 1988, p. 2-3)

March 4--School of Public Health Distinguished Lecturer Series inaugurated by Ernest L. Boyer, President, Carnegie Foundation and former SUNY Chancellor. ("Distinguished Lecture Series, Update, Feb. 24, 1988, p. 1.)

March 18--New York State Writers Institute inaugurates the Classic Film Series. (Vince Sweeney, “Famed Film Director Visits Albany,” Update, March 2, 1988, p. 1.)

April 5--Public Health Show, a weekly public radio program sponsored by the School of Public Health, begins broadcasting on WAMC. (Update, April 6, 1988, p. 1)

Albany Collegiate Inter-Faith Center, commonly known as Chapel House, a privately financed building, opens. (Birr, p. 181)

Albany Medical Center formally becomes a partner in the School of Public Health. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 9)

Toni Morrison, Director of the Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities, named 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction. (Update, April 6, 1988, p. 1)

May 15--Commencement split into separate undergraduate and graduate ceremonies for the first time. (Dennis Quick, “Four to Receive Honorary Degrees,” Update, May 4, 1988, p. 1)

July 14--Public Radio Book Show first aired as a cooperative venture of WAMC and the New York State Writers Institute. (Lale Davidson, “University at Albany Goes Public”, Update, Oct. 26, 1988, p. 1)

Fall--Mean SAT scores of traditional freshmen 1,136. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 26)

Fall??--Freedom Quadrangle opened with apartment-style accommodations for 410 graduate and upper division undergraduate students. Freedom Quad’s projected cost was $6,800,000. The architectural firm was Stetson Harza of Utica and the construction firm was Wade Lupe Construction Co. of Schenectady. (Freedom Quad folder, University Relations Subject files; Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 11; Carillon, Winter 1988/89, p. 6)

September--Governor Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy dedicated. (“Dewey Library Dedicated,” Update, Sept. 14, 1988, p. 1)

Student Registration Information System (SIRS) brought on line.

Fall--Discovery Series of performances at Performing Art Center launched. (Lale Davidson, “Discovery Takes Off”, Update, Oct. 12, 1988, p. 1)

Fall--Special Interest Housing initiated for students with shared academic interests. (“From Honors Programs to Faculty Mentoring,” Update Special Report, [Sept. (?), 1989] vol. 12, no. 25, p. 3)

Don’t Walk Alone safety escort service inaugurated. (Update, Oct. 26, 1988, p. 1)

October??--SUNY Board of Trustees remove control of funding for inter-collegiate athletics from locally elected student associations. Campus presidents must hold a non-binding student referendum before imposing an athletic fee. The inter- collegiate athletic board at each campus, with 2/3 seats held by faculty and administrators would control the money raised by a student athletics fee. (Brian Nearing, "SUNY Students Stripped of Right to Control Funding for Athletics," Schenectady Gazette, October 27, 1988, Budget Folder, 1985-89, University Relations Subject/Clippings File, University Archives)

Burke Fellowship established. (Carillon, Fall 1985, p. 5)

Delta Omega awards first scholarship to (Carillon, Fall 1988, p. 4)


January 30--Sigma Chi fraternity chartered. (Update, Feb. 3, 1988, p. 4)



Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science (College of Humanities and Fine Arts) replaces Linguistics Program. ("New Department," Update, September 20, 1989, p. 1)


M.S. in Biometry and Statistics (School of Public Health) introduced. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 53)

M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is authorized. (Update, May 3, 1989, p. 6)


Office of Information Systems and Libraries shifted from the Office of the President to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 17)


Center for Molecular Genetics formed by Department of Biology and School of Public Health. David Shub is the director of the new center. A key aim of the center is to bring together molecular biologists from across the Capital Region. Among the research projects the center is undertaking is studying how cells repair damage to DNA. Other research is focused on the development of vacines. (Final Budget Request, 1990-91, Program Narrative, p. 24; Mary Fiess, "The Center for Molecular Genetics," Update, November 29, 1989, p. 2-3)

Center for the Study of the States (Rockefeller College) established at Rockefeller Institute of Government. (Vince Sweeney, “Albany Ventures into the New Federalism,” (Update, January 31, 1990, p. 2-3)

Institute for Programming and Logics (College of Science and Mathematics) created. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 62)

Institute for the Study of Information Science created. (Final Budget Request, 1990-91, Program Narrative, p. 24)

Software Institute established as a joint effort with RPI. (Ibid.)


Spring--Diversity Committees formed campus-wide in all major administrative and academic units. Program an outgrowth of the Committee on Racial Concerns Across the Campus recommendations. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 44)

March--Announcement that IBM has donated an ion implantation system valued at $1 million to the University's materials physics program, making UAlbany the only North American university to have such equipment. ("IBM Donates Ion Implantation System," University at Albany Update, March 8, 1989, p. [1])

Fall--Mean SAT scores of traditional freshmen 1,154. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 26)

Sept.--Albany Coalition for a Just Community announced by President O’Leary. (Update, Sept. 27, 1989, 1; for a description of the Coalition see Peggy L. S. Barmore, “Albany’s Multicultural Future,” Update, Feb. 14, 1990, p. 2-3)

Empire State Youth Theater Institute affiliated with U. at A. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 46)

Henry G. Kuivila Lecture in Chemistry established. (Update, Sept. 1990, p. 1)

Interactive Media Center (University Libraries) opened.

Summer--Minority graduate study in science & mathematics funded by U.S. Department of Education. (Mary Fiess, “Minority Students in Graduate Science”, Update, April 12, 1989, p. 1.

University Committee for Applied Sciences formed. (Final Budget Request, 1990-91, Program Narrative, p. 24)

Student Information and Registration System (SIRS) goes on line. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 10)

Dec. 8--Interactive Media Center opened in University Library. (Update, Dec. 6, 1989, p. 4)


Ion Implantation System valued at $1 million donated by IBM. (Mary Fiess, “IBM Donates Ion Implantation System,” Update, March 8, 1989)

Department of Chemistry receives Multi-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer and superconducting magnet from Texaco. The gift is valued at over $200,000. (Update, April 19, 1989, p. 1)

Edward and Francis Gildea George, both ’38, establish endowment to address educational and social issues such as justice and fairness. ("University Receives Major Gift,"Update,Dec. 13, 1989, p. 1)




Department of African and Afro-American Studies renamed Department of Africana Studies. ("Name Change," Update, Nov. 7, 1990, p. 4)


Fall--Masters of Public Health offered by School of Public Health. (Update, August 1990, 1)

Ph.D. in Information Science approved to be offered September 1990. (Graduate Bulletin, 1990-1992, p. 171) The interdisciplinary degree program involved collaboration between the School of Business, the Departments of Communication, Geography and Planning, Computer Science, the School of Information Science and Policy and the Department of Public Administration and Policy. (Graduate Bulletin, 1993, p. 192)


Fall--Human Diversity course requirement instituted. (Programs & Priorities, 1980-90, p. 8)

Multicultural Internship/Library Education Scholarship (MILES) program initiated to attract a diverse population to the information science profession. The program is a pre-professional internship/masters degree program for minority seniors. The first awards were given out during the 1991/92 academic year to Marcia Fulcher of the Bronx, Scott Hughes of Coeymans, and Simone Freeman of Albany. ("Lisa James, "Bringing Order to a Disorderly World," Update,Oct. 16, 1991, p. [3]; Three Receive Library Multicultural Internships," Update, Dec. 4, 1991, p. [1])


President Vincent O'Leary resigns to return to teaching effective July 31th.

August 1--H. Patrick Swygert assumes office of president. First African-American president. ("Swygert Recommended for Presidency," Update, April 18, 1990, p. 1)


Fall--Center for Geosocial Analysis founded in Institute for the Study of Information Science (ISIS). (Christine Hanson McKnight, “Mapping New Directions for Social Services,” Update, April 10, 1991, 2-3)

Institute for the Advancement of Health Care Management established by Legislature at School of Business (Final Budget Request, 1993-94, Final Narrative, p. 10; President’s Report, 1992, p. 24)

Center for Information Management founded as part of the Institute for the Study of Information Science. Roderick G. W. Chu, Managing Partner of Anderson Consulting address conference celebrating the formation of the new center on Nov. 20, 1990. The center will focus on information solutions to management problems in both the public and private sector. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Information Technology Conference," Update, Nov. 14, 1990, p. [1])


1989-90 Annual Fund raises $803,102. (Carol Olechowski, “Annual Fund Tops ‘94-‘95 Goal...,” Update, Oct 11, 1995, p. [1])

Committee on University And Community Relations created to address neigh- borhood concerns with University students in Albany. The program developed into a "full-fledged educational and preventive program incorporating neigh- borhood businesses, tavern owners, the Albany Police Department, and local colleges including St. Rose, Sage College, Albany College of Pharmacy, and Albany Medical College." (Amy Tucker, "Partnership Between UAlbany and Commun- ity Celebrates 15th Anniversary," Update, April 7, 2006, p. 2)

January--University Council prohibits alcoholic beverage possession and consumption on campus by persons under 21. (Update, Jan. 31, 1990, p. [1])

February--Executive Development Programs (School of Business) created to establish links with the private sector. (Patricia A. Chambers, “Executive Seminar Series Launched,” Update, April 4, 1990, p. [1])

May 7--Principles of a Just Community unanimously adopted by the University Senate. (Joel Blumenthal, "Just Community Ears ADL Honor," Update, March 23, 1994, p. [1])

May--College based commencements held for first time. (Update, Dec. 6, 1989, p. [1])

July–Announcement that cost over-runs had pushed the final cost of the new Chapel House to $780,000. Reaffirms that the Chapel House is a privately owned and operated facility. (Tim Beidel, "Chapel House raised from ashes by faith," Times Union, July 24, 1990)

September--Nation’s first computer classroom for the teaching of mathematics, East Science 146, opened thanks to a $100,000 grant from Commodore Business Machines & the National Science Foundation. ("Grant Funds Computer Classroom," Update, June 20, 1990, p. [1]; Vinny Reda, “Computerized Classroom Goes On-line,” Update, Sept. 1990, [1])

September--Money magazine's Money Guide America's Best College Buys places UAlbany in top 10. (Vinny Reda, "'Money' Ranks Albany in Top 10," Update, September 26, 1990, p. [10])

September??--IBM pays School of Information Science and Policy $1 million to manage IBM network of specialized libraries. This is a unique "corporate-public sector partnership" according to Dean of the School Richard S. Halsey. "IBM Contract Awarded," Update, October 3, 1990, p. [1])

Graduate Student Organization created.??? check date (Vinny Reda, “Graduate Students Air Current Concerns,” (Update, Dec. 8, 1993, p. ?)

December 15-–Announcement of James W. Corbett Professorship in Physics, the University’s first endowed chair. (James W. Corbett Professorship in Physics announcement, Archives Vertical File)


March 14--May Company President Tom Hays announces gift of $25,000 to support the General Education Honors Program, the Undergraduate Research Program, and the Career Development Center. May Co. owns Filene's, Lord & Taylor, and G. Fox. ("May Co. Supports Albany Programs," Update, March 21, 1990, p.1)

Kappa Beta Lecture and Kappa Beta Scholarship established in Department of Judaic Studies. (Update, Feb. 14, 1990, p. [4]) First Kappa Beta Lecture held May 8, 1991. (Update, May 1, 1991, p. [4][)

Albany Chapter of United University Professions donates four volume set of Poetical Works of John Milton to the University Library in honor of associate professor of English Myron Taylor who died in 1989. ("Library Donation," Update, Oct. 17, 1990, p. [4])


January--Announcement that the Center for the Study of the States as received a three year $240,000 grant from the Luce Foundation to create a federalism data system. The system will make it possible to track revenue trends in all states in a timely manner, something not possible currently. The new system will be a national clearing house. (Vince Sweeney, "Albany ventures into the New Federalism," Update, January 31, 1990, p. [2-3])




April 11--School of Social Welfare celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an address by US Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The school opened its doors to 27 students in September 1965, added a doctoral program in 1984. (Mary Fiess, "School of Social Welfare Celebrates 25th, Update, March 13, 1991, p. [1])


March 21--Center on the Teaching of Literature and Literacy, School of Education, holds formal opening. The new center is funded by a $4.3 million grant from the US Department of Education. ("Center Opening," Update, March 20, 1991, p. [4])


1990-91 Annual Fund contributions total $923,000. (President’s Report 1990-91, p. 22)

1990-91 Capital Campaign reaches $7.2 million. (Ibid.)

1990-91 outside grants total $44.9 million. (President’s Report 1990-91, p. 5;Update, Fall 1991, p. [4])

Oil portrait of former President Vincent O’Leary by Joan Semmel presented to the University. The painting was funded by Phyllis Drake, Steven L. Gutman, Sidney T. Jones, Irving Kirch, Robert and Christine Krackler, Morris & Ester Massry, Sandford and Evie Simmerman, In memory of Sidney Albert, the National Savings Bank, and The Times Union. (Source: id with portrait in President’s Lounge, University Library)

Alumni House addition opened. The projected cost of the work in 1990 was $240,000. (Birr, 180; Elaine Blakeman, "New Construction on Campus," Update, Nov. 7, 1990, p. [3])

Romanian-University at Albany relations re-established by Professor Tara Prasad Das of the Department of Physics. Graduate students and faculty will be exchanged re-establishing a program begin in the mid-70's but discontinued with the fall of Nicholae Ceausescu. (“Re-establishing ties to Romania,” Albany Magazine, Fall 1992, p. 23; Vince Sweeney, "Ties Renewed with Romanian Physicists," Update, February 12, 1992, p. [1])

Spring–Educational Horizon’s Program initiated in collaboration with the Albany Police Athletic League to bring Hackett and Livingston Middle School Students to the University to get them on track for higher education. (Liza Frenette, “Sampling College Life,” Albany Magazine, Fall 1991, p. 29)

First annual Health and Wellness Fair held by Department of Health and Counseling Services. (Update, April 6, 1994, p. [4])

March--University Logo changed to include Minerva. (Joel Blumenthal, “University Develops New Logo,” Update, March 13, 1991, p. [1])

April 5--H. Patrick Swygert inaugurated as 15th president. (Vince Sweeney, “Inaugural Plans,” Update, March 20, 1991, p. [1]; “Celebrating Our Promise of Greatness,” Update, April 17, 1991, p. [2-3])

April/May--Katherine Vario Endowed Scholarship Fund announced by President Swygert. The Vario family, Alpha Phi Sorority and friends gave $50,000 to establish the fund for a woman entering her senior year preparing for medical or dental school. ("New Scholarship," Update, May 9, 1991, p. [4])

May 26–Commencement held for the first time in the Knickerbocker Arena and University-wide Commencement format returns. 12,400 family & friends join graduates. Schools and colleges will hold their own events after the ceremony. (147th Commencement Ceremony, Update, Feb. 6, 1991, p. [1]; Lisa James, “News & Notes,” Albany: The University at Albany Magazine with The Carillon, Fall 1991, p. 24, hereafter cited as Albany Magazine)

June 8--Circle named Evan R. Collins Circle in honor of former President Collins. ("Circle Dedication,"Update, March 6, 1991, p. [1])

Summer or Fall--Manditory parking fee instituted on students and employees not members of a union. The fee is not paid by CSEA or UUP members. (Theo Turque, "Manditory parking fee instituted at SUNYA...," Albany Student Press, September 13, 1991, pp 1 & 25)

Fall--School of Business receives first endowed professorship, the Arthur Anderson Alumni Professor of Accounting. Professor Roland Minch receives first appointment to the endowed chair created by a gift from Arthur Anderson Co. and University Alumni/ae working for Arthur Anderson. (Vinny Reda, “Big Six Firm Endows Business Professor,” Update, Nov. 6, 1991, p. [1])

Fall--1st Multi-cultural Internship Library Education/Scholarship Program (MILES) awards given to Marcia Fulcher, Scott Hughes, and Simone Freeman. The Miles Program aimed at providing pre-professional training leading to a Masters Degree in Information Science. (“Three Receive Library Multi-cultural Internships,” Update, Dec. 4, 1991, p. [1])

Fall--Announcement that University Researchers won $44.9 million in outside grants during 1990-91. ("Researchers Won $44.9 Million in Funding in 1990-91," Update, Fall 1991, p. [4])

October 9--1st annual Authors & Editors Reception held. (“Albany Honors its Published Many,” Update, Oct. 2, 1991, p. [1-4])

NovemberUniversity releases report stating that it was responsible for $4 billion dollars in regional economic growth. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "A $4 Billion Engine for Economic Growth," Update, Nov. 6, 1991, p. [2-3])

November ??--University receives its first endowed professorship, The Arthur Anderson Alumni Professorship of Accounting. Professor Roland A. Minch, of the faculty of Accounting and Law, is appointed the first holder of the chair which is funded by Arthur Anderson & Company and alumni working at the firm. (Vinny Reda, "Big Six Firm Endows Business Professor," Update, November 6, 1991, p. [1])

November 13Chapel House's Jewish board members present candlestand to the Christian chapel. ("Faith's celebrate in Chapel House, Update, November 6, 1991, p. [1])

December 10--Campaign for Albany launched to raise a $55,000,000 endowment. (“University’s Capital Campaign Begins,” (Update, Dec. 1991, p. [1]; President’s Report, 1992, p. 27)

Department of Public Safety transferred to Division of Student Affairs. (President’s Report, 1992, p. ??????)

First University “Incubator” Company (X-Ray Optical Systems, Inc.) opens. (Mary Fiess, “University Opens first ‘Incubator,’”Update, Dec. 4, 1991, p. [1])

Student Leadership Development Program begun. Pairs students and community leaders in mentoring program. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 29???; University at Albany Foundation Annual Report 1992/93, p. 7)

Presidential Honors Society formed by juniors Kevin McIntyre and Brian Kerr as a service society for high achieving students. In 2001, to be eligible, students must have a 3.75 grade point average and a minimum cumulative average of 3.2. Dues are $5.00 per year and students perform 10 hours of service projects each term. (Jennifer Juste, "Presidential Honors Society Gives Back to the Community," UAlbany Update, November 30, 2001, p. 4)



June--School of Public Health accredited by the Council on Public Health Education, the 26th accredited School of Public Health.(University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1992-93, p. 2; Update, Oct. 27, 1993, p. [1])


November--Ph.D. programs in English, French Studies, and History are re-certified, and Ph.D. in Philosophy is certified. The program in English will focus on "Writing, Teaching and Criticism" and the creation of knowledge. The program in History has two concentrations: "the 'state' concentration, encompassing the subfields of international history and public policy, and the 'society' concentration, encompassing sub-fields of work, gender and culture. The program in French Studies will be "interdisciplinary in nature, and offer students the opportunity to study the various cultures of the francophone world. (President’s Report 1993, p. 6; Final Budget Request, 1993-94, Final Narrative, p. 10; "Three Ph.D. Programs Return," Update, November 4, 2002, pp. [1-2])


Center for Environmental Sciences & Technology (CESTM) established with $10 million in appropriations from New York State. The CESTM building, a 75,000 sq. ft. structure, will house the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, the Center for Advanced Materials, the X-Ray optics program, and incubator industries. (“Two Grants Elevate University’s Science Research, Teaching,” Update, Sept. 9, 1992, p. [1]; President’s Report 1992, p. 8)

Institute for the Advancement of Health Care Management est.???? in Center for Environmental Science??????????????????

Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics founded to improve science & mathematics teaching. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 26)

University designated a Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in Thin Film Coating by New York State Science and Technology Foundation. (University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1992/93, p. 2; President’s Report, 1993, p. 9)

September--Consortium on Higher Education Campus Crime Research (CHECCR) announced. The consortium will be headed by Alan Lizotte, associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice and was formed in response to the federal mandate that as of September 1, 10,000 schools, colleges and univer- sities will be required to make their crime figures available to current and prospective students. President Swygert will invite all reporting schools to join the consortium. (Vinny Reda, "Consortium Charts U.S. Campus Crime," Update, September 16, 1992, p. [1])


1991-92 Annual Fund giving exceeds $1 million for the first time. $1,083,722 raised. (Carol Olechowski, “Annual Fund...,” Update, Oct 11, 1995, p. [1] ; President’s Report, 1992, p. 27)

Assessment in the Major program instituted. The program institutes routine self-study of all undergraduate programs. (President’s Report 1992, p.9)

1991-92 Enrollment of undergraduates = 11,913, 21% minority group members. (Ibid., p. 9)

External funding exceeds $67 million. (Ibid., p. 4)

Journal of Undergraduate Research published by undergraduates in College of Science and Mathematics. (President’s Report 1992, p. 8)

February--Professional Development Program courses offered to the general public for the first time. (Update, Feb. 13, 1991, p. [1])

SpringVarsity women's lacrosse team fielded for the first time as an intercollegiate sport. For the past four years women's lacrosse has been played as a club sport. The women's team is coached by new hire Judy Finerghty, formerly assistant coach at Bates College. During its last year of play as a club sport the women's lacrosse club compiled a record of 5-0-1 playing a mixture of varsity and club teams. The teams season officially opens with a game against Guilford on March 23.(Andrew Shotz, "Women's lax is Albany's newest varsity," Albany Student Press, March 20, 1992, p. 20)

April 9 & 10--UA takes part in SUNY's Best Alliance, a program to encourage NYC high school students to apply to SUNY schools, by meeting on campus with faculty from Bronx High School of Science.("University and Top High School Share Educational Experience," Update, April 8, 1992, p. [1])

May 22–Library Instruction Laboratory dedication and opening. ULB-16 was equipped with computer work stations thanks to a grant from the Class of 1940. (Dedication Program, Library Instruction Laboratory folder, Class of 1940 Records, Alumni Memorabilia Collection)

Export Assistance Program organized to aid small business. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 24)

School of Education Alumni Association formed as a special interest group of the Alumni Association at the behest of Dean Judith Genshaft. Sponsors programs on educational topics. (Joan Lawson, Ph.D. '96, SOE Alumni Associat ion president, "SOE Alumni Association Reaches Out," Education News, Spring 1999, p. [5])

Resource Directory of faculty and staff expertise published for the first time. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 26)

Student Leadership Development Program introduced matching 20 student leaders with 20 University at Albany Foundation members in a post-graduate mentoring relationship. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 21)

University joins SUNY’s Best Academic Alliance--faculty interacts with faculty & students of Bronx High School of Science to encourage minority students to enter sciences. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 10)

University Art Gallery renamed University Art Museum. (President’s Report 1992, p. 18)

University at Albany Fund merged with The University at Albany Foundation. (President’s Report 1992, p. 28)

May 6--Mission Statement accepted by Faculty Meeting. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 32) For text of Mission Statement see President’s Report 1992, pp. 30-32.)

July 22--Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC) opens for the Empire State Games. The first UAlbany teams to use the RACC in intercollegiate play were men's and women's basketball which on December 2nd defeated their opponents (Danes vs. Castleton 77-55; Lady Danes vs. William Smith 97-91) The RACC contains 93,000 sq. ft. of space, 4,800 seats, and has basketball, racketball, squash, handball courts,long jump and pole vaulting areas, a .11 mile indoor track, high-tech training rooms including an aerobics exercise a weight room, and whirlpool and injury training equipment room. Built for $11,750,000. The architects are the firm of Mesick, Cohen and Waite of Albany and the general contractor is U.W. Marx. (Lisa James, “News & Notes,” Albany Magazine, Fall 1991, p. 25; Elaine Blakeman, “New Construction on Campus,” Update, Nov. 7, 1990, p. [2]; Update Special Empire State Games Issue, July 1992, p. [1]; "Albany hoops christen the RACC," Robert W. Brunnell, III, " Lady Danes beat vengful Williams Smith in two OTs, and Patrick Cullen, "Danes pummel Castleton behind Graber's 30points," Albany Student Press, December 4, 1992, both Sports Supplement, p. 3; Birr, pp. 180-81)

August 27--Edward S. '38 and Frances Gildea George, '42, Lecture Hall and Louise De Angelis Lecture Halls named dedicated in the Lecture Center of the Uptown Campus. ("George, De Angelis Lecture Centers Dedicated," Update, October 21, 1992, p. 1, "SUNYA names halls after benefactors," Times Union, August 19, 1992)

October--Agreement signed with Yeungnam University in South Korea for faculty exchanges and research cooperation beginning in September 1993. Yeungnam University is 130 miles south of Seoul, 45 years old, and has 21,000 students. President Swygert believes the agreement will lead to student exchanges and an enlargement of the UAlbany curriculum. ("Ties Created with Korean University," Update, November 11, 1992, p. [1])

Women’s Studies Department receives $15,000 to establish annual scholarship for women studies undergraduates. First awards go to senior, Kathy Fitzpatrick and Nadya Lawson. (“Women’s Studies Scholarships Go To Two Seniors,” Update, Dec. 2, 1992, p. [1])


The Department of Women's Studies receives a $15,000 gift to establish an annual undergraduate Women's Studies scholarship. The scholarships awarded for "outstanding performance in women's studies and their overall academic course- work," contributions "to the University and larger community," and "dedication to feminist principles." The first (?) $500 scholarships were awarded to seniors Kathy Fitzpatrick and Nadya Lawson. ("Women's Studies Scholarships Go to Two Seniors," Update, December 2, 1992, p. [1])

November--Miriam Snow Mathes ‘26 endows Historical Children’s Literature Collection. (President’s Report, 1993, p. 31; Mathes Folder, Office of Head, Department of Special Collections & Archives)

Katherine Vario Endowed Scholarship Fund established with a $50,000 gift from friends of Vario and Alpha Phi Sorority. Scholarship to be awarded to senior preparing to enter medical or dental school. The of the first Vario Scholarship was given to Catherine Raslear at the May 1991 Honors Convocation. Raslear used the scholarship during her four years of dental school at SUNY Stony Brook.(Update, May 9, 1991, p. 4; Vinny Reda, "Vario Scholarship has inspired Its Givers and Receivers, " University Update, April 30, 1997, p. 1)


May--Announcement that the School of Public Health will share in a $4.9 million Super Fund Grant to study the effects of hazardous waste at a GE landfill in Massena next to the Akwesasne Reservation. Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego will share in the award. This new award follows a $2.1 mill- ion Super Fund Award in 1990 to study the effects of hazardous waste on people living on the reservation. (Claudia Ricci, "PCB Study Draws $4.9 Million Grant, Update, May 6, 1992, p. [2])

May--Howard Hughes Foundation grants University $1.2 million to strengthen undergraduate education in the sciences and encourage minorities and women to consider a career in the sciences. Among the activities the grant will fund is the hiring of a faculty member in computational biology, the upgrading of labs and the hiring of a lab coordinator, and the establish- ing of a science special interest residence hall with science programing. ("Two Grants Elevate University's Science Research, Teaching," Update, September 9, 1992, p. [1])

July--NYS Legislature awards $10 million for the Center for Environ- mental Sciences and Technology Management. The funds will be used to construct a 75,000 sq. ft. center to house "the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, a new Center for Advanced Materials, the X-Ray optics research pro- gram, high technology business development and incubator programs, and new initiatives in science education" according to President Swygert. "Two Grants Elevate University's Science Research, Teaching," Update, September 9, 1992, p. [1])


Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance replaces Gay and Lesbian Alliance.



July 1--College of Arts & Sciences created by merging the College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the College of Science & Mathematics, and the College of Social & Behavioral Scences. Dr. Judith A. Gillespie is hired as the new college's first dean. (Joel Blumenthal, "A New College Finds its Leader," Update, April 14, 1993, p. [1], Christine McKnight, “Unified College has Convocation on Oct. 26" (Update, Oct. 20, 1993, p. 1; University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1992-93, p. 20)

Interdisciplinary Studies Unit formed in College of Arts & Sciences. The unit includes the Doctor of Arts in Humanistic Studies, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, and the Center for Arts and Humanities. (Update, Sept. 8, 1993, p.4)


Fall--General Education Program revisions implemented to define the skills and knowledge an undergraduate must demonstrate. (President’s Report, 1992, p. 8)

Spring--Distance Learning graduate program launched with Hudson Valley Community College. (Final Budget Request, 1993-94, Final Narrative, p. 38)

Fall--Revived Ph.D. program in History admits first students.


December--Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) renamed the Advisement Services Center/Undergraduate Studies (ADC/US). (Update, Dec. 1, 1993, p. 4)


Center for Minority Health Research, Education & Training established. (Final Budget Request, 1993-94, Final Narrative, p. 29)

January--Center for Technology in Government established in the Governor’s State of the State Message. Uses information technology to address public probems of government and non-profit agencies. (Greta Petry, "Stream- lining Operations," Update, February 2, 1994, pp. [2-3])

OctoberAnnouncement that the State Literacy Resource Center (SLRC) will be headquartered at the School of Education with the Two-Year College Development Center serving as the lead agency for the consortium. The state- wide program is being developed to aid adult literacy and will be carried out in cooperation with the City University of New York and the Literacy Assist- ance Center. It will be funded by $1.2 million in state and federal grants through 1994. "Bringing Literacy to Adults," Update, October 6, 1993, p. [3])


1992-93 Annual Fund raises $1,105, 605. (Olechowski, “Annual Fund...,” Update, Oct. 11, 1995, p. )

Bicycle Patrol initiated by University Police Department. (President’s Report, 1993, p. 26)

January-December--University celebrates Sesquicentennial. (Lisa James, “Noted Guests Kick Off Sesquicentennial,” Update, Jan. 26, 1994, p. 1-3)

February 17--Albany Room, room 22 Husted Hall renamed Edith Tanenbaum Rudolf Room. Rudolph was a graduate of the Class of 1947. Tanenbaum Rudolph made s substantial donation to the Campaign for Albany. (Rudolph Dedication Celebrates On Alumna’s Generosity,” Update, Feb. 10, 1993, p. 4; University at Albany Foundation Annual Report 1992/93, p. 6)

February 26--National Weather Service signs 20 year agreement to establish high-tech Weather Forcast Office in CESTM building. The office will bring 24 jobs and $1 million annually to the region. (Joel Blumenthal, “20-Year Pact With Weather Service,” Update, March 3, 1993, p. [1]; President’s Report, 1993, p. 9)

March--Wellness Center opened in U-Lounge of Livingston Tower on Colonial Quadrangle. The center has rowing machines, bikes and aerobic equip- ment, with a weight room soon to be completed. ("'Wellness' Arrives on Colonial," Update, March 17, 1993, p. [4])

April--Groundbreaking for thirty thousand sq. ft. Camp Center Extensions, consisting of a relocated book store (west wing), and a barber shop, a computer & a convenience store, eating courts & video arcade (east wing). The extensions were designed by Edward Durell Stone Associates architects, and constructed by M.L.B. Industries, Inc. of Latham, builders. The extensions cost $8,150,000. (Vinny Reda, "Campus Center Extension Starts in April,”Update, March 31, 1993, p. [1])

June 16--University at Albany Foundation reorganized into a Council for Economic Development and a Community Council. (University at Albany Foundation Annual Report 1992/93, p. 26)

Fall--Elevators on uptown campus upgraded and installed at Milne Hall and Husted Hall to promote access. $500,000 project. Elevators will be remodeled on the Uptown Campus and new elevators will be installed in Milne Hall and Husted Hall, neither currently have elevators. ("New and Revamped Elevators Will Accommodate the Disabled," Update, Nov. 3, 1993, p. [1])

--Honors House opened in Fulton Hall. (Mary Fiess, “On the Road for Students,” Update, Nov. 17, 1993, p. [2]; Mary Fiess, “New Models for Learning,” Albany Magazine, Spring 1996, p. 17)

October--Computerized phone registration system goes online. It will be available to all students in October in time for Spring Semester registration. The system will allow students to check grades, drop or add classes, and get room numbers for courses with just one phone call. ("New Phone Registration System to Get Students Off the Line," Update, Sept. 8, 1999, p. [1])

--Science Research Program to give high school minority students college level science learning experience initiated. Program funded by grant from Howard Hughes Foundation and run by Normal Thompson of Department of Educational Theory and Practice. (Update, April 27, 1994, p. [1])

--State Literacy Resource Center headquarters established at the School of Education. The Center works to improve adult literacy. (Update, Oct. 6, 1993, p. 3)

September--Whistle Watch program initiated by University Police Department on campus, downtown and in the Pine Hills. (Lisa James, "Whistle Watch Signals New Safety Call," Update, September 22, 1993, p. [1]; "Highlights: Whistle Watch Expanded," University Update, October 6, 1999, p. 7)

September 1--Agreements for faculty exchange and research cooperation signed with Yeungnam University in South Korea in the fall of 1992 go into effect. (“Ties Created with Korean University,” Update, Nov. 11, 1992, p. 1)

Fall--Presidential Scholars Program initiated. The Program was aimed at attracting high school students with scholarly ability. Forty-five entering freshmen were designated as Presidential Scholars and offered the opportunity to live in Honors Hall in Fulton Hall. Presidential Scholars had to have a combined high school average of 91 and SAT scores of at least 1270. (Mary Fiess, “New Models for Learning,” Albany Magazine, Spring 1996, p. 17; University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1995, p. 6)

October--Announcement of agreement signed between UAlbany and Sacred Heart University in Santurce and the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras and Cayey for academic, scientific and cultural exchanges starting in 1994-95. ("Exchange Set with Puerto Rican Universities," Update, October 27, 1993, p. [1])

Student Success Initiatives launched. (Budget Request, 1993-94, Final Narrative, p. 31-33)

December 1993--First Ph.D. in Information Science awarded to Stephen Bajjaly,” ("In Brief: A First in Info-Sci," Update, Oct, 27, 1993, p. 4)


February--Announcement of Key Bank's $250,000 donation to the Center for Environmental Science and Technology Management. The funds will be spent for equipment and programs at CESTM. ("Key Bank Gives $250,000 for CESTM," Update, February 17, 1993, p. [1])

April--Announcement that IBM as donated 12 Value-Point Systems computers to the School of Public Health, a gift of $30,213. The award will allow Public Health students to better use information collected on birth defects, AIDS, infectious and chronic Diseases, cancer, and environmental ex- posures. ("In Brief: IBM Computer Gift," Update, April 21, 1993, p. [4])

November--Announcement that AT&T has donated $116,865 in computer equipment to the School of Public Health. Included are 21 486 PCs, networking hardware and software, and a printer. ("In Brief: $116,000 in Equipment," Update, November 3, 1993, p. [4])



--Announcement of three year $98,000 grant from U.S. Information Agency's University Affiliations Program will support the exchange of six faculty members between UAlbany and Bulgaria's Sofia University. The grant supports the development of American Studies in Sofia. Ernest Scatton is the program director. ("In Brief: Exchange Grant," Update, October 20, 1993, p. [4])

November--U.S. Agency for International Development awards the Center for Legislative Development $2.3 million to help Lebanon rebuild its democratic governmental infrastructure. Assistance will be provided to the Chamber of Deputies, several executive agencies, including the civil service and budget agencies. The center will concentrate on developing information systems that will support rebuilding. (Christine McKnight, "Center Receives Grant to Aid Lebanon," Update, November 3, 1993, p. [1])

November--Announcement of U.S. Department of Education awarding of a two year $170,000 grant to the School of Business marketing faculty for the student-run International Assistance Service. An Internship Clearinghouse will be developed to aid local business develop overseas markets. ("In Brief: $170,000 for Marketing," Update, November 17, 1993, p. [4])



Fall--Academic, scientific & cultural exchange programs established with Sacred Heart University in Santurce and the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedias & Cayey. (Update, Oct. 27, 1993, p. 1)

Fall--Presidential Scholars Program initiated. 43 outstanding freshmen to receive scholarships and enter a special academic program. (President’s Report, 1993, p. 22)

Spring--State Education Deparment grants approval to upgrade the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degrees given in the Curriculum and Instruction program of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the Reading program to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The change recognized the research nature of both programs. ("Two More PhDs Approved in Education," Update, October 12, 1992, p. [1})


Summer--Departments of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Germanic Languages and Literatures merged to form Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. ("In Brief: Merge and Rename," Update, September 7, 1994, p. [2])


Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning established.


January 27--Sesquicentennial Celebrations begin when Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzeer-prize winning poet will give first Distinguished Sesquicentennial Lecture Series. Other speakers during the year will be Carl Sagan and Elie Wiesel, 1986 Nobel Prize winner. Wiesel will give the conclud- ing lecture. See Lisa James "Noted Guests Kick Off Sesquicentennial," Update, January 26, 1994, pp. 1-3 for an overview of the years events.

January 31--University Library brings Advance catalog on line. System handles 256 simultaneous users. The system will provide subject searches, network access to journal indexes, inter-library loan requests, and online document delivery. ("Libraries' Catalog Makes Quantum ADVANCE," Update, March 2, 1994, p. [1])

Spring--Peptide Synthesis and Conformation Analysis Facility established in Biology Building. ("New Facility Will Help Unfold the Mystery of Proteins," Update, Feb. 23, 1994, p. [1])

February 22--Government Technology Solutions Laboratory unveiled. The Laboratory tests solutions to government problems before implementation by working with University faculty, vendors, and governmental agencies. (University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1995, p. ???; Greta Petry, “Streamling Operations,” Update, Feb. 2, 1994, pp. [2-3])

February--C. Luther and Kathlyn C. Andrews Scholarship Fund estab- lished for graduate students in physics. Kathlyn was the wife of Professor Emeritus of Physics C. Luther Andrews. ("In Brief: In Memoriam," Update, February 2, 1994, p. [4])

March 1SUNY Chancellor D. Bruce Johnstone steps down a chancellor due to ill health. ("SUNY Chancellor Resigns Due to Health," Update, February 23, 1994, p. [1])

April 28--The first annual Richard Thorns Memorial Lecture given by Professor Lee Patterson of Duke University speaking on the topic "What is The Cantrbury Tales and Where Can We Find Them?" Thorns was an alumnus who left a bequest to create a forum to celebrate the major English authors. ("In Brief: Thorns Memorial Lecture," Update, April 20, 1994, p. [4])

--Franco-American Database formed at University by Professor Eloise Briere of Department of French Studies. (Update, April 13, 1994, p. 1)

--Virtual electronic classroom link established with Hudson Valley Community College. (President’s Report, 1993, p. 21)

May 15--Physics 125 renamed James W. Corbett Laboratory in honor of the late Professor James Corbett, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Physics. ("In Brief: Dedications & Publications," Update, April 27, 1994, p. [4])

May 15--Library 220 named M.E. Grenander Seminar Room in honor of Distinguished Teaching Professor M.E. Grenander of the Department of English. (Ibid.)

--Adopt-A-Block-Program initiated. Program conceived by Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and put in place by the University’s Off-Campus Housing Office, the Albany Police Department, and the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association. ("Program 'Adopted' to Improve Safety, Relations," Update, May 4, 1994, p. 1)

June 26--CESTM groundbreaking.

Summer--ResNet program launched to upgrade wiring in residential halls for electronic information exchange. (University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1995, p. 7)

Fall--Franco-American Database created at the University by Professor Eloise Briere. ("Franco-American Data-base will be Formed at Albany," Update, April 13, 1994, p. 1)

September--First Bary L. Gold Scholarship Fund award made at School of Business reception. Gold earned his MBA in 1974. The awards are given to individuals entering full-time graduate study in the school who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need. The award winners are: Frances Gardner, Robert Burnswick, Tom Robinson, and Vivek Rodrigues. ("In Brief: Gold Scholarships Dedicated to Excellence," Update, September 21, 1994, p. [2])

SeptemberFirst annual Initatives For Women awards given to ten women: Donna E. Aitoro, Barbara Altrock, Joeanna Hurston Brown, Catherine Forneris, Joan Koppel, Carrie Kuehl, Theresa Noverr-Duncan, Suesanne Oxenberg and Maggie Ziomek. The Initiatives for Women is looking to raise a $1 million endowment. (Women's Initiative Makes First Awards," Update, September 21, 1994, p. [1])

September--Announcement of joint program with SUNY Binghamton and Plattsburgh, coordinated by the University at Albany and headed by William Holstein to train Russian regional leaders in nurturing private enterprise. Funded by U.S. Agency for International Development with a grant of $900,000. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Russian Leaders Here to Learn," Update, September 21, 1994, p. [1])

October–Campus Center Extensions opened. (Albany Magazine, Spring 1995, p. 33)

October 4--Thomas A. Bartlett is named chancellor of the SUNY System by the SUNY Board of Trustees effective December 1, 1994. ("Oregon's Bartlett Nameed New Chancellor of SUNY," Update, October 12, 1994, p. [1])

OctoberTom Smith Memorial Endowment for Literature announced. ("In Brief: Smith Memorial Set," Update, October 19, 1994, p. [2])

October 18--Campus Center Extension opens with ribbon cutting, tee shirts and cash prizes. President Swygert cut the ribbon. The Extension cost $8 million with UAS paying $3.5 million and NYS absorbing the rest of the cost. The design model was the "food court" according to Norb Zahm, UAS general manager. The initial stores include a 15,000 sq. ft. Barnes & Noble bookstore which held its grand opening on November 17, an increase in space from the old Campus Center book store's 9,000 sq. ft., a convenience store, Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell and McDuff's hot food stand, Zepps sandwich shop. Also included is a hair salon, banking and check cashing facilities, and a video game room. (Sidebar, Update, October 26, 1994, p. [1]); "In Brief: The Bookstore's Grand Opening," Update, November 16, 1994, p. [2]); Mary Fiess, "The Campus Center Extension scores an aesthetic and financial hit," Update, March 22, 1995, p. 3)

November 3--U.S. President William Clinton visits the campus. Clinton was the first sitting U. S. President to visit the school. President Elect (at the time Governor of NYS) Grover Cleveland awarded diplomas in 1885 in an off campus ceremony. ("President Clinton Wows Campus in Teleconference and Rally," Update, November 9, 1994, pp. [1& 3]); Joel Blumenthal, “Bill Clinton,” Albany Magazine, Spring 1995, pp. 3-5; Vertical File, U. Archives)

November 3--First annual D. Bruce Johnstone Lecture will be given by Wadi Haddad, senior advisor for human development, office of the vice president African region of the World Bank on the topic "Policy and Planning Linkages: Lessons for Planning Educational Development." The event is hosted by the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, School of Education. ("In Brief: Policy and Planning Linkages," Update, October 26, 1994, p. [2])

University Libraries Advance automation system goes on line. Greatly expands number of simultaneous users.

Enrich a Child's Life Program inaugurated to bring together African Americans and Jews. The program was initiated by Yavilah Fulcher, at the time a University student who was both Jewish and African American. The program was later expanded to include Latinos and changed its name to Bridge Builders Program. The program brings children from area schools to the University, and with the help of student volunteers exposes them to other cultures. Carl Martin is a leader of the program. (Lisa James, "Youngsters Bridge-Build with Ideas, Fun," University Update, January 22, 1997, p. 1)


Spring--Latin American and Caribbean Student Association (LACS) formed by graduate students in Department of Latin American & Caribbean Studies. ("In Brief; New Group," Update, April 6, 1994, p. [4])


September ??--Futterer-Gould Fund established by Actor Harold Gould, '47 in honor of his drama teacher Agnes Futterer. Gould donated $100,000 to establish the Fund which can be used by the Theatre Department "in any way to promote awareness and illustrate the values of becoming proficient in the field." (Vinny Reda, "Harold Gould Endows Alma Mater's Actors," Update, September 28, 1994, p. [1])

December 15--James W. Corbett Professorship in Physics established with a gift of $500,000 from Distinguished Service Professor of English M.E. Grenander, in honor of her husband, Distinguished Service Professor of Physics James W. Corbett. First named professorship at the University. (University at Albany Foundation Annual Report, 1995, p. ??; (Greta Petry, "Aristotelean Scholar Donates Professorship," Update, December 7, 1994, p. [1]))



February ??--Announcement that UAlbany had $1.3 million, or 42.2 jobs, cut from its $97 million in 1994-95 state and tuition revenues. Of the cuts, 7.0 would come from faculty support, 3.2 in academic related positions, 6 in library staff, 3.4 in student affairs, 12.1 in maintenance, and 10.5 in institutional support. No faculty positions would be eliminated, and all cuts would come from vacant positions. (University Cuts $1.3 Million: 42 Jobs Gone but No Layoffs," Update, March 1, 1995, p. [2])

March 30--President Swygert signs "Memorandum of Understanding" with Korean Produce Association designed to encourage qualified Korean-Americans to attend the university, and promote mutual respect between Korean heritage students and those of other backgrounds. The memorandum called for educational programs and cultural activities and the funding of one to two scholarships a year. This years awards went to Mark Innis, a senior biology major and Ester Kim, a sophomore pre-law major. Envisioned was future funding for a fellowship fund for a South Korean professor to conduct research at UAlbany. (Sidebar, Update, April 19, 1995, p. [1])

May 6--Dr. Theodore H. Fossieck Milne Alumni Room dedicated (the former Milne School Library room) through gift of the All-Milne Reunion of 1991 and the Class of 1934. (Dedication Program, Archives Vertical File; "In Brief: Fossieck's Service to Milne Honored May 6," Update, April 26, 1995, p. [2])

Summer--The first annual Urban Institute held by the School of Educ- ation lead by Don Briggs, Joshua Smith, Ph.D. candidate in Educational Psychology. The Institute poses a question of relevance to high school stud- ents from urban neighborhoods and asks the students to provide answers. ("Urban Institute Puts Youth In Control," Education News, Spring 1999, p. [4}

July 31--President Swygert's final day as president of UAlbany. Swygert resigned to become president of his alma mater, Howard University. Milestones of the Swygert administration include the reestablishment of Ph.D. programs in history, English, and philosophy, and the establishment of a new Ph.D. program in French Studies. Swygert launched the University's "Campaign for Albany," and set the ambitious goal of $55 million, the largest capital campaign to date at a SUNY institution. He oversaw the expansion of the school's physical plant including winning legislative approval in 1992 for the 75,000 sq. ft. Center for Environmental Studies and Technology Management (CESTM), the completion of the Campus Center Extension and the opening of the 4,600 seat Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC) in December 1992. Swygert was appointed in 1993 by Gov. Cuomo to chair the Moreland Act Commission studing elementary and secondary education in New York. In 1994 Swygert won awards (the Thurgood Marshal Award from Bridge Builders of the Capital District and the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund) for his efforts to stimulate communication between the black and Jewish communities. (Vinny Reda, "H. Patrick Swygert Accepts Howard University Presidency," Update, April 26, 1995, p. [1])

August 1-–Karen R. Hitchcock named Interim President by SUNY Chancellor Thomas A. Bartlett and the Board of Trustees. (Joel Blumenthal, “Karen R. Hitchcock Named Interim University President, Update, August 30, 1995, p. 1)

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1995 which went into effect Oct. 1, 1996 requires colleges and universities receiving federal funds to report expenditures on Athletics. (Naughton & Srisanasdi, “Data....,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct 25, 1996, p. A45)

1994-95 Annual Fund raises $1,250,245 (Carol Olechowski, "Annual Fund Tops '94-95 Goal...," Update, October 11, 1995, p. [1])

Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC)joins with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)to track ozone levels in New York as part of a new national study called the North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone (NARSTO). The focus of the research is ground level ozone in southwestern NY where the van provided by DEC and outfitted by ASRC will monitor ozone. The ASRC is already monotoring ozone at Whiteface Mountain and DEC is doing the same at it station in Loudonville. (Mary Fiess, University and DEC Join New Ozon Research Effort," Update, October 11, 1995, p. [4])

Fall--Undergraduate enrollment for 1995 is 1,910 freshman, with average SAT scores of 1082, roughly 20 points higher than in 1994. Includes 147 Presidental Scholars, up form 88 in 1994 and 46 in 1993. Enrolled 1,119 transfer students, and almost 5,050 graduate students. State funding of $43.8 million surpassed by tuition revenues for first time. ("'Advocate Our Vision': President Hitchcock's Address to the Faculty, September 13, 1995," Update, September 20, 1995, pp. [1-3])

Fall-–University opens second Honors Hall for Presidential Scholars, Ten Eyck Hall on Dutch Quadrangle. (Mary Fiess, “New Models for Learning,” Albany Magazine, Spring 1996, p. 17)

Fall ??--University developes a campus wide web homepage, formally called the Campus-wide Information Systems Web Project (CWIS) linked to academic department webpages. The webpage contains information about graduate offerings, course schedules, campus maps, who's who among faculty, the University events calendar, University Update, press releases, Albany magazine, information on research centers and alumni. (Vinny Reda, "Homepage Becomes Popular New 'Public Face" for University," Update, October 4, 1995, p. [1])

Fall--University begins Division II NCAA competition. University joins New England Collegiate Conference. (President’s Report, 1994, p. 29)

October 25--Capital Region Information Service of New York (CRISNY), an independent, not-for-profit corporation, housed at the university is launched. CRISNY will serve as an internet home for local governments, colleges, schools, businesses, not-for-profit agencies and individuals. President Hitchcock is president of CRISNY's board. Access will be free for most non-profits, with minimal fees for busineses and individuals.("In Brief: CRISNY Launched," Update, November 1, 1995, p. [2])

December 5--Announcement that with the support of a $5 million NYS economic development grant secured by NYS Senator and Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno that the University at Albany Foundation will purchase the former Sterling-Winthrop facility in East Greenbush for a biotechnology research center and business incubator space. The actual purchase price of the facility is $4 million with a further $1 million for renovations. The purchase of the 360,000 square foot space will increase the sized of the University's physical plant by 20%. The buildings contain approximately 230,000 square feet of laboratory space. (Mary Fiess, "Foundation to Buy Sterling-Winthrop Buildings for University Research Center," Update, December 6, 1995, p. 2)

December(??)-–Inauguration of Mayfred Dutton Lucas Scholarship Award for the most promising senior in the teacher education program in mathematics. The second award was given in December (?) 1996. Need to find citation for original award. (President Karen R. Hitchcock to Ms. Erika A. Loucks re. her reception of the second annual award, December 20, 1996, MacFarland Day Files, Office of the President Records, Box 284. )

December-UAlbany Business Connection (UABC) announced as a joint project of the School of Business and the Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce. The UABC will provide consulting services to Chamber members free of charge on technical aspects such as developing a marketing plan, creating an inventory management system, analyzing a companies competitive possition or preparing training manuals. ("University at Albany, Chamber of Commerce Announce Joint Project," News Release, December 4, 1995, University Relations Clippings/Subject Files)


April ??Lewis A. Swyer Foundation announces $50,000 gift to Center for Enviornmental Sciences and Technology Management (CESTM). ("Swyer Foundation's Campaign Gift Lifts CESTM," Update, April 26, 1995, pp. [1-2])


March--Department of Chemistry receives $25,000 grant to build computer assisted laboratory for phyiscal chemistry courses from Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. Benard Laurenzi, director of the new laboratory, obtained the funding to assist chemistry instruction benefit from new technologies. (Mary Fiess, "Chemistry Faculty Use Grant to Bring High Tech Excitement," Update, March 29, 1995, p. [1])

April--Announcement that the School of Public Health has received a $13.2 million by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, five year grant renewal of its Superfund research project into the effects of toxic substances on Native American populations at the Akwesasne reservation. The current project will focus on the long-term effects of PCBs on children of Mohawk women. (Claudia Ricci, "Public Health School Gets Super- fund Renewal," Update, April 19, 1995, p. [1])



August 27--President Hitchcock announces first steps in new Academic Plan which includes the consolidation of departments and elimination of programs to build on the University's strengths. Among the departments consolidate are Atmospheric Sciences and Geology (took effect July 1, 1996), the consolidaton of four language departments, the elimination of the German instruction in 1996-97, and the announcement that 1996-97 will the final year for physical education classes the Department of Physical Education. (Vinny Reda, "Academic Plan Takes Effect," University Update, September 4, 1996, p. 1)


Fall--Project Renaissance, interdisciplinary group living and learning program worth 12 credit hours towards general education requirement open to 200 freshmen, debuts. Lil Brannon is the first director. (Greta Petry, "Project Renaissance Debuts," University Update, Sept. 4, 1996, p. 5)

Fall--Joint M.A./M.S.W. degree program in Sociology and Social Work, jointly offered by the University and the State University College at New Paltz is approved for registration by the State Education Department. ("Highlights: State Ed Okays Joint Degree,"University Update,October 2, 1996, p. 2)

February--University celebrates new 5 year degree joint program with Fudan University of Shanghai, China. The degree will offer undergraduates a B.A. in Chinese and an M.B.A. The program will include a junior year at Fudan. Chinese students will come to UAlbany to earn a M.B.A. The first students to enter the program from Fudan University arrived in Albany in December 1996. They are Ms. LIU Shulin, Ms. ZHOU Quan, and Mr. ZHU Yi(Update, February 14, 1996, p. [1]; "highLIGHTS: BA/MBA Five-Year Chinese Studies/Bus- iness Administration Program Begins," University Update, December 4, 1996, p. 2)

February--University entering first of its kind in the country agreement with the SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan and the College of Agriculture and Technology in Cobleskill to recruit rural high school scholars to enter an optometry career track. Students will pursue an Associate of Science degree from Cobleskill as freshman, and, if they maintain a 3.3 average, will be eligible to UAlbany after their sophomore year to complete the B.S. degree. The last four years of the program will be spent at the College of Optometry where they will earn a Doctor of Optometry degree. At least two places will be reserved for these students at UAlbany. Aimed at improving rural health. (Greta Petry, "Albany in First-Ever Agreement to Provide Rural Optometrists," Update, February 21, 1996, p. [1])

March 25--Master of Science Program in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy given final approval by State Education Department. Margaret Stewart and Gorge Robinson , both of the Department of Biological Sciences, will lead the program. The program will involve collaboration between Biological Sciences and the Public Policy Program at Rockefeller College. Students will study ecology, conservation biology, policy formation and planning, and economic theory and interact with local organizations and stage government. This will be the fourth program of its kind in the country. ("Biodiversity M.S. Gears Students for Conservation Policy," Update, April 12, 1996, p. [1-2])


January ??--Center for Advanced Study of Public Safety & Injury Prevention formed in School of Public Health. The first director of the center is Larry D. Preston. The center will bring together public health and highway safety researchers concerned with injury prevention. The center is a joint venture of the School and the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee. (Claudia Ricci, "New Center Targets Preventable Injury," Update, January 31, 1996 pp. [1-2])

January ??--National Research and Development Center on Improving Student Learning and Achievement in English" established with $12.5 million US Department of Education grant. The center will be directed by Judith Langer and Arthur Applebee of the School of Education. Partnering in the research which will be headquartered at Albany will be the universities of Wisconsin-Madison, Washington, and Oklahoma. The centers mission will be to specify "those essential features of curriculum and instruction essential to student achievement in English, including skills with oral ans written language and literature." They are looking for and will publicize best practices, and work with teachers to develop most effective practices for all students. ("Mary Fiess, "National Center Aims to Boost Student English Achievement," Update, February 7, 1996, p. [1])


February–-University at Albany Foundation acquires 50 acre parcel in East Greenbush, the former site of the Sterling Winthrop Co. The facility has 370,000 square feet of laboratories, office space, and conference facilities. The future home of the School of Public Health, the facility will also house bio-technology start-up companies. (Carol Olechowski, “New Campus for Science & Technology,” Albany Magazine, Fall 1996, p. 32)

February 20--University at Albany signs agreement with the College of St. Rose to rent Brubacher Hall on Alumni Quad to the College of St. Rose for five years. The agreement was ammended on April 1 1996 to include the basement level, center corridor and the east wing of the first floor. Official announcement of agreement was made in a news release in August. Saint Rose's use of the facilities would begin in September 1996. (News Release, "Saint Rose and University at Albany Collaborate on Facility Use," with attached ammendments to the agreement, August 22, 1996, College of Saint Rose, Brubacher Hall Folder, University Relations Office Clippings Files, Univ. Archives)

March 4--Governor George Pataki announces that the NY Giants will hold their pre-season summer training camp at the University at Albany. The inspiration for the site selection came from suggestions of UA alumni Alicia Cassio '83, MS '87 and her husband Jon Berger '85, Giants director of computing services. The initial agreement is for up to five summers. Governor Pataki through the SUNY Construction Fund will provide $2.3 million for renovations and permanent improvements including upgrading and fencing the practice fields, providing air conditioners for the Physical Education Building, the RACC, and portions of Freedom Quad. (Vinny Reda, "Giants Choose Albany as the Summer Place to Be," Update, March 13, 1996, p. [1]

March ??--University awarded $875,000 to serve as headquarters for EASTNET: Distance Learning for SUNY in Eastern New York. The infrastructure for the network will be locate at the University which will assist us in linking the Uptown, Downtown and East Campus as well as CESTM. The network will enable the University to deliver distance education to students who live to far away to commute or during inclement weather. The network will also allow all SUNY campuses to share faculty expertise. The School of Social Welfare, the School of Education and the Department of Germanic & Slavic Languages will all be participants in the initial program. (Vinny Reda, "Albany Takes Lead in SUNY Distance Learning," Update, March 20, 1996, pp. [1-2])

March 5--Senator Bruno and President Hitchcock announce the purchase of Sterling-Winthrop facility is complete. First announcement that School of Public Health will be located at the East Campus in addition to incubator businesses related to medical and health related research. ("IN BRIEF: Sterling Deal Done," Update, March 27, 1996, p. [2])

April 24–-Karen R. Hitchcock appointed 16th President of the University by SUNY Board of Trustees. (Joel Blumenthal, “Karen R. Hitchcock Appointed University’s 16th President,” Update, May 1, 1996, p. 1)


August-–Alianza Latina or Latino Alliance of the University at Albany formed by Latino employees of the University to “encourage interaction, friendship and growth among our members.” The group aim is to promote “mutual understanding and growth ... [and share] information on educational, career advancement, social, personal, cultural, and political [opportunities].” (Tony Torres, Chair, to Karen Hitchcock, August 19, 1996, Dayfiles, Office of the President Records, Box 284; see also Jesse Diaz, "Alianza Latina Celebrates Cultural Heritage," University Update, April 5, 2001, p. 4 for a retro- spective on the organization after five years.)

Fall??--"Social Science Forum," radio program launched by Sociology Professor Richard Lachmann on WMAC. (Lisa James, "Hitting the Airwaves with a Social Science Point of View," University Update, October 2, 1996, p. 1)

Fall--University adopts new smoking policy that restricts smoking to designated suites and bedrooms in Residence Halls, and generally within ten feet of building entrances and windows. Smoking is prohibited in offices and all other indoor spaces. ("Highlights: New Smoking Policy Takes Effect," University Update, October 16, 1996, p. 2)

September--Announcement that football will join new Division II Eastern Football Conference which will begin play in 1977. Conference split into two six team divisions. (University Update, Sept. 4, 1996, p. 6)

September (12??)--Ribbon cutting for the new $4.5 million semiconductor pilot manufacturing facility at the Center for Advanced Thin Film Technology (CAT) located in the basement of the Physics Building. (University Update, October 2, 1996, p. 6 with photo say the grand opening was on September 11th, Christine Hanson McKnight, "$4.5 Million Semi- conductor Pilot Manufacturing Facility Launched," University Update, September 18, 1996, p. 1)

September 27-Formal dedication of the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives. The department was name for Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus M. E. Grenander who donated a $250,000.00 endowment for the department. The first named department in the University Libraries as a result of a major faculty bequest. (University Libraries Update, Spring 1996, p. 3; University Update, October 2, 1996, p. 5 with photo)

October--Announcement of the gift of the white alabaster sculpture, "Denial" by sculptress Terri Cosma Boor. The sculpture is located in the lobby of the University's Performing Arts Center. ("Gifts: Sculptress Gives Priceless Gifts to University," University Update, October 2, 1996, p. 6)

October 11--First Kimberly Toone Women's Track & Field Scholarship to be presented to Janna Johnston, a Clifton Park sophomore. ("Sports Talk: First Toone Scholarship to Johnston," University Update, October 16, 1996, p. 6) October--Announcement that University Lecture Center 4 has been named the Carla Rizzo Delray Technology Center in honor of Carla Rizzo Delray '42. Delray has been a generous benefactor of the University through the Carla Delray Fund which supports a Cypriot Studies lecture series. The Delray Technology Center has 100 computer work stations linked to the University mainframe. ("Gifts: Lecture Center named for Carla Rizzo Delray," University Update, October 16, 1996, p. 6)

November 1--Dedication of new East Campus in East Greenbush, home of the School of Public Health. The former Sterling Winthrop research facility contains 370,000 sq. ft. of office and laboratory space. The facility was purchased with $4,000,000 in New York State funds with the active support of State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno. (Olechowski, “New Campus....,” Albany Magazine, Fall 1996, p. 32; Claudia Ricci, "Majority Leader Bruno Keynotes Dedication of New Campus on Nov. 1," University Update, October 30, 1996, p. 1)

November 8-–Karen R. Hitchcock inaugurated as University’s 16th President. (Vinny Reda, "Karen Hitchcock Inaugurated," University Update, November 20, 1996, p. 1 with exerpts;Albany Magazine, Spring 1997, p. 10-11 with photo spread)

November 12--First annual Jennine O'Reilly-Conway '88 Award given to Elizabeth Feldman at the Initiatives for Women Dinner. The $500 award was funded by John Levato of the School of Business in honor of Jennine O'Reilly- Conway, a School of Business graduate who was stricken by diabetes while she was a student, lost her sight but returned to finish her program. She died in June from complications of the diabetes after having spent years as an active volunteer for the blind and persons with diabetes. Levato funded the first award personnaly, and then endowed the award. ("alumniNEWS: Levato Funds Scholarship in Memory of Courageous Alumna," University Update, December 4, 1996, p. 5)

November-–President Hitchcock announces that the 102,000 sq. ft. office complex on the East Campus that is the home of the School of Public Health will be named the Edward S. and Frances Gildea George Education Center in honor of their $1 million gift to the University. It is unclear when the announcement of the naming of the building took place. James just says the announcement was in November. (Lisa James, “Georges Donate Largest Alumni Gift Ever,” Albany Magazine, Spring 1998, p. 32)

December 10--President Karen R. Hitchcock announces the successful completion of the $55,000,000 Campaign for Albany, the University's first capital campaign. The campaign was concluded three years ahead of schedule and raised a total of $55,318,000.00. (Joel Blumenthal, "University Completes Unprecedeented Drive for Private Funds Three Years Ahead of Schedule," University Update, December 13, 1996, p. 1 & 3)


August 1--Carrier Corporation donates air-conditioning for Hawley Building. (Dedication Program, Hawley Building folder, Vert. File, U. Archives)

Fall--Announcement of major gift to the University Libraries and the intended dedication of ULB-43 as the Mary Elizabeth Cobb Room in honor of the school's first professionally trained Librarian who guided the New York State College for Teachers library from 1916-1956. The endowment was contributed by Mariam Snow Mathes '26.("Gifts: Alumna Thanks a Special Librarian," Univer- sity Update, October 2, 1996, p. 6)

September--Announcment of a $500 per year Dr. Theodore H. Fossieck Scholarship for descendents of Milne School graduates who attend the University at Albany. Dr. Fossieck, who donate funds for the scholarhsip, was principal of the Milne School from 1947 to 1973. The Milne School was the University's practice teaching school from 1845 to 1977.("Gifts: Fossieck Scholarship Honors Milne Alumni," University Update, September 18, 1996, p. 6)

September--Announcement of $150,000 McGuinness Endowment from the estate of Dorothy McGinniss '32 to support students, programs and research at the School of Information Science and Policy. The largest endowment to date in support of Information Science.("Gifts: McGuinness Endowment Lifts Information Science," University Update, September 18, 1996, p. 6)

September--Announcement of $20,000 gift from the Japan Foundation to purchase books for the University Libraries.("Gifts: Japan Foundation Provides Books," University Update, September 18, 1996, p. 6)

September--Bruce B. and Louise Steen Gavitt Endowment established by Bruce B. Gavitt in memory of his wife Lous Steen Gavitt '38, for scholarship support of female students majoring in mathematics.("Gifts: Gift Aimed at Sup- port for Female Math Students," University Update, September 18, 1996, p. 6)

October--Arvid J. Burke '28, and professor emeritus has established two fellowships, the Burke Scholarship in Education and the Burke Fellowship in Biology. The purpose of both awards is to assist students in research and teacher preparation. Burke was a recognized expert in educational finance. (Gifts: Burke Fellowship Established," University Update, October 16, 1996, p. 6)

October--Gift of $50,000 in the will of Evelyn M. Tarplee '28, est- ablishes Evelyn M. Tarplee Library Technology Progress Fund to purchase equip- ment to provide access to library resources and services. ("Gifts: Tarplee Fund Enhances Library Resources," University Update, October 16, 1996, p. 6)

October--Gift of $500,000 in software from Humanic Design and PeopleSoft to the School of Business for training students in human resource management. (Linda Wheeler, "Software Gifts Boost Prospects for Management Grads," University Update, October 30, 1996, p. 4)

October--Announcement of The Stell R. Pietrzyk Scholarship estab- lished by Susan M. Benjamin, MLS '80 to defray the cost of travel to a nation- al conference for students working in the field of children's literature in a Department of Reading program leading to a Ph.D., M.S. or Certificate of Advanced Study. The scholarship in named for Ms. Benjamin's mother and was established with a gift of $10,000. ("Gifts: Reading Department Travel Scholarship to be Established," University Update, October 30, 1996, p. 6)

Establishment of the "Martha Bealler Altman Scholarship Fund" by Nolan Altman, B.S. '77 to support undergraduate School of Business students. (Carol Olechowski, "Vital Volunteers: Nolan Altman, B.S. '77 Honoring His Parents by Helping Students," UALBANY, Fall 2007, 19)


OctoberAnnouncement of $1.2 million four year grant to the Institute of Gerentology of the School of Social Welfare to study the effectiveness and efficiency of healt education groups in health maintenance organizations. The principal investigator is Ronald W. Toseland, director of the Institute. (Vinny Reda, "Ringel Institute Gets $1.2 Million to Study Intervention for Elderly," University Update, October 16, 1996, p. 1)



German language program discontinued effective Fall 1997. (University Update, Sept. 4, 1996, p. 1)

Physical Education instruction discontinued effective Fall 1997.

M.S. in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy introduced. (President Karen R. Hitchcock to Professor Margaret Stewart, May 21, 1997, Dayfiles, Office of the President Records, Box 850)

December--Announcement of a joint Bachelor of Science degree in Bio- logy and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) in seven years in collaboration with Boston University's Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Students admitted to the time-shortened program will skip their senior year at UAlbany, being admitted to Boston University in what would have been their senior year. Five places will be reserved by BU for UAlbany students. Students entering the program will need to have completed 90 cegree credits with a cum grade point of 3.2 in science and overall courses, and to have completed the Gen Ed and Writing Intensive requirements, and the requirements for a BS in Biology. Students who enter the BU program will receive their B.S. from the UAlbany when they complete the BU course. (Carol Olechowski, "Link with BU Creates New Degree in Biology/Chemistry," University Update, December 3, 1997, p. 5)


State University of New York gives SUNY campuses full control over the running of the residence halls. This will subsequently lead to the rehabilit- ation of a number of dormitories at UAlbany. ("Around SUNY: Campus Autonomy Improves Dorms at Albany, SUNY-Wide," University Update, April 7, 1999, p. 2)

Second Chance Scholarships instituted. Offers awards of $500.00 to $1,500 to disadvantaged students with “the potential and desire to continue their formal education , but do not have the financial resources.” (Lisa James Goldsberry, “Second Effort,” Albany, Fall 1999, p. 19-20)

January--School of Business opens Alumni Career Services Office. The program which is supported by School of Business Alumni offers lectures, roundtable discussions, special mailings, company lists, resume distribution, net-working with alumni and alumni mentoring. ("alumniNEWS: School of Business Opens Career Services Office," University Update, January 22, 1997, p. 5)

February 8--Richard "Doc" Sauers becomes the 10th coach in NCAA history to record 700 wins after victory over the University of Bridgeport in the RACC. Sauers, in his 41st season as the school's basketball coach, as a win loss record of 700-328 since becoming coach in 1955." (Brian DePasquale, "'Doc' Sauers Wins No. 700, " University Update, February 19, 1997, pp. 1 & 3)

April 7-–Inaugural Burian Lecture to be given by Professor Marvin Carlson. (President Karen R. Hitchcock to Professor W. Langdon Brown, Chair, Department of Theatre, March 17, 1997, President’s Dayfile, Office of the President Records, Box 284)

April 21--The SUNY Board of Trustees appoint John R. Ryan as the System's 12th Chancellor. Ryan had been serving for nine months as interim chancellor. ("Board of Trustees Appoints Ryan as Chancellor," University Update, April 30, 1997, p. 1)

April 25--Faculty, staff and administrators join together for the first "Spring Clean-Up Day," a voluntary effort to clean up the campus before Commencement. ("Campus Spruces For Commencement, Expresses Pride with Clean- Up Day," University Update, April 16, 1997, 3; see alo photo of President Hitchcock with rake in hand, "Snapshots from the end of the year," <>University Update, May 7, 1997, p. 2)

May 5-–President Hitchcock announces that University will move from NCAA Division II athletics to Division I effective 1999-2000. (Joel Blumenthal, “Division I Move Is a Winner,” Albany Magazine, Fall 1997, p. 10-11)

May--Announcement of SUNY Microsystems donation of a SUN Ultra Enterprise 6000 server to CESTM. Early applications will be for database construction , management and retrieval of archival data, and complex system modeling and forecasting. Specifically the server will be used in environ- mental modeling by ASRC's Regional Polution Modeling Group and in forcasting by the ASRC Climate System Science group. ("Gifts: Computer Giant Donates State-of-the-Art Hardware," University Update, May 7, 1997, p. 7)

May--Announcement of formation of Vice President's Advisory Council on Aids Prevention. The Advisory Council, chaired by Dean of the School of Health David Carpenter will meet four times a year and advise Vice President for Student Affairs James P. Doellfeld and President Hitchcock on prevention/ education/and testing issues for the campus. (Vinny Reda, "Health Concerns Inspire Campus Council on AIDS," University Update, May 7, 1997, p. 1)

June 30-–Governor Pataki formally dedicates the new Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology Management (CESTM). The new building houses the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) and the Center for Advanced Thin Film Technologies (CAT), incubator businesses and the National Weather Service. CESTM was financed by $10 million in NYS economic develop- ment grants, a $2 million federal grant, and approx. $1.4 million in private funds. Two labs in the building are occupied by the Center for Advanced Thin Film Technology and two manufacturers, MKS Instruments and AWS Scientific, Inc., are housed at the facility. (Mary Fiess, “Synergy by Design,” Albany Magazine, Fall 1997, pp. 12-15; "highLIGHTS: Governor Lauds CESTM, " University Update, September 3, 1997, p. 2)

July--NYS budget contains $10 million for a third expansion of CESTM which will contain a pilot manufacturing/workforce training facility; a prom- ise of $5 million additional funds if UAlbany and RPI in partnership with MIT and Stanford attract a semiconductor industry association research center; $125,000 for a new Center for Minority Health Research Training and Education in the School of Public Health. (Joel Blumenthal, "1997-98 State Budget Contains Many Plusses for University," University Update, September 3, 1997, p. 1)

October 1--Center for Social and Demographic Analysis begins work on $3 million grant from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Devel- opment. The grant has been given to 11 population centers around the country including Princeton, Brown, and Johns Hopkins. Center researchers study population issues such as "residential mobility out of distressed neighbor- hoods; sex differences in the treatment of heart disease; adolescent decision making about drinking and driving; the transmission of anti-social behavior among atrisk populations, etc. (Greta Petry, "Work Begins on $3 Million CSDA Population Study," University Update, October 15, 1997, p. 1)

October--Release $100 million Master Plan for 10 years of University development. The plan calls for new buildings adjacent to the the Academic Podium, a proposed 75,000 sq. ft. Chemistry building (later the Life Sciences Building), the rehabilitation of the existing podium, the limitation of parking within 400 feet of the Academic Podium. (Vinny Reda,"Master Plan Seeks to Add 1 Mill- ion Square Feet to Campus," University Update, October 29, 1997, p. 1; see also a complete of the Master Plan documents in the University Archives)

November 20--Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology Management wins "First Award" from American Institute of Architects/Western New York. The building was designed by Cannon design of New York. (highLIGHTS: CESTM Wins First Award," University Update, February 11, 1998, p. 2)

November 22--Great Danes football team wins Eastern Football Confer- ence championship with a 27-20 victory over American International. (Brian Depasquale, "Great Danes are EFC Champs, 27020, " University Update, December 3, 1997, p. 2)

November 23--Northeast Conference (NEC) Commissioner John Iamarino announces that UAlbany has accepted an invitation to join the conference in football beginning in the 1999 season. UA becomes the seventh member of the conference which includes Central Connecticut, Monmouth, St. Francis (Pa.), Robert Morris, and Wagner. ("sportsTALK: University Moves to New FB Confer- ence," University Update, December 3, 1997, p. 6)

December 1--Governor Pataki announces that the State will provide up to $35 million over five years to support University high tech initiatives. A joint University/Rennselaer Polytechnic Insititute Focus Research Center located at CESTM will receive $5 million a year for five years, and a further $10 million in State funding will fund the physical expansion of CESTM. The new wing will house a pilot semiconductor manufacturing and workforce training facility with potentially 100 positions. UAblany and RPI will collaborate in the Focus Center with Stanford and MIT. (Joel Blumenthal, "Univerity High-Tech Initiatives Receive State Backing of $30-35 Million," University Update, December 3, 1997, p. 1)

UAlbany joins the SUNY Learning Network (SLN), a distance learning network. According to a 2001 article by Heidi Weber, UAlbany is the SLN's largest provider of graduate level courses. The SUNY Learning Network is an Asynchronous Learning Network, meaning it has no constraints of time and place. The SLN was created in 1995 and supported by the Alfred Sloan Foundat- ion and SUNY System Administration. "SUNY Learning Network Earns National Award: UAlbany Serves as Largest Provider of Graduate Courses," UAlbany Update, October 12, 2001, p. 5)


April 24--Formation of the Albany Crew Alumni Association, the University's first ever athletic constituency group charter. At the ceremony President Hitchock christen a new racing boat named in her honor and used exclusively by the women's crew team." ("sportsTALK: Constitutent Group Formed for Crew," University Update, April 30, 1997, p. 3)


February--Raymond Falconer Fund established as a result of a $1 Million bequest from the estate of Gertrude Thompson, a retired psychologist and long time supporter of the Atmospheric Sciences program at Albany, particularly of the summer lecture series at the Whiteface Mountain Field Station. The funds income will be used to an academic chair in Falconer's name in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. ("Gifts: Thompson, in Death, Leaves University $1 Million," University Update, February 19, 1997, p. 3)

June 2--The Steven D. Gold Endowment for Graduate Research Assistant- ships in the Graduate School of Public Affairs is established with a $100,000 gift from the Anna E. Casey Foundation. The award will provide $7,500 per year for three years to minority scholars at GSPA. Gold was a faculty member at GSPA from 1990-96, and a nationally known authority on governmental fiscal issues. ("Gifts: Endowment as Good as Gold," University Update, December 3, 1997, p. 6)

March--Announcement of three alumni funded scholarships. The Hazel English Ferris Scholarship to aid current students in English one year and the School of Business the next. The scholarships are in honor of NYSCt faculty members Agnes Futterer of English and George Morill York of commerce. Ms Ferris, who established the scholarship, graduate from the NYSCT in 1932. The Rachel Lisa Taubman Fellowship was established by Dr. Edward Taubman '72 and Mrs. Nancy Horowitz '73 Taubman in the late 1980s in honor of their daughter Rachel who died as an infant. The Fund supports student in developmental Biology and is administered by the Department of Biology. A third scholar- ship, The Lillian '25, MA '38 and Florence '35 Slater Scholarship was estab- lished after Lillian left a bequest of $10,000 in her will for a scholarship to benefit University students. Both Slater women credit the College for Teachers' free tuition with allowing them to attend college. ("Gifts," University Update, March 12, 1997, p. 3)

April--Announcement of two major gifts, a $170,000 gift of human resource management software by Humanic Design Corporation to the School of Business, and a $50,000 gift from Hannaford ffor equipment for the Univer- sity's new Science and Technology Library. ("Gifts," University Update, April 2, 1997, p. 3)

April--Announcement of the establishment of the Dr. Harry '46, MA 4? and Shirley Siegel '46, MA '53 Passow Endowment by Shirley Siegel Passow. Both Passows have received the University's Distinguished Alumni Medal. Dr. Passow taught at the New York State College for Teachers before embarking on a distinguished career on the faculty of Teachers College at Columbia. Ms Passow taught, followed worked in urban planning in New York City, earned a law degree from Rutgers-Newark in 1989, and is now an attorney in the Office of the Attorney General of New Jersey. ("Gifts: Dr. A. Harry Passow & Mrs. Shirley Siegel Passow, Distinguished Alumni," University Update, April 16, 1997, p. 6)

April--Announcement of the establishment of the Clyde '28, MA?? '33 and Virginia '33 Slocum Endowment by Virginia Slocum in her husband's honor. ("Gifts,"University Update, April 30, 1997, p. 2)

September--Announcement that the Starr Foundation will donate $315, 000 over five years to support students in the BA/MBA Chinese Studies and Bus- iness Administration Program established in 1996. The aim of the program is to produce graduates who are bilingual in Mandarin and English and will in an international company after graduation. The funds will be used to defray student expenses. It will fund U.S. students traveling to China our Chinese students traveling to the U.S. Graduates will receive their degree from either Fudan University in Shanghai, or at the University at Albany. (Greta Petry, "Starr Foundation Donates $315,000," University Update, September 17, 1997, p. 1)

October--Announcement that the University will award Second Chance Scholarships. Established by the Joseph J. Mastrangelo and Ralph Arnold Foundation, 10 scholarships will be awarded each year. The amount of the award will be based on academic performance and number of credit hours comp- leted, to a maximum award of $1,500. ("highLIGHTS: Second Chance Scholarship," University Update, October 1, 1997, p. 2)

October--Announcement that sculpture TerrI Cosma Boor has donated a sculpture titled "Medicine Man Iroquois" for the lobby of the School of Public Health. ("Gifts," University Update, October 1, 1997, p. 6)

October--Malcolm E. Blum '54 donates $100,000 to endow scholarships for students planning a career in education. ("alumniNEWS: An Alumn's Gift to Bring Education Up-to Date," University Update, October 15, 1997, p. 6)

November 6--Formal announcement of the Edward S. and Frances Gildea George's Gift of $1 million and the naming of the 100,000 sq. ft. home of the School of Public Health Building on the East Campus the Edward S. and Frances Gildea George Education Center. President Hitchcock stated that this is the first time a school building has been named for a donor. Both Edward and Frances are graduates of the class of 1938. The formal naming will take place in the spring. (Carol Olechowski, "Largest Alumni Gift Results in First-Ever Building Naming," University Update, October 29, 1997, p. 1)

November--Announcement of the establishment of the Helen G. and Bernard Horowitz Endowment with an initial gift of in excess of $50,000. The funds are to provide aid to students in financial need. Helen Horowitz was Professor of Economics at UA and Bernard Horowitz was Director of Counseling at SUNY Cobbleskill. Helen directed the undergraduate program in Economics. Both are now retired. ("Gifts," University Update, November 12, 1997, p. 6)

December--Announcement of the establishment of the Hannah R.E. and Avery I. Whitney Award for Non-Animal Methodologies in Research, Testing or Education by Distinguished Service Professor M.E. Grenander in honor of her grandparents. The first recipient of the award is Helmut Hirsch. The initial award is a two year award with the possibility of permanent funding. ("Gifts: Grenander Funds Non-Animal Research," University Update, December 3, 1997, p. 6)



January--Announcement that the University's School of Public Health and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will offer a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Doctor of Public Health (Dr.PH) from Albany through courses taught at Buffalo. Courses will be taught by teleconference and new courses will be developed. (highLIGHTS: Public Health Degrees with UB," University Update, January 28, 1998, p. 2)

Fall--"Foundations of Great Ideas" course begins for students in the Presidential Scholars Program. The inter-disciplinary course is taught by nine faculty and includes ideas in arts and sciences. The course was developed by Dean of Undergraduate Studies John Pipkin and Associate Dean Garry Gossen. The course is offered to both freshmen and senior Presidential Scholars and includes a weekly lecture and discussion sections. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Foundations of Great Ideas" Makes Its Academic Debut," University Update, September 30, 1998, p. 1)

October 16--President Hitchcock announces China Initiative, an agreement between UAlbany and Fudan University of Shanghai to provide manage- ment training to Chinese employees of multinational and foreign-invested firms in China.(Greta Petry, "Moscow-on-the-Hudson and Albany-on-the-Yangtze," University Update, October 28, 1998, p. 1)


July 28--President Hitchcock announces new partnership with SUNY-Stony Brook in the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) to develop micro- electronic sensors. The new CAT in Emerging Electronics, Materials, and Photonic Technologies for Diagnostic Tools and Sensor Systems. First CAT in NY involving a partnership between two SUNY schools, and the first CAT since 1993 to be hadquartered at the Center for Advanced Thin Film Technology (formerly the Center in Advanced Thin Film Materials. ("highLIGHTS: Albany Joins Stony Brook on Sensors," University Update, September 16, 1968, p. 2)

August 11-–Announcement of joint University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Interconnect Focus Center for semiconductor research to be headquartered at CESTM. SUNY Stony Brook and Cornell University will be partners. Subsequent articles refer to the Center as the Focus Research Center (FRC) and state that the Georgia Institute of Technology will administer the $45 million in funds the FRC will receive in its first three years. Part of a national Focus Center in Interconnects, the Georgia lead team will concent- rate on overcoming technical issues of creating every faster computers. The Focus Center-New York (FC-NY) will be headquartered at CESTM and Alain Kaloyeros will direct the Albany program while Timothy S. Cale, professor of chemical engineering at RPI will direct their program. FC-NY will receive $5,85 million over three years from Microelectronics Advanced Research Corpor- ation, a subsidiary of the Semiconductor Research Corporation, and over the same period will receive $15 million from NYS, as well as $24 million in cash and infrastructure support from private industry. (Albany Magazine, Fall 1998, p. 21; "Interconnect Research Center Will Focus on Ever-Faster Computers," University Update, January 27, 1999, p. 5)

October 17--President Hitchcock signs memorandum with Moscow State University Rector Victor Sadovnichii creating joint centers of Russian and American studies at the campuses. The new centers will cover economic dev- elopment and scientific exchange in addition to traditional areas like lang- uage, literature, and culture according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Judy Genshaft. (Greta Petry, "Moscow-on-the-Hudson and Albany -on-the-Yangtze," University Update, October 28, 1998, p. 1)


January--Announcement that the Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has been selected as a partner in the National Science Foundation's efforts to build a National Technology Infrastructure for the 21 Century. The National Computational Science Alliance (the Alliance) will bring together 50 research centers across the US. CTG will focus on Education, Outreach and Training as the government team leader, one of the three areas of Alliance collaboration. CTG, with $100,000 of funding in the first year, will help identify, develop, and disseminate innovative applications of technologies to the problems of government at all levels. Specifically they will create a clearing house for best practices and develop models for accessing and evaluating advanced technologies. (Michael Kiernan, "CTG a Partner in Forming New U.S. Technology Infrastructure," University Update, January 28, 1998, p. 1)

January 29--First ?? Big Purple Growl & Ferocious Feast initiated at basketball games to foster school spirit and pride. UAlbany supporters are urged to wear school colors. The Alumni Association sponsors the Ferocious Feast. There will be games and face painting for children. ("highLIGHTS: 'Pack the RACC' and Growl," University Update, January 28, 1998, p. 2)

February--President Hitchcock and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner John P. Cahill sign agreement establishing a working relationship between DEC and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and the School of Public Health. The goal is to improve air and water quality in New York. DEC will be able to consult with University faculty experts and the University will draw on DEC for research expertise, adjunct faculty and internship opportunities for University students. Professor Kenneth Demerjian, director of ASRC and professor and former dean of the School of Public Health David Carpenter will be the key liaisons with DEC. Demerjian wants to develop a joint laboratory and research facility with DEC while Carpenter envisions collaboration in research and teaching in environ- mental health, chemistry and water pollution. Areas of collaboration include remediation technology, dredging projects, air quality, risk analysis/assess- ment management, technology transfer, environmental modeling, measurement, environmental data analysis and interpretion, and industry de-regulation. "University, NY State DEC Combine Forces for Research, Teaching and Technology," University Update, February 25, 1998, p. 5)

March--President Hitchcock announces $3.5 million campaign to equip the new [Science] library. Paul Stec points out that while the State covered approximately $22 million of the $30 million in total cost for the new building, as well as $250,000 to rehab the University Library, that still left approximately $6.7 million in equipment, wiring, and electronic classrooms, for the new library unmet, as well as $1.35 million for the rehab of the University Library. Hitchcock noted that the new library will be the first new academic space on the campus in 35 years. Included in the five story structure with 142,430 net sq. ft. will be a 600,000 volume science library, new computer facilities for information retrieval, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, and a preservation and digitization laboratory. ($3.5 Million Campaign Announced to Equip New Library," University Update, March 25, 1998, p. 1)

April--Bennie Siegel Scholarship Fund established in honor of the University equipment manager, 1967-1988. Siegel passed away on March 29th. (faculty & STAFF: Obituary," Update, April 8, 1998, p. 3)

April--NYS Budget includes $130.1 million over five years to carry out the University's Master Plan. Included in the Higher Education Capital Construction Plan is funding for a new wing for the Center for Environmental Sciences and Technology Management; a new Life Sciences building; equipment, wiring, and moving expences for the new library; renovation of Husted Hall on the Downtown Campus; renovation of the current Administration Building for academic use; a new entry/admissions building; a new art sculpture studio; a new Public Safety building; and new smart classrooms. (Joel Blumenthal, "Hitchcock: State Budget is Historic for University," Update, p. 1)

May--First Ph.D. in French Studies awarded to Louise Charbonneau. ("highLIGHTS: Dissertation Award to First Ph.D.," Update, April 22, 1998, p. 2 ??? check this date as the defence of the dissertation was announced in the December 3, 1997 Update p.2--when did Charbonneau actually get PhD??)

May--Announcement that University is the the headquarters of the new New York Autism Network. V. Mark Durand, chair of the Department of Psychology is the director of the new Network. The State Education Department is funding the new Netwook for three years with $200,000 per year. The University will be part of a coalition of four Regional Technical Assistance Centers whose goal is to assist professionals and families to implement effective educational programs for students with autism. The University will coordinate services throughout New York. ("Sullin Jose, "Durand, University Command New State Autism Network," Update, May 6, 1998, p. 1)

May--Announcement that a new summer Russian language, history and culture program in Moscow has been finalized in collaboration with Moscow Lomonosov State University. Charles Rougle of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures will lead the group. ("highLIGHTS: New Russian Program," Update, May 6,1998, p. 2)

June--Transfer agreement with Berkshire Community College (BCC), the first transfer agreement with a non-NY State school. The agreement provides for BCC students with associates degrees in selected fields such as business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice, and social welfare will automatically be admitted to junior standing in the baccalaurete program. ("highLIGHTS: Transfers Comming from Massachusetts CC," University Update, September 16, 1998, p. 2)

Fall--School of Business creates the voluntary position of Executive in Residence for Robert Gebo, BS '67, a retired AT & T Vice President. Gebo, among other things, creates the Milton C. Olson Memorial Lecture Series which brings business executives to speak to faculty and students of the School of Business. (Linda Wheeler, "Business School Alum Volunteers Expertise and New Lecture Series to University," University Update, January 27, 1999, p. 5)

September--A ten year agreement announced with Coca-Cola Enterprises to be the exclusive vendor for soft drinks at the University. The University expects to receive $6 million in revenue over the next ten years, including half a million in student scholarships over ten years. Coke will hire two undergraduate interns and a graduate student. Coke machines were installed on campus during the summer. (Greta Petry, "Campus Effervescent Over New Partner- ship with Coke," University Update, September 30, 1998, p. 1)

October 1--SUNY Provost Peter Salinas told State Senate and Assembly the new State University of New York Resource Allocation Method (RAM) would credit campuses fully with the tuition their students pay, and would allocate State tax dollars based on the cost of instruction at different academic levels and among different kinds of academic programs. According to Carl Carlucci, the new RAM gave the campuses considerably more freedom in controll- ing investments. It appears that the new RAM may have been introduced in the prior year. ("'Ram' Butressed by Provost," University Update, October 14, 1998, p. 2)

October--President Hitchcock announces freshman enrollment for 1998- 1999 is 2,3176, and that SAT scores had risen from 1149 to 1161. She also promised that the twelve year decline in faculty from 629 FTE in 1987-88 will be reversed by 20 new positions. She also announced that the new SUNY RAM, Resource Allocation Method, had added $1.7 million to Albany's base budget while the NYS budget has added another $3.2 million to Albany's budget. (Vinny Reda, "President: University to Reverse 12-Year Decline in Faculty Size," University Update, October 14, 1998, p. 1)

October--The School of Public Health announces the awarding of its new William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to Steven Tome, a member of the Seneca Nation. The scholarship and $10,000 stipend promotes academic and creative excellence in public health among African-American, Hispanic or Native American decended students for one year. (Susan M. Grudzinzki, "Seneca Nation Native Given First Hearst Public Health Fellowship," University Update, October 28, 1998, p. 4)

November 19--History faculty and graduate students produce first known on-line peer reviewed journal which includes video clips, photographs, slides and audio. Titled <>>The Journal for MultiMedia History<>>The Journal for MultiMedia History<>>The Journal for MultiMedia History<>>The Journal for MultiMedia History<>>The Journal for MultiMedia History>The Journal for MultiMedia History the journal is edited by professors Gerald Zahavi and Julian Selizer, while the managing editor is graduate student Susan McCormick. (Carol Olechowski, " First Peer-Reviewed Journal Makes On-Line 'History'," University Update, December 2, 1998, p. 1)


September--University receives first installment of five year gift of $25,000 from Intermagnetics General Corporation to CESTM to sponsor two lectures a year on the topics of photovoltaics, thermophotovoltaics, thermo- electrics, fuel cells and thermoconductivity." ("Gifts," University Update, September 30, 1998, p. 6)

October--President Hitchcock announces that Barnes & Noble Book- stores, Inc. has pledged $750,000 to the Science Library and scholarships. $500,000 will go to the new library and $250,000 to scholarships.(Mary Fiess, "Barnes & Nobel Gives $750,000 for New Library Scholarships," University Update, October 28, 1998, p. 1)

October--Announcement that former professor of management Albert Mossin had left $250,000 in his will to the School of Business and the physi- cal and life sciences. ("Gifts: Faculty Member's Bequest Helps Two Subjects," University Update, October 28, 1998, p. 6)

November--Alumni Association pledge of up to $50,000 to the Campaign for the Library. The Alumni Association will donate $.50 for each dollar raised from alumni. ("Gifts: Alumni Association Board Pledges $50,000 Grant," University Update, November 11, 1998, p. 6)

November 23--Chemistry Building Room 215, the four year old location of the CELL Laboratory, is renamed the Alan T. Lefor CELL laboratory in honor of substantial gives and endownments given by Dr. Lefor '76, program director in general surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. ("Gifts: CELL Gets New Name and Greater Support," University Update, February 10, 1999, p. 6)


January--Announcement that the Center for Women in Government have received a $600,000 three year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the Center's Nonprofit Initiative. The Center is a founding member of the Nonprifit Education Initiative Consortium, a state-wide group. The Center will act as liaison to the Consortium. The Consortium will offer new credit and non-credit courses in public policy education, technology issues and competence in non-profits, and non-profit management and leadership. (Lisa James, "Gifts: CWG Receives Kellogg Grant for Work with Women, Children and Families," University Update, January 28, 1998, p. 6)

September--Gender Studies in Global Perspectives Project receives $250,000 grant from Ford Foundation to "foster interactions between area stud- ies ... and gender studies" according Christine Bose, co-director of the proj- ect with Edna Acosta-Belin. The project brings together the departments of Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Women's Studies and the Institute for Research on Women. ("Gifts," University Update, September 30, 1998, p. 6)

September 29--The federal Institute of Museum and Library Services awards University $176,138 for a one year project to develop and test a descriptive list of national core data elements, statistics and performance measures. ("Gifts," University Update, October 28, 1998, p. 6)

October--Announcement that a new Integrated Undergraduate Physical Geography Laboratory (IUPGL) will be funded by $200,000 from the National Science Foundation. The grant is to the Department of Geography and Planning and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to construct three separate facilities: a physical geography laboratory to experiment in geochemical interactions between soil, atmosphere and vegetation, a computer classroom for instructing undergraduate students, and a climatology observatory, primarily for upper level classes on the top floor of Mohawk Tower. The Observatory will be completed in late 1998. The project will involve collaboration with Union College scientific equipment to conduct soil, water and air samples, and with the Department of Environmental Conservation to provide internships for students whose research results will be copyrighted. (Susan M. Grudzinski, "New Geography Lab Boosts Undergraduate Experience," University Update, October 28, 1998, pp. 1-2)

November 1--Governor Pataki announces $3 million partnership five year partnership between Lockheed Martin Federal Systems and the Center for Thin Film Technology (CAT) to develop copper interconnects for computers using the expertise and state-of-the-art technology at the CAT. ("Lockheed Martin and Albany Form $3 Million Partnership," University Update, November 11, 1998, p. 1)

December--Announcement that Colin Izzard and John Schmidt of the Department of Biological Sciences have received a National Science Foundation grant of $433,891 to purchase a confocal microscope, which will allow scient- ists to study thick biological specimens such as whole growing neurons. The microscope record obserations on video cameras or store digital images on computer disks. The official opening of the Confocal Laser Scanning Facility was in the fall of 2000. While the facility is located in the Department of Biological Sciences, it will be available to other trained University scient- ists and their students, and to researchers from other Capital region univers- ities and colleges, the staff of the Wadsworth Laboratories, and local commer- cial companies. (Greta Petry, "NSF Grant Lends Greater 'Scope' to Biological Research," University Update, December 2, 1998, pp. 1 & 2; "Official Opening Of Conforcal Laser Scanning Microscope Facility," University Update, September 21, 2000, p. 3)

December 22--University receives $500,000 Kresge Foundation chall- enge grant for the Campaign for the Libraries. The University has already raised in excess of $1.6 million toward the $3.5 million Campaign goal. The Kresge grant is conditional on the University raising an additional $1.365 million by January 1, 2000. ("Gifts: University Awarded Kresge Challenge Grant for Library," University Update, January 27, 1999, p. 6)

The Science, Technology Entry Program (STEP), instituted in 1985, to prov- ide urban middle school students with access to technology to get them hooked on mathematics and science, funded by the State Education Department, was re- funded in 1999 or 2000 by the State Education Department after a lapse in funding of a year. The University received $96,000 to restart the STEP program. Joseph Bowman Jr. of the School of Education lead the program. (Greta Petry, "UAlbany Faculty and Students Provide High-Tech Training for Urban Youth, Community Groups," University Update, April 13, 2000, p. [5])

100 Black Men's Community Technology Center Grant of $92,000 for three years to establish a technology center at UAlbany. The Center would link nine sites in the capital region. Joseph Bowman Jr. is collaborating with Depart- ment of Geography and Planning faculty member Ray Bromley in building a summer training program.(Greta Petry, "UAlbany Faculty and Students Provide High-Tech Training for Urban Youth, Community Groups," University Update, April 13, 2000, p. [5])



Fall--School of Business MBA program adopts two semester field program offering six academic credits. Among the first students in the prog- ram are Viral Patel, Jeffrey Shore, and Yinzhi Yuan who worked with L & B Contract Industries of Hudson in creating a "job-costing system." The manuf- acturer of furniture for hotels, restaurants, etc. did not know the cost of manufacturing individual chairs and tables. The trio concluded that tradition time and motion studies would never be accurate, and instead devised a bar- code scanner system with equipment the company already owned. The field proj- ect program is supervised by Management Information Systems faculty member Peter Ross and his colleagues. The program is designed to give students pract- ical experience solving real business problems taking into account both the technical problems and human relations problems. (Carol Olechowski, "UAlbany Assists Industry," University Update, September 21, 2000, p. 2)

December--Announcement that the University's Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MRP) program has received full accreditation form the Planning Accreditation Board, becoming one of the 60 programs in the country to be fully accredited. (Vinny Reda, "Master's in Planning Program Receives National Accreditation," University Update, December 2, 1999, pp. 1 & 7)


Summer ??--Offices of International Student Services and Internat- ional Programs are merged reflecting the increasing number of international students attending the University and University students studying abroad. ("High- lights: International Student Services, Programs Merged," University Update, September 8, 1999, p. 2)


January??--Center for Comparative Functional Genomics (CCFG) first mentioned in University Update. Center co-directors, Albert Millis and Paulette McCormick of the biology faculty have already received $2.3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to study how gene products from different organisms affect human health and disease. The Center is located on the East Campus. The CCFG was created by a $5,000,000 legislative initiative (Vinny Reda, "Governor Pledges Support to New Biotech Center, University Update, January 27, 1999, p. 1; President’s Annual Report, 1999-2000, p. 13)

April--Center for Excellence in Aging Program established in the School of Social Welfare's Institute for Gerontology. The Center will be financed by a $50,000 grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to increase the number of M.S.W. graduates who have training in gerontology. The Center will create a Albany Geriatric Social Work Field Practicum Consortium consist- of eight agencies serving the ederly in Albany. In 2000 the Hartford Foundat- ion awarded the School of Social Welfare a further $323,000 to create a new program in geriatric social work practice. The new funding creates the Hartford Internships in Aging Project (HIAP). Anne E. Fortune is the project director for the new program. ("Highlights: Hartford Grant to Establish New Social Welfare Geriatric Consortium," University Update, February 17, 2000, p. 2; Vinny Reda, "Hartford Foundation Grant Creates New Geriatric Social Work Program," University Update, May 4, 2000, p. 2)


January--Supercomputing research facility established at Center for Advanced Thin Film Technologies. IBM donates $875,000 IBM RS/6000 SP super- computing system to support semiconductor research and workforce training initiatives. ("IBM Partnership Lands Supercomputer," University Update, January 27, 1999, p. 1; “IBM, University Create Supercomputing Facility,” Albany, Fall 1999, p. 25)

January ??--Rehab of two labs in Chemistry Building completed. The greatly improved ventilation system which includes eight new ventilations stacks will eventually include undergraduate and graduate labs on the first through third floors with completion expected by the end of the summer. This is part of a $3.3 million SUNY Construction Fund project to upgraded the original Chemistry Building which has been largely unchanged since its construction in the 1960s. The project followed the recommendations of SUNY Construction Fund consultants Kallen & Lemelson of Manhattan. Included in the project is asbestos removal and new ventilated cabinets for storage. A second phase of the recommendations, the construction of a new Life Sciences Building for graduate and research laboratories is currently being designed. (Greta Petry, "Rehab of Chem Building Looks, Feels and Smells Sweet," University Update,February 24, 1999, p. 1)

March--Work scheduled to begin by August Bohl Contracting Co. of Glenmont on Master Plan called for reallignment of Perimeter Road. The $3.5 million project will shift the road West from the I-90 entrance to Tricentenn- ial Drive. Included with be the reconstruction of Colonial Parking Lot and the construction of a new parking lot South of Colonial Quad and West of Social Sciences, doubling the size of the Health Center parking lot, and improvements to entrances to the campus. The architects of the Perimeter Road project are Clough Harbor & Associates of Colonie. Included in the planned work is the demolition of the University Police Department Building to the west of the Academic Podium (originally the construction headquarters for Edward Durell Stone & Company's on-site supervisors of the construction of the Uptown Campus) and the construction of a new facility on the East side of the Academic Podium. This project represents the first step in carrying out the University's $130 million dollar Master Plan. The Hillier Group of NYC is already designing the proposed 160,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences Building to be located on the East end of the Academic Podium. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Master Plan Work on Perimeter Road Begins," University Update, February 10, 1999, p. 1)

Stanley Find Internship established in honor of the late Stanley Fink, Speaker of the Assembly, 1979-86. The legislative internships will award $5,000 for a full semester of study. The Bell Atlantic Foundation granted $100,000 to establish the program. In December he first Stanley Fink Intern named. He is Jonathan Estreich, a junior history major from New Hyde Park, who will intern with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver during the Spring 2000 semester and receive a $5,000 stipend.(“Stanley Fink Internship Established,” Albany, Fall 1999, p. 25; Carol Olechowski, "Jonathan Estreich is Named the First Stanley Fink Intern," University Update, December 2, 1999, p. 5)

July 1--One year contract signed with Sodexho Marriott to provide food service at five on campus and three off campus locations. ("Highlights: Sodexho Marriott Awarded Food Service Contract," University Update, September 22, 1999, p. 2)

September--University begins first year of competition as Division I athletic program. Football will be played at the I-AA level.(President’s Annual Report,1999????, p. 8; Greta Petry, "Sports Talk: Division I Move Brings Excitement," University Update, September 8, 1999, p. 6)

September 27--The Science Library opens, a five story 142,430 sq. ft. $26.6 million structure. The official ribbon cutting attended by Governor Pataki and other state officials will be on October 8. The new multi-purpose library will contain a half million volume science library on three floors, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Instructional Tech- nology Center on the ground floor, laboratories for instructional technology, digital imaging, and information retrieval, electronic multi-media workshops and seminar rooms, 500 plus seats for users and study rooms for individuals and groups, as well as the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives and the Library's Preservation and Digital Imaging Laboratory. (Vinny Reda, "New University Library Opens Monday, September 27th," University Update, September 22, 1999, p. 1)

September--Bronze Great Dane sculpted by UA senion Brain Caverly using the "lost wax method" of casting which involves creating a clay orig- inal, coating that original with a silicone rubber material to make a perfect imprint, plaster is then placed over the rubber to make a hard mold, and the original clay sculpture is removed. Wax is then brushed or poured into the mold creating a second mold into which the bronze is poured. The finished Great Dane will be a gift of the Class of 1999. Our Great Dane is modeled on Bucca, owned by Patrick and Susan Touhey of Balston Spa. (Greta Petry, "Bronze Great Dane to Grace RACC Lobby, Thanks to Class of 1999 Students and Parents," University Update, September 22, 1999, p. 6)

September--Extensive renovations of Sayles Hall on Alumni Quad completed and 111 students are now in residence. New roofing, plumbing, electrical, and lighting were installed. The second floor bathrooms were made handicapped accessible, and all public bathrooms were gutted and refurbished. The final costs for the rehab will run between $1.5 and $1.8 million. (Carol Olechowski, "Campus News: Sayles Hall Has a New Look," University Update, October 6, 1999, p. 4)

Fall--"Smart Classrooms" opened at Lecture Center 25, Fine Arts 126, Earth Science 242, and Performing Arts Center 264. The Smart Classroom are a NYS Legislative Initiative aimed at upgrading the use of multi-media. LC-25, FA-126, and ES-242 all received new sound systems, computers, video project- ors, etc. Each room had a Creston System touch pad which allowed instructors to raise or lower light levels, lower projections screens, and operate audio- visual equipment from a podium. FA-126 received tiered seating, a new elect- ronic podium a projector cabinet and an acoustical ceiling. (Carol Olechowski, "New 'Smart' Classrooms Come On-line," University Update, October 21, 1999, pp. 1 & 7)

September--"U & A" on the west hillside of the RACC completed. Designed by grounds manager Timothy Reilly of chrysanthemums. ("Master Plan Fall Progress: Landscaping," University Update, October 6, 1999, p. 4)

October--Expected completion date of the project to repair aging concrete stairs to academic podium. The first stairs were completed by the fall of 1998. The $820,000 project replaced the south stairs on either side of the Campus Center, and the stairs leading to the large central fountain and pool. The architect for the project is Foit-Albert Associates and the con- tractor is Minelli Construction Co. of Islandia, N.Y. A second project near- ing completion is the Perimeter Road and parking lot work being carried out by Bohl Construction. ("Master Plan Fall Progress: Podium Stair Work ... [and] ...Landscaping," University Update, October 6, 1999, p. 4)

October 29--Lecture Center #6 dedicated in honor of Gary Jacobson, B.A. '82, formerly a top securities analyst on Wall Street. Jacobson made a " significant" contribution toward the Campaign for the Libraries. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Lecture Center 6 Renamed for Gary Jacobson, B.A. '82," University Update, November 17, 1999, p. 6)

December--University releases economic impact statement predicting that in the next ten years the University will generate $7 billion for New York State's economy. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany Economic Impact in Next Decade Accessed at $7 Billion," University Update, December 2, 1999, pp. 1 & 7)

Late 1999--Cyclics Corporation, a start up company, manufacturing "low-viscosity material that can be mixed with carbon fiber and fiberglass to make composite parts" established on the East Campus. The thermoplastic material is "light but very tough, and resists breakage recyclable and doesn't emit pollutants when it's processed" according to company Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer Ted Eveleth. (Carol Olechowski, "Cyclics Corp. Calls East Campus Home," University Update, September 7, 2000, p. 2)


March--Announcement that Howard and Rosalie Lefkowitz Scholarship has been established by Phyllis Spiegelglas '84 in memory of her parents with a $10,000 gift. The Lefkowitz Scholarship will be offered for the first time during 1999-2000 to students from the five boroughs of NYC based on financial need. Additional donations to established funds were made by Hazel English Ferris '32, Bert and Louis De Angelis Hall '42, and Marcia Brown '40. In add- ition, an anonymous gift of $25,000 was made to the Program in Biodiversity, the first of three pledged $25,000 yearly gifts. ("Gifts: Endowments Estab- lished, Added to," University Update, March 24, 1999, p. 6)

December--Announcement that J. Spencer and Patricia Standish have donate $100,000 to the Campaign for the Libraries. Standish is the former chairman of Albany International and has chaired, served as president or been a member of the University at Albany Foundation since its formation in 1982. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Standish Gift to Assist with UAlbany's New Library," Univesity Update, December 2, 1999, p. 1)

December 31--University Libraries successfully completes it Campaign for the Libraries, raising $3,302,291 by close of business December 1999 and successfully qualifies for an additional $500,000 from the Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant bringing the total funds raised to $3.8 million. The funds will be used to equip the new Science Library with state of the art computer equipment and coordinate the new library with the University's two other libraries. George M. Philip, CEO of the NYS Teachers Retirement System and Hans J. Naumann, chairman and CEO of Simmons Machine Tools were co-chairs of campaign. (Carol Olechowski, "Campaign for the Libraries Tops $3.5 M; Capt- ures Kresge Challenge Grant," University Update, February 17, 2000, p. 1 & 7)


March 2--The Stanley Fink Legislative Internship is established thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Bell Atlantic Foundation. Stanley Fink was the longtime speaker of the NYS Assembly, and a former Bell Atlantic senior executive. To be elegible for the internship students must be on the Dean's List and have 56 academic credits at the University. The student's financial need will also be taken into account. The semester long internship will provide $5,000. (Greta Petry, "Fink Scholarship Honors Memory of Caring Public Servant," University Updtate, March 10, 1999, p. 1)

April--National Science Foundation awards $1.3 million to Department of Biological Sciences to train 280 high school science teachers to teach a science research course. High school students who have taken the course first developed in 1994-95 by Dr. Robert Pavlica at Byram Hills High School have won numerous Westinghouse-Intel science awards. With the Univerity's leadership the three year courses will be expanded to 100 schools, and spread around the United States. (Greta Petry, "NSF Grants $1.3 Million for HS Science Course Training," University Update, April 21, 1999, p. 1)

May--Announcement that Taconic Farms, Inc. and UAlbany share $4.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to establish a Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Center (MMRRC) to study "the genetic background and pheno- topic behaviors of mice with targeted gene mutations." Research will be at the University's Center for the Study of Comparative Functional Genomics at the East Campus. Paulette J. McCormick of the Department of Biological Sciences and James G. Geistfeld of Taconic are the co-prinicpal investigators. The MMRRC will use "microarray analysis" which will allow them to study patt- erns of genes rather than single genes, a major step in understanding mutat- ions. (Vinny Reda, "Taconic and UAlbany Award $4.2 Million NIH Grant," University Update, May 4, 2000, p. 3)

September--Announcement that the University has received a four year $760,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The McNair Program supports science and mathematics. Fifteen awards will support University students while 10 will go to undergraduates at other SUNY and Capital Region institutions. The awards are for juniors and seniors seriously considering Ph.D. or M.D. study and are for low-income first generation college students and high achieving students of color underrepresented in doctoral degree programs. (Carol Olechowski,"University at Albany Receives McNair Grant," University Update, September 22, 1999, pp. 1 & 7)

September--Announcement that the Center for Technology in Government as won a three year $1 million National Science Foundation grant to study, and develop a model for the successful implementation of knowledge networks in the public sector. The grant comes from the NSF's Knowledge and Distributed Intellence Program (KDI) which seeks to make information more available. (Stephanie Simon, "Center for Technology in Government Wins Major National Science Foundation Grant," University Update, September 22, 1999, p. 2)

October 19-–Grand opening ceremony for New Library Building. (University Libraries Progress 1999/2000, p. )

October ??School of Education receives a $4.5 million three year grant extension from the New York State Department of Transportation for it's Youth Construction Initiative Program (YCIP)designed to assist high school students who plan to work in the construction industry right after graduation. The program is lead by Provost Judith Genshaft and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Carson Carr. Cooperating high schools are Edison Technical High of Rochester, Corcoran High of Syracuse, Lafayette High, Poughkeepsie High, Newburgh High, Abrooking Technical High of Albany, Proctor High of Utica, and Troy High School. ("Highlights: Grant Extended for YCIP," University Update, November 3, 1999, p. 2)

November--1999-2000 State University Budget will provide UAlbany with $110,328 million, a 5.9% increase. (Vinny Reda, "Budget Brings Good News to UAlbany," University Update, November 17, 1999, p. 1)




Fall--UAlbany offers doctoral program in educational administration and policy studies to Mid-Hudson region in collaboration with the SUNY New Paltz School of Education. The program will share the expertise of faculty at both schools but the degree will be awarded by UAlbany, and the course work, research requirements, and tuition will all be the same as the current program at UAlbnay. The program is for school or college administrators or individuals holding the certificate of advanced studies or master of science in educational administration or related fields. Teaching methods will be both traditional and non-traditional including distance learning via teleconferencing. ("Highlights: UAlbany to Bring Doctorate to Mid-Hudson Valley," University Update, November 3, 1999, p. 2)

September--Official announcement of the College at Work Program by SED Commissioner Richard P. Mills and President Karen Hitchcock, a pilot collaborative program to provide lunch time undergraduate classes in the SED Building taught by University faculty. SED workers will be offered credit- bearing courses, the first two being Written Communications and Information/ Data Analysis. Only 50 students will be admitted the first year and future development of the program will await an analysis of the results. SED will pay 53%, UAlbany 12%, and students 35% and the cost of books and materials. (Greta Petry, "University at Albany Brings College to State Education Department Work Place," University Update, September 21, 2000, p. 3)

Fall--School of Business offers pilot New Venture Internship Program. Three students are in the first program, Wendy Hsu, Margie Pitta, and Tom Amenedo which has been developed by Professor Peter Bloniarz and Rami Hyary '86. The program will teach students, who will be working with outside companies with expertise in start-up companies, in developing a real business plan for a new company. Each student will have an executive role in the new company. Attorney Rich Honen of Honen & Wood, Albany which specializes in legal issues relating to start-ups will be advising the group. (Carol Olechowski, "New Venture Internship Teaching UAlbany Students to Run a Startup Firm," University Update, October 5, 2000, p. 2)


Office for Strategic Development and Economic Outreach raised to Vice Presidential rank. David Gilbert appointed first Vice President. (“David Gilbert Promoted to Vice President,” University Update, September 21, 2000 p. 5)


February--Announcement that UAlbany has signed a new enhanced part- nership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration creating the NOAA-University at Albany Cooperative Institute for the Prediction of Hydro- meteorolical Hazards in the Northeastern United States. The formal title of the unit is the Cooperative Institute at the University at Albany. The Institute provides National Weather Service Staff with professional develop- ment opportunities, improved forecasting, and an attituted towards weather forecasting that joins research to operational concerns. UAlbany receives internship opportunities for its students, the possibility of enhanced external funding, enhanced links to government and industry. The Institute will be headed by Professor Donald Keyser of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Eugene P. Auciello, meterologist-in-charge of the NWS forcast office. (Vinny Reda, "Improved Forecasts and Research Promised Under New NWS- UAlbany Partnership," University Update, February 2, 2000, p. 5)

February--Northeaster States Addiction Technology Transfer Center, a part of the National ATTC Network, covering New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, will be managed by Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. The campaign aims at providing internet access for every addiction treatment and prevention agency by January 1, 2001. The Transfer Center will provide information, resources for research, education and best practices in the substance abuse field. ("Highlights: UAlbany Home to Northeast On-line Campaign Against Substance Abuse," University Update, February 17, 2000, p. 2)


February-–Announcement of a $55,000,000.00 new wing for CESTM Building for 300-millimeter wafer semiconductor prototyping & pilot manu facturing/training facility. Governor Pataki, Senator Bruno and Assembly Speaker Silverman promise $28,000,000.00 in NYS financing. (President’s Annual Report, 1999-2000, p. 15; Vinny Reda, "New York State to Provide $15 Million for Computer Chip R & D Center Extension at CESTM," University Update, February 17, 2000, p. 1, states that the NYS investment will be $15, not $28 million.)

March 1--Master Plan progress announced. University Police Depart- ment a $2.6 million building of 10,000 square feet; Fine Arts Studio construct- ion contract of $4.155 million awarded to David Christopher of Clifton Park, low bidder on the 20,000 sq. ft. project; the contractor for the conversion of the Administration Building, a $6.42 million project is MLB Industries of Latham; the transformer and switchboard conversion project, a $4.6 million project is Mohawk Valley of Schenectady. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Master Plan: Winter Progress," University Update, March 1, 2000, p. 2)

April--Mellon Foundation gives $480 to fund Urban China Research Network. The Network will support interdisciplinary, inter-institutional and international research into the migration of the Chinese population from rural to urban areas. (Carol Olechowski, "Mellon Foundation Grant to Promote Urban China Research Network," University Update, April 13, 2000, pp. 1 & 7)

Spring & Summer-–Administration vacates Administration Building for off campus site on Western Avenue adjacent to Uptown Campus. The Administration Building to be converted into academic office and class space. The official date for the move is May 2000. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Master Plan: Winter Progress, Western Avenue Move," University Update, February 17, 2000, p. 2; re. the May date see Mike Boots, "Master Plan Progress," University Update, September 14, 2001, p. 3)

May--President's Task Force on Sweatshop Labor appointed with charge to: 1) "To determine the most effective mechanism to ensure that workers' rights and humane working conditions are upheld in the production of University at Albany apparel;" 2) "To address barriers to achieving these goals by analyzing the legal and contractual oblications the affect the University, and to determine effective action steps to address these obstacles;" 3)"To detail appropraite steps members of the University community can take to understand and promote effective and responsible citizen and consumer advocacy;" 4) "To recommend educational strategies which address workers' rights and humane work- ing conditions in an increasingly interdependent world." (Greta Petry, "President's Task Force on Sweatshop Labor Makes Progress," University Update, September 2000, p. 1)

August-–University Police Department’s new $2,600,000.00 building opens. (President’s Annual Report, 1999-2000, p. 7; re. the August opening Mike Boots, "Master Plan Progress," University Update, September 14, 2001, p. 3 )

July--Chartwells selected as University's new food service provider by UAS with concurance of University's Food Service Selection Committee. Chartwell's will provide longer dining hall hours, more vegetarian and vegan meals, a Rizza Cafe with lounge which should open in October. UAS has hired an independent auditor, John Morrell, to carry out unannounced safety audits of the food service. (Mary Fiess, "Chartwells Rolls Out New Dining Services," University Update, September 7, 2000, p. 2)

August 24--Official groundbreaking for new Sculpture Studio. The $3.8 million project's architects are Perkins-Eastman of NYC and the chief designer is Nick Leahy. The general contractor is the firm of David Christopher. The 20,000 sq. ft. structure is designed to be flexible, and will include windowed offices for faculty and students in the MFA program, a beginning sculpture/figure modeling classroom, a group studio for sculpture majors, a media suite with video imaging equipment, an experimental gallery/installation area, a three dimensional design room, a foundry/metal working area with over- head rail system, an outdoor pad for assembling large sculpures, shops for wood and pattern making, plaster and mold-making rooms, welding, sanding, spray painting and resin applications. Art professor and sculpture Ed Mayer oversaw the design of the building. (Vinny Reda, " New Sculpture Studio Construction Progresses," University Update, September 7, 2000, p. 2)

Fall-–Hartford Internships in Aging Project (HIAP) recruits 24 interns in initial geriatric social work project administered through the Albany Geriatric Social Work Field Practice Consortium. 12 interns will be recruited annually in following year. (President’s Annual Report 1999-2000, p. 9)

Fall--UAlbany receives $1.5 million over three years in SUNY Mission Review funds to attract students whose high school academic achievement is just below the Presidential Scholar level. According to President Hitchcock will be used in the "recruitment of a class with a higher academic profile." While some funds will be used for scholarships, some funds will be used for recruitment and marketing." (Christine McKnight, "SUNY Awards UAlbany $1.5 Million in Mission Review Funds," University Update, September 7, 2000, p. 1)

<>Fall--University enrolls freshman class of 2,300 with average GPA of 89.8, one point higher than in 1999-2000, and SAT scores 20 points higher than last year. 254 Presidential Scholars were admitted, an increase of 59% over last year. Total enrollment is 17,000 students. international student enrollment reaches new high of 923 students. In the fall of 1999 889 international students enrolled. (Greta Petry, "UAlbany Welcomes Record Number of Presidential Scholars," <1>University Update, September 7, 2000, pp. 1 & 7; Lisa James Goldsberry, "UAlbany Enrolls Record Number of International Students," University Update, November 30, 2000, p. 1)

Fall--2000-01 SUNY Budget provides State appropriations of $115.7 million to UAlbany, a 5% increase over 1999-2000, and the third year of State appropriation increases. A further $1.5 million will come from the SUNY System-wide Mission Review. For the third year in a row more faculty will be hired than retire or leave according to President Hitchcock. The total UAlbany budget will be $236 million, a $9 million increase over 1999-2000. (Vinny Reda, University Budget Allows for More Faculty for Third Straight Year," University Update, September 21, 2000, p. 1)

September 21-–Dedication of Senator Joseph L. Bruno Biotechnology Development Center at Albany Molecular Research Facility on the East Campus. The dedication marked the completion of $11 million in renovations to an East Campus building with substantial ($7 million) in State support provided by Senator Bruno. (Mary Fiess, Albany Molecular Celebrates Expansion," University Update, September 21, 2000, p. 2; The Daily Gazette, Sept. 22, 2000)

October 12-–Official grand opening of the one year old Center for Comparative Functional Genomics (CCFG) on the East Campus. Senator Bruno announces $1.3 million in NYS funding to purchase an additional 29 acres of land for the East Campus. (Vinnie Reda, “Senator Bruno Announces Funding for 50% Expansion of East Campus as University Celebrates the Genomics Center,” University Update, Oct. 19, 2000, p. 1)

November--Pharmaceutical Development Consortium (PDC) consisting of the UAlbany School of Public Health, the Albany College of Pharmacy, and Omnicare Clinical Research, Inc. formed with the goal of forming an Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technology (IPST). The PDC will enhance degree programs for clinical research physicians, nurses, research associates, and public health practitioners. (Carol Olechowski, "East Campus Consortium to Enrich Education for Health Care Professionals," University Update, November 16, 2000, p. 1)

November--Guethmay Seigel and Associates of Manhattan hired to over- see construction of the new Administration Building. The building is to be 52,000 gross sq. ft.


January 31--Announcement that the RACC atrium has been named the Key Atrium in recognition of KeyCorp's donation of $250,000 to support athletic scholarships and sports program. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "KeyCorp gives Boost to UAlbany Division I Athletics," University Update, February 2, 2000, p. 1)

November 16--Donors celebrate the establishment of the Joan E. Schulz Endowment, honoring the professor of Women's Studies who was instrumental in founding the department. Schulz taught at the University from 1963 through 1997. She will give the first annual lecture on "Feminism, Knowlege, and Pedagogy" on the 16th. Over $110,000 has been raised to date with the hope of eventually supporting a visiting lecturer. Professor Judith Fetterley of Women's Studies and English lead the fund-raising effort, with Professor Bonnie Spanier, to preserve the early emphasis of the Women's Studies program on combining "academic knowledge and political activism." (Greta Petry, "Donors Celebration for the Joan E, Schulz," University Update, September 21, 2000, p. 7)

Establishment of the "Morris Altman Research Fund" by Nolan Altman, B.S. '77 in honor of his father. The award was funded by a gift of $30,000. (Carol Olechowski, "Vital Volunteers: Nolan Altman, B.S. '77 Honoring His Parents by Helping Students,"," UALBANY, Fall 2007, 19.


January--Announcement that the Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorder has received a $1.98 million grant from the National Institute of Health to study Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Edward B. Blanchard is the principal investig- ator. (Carol Olechowski, "Blanchard Wins Major Grant to Study IBS," University Update, January 19, 2000, p. 5)

February--Announcement that the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) has been awarded $3.5 million to study the causes, make-up and health effects of atmospheric pollutants in NYC. ASRC Director Kenneth Demerjian is the principal investigator. In addition to ASRC researchers, researchers from NYS Department of Health, Clarkson University, Penn State University and the Brookhaven National Laboratory will collaborate on the project. The project will measure "PM2.5" pollutants--small particles less than 2.5 microns at three sites in NYC, Whiteface Mountain and Pinnacle State Park. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany Wins $3.5 Million EPA Grant to 'Fingerprint' New York City Pollution," University Update, February 2, 2000, p. 1)

March 31--Governor Pataki announces $10 million IBM grant to UAlbany and RPI to support joint research and development programs for more powerful computer chips. IBM will provide UAlbany and RPI with "unique lithography and patterning capabilities" and "design, prototyping and pilot production facilit- ies. (Vinny Reda, "State Leaders Hail $10M IBM Gift to UAlbany, Rensselaer Semiconductor Research," University Update, May 2, 2000, p. 4)

October--Announcement that the National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement (CELA) has been refunded for two years with $5.3 million. The funds will be used to reach more schools and to study the effects of intervention. Center staff, working with middle schools, will compare results at intervention and comparison schools the first year, then extend intervention to the comparison schools in the second year. The program is called Partnership for Literacy, and attempts to identify what institutional factors make for a successful program outcome. Middle schools in New York and Wisconsin (the University of Wisconsin-Madison is collaborating in CELA) will be selected at random as intervention and comparison schools. The emphasis will be on schools that serve pour, underperforming youth." Judith Langer and Arthur Applebee direct CELA. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany Research Unit Granted $5.3 Million to Enhance Effective Literacy Instruction," University Update, October 5, 2000, p. 1)

November--Announcement that National Institutes of Health have award- ed the University $619,855 to build a yeast fermentation facility at the Life Sciences Building. (Greta Petry, "UAlbany Wins NIH Grant for Planned Life Building," University Update, November 16, 2000, p. 1)

December--National Science Foundation award of $600,000 to the School of Education announced. The award is to study how schools and teachers balance local efforts to improve science education with state assessments and standards. The award adds to the $2.5 million NSF funded Local Systemic Change Project for K-8 science teachers in the Capital District, the Capital Region Science Educ- ation Partnership (CRSEP). Sandra Mathison will head the new project. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany Wins NSF Grant to Balance Better Science Teaching, NYS Standards," University Update, December 17, 2000, p. 3)


Midnight Basketball League reputed to have started around 1999-2000. Initially the games were played until 12:00 but over the years the starting and ending times moved earlier in the evening on Friday and Saturday nights. All teams are required to have both men and women team members. (Greta Petry, "Midnight Basketball Scores Big at UAlbany," Update, March 4, 2005, p. 5)



April--School of Nanosciences and Materials established. Dr. Alain Kaloyeros will be the founding dean of the new school. The school will be built around the Institute for Materials which Dr. Kaloyeros leads. The school will develop multi-disciplinary doctoral and masters programs that integrate physics, chemistry, computer science and biology withy nanosciences, nanotech- nology and advanced materials. This is the first school of its kind in the United States. The school will offer degrees in: thin film single and multi- layered material structures; optoelectronic materials and architecture; nano- systems sciences and technologies; materials for nanotechnology; materials characterization, analysis, and metrology, and molecular materials and archit- ecture. (Mary Fiess, "UAlbany Establishes New School of Nanosciences and Mat- erials," University Update, April 19, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)


Fall--M.S. in Forensic Molecular Biology is offered for the first time. The new 30 credit program was developed with the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "Exciting Changes Await New and Returning Students," University Update, August 30, 2001, p. 1)

Fall--School of Business introduces a certificate of study in non- profit management.(Ibid.)


February--Office of Special Events renamed the Office of Advancement Events. Michael Boots has been appointed senior director of Advancement Events. ("Office of Special Events has new name," University Update, February 22, 2001, p. 2)

September ??--Position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) created. Christine E. Haile was appointed Interim and subsequently permanent CIO. The CIO reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer, Carlos E. Santiago, who holds the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The CIO is responsible for all information technology in Academic Computing, Univ- ersity Business Systems, Data and Telecommunications, Extended Learning and ResNet.


Early 2001??--Neurobiology Research Center renamed the Center for Neuroscience Research. Founded in 1967, the Center initially focused on "the development and plasticity of the nervous system, with a particular emphasis on experience-dependent nervous system development." The renamed Center was awarded a $242,200 grant from the National Science Foundation becoming one of only six Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)Training Sites in neuro- science. The name change reflects the Center's broader interests in "neural development and regeneration, genetic and hormonal control of behavior, and synaptic function and plasticity." Faculty representing psychological and biological science departments will conduct the summer programs which will be limited to 10 students each for the next three summers. Students will be recruited from colleges in the Capital Region and the Northeast. Participants will receive free room and board, a stipend, supply budget, and funding to travel to regional meetings on neuroscience. The program will be lead by associate professors Cheryl Frye of the Department of Psychology and Gregory Lnenicka of the Department of Biological Sciences. (Carol Olechowski, "UAlbany Joins Prestigious Group of Research Centers," University Update, May 3, 2001,p. 3)

January--Creation of Northeastern Center for Jewish Studies announced by President Hitchcock. The advisory board for the Center met in November 2000 approving an initial $50,000 fund raising campaign, and the campaign has already received a $25,000 challenge grant from Marty Silverman. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany to Create Major Northeastern Center for Jewish Studies," University Update, January 25, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)

March 14--Governor Pataki announces that UAlbany and RPI have won a national competition along with Stanford, MIT and Georgia Tech to be re-desig- nated as a National Interconnect Focus Center. The designation is made by the Semiconductor Industry Association and the Defence Advanced Researdch Projects Agency. NYS has agreed to fund the center with $5 million annually. The Focus-Center New York (FCNY) will be headquartered at CESTM. Funding for FCNY from industry is expected to be $45 million over three years. FCNY will work towards improving interconnects at the molecular level. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany and RPI Share High-Tech Research Award," University Update, March 22, 2001, pp. 1& 7)

April 23--Governor Pataki, flanked by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Republican Leader Joseph Bruno, announces creation of UAlbany Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics. Senior Vice President and Group Executive, IBM Technology Group has pledged that IBM will contribute $100 million to the Center while Governor Pataki stated NYS will provide up to $50 million. The new Center is expected to bring in an additional $200 million over the next five years. The Center will create "the only university-based 300-millimeter computer wafer prototyping facility in the world." In addition to providing laboratory and clean room space, the Center will train a "state-of-the-art work- force development program at UAlbany..." involving collaboration with local community colleges." ("Governor, IBM Announce $150 Million for University at Albany Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics," University Update, May 3, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)


January--University Library benefits from $1.5 million in upgrades. The Current Periodicals Reading Room is moved to the remodeled space formerly occupied by the Special Collections and Archives Reading Room. Stack are de- compressed with the move of science books to the Science Library meeting the access requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Group study tables have been installed in place of individual carrels. Twenty omputers in the Interactive Media Center have been upgraded. Thirty year old carpeting has been or is being replaced. Two new "smart classrooms" have been installed. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "University Library Receives $1.5 Million in Ren- ovations, Upgrades," University Update, January 25, 2001, p. 4)

January 31--President Hitchcock announces that the University has accepted an invitation to full membership in the America East Conference effective during the 2001-2002 academic year.(Brian DePasquale, "America East Conference Invites UAlbany," University Update, February 13, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)

January--113 students occupy newly renovated Montauk Hall, moving from Steinmetz Hall. Approximately $1.7 million was spent on the renovations which involved upgrading fire alarms, installing new sprinklers, floors, doors, lights, and ceilings. Bathrooms were gutted and remodeled, and a fully handi- capped accessible room was installed on the first floor. ("Students Move into Newly Renovated Montauk Hall," University Update, February 13, 2001, p. 2)

February--Announcement that Swiss biotech firm, SmartGene will locate its drug discovery operations on the East Campus. SmartGene specializes in data-mining/bioinformatics and was attracted by the facilities of the Center for Comparative Functional Genomics. (Vinny Reda, "Swiss Biotech Firm Moving to East Campus," University Update, February 13, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)

February--Announcement that the SUNY Construction Fund has formally awarded the $42.69 million construction contract for the new 194,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences Building to Northland Associates of Syracuse. (Christine McKnight, "Master Plan Winter Progress," University Update, February 13, 2001, p. 3)

February--Announcement that Simmie Knox has been commissioned to paint the University's official portrait of former President H. Patrick Swygert, 1990-1995. (Christine Hanson McKnight, "Portrait Artist Simmie Knox to Paint Former President H. Patrick Swygert," University Update, February 13, 2001, p. 4)

March--Master Plan Progress detailed. Steinmetz Hall undergoing total rehab on same lines as Montauk Hall above. Draper 313 is being turned into a "smart classroom." CESTM II is being designed by architects Camp Dresser & McKee of Albany. (Mary Fiess, "Master Plan Winter Progress," University Update, March 9, 2001, p. 2)

March--Announcement that the Graduate Student Organization has created a research grant officially called the University at Albany Graduate Student Organization Research Excellence Award. The aim is to raise enough money to fund a $1,000 grant in the Fall and Spring semesters. The initial grant will come from the GSO budget, while future funding will come from the Annual Fund, from graduates, and from an endowment solicited from companies. (Greta Petry, "GSO Creates New Research Grant, Starts Private Fundraising," University Update, March 9, 2001, p. 4)

March--UAlbany and RPI selected to join the U.S. Department of Energy's National Alliance of Clean Energy Business Incubators. Both UAlbany's CESTM II and RPI will provide additional start-up space for clean energy incub- ator companies. (Greta Petry, "UAlbany, RPI Join National Network of Clean Energy Incubators," University Update, March 22, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)

April 5--University Libraries celebrates the acquisition of it's 2 millionth volume. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "University Libraries Celebrate Two Millionth Volume April 5," University Update, March 22, 2001, p. 4)

May--Announcement that the Science Library, designed by RGA Associates, received the New York Construction News' 2000 Award of Merit. ("New Library's Latest Award," University Update, May 2, 2001, p. 4)

May 20-–Commencement held on Campus after 10 years in the Knickerbocker/Pepsi Arena. Schools and Departments will hold individual cerem- onies in addition to the Undergraduate Commencement that will be held on the south lawn in back of the Science Library and the Graduate Commencement that will be held at the RACC. The smaller ceremonies will allow for the recognit- ion of the achievements of individuals. (Greta Petry, "Commencement to Have a New Look," University Update, January 25, p. 2; Albany Magazine, January 2001, p. 12)

June 9--Dedication ceremony for the Wall of Honor honoring UAlbany faculty, staff, students and graduates who have served in the military since the founding of the school in 1844. The Wall consists of a nine panel, 36 foot long mural created by Albany artist Dahl Taylor using snapshots and illustrat- ions of service men and women. The Wall is mounted in the President's Lounge on the second floor of the University Library. ("Honoring University at Albany Veterans," University Update, May 3, 2001, p. 4)

August 20--Governor Pataki announces that the University at Albany will be a partner in the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park (STEP) located in Malta, NY. UAlbany will provide companies at the new clean energy technology park, the first of its kind in the country, with technology development and prototyping support. The park will involve a partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and UAlbany. ("UAlbany Partners in Nation's First Clean Energy Technology Park," University Update, August 30, 2001, pp. 1 & 7 adapted from Governor's Office press release)

August--Fall 2001 2,230 students enroll including 205 Presidential Scholars with an average SAT of 1325 and an average GPA of 94.5. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "Exciting Changes Await New and Returning Students," University Update, August 30, 2001, p. 1)

October 24--Gingko tree planted and plaque erected on the west side of the Campus Pond in honor or John C. Elliot, curator for 30 years of the Department of Bioligical Sciences. Elliot passed away on June 11. ("Update Obituaries," UAlbany Update, December 13, 2001, p. 3)

November--Campus Pond drained and new pump installed. George Lobby on East Campus remodeled and portraits of Georges hung in the lobby. (Michael Boots, "Master Plan Progress," UAlbany Update, November 30, 2001, p. 3)

December 9--First official commencement ceremony for August and December graduates held at the Recreation and Convocation Center (RACC). Over 500 graduates received bachelors, masters, certificates of advanced study, and doctoral degrees. President Hitchcock awarded the degrees and Distinguished Teaching Professor and psychology department Chair Robert A. Rosellini gave the commencement address. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "First Official December Commencement a Great Success," UAlbany Update, December 13, 2001, p. 1


February--Announcement of Korea Foundation gift of $135,000 to create a tenure-track assistant professorship in Korean studies in the Department of East Asian Studies. Korean Studies began at UAlbany in 1994-95 when a first year Korean language course was offered, with a second year course offered in 2000-01. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany Wins Grant for Korean Studies," University Update, February 22, 2001, p. 2)

May??--Announcement that Albany Valve & Fitting Co. has agreed to fund a fellowship for UAlbany graduate students in the nanosciences and materials for three years. G Thomas Selfridge, owner of the company, presented the gift. (Greta Petry, "Albany Valve & Fitting Co. Creates New Fellowship for Students in the Nanosciences," University Update, May 3, 2001, p. 2)

September--Anonymous gift of $50,000 to support the UAlbany 8 year old faculty exchange program with the University of Sophia in Bulgaria. The gift will support UAlbany faculty in Sophia and University of Sophia faculty working at UAlbany. It is hoped by Ernest Scatton of the Department of Anthropology and his partner Sofia University Professor and Chair of English and American Studies Alexander Shurbanov that this initial gift will lead to more gifts and a permanent endowment. UAlbany and the University of Sophia will provide housing to the visiting faculty. (Carol Olechowski, "Anonymous Donor Supports Bulgarian Program," UAlbany Update, September 14, 2001, p. 2)

November 13----President Hitchcock launches $100 Life Sciences Research Initiative, with $65 million pledged by NYS, $10 from research grants, $20 million from private gifts of which $8 million will be spent of the build- ing, and $12 million to recruit world class researchers. The Life Sciences Building will house researchers from psychology, biology and chemistry. At the launching Constance and Thomas D'Ambra pledged $1 million to jump start the new initiative. Mary Fiess, "UAlbany Launches $100 Million Life Sciences Research Initiative," UAlbany Update, November 30, 2001, p. 1 & [8] and Mary Fiess, Thomas and Constance D'Ambra Pledge $1 Million," UAlbany Update, November 30, 2001, p. 1& 6)


January--Announcement of Avon Products Foundation donation of $100,000 over two years to support full-time enrollment by 10 "nontraditional" women transferring from regional community colleges. The funds are earmarked for the Initiatives for Women Life Impact Scholarship Program. Among the considerations to be taken into account in awarding the scholarships are that the women be 25 or older, have children, have work experience and have great financial need. The first Avon awards were given to Erlyn Amell, Susan Brent, Pauline Bush, Michelle Delgado, Rachel Della Ratta, Veronica Miller, Paula Quierolo, Denise Rubio, and Ann Young. (Vinny Reda, "Avon Grant Gives Ten UAlbany Scholarships," University Update, January 25, 2001, p. 1: for the first Avon awards given see Greta Petry, "Ford Foundation Awards $80,000 Challenge Grant to Albany's IFW," UAlbany Update, September 14, 2001, p. 4)

January--Announcement of National Science Foundation "XYZ on a Chip" program grant of $900,000 to the UA Institute for Materials to develop a laboratory on a chip to measure the responce of cells to toxins, drugs, and stimuli. This BioMEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) device would greatly speed up scientists ability to study cells. Collaborators with UA will be the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Louisville. James Castracane heads the UA team. "Mary Fiess, "Building a Laboratory on a Chip," University Update, January 25, 2001, p. 7)

March--Three grants ($595 from U.S. Department of Educaton Office of Educational Research and Improvement; $205 from the Smith Richardson Foundation; $132,000 from the NYS Department of Education and the Rand Corporation, and continuing support from the NYS Educational Finance Research Consortium, fund the research of James Wyckoff of public administration and policy and Hamilton Lankford of economics in investigating which strategies are most effective in attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers. (Vera Dordick, "Wyckoff, Lankford Expand Research on Attracting, Retaining Good Teachers," University Update, March 9, 2001, p. 4)

April--Second major Freeman Foundation grant supports the Department of East Asian Studies B.A. in Chinese Studies/MBA program. This grant for $245,000 will support nine UAlbany students enrolled in the B.A. program and three graduate students from China enrolled in the MBA program. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany to Build on Success of Chinese/M.B.A. Program with New Freeman Foundation Scholarships," University Update, April 5, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)

April--Announcement that the Center for Technology in Government has been awarded a $260,000 Digital Government Program grant to "re-envision the proposal management functions in goverment agencies that award grants, and to explore how process changes and advanced information technologies can support that transformation." (Vinny Reda, "CTG Helps NSF Assess Grant Processing," University Update, April 5, 2001, pp. 1 & 7)

Fall--UAlbany begins offering OASIS classes (Older Adult Services and Information Systems), the first university in the nation to sponsor an OASIS chapter. The first course, a pilot class "The Peoples of Russia and China: Facing the Dawn of a New Century," drew thirty participants. Offerings greatly expanded with locally developed courses in the spring of 2002 and by the fall of 2002 included 23 courses. (Carol Olechowski, "University is First to Offer OASIS," Update, September 12, 2002, p. 4)

September 11--Terrorists destroy the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. For the University's reaction see Mary Fiess, "A United Campus Responds," UAlbany Update, September 14, 2001, p. 1 and UAlbany Update, September 27, 2001, p. 1-3 & 7)

September??--Construction begins on Empire Commons housing complex. When completed the complex will house 1200 students in apartment style living. The complex will consist of 26 buildings on 25 acres. Buildings will each have twelve four bedroom, two bath apartments, with single occupancy bedrooms. The complex will be divided into undergraduate and graduate housing. The proposed graduate housing will have four bedrooms and four baths in each apartment. All apartments will have kitchens, living rooms and include a washer and dryer. The complex will also include a commons building with exercise and mail facilities, vending rooms, staff offices and meeting areas. All rooms will have high-speed Internet access. The complex will be managed by the Student Housing Corporation. The project is projected to cost $59 million and will be funded through tax-exempt municipal bonds and possibly the City of Albany's Industrial Development Corporation. The developer is United Development Corp. of Albany, the architecs DiMella Shaffer Associates of Boston, the site engineer is Saratoga Associates and the General Contractor BBL Construction Services. First Albany Corporation will be the bond underwriter. (Mary Fiess, "Empire Commons: University Begins Construction of New Student Housing," UAlbany Update, September 14, 2001, p. [8])

September--Announcement that University has received U.S. Department of Education TRIO grant to set up a TRIO program at the University with the goal of helping 250 disadvantaged students academically to earn an 80% graduation rate. The program supports academic advisement, counseling, financial aid planning, cultural enrichment activities, and field trips to local industries. The program is targeted at low-income, first-generation college and disabled students. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "TRIO Grant to Aid Disadvantaged Students," UAlbany Update, September 14, 2001, p. 1

September--Announcement that the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Center for Legislative Development (CLD) $17.26 million to continue its efforts to strengthen and increase the efficiency of Lebanese municipal governments. CLD has worked with 82 municipal governments and the central government to simplify municipal administrative procedures, standize budget and revenues, and use information technology to make municipal services more transparent. Mahmoud Batlouni is the director of the Lebanon Project for CLD. (Vinny Reda, "Grant Will Expand CLD Initiative in Lebanon," UAlbany Update, September 14, 2001, p. 2)

September--Ford Foundation challenge grant to the Initiatives for Women (IFW) announced. The Ford Foundation has pledged $80,000 if the IFW can raise $160,000 in new endowed funds by 2004. The endowed awards given out by the IFW in 2001 at the Lillian Barlow Award ($800) to Shirlee Duffort, the Christine E. Bose and Edna Acosta-Belen IFW Feminist Research Award ($1,000) to Limarie Nieves-Rosa, the Gloria R. DeSole Fund for IFW ($1,000) to Joyce Keyes, the Judy L. Genshaft Fund for IFW Scholarship ($500) to Linda Scoville, the Haynes-Davis Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) to Natalya Grigoryants, The Initiatives for Women Endownment Award ($500) to Shai Brown, the Bernice Mosby Peebles '39 Scholarship Award ($1,000 designated for women of color) to Chrislene Adams, the Physician's Endowment Fund for IFW ($500) to Linda Rodriguez, the Susan Van Horn-Shipherd '64 Women in Science Scholarship ($500) to Suzanne Levine. The named awards given by the IFW in 2001 are the Patrick Foti Award in Memory of R. Thomas Flemming ($500) to Claudine Lochard, the David and Gladys Groudine Award ($500) to Deborah McManamara, the Anne Gustin Scholarship for Women in Law and Government ($500) to Alla Reyfman, the Secretarial-Clerical Council IFW Award ($500) to Labrada Pimentel, and the Kathleen A. Turek IFW Technology Award to Rachel Pocino. (Greta Petry, "Ford Foundation Awards $80,000 Challenge Grant to Albany's IFW," UAlbany Update, September 14, 2001, p. 4)



February--UAlbany School of Public Health designated a regional Center for Public Health Preparedness, one of the 15 nationwide. The Prepared Center, which serves the Northeast, will receive $1 million per year for three years in funding from the U.S. Health and Human Services Agency to "work with communities and local health departments to prepare the nation's public health and healthcare workforce to respond to terrorist incidents and other emerging health care threats." (Karl Lunta, "UAlbany Joins Fight against Bioterrorism," UAlbany Update, February 14, 2002, p. 1; "President's Oct. 9 Faculty Address," UAlbany Update, November 7, 2002, p. 2)

September 19--Announcement by State Senator Joseph L. Bruno and President Hitchcock that UAlbany will receive $22.5 million to build a cancer research center on the East Campus. The center will be known as Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics. It will be housed in a new $45 million 125,000 sq. ft. building. Half of the funds will be provided by NYS through its Gen*NY*Sis Fund, and half provided by the University and private businesses. Professor Paulette McCormick will run the new center which is expected to create 230 new jobs. (Greta Petry, "UAlbany Cancer Research Center to be Built on East Campus," UAlbany Update, October 10, 2002, p. 1)


January--First courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Non- profit Management and Leadership program by Rockefeller College. Initial funding for the program came from a 1998 $600,000 W.K. Foundation Grant to the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society's Nonprofit Educational Initiative. Collaborating in offering the certificate program will be Rockefeller College, the School of Social Welfare, and the School of Informat- ion Science and Policy. (Carol Olechowski, "New Graduate Certificate Offered in Nonprofit Management,"UAlbany Update, December 13, 2001, p. 5)


February 14--H. Patrick Swygert portrait by Simme Knox unveiled. The portrait will hang in the President's Lounge of the University Library. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "Former UAlbany President H. Patrick Swygert Returns to Campus," UAlbany Update, February 14, 2002, p. 1)

February--UAlbany and Trebhuvan University of Nepal join a three year partnership funded by the National Science Foundation and the University Grants Commission of Nepal to study the enviornmental effects of ozone deplet- ion in the stratosphere and ozone-ultra violet interaction. The UAlbany project director is Professor Tara Prasad Das of the Department of Physics. (Heidi Weber, "UAlbany, Tribhuvan Team for Research," UAlbany Update, February 28, 2002, p. 3

April 3--Governor George Pataki announced plans to redevelop the Harriman Campus State Office complex into a world class research and technol- ogy park with UAlbany playing a key role in the redevelopment. Pataki specif- ically cited the University's Center for Enviornmental Sciences and Technology Management and the Life Sciences Building under construction of examples of the "enormous steps to become a leader in research and development, not just in pure academic research but working with otherr companies through our Center for Excellence to develop high-tech jobs and research capabilities for the 21st Century." The time table is a 10 to 20 year buildout as NYS workers move to new locations, and buildings are remodeled or new facilities constructed. It is envisioned that high tech companies associated with the University would help fill the Harriman Campus. ("UAlbany to Play a Key Role in Pataki's Redevelopment of Harriman Campus," UAlbany Update, April 11, 2002, pp. 1 & 7)

April 4--Chief Information Office Christine E. Haile connected two ribbons together symbolizing the University's membership in Internet2 (I2), the "private, members only Internet path for collaborative research." The new path allows researchers avoid competition with all of the other University, student and staff functions on the Internet. Participation in I2 was aided by a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant. I2, said Haile, is "particular- ly useful for large computational projects and database users.... [and] research scientists who use visual modeling...." (Greta Petry, "UAlbany Connects to Internet2," UAlbany Update, April 25, 2002, p. 2)

April 11--Formal dedication of Business Administration 231 as the Towers Perrin Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) Classroom. Present were former Towers Perrin CEO and UAlbany graduate '70, John T. Lynch. In the fall of 2000 Towers Perrin $330,000 committment to the University at Albany, $100,000 for establishing a smart classroom in Room 231, $230,000 to establish the Towers Perrin Research and Development Fund and the Towers Perrin Student Award. The Development Fund provides yearly awards for faculty in the HRIS and human resource management fields, while the Student Award supports "academic excellence and career potential...." in both fields." (Carol Olechowski, "Ded- icated Classroom," UAlbany Update, April 25, 2002, p. ???)

April 25--Formal inauguration of the Center for Jewish Studies with a visit by Ramar Rabinovich, president of Tel Aviv University. The Center was opened in 2001 with Mark Raider, Ph.D., the founding director. (Center for Jewish Studies Inauguration April 25," UAlbany Update, April 11, 2002, p. 2)

May--Announcement that the Initiatives for Women has created a new Honoring Our Mothers Fund. The first winner of the award is Mia Gallo, a single mother of four and doctoral student in anthropoligy. ("Honoring Our Mothers," UAlbany Update, May 9, 2002, p. [5]; "2002 Initiatives for Women Award Winners Honored for Scholarship," UAlbany Update, September 12, 2002, p. 5)

May--Announcement that the Merlin Hathaway Memorial Award to the top student athlete has been awarded to Amy Di Micco, captain of the UAlbany field hockey team. The award, a $1,000 scholarship, was established by Eleanor Hathaway, formerly of the School of Education, in memory of her husband, long-time coach and leader of athletics at the Univesity, 1944-1976. Is this the first time the award was given??? It does not appear in the chronology earlier. ("Merlin Hathaway Memorial Award Honors Top Student Athlete," UAlbany Update, May 9, 2002, p. 7)

May--First winner of the $500 Albany Women's Association Endowed Scholarship is Megan Paige Turner, a 2002 graduate in English. The Women's Association was founded at the University in 1951 as the Faculty Wives Club, and is open to women faculty and staff, and the wives of faculty and staff. The scholarship is for women who have attend UAlbany for at least two years. ("Around UAlbany: Scholarship Awarded," UAlbany Update, May 8, 2002, p. [7])

July 18--Governor George Pataki announces that International SEMATECH North will move its research and development to the UAlbany Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics. International SEMATECH (an acronym for Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology) is a consortium of 12 major computer chip manufacturers. International SEMATECH will start moving 250 researchers to Albany before the new 300-millimeter 118,000 sq. ft. computer wafer proto- typing and workforce training facility at CESTM is completed. The agreement bringing International SEMATECH to Albany calls for NYS and industry to invest about $400 million in the new center over 5 years. $210 million will come from state funds ($50 million already in the 2002-03 state budget), and $193 million from International SEMATECH and its members including IBM. (Mary Fiess, "SEMATECH North Moves to UAlbany," UAlbany Update, September 12, 2002, pp. 1 & 7)

Summer--School of Social Welfare establishes two funds in honor of Distinguished Professor Shirley J. Jones. One endowment is for the Shirley J. Jones Endowed Fund for International Community Building administered by the School of Social Welfare which will further educational and career goals of African American graduate students in social welfare. A second fund is the Shirley J. Jones Opportunity Fund administered by the UAlbany Initiatives for Women which will be used to advance the academic and career goals of an African American Woman in any doctoral program in the University. ("Kathy Turek, "Two New Funds Honor Shirley Jones," UAlbany Update, October 10, 2002, p. 4)

August--Freshman class of 2,300 from 30 states and 11 nations. When international students are counted, 10% are from out-of-state. Robert Andrea, director of Admissions, noted that of the 2002 graduates only 3% were out-of- state students. Of the freshman class 176 were Presidential Scholars, 19 were Frederick Douglas Scholars, and 90 were College Scholars. (Greta Petry, "The Freshman Class; High-Quality Students from 30 States, 11 Nations," UAlbany Update, September 12, 2002, p. 1)

October 18--Official dedication of the Boor Sculpture Studio which open- ed in early September. The Studio is named for Terri Cosmo Boor, a student of Professor of Art Edward Mayer, and a donor to the University. The 20,000 sq. ft. studio includes a modeling studio, a media suite for video production, and an experimental gallery/installation area, a three-dimensional design room, a wood/pattern shop, a bronze foundry and welding shop, and an outdoor workspace. Office space is available for faculty and mast of fine arts students. (Carol Olechowski, "UAlbany Students Benefit from New Boor Sculpture Studio," UAlbany Update, September 12, 2002, p. 4)

October 25--Formal dedication of the opening of the Arts & Sciences Building which has undergone substantial remodeling. The building served as the University's Administration Building for 35 years. The building now houses the departments of Anthropology, Sociology, and Geography and Planning, the college dean's office, and three new "smart classrooms" with multimedia tools. ("College of Arts & Sciences Celebrates," UAlbany Update, November 7, 2002, p. 1)

November 21--Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) president and CEO announces that they will establish a research and development center at the Albany Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics. The facility is expected to provide 300 new jobs. NYS will provide $100 million in capital construction, equipment and tools for research over seven years while TEL is expected to invest $200 ??? million. This needs to be checked! ("UAlbany to Host Tokyo Electron R & D Center," UAlbany Update, December 12, 2002, pp. 1 & 7)


January--William Randolph Hearst Foundation gives $500,000 endowed fellowship to the School of Social Welfare to educate social workers to work with people over 65. The first awards were given to Toni Marion and Elizabeth Strabo, both masters students, in the fall of 2002. ("Graduate Students in Aging to Benefit from Hearst Fellowship, " UAlbany Update, January 31, 2001, p. 3; "Events and Happenings: William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholar- ship Fund," UAlbany Update, December 12, 2002, p. [8] with photo of George Hearst, Dean Katherine Bryer-Lawson and the award winners.)

January--Announcement that the Troy Savings Bank donated $30,000 to the School of Social Welfare's Internship for Aging Program. ("Events and Happenings," UAlbany Update, January 31, 2002, p. 4)

January--X-Ray Optical Systems (XOS)donation of $116,000 in custom x-ray optics to the University. The company started as an incubator company at the University. In five years it has made gifts to the University of almost $500,000. (Carol Olechowski, "X-Ray Optical Systems Gift Supports Life Sciences Research at UAlbany," UAlbany Update, January 31, 2002, p. 8)

November--Announcement of Morris "Marty" Silverman's gift of $1 million to the Life Sciences Initiative. (Carol Olechowski, "Silverman Supports UAlbany Life Sciences Initiative with $1 Million Gift," UAlbany Update, November 7, 2002, p. 6)


February--Freeman Foundation grant of $1.99 million over four years to the Department of East Asian Studies announced. The Department is the only degree granting of East Asian Studies in the SUNY System. It offers degree programs in Chinese, Japanese and East Asian Studies, with Korean to be added in 2003. (Karl Lunta, "Grant Boosts UAlbany East Asian Studies Program," UAlbany Update, February 14, 2002, p. 4; a partial list of the first scholarship winners in May 2002 can be found in "Around UAlbany: Student Scholarships," UAlbany Update, May 9, 2002, p. [7])

February--Announcement that the NYS Department of Public Health will subcontract $1.4 million over three years of a $5.4 million grant from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research to the School of Public Health. The contract is to reduce healthcare errors. Professor Edward L. Hannan of the school's Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior will lead the University's effort. (Vinny Reda, "UAlbany's School of Public Health Works to Reduce Medical Errors in New York State," UAlbany Update, February 14, 2002, p. 5)

October--Announcement that State Farm has given a grant of $75,000 to the Career Development Center for a year long series of career planning workshops and programs. The programs will be open to all students from freshman to seniors, with course for freshman and sophomores concentrating on exposing students to career opportunities, while those for seniors concentrat- ing on job application skills. Special programs will be created for EOP students to acquaint them with employment opportunities with major U.S. corporations. ("Career Development Partners with State Farm," UAlbany Update, October 10, 2002, p. [7])

October--Announcement that the School of Public Health has been des- ignated a Prevention Research Center (PRC), one of 28 in the country, by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The new designation, and a $1.38 million grant from the CDC will allow the PRC to study "how community-based intervent- ions can prevent or reduce the impact of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease." PRC's are charged with conducting stud- ies of under-served populations with a "disportionately large burden of death and disability." (Lisa James Goldsberry, "Chronic Disease Prevention Studied," UAlbany Update, November 7, 2002, p. 1 & 5)


March--Graduate students in French and Spanish publish a new journal, Sodalitas,accepting articles and reviews from graduate students across the country in Hispanophone and Francophone literature and cultural studies. A formal party celebrating the yearly online and paper publication will be held on April 22. Support for the first publication was provided by the Grad- uate Student Organization and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. The founders are Lisa Nolan, editor, Robert Jones, co-editor, and Blanche Vellano, associate editor. The web address is (Carol Olechowski, "Sodalitas to Launch April 22" UAlbany Update, April 11, 2002, p. 5)




November--The School of Social Welfare, with a $2 million five year grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is establishing a Center on Child Welfare, Drug Abuse,and Intergenerational Risk. According to Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson, the center will concentrate on research on "child welfare, substance abuse, and HIV/AIDS issues." The Center will study sub- stance abuse and try to improve the design of services in all three areas. The new center is lead by SSW Professor Philip McCallionwith co-directors profess- ors Carolyn Smith, Barry Loneck, and Jame Jaccard, ("School of Social Welfare Initiatives Bring Heightened Visibility," Update, November 7, 2002, p. 6)


January 28--Governor Pataki, taking the occasion of a ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of a new clean room at the Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics, announces that the deal to bring International SEMATECH (ISMT) North to UAlbany has been signed. ISTM North will concentrate on "extreme ultra-violet (EUV) lithography infrastructure focused on advanced work in three areas - mask blanks, resit, and EUV extensions" at the new state-of-the-art EUV cleanroom." ISTM will provide "technical program definit- ion, execution, management, and staffing, while UAlbany will provide facilit- ies, staffing, and funding leverage." ("New York State, International SEMATECH and UAlbany Close Deal," UAlbany Update, January 31, 2003, pp. 1 & 7)

September 2--First students admitted to new School of Nanosciences and Nanoengineering. ("University at Albany President's Report 2002-3003," UAlbany, January 2004, p. 6)

February 21-22--UAlbany wins America East men's indoor track & field title, the first title for any UAlbany team since joining the America East Conference in September 2001. (Brian DePasquale, "Update Sports: UAlbany Wins America East Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Title," UAlbany Update, Febrary 27, 2003, p. [6])

April 26--Kickoff dinner held for $500 million Bold Vision: The Campaign for the University at Albany. President Hitchcock and President of the University at Albany Foundation Board George Hearst III announce the new campaign, the largest in SUNY history. Major goals of the campaign are endowed professorships, raising the University's current $13.4 million endow- ment by $51.3 million, the Life Sciences Research Initiative with a $20 mill- ion goal, $25 million for a new Business Education Center. The largest gifts to date are IBM's donation of $100 million in funds and equipment for the Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics, and a $100 million gift to the Univ- ersity from International SEMATECH. Two estate endowed professorships were announced at the event, one, the Nicholaou Excelsior Professorship in Hellenic Studies donated by Mary P. Nicholaou, masters '61, and the second an Excelsior Professorship for medical research donated by Professor Emeritus Pauline M. Vaillancourt and Murielle T.Vaillancourt. Professor Paul Leonard and his wife Kristine also announced their intentions to establish an endowment to support community college graduates entering the University. The silent phase of the campaign began July 1, 1998, and to date $272 million has been committed. Major corporate gifts have already been pledged by IBM, GE, Pfizer, foundat- ions like Hartford, Hearst, and Avon, and individual donations by Thomas and Connie D'Ambra, Marty Silverman, and the late Carla Delray. (Mary Fiess, "UAlbany Announces $500 Million Fund-raising Campaign Goal," UAlbany Update, May 8, 2003, pp. 1 & 7)

May 17 & 18--Commencement features 30 individual recognition cerem- onies and receptions in addition to the Undergraduate and Graduate Commence- ment ceremonies. Departments, schools and colleges award graduates individual degrees at these ceremonies and receptions. (Christy DeLaMater, "Adding the Personal Touch," UAlbany Update, June 2, 2003, p. 1)

June 16--MyUAlbany web portal debuts allowing faculty to submit grades online, view and print schedules and up-to-date class rosters, and view information for advising students. Students will be able to register for classes and view their academic record, check financial and billing informat- ion, and update personal information. MyUAlbany is an outgrowth of the PeopleSoft Integrated Administrative System which is replacing the SIRS System. (Mary Fiess, "MyUAlbany will Debut June 16," UAlbany Update, May 8, 2003, p. [7])

August--Freshman class of 2,100 traditional freshmen have average high school GPA of 90, and SAT scores 15 points higher than last year. The Class of 2007 includes 200 Presidential Scholars and more than 100 College Scholars. New honors programs in women's studies and public policy have been introduced allowing students to work closely with senior faculty on a research project.

August 12--U.S. Representative John Sweeney predicts Albany NanoTech will receive a $5 million federal appropriation to develop technologies for US Navy ships to run on electric power to run quietly and cleanly. The bill has already been voted out of the House Appropriations Committee. UAlbany will partner with MTech, a Balston Spa firm located at Malta's Saratoga Tech- nology Park (STEP) were the University is a partner. (Carol Olechowski, "Albany NanoTech to Receive Federal Appropriation," UAlbany Update, September 12, 2003, p. 6)

September--Data collection begins for the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center's Hudson Valley Ambient Meterology Study (HVAMS). The study is funded by a National Science Foundation grant of $625,000 and a further $400,000 from the NSF Faciiities Deployment Pool for aircraft, NCAR stations and equipment. The aim of the project is to determine how topography and land use effect climate. The observation phase of the project was conducted in September and October with the cooperation of scientists from the University of Wyoming, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Alabama, Huntsville, the National Weather Service Forecast Office at Albany, and the Schenectady and Kingston-Ulster airports. (Carol Olechowski, "ASRC Focuses on Ups and Downs of Hudson Valley Weather," Update, November 7, 2003, p. 5)

October 11-12--Freshman "Clash of the Quads" planned. The new act- ivity is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and is meant to encour- age school spirit. Saturday activities are scheduled for Indian and State Quads and will include kickball, egg on a spoon races, musical chairs, a three-legged race, a single and pairs double dutch competition, and a tug-of- war. The winners will face off on Sunday for a tricycle race, volleyball and a seed spitting contest. [Archivist note: The "Clash of the Quads" is a revival, with a twist, of the old New York State College for Teachers tradat- ion of Freshman/Sophomore "Rivalry" discontinued in the 1960s.] (Heidi Weber, "Freshman 'Clash of the Quads October 11-12," Update, October 10, 2003, p. 1)

October 26--National honor society of Omicron Delta Kappa (OKD) est- ablished at UAlbany. The honor society began in 1914 at Washington and Lee University to encourage "superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary char- acter." Membership is open to juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty and staff, and alumni and community leaders. "Students initiates must be in the top 35% of their class, ... demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to campus and community activities." (Karl Lunta, "National Leadership Honor Society Establishes Chapter at UAlbany," Update, November 7, 2003, p. 8)

October 28--President Karen R. Hitchcock announces her resignation effective June 30, 2004 at her annual fall address. ("President's Resignation Announced: President's Address, October 28, 2003," Update, pp. 1-2, 7) to the faculty.

November 1--Football Coach Bob Ford wins 200th victory over Wagner at Wagner College Stadium, becoming the 4th active NCAA Division 1-AA coach to record 200 wins. ("UAlbany Coach Bob Ford Records 200th Career Victory," Update, November 7, 2003, p. 6)

November--Consortium on Africa holds its first meeting. The consort- ium was founded by Distinguished Service Professor Emerita Shirley J. Jones with a grant from the UAlbany Affirmative Action Committee. Its goals are to: "identify faculty recruiting African students and/or directing programs and activities in Africa; increase the number of African students and scholars at UAlbany; promote student faculty links, and exchange programs; help to eradic- ate negative media portrayals of Africa; spotlight UAlbany courses that add- ress African issues and policies; and establish collaborative partnerships undertaking research and publication, seeking funding, and advocate for effective change and development in international education with a focus on Africa."(Greta Petry, "New Consortium Focuses on Africa," Update, February 6, 2004, p. 5)

November--Albany NanoTech and NanoQuebec form consortium. NanoQuebec is a non-profit organization "established to promote the development of nano- tech through networking and dialogue with university, industry, and government partners. The University partners are the Universite de Montreal, McGill University, Ecole Polythechnique, Universite Laval, University de Sherbrooke, Concordia University, Ecole de Technologie Superierur, and the Institut Nat- ional de Recherche Sceintifique. The consortium will sponsor workshops, stud- ent and staff exchanges, and joint research and development. The research top- ics of common interest are nanobiological devices and components, novel nano- electronic devices and systems, emerging nanolithography and hybrid integrat- ion applications, new processing and self-assembly techniques, and nano char- acterization.(Shonna Keogan, "Albany NanoTech and NanoQuebec Enhance Cross- Boarder Partnership," Update, November 5, 2004, p. [1])


December--Professor Emerita Margaret "Meg" Stewart endows the Margaret M. Stewart Graduate Scholarship in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy. Dr. Stewart was instrumental in forming the program in 1997. (Michael Messitt, "Margaret Stewart Endows Scholarship," Update, May 6, 2004, p. 4)


January--U.S. Department of Education $1 million Talent Search Grant "to provide supplemental educational and counseling services to low-income residents of Albany, Schenectady and Troy." The five year program is expected to serve 5,000 participants, assisting high school dropouts to get the GED, and high school students to apply to college. Carson Carr Jr., associate vice president for Academic Affairs and head of the EOP Program will lead the effort. (Lisa James Goldsberry, "UAlbany Receives Million Dollar Grant from U.S. Department of Education," UAlbany Update, January 31, 2003, p. 6)

March--Announcment of Center for Technology in Government two year $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to "assemble a multi- disciplinary team of researchers to examine government information integration information projects" and develop models of successful integration projects. (Heidi Weber, "Center for Technology in Government Wins Grant," UAlbany Update, March 27, 2003, p. [7])

Fall--Grant of $$328,189 from the John A. Hartford Foundation to School of Social Welfare to establish The Elder Network of the Capital Dist- rict (ENCR). ENCR will assist communities with aging populations to integrate medical care with support services in an effort to avoid hospitalization. Dean Briar-Lawson said the grant would "help create a regional infrastructure to help maintain the independence, dignity, and self-reliance of our older citiz- ens. ENCR is an outgrowth of the Center for Excellence in Aging Services at UAlbany and the New York State Office for Aging, also funded by the Hartford Foundation. Vicky Rizzo, Ph.D., is executive director and Harry Rosenfeld is chair of the ENCR board. ("School of Social Welfare Initiatives Bring Height- ened Visibility," Update, November 7, 2002, p. 6)




--January 7--Governor Pataki, in his State of the State address, announces the creation of the nation's first College of Nanotechnology at UAlbany. The official name for the college was soon changed to the College for Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering. (Mary Fiess, "Governor Announces College of Nanotechology," Update, February 6, 2004, p. 6; for the name change see Greta Petry, "Ryan Address Highlights Quality of Incoming Freshmen Class, Innovation in Education, Increased Research Funding," Update, May 6, 2004, p. 7)


January 30--President Hitchcock with SUNY Chancellor Robert King announces her resignation effective immediately citing family health issues. Provost Carlos Santiago was immediately appointed "Officer in Charge" pending the appointment of an interim president. (Greta Petry, "President Hitchcock on Leave, Provost Santiago Named Officer in Charge," Update, February 6, 2004, p. 1 & 8)

February 24--Admiral John R. Ryan is appointed interim president. Ryan also serves as president of the SUNY Maritime College. Ryan was formerly the head of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. (For his appointment date see Greta Petry, "Ryan Address Highlights Quality of Incoming Freshmen Class, Innovation in Education, Indreased Research Funding," Update, May 6, 2004, p. 1; for his background see ??????)


September 9--Governor George E. Pataki and Senator Charles E. Schumer announce funding for The Northeast Regional Forensic Institute, a collaboration between UAlbany and the New York State Police. The institute's function will be to provide "expert postgraduate education ... to State Police DNA scientists," while providing educational opportunities to UAlbany students, according to Interim President Ryan. The core disciplines of the institute are biology, chemistry, and computer science. The institute is funded by $1.5 million in federal grants


March 24--UAlbany unveils new athletic logo featuring a block A back- ground with a UAlbany banner foreground. The logo was developed by Janet Topal. ("UAlbany Athletics Unveils New Logo," Update, April 8, 2004, p. 10)

April--Announcement that the Initiatives For Women will be seeking to raise funds for the Karen R. Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund for Initiatives For Women scholarship. By September 2004 the Hitchcock New Frontiers Fund had topped $300,000. The fund will support female Ph.D. students who show great promise. ("IFW Announces New Scholarship Fund to Honor Karen R. Hitchcock," Update, April 8, 2004, p. 2)

April--Announcement that the School of Social Welfare is establish- ing The Susan R. Sherman Endowed Fund for Internships in Aging Project. The funds will be used to support master's students at the School of Social Welf- are. Sherman holds the title of Distinguished Service Professor Emerita and is also an Evan R. Collins award recepient. (Carol Olechowski, "Sherman Fund Established at School of Social Welfare," Update, April 8, 2004, p. 11)

June 3--Capital District Regional Planning Commission releases a study "A Capital Investment: The $1.1 Billion Economic Impact of the Univer- sity a Albany," stating that the yearly impact of the University on the Capital Region now exceeds $1 billion per year. (Vincent Reda, "UAlbany's Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion," Update, June 4, 2004, p. 1 & 2)

Fall--Recreation & Convocation Center undergoes $1.5 million in renovations including replacing the playing surfaces on the Arena level to Robbins biochannel flooring, putting a new synthetic surface on the indoor track, installing a new sound system, wiring and telecommunications. The contractors are Bunkoff General Contractors of Latham and McBain Electric, Inc. of Troy. "UAlbany Begins Recreation & Convocation Center Renovations," Update, September 10, 2004, p. 7)

August 26--Albany NanoTech announces that the College for Nanoscale Sciences and Engineering has installed and is using the world's first 193 nm pre-production immersion lithography system for the development of 300 mm wafer technology. The instillation and use of the immersion lithography system involves the cooperation of ASML, IBM, and Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL). ("Shonna Koegan, "Albany NanoTech Installs First-of-Its-Kind Immersion Litho- graphy System," Update, September 10, 2004, p. 8)

September 29--Inaugural reception for the New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet). NYLARNet is sponsored by Assemblyman Peter Rivera (76th District) chair of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative Task Force, and is composed of the UAlbany Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies (CELAC), the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Columbia Uuiversity University's Teachers College. NYLARNet seeks to stimulate re- search and critical thinking on U.S. Latino issues, and to provide information to legislators, public agencies, and the media. (Vinny Reda, "Partnership of U.S. Lation Scholars Unveiled at UAlbany Sept. 29," Update, September 10, 2004, p. 8)

October--Boor Sculpture Studio architectural design by Perkins East- man architects of New York City honored by Society of American Registered Architects at their Annual Convention. The jury called the studio "exciting, inviting, and a creative place to work and study." ("National Architectural Society Honors UAlbany's Sculpture Studio," Update, December 10, 2004, p. 3)

October--Ribbon cutting heald for the newly remodeled first and second floors of the Milne Building, the headquarters of Rockefeller College. Sculptress Terri Cosma Boor was on hand to present her sculpture "Reverence" which is located in the Dean Office Reception area. ("Newly Renovated Milne Hall is Dedicated," Update, November 5, 204, p.4)

October 13--Official opening of the $78 million 194,000 sq. ft. Life Sciences Research Building designed by Hillier Architects. Total investment in the building will be $100 million when a predicted $5 million in research grants and $20 million in funds are raised by the University. The state is funding the $65 million in construction cost. The fundings is to building and equip the building, and hire research staff to fill the labs. Also opening is the D'Ambra Auditorium. Thomas D'Ambria is leading the Life Sciences Research Initiative Campaign, and donated $1 million to kick of that campaign. The Silverman Foundation also donate $1 million to the campaign. (Greta Petry, "Life Sciences Research Building Opens," Update, November, 2004, p. 2)

November 9--Albany NanoTech signs agreement with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to jointly develop new ways of measuring stress levels in strained silicon. This is the first industrial partnership for the college. Research will be carried out by CNSE and AMD-Saxony's Materials Analysis Lab- oratory in Dresden, Germany. Compressing silicon causes electrons to move faster. (Shonna Keogan and Greta Petry, "Albany NanoTech and AMD Team Up to Develop Breakthrough Silicon Measurement Technique," Update, December 10, 2004, p. 4)

December 29--Kermit L. Hall named the school's 17th president by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Hall's appointment is effective February 1, 2005. Hall was formerly the President Utah State University, a position he has held for four years. Prior to that Hall had served as provost and academic vice president and professor of history of North Carolina State University. (Mary Fiess, "Kermit L. Hall is UAlbany's 17th President," Update, February 4, 2005, pp. 1 & 8)



November--Announcement that UAlbany has been awarded $849,057 by the National Insititute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to research interventions that will prevent alcohol abuse in college students. The lead researchers on the project are M. Dolores Cimini, Ph.D. licensed psychologist and director, MIddle Earth and Matthew P. Martens, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational counseling and psychology, School of Education. The project will be run from Middle Earth. (Michael Parker, NIAAA Awards UAlbany $850,000 to Study Rapid Response to Drug and Alcohol Abuse," Update, November 5, 2004, p. 5)

December--Center for Technology in Government announces $90,000 grant from the European Union (EU) to explore IT innovation in complex multi- governmental organizations. (Mark Lavigne, "UAlbany Center Parnters with European Union," Update, December 10, 2004, p. 1)

December 20--USAID three year award of $17 million to the Center for Legislative Development to continue strengthening Lebanese municipal govern- ments. The goal is to strengthen democracy in Lebanon by creating transparent local governments, encouraging economic development and e-government, and strengthening municipal administrative and financial capacities. This grant follows a USAID grant functioning since 1993 of $25 million to strengthen parliamentary functions, several executive agencies and some municipalities. (Michael Parker, "USAID Awards UAlbany $17 Million to Bolster Democracy in Lebanon," Update, February 4, 2005, pp. 1 & 7)



October 5--Nanotechnology Management Program, or Nano+MBA announced. The program will enroll students in 2006. It is a two year, 63 credit program, which will combine courses in nanotechnology with School of Business courses. (Carol Olechowski, "Snyder Boosts Business School," Update, November 22, 2005, p. 7)

December--Department of Economics adds concentration in economic forecasting both as a professional Master's Degree, and as an Advanced Certificate. ("UAlbany Launches Economic Forecasting Degree," Update, December 9, 2005, p. 4)

January--University-wide Reading Project launched with Tracy Kidder's Mountains Beyond Mountains by Provost Susan Herbst. The purpose of the Reading Project is to engage faculty, students and staff in "reading and reflecting on a single text." The book is about "race, poverty, and the role of the United States in the world...." Small group discussions will be held in February and March with Kidder visiting the University on March 23rd. ("A Reading Project for the Campus," Update, January 30, 2006, p. 1)


August 29--Official opening of the College of Computing and Information. The new college will combine the Department of Information Studies (formerly the School of Information Science and Policy), the Department of Computer Science, and program in Informatics. The Department of Information Studies will continue to offer the American Library Association accredited masters degree program, while undergraduate and graduate programs will cont- inue to be offered in computer science and library and information science. The college grew out of the 2004 Information Commons initiative. The first leader of the new college is Dean Peter A. Bloniarz. In addition to the academic departments in the new college, the college has interdisciplinary relationships with the School of Business, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, the Center for Functional Genomics, the School of Education, and the Center for Technology in Government. (Karl Lunta, "University Launches College of Computing and Information," Update, September 22, 2005, pp. 1 & 7)

December 1--President Kermit L. Hall announces the formation of the university-wide interdisciplinary Honors College. The program will open in the fall of 2006. Honors college students will be taught by "distinguished faculty" and receive "the most rigorous and demanding comprehensive education we can offer...." according to Hall. The program will consist of small classes with mentorship, greater faculty involvement, and "more one on one teaching and learning." The Honors College is open to seniors.??? (Greta Petry, "New Honors College Unveiled," Update, December 9, 2005, pp. 1 & 7)


April 27--In his spring address to the UAlbany faculty President Hall announces the creation of the Vice President for Governmental, Public, and Media Relations, a new position. The Office of Media and Marketing is moved from the Office of the Vice President for Outreach to government relations. The Office for Outreach is being renamed the Office of Diversity and Community/School Relations. (Greta Petry, "The Student Experience is No. 1 Priority in President Hall's Vision," Update, May 6, 2005, p. 7)


January 5--Governor George E. Pataki in his State of the State message, announces two new research centers at Albany NanoTech. The first is a $400 million nanochip research and development center created by a partnership of ASML Holding NV and IBM Corporation to be called the International Multi- phase Partnership for Lithography Science and Engineering (IMPLSE). The second is a $450 million chip manufacturing research center with IBM, Applied Materials, and Tokyo Electron. The particulars of the second center are still under negotiation. ("Governor Pataki Announces Two New Research Centers for Albany NanoTech," Update, February 4, 2005, pp. 1 & 7)

September ??--Formal announcement of the new center at Albany Nanotech spoken of by Governor Pataki in his January 2004 State of the State address. The iniative, officially titled International Venture for Nanolithography (INVENT), joins the University, NYS, IBM, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Infineon Technologies AG and Micron Technology in a seven year partnership to "support the development of nanoscale lithographic patterning techniques for the production of faster and more versatile computer chips to be used in applications that include telecommunications, bionanochips, homeland defense, and sensors for energy and environment." The $600 million investment will come from NYS $180 million, IBM $80 million, the other three founders $40 million each. Additional funds will come from Honeywell, Praxair, M&W Zander, and Tokyo Electronic. $2 million will be earmarked for scholarships for women and minorities and other underrepresented groups. ($600 Million Invested in Albany NanoTech Venture," Update, September 22, 2005, p. 5)

October 18--Opening ceremony for Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics located on the East Campus. President Hall credited State Senator Joseph L. Bruno with coming up with the concept of NY State focusing on biotechnical research in 1995 and the establishment of the Generating Employment Through New York Science (Gen*NY*Sis)a $500 million public private partnership that led to the Gen*NY*Sis Center at UAlbany. Mary Polsinello Hanley, the first donor, in her son's name, to the atrium Wall of Memory and Hope, spoke at the ceremony. The building is 116,338 sq. ft. containing on the first floor an atrium with the Wall of Memory and Hope, a kiosk that allows donors to have their name memorialized on the electronic wall display for a year for $100., and a seminar room for 75 people that can be broken into smaller group spaces. The research laboratories are on the second and third floors. The third floor also contains the Walter and Anne Robb Imaging and Histology Laboratory in honor of the couple who made a $200,000 challenge grant to the Wall, and the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Board Room. (Carol Olechowski, "Opening of Gen*NY*Sis Center," Update, November 22, 2005, pp, 1 & 7)


January 31--Business-Higher Education Roundtable (BHER) launches a Tech Valley advertising campaign touting the excellence of higher education institutions in the Capital Region. The initial title of the marketing camp- aign is "New York's Capital Region -- College Region" the title on a booklet aimed at convincing students of the opportunities that await students who attend college in the Greater Capital Region which includes sixteen institutions of higher education. (Miriam Trementozzi, "Roundtable Launches Capital Region - College Region Initiative," Update, March 4, 2005, p. 7)

February 3--President Hall announces end to the Bold Vision Campaign which had raised about $250 million in corporate equipment donations and cont- ributions, and the substitution of the Inaugural Student Scholarship Fund which received an immediate infusion of $100,000, funds that would have been spent on an official inauguration and a personal gift of $10,000 for Kermit and Phyllis Hall to the Inaugural Student Scholarship Fund. Hall called for fundraising to focus on academics. The first Inaugural Student Scholarships are awarded to Jeffrey Castillo, Zakhar (Zack) Berkovich, Jessica Gunsch, and Sheila Gaddy in January 2006. (Greta Petry, "Inaugural Scholarship Fund Gathers Support," Update, March 4, 2005, p. 1; Carol Olechowski, "President Hall Plans to Refocus Fund-raising to Enhance Student Success," Update, April 8, 2005, p. 1; Carol Olechowski, "First Inaugural Scholars Named," Update, January 30, 2006, pp. 1 & 7) )

February 21--Announcement of a memorandum of understanding between the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University to "advance medical science and the treatment of persons suffering from injury and disease by understanding the pathophysiology of specific diseases at the molecular scale." The programs will focus on "disease identification, therapy design and evaluation, clinical implementation, drug discovery and delivery, toxicology detection and cure, and medical devices and components demonstration and deployment." Facilities will be shared by the scientists of the two institutions. Albert Einstein College is currently a partner in SNSE Center for Advanced Technology in Nano- materials and Nanoelectronics (CATN@). (Shonna Keogan, "CNSE Enters NanoBio Alliance with Albert Einstein College of Medicine," Update, March 4, 2005, p. 2)

February 23--President Hall opens new videoconference facility at the Life Sciences Research Building. The new facility is the first network based facility on this campus which allows multi-point video calls. At the same time that the Albany facility was opening, a facility in Hall's honor was being opened at Ohio State University where Hall served from 1994-99. (Mary Fiess, "Hall Launches Two Videoconference Facilities," Update, March 4, 2005, p. 1-2)

April 7-9, 14-14--Danes after Dark program initiated with pilot. The program aims to provide alcohol-free evening activities on campus for students on Thursday through Saturday. (Greta Petry, "Danes after Dark Draws Students," Update, May 6, 2006, p. 6)

April ??--First Annual Susan Sherman Memorial Walk around the Campus Pond. A plaque in Professor Sherman's honor was placed on the path. ("Sherman Memorial Walk April 29," Update, April 7, 2006, p. 3)

September 26--U.S. Representative John Sweeney announced a new partnership between IBM, Applied Materials , and Albany NanoTech to conduct research and development at Albany NanoTech. The $300 million five year program will begin their cooperation with the 32-nanometer (1/3000 the width of a human hair) computer chip device node. They will also work on developing the 300-mm epitaxial substrates and other advanced technologies. ("Albany NanoTech, Applied Materials, IBM Announce Research Partnership," Update, November 22, 2005, p. 5)

December--Sculptures in the Lecture Center the work of graduate art students Scott Ball and John Keefe. They won Professor of Art Edward Mayer's "Topics in Sculpture" class competition. Two other sculpture by students Chris Cassidy and Chris Oliver are in the lounge area of Empire Commons. Keefe's work is a "steel piece of linear and planar abstractions inspired by the architecture [of the Stone Uptown Campus]." Ball's piece is a table, chair, and sofa all of concrete. Half of the work is inside the glass and half outside. (Greta Petry, "Winning Sculpture Ideas to Grace Lecture Center," Update, December 10, 2004, p. 3)

December 2--First freshman student arrive on campus from Albany High School initiating the Albany High School-UAlbany Alliance for Young Talent. The Alliance was formed in October. The purpose of the Alliance is to expose high school students to a college experience in the hope that they will be inspired to continue their education beyond high school. The program will last from December 2005 through May 2006. ("Albany Hight Freshman Visit UAlbany for Early Glimpse of College Life," Update, December 9, 2005, p. 8)

December 19--Admiral John R. Ryan named SUNY Chancellor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. Ryan was the former interim president of UAlbany, and president of the SUNY Maritime Academy. ("SUNY Board Names John R. Ryan Chancellor," Update, January 30, 2006, p. 3)


March--Announcement that the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity has donated $7,500 to the Seth Spellman Scholarship Fund. "Fraternity Gives $7,500 to the Spellman Scholarship Fund," Update, March 4, 2005, p. 8)

July 26--Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation presents $150,000 to support Gen*NY*Sis Center. ("Support for Gen*NY*Sis Center," Update, September 22, 2005, p. 5)

October 11--New York Business Developoment Council President and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Lazar, B.S. '77 and the NYBDC make a $51,000 gift to kick of the campaign to support the School of Businesses $40 million new building fund. The proposed building will be 80,000 square feet, will contain high tech classrooms, meeting spaces, and wireless Internet access. It will have an atrium with a cafeteria to promote student faculty interactions, breakout rooms for team projects, student and career services spaces, and graduate assistant work space. (Carol Olechowski, "Snyder Boosts Business School," Update, November 22, 2005, p. 7)

October 17--Norman E. Snyder, Jr., B.S. '83, donates $5 million to the School of Business, the largest individual gift ever, to establish an endowment in his name. Snyder, who has had a successful business career including founding SoBe, the South Beach Beverage Co. where he served as COO, and currently serves as COO of Rheingold Brewing Co. (Carol Olechowski, "Snyder Boosts Business School," Update, November 22, 2005, pp. 1 & 7)




June 29--Journalism major added to undergraduate study with the first students admitted to the program in the fall. The program will be housed in the Department of English, and the degree awarded will be a bachelor of arts in journalism. The concentrations of the program will be on "science, technology, environment and medicine (STEM); visual and digital media; public affairs; and general journalism." William Rainbolt is the director of the program. The new major grows out of a journalism minor established in 1973. UAlbany is the first SUNY University Center to offer a journalism major. (News release, "University at Albany Adds Journalism Major," June 29, 2006, News Archives )


May 5--Jeffrey J. Haugaard named leader of new Honors College by Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Herbst. Haugaard comes to the University from Cornell where he was associate professor of human development and director of undergraduate studies. (News release, "Haugaard Named to Head Honors College," May 5, 2006, News Archives )


August 13--President Hermit L. Hall, the University's 17th president, dies in swimming accident at Hilton Head Island. Hall took office on February 1, 2005 immediately establishing the Inaugural Student Scholarship Fund by refusing a formal inauguration and pledging the money that would have been spent on that event, $100,000, to the fund, as well as a $10,000 personal pledge by Kermit and Phyllis Hall. The fund now contains $3 million. Among Hall's initiatives is the new Honors College opening in the fall semester, outreach programs to aid Albany High School and his opening of new international joint programs with China. As an American constitutional, legal, and judicial scholar, Hall continued to publish and teach while at UAlbany. (News release, "Kermit L. Hall, 1944-2006, Brought Passion and Vision to Leadership of UAlbany," May 11, 2006, News Archives )

October 23 - November 1--Between those dates Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Susan Herbst is appointed Officer in Charge. News releases on the 10/23 still refer to her as Provost while those on 11/1 refer to her as Officer in Charge. Get exact date and source!!!!


January 3--Governor George E. Pataki announces the establishment of a new $435 million Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX), one of the two in the nation, at the Center for Excellence in Nanoelectronics at UAlbany. The new 250,000 sq. ft. building will have a state- of-the-art 100,000 sq. ft. clean-room wing. The facility will be called NanoFab 300 East. The new INDEX will partner with Harvard, Yale, MIT, Purdue, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and RPI with onsite researchers from Intel, Micron, AMD, IBM, Texas Instruments, and Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. ("Governor Announces $435 Million Nanoelectronics Research Institute," Update, January 30, 2006, p. 2 with architects sketch of the proposed building.)

March--New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) reveals study that shows the Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomaterials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2) has taken $7 million in state investments and generate a $1.1 billion economic impact on New York, creating 1,104 high-tech jobs and retaining 384 jobs in New York between 1997 and 2004. (Steve Janack, "CNSE Center Generates $1.1 Billion Economic Impact," Update, March 7, 2006, pp. 1 & 7)

March--Announcement that Comonweath Biotechnologies, Inc. (CBI) of Richmond, VA, and the Center for Functional Genomics (CFG)have signed a strat- egic alliance to jointly market their services to life sciences industries. CBI offers comprehensive genetic identity testing while CFG provides basic laboratory services to companies, universities and government agencies in the areas of "molecular genetics, mouse transgenics, microarray photeomics, tissue culture, flow cytometry and laser-and UV-capture micro-dissection services." "CBI and CFG Sign Strategic Alliance Agreement," Update, March 7, 2006, p. 1 & 7)

December 13--UAlbany School of Social Welfare based Elder Network of the Capital Region receives $800,100 from NYS Governor Pataki and the legislature to create models for "sustainable, age-prepared communities" and help shape "New York's long-term care policy reform initiatives." The Network was initially established in 2003 with funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation. (News release, "Elder Network Receives Boost from Governor and State Legislature," December 13, 2006, News Archives )


March 29--New signage initiative unveiled with Minerva facing to the side on the new University entrance signs. ("Unveiling [photo caption]," Update, April 7, 2006, p. 8)

April 26--First two recipients of endowed professorships named, Kenneth L. Demerjian, director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) and professor in Earth and Atmospheric Science named first recipient of the Ray Falconer Endowed Chair in atmospheric sciences. Demerjian is a noted expert on air quality and atmospheric chemistry. Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Eric Block named to Carla Rizzo Delray Professorship. Block is one of the world's foremost experts on the element sulphur. (UAlbany News release, "UAlbany Honors Top Researchers with Endowed Professorships," April 26, 2006, News Archives )

May 5--UAlbany becomes part of the national Difficult Dialogues initiative sponsored by the Ford Foundation, one of 43 campus selected out of 675 applicants. The initiative support higher education institutions to provide a setting "where sensitive subjects can be discussed in an open atmosphere of scholarly inquiry, academic freedom, and respect for diversity." The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies Sue Faerman will administer the program. (UAlbany News release, "New Initiative Fosters Discussion on Difficult Issues," May 5, 2006, News Archives )

May 11--President Kermit Hall signs agreement with East China State Normal University to "expand research collaborations, joint degree and curricular programs, and provide regular student and faculty exchanges." This is the first of a series of agreements with Chinese universities in a plan to internationalize the University's profile. (News release, "UAlbany Champions Partnership with China," May 11, 2006, News Archives )

May 19--Announcement that the School of Education has gained accreditation for its graduate teacher preparation program from the national Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). This new prestigious accreditation means that UAlbany graduate programs in "teacher preparation, literacy, teaching English to speakers of other languages, and in elementary, secondary and special education meet rigorous national quality standards." (UAlbany News release, "UAlbany School of Education Gains Prestigious Accreditation," May 19, 2006, News Archives )

June--AMD announces it has chosen the Luther Forest Technology Park in Malta as the site for a $3.2 billion chip fab. The site was chosen because of its proximity to CNSE and Albany NanoTech. (Cynthia Nagle, "The Nano Rev- olution," UALBANY, Spring 2007, p. 8)

October--Vistec Lithography announces plans to move its entire high- tech equipment supply operation to the Capital Region's Watervliet, N.Y. Arsenal to be close to the R & D operations at the CSNE Center for Nanolithog raphy Development. (Cynthia Nagle, "The Nano Revolution," UALBANY, Spring 2007, p. 9-10)

September 18--Announcement that the Inaugural Scholarship Fund has been renamed the Kermit L. Hall and Phyllis A. Hall Inaugural Scholarship Fund. Hall died on August 13 (see above Administration). (UAlbany News release, "UAlbany Renames Inaugural Scholarship Fund in Honor of Kermit and Phyllis Hall," September 18, 2006, News Archives )

October 13--"UAlbany Go Green" comprehensive environmental campaign kicked off. The campaign will involve students, faculty, and staff in an effort "to conserve, recycle, and beautify the campus and environment." Indian Quad won the contest for the greenest quad on campus. Future plans include a Purple Path, a multi-use, environmentally friendly path around the inner perimeter of University Drive, pledges by Chartwells to double its use of local produce in University dining halls, and a reinforced University recycling program. (News release, "UAlbany Launches "Go Green," October 13, 2006, News Archives )

October 18--UAlbany establishes The Learning Center as part of its after school program in collaboration with Albany High School. The Learning Center provides tutoring services of the Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar Program and the Liberty Partnership Program of UA's Center for Women in Govern- ment and Civil Society. Sponsorship for the program is provided by the Bank of America, SEFCU, and Media Logic. (News release, "UAlbany-Albany High School Alliance for Young Talent Launches Learning Center Tutoring Program at Second Annual Teach-Out," October 18, 2006, News Archives )

November 1--Emeritus Center opens at University Administration Building 134 on Western Avenue. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy William Reese, president of the Emeritus Center, conceived the center as a place where retired faculty and professionals could pursue research, teaching and community activities. ("Emeritus Center Opens, UALBANY, Spring 2007, p. 6; News release, "University at Albany Opens Emeritus Center," November 1, 2006, News Archives )

November 1--SEFCU pledges $2.75 million for naming rights to the UA's RAAC which will be known for 10 years at the SEFCU Arena. (News release, "SEFCU amd UAlbany Forge a 10-Year Partnership," November 1, 2006, News Archives )


March 29--First Niagara Financial Group donates $50,000 to Gen*NY* Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics to purchase equipment for the new laboratories. ("1st Niagara [photo caption]," Update, April 7, 2006, p. 8)

June 23--Announcement of $300,000 gift from Goldie Brenner Swartz, '51 and her husband Howard Swartz to provide tuition, room and board for visually impaired or disabled students. The Swartz's gift, and a $12,518 gift from the Class of 2006, were credited to the Inaugural Student Scholarship Fund, which with these two gifts contains over $2 million, one million of which will be used for the Honors College opening in the fall with 150 students, and $700,000 is allocated for need-based student scholarships. (News release, "$300,000 Gift Creates Scholarships for Visually Impaired and Disabled Students," June 23, 2006, News Archives )

October 13--KeyBank donates $10,000 to student athlete scholarship fund. KeyBank donated $250,000 in 2000 and made a donation in 2005, both to student athlete scholarships. (News release, "KeyBank Contributes $10,000 to Support Student Athletes," October 13, 2006, News Archives )


March 20--Russell W. Bessette, executive director of the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) presented a grant of $1.14 million CNSE's Center for Advanced Technology in Nanomater- ials and Nanoelectronics (CATN2) to establish the Consortium for Hyper- Integration and Packaging (CHIP) at Albany NanoTech. CNSE was given a further $750,000 to recruit Patrick Naulleau form the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab- oratory in California. Naulleau's research will focus on developing "ultra high-resolution extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography...." (CNSE Receives NYSTAR Funding for High-Tech Programs," Update, April 7, 2006, p. 4)

April--Ford Foundation Grant to fund the Difficult Dialogues Initiative announced. The initiative seeks to nurture the discussion of difficult subjects in an exciting and civil manner, creating global citizens of the future." ("Ford Foundation Grant Launches Difficult Dialogue Campus Initiative,"Update, April 7, 2006, p. 1)

June 23--Announcement that U.S. Department of Education has provided $175,000 to the Committee on University and Community Relations to fund a media campaign to "reduce high-risk drinking, correct misconceptions of the alcohol use among students, and communicate these messages to the University community, local businesses, and other college campuses." (News release, "U.S. Department of Education Funds UAlbany Program to Reduce High-Risk Drinking Rates on and Off-Campus," June 23, 2006, News Archives )

July 10--Announcement of $300,000 grant from U.S. Department of Education to the University Counseling Center to "reduce high-risk drinking among athletes. The project director is M. Doloris Cimini, licensed psychologist at the Counseling Center. Project Winning Steps, the funded program, coordinates with the Department of Athletics to use "bridging theory and knowledge base across alcohol screening and brief intervention, sports medicine, sports psychology, and exercise and performance science." (News release, "U.S. Department of Education Funds UAlbany Program to Reduce High- Risk Drinking Rates Among Student-Athletes," July 10, 2006, News Archives )

July 12--Announcement of grant of $350,000 for NYS Department of Education to the UAlbany Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) and the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) to "bring ethnically underrepresented students into the study of science and technology." The STEP program assists students in middle and high schools, while the CSTEP program assists students to gain a college degree in math and science. (News release, "University at Albany Receives $350,000 from NYS Department of Education to Assist Ethnically Underrepresented Students," July 12, 2006, News Archives )

October 18--Congressman Michael McNulty announces a $100,000 grant to UA's Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (NERFI) from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) of the U.S. Department of Justice to link the forensic Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) with the Prosecutor Case Management System (PCMS) to "increase efficiency, timeliness and quality of forensic services offered to the criminal justice system." (News release, "UAlbany's Northeast Regional Forensic Institute awarded U.S. Department of Justice Grant to Improve Forensic Services," October 18, 2006, News Archives )



March 13--Announcement that during 2007-2008 UAlbany Department of Accounting and Law (School of Business) is developing a first of its kind program in forensic accounting. Courses will include forensic analytics, digital forensics, corporate fraud, corporate governance, "and the legal aspects of the new discipline. Partners in this interdisciplinary program are the Department of Information Technology and Management, the College of Computing and Information, the New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance (CIFA), and the Northeast Regional Forensics Institute (NERFI). (News release, "UAlbany Launches Forensic Accounting Program," March 13, 2007, )

March 13--Announcement that UAlbany has launched a new interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Documentary Studies. The program will introduce students to both theoretical research and provide hands-on experience with creating a documenary film. The program was inveiled with an inaugural lecture and film screening by Peabody Awardwinning filmmaker Judith Helfand titled "Serious fun:--Using Comedy, Irony, and the Bittersweet Sides of Life, Death, the Threat of Human Extinction, Chemical Exposure, Denial, Scientific Uncertainty and a Semingly Never Ending Supply of Cynicism to Make Documentar- ies Very Useful and Sometimes Very Funny: A "How To" Guide." The program aims to prepare students to work in academe, public radio and television, government, private enterprise and media." Professor Gerald Zahavi of the Department of History leads the new program. (News release, "UAlbany Unveils Documentary Studies Program," March 13, 2007, News archives )

August 29--UAlbany School of Public Health launches new undergradate Public Health major. The program is designed to prepare future leaders in the field of public health by training them in public health methods to determine the causes of infectious and chronic diseases, and methods of desease prevention. Students will study epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and medical health sciences, health policy analysis, and behavioral studies. The University will continue to offer a minor in Public Health first offered last year. (News release, "UAlbany Launches New Public Health Major," August 21, 2007, News archives )



October 3--Interim SUNY Chancellor Dr. John B. Clark appoints George M. Philip Officer in Charge of UAlbany. Clark will recommend that the SUNY Trustees name Philip Interim President at their upcoming meeting. Philip will replace Susan Herbst who has accepted the position of executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of the University System of Georgia. Philip is a SUNY Albany graduate were he earned both his bachelors and masters degrees, and holds a juris doctor degree from Western New England Law School in Springfield, MA. Philip worked for 36 years in the New York State Teachers Retirement System holding progressively more responsible leadership positions. In 1995 he was named executive director of the Retirement System. Recently retired from that position, he is currently the retirement systems chief investment officer. Philip has served as chair of the University Council and is a director of the SUNY research foundation. (News release, "SUNY Interim Chancellor Clark Appoints George M. Philip as University at Albany Officer in Charge," October 3, 2007, News archives )

December 11???--Announcement that UA has established The Gerald D. Jennings Class of '76 Scholarship Fund for deserving students from the city of Albany. The scholarship is endowed with $60,000. Currently serving his fourth term as mayor of Albany, Jenning received a masters in public administration from the University in 1976. He was awarded the Medallion of the University, the University's highest honor, at the Winter Commencement on Sunday. Jennings has worked constantly with the University to establish such joint programs as Operation Safe Corridor, the UAlbany's downtown Student Housing and Revitalization Project at Alumni Quad, and the UAlbany Clean-up Day for downtown neighbor hoods. He was actively involved in bringing the Giants to UAlbany thirteen years ago. (News release, "UAlbany Establishes Endowed Scholarship for City of Albany Hight School Students," December 11, 2007, News archives )


June 7--New York Biotechology Association opens a Capital area office at the Center for Functional Genomics (CFG) on the East Campus. The new officewill be a contact point for public policy initiatives by the association, as well as the center for outreach to Central New York biotechnology community. (News release, "New York Biotechnology Association Opens Capital Area Office at University at Albany Center for Functional Genomics," June 7, 2007, News archives )

July 10--Center for Technology in Government host first Annual Institute on International Digital Government Research in New York City. The institute is funded by the National Science Foundation. The institute focuses on "The City." Doctoral students at the week long residential program will be drawn from Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and North America. Sharon Dawes is the institute's director and also director of the UA' Center for Technology in Government. )

August 6--Announcement that UAlbany's Cancer Research Center (CRC) and St.Peter's Hospital will partner in prostate cancer drug research. Scott Tanenbaum, molecular geneticist at the CRC, and Dr. Michael Perrotti, M.D. of St. Peters will lead the research project into the effectiveness of the drug dutasteride on treating prostate cancer patients. The research will be funded by the Dominic Ferraioli Foundation. (News release, "UAlbany Cancer Center and St. Peter's Hospital Partner for Prostate Cancer Drug Research," August 6, 2007, Newsarchives )


March 28--Operation Safe Corridor unveiled by St. Rose President Mark Sullivan, UAlbany Officer in Charge Susan Herbst and Albany Mayor Gerard D. Jenning. The initiative involves collaboration be the two schools and the City of Albany to provide a safe corridor for pedestrian traffic. The area has signage indicating it is a safe corridor, increase police patrols from all three entities, initiatives to ensure lighting is one and trees are trimmed, and intensive educational programs for students. (News release, "Operation Safe Corridor Initiative Unveiled," March 28, 2007, News Archives )

April 27--UAlbany announces $4 million plan to redesign the entry plaza of Washington Avenue. The plan was developed by landscape architect Thomas Balsley of Thomas Balsley Associates of New York City. The rough cobble stone style granite pavers will be taken up and replaced by smoth pavers, and green space will be greatly expanded allowing commencements to be held on the new area. The space will include a large fountain area. A schematic of the planned renovations is included in the news release. Assistance with funding the project was given by NYS Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari (News release, "UAlbany Unveils Design for Grand Entry Plaza," April 27, 2007, News archives )

April 17--Psychological Services Center, which provides training for doctoral students in clinical and counseling psychology and treatment to area residents has moved from the Uptown Campus to its new home at 299 Washington Avenue. The new state of the art clinic offers digital video recording and evening hours. (News release, "UAlbany Psychological Services Center Opens New Facility," April 17, 2007, News archives )

April 19--State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L Bruno and University officials announce that Taconic, one of the largest laboratory rodent providers in the world, is building a 23,000 sq. ft. $13.2 million "Isolator Breeding Solutions Building" on the University's East Campus. Completion of the building is expected in the fall of 2007. Funding for the project will come from the UAlbany Foundation ($4.1 million), a NYS capital appropriation secured by NYS Senator Joseph Bruno ($1.9 million), Taconic ($9.1 million), and the Empire State Development Corporation ($175,000). (News release, "University at Albany and Sen. Bruno Announce $13.2 Million Biotechnology Expansion on the East Campus," April 19, 2007, News archives ; and Carol Olechowski, "From the Podium and Beyond," UALBANY, Fall 2007, p. 2)

May 16--Sexual Assault Task Force, appointed in the fall by Provost Susan Herbst, releases its final report. The task force was lead by James A. Anderson, vice president for Student Success, and Katharine Briar-Lawson, dean of the School of Social Welfare. The task force concluded that it was the University's "responsibility and accountability to minimize any threat associated with sexual assault and to educate all members of the campus community." Specific recommendations include: 1. "Creating a standing committee on campus-related sexual assaults. 2. Creating a group of peer educators whose primary focus is sexual assault prevention. 3. Developing a bystader training program involving UAlbany faculty, staff and students and involve coaches, athletes and members of fraternities, sororities and other student organizations. 4. Encouraging faculty who teach relevant subjects to devote instructional time to issues relating to sexual assault. 5. Engaging parents around issues of healthy sexual relationships, active consent, bystander empowerment, and otherwise concerning the incidence of and provention of sexual assault." (News release, "UAlbany Sexual Assault Task Force Releases Final Report," May 16, 2007, News archives )

August 16--UAlbany dedicates the University football practice field to the late Wellington T. Mara and Preston Robert Tisch. The field is now officially known as the Wellington Mara - Bob Tisch Football Practice Field. Both Mara and Tisch were responsible for bringing the Giants to UAlbany in 1996, and both passed away in 2005. A bench and plaque naming the field unveiled at the ceremony. (News release, "UAlbany Dedicates Practice Field in Honor of New York Giants Owners Wellington Mara and Bob Tisch," August 16, 2007, News archives )

Fall--University offers wireless service in the dormitories beginning in the fall 2007. The enhanced service is offered through Apogee, a custom networking solutions provider. It will include 24 hour support. (News release, UAlbany Goes Wireless in Residence Halls," April 11, 2007 News archives )

October 17--UAlbany activates new SUNY messaging system which alerts students, faculty and staff to a campus emergency. SUNY NY Alert simultaneously carries an alert via e-mail, phone/voicemail and text messaging in a crisis. (News release, "New Alert System to Inform Campus in Event of Crisis," June 7, 2007, News archives )

October 23--Massry Conference Center at Gen*NY*Sis Center for Exellence in Cancer Genomics is dedicated by University officials and Senator Joseph L. Bruno. Named in honor of Morris and Ester Massry. Morris Massry as vice president and director of the University at Albany Foundation played a leadingrole in securing the former Sterling Winthrop properting in East Greenbush for the University's East Campus. The center is the location for seminars, colloquia, and large classes at the School of Public Health. (News release, "UAlbany Dedicates Massry Converence Center at Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics," June 7, 2007, News archives )


April 20--University celebrates Earth Day with the announcment that $1.1 million had been pledged to support its Biodiversity Program founded in 1996. Donations include the Charles C. Adams and Harriet Dyer Adams Biodiversity, Conservation, and Public Policy Fund; the Helga Karker Biodiversity Scholarship Fund; the Edward L. Osborn Biodiversity Endowment; the Margaret Stewart Biodiversity Fund; and the Lee Family Biodiversity Endow- ment, established by Anna May Lee. The Biodiversity Program is a collaboration between the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. (New release, "University at Albany Celebrates Earth Day with $1.1 Million in Support of Biodiversity Program," April 20, 2007, News archives )

Spring--Announcement of the establishment of the John J. Sullivan Graduate Fellowship Fund for graduate students in CNSE. Sullivan, a retired vice president for Marketing at MKS Instruments of Andover, Mass., has worked part time at his calibration laboratory in CNSE since 2000. The fund was established with a gift of $750,000 in MKS stock. (John J. Sullivan, "Promoting Innovation and Imagination," UAlbany, Spring 2007)

Spring 2007--Milton and Mary M. Danko Golden Rule Award announced. It is a $750 per yearly award to a School of Business Junior created by Assoc- iate Professor and Chair of Marketing William D. Danko, B.S. '74, M.B.A. '76, Ph.D. (Carol Olechowski, "a time to refocus," "UALBANY," Spring 2007, p. 15)

Spring--Announcement that Marjorie Ferrugio Delmar '58 had recently donate a collection of her husbands books to the Center for Jewish Studies. the collection is known as "The Marjorie Derrugion Delmar '58 and M. Michael Delmar, M.D. Collection of Jewish Thought and History." (Carol Olechowski, "Helping Others to Realize Their Dreams," UAlbany, Spring 2007, p. 22)

Spring--Announcement of a bequest of $10,000 by Guy A. Emfanto, B.A. '35, M.A. '41 to endow a scholarship fund for students studying French language or culture. The award will be known as the "Guy A. Enfanto Award for Excellence." (Carol Olechowski, "Gifts at Work: Educator's Bequest Benefits Students," UALBANY Spring 2007, p. 23)

Spring--Announcement of a $350,000 bequest to the School of Education to support its literacy programs from the late Elizabeth H. Christen, B.A. '38. (Carol Olechowski, "Gifts at Work: Open Books - and a Whole New World - For Adults," UALBANY Spring 2007, p. 23)

Spring--Announcement of a further gift of $100,000 to the "Clinton Ray Carpenter Community College Physics Teachers Scholarship Fund" by Clinton Ray Carpenter, B.S. '57, M.S. '58, Ph.D. '73. (Carol Olechowski, "Gifts at Work: An Assist for Aspiring Physics Teachers," UALBANY Spring 2007, p. 23)

May--Class of 2007 donates $13,000 to support the construction of the new Garnet Lodge at Dippikill, which, when completed, will be SUNY's first 100% certified green building. The funds will also be used for a general up- dating of the Dippikill facilities. (Carol Olechowski, "Gifts at Work: Class of '07 Senior Gift Will Update Dippikill," UALBANY, Fall 2007, p. 21)


January 3--Announcement that the new journalism program has receive a $25,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to bring distinguished since speakers to the University. The first speaker in the series, named Scientists & Journalists: Dialogues for the 21st Century, is Richard Harris, NPR science correspondent, who spoke February 8th on the topic, "Nanotech: What Is IT Anyway?" (News release, "UAlbany Awarded Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Grant to Bring Distinguished Science Writers and Journalists to Campus," January 3, 2007, News Archives ; and "Media Advisory: NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris Headlines First UAlbany Journalism Lecture Series Event," February 6, 2007, News Archives )

June 27--Getty Foundation Grant to the University of $180,000 for the development of a long-term plan to preserve Stone designed structures and identify issues for future growth of the campus with the aim of enhancing the Edward Durell Stone designed Uptown Campus." (New release, "UAlbany Awarded Getty Foundation Grant to Preserve Uptown Campus," June 27, 2007, News archives ; Carol Olechowski, "Gifts at Work: Getty Foundation to Help Preserve Uptown Campus," UALBANY, Fall 2007, p. 21)

September 26--UAlbany-Albany High School Alliance for Young Talent receives $15,000 from The Community Foundation for the Capital Region's Standish Family Fund. The funds will be used to support tutoring and mentoring programs. (News release, "UAlbany-Albany High School Alliance Mentoring Programs Bolstered by Standish Family Fund," September 26, 2007, News archives )

October 10--Center for Legislative Development receives $2 million from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue efforts to strengthen municipal institutions in Lebanon and increase their effectiveness in supporting the democratic process. CLD began its Minicipal Governance Development Program in 2004. Municipal officials are trained in good practice, transparency, and accountability. A key goal is strengthening municipal finance, administrative capacities, and e-government to foster economic development. (News release, "USAID Awards $2M to University at Albany's Center for Legislative Development," October 10, 2007, News archives )





February 1--Announcement that UAlbany has created the new position of Director of Environmental Sustainability. Mary Ellen Mallia was named the first director. Mallia will work on "strategic planning initiatives related to campus environmental issues, and work with student groups and academic departments to develop, implement and coordinate environmental initiatives...."(News release, "Malia Named UAlbany's Director of Environmental Sustainability," February 1, 2008, News archives )


March 28--Announcement that the Center for International Development located at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs will partner with the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the Levine Institute, and the University at Buffalo School of Management to further develop the Microfinance Distance Learning (MFDL) course which brings web, class room and distance learning about microfinance throughout the developing world. (News release, "U.N. Capital Development Fund Partners with SUNY Institutions to Expand Education on Microfinance," March 28, 2008, News archives )

September 3--Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS) established thanks to a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The center's mission is to develop model programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) all areas experiencing dramatic shortfalls in the United States. The center's director is associate professor of organic chemistry Rabi Musah. The center specilizes in tutoring and mentoring programs. The center is planning a "Family Summer Camp" for prospective UAlbany students from Albany. The center builds on the University's existing Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (C-STEP), the Project Excell progam, and the Science Research in the High School Program. (News release, " New UAlbany Center Confronts National Workforce Shortage of Science and Technology Graduates," September 3, 2008, News archives )


April 14--UAlbany launches branding campaign and unveils its new theme "The World Within Reach." The initiative celebrates Albany's "Strategic Location" as "a hub for new ideas" in the state capital; its "Modern Vision" of expanding student's "worldview"; its "Life-Enhancing Research and Scholarship" in the fields of the "biological roots of diseases, the dynamics of hurricanes, immigration, cyberterrorism, and nanotechnology;" its "Diversity that Enriches Learning" with students and faculty from over 100 countries; and "Excellence at a Great Value" as reported in U.S. News and World Report with over 189 undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs. (News release, "UAlbany Unveils "The World Within Reach," April 14, 2008, News archives )

May 5--Interim President George M. Philip signs the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. Under the agreement UAlbany promises to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become climate-neutral. (News release, "UAlbany Promotes Commitment to Sustainability by Signing Agreement," May 5, 2008, News archives )

August 25--Dedication of the Grand Entry Plaza. Assembly Majority Leader Ron Canestrari and Assemblymen Jack McEneny and Tim Gordon announced at the ceremony that $5 million was in this years budget for further renovations. The Entry Plaza was designed by landscape architects Thomas Balsley Associates of New York City, and construction was by Callanan Industries of Albany. (News release, "UAlbany Welcomes Campus with Grand Entry Plaza Dedication Celebration," August 26, 2008, News archives )


May 15--Interim President Philip announces that a number of private gifts have brought the cancer research fund to $1,070 million. Major recent gifts include $150,000 form E. Stewart Jones, $10,000 from The Community Foundation for the Capital Region's Bender Scientific Fund, and $1,000 gifts rom the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce and researchers Scott Tenenbaum and Thomas Begley. Over 1,000 individuals have contributed to the fund. ( News release, "Latest Gifts Bring Private Philanthropy Support for UAlbany's Cancer Research Center to $1,070 Million," May 15, 2008, News archives )

June 2--The Class of 2008 donated $16,300, the largest class gift ever. The funds are pledged toward a new Five Quad ambulance. A total of 484 seniors made pledges toward the class gift, sparking pledges of $1,000 gifts each from Interim President Philip, University Foundation Board President George Hearst, and Acting Vice President for Development Fardin Sanai. (News release, "UAlbany Class of 2008 Donates Largest Gift in University's History," )