University at Albany, SUNY
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|University at Albany|
|New York State Normal School|
|Motto||Sapientia et sua et docendi causa ("Wisdom, both for its own sake and for the sake of teaching")|
|President||Robert J. Jones|
|Location||Albany, NY, USA|
|Campus||Suburban, 586 acres (2.37 km²)|
|Colors||Purple and gold|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I – America East
NEC, MAAC, CAA
|Sports||19 varsity teams
(8 men's & 11 women's)
|Affiliations||State University of New York
The University at Albany, known officially as University at Albany, State University of New York, is a research institution with campuses in Albany, Guilderland, and Rensselaer, New York, United States. The oldest university campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, founded in 1844, it carries out undergraduate and graduate education, research, and service.
The University has three campuses: the Uptown Campus in Albany and Guilderland's McKownville neighborhood, the Downtown Campus in Albany, and the East Campus in the City of Rensselaer, just across the Hudson River from Albany. The University enrolls more than 17,300 students in nine schools and colleges, which offer 50 undergraduate majors and 138 graduate degree programs. The University's academic choices include new and emerging fields in public policy, globalization, documentary studies, biotechnology and informatics.
Students take advantage of more than 500 study-abroad programs, as well as internship opportunities in New York’s capital and surrounding region. The Honors College, which opened in fall 2006, offers opportunities for the well-prepared students to work closely with faculty. The University at Albany faculty had $330.5 million in research expenditures in 2011-2012 for work advancing discovery in a wide range of fields. The research enterprise is in four areas: social science and public policy, life sciences and atmospheric sciences.
In addition to offering many cultural benefits, such as a contemporary art museum and the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany plays a major role in the economic development of the Capital District and New York State. An economic impact study in 2004 estimated UAlbany’s economic impact to be $1.1 billion annually in New York State — $1 billion of that in the Capital District 
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Buildings and facilities
- 4 Organization
- 5 Academics
- 5.1 College of Arts and Sciences
- 5.2 College of Computing and Information
- 5.3 Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
- 5.4 School of Business
- 5.5 School of Criminal Justice
- 5.6 School of Education
- 5.7 School of Public Health
- 5.8 School of Social Welfare
- 5.9 The Honors College
- 5.10 Libraries
- 5.11 Rankings
- 6 Research
- 7 Study abroad
- 8 Environmental sustainability
- 9 Student life
- 10 Notable alumni and faculty
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Although the University is the oldest SUNY institution, it was an independent state-supported teachers' college for most of its history until SUNY was formed in 1948. The University at Albany began as the New York State Normal School on May 7, 1844, by vote of the State Legislature. Beginning with 29 students and four faculty in an abandoned railroad depot on State Street in the heart of the city, the Normal School was the first New York State-chartered institution of higher education.
Dedicated to training New York students as schoolteachers and administrators, by the early 1890s the “School” had become the New York State Normal College and, with a revised four-year curriculum in 1905, became the first public institution of higher education in New York to be granted the power to confer the bachelor's degree.
A new campus — today, UAlbany’s Downtown Campus — was established in 1909 on a site of 4.5 acres (18,000 m2) between Washington and Western avenues. By 1913, the institution was home to 590 students and 44 faculty members, it offered a master’s degree for the first time, and bore a new name — the New York State College for Teachers. Enrollment grew to a peak of 1,424 in 1932.
In 1948 the State University of New York system was created, comprising the College for Teachers and several other institutions throughout the state. SUNY, including the Albany campus, became a manifestation of the grand vision of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who wanted a public university system to accommodate the college students of the post–World War II baby boom. To do so, he launched a massive construction program that developed over 50 new campuses.
In 1962 the State University of New York at Albany was officially designated a doctoral-degree granting university center of SUNY. The same year, Rockefeller broke ground for the current Uptown Campus on the former site of the Albany Country Club. The new campus's first dormitory opened in 1964, and the first classes on the academic podium in the fall of 1966. By 1970, a year beyond the University’s 125th anniversary, enrollment had grown to 13,200 and the faculty to 746. That same year the growing protest movement against the Vietnam war engulfed the University when a student strike was called for in response to the killing of protesters at Kent State. The Uptown Campus, designed by architect Edward Durell Stone, accommodated this growth and gave visible evidence of the school's transition from a teachers college to a broad-based liberal arts university. The Downtown Campus became dedicated to the fields of public policy: criminal justice, public affairs, information science and social welfare. In 1985, the university added the School of Public Health, a joint endeavor with the state’s Department of Health.
In 1983, the New York State Writers Institute was founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Kennedy. As of 2013, the Institute had hosted over time more than 1,200 writers, poets, journalists, historians, dramatists and filmmakers. The list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, nearly 200 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners, several Motion Picture Academy Award winners and nominees, and numerous other literary prize recipients. In addition the institute has hosted up-and-coming writers to provide them with exposure at the beginning of their writing careers.
During the 1990s, the University built a $3 billion, 450,000-square-foot (42,000 m2) Albany NanoTech complex, extending the Uptown Campus westward. By 2006, it became home to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, which in 2014 merged with the State University of New York Institute of Technology in Utica, New York to become the SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
In 1996, a third campus — the East Campus — was added 12 miles (19 km) east of the Uptown Campus in Rensselaer County, when the University acquired former Sterling-Winthrop laboratories and converted them into labs, classrooms, and a business incubator concentrating on advances in biotechnology and other health-related disciplines. In 2005, the East Campus became home to the University’s Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics. In the spring of 2005, the University created a College of Computing and Information.
|State Normal School||May 1844 – March 1890|
|New York State Normal College||March 1890 – April 1914|
|New York State College for Teachers||April 1914 – September 1959|
|State University of New York College of Education at Albany||September 1959 – October 1961|
|State University College at Albany||October 1961 – June 1962|
|State University of New York at Albany (the University's legal name)||June 1962 – present|
The Uptown Campus, the University's main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany. Its effect has been described as "Dazzling one-of-a-kind" by architectural critic Thomas A. Gaines, who called it "a formal masterpiece" and "a study in classical romanticism." Designed in 1961-1962 by noted American architect Edward Durell Stone and constructed from 1963-1964, the campus bears Stone's signature style of bold unified design, expressed by its towers, domes, fountains, soaring colonnades and sweeping canopy.
The campus exemplifies the style Stone used in his major projects between 1953 and 1970, including the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India; the Hotel Phoenicia in Beirut, Lebanon; the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; 2 Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New York; and the Aon Center, originally the Standard Oil Building, in Chicago. The campus was a filming location for the 1981 movie Rollover with Kris Kristofferson and Jane Fonda because of the resemblance to modern Middle Eastern architecture.
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller envisioned a public university system to accommodate the college students of the post–World War II "Baby Boom", and as a connoisseur and patron of modern art and architecture, he encouraged many of the era's leading modernist architects to design the campuses. Stone's campus composition emphasizes residential quadrangles, or "quads" — surrounding academic buildings.
At the hub of the Uptown Campus is the rectangular "Academic Podium," featuring 13 three-story buildings under a single overhanging canopy roof. The Podium's showpiece is a central pool with fountains and an off-center circular bell tower, or "Carillon", which also serves as a water storage reservoir. In April 2012 the University undertook a complete renovation of the main fountain and water tower area, as well as of the Campus Center fountain. There is LED lighting in the base of the fountain, and a new, more interactive center element with seating areas. Completion of the project is scheduled for fall 2013.
The domed Main Library, the Performing Arts Center, and Campus Center face the pool from the west, east and south, respectively. To the north is a grand entrance, which welcomes visitors by way of a "great lawn" (Collins Circle) and the University's Entry Plaza. Four residential quadrangles are located adjacent to the four corners of the academic podium. Each quad consists of a 23-story high-rise dormitory surrounded by a square of low-rise buildings.
On the west end of the Uptown Campus is the University's meteorology and characterization tools, the National Weather Service (NWS), and the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC).
In addition to the Main Library, the Uptown Campus became home in 1999 to the third of the three libraries comprising UAlbany's University Libraries: the Science Library. Further growth occurred on the Uptown Campus in the fall of 2004, when a new Life Sciences Building opened, dedicated to basic research and education. New residence halls, Empire Commons and Liberty Terrace, opened in 2001 and 2012, housing up to 1,200 and 500 students, respectively, Ground was broken for a new School of Business building in October 2008. The 80,000-square-foot facility, located on the west side of Collins Circle, opened in August 2013.
The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Ave., Albany, just one mile (1.6 km) from the New York State Capitol building and Empire State Plaza, is the site of the original New York State College for Teachers. Construction began in 1909 on the first three buildings: Draper, Husted and Hawley halls, after the previous location on Willett Street burned down. Later additions to the campus were Richardson Hall, Page Hall and The Milne School (all in 1929), as well as 1960s' additions to Draper and Richardson halls. Husted Hall underwent major renovations in 2009. A subsequent energy efficiency project at Husted Hall was awarded a High Performance Building Plaque from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
The Downtown Campus is home to the University's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, School of Criminal Justice, College of Computing and Information, and School of Social Welfare. It also houses one of the University's three libraries, the Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library, located in Hawley Hall.
The University's 87-acre (350,000 m2) East Campus, located in the City of Rensselaer, is home to UAlbany’s School of Public Health and the Cancer Research Center (CRC) which opened in 2005. Located also on the campus — which contains 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of lab, support and associated office space — is the Center for Functional Genomics, which does research in the areas of microarrays, proteomics, molecular biology and transgenics. Also based at the campus are 15 private biotechnology companies, both established and those which form part of the University’s business incubator program. Biopharmaceutical giant Regeneron has a large-scale biologics manufacturing facility adjacent to the campus where it produces investigational products for all its clinical trials.
UAlbany and Albany Medical Center in July 2008 entered into a memorandum of understanding to create the 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) Institute for Biomedical Education and Research at UAlbany’s East Campus. The institute focuses research efforts on cancer, cardiology and neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
Beginning with the 2009-10 high school year, Tech Valley High School, a local high-tech, public consortium high school, began renting 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2) of East Campus space at an annual cost of $450,000 per year.
Uptown Campus housing
The Uptown Campus is home to seven of the University's eight residential complexes. Four of these — Indian Quad, Dutch Quad, Colonial Quad, and State Quad — sit at the Academic Podium's corners; each consists of eight three-story, low-rise buildings encircling a 22-story tower with a capacity of 1,200 students each. The four quads serve as a chronological timeline of New York State history, beginning with Indian Quad, moving clockwise to Dutch, then Colonial, and finally, State. The other three, Freedom Apartments, Empire Commons, and Liberty Terrace, are reserved for juniors and seniors. These are "apartment-style" residences and include kitchens, furnished living rooms, and, on Empire Commons, washers, dryers, dishwashers, single bedrooms, and central air conditioning. The University's newest apartment-style residential complex, Liberty Terrace, opened in the fall of 2012.
The Uptown Campus also contains special housing for students enrolled in UAlbany's Honors College. This housing, offered to incoming freshmen and returning sophomores, is found on State Quad in the Melville and Steinmetz halls, which were renovated in 2010. Renovations are being done on halls on Indian, State and Alumni Quads.
Alumni Quad, one of the University's eight residential complexes, is a short distance away from the Downtown Campus. Its name commemorates the Alumni Association, which purchased most of the land on which the complex stands and funded the construction of the first two residence halls, Pierce and Sayles, which opened in 1935 and 1941. (Brubacher, Alden and Waterbury halls, which completed the quadrangle’s edifices, opened in 1951, 1958, and 1959, respectively.) Students living on Alumni are typically sophomores, transfer students and international students. The entire surrounding Pine Hills community is richly populated with UAlbany students.
Buildings and facilities
The Campus Center, located on the Uptown Campus Podium, is the community center of the University at Albany, serving students, faculty, professional staff, alumni, and guests. Traditionally considered the "hearthstone" or "living room" of the campus, the Campus Center provides services and conveniences that include lounging areas, several cafeterias, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and national chain eateries operated and staffed by Sodexo. The structure is the site for informal and formal interactions, the latter including the meetings of student-run clubs, academic conferences, and cultural functions.
The Center’s facilities and operations staff coordinates and manages eight meeting rooms as well as a ballroom. Together these comprise the conference portion of the facility. During the academic year, the Center’s meeting rooms host over 9,000 persons per month. The lobby and exterior areas of the building, the latter which commands a small fountain, are notable for the tabling done by individuals and groups; their purposes include ticket sales, craft items, other vending sponsored by campus organizations, political activism, charitable fundraising, and campus information.
The Campus Center is currently undergoing a multi-year $62.2 million renovation and expansion project. It will include a new 400-seat auditorium, a two-level fitness center, and enhanced dining facilities with market-style food service venues.
Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center (PAC) is a facility on the Uptown Campus containing five performance spaces. Music, dance, theater, international artists, guest lecturers, and collaborations occur in the Main Theater, Recital Hall, Arena Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Lab Theatre. The Main Theatre is the largest theater space on the Uptown campus holding 500 people. Designed for music performance, the Recital Hall seats 242 people, 197 on the orchestra level and 45 in the nine circular boxes on the second level of the auditorium. The Arena Theatre is used primarily for theatre performances and acting classes and seats 196. The Studio Theatre seats 153 people. The Lab Theatre is a 50' square "black box" theater. The Lab can seat up to 200 audience members in any seating configuration.
University Art Museum at University at Albany
The university art museum is centrally located on the Uptown campus. Designed by architect Edward Durell Stone, its interior is an example of late 20th Century modernism. Its three galleries provide over 9,000 square feet (840 m2) of exhibition space for six to eight changing exhibitions per year.
Since its inaugural exhibition in 1967, Paintings and Sculpture from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection, the museum maintains a commitment to presenting contemporary art exhibitions.
Page Hall is a classic old proscenium theater located on UAlbany's Downtown campus, at 135 Western Avenue in Albany. The auditorium has a total capacity of 830: 439 seats on the orchestra level; 391 in the balcony. Page Hall's location, combined with its large seating capacity, makes it a favorite site for community events and performances. The film series of the New York State Writer's Institute is presented primarily at Page Hall.
The Science Library (LIE for Library Extension), University Hall, University Art Museum, Life Science Research Building (LSRB), Gen*NY*sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, Center for Emerging Sciences and Technology Management (CESTM), Alumni House, Chapel House and the Empire Commons community building all feature atria, auditoriums, and/or meeting rooms.
A New Athletic Complex Opens
UAlbany unveiled a new football stadium, Bob Ford Field, on Sept. 14, 2013, as part of a $19 million multi-sport complex. The Great Danes opened against the University of Rhode Island. The stadium, named for the coach who guided the football program to 265 victories from 1973 - 2013, is an 8,500-seat facility which includes a distinct press level with four luxury suites, a print media area, and booths for radio, television, coaches, and replay, as well as 20 high-definition televisions distributed throughout the level.
The stadium also features a $1.1 million Daktronics scoreboard with a 39’ by 22’ high-definition video display and point-source sound system behind the south end zone.
Another part of the project, a refurbished track and field venue, is located on the site of the old University Field and was completed in the spring of 2014.
In the spring of 1992, the University opened SEFCU Arena, at that time named the RACC (Recreation and Convocation Center), an $11 million field house for UAlbany’s men’s and women’s basketball and track teams. It has a 0.11 mile indoor track. The 5,000-seat arena also serves as a major venue for community events such as rock and pop concerts, sporting events and University activities.
In addition, SEFCU Arena contains a fitness center with Nautilus and Universal machines, rowing ergometers and exercise bikes; four racquetball/handball courts and four squash courts; athletic training and rehabilitation facilities with three whirlpool baths, a musculoskeletal evaluation device and other therapeutic machines. SEFCU Arena houses numerous team and general use locker rooms, as well as an indoor practice facility for the women's golf team.
SEFCU Arena and Physical Education Building have been air-conditioned, as the state appropriated funds for renovations and permanent improvements to the University's facilities. The $2.3 million in funding was prompted by the New York Giants decision to hold their football training camp at the university in March 1996.
Physical Education buildings
Adjacent to the SEFCU Arena is the Physical Education building which houses university Gymnasium; three full-size playing surfaces which can be used for basketball, volleyball, and tennis; four racquetball/handball courts; four squash courts; a swimming pool; a fitness and weight training center with Olympic weights; an aerobic exercise room, and a dance studio. University Gymnasium is home to the UAlbany Women's Volleyball team, and also serves as a practice facility for baseball, softball, field hockey and lacrosse. University Gymasium is also the school's primary indoor student recreational facility, playing host to intramural sport leagues including basketball and street hockey.
The PE building's lower level houses the university's swimming pool. The seven-lane pool is open to university students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who purchase facility passes. On the second floor of the PE building is the UAlbany Strength and Conditioning complex, where varsity student-athletes focus on strength, power, speed, agility, mobility, conditioning and body composition.
UAlbany's strength and conditioning area is housed in a 7,200-square-foot (670 m2) varsity strength complex. The weight room is 3,600 square feet (330 m2) and is an Olympic-style free weight room. The skills room is another 3,600 square feet (330 m2) adjacent to the weight room that offers equipment to enhance agility and quickness. It is equipped with plyometric boxes, jump ropes, medicine balls, bikes, cones and speed building devices. The strength complex is for varsity athletic team use only and is supervised by two full-time coaches and three student interns.
"The Bubble" is an air-supported structure that is used for tennis, basketball, and volleyball. It also serves as a secondary practice facility for football, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track and field, and strength and conditioning. It was fitted with a new covering with minor interior renovations in the spring of 2003. It is located to the east of the Physical Education Building.
John Fallon Field
John Fallon Field, the home for UAlbany men’s and women’s lacrosse, was completed in the fall of 2005. Fallon, a former UAlbany student-athlete, and a partner at Leboeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, LLP in New York City, made a significant contribution to fund the construction of the all-weather turf field, a Sportexe Momentum Turf 41 surface. The first phase of the project was coordinated by UAlbany’s Office of Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management. The plan was designed by Clough Harbor and Associates LLP. John Fallon Field is adjacent to Alumni Turf Field, which serves as the home for the school’s field hockey team and as a multiuse recreational field for UAlbany students. Both all-weather fields are located just south of Indian Quad on campus.
The University is a first-tier component of the State University of New York. It receives annual appropriations as a part of the SUNY budget, and the New York State University Construction Fund manages and finances buildings and capital improvements. Although the university is governed by the SUNY Board of Trustees, the university does have a separate 10-member council that is appointed by the Governor, with one student-elected member. The Governor designates the council's chair. The University has its own President, who is currently Robert Jones.
The University has a separate University at Albany Foundation, which conducts fundraising on behalf of the university. For example, when the new library was built, state funds paid for the construction of the building, but the foundation raised $3.5 million to equip the new facility. The foundation has a Board of Directors, which includes three voting member elected by the faculty and one elected by students. The foundation owns facilities that supplement the state-owned buildings, including: the Management Services Center, the President's residence, the East Campus, the State Street Conference Center, the Cancer Research Center. During 2008-09, the Foundation raised $4.5 million and had total assets (including buildings) of $100,431,527.
The university comprises nine colleges and schools, plus an honors college:
College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences, comprising 23 departments, forms the largest academic division at the University.
Departments of the College of Arts and Sciences include Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, East Asian Studies, Economics, English, Geography and Planning, History, Judaic Studies, Literatures and Cultures, Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Women's Studies. Undergraduate education consists of 56 majors offered in these areas, along with their paired minors and 17 other minors as well as cooperative interdisciplinary programs that include the arts, humanistic studies, physical sciences and social sciences.
The college houses the following research centers:
- Biological Imaging Center
- Center for Applied Historical Research
- Center for Astronomical Observatory
- Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
- Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
- Center for Language and International Communication (CLIC)
- Center for Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies(CELAC)
- Center for Biochemistry and Biophysics
- Center for Economic Research
- Center for Jewish Studies
- Center for Neuroscience Research
- Center for X-Ray Optics
- Econometrics Research and Training Institute
- Geographic Information System and Remote Sensing Laboratory
- Institute of Biomolecular Stereodynamics
- Institute for Research on Women
- Institute for Mesoamerican Studies
- The Institute for Watershed Management
- Ion Beam Laboratory
- Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research
- New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet)
Graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences in the humanities and fine arts, science and mathematics, social and behavioral studies, and college-based interdisciplinary majors lead to the following degrees and certificates: Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Regional Planning, Master of Fine Arts, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Arts, Certificate of Advanced Standing, Certificate of Advanced Study and the Certificate (in selected fields).
College of Computing and Information
The mission of the College of Computing and Information (CCI), created in 2005, is to support research and educational programs related to computing and information. With its partnerships in the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, the college provides expertise and collaboration efforts that benefit New York State and the nation. CCI has three departments:
- The Department of Computer Science
- The Department of Informatics
- The Department of Information Studies (previously the School of Information Science and Policy)
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
The Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, created in 1981, was named for former U.S. Vice President and Governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller. It is home to UAlbany’s departments of Political Science and Public Administration and Policy.
While providing educational preparation for academic and public service careers, it undertakes research on public problems and issues, and assists in the continuing professional development of government executives. It offers assistance to the federal and New York State governments, as well as to foreign nations and international organizations, to meet the responsibilities of contemporary citizenship and governance. Such assistance includes special courses and conferences, research and consultation, and publications for the dissemination of information.
The college offers degree programs that range from bachelor's level study in political science and public policy, to master's programs in political science, public administration and public policy, to doctorates in political science and public administration. Research centers within the college include the Center for Legislative Development, the Center for Policy Research, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society, the Institute for Traffic Safety Management & Research, and the Center for International Development.
School of Business
UAlbany’s School of Business, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both business and accounting, enrolls students in academic programs focused upon building business management skills. Founded in 1970, the School's master's and doctoral programs enroll full-time and part-time students from all over the world.
Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in business administration and accounting. Business administration majors concentrate in one of four fields — finance, marketing, information technology management, or management. Both accounting and business administration majors are 60-credit majors, as opposed to the normal 40-credit variety. Students are also permitted to combine concentrations. An honors program in Financial Analysis was created in the early 2000s.
Associated with the School of Business is a Bachelor of Science degree in Financial Market Regulation. The program works with the Institute for Financial Market Regulation, a cooperative project of professionals involved in financial market regulation and supervision from UAlbany and the Albany Law School who develop interdisciplinary research and education in the field. The program concentrates upon four fields: Business, Technology, Law, and Public Policy.
The MBA has at its core the design and application of information systems for business and industry as well as the generation and effective use of information. The tax and accounting programs emphasize the use of accounting as a decision support system that manages the flow of economic data to all parts of a business.
The new School of Business Building was opened in 2013 and was structurally engineered by Leslie E. Robertson Associates. It offers experiences in the form of internships, on-site field projects with local and regional companies, and in-class projects/case studies that address business themes.
The New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), based at the School, has been named among the top ten centers in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
The new School of Business building was unveiled on August 19, 2013, at a ceremony attended by state officials, community business leaders, and university faculty, staff, and students.
School of Criminal Justice
UAlbany’s School of Criminal Justice offers programs in criminal justice, offering degrees on the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The school was founded in 1966, and spurred what came to called “the Albany model” for other Ph.D. programs in major universities across the nation and the world.
The school concentrates on crime and societal reactions to crime, including the political, economic and cultural patterns that influence policy choices on the response to of crime. A focus of study is the social and personal forces that lead to criminal conduct and the analysis of the organization and operation of crime control systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the interactions among the many agencies which comprise criminal justice systems.
School of Education
The legacy of the University at Albany, State University of New York began with devotion to the enhancement of education quality and practice. Founded as the New York Normal School of Teachers in 1844, with David Perkins Page as its first principal, the institution was the state's first public institution of higher learning. It thrived as the Normal School until it expanded to become the New York State College for Teachers in 1914, and then, in 1962, the State University of New York at Albany.
The School of Education became a reality that year as part of a multidisciplinary university center. It remained the home of the original teacher training programs and faculty, including, from 1845 until its closing in 1977, the Milne School, the University's campus laboratory school where prospective teachers carried out their practice teaching.
Since 1962, the school has grown in size and scope. It is home to 1,500 graduate students in more than 30 master’s, certificate and doctoral degree programs housed within four departments: Educational Administration and Policy Studies, Educational and Counseling Psychology, Educational Theory and Practice, and Reading. It now offers only graduate-level degree programs.
The school is home to 15 centers and institutes which aid Capital Region schools and research educational issues. These include the school’s outreach arm, the Capital Area School Development Association, which provides services to 120 school districts; the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, which is funded by a three-year $1.24 million grant from the National Institutes of Health; the Center for Urban Youth and Technology; and the National Research Center on English Learning & Achievement, which since 1987 has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct research dedicated to improving students’ English and literacy achievement.
School of Public Health
The School of Public Health, created in 1985 as a partnership between the University at Albany, State University of New York and the New York State Department of Health. Its mission is to provide education, research, service and leadership to improve public health and eliminate health disparities.
Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the School offers MPH, MS, DrPH and PhD degrees in each of four academic departments: Biomedical Sciences; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology & Biostatistics; and Health Policy, Management & Behavior.
Research interests of the more than 200 doctoral-level faculty include AIDS, GIS, maternal and child health, hospital epidemiology, infectious diseases, environmental and occupational health, eldercare, minority health and health disparities. Both research faculty and students benefit from additional affiliations with Albany Medical Center and Bassett Healthcare.
The School of Public Health's partnership with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) has life sciences researchers as part of the University's research productivity. Awards for life scientists at the DOH's Wadsworth Center make up roughly a third of UAlbany's total of $391.7 million
School of Social Welfare
The School of Social Welfare (SSW), created in 1965, boasts a faculty that consistently ranks among the top five schools of social work in the U.S. for research and scholarship and per capita productivity.
The school offers bachelor, masters and Ph.D. programs in social work. Recent linkages have included those with an Albany elementary school challenged by poverty, an outlier regional community comprising one of the largest Latino populations in the state, Hallym University in South Korea, and multiple partners in South African, South America and western and eastern Europe.
Hallmarks of the school include its dedication in the area of gerontological social work, the creation of aging friendly communities, the improvement of pathways to higher education for inner city youth and families, the creation of family support agendas for the region, and re-professionalization campaigns in child welfare.
Features of SSW include its NIDA-funded Child Welfare, Drug Abuse, and Intergenerational Risk Research Center and its centers for aging, which include the Institute of Gerontology, the Center for Excellence in Aging Services, and the Internships in Aging Program. Other features include the Center for Human Services Research, the Social Work Education Consortium — which addresses child welfare and welfare workforce development and research — and the T.E.C.H. Center, devoted to aiding the development of electronic communication capacity within human service agencies.
The Honors College
Planning for the Honors College began in 2003 and first accepted students in fall 2006. Its mission is to create a “small college experience” by fostering and encouraging the creation of closely knit cohorts of motivated students. The Honors College seeks to increase faculty-student interaction early in a student’s stay at the University.
The Honors College comprises coursework, research, internships, and field-placements. All involve intense collaborations among students and professors. Rather than having a small number of professors teach an honors curriculum, professors from across the UAlbany campus teach honors courses in many disciplines. During the college's first three academic years, more than 50 UAlbany professors offered courses.
During their first two years, honors students at explore the range of disciplines through six or more honors courses. During their next two years, students move into the honors program in their major. The Honors College offers special lectures, tours, retreats to Camp Dippikill, and other trips to expand their learning opportunities, and also student social events.
The University at Albany, State University of New York Libraries provide more than two million volumes and rank among the top 100 research libraries in the U.S., according to the Association of Research Libraries. Users from around the world access services and collections through the libraries' online systems and Web site. The university's libraries offer a program of information literacy and user education with instruction that ranges from a focus on traditional bibliographic access to collaborative classes integrated into the curriculum.
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The University was ranked 64th nationally among the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger’s magazine in 2012 for in-state students, and 51st for out-of-state students. According to the publication, listed institutions are “noteworthy for their combination of top-flight academics and affordable costs.”
The most recent US News&World Report ranking ranked the University 128th of universities which award doctoral degrees. UAlbany is also placed in the grouping of 91st-114th for US universities and in the grouping 201st-302nd for universities worldwide by the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities conducted by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
The University is ranked 15th nationally in research expenditures among universities without a medical school faculty. It attracted a record $391.7 million in research awards in 2007-08.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has ranked six UAlbany doctoral programs—criminal justice, educational administration, curriculum instruction, educational leadership, "teacher education in specific study areas," and social welfare—in its "Top 10" nationally in the publication's last two surveys.
UAlbany ranked 45th worldwide among universities in the social sciences in 2006 and 2007 and between 51-76 (no specific number given) in 2008, according to the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
Other leading program rankings and sources:
- Criminal Justice - #2 (US News 2014)
- Full-Time MBA - #87 (US News 2014)
- "MBA Programs that Lead to Jobs" - #1 (US News 2014)
- School of Education - #51 over Ph.D.-granting (US News 2014)
- Educational and Counseling Psychology - #13 (US News 2006)
- Educational Administration - #7 (Academic Analytics 2006)
- Reading — #2 (Academic Analytics 2007)
- Curriculum and Instruction -- #10 (Academic Analytics 2007)
- Educational Evaluation and Research — #10 (Academic Analytics 2007)
- Counseling/Personnel Services — #17 (Academic Analytics 2007)
- Economics (Ph.D) - #75 (US News 2014)
- English - #91 (US News 2014)
- Social Welfare - #5 (Academic Analytics 2006)
- MSW - #24 (US News 2014)
- Information Technology and Management - #3 (US News 2014)
- Mathematics (Ph.D) - #87 (US News 2014)
- Africana Studies - #3 (Black Issues in Higher Education July 2004)
- Political Science - #76 (US News 2014)
- Public Affairs - #16 (US News 2014)
- Public Administration - #14 (US News 2014)
- Public Finance and Budgeting - #16 (US News 2014)
- Public Health - #25 (US News 2014)
- Public Policy Analysis - #22 (US News 2009)
- Non-Profit Management - #18 (US News 2014)
- Clinical Psychology - #47 (US News 2014)
- Sociology (Ph.D.) - #28 (US News 2014)
- Sociology of Population - #19 (US News 2005)
- Sociology of Sex and Gender - #13 (US News 2005)
- Library and Information Studies - #31 (US News 2014)
- Archives and Preservation — #9 (US News 2006)
- Applied Ethics - #34 (Philosophical Gourmet)
- Atmospheric Sciences - #22 R&D Expenditures (NSF, 2006)
For fiscal year 2013, the University's total research expenditures were $522.617 million, up from $430.099 million in 2012.
Cancer Research Center
UAlbany's Cancer Research Center (CRC) runs research that focuses on the underlying biology associated with tumor initiation and progression, and the development and evaluation of chemopreventive regimens and therapeutic approaches for common cancers. The center fosters the training of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in cancer biology. Located on the university East Campus in Rensselaer, N.Y., the center combines UAlbany research expertise in genomics and biomedical sciences with technology in a new 117,000-square-foot (10,900 m2) facility.
The Center opened in October 2005 with $45 million in support through New York State's Gen*NY*Sis Program. Additional funds currently being raised from the private sector for the Center's Fund for Memory and Hope will be used for special equipment and needs of the research program. In September 2009 the Center recruited scientist Ramune Reliene from the University of California Los Angeles to its research team and faculty of the School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Reliene, who received her doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland, expands the scientific portfolio of the Center in the genetic and environmental causes of cancer.
Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), based at UAlbany, is a center for research in the atmospheric sciences. Established on February 16, 1961, by the Board of Trustees,[which?] its mission is to promote programs in basic and applied sciences, especially as they relate to the atmospheric environment. The center is connected to and shares faculty and resources with the university's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
ASRC performs research to study the physical and chemical nature of the atmosphere and its implications to the environment. Research areas include boundary layers, solar radiation, radiative transfer, atmospheric chemistry, aerosol physics, air quality, solar energy, cloud physics, climate systems, and air quality monitoring. In addition the center has a large "jungle research group" exploring atmosphere and biosphere relationships in Amazonia, the Alaskan Tundra, the Canadian Boreal Forest, and the Eastern U.S.
The Climate System Sciences Section of ASRC, started in November 1989, conducts research to understand the Earth's global and regional climate system and to assess and evaluate the effects of climate change caused by both human activities and nature.
Northeast Regional Forensics Institute
The Northeast Regional Forensic Institute (NERFI) at UAlbany trains forensic scientists, while conducting research to improve the speed, accuracy, and effectiveness of forensic analyses.
The DNA Academy is NERFI’s forensic training program. Each of NERFI’s academic programs takes advantage of collaboration and cooperation between UAlbany’s Department of Biological Sciences and the New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center. The partnership was made possible by a 2004 grant from the National Institute of Justice.
The Center for Social and Demographic Analysis
UAlbany’s Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA) was established in 1981 to provide a research infrastructure for scholarship in the social sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York. CSDA has since become the nexus for further investments by university administration and state and federal agencies. Positioned by these developments, CSDA joined the roster of NICHD Population Centers in September 1997.
The center offers researchers access to computing facilities and statistical software, computing and statistical consulting, assistance with grant preparation and administration, and other related services. It collaborates with the Lewis Mumford Center — the university institute devoted to urban research — in efforts to disseminate data and fresh analyses of population trends revealed in the census and continuing census-related databases such as the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey.
CSDA has 41 faculty associates drawn from 15 departments that span the array of academic disciplines at the university. Among major research initiatives sponsored by the Center is the Urban China Research Network (funded by the Mellon Foundation), which brings together scholars and graduate students from around the world to study implications of urban change in China. New collaborative projects include initiatives on health disparities and the environmental impacts of metropolitan growth.
The RNA Institute
On June 4, 2010, the university unveiled a new $12.5 million biomedical research center, The RNA Institute, whose mission would be to form an alliance of genetic scientists and biomedical investigators from New York's Capital Region to spur research and development into RNA and its implications for medicines, drug therapies and technologies, and curing disease. On Nov. 5, 2010, UAlbany announced The RNA Institute had received a $5.37 million grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Research Resources (NIH/NCRR) and $2 million in matching funds from the State of New York to fund the design, engineering and construction of 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of research facilities on par with those of modern pharmaceutical companies. Comple On the same day, the institute announced the establishment of The RNA Institute MassSpec Center, dedicated to the development of mass spectrometry-based technologies for investigating the structure-function relationships of natural and synthetic RNA as tools for drug discovery.
The Office of International Education Study Abroad & Exchanges sponsors 70 study abroad programs in 34 countries directly through UAlbany, but students can take advantage of more than 300 programs in over 80 countries throughout the SUNY system. Among the most popular international programs for UAlbany students have been Italy, Great Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. Students study abroad any time after their freshman year, up to and including their final semester senior year. Programs are available semester-long and for the full academic year, as well as in summer and during winter session.
Its UAlbany Green Scene initiative is conducred through AT&T grant-funded research. UAlbany researchers study coordination of traffic signals and transportation patterns, with the goals of minimizing car-engine idling times, forging new carpooling connections, and communicating more effectively alternative transportation options to the campus community.
Campus efforts were on display on Sept. 22, 2009, with "Destination Green," a day focusing on encouraging sustainable transportation. It highlighted the campus’s alternative transportation options, which include hybrid buses, global electric motorcars (GEMs), public bus systems, carpooling, and bike-and-ride sharing programs.
The campus designated April 2010 as UAlbany environmental sustainability month, with lectures, a regional student competition for the best renewable energy business plan, and campus greening projects.
The UAlbany Student Association is a student run, non-profit, corporation which organizes and funds much of the student oriented activities on campus. The SA funds and recognizes 200 student groups, plans concerts, speaking engagements, and comedy shows. The SA impacts students in the classroom as well, through funding of general education courses. Modeled after the U.S. government, SA consists of three branches: executive, legislative (unicameral Student Association Senate), and judicial (Supreme Court).
The SA is funded directly by the undergraduate student body of the University at Albany, State University of New York.
The Student Association owns an 850 acre (3.4 km²) wilderness retreat facility in the Adirondack Mountains called Camp Dippikill. The cabins and campsites at Dippikill are open to reservations from the university undergraduates, graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff.
World Within Reach Speaker Series
Founded in 2009, the World Within Reach Speaker Series (commonly known as Speaker Series) is UAlbany's premiere lecture series. It is a student-led initiative aimed at engaging the UAlbany community in a conversation on important issues. The program was launched by a group of student leaders in the Student Association and is funded by the Student Association, University Auxiliary Services, and the Alumni Association. The goal of the Speaker Series is to bring guests to campus in a broad range of areas: politics, global affairs, business, journalism, and popular culture. Past participants include Colin Powell, Howard Dean, Karl Rove, Barbara Walters, Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson, Russell Simmons, David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Jon Favreau.
University at Albany, State University of New York intercollegiate athletics date back to the late 1890s, but its development was hampered for several decades by inadequate facilities, uncertain financial support, and the small number of male students in an institution designed to develop elementary school teachers. Tennis remained a constant from 1898 on and men’s basketball dates back to 1909, but attempts to field teams in football (1922), baseball (1896–1901), swimming and hockey were aborted.
Expansion into men’s and women’s sports increased after World War II, and then expanded greatly in the 1960s (men’s sports of lacrosse, track & field, cross-country and swimming moved from club to varsity status, and women’s tennis, softball, field hockey, basketball and swimming were introduced), a direct result of the introduction of the new Uptown campus and its expanded athletic facilities. A nickname change also occurred, the Pedagogues becoming the Great Danes — making UAlbany the only American college or university with that mascot. The school's colors are purple and gold.
After the 1972 NCAA restructuring, UAlbany competed in Division III athletics until the 1995-96 school year, when it moved to the Division II level as part of a transition to Division I competition. That process was completed in the fall of 1999; UAlbany now has 19 varsity sports (8 men, 11 women) competing at the Division I level. All athletic programs are run by the University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Other than the sport of football, the school’s teams have been members of the America East Conference since 2001. Football participates in the Football Championship Subdivision level (formerly Division I-AA). The Danes were an associate member of the Northeast Conference, winning championships in that league in 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. Beginning with the 2013 season, the Danes moved their football program to the Colonial Athletic Association.
On Feb. 15, 2012, university President George Philip announced that a new $24 million athletic and recreational complex would be completed in three phases, consisting of a new synthetic turn recreational field for students (due fall 2012), a combined new football and soccer facility (due fall 2013), and a refurbished track and field venue (due spring 2014). President Philip also announced $6 million fundraising campaign to support the project.
In addition to varsity sports, UAlbany competes in sports at the club level such as swimming, fencing, men's ice hockey, men's rugby, women's rugby and Crew  . Crew as of 2013 has been derecognized as a student organization after the group refused to adopt a recreational-only format, instead choosing to maintain its competitive mission without university affiliation. However, these teams are not affiliated with the Department of Athletics and Recreation and are funded by the Student Association.
The Earth Tones
The Earth Tones is an all-male a cappella singing group. Founded in 1998, the Earth Tones is known for its work both on campus as well as within the community, including performances at local high schools and outreach work at facilities like the Albany Medical Center. The group stages two semester shows in the Recital Hall in the PAC (Performing Arts Center) at the university. In addition to these shows, the Earth Tones also perform at local venues and have sung for the inaugural proceedings for former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.
The group has attended the Northeast branch of the ICCA (International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella) competition, placing second for two consecutive years and advancing from Quarter Finals to Semi-Finals. The group's repertoire consists of pop, rock, hip-hop, R&B, soul/funk, reggae and punk.
- Fountain Day is UAlbany’s annual rite of spring when the main fountain on the Academic Podium is turned on for the season. This event draws a huge cross-section of the University Community, gathering students, faculty, and staff for an afternoon of festivities. Fountain Day began in 1978 as Human Awareness Potential day. The university President usually presides over the ceremony and countdown to the turning on of the fountains. In 2004 the normally chilly April Albany weather produced a 70 degree Fountain Day, which resulted in a large 4000 person crowd. The rampant drinking at the event lead to extensive local news coverage and 16 hospitalizations. In the wake of the 2004 event, Fountain Day has been shaped into a carnival-esque atmosphere complete with beach balls, rubber ducks, free caricatures, free massages, fried dough vendors, music, contests, and giveaways. Construction on the main fountain began in June 2012, and Fountain Day therefore is temporarily cancelled.
- The Big Purple Growl is the annual winter homecoming celebration. The Ferocious Feast kicks off the festivities with lots of great food and fun. The Growl usually features a doubleheader with both the women’s and men’s basketball teams playing home at the SEFCU Arena. It began in 1997.
- On the University seal is Minerva, the Roman goddess of crafts and wisdom. But because Minerva was also identified with the Greek goddess Athena, she was known as the goddess of war and victory as well. This statue was purchased in 1888 and rescued by Charles Wurtham (a custodian) from a devastating fire in the Normal College’s administrative offices. The seven-foot, white plaster landmark of the University at Albany, State University of New York is on display in the Science Library foyer on the Uptown Campus. While there is no official record of where the statue of Minerva came from, it is reported that it was purchased with funds from a $1 student fee collected for make-up exams.
- The students publish an independent newspaper, the Albany Student Press, commonly known as “The ASP.” Born as the State College News and published continuously since 1916, the newspaper has a circulation of more than 10,000 and serves student body and the surrounding community.
- The university has hosted the Relay For Life, an American Cancer Society Benefit, the last six years. In March 2010, more than 1,800 students, faculty, and community members participated raising over $85,000. In the six years at the university, the participants of the event have raised over $450,000.
UAlbany has held two records that were published in the Guinness Book of World Records
- On April 20, 1985, Albany set the record for the world's largest game of musical chairs with 5,060 participants.
- On April 17, 2005, Albany broke the record for the "World's Biggest Pillow Fight" with 3,648 students participating.
Notable alumni and faculty
The university has been home to scholars, scientists, and writers, who include a Nobel Prize laureate (Toni Morrison), a Pulitzer Prize winner (William Kennedy), Gay Rights pioneer (Harvey Milk), and Turing Award winner (Richard E. Stearns).
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