Wednesday, September 30, 2009

University of Albany Volleyball Defeats Colgate, 3-1, in Non-Conference Match-Up - UAlbany Sports 2009

Hamilton, N.Y. - Kalyn Mostert recorded a kill and then served for the final three points, including a service ace on match point to lead UAlbany to a 3-1 win over Colgate in non-conference volleyball action on Wednesday evening at Cotterell Court. The Great Danes took the match with scores of 23-25, 25-19, 26-24 and 25-23.

UAlbany jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first set, forcing Colgate to take a quick timeout. The Raiders regrouped and scored seven straight points behind the service game of Logan Kaela, with a kill by Maureen Colligan giving Colgate a 7-4 advantage and sending the Great Danes into a timeout of their own. It was UAlbany's turn to bounce back, as the Great Danes regained the lead with consecutive Colgate attack errors and a service ace by Laura Livergood. Hillary White converted back-to-back kills to give UAlbany a 12-9 lead before Colgate regained control and induced consecutive attack errors by the Great Danes, tying it back up at 12-12. The set remained knotted for several points before Colgate took a 22-20 lead on a kill by Kaleigh Durket. Brooke Stanley and Casey Wright teamed up for a block to tie the set one last time at 23-23, but a UAlbany service error followed by a Colgate service ace gave the Raiders the set.

In the second set, Colgate jumped out to an early 6-3 lead with a block assist by Durket and Casey Ritt. The Great Danes tied up the set and took a 9-8 lead on a Raider attack error followed by a kill by White. With that kill, UAlbany rattled four of the next five points to take a 12-9 lead on a kill by Valerie Sourbeer. Holding a 13-12 advantage, the Great Danes scored six straight points behind the service game of Laurie Gonzalez, including one service ace and a block by Dunja Prgomet and Wright. UAlbany got to set point on a kill by White, but Colgate kept play going with a kill by Kaylee Dougherty and taking advantage of a Great Dane error to pull with in 24-19. Sourbeer closed out the set with a kill, taking an assist from Stanley.

Set three was a back-and-fourth affair from the opening serve, with neither team taking command until UAlbany broke out to build up a 14-10 advantage on a Colgate attack error. The Great Danes continued to expand their lead, getting up 19-12 with a block by White. The Raiders refused to fold, pulling within 24-23 with a Ritt kill. Colgate tied the score on set point, but UAlbany got back-to-back kills by Prgomet to take the set.

UAlbany had a chance to put the match away in the fourth set, but fell behind 5-1 in the early going. The Raiders built up an 8-2 advantage with a service ace by Devon Applegate, but the Great Danes rallied back to pull within 10-9 on an ace by Kalyn Mostert followed by a kill by Teresa Coppiellie. Colgate regained the lead, and built up a 14-11 advantage on a UAlbany attack error, but the Great Danes rallied to tie the set at 14-14 on a kill by Gonzalez. After Blaire Safir and Dougherty combined for a block to put Colgate back on top, UAlbany rattled off four consecutive points to put the Great Danes ahead, 18-15. The Raiders battled back once again, tying the set at 21-21 before taking a 23-21 lead on a Safir kill. UAlbany continued to rally, knotting the set at 23-23 on a kill by Mostert. Mostert then took over the serve for the Great Danes, getting two straight kills from Coppiellie and ending the match with a service ace.

Sourbeer led UAlbany with 15 kills, while Wright and White recorded 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Mostert added nine kills and 19 digs, along with three service aces. Stanley totaled 53 assists to quarterback the UAlbany offense, while Gonzalez anchored the Great Dane defense with a match-high 31 digs.

Durket finished with a double-double, totaling 17 kills and 13 digs for Colgate (4-9), while Ritt added 14 kills. Applegate recorded a team-high 17 digs, while setter Meghan Fanta finished with 24 assists for the Raiders.

UAlbany (9-8) will return to action on Sunday, kicking off America East Conference play, visiting New Hampshire at 1 p.m.

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UAlbany Community Day - Oct. 10 - Celebrates the University's Academic and Cultural Strengths

Community Day UAlbany Community Day on Oct. 10 celebrates the University's academic and cultural strengths. Enjoy presentations on the Battle of Saratoga, the NYS Writers Institute, and nanotechnology. Also featured: interactive student step and salsa dancing.

The University at Albany’s Career Services office will address the ways in which it connects regional employers with ideal candidates at an information booth during UAlbany’s Community Day, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. — 2 p.m. UAlbany’s Career Services office provides resources to help regional businesses, organizations and government offices meet their staffing needs through internships, online-recruiting, career workshops and a host of other activities. Career Services has assisted more than 300 organizations both in the Capital Region and throughout the nation in finding qualified student interns and employees through a variety of resources designed for students, alumni and businesses.

The University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), part of the School of Business, will also be on-hand to supply information about its no-cost market research, financial analysis, counseling and training programs to help start and expand small businesses. In May, SBDC was named among the top ten centers in the nation by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

At Community Day, employers will learn how UAlbany student interns are boosting businesses, non-profit organizations of all kinds, and government agencies. Some students who are making a positive difference for organizations around the region will be on hand, while Career Services staff will educate employers on how to connect with interns to meet staffing needs through the Career Services Web site:

"With a knowledgeable and diverse student body, the University at Albany offers employers a skilled workforce suited to meet the needs of organizations in the 21st century," said J. Philippe Abraham, director of Career Services. "On Community Day, we look forward to providing insight into how Career Services assists businesses in connecting with ideal candidates through full- and part-time positions, as well as internships."

Career Services is committed to empowering students to transition into a diverse and global society by making educated and gratifying career decisions. The unit provides counseling, assessment and career information to UAlbany students and alumni. Career Services also provides resume, curriculum vitae and cover letter assistance, as well as mock phone and in-person interview sessions. The unit also provides local, regional and national job search resources, career workshops and panels. In addition, the University hosts a career expo organized by Career Services which brings more than 100 organizations to campus every spring to interact with skilled students and alumni

With the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University at Albany, the UAlbany SBDC contributes to the local, regional, and state economies. The center is the state's leading provider of small business management and technical services. Since its inception in 1984, the UAlbany SBDC has provided business assistance to 17,263 entrepreneurs with 146,948 counseling hours, resulting in more than $224 million in economic investment and 8,586 created or saved jobs. In 2008, the economic investment of UAlbany SBDC clients exceeded $34 million.

UAlbany Community Day, which is open to the general public, is designed to showcase the University’s academic and cultural strengths. The Day — which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- will boast faculty presentations on topics ranging from the historical significance of the Battle of Saratoga to nanotechnology; interactive student step dancing, salsa and belly dancing demonstrations; a farmer’s market; a bomb-sniffing dog and sheepherding exhibitions; and a faculty meet and greet.

UAlbany Community Day is part of the University’s Homecoming/Family and Reunion Weekend, which features an alumni luncheon honoring activist Harvey Milk, ’51, a speech by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and a lecture by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. For more information, visit

University of Albany Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Professor John Delano Searches for Life on Other Planets

At UAlbany Community Day on October 10, Delano will discuss current NASA research and missions to determine the conditions that led to the origin of life on Earth and its likelihood on other planets.

ALBANY, N.Y. (September 25, 2009) -- University at Albany Distinguished Teaching Professor John Delano is on the hunt for extraterrestrial life. Much like a growing contingent of other leading scientists across the nation, Delano is almost certain it’s out there -- either on planets within our solar system or beyond.

“The technology is now available for detecting Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, like the Kepler spacecraft launched by NASA in March,” said Delano. “So I think it is likely that we will be able to detect the presence of extraterrestrial life, even as soon as within the next ten years.”

At UAlbany Community Day on October 10, Delano will discuss current NASA research and missions to determine the conditions that led to the origin of life on Earth and its likelihood on other planets. Delano has served on scientific panels for NASA and the National Science Foundation, and also provided testimony in 2004 to the President's Commission on Exploration of the Moon, Mars, and Beyond.

The search for life on other planets has fascinated Delano for years. After receiving his Ph.D. in geochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook in 1977, Delano began research in astrobiology with NASA, which he continues today with colleagues from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as associate director of the New York Center for Astrobiology. Part of Delano's early research involved studying samples brought back from all six of the Apollo landing missions.

Delano’s presentation, which begins at 1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building Room 126 and is open to the general public, will be among a bevy of activities for UAlbany Community Day, designed to showcase the University’s academic and cultural strengths. The Day — which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- will boast faculty presentations on topics ranging from the historical significance of the Battle of Saratoga to nanotechnology; interactive student step dancing, salsa and belly dancing demonstrations; a farmer’s market; bomb-sniffing dog and sheepherding exhibitions; and a faculty meet and greet.

UAlbany Community Day is part of the University’s Homecoming/Family and Reunion Weekend, which features an alumni luncheon honoring activist Harvey Milk, ’51, a speech by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and a lecture by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman.

University of Albany's New York State Writers Institute - 25 years - A Literary Institution

They've hosted 25 years of soul-baring, taboo-smashing, mind-bending literary events at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.

Since 1984, more than 1,000 novelists, poets, biographers, filmmakers, historians, essayists and creative artists who defy classification have shared secrets of their craft as part of a free-wheeling phantasmagoria of the imagination.

Remarkably, given the way writers love to spill their guts, it may be surprising that there are still some unsolved mysteries in the celebrated program's long-running narrative.

For instance, why did the cantankerous poet and literary critic Hayden Carruth get so hacked off during a panel discussion that he stood up, announced he was going to the bathroom and exited the stage before several hundred stunned spectators? He never returned and offered no explanation.

Was that an undergarment tossed on stage in honor of humorist David Sedaris?

Did Hunter S. Thompson really fire up a joint a fan passed the godfather of gonzo journalism prior to an appearance with his literary executor, the historian Douglas Brinkley?

Did novelist Mary Gordon become so spitting mad over Norman Mailer's anti-feminist remarks that she nearly took a swing at the old ex-pug during a panel discussion?

"Writing is an existential experience. You never know how the story is going to end," Mailer proclaimed during that testy appearance with Gordon during the "Telling the Truth" conference in 1991, a watershed event in the group's quarter-century.

Each event hosted by the Writers Institute bears an existential stamp. You never quite know how that evening's performance, original and unscripted, is going to turn out.

"When life is becoming so digitized and isolated and fractured by new media, it's nice to have a chance to have a direct, face-to-face opportunity to hear the artist and learn how they make their art," said author and teacher William Patrick of Troy. "These aren't canned lectures. These are amazing seminars and readings with great writers. The quality never dips below excellent."

Novelist Russell Banks, a frequent guest, likened what founder William Kennedy and director Donald Faulkner create in each season's mix of visiting writers to editing a sophisticated and often surprising literary magazine.

"They don't just bring in the usual suspects or The New York Times Book Review's flavor-of-the-month," Banks said. "They bring in rising stars along with the literary lions. ... And believe me, it's an honor (and a challenge) to read where Mailer and Vonnegut and Sontag have read before you."

Author Nicholas Delbanco, the University of Michigan's Robert Frost Distinguished University Professor of English Language and Literature and director of the MFA program, has been coming to the Writers Institute since its inception. "They are serious about the work of art, but never solemn or boring; and I return year after decade with the happy sense, always, of having come back home," Delbanco said.

Doris Kearns Goodwin said she looks forward to coming to the Writers Institute because the audience is lively and well-read, while the staff creates a welcome, friendly atmosphere for visiting authors. "Little wonder that so many of us come back again and again," she said.
Kennedy seeded the literary experiment in 1984 by donating $15,000 annually for five years from his MacArthur "genius" award prize money. Kennedy persuaded UAlbany President Vincent O'Leary to match it. Kennedy next coaxed a literary mentor, Saul Bellow, to be the visiting writer in the nascent series. Bellow drew 1,200 people.

Their second event featured Toni Morrison. She attracted another four-figure audience, with hundreds turned away.

They had a smash hit. But they had no name, no office space and no staff. They hired Jeanne Finley, an aspiring writer, and crammed into the English department office of the late Tom Smith, a professor and close friend of Kennedy's.

Kennedy and Smith finessed legislators and made the rounds of the Capitol. Later their inaugural year, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo signed into law legislation that created the New York State Writers Institute. The Legislature kicked in $100,000 in funding.

The program has grown from about 10 events a year to more than 50, with the addition of a film series, a fellows program, a summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, and an exhaustive digital archive of videotaped author readings and discussions that will be soon available to the public as a searchable database. An estimated 250,000 people have attended their events.

"It just got bigger and bigger and you can't find a bad season over the 25 years," Kennedy said. The events have always been free. They've had so many capacity crowds at Page Hall (it seats about 900), with large numbers turned away at the door, that they've lost count. Frank McCourt, Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, John Updike, Maureen Dowd and Margaret Atwood are just a few of the sell-out authors.

Garrison Keillor was so big they moved him to the SEFCU Arena and more than 3,000 fans filled the gymnasium.

Faulkner, who came in 1995 and is credited with expanding the scope and reach of the Writers Institute programs, frequently delivers formal introductions for the writers. He was caught off-guard when the Fugs, considered the first underground rock band of the 1960s, summoned Faulkner onstage, gave him a guitar and invited him to jam with them during their "literary concert" in 2003.

"What makes it unique? Bill Kennedy's presence as host and impresario and leader of the pack late at night after the readings. Also the quality of the audiences -- they're wonderfully mixed, academic and non-academic, young people and old, drawn from the entire Albany community, and they're knowledgeable, so you feel you can read from just about any place in your work and it'll be heard and understood. And Don Faulkner has to get enormous credit for the programming -- the blend of writers over a season is smart and imaginative."
-- Russell Banks

"The Writers Institute is by far my favorite stop on the book tour: The audience is always terrific, but what makes it unique is the chance to share experiences with the veteran writers in residence, to witness the joy that aspiring students take in meeting published writers, and, of course, the opportunity, at the end of the evening, to join William Kennedy in his favorite pub and listen to his unforgettable stories that bring Albany to vivid life."

-- Doris Kearns Goodwin

"As someone who witnessed the birth and infancy of the New York State Writers Institute, I'm delighted to report that it thrives in its maturity and -- by comparison with other such programs -- old age. Presided over by its founding father, William Kennedy, it remains as vital and exuberant as is he; the pleasures of the enterprise abound."

-- Nicholas Delbanco

"Very few institutions accord writers a place of honor; few resonate with such passionate respect for literature. How unusual and affirming it is to visit a place that fibrillates with excitement over -- of all things -- writing. That's why the Writers Institute is a singular treasure. Just the thought of it gives me hope and sustenance."

-- Alice Fulton


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

University of Albany Field Hockey Breaks Into Kookaburra / NFHCA Division I National Coaches' Poll - UAlbany Sports 2009

Albany, N.Y. - The UAlbany field hockey team broke into the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches' Poll for the first time this season, after defeating #19 Providence on Sunday. The Great Danes have been receiving votes each week this season prior to their No. 20 ranking this week.

UAlbany (7-2) became the first America East Conference team to earn a national ranking this season. Senior Nicole Savage earned her first conference player of the week award on Monday after leading the Great Danes to a 2-1 win over Providence. Savage scored both goals in the win, after also scoring a goal in a victory over Colgate earlier in the week.

The Great Danes kick off America East play on Saturday, hosting Fairfield, before taking on the fourth nationally ranked team on the schedule, visiting #6 Syracuse on Sunday.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Men's Soccer Wraps Up Non-Conference Slate With 1-0 Loss

Worcester, Mass. - Shane Regan's first career goal in the opening minutes of the second half led Holy Cross to a 1-0 victory over UAlbany in a non-conference men's soccer match on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium.

The scoreless first half did not feature many good opportunities for either team to get on the scoreboard. The first and only shot on net of the opening stanza came in the 43rd minute, when the Crusaders' Ethan Tarricone sent in a bullet which was saved by UAlbany goalkeeper Adrian Foncette.

Holy Cross (2-6), which advanced to last season's Patriot League title match, got the only goal it needed just 1:11 after the break. Ryan O'Hanlon deflected a free kick off the post. The ball bounced to the foot of Regan, who buried it to the left corner from the penalty area.

UAlbany threatened to net the equalizer shortly after the goal was scored, but Crusader goalkeeper Thomas Booth, an all-conference second-team selection last year, made consecutive saves on shot attempts by Bo Jelovac and Rikkert Pilaar. The Great Danes also earned four of their five corner kicks in the second half, but the visitors could not find the back of the net and settled for their fourth one-goal defeat of the season.

Foncette made three saves on nine opportunities for the Great Danes in the losing effort. The Crusaders' Booth stopped two of the six shots he saw to earn the victory .

UAlbany (0-7-2) will open up America East Conference play when it hosts Hartford on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m.

UAlbany (0-7-2) 0 0 - 0
Holy Cross (2-6) 0 1 - 1

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

University of Albany's Nicole Savage Named America East Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week - UAlbany Sports 2009

Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany's Nicole Savage was named the America East Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week as announced by the league office on Monday afternoon. Savage, a senior forward, scored three goals in two games to lead UAlbany to an undefeated week in non-conference play.

Savage recorded the game-winner in a 3-1 win over Colgate on Sept. 23, taking an assist from freshman Nina Walters. She then scored two unassisted tallies in Sunday's 2-1 defeat of No. 19 Providence, the Great Danes' first win over a ranked opponent this season. She recorded nine shots on goal in the two games, en route to earning her third career weekly award. Savage is third on the team with three goals and three assists on the season.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

University of Albany Women's Lacrosse Holds 3-on-3 Tournament on Monday, Oct. 12 at John Fallon Field - UAlbany Sports 2009



7th- 12th Grades

Location: University at Albany John Fallon Lacrosse Field Turf
Clinic and tournament will be held by University at Albany Women's Lacrosse Team and Staff

Tournament Cost (includes T-shirt): $30 per person
T-shirt size: (check one) ____ Small _____ Medium _____ Large ______ X-Large

Call or email questions:
Patricia Sutton
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Phone: 518-591-8569

*** Registration forms and payment must be received by October 5th. Payment will not be refunded for cancellations***

Mail Registration and Payment to:

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Albany, NY 12222

REGISTRATION FORM (only pre-registered athletes will be allowed to participate)
**May Register as an individual or with a team. You do not have to have a goalie on your team**

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UAlbany Baseball to Celebrate Homecoming Weekend

Albany, N.Y. - The UAlbany baseball team will celebrate Homecoming Weekend with several events planned.

On Friday, Oct. 9, Bob Conklin '84 will become the 13th Great Dane baseball player to be inducted into the UAlbany Hall of Fame. Head coach Jon Mueller and the team will hold a post-induction reception at the Across the Street Pub following the ceremony. Conklin was a three-time all-conference infielder and outfielder and was one of the top players in the UAlbany baseball program's NCAA Division III era.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, current UAlbany baseball players will welcome past team members to Varsity Field for the Annual Alumni Game. Batting practice will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10 a.m. first pitch. Following the game, alumni, current players and families will participate in a barbeque and tailgate before attending the UAlbany football game against Northeast Conference foe Duquesne at 1 p.m.

For more information on the Homecoming Weekend events, please contact head coach Jon Mueller at 518-442-3014.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

UAlbany FCS Football Highlights Vs #17 Maine

Monday, September 28, 2009

University of Albany FCS Football's Dave Nicomini Chosen Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week - UAlbany Sports 2009

Somerset, N.J. - University at Albany's Dave Nicomini has been chosen Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week in football, as announced on Monday, Sept. 28 by the conference office. The Great Danes, who opened NEC play with a 22-9 victory over Sacred Heart on Sept. 26, limited their opponent to 267 total yards, including 71 on the ground, and forced three turnovers.

A senior outside linebacker from Newton, N.J., Nicomini totaled five tackles, one sack, two hits for a loss and a career-high three pass break-ups. He came up big in a pair of first-and-goal situations that held the Pioneers to two field goals. He broke up a first-down pass and added a third-down sack in the second quarter. Nicomini made a first-down tackle for a loss on first-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the final period.

Nicomini missed all of the 2008 season following major reconstructive knee surgery. A first-team All-NEC selection in 2007, he is currently tied for fourth among the Division I FCS leaders in tackles for a loss at 2.0 per game. Nicomini, who has 29 tackles overall, climbed to No. 19 on the school's career tackles list with 198.

Football Notes: The Great Danes set a school record with their 10th consecutive home win, eclipsing a mark that was first established in 1973-74 ... UAlbany has reached the win column 14 straight times against conference opponents, the nation's longest FCS streak ... senior tailback David McCarty is tied for second in career touchdowns (30) and has 21 100-yard rushing games as a collegian ... inside linebacker Justin Brancaccio moved above the 200-career plateau in tackles (204) ... tailback Justin Gannon toppled the 2,000-career mark in all-purpose yards and is 19th on the program's chart with 2,043 ...

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

UAlbany Announces Hiring of Brent Wilson as Director of Men's Basketball Operations

Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany head men's basketball coach Will Brown announced on Monday, Sept. 28 the hiring of Brent Wilson as director of operations. Wilson takes over for Ken Dagostino who was recently named Hudson Valley Community College's head basketball coach.

Wilson, a former all-conference standout and two-time UAlbany captain, previously worked for the State Employees Federal Credit Union (SEFCU) in administrative services. He also served as a sales manager for Croton Farms, handling the Green Mountain coffee account and customer service.

A four-year lettermen from 2004-08, Wilson led the Great Danes to a pair of America East Conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. He was twice voted to the all-conference third team and was a member of the league's all-rookie squad as a freshman. Wilson, who played in 123 career games, is 16th on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,178 points. He is also 14th in career rebounds (596) and third in career three-point field goals (229).

In his role as operations director, Wilson will be responsible for administrative duties, videotape exchange, travel and coordinating summer basketball camp.

A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wilson earned his undergraduate degree in English with a minor in education. He also volunteered at the 2007 New York State Special Olympics.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Sunday, September 27, 2009

#20 University of Albany Field Hockey Defeats #19 Providence At Alumni Field - UAlbany Sports 2009

Albany, N.Y. - Senior forward Nicole Savage scored both of UAlbany's goals to lead the Great Danes to a 2-1 win over 19th-ranked Providence in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Alumni Turf Field. With its first win of the season over a ranked opponent, UAlbany improves to 7-2, while Providence falls to 3-6 overall.

Savage scored her first unassisted goal of the game in the 13th minute, taking a rebound off Providence goalkeeper Rachel Chamberlain and firing a hard shot into the back of the cage. Savage doubled the score at 18:26 on another rebound. The ball came off Chamberlain's pads into the air, where Savage made a stop and quick shot into the upper left corner. The Great Danes kept the pressure on for the remainder of the half, carrying the two-goal advantage into the break.

Providence got on the board just under three minutes into the second half, as Kelly Grogan slipped an unassisted shot into the left corner of the goal over UAlbany goalkeeper Kristi Troch. UAlbany's defense played strong for the remainder of the game, keeping the Great Dane offense in control and holding off several attempts by Providence.

UAlbany outshot the Friars, 16-7, and held a 6-4 advantage in penalty corners. Savage led the UAlbany attack with five shots on goal, while Providence's Nellie Poulin finished with two shots on goal. Chamberlain played all 70 minutes in the cage, recording eight saves for Providence (3-6). Troch and Christine Hoffman split time in the cage for the Great Danes, with each making one save in their half of play.

UAlbany (7-2) will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the America East Conference opener, hosting Fairfield at 1 p.m.

University of Albany Women's Soccer Plays Vermont to 1-1 Double-Overtime Tie in America East Opener - UAlbany Sports 2009

Burlington, Vt. - Freshman Chelsea DeVerna scored her fourth goal of the season as the UAlbany women's soccer team played Vermont to a 1-1 double-overtime tie in the America East Conference opener for both schools on Sunday, Sept. 27 at Centennial Field. The Great Danes, who held a one-goal lead at halftime, entered the match with more victories than any other America East team before settling for their first draw of the season.

UAlbany (5-5-1, AE 0-0-1), which has already matched its highest single-season win total as a Division I program, had a golden opportunity to score in the 15th minute when Chelsea DeVerna broke through the defense and only had goalkeeper Eliza Bradley to beat. However, the senior netminder charged to the top of the box and blocked the shot. Moments later, Maggie DeVerna's attempt to put the Great Danes on the board following an indirect kick by Nicole Berard from just outside the box went wide right of the goal.

Chelsea DeVerna, who was named UAlbany's player of the game, broke through for the first goal of the match in the 29th minute when she took a pass from Ashley Tirabassi, dribbled around a defender and fired a shot to the top left corner of the post. Vermont came alive after the goal and had multiple close calls to net the equalizer before the break, including a corner kick which was punched out of the box by goalkeeper Breanna Maggio. However, the defense led by Kendra Harrell-Vigil, Katie Grant, Jaclyn Rosada and Marks held its ground, and UAlbany took its one-goal lead into the recess.

The Great Danes, which had not allowed a goal in six straight halves, controlled play in the beginning of the second stanza. Chelsea DeVerna almost doubled the lead in the 66th minute, but Bradley made a diving stop.

Vermont (0-7-2, AE 0-0-1) knotted up the score in the 76th minute when it was awarded its second corner kick of the match. Maggio reached up to make the initial save on a high shot taken by Heidi Hassler, but Carson Laderoute potted in the rebound for the first goal scored against the freshman goalkeeper and UAlbany in over 320 minutes of action. The Catamounts almost took their first lead a minute later. However, Harrell-Vigil slid in and cleared the ball out towards the sideline before the opposing forward could take a shot.

UAlbany had a chance of its own to regain the lead when it earned one of its seven corner kicks after Bradley made another key save on a shot taken by Tirabassi. Rebecca Lee's cross inside the six-yard box was greeted by a mob of players from both teams. The ball took a Great Dane bounce to the net, but a Catamount defender cleared it just before it crossed the goal line. Nothing was decided through the end of regulation, and the teams headed to overtime.

Chelsea DeVerna had the best chance for either team to net the golden goal in the waning minutes of the second extra session. Her open look after beating a defender that missed forced a corner kick. The Catamounts then came back the other way after successfully clearing Lee's cross with one last chance to post the come-from-behind win. Jessica Becker took a pass from midfield and had an open field to work with, but she tripped on her own when trying to get off a shot. The final whistle sounded moments later.

UAlbany outshot Vermont, 13-9, which included a commanding 10-3 advantage in shots on goal. Maggio made two saves on nine opportunities in net for the Great Danes. Vermont's Bradley stopped nine of the 13 shots she faced.

The Great Danes return to Varsity Field for their America East home opener against Binghamton on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

2009 UAlbany FCS Football Gameday @ St.Francis

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2009 Schedule:

Sat, Sep 5 UAlbany 26 Georgia Southern 29
Sat, Sep 12 UAlbany 7 Massachusetts 44
Sat, Sep 19 UAlbany 20 Maine 16
Sat, Sep 26 UAlbany 22 Sacred Heart 9
Sat, Oct 3 at St. Francis (PA) 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 10 Duquesne 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 17 Bryant 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 24 at Monmouth 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 31 at Central Connecticut State 12:00 pm
Sat, Nov 7 Robert Morris 1:00 pm
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Date: October 3, 2009
Time: 16pm
Opponent: St Francis (PA)
Location: St Francis University
City/Town: Loretta, PA
Facility: DeGol Field
From Albany - 386m
NYC - 297m
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2009 Schedule:

Sat, Sep 5 at New Hampshire L 14-24
Sat, Sep 12 Morehead State W 31-0
Sat, Sep 19 at Northern Iowa L 0-30
Sat, Sep 26 at Wagner L 48-56
Sat, Oct 3 Albany 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 10 at Sacred Heart 12:00 pm
Sat, Oct 17 at Robert Morris 12:00 pm
Sat, Oct 24 Duquesne 7:00 pm
Sat, Nov 7 Monmouth 1:00 pm
Sat, Nov 14 at Bryant 12:00 pm
Sat, Nov 21 Central Connecticut State 1:00 pm

Saturday, September 26, 2009

University of Albany FCS Football Holds Off Sacred Heart, 22-9, in Northeast Conference Opener at University Field - UAlbany Sports 2009

Albany, N.Y. - David McCarty rushed for 105 yards and one touchdown in leading UAlbany to a 22-9 victory over Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams on Saturday, Sept. 26 at University Field. The Great Danes, who went unbeaten in league play the last two seasons, extended their conference win streak to 14 in a row.

Sacred Heart (0-3, NEC 0-1) closed within 16-9 on Matt Fisher's 23-yard field goal with 9:00 remaining. The Pioneers appeared to stop UAlbany (2-2, NEC 1-0) on the next offensive series. But on fourth-and-three at their own 43-yard line, the Great Danes' Andrew Smith ran for the first down off the faked punt.

Quarterback Vinny Esposito later threw a third-down, 31-yard completion to wide receiver Tim Bush to keep the sequence on schedule. McCarty then lugged the ball five consecutive times to the end zone with 3:58 to play. The senior tailback, who has run for 100 or more yards 21 times as a collegian, scored on a 4-yard blast, as he bounced off a defender and across the goal line.

"We were fortunate to win, but we had no turnovers and played fairly well on defense and in the kicking game," said UAlbany coach Bob Ford, whose program has the longest Division I FCS conference win skein. "We are struggling to sustain a drive on offense. On the other hand, the defense controlled things."

UAlbany's defense set up a pair of field goals in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead. Cornerback Jean Juste forced a fumble following a completed pass and defensive end Tony Sparano recovered, leading to Herb Glass' 24-yard kick. Linebacker Chris Wilk's first career interception and 30-yard return led to another field goal.

After Sacred Heart's Fisher kicked a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter, Emerson Kinsey broke clean on a 50-yard kickoff return. The Great Danes put together a nine-play scoring drive to build a 13-3 advantage. Esposito, who connected on 11 of 22 attempts for 144 yards, hit on three third-down passes to keep the series alive. He moved to his right and found Justin Gannon with a short pass in the flat and the senior tailback used his blocking en route to a 24-yard score.

Outside linebacker Rich Duff picked off starting quarterback Dale Fink late in the first half and rumbled 34 yards deep into SHU territory. Glass added his school-record third field goal, a 24-yard kick. The Pioneers sliced the deficit to 16-6 in the third quarter behind reserve signal-caller Tyler McKeon, who passed for 118 yards. The 12-play, 76-yard drive ended in Fisher's 21-yard field goal.

The Pioneers, who were coming off a bye week, looked to record their first win in this series since 2001 with a serious threat in the final period. McKeon, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, fired a 27-yard completion to Rich Rossi inside the Albany 1-yard line. However, the Great Danes stopped two rushing plays and sacked McKeon on third down to force Fisher to make his third field goal.

"We can't bend or break in that situation," explained UAlbany outside linebacker Dave Nicomini, who totaled five tackles, one sack and three pass break-ups. "It's an attitude that you are not going to let them in (the end zone). We made the plays."

The Great Danes, who broke a school mark that had stood since 1974 with their 10th consecutive home win, held the visitors to 267 total yards, including 71 on the ground. Gannon added 55 rushing yards to his touchdown reception.

"Their defense moved around with twists and stunts and that may have bothered us and messed with us up front," offered Esposito, whose club has won nine of 11 NEC openers since joining the league in 1999. "We moved the ball, but didn't finish drives. We are always trying to establish the run, but I need to get our receivers the football. I am confident we can do that."

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

University of Albany Volleyball Sweeps Santa Clara, St. Francis, and Penn To Win HD Holiday Inn Tournament - UAlbany Sports 2009

Philadelphia, Pa. - Valerie Sourbeer and Hillary White led UAlbany to a sweep of St. Francis (Pa.) and Penn at the HD Holiday Inn Tournament hosted by the Quakers at The Palestra on Saturday. The Great Danes, who won the tournament with a 3-0 record, defeated St. Francis, 3-0, with scores of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-14 before recording a 3-1 win over Penn with scores of 25-20, 25-22, 17-25 and 25-23 in the tournament finale.

In the first match of the day, senior outside hitter Sourbeer paced the Great Danes with 12 kills and a .579 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kalyn Mostert and junior Teresa Coppiellie both recorded seven kills apiece, while Mostert also finished with seven digs, four block assists and one service ace. Setter Brooke Stanley recorded 33 assists and eight digs for UAlbany, which hit .375 and recorded seven total blocks as a team. Shirley Miller paced St. Francis (2-13) with nine kills, while Christine Breisch led the Red Flash defensively with seven digs.

Senior middle blocker Hillary White led the Great Danes to their sweep with 16 kills against Penn. Casey Wright also finished with double-digit kill totals, finishing with 10 to go along with eight block assists. Libero Laurie Gonzalez paced UAlbany defensively with a career-high 29 digs, besting her previous total by one. Stanley continued her strong all-around play with 42 assists, seven digs, six kills and four service aces.

Lauren Martin led three Penn players in double-digit kills with 17. Ashley Hawkins added 16, while Elizabeth Semmens posted a double-double with 12 kills and 15 digs. Setter Megan Tryon also recorded a double-double for Penn (9-4) with 52 assists and 14 digs.

UAlbany (8-8) will return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 30, as they visit Colgate in a non-conference match at 7 p.m.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

2009 UAlbany FCS Football Gameday Versus Sacred Heart

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2009 Schedule:

Sat, Sep 5 UAlbany 26 Georgia Southern 29
Sat, Sep 12 UAlbany 7 Massachusetts 44
Sat, Sep 19 UAlbany 20 #19Maine 16
Sat, Sep 26 Sacred Heart 4:00 pm
Sat, Oct 3 at St. Francis (PA) 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 10 Duquesne 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 17 Bryant 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 24 at Monmouth 1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 31 at Central Connecticut State 12:00 pm
Sat, Nov 7 Robert Morris 1:00 pm
Sat, Nov 21 at Wagner 1:00 pm

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Date: September 26, 2009
Time: 4pm
Opponent: Sacred Heart
Location: University of Albany
City/Town: Albany, NY
Facility: University Field
Driving distance:
From NYC - 147 miles
From Boston - 168 miles
Media Coverage:
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2009 SHU Schedule:

09/05/09 vs. Marist Fairfield, CT L, 31-12
09/12/09 at Holy Cross Worcester, MA L, 52-21
09/26/09 at Albany Albany, NY 4:00 p.m. ET
10/03/09 at Central Connecticut State New Britain, CT 12:00 p.m. ET
10/10/09 vs. Saint Francis (PA) Fairfield, CT 12:00 p.m. ET
10/17/09 vs. Monmouth Fairfield, CT 1:00 p.m. ET
10/24/09 at Wagner Staten Island, NY 1:00 p.m. ET
10/31/09 at Robert Morris Moon Township, PA 12:00 p.m. ET
11/07/09 vs. Bryant Fairfield, CT 1:00 p.m. ET
11/14/09 vs. Duquesne Fairfield, CT 12:00 p.m. ET

Friday, September 25, 2009

University of Albany Volleyball Beats Santa Clara 3-1 To Start Penn Tournament - UAlbany Sports 2009

Philadelphia, Pa. - Valerie Sourbeer recorded a match-high 17 kills, putting up a .417 hitting percentage, leading UAlbany to a 3-1 win over Santa Clara in non-conference volleyball action at the Holiday Inn HD Tournament on Friday afternoon at The Palestra. The Great Danes posted scores of 25-16, 22-25, 25-16 and 25-20.

UAlbany came out firing in the first set, building up a 17-9 lead with four straight points behind the service game of Laura Livergood. Kalyn Mostert and Casey Wright combined for two blocks in that rally to lead the Great Danes. After Santa Clara's Emily Burke recorded a service ace to pull the Broncos within 20-16, UAlbany regained serve on a handling error. Brooke Stanley served for the final four points of the set, getting three consecutive kills from Teresa Coppiellie, Sourbeer and Mostert before Mostert and Wright put up their third block assist to end the set.

Santa Clara rebounded in set two after falling behind 5-1 to start the set. The Broncos tied the score at 7-7 with a kill by Dana Knudsen. UAlbany regained control with three straight points, eventually getting up 15-10 on a Santa Clara attack error. Wright and Stanley combined for a block to give the Great Danes a 19-16 advantage before the Broncos came roaring back, getting two block assists from Lindsy Davigeadono and Tanya Schmidt to take a 21-20 lead. UAlbany tied the set on a kill by Wright, but Santa Clara got three consecutive kills to get to set point. Hillary White smacked a kill to keep the action going, but Davigeadono sealed the win for the Broncos with a kill.

The Great Danes regrouped at the break and blasted out to a 7-3 lead with Livergood's service. White recorded three straight kills to put UAlbany up, 10-3, and the Great Danes continued to build their advantage with rallies. After a Schmidt service ace pulled Santa Clara within 19-9, Mostert took an assist from Stanley to put UAlbany back in control. A Wright kill at 23-15 gave the Great Danes set point, before Schmidt recorded a kill to keep the Broncos alive. Sourbeer smashed the winning kill home to end the set in UAlbany's favor.

The fourth set started as a back-and-forth affair, with seven ties in the early going before Santa Clara scored four straight points to build up a 15-11 lead on a Davigeadono kill. Wright and Sourbeer combined for one of UAlbany's 10 total team blocks to give the Great Danes back control. The teams exchanged points before a kill by Stanley pulled UAlbany within 18-15 and gave Coppiellie the serve. The junior outside hitter served for nine straight points, including two service aces. Knudsen took an assist from Emily Burke to get a kill and end the UAlbany rally before taking advantage of a UAlbany attack error on match point. Stanley ended the match with a kill, with the assist going to Livergood.

White completed a double-double for UAlbany with 13 kills and 10 digs while Stanley finished with a match-high 44 assists, six digs, four kills and two block assists. Mostert finished with eight kills and five total blocks, while Wright contributed six block assists and five kills. Knudsen led three Broncos in double-digit kills, finishing with a team-high 15. Katherine Douglas recorded 11 kills and 14 digs, while Davigeadono also tallied 11 kills. Setter Emily Burke finished with 36 assists and five digs for Santa Clara (8-5).

UAlbany (6-8) will return to action on Saturday, playing St. Francis (Pa.) at 3 p.m. and host Penn at 7 p.m. to conclude the tournament.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

University of Albany FCS Football Battles Sacred Heart in Northeast Conference Opener at University Field on Saturday - UAlbany Sports 2009

Albany, N.Y. - UAlbany tangles with Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference opener on Saturday, Sept. 26 at University Field. Kickoff is 4:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on Fox Sports 980, WOFX-AM. Tickets are available by contacting the UAlbany Ticket Office, 518-442-4683.

The Pioneers are coming off a bye week after beginning the 2009 campaign with losses to Marist and No. 25 Holy Cross. Sacred Heart was picked fourth in the NEC preseason coaches poll and had six players chosen to the preseason all-conference squad. Head coach Paul Gorham led the program to its highest win total since 2001 in last year's 8-3 season.

Quarterback Dale Fink earned first team All-NEC recognition last season. Fink, who has connected on 60 of 97 pass attempts for 509 yards and two touchdowns, is the school's all-time leader in TD passes (48). Wide receiver Steve Tedesco, an honorable mention preseason All-American, holds the program's records for career receptions (179) and touchdown catches (27). Running back Garry Coles is 15th among the nation's leaders in all-purpose yards at 155.5 per game. Coles, a first-team all-league return specialist, scored on a 99-yard kickoff return against Holy Cross.

Defensive end Bill O'Brien (6-4, 260) and strong safety Andre Isla were each named second-team all-conference one year ago. Chris Mandas, a sophomore inside linebacker, leads the team in tackles with 15. Cornerback Titus McIntosh has 13 tackles and four pass break-ups.

The Great Danes broke through into the win column in last Saturday's thrilling come-from-behind victory against No. 20 Maine. UAlbany rallied from a double-figure deficit in the fourth quarter for the first time as a Division I FCS program. Quarterback Vinny Esposito threw a 22-yard scoring pass to tight end Paul Booker before Herb Glass kicked a field goal that closed the gap to 16-13. Chris Simpson, the ECAC and NEC defensive player of the week, forced a fumble on a third-down option run that led to David McCarty's winning touchdown, a 24-yard run with 2:02 remaining.

Head coach Bob Ford, who is sixth among the Division I FCS all-time leaders in career victories with 235, has led UAlbany to four NEC championships this decade. The Great Danes have won eight of 10 conference openers since joining the league in 1999.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

University of Albany FCS Football

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

University of Albany Field Hoceky Defeats Colgate, 3-1, in Non-Conference Action - UAlbany Sports 2009

Hamilton, N.Y. - Nicole Savage tallied the gamewinning goal to lead UAlbany to a 3-1 win over Colgate in non-conference field hockey action at Tyler's Field on Wednesday evening. The first whistle was late, as the game was delayed for 45 minutes due to lightening.

Senior defender Jess Lindsey broke a scoreless tie in the 25th minute, finding the back of the cage on an assist from Tegan Brown. Savage netted the gamewinner just before the half, taking the assist from Nina Walters. The Great Danes held onto their two-goal lead until the 52nd minute when Colgate found the back of the cage with a goal from Laura Denenga on a penalty corner. UAlbany added an insurance tally just two minutes before the final horn, as Walters earned her second assist of the day on a Christina Patrick goal to set the final margin.

UAlbany outshot Colgate, 30-7, and held a 12-4 advantage in penalty corners. Great Dane goalkeepers Christine Hoffman and Kristi Troch split time in the cage, with Hoffman making three serves in the first half, while Troch made two stops in the second stanza. Sarah Pederson made 15 saves in the cage for Colgate (1-7).

UAlbany (6-2) will return to action on Sunday, Sept. 27, hosting Providence at Alumni Turf Field at 1 p.m.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Men's Soccer Battles to Scoreless Draw

Loudonville, N.Y. - Adrian Foncette made 10 saves and recorded his fourth career shutout as the UAlbany men's soccer team played Siena to a 0-0 double-overtime tie in a non-conference match between the Capital Region programs on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Siena Turf Field.

After a very physical first half which did not feature any good scoring opportunities for either side, both teams finally got their chances to net the match's first goal just before the midway point of the second stanza. Siena, which was ranked third in the most recent NSCAA/adidas North Atlantic regional poll, made the first bid in the 61st minute when defender Nick Viaggio cleared the ball up the middle to Joe Tavernese, creating a two-on-one advantage for the Saints against a Great Dane defender. The forward slipped a pass to Bobby Di Filippo for an open look on the right side, but the senior's attempt with only Foncette to beat went high of the cage. Di Fillipo had another strong opportunity to net a goal in the 64th, but Ian Peach stuffed his shot from the top of the box.

UAlbany quickly came back the other way, as Shaun Kane beat a defender and had an open look at the net from 15 yards out on the right side. However, goalkeeper Phil Chabot made a diving save at his aim for the far post.

A total of eleven cards and 41 fouls were issued in the match. The Great Danes were forced to play a man down after the 69th minute when a player picked up a second yellow card which turned into a red. Di Fillipo made another bid to put the Saints on the board three minutes later, but Foncette made a leaping save to keep the match scoreless.

In the extra periods, Tavernese almost scored the golden goal with an arching shot which Foncette leaped and punched away in the nick of time. Siena earned a corner kick in the waning seconds, but Claudio Dantas cleared the ball away to force another extra session.

With UAlbany still playing a man down, Konner McNamara had the closest chance of the entire match to score when he took a pass from Peach and hammered a header to the near post from just outside the six-yard box. The attempt was saved by Chabot in the 106th minute. Siena failed to capitalize on a corner kick with 50 seconds left, and the tension-filled match ended in a scoreless tie.

UAlbany's Foncette faced 25 shots in earning his first clean sheet of the year. Siena's Chabot made nine saves on 12 opportunities in his first-ever shutout effort. The Great Danes wrap up non-conference play when they visit Holy Cross on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and University of Albany President George Philip Work to Reduce Harmful Carbon Emissions

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy J. Zimpher joined University at Albany President George M. Philip today to announce two new campus environmental sustainability initiatives that aim to reduce harmful carbon emissions on the nation’s roadways and across campus. The initiatives, which have garnered corporate and state support, involve research into minimizing harmful automobile emissions and a new campus transportation program for students, faculty and staff.

School of Business Associate Professor Sanjay Goel has been awarded corporate and state funding for research into the coordination and optimization of traffic signals as a means to minimize wait-times at intersections, thereby reducing automobile engine idling time and greenhouse gas emissions. For this work, Goel is one of three recipients of a prestigious $25,000 AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship. His project is also supported by funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) worth $105, 945, which includes support from UAlbany.

UAlbany is also introducing several alternative transportation options for commuting students, faculty and staff, including hybrid buses, Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), public bus systems and bike and ride sharing programs. The aim is to reduce the University’s carbon footprint and environmental impact. Each day, faculty, staff and students commute to UAlbany campuses by themselves, comprising 18 percent of the University’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2008.

The University’s initiatives advance one of Chancellor Zimpher’s SUNY-wide missions to reduce the environmental footprint of its 64 campuses and to address the challenge of climate change and global warming.

“One of the highest priorities throughout the SUNY system is emphasis on sustainability research and practice,” said Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The University at Albany is proactively leading environmental initiatives and serving as a role model to bring about positive change with the transformational integration of ‘green’ practice, teaching and research on its campus.”

“I am encouraged by the large numbers of UAlbany faculty, staff and students who are committed to advancing sustainability both on our campus and beyond,” said President George M. Philip. “Professor Goel’s research, the campus transportation programs, and our many other initiatives will have a positive impact on the world’s environmental challenges.”

"Traffic lights are complex because there is no central system controlling them," said Goel, director of research at the New York State Center for Information Forensics and Assurance. "If we reprogram these lights so that they talk to each other and keep adapting, we can significantly reduce idle time, which decreases the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as driver frustration and wait time."

Goel’s traffic-light project is inspired by the behavior of social insects that are able to communicate with their neighbors to coordinate their activities and demonstrate remarkable efficiency and resilience in their tasks.

"Such collaborations illustrate how public/private partnerships leverage resources to simultaneously create value for firms and for society,” said School of Business Dean Don Siegel. “These research projects will yield important practical results for industry and improve the quality of our lives, by enhancing environmental performance and allowing individuals and corporations to use time more efficiently.”

"AT&T is proud to recognize the University at Albany and Professor Goel and his research through the AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program," said AT&T Assistant Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety Clair Krizov. "These fellowships are designed to support research that can contribute to solving global and regional environmental challenges and help shape environmentally and economically efficient strategies for the future."

“We are pleased and eager to once again provide support to innovative UAlbany research and demonstration projects that will help us meet Governor Paterson’s goals to reduce vehicle miles traveled and improve air quality, especially through state institutional efforts,” said NYSERDA President and CEO Francis J. Murray, Jr. “Last year, we combined research funds with the New York State Department of Transportation to assist UAlbany in analyzing commuter patterns, both at the University and at the adjoining State Office Campus. We expect solid participation and results from this neighborly outreach that broadens this program to even wider audiences and horizons.”

The University’s sustainable transportation program includes pollution-reducing vehicles in its maintenance and transportation fleet. UAlbany was recently awarded nearly $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy -- managed by NYSERDA -- to help fund five hybrid-electric buses and three GEMs, designed to reduce annual combined emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide pollutants by more than 1,700 lbs. The GEMs, run solely by electricity, and hybrid buses, fueled by a combination of gas/diesel and electricity, will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly eight tons per year.

The new 30-36-seat passenger hybrid buses will be integrated into the University’s mass transit fleet and used for student, faculty, and staff transportation between the University’s various campuses. The University’s GEMs — which now total 13 -- are two and four-passenger, low-speed vehicles used for facilities services and repairs, athletics events and services, parking lot management and transportation of campus mail and small equipment.

Sustainable transportation options also include a bike sharing program -- initiated by UAlbany students -- in which donated bicycles and helmets are available for use on each residential quad. Other alternative options include bus systems through the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), as well as ride sharing programs like Zipride and IPool2, allowing commuters from the same area to travel together.

“This new program is designed to improve transportation efficiency, which demonstrates UAlbany's fervent commitment to environmental stewardship and sets a positive example for the local and global communities,” said Director of Environmental Sustainability Mary Ellen Mallia.

UAlbany is committed to fostering, adopting and advancing an environment of sustainability on campus and beyond. Consistent with the University's dedication to its “Green Scene" efforts, UAlbany launched new initiatives this fall, including opening two environmental sustainability-themed residence halls for students on Colonial and Indian Quad and a newly-renovated Indian Quad Dining Hall featuring locally-grown produce, grass-fed beef, energy efficient heating and lighting systems. The University is expanding its annual fall energy savings campaign in residence halls to include academic and administrative buildings on campus.

About AT&T:
Since its inception in 1993, the AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellowship program has provided environmental research fellowships to leading universities and their outstanding academic researchers across the country. The program is one way that AT&T collaborates with premier academic institutions and universities to advance education and research and to enhance the company's ability to deliver innovative products and services. In 2009, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE® magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

University of Albany Alum James Walsh, President of the Academy of Management, Links U.S. Demand with Working Conditions Around the World

Conference Speaker at UAlbany Sept. 25-26

James Walsh takes University of Michigan students abroad to show them the impact American demand for cheap products has on the lives of workers around the world.

James P. Walsh, B.A. '75, travels the world teaching students from the University of Michigan about how the products we buy in America may come from places where safe working conditions are not a given.

He has taken them into facilities where workers run machinery but lack eye and ear protection. Instead of protective shoes, employees wear flip flops on the factory floor. Workers may even have a makeshift bed at work as they work around the clock. This sheds a different light on the subject of corporate social responsibility. He shows his students how our demand for the lowest priced products impacts the lives of people around the world. Corporations and consumers alike may have a role to play in making a better world.

Walsh is looking forward to visiting UAlbany on Sept. 25-26, where he will be the keynote speaker at a School of Business conference on corporate social responsibility.

"Call me sentimental, but it will be fun to wander around my 'own' campus for a change. I'm thrilled that [School of Business Dean] Don Siegel gave me this opportunity to come back," he said.

"Jim is a preeminent scholar on corporate social responsibility and corporate governance who has deep roots at the University at Albany. He is one of the world's most widely cited academics. His outstanding achievements constitute the quintessential example of how our students can leverage a public university education to prepare themselves for success in life," said Siegel.

Walsh deals with many complex global topics as the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Gerald and Esther Carey Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Management and Organizations, and Professor of Strategy at Michigan's Ross School of Business. He is also the 65th president of the Academy of Management, the world's premier association of management scholars, with more than 19,000 members from 108 nations.

He has many fond memories of UAlbany. One of his most memorable stories about UAlbany is the one that he missed. "My sophomore year roommate and a woman from down the hall were caught up in the streaking craze of the time," said Walsh. "I remember seeing them both buck naked on the cover of the Albany Student Press."

Walsh grew up in Delmar, N.Y., and still has family in the area. His father once said he hoped his son would go to UAlbany for his undergraduate education and then to a private school for graduate school.

"He passed away before I even enrolled at Albany but it turns out that my life unfolded exactly as he imagined," said Walsh, who went on to earn a master's from Columbia University, a master's from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern.

Walsh was a psychology major at UAlbany. He credits social psychologist Bruce Layton with being his first mentor.

"The fact that he affirmed and encouraged me as he did was huge," said Walsh. "Now that I am on the other side of the desk, I can see what a gift that was...He changed my life. I can never repay him, but I really do try to honor him by 'paying it forward.' "

Walsh remembers the "great adventures" of piling into old cars and driving south for winter and spring breaks. "I swapped my car for a motorcycle in my junior year," he said. "I lived on Quail Street during my senior year. I remember some bone-chilling drives to campus that winter."

He also had a part-time job on campus working with campus security as a student patrolman.

After graduation, Walsh switched to business in graduate school and became intrigued with how work affects people. "And then I came to appreciate just how much business itself defines our lives, not just as employees, but also as customers, investors, and citizens."

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

UofAlbany Blog Fundraisers Commence

UofAlbany Blog has created another donation option, for supporters of the University of Albany and UAlbany Athletics. Although I encourage everyone to obtain their Varsity Club membership through UAlbany Athletics, and to continue donating directly to the University, I do believe that the UA Athletic department and the future of our sports programs will greatly benefit through this endeavor.

One benefit that this option of donation will offer is the idea that the donations will be made in the name of the UofAlbany Blog and Big Purple Fans. Hopefully, this can bring a large group together, which can be easily identified by the university and community, and puts a name and face on great dane fans loyal to the university and our sports programs.

A second benefit of this option offers is that we will make the donation directly to a specifical cause or project within the athletic department, and ultimately, in one lump sum. In the future, uofalbany blog will initiate fundraisers specifically for 'chairbacks in sefcu','football scholarship', and other worthwhile projects.

To commence, we will be utilizing a site called chipin. This site is used to create a link to paypal, where donations can be made, and keeps a running tally of donations. At the conclusion of each fundraiser, all viewers of the blog and donors will know exactly how much was donated and how much is headed to UAlbany Athletics.

At the end of any ongoing fundraiser, all accumulated donations will be sent to the athletic department, minus any paypal fees that will be incurred through accepting credit card funds, etc. A copy of the sent donation and receipt will be posted on the uofalbany blog.

UofAlbany Blog will begin and continually update a post on the blog for each fundraiser. For anyone who contributes to the donation pool, their name / big purple fan ID / and/or anonymous will be listed, along with the donated amount and date.

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University of Albany FCS Football's Chris Simpson Chosen ECAC Division I FCS Defensive Player of the Week - UAlbany Sports 2009

Centerville, Mass. - University at Albany's Chris Simpson has been chosen ECAC Division I FCS Defensive Player of the Week in football, as announced on Tuesday, Sept. 22 by the conference office. He was named the Northeast Conference co-defensive player of the week on Monday. The Eastern College Athletic Conference has 317 member institutions, ranging in location from Maine to North Carolina.

Simpson, an inside linebacker from Victor, N.Y., provided the game-changing play in last Saturday's 20-16 upset of No. 20 Maine at University Field. The senior forced a turnover that led to the game-winning touchdown when he hit Maine's Mike Brusko and the quarterback fumbled while running option on a third-and-two play at the Black Bears' 28-yard line. Simpson made a career-high 11 tackles with two hits for a loss and one pass break-up. UAlbany held the Black Bears to 83 of its 267 total yards in the second half.

Simpson, who has 21 tackles in three starting assignments this season, has appeared in 38 career games as both an inside and outside linebacker. He also excels in the classroom and was a member of the 2008 FCS Athletic Director's Association Academic All-Star squad and an NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll recipient.

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UAlbany Will Enshrine Five Into Athletic Hall of Fame as Part of Homecoming Weekend

Albany, N.Y. - Four former athletes and one athletic administrator will be enshrined into the University at Albany Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October 9 at the 26th annual HOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony. A reception for the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees begins at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and ceremony to follow in SEFCU Arena on campus.

The induction ceremony is part of Homecoming and Family Weekend, which also includes Saturday's football game at University Field with Northeast Conference-rival Duquesne at 1:00 p.m. On Sunday, women's soccer is home against Boston University at 2:00 p.m.

The new inductees and their sports: Bob Conklin '84, baseball; Tovah Atwell (Lisky) '00, field hockey; J.T. Herfurth '00, football; Janna Johnston '99, track & field; and Jack Koelmel, who served as the school's head athletic trainer for 32 years until his retirement in 2006.

With this year's class, there are 124 former athletes, coaches and administrators who have been inducted into the University at Albany's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Bob Conklin (1980-84) -- A three-time all-conference infielder and outfielder, Conklin was one of the top players in the UAlbany baseball program's NCAA Division III era. He was a three-time SUNY Athletic Conference first-team selection.

A native of Spring Valley, N.Y., Conklin moved from third base to left field as a senior. He led the team in home runs (3), stolen bases (15), runs (19) and at-bats (65) in a 21-game schedule. Conklin was the Great Danes' second-leading hitter with a .307 average and 20 total hits. During the season, the co-captain homered in both ends of a doubleheader sweep of Oneonta, and had a three-hit, three-RBI effort versus Cortland. Conklin played for four UAlbany head coaches during his career.

A transfer from Division I University at Buffalo, Conklin batted .380 and had a .560 slugging percentage in his first season with the program as a sophomore. The highlight of his junior campaign included going a combined 6-for-9 in a conference twinbill with Oneonta. He also had two hits in victory over defending SUNYAC champion Cortland and delivered a RBI single in a 3-1 decision against Union at Bleecker Stadium.

Conklin earned a B.S. in psychology from UAlbany before attending Pace University Law School. He is currently a managing partner and attorney with Licata & Conklin in Suffern, N.Y.

He and his wife, Anita, a 1984 UAlbany graduate, have two sons, Christian and Robert. Conklin has served as a baseball coach for the New City Little League and the Clarkstown Stars.

Tovah Atwell (1996-99) -- The most prolific scorer in the field hockey program's history, Atwell was dominant around the cage at both the NCAA Division I and Division II levels. She led the Great Danes to the 1997 ECAC Division II championship and an eleven-win campaign in their first season as a Division I program in 1999.

As a sophomore, Atwell was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division II All-America squad as a second-team selection. At the time, she established records for goals (18), assists (9) and points (45). Atwell was voted MVP of the ECAC championship when she scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Bentley for the title, capping a school-record 17-2 campaign.

In 1998, Atwell was chosen to the Astro Turf/NFHCA Division II All-America first team when she tallied 17 goals and 16 assists for 50 points. The scoring mark is still the program's single-season standard. She shattered the single-game record with six assists against American International.

A tri-captain as a senior, Atwell piled up 34 points on 14 goals and six assists. She ranked among the NCAA leaders in goals (17th) and points (19th). The Great Danes went 11-4 overall in their inaugural Division I season. UAlbany closed out the schedule by winning 11 of its last 12 games. A second-team All-Mideast Region forward, she completed her career as the program's all-time scorer, with 63 goals and 32 assists for 158 points.

Atwell, who hails from West Winfield, N.Y., received her undergraduate degree in communication with a minor in business administration. She serves as marketing director for Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. Atwell is married to Trevor Lisky, a former midfielder on the UAlbany lacrosse team. The couple has two sons, Merrick and Grayson.

J.T. Herfurth (1998-2000) -- An All-America offensive tackle on the school's first Division I FCS teams, Herfurth became the first and only UAlbany player to have participated in the Hula Bowl Classic as a member of the North squad in 2001.

In 2000, Herfurth was chosen to the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Football Gazette Division I-AA All-America first teams. A starter in 31 consecutive games at left tackle, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman was named the Mid-Major Offensive Lineman of the Year by Football Gazette. Herfurth, who was picked to the All-Northeast Conference first team, blocked for a rushing attack that led the conference and was 14th among the national leaders at 215.2 yards per game. The Great Danes accounted for 400-plus yards in offense in six of their last seven games.

Herfurth was named honorable mention All-American and to the All-NEC second team as a junior. The Great Danes, who posted a 7-2 record in their first season at the Division I FCS level, were 13th nationally in scoring (37.0 ppg) and 26th in total yards (424.1 ypg). The offense's two-quarterback system led the NEC in four categories.

A transfer from Penn State University, Herfurth started all 11 games in his first season on the offensive line. UAlbany (10-1) averaged 32.1 points en route to winning the 1998 Eastern Football Conference championship. The offense was evenly distributed between the run (154.2 ypg) and pass (175.7 ypg).

A native of East Northport, N.Y., Herfurth became the first UAlbany athlete to be selected to the CoSIDA University Division Academic All-America national first team and was named the NEC's Fall Scholar-Athlete in the sport of football. He was also voted to the District I all-academic unit three consecutive years. Herfurth received an ECAC Merit Medal as the school's top senior male student-athlete in the 2000-01 academic year.

Herfurth earned his undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in psychology. He works in law enforcement as a Northport Village police officer. Herfurth and his wife, Stephanie, have a five-year-old daughter, Bailey.

Janna Johnston (1995-99) -- One of the top women's track & field competitors in the program's Division II era, Johnston was a record-setting performer who led UAlbany to the 1999 ECAC and New England Collegiate Conference indoor championships. She held eight school records at the end of her collegiate career.

Despite coming from UAlbany's Division II program, Johnston competed in the ECAC Division I outdoor championship meet as a senior. She established two school marks en route to a third-place finish in the heptathlon. Johnston shattered her own standard with 5,008 points in the seven-event competition and eclipsed the javelin record with a throw of 113-feet, 7-inches. During the indoor schedule, Johnston won the ECAC pentathlon with a program-record 3,452 points. She also captured the NECC indoor high jump crown for the second consecutive year and was second in the long jump. Johnston also went 18-9.75 in the long jump at the UConn Sprint Invitational to set another record.

A two-time all-region honoree, Johnston was named to the 1998 All-East squad in the long jump and heptathlon by Eastern Track Magazine. She was a winner in the NECC indoor high jump and 4x400 relay, plus was second in the long jump. She finished fifth in the Penn Relays' heptathlon and helped set a UAlbany record in the shuttle hurdles relay (57.93) at the same meet.

In 1997, Johnston placed sixth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships. She earned All-America recognition by scoring 4,834 points. She captured her second consecutive Collegiate Track Conference heptathlon championship and was also a winner in the long jump. As a sophomore, she won the CTC pentathlon and heptathlon crowns, and was fourth in both the high jump and long jump at ECAC indoors.

A native of Clifton Park, N.Y. and a Shenendehowa High School graduate, Johnston received her B.A. in mathematics with a dual minor in physics and computer science. She received an ECAC Merit Medal as the school's top senior female student-athlete for the 1998-99 academic year and was the Kimberly Toone Memorial Scholarship recipient. Johnston, who is employed at State Farm Insurance as a fire underwriter, has competed in two marathons in Alaska and California.

Jack Koelmel (1970-2006) -- As the school's head athletic trainer for more than three decades and through three divisions of NCAA classification, Koelmel's career touched thousands of students-athletes, coaches and administrators.

A native of Housatonic, Mass., Koelmel arrived on the UAlbany campus in 1970 as a graduate student and assistant on the athletic training staff. During his tenure, Koelmel was responsible for all aspects of the sports medicine program, including preventive training, injury rehabilitation and nutrition counseling. By the time of his retirement in August 2006, he was supervising an an athletic training staff of four assistants, one graduate assistant and several volunteers.

From 1992-99, Koelmel served as the NYSATA region representative. He received his 25-year service award from the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). Koelmel worked as an athletic trainer at the Empire State Games for seven years, plus taught courses at UAlbany for nearly 30 years.

Koelmel, who celebrated his 61st birthday last April, received his bachelor's degree in physical education from Norwich University in Vermont, where he played basketball and was a member of the freshman football team. At Norwich, he worked as a student assistant trainer. In 1973, he earned a M.S. in educational administration from UAlbany, where he was an instructor in the care and prevention of athletic injuries.

Koelmel and his wife Margo, reside in Ballston Spa, N.Y. He has three stepchildren, Frances, Carl and Ross, and two grandchildren, Shailee (4) and Devin (2).

Former University of Albany Athletic Director & Wrestling / Soccer Head Coach Joe Garcia Dies at Age 87

Albany, N.Y. - Joe Garcia, who served the University at Albany as director of athletics, wrestling head coach, men's soccer head coach and associate professor of physical education, died on Sept. 18 in Foxfire Village, N.C. He was 87.

Garcia, who was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985, came to UAlbany nearly 50 years ago and promptly founded the varsity wrestling program. Garcia coached two All-America wrestlers and received the NCAA Wrestling Coaches Association 25-year award. He was made a member of the New York State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1977 and served on the NCAA Wrestling Executive Committee.

In addition, Garcia was the school's head men's soccer coach from 1950-68. In that period, UAlbany produced six All-Americans and more than 20 student-athletes who were chosen as New York State All-Stars. He also coached the varsity baseball team from 1950-55 and was the junior varsity basketball coach during that same period.

Garcia also served the physical education, athletics and recreation division as director of athletics from 1973-77 and for five years previous to that appointment as associate athletics director. He was a member of several administrative groups, including the ECAC tournament selection committees in basketball, lacrosse and soccer.

A 1949 graduate of the University of Illinois where he was a two-time Big Ten Conference runner-up in his weight class, Garcia worked as a graduate teaching assistant and assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University for one year prior to arriving in the Capital Region. He earned his master's in education from UAlbany in 1958. During World War II, Garcia served his nation as a sergeant in the Pacific with the 892nd Combat Engineers and was awarded two Bronze Stars.

Garcia is survived by his wife, Barbara, and two children, Michael and Rebecca. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 24 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Southern Pines, N.C.

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

2009 University of Albany Field Hockey Photos

2009 University of Albany Field Hockey Photos

Monday, September 21, 2009

University of Albany TB David McCarty & ILB Chris Simpson Earn Northeast Conference Weekly Football Awards - UAlbany Sports 2009

Somerset, N.J. - University at Albany's David McCarty and Chris Simpson have been selected for weekly Northeast Conference football awards for their performances in last Saturday's upset of nationally-ranked Maine, as announced on Monday, Sept. 21 by the conference office. McCarty was chosen NEC offensive player of the week, while Simpson was named co-defensive player of the week.

McCarty, a senior tailback from Gansevoort, N.Y., scored the winning touchdown on a 24-yard run with 2:02 remaining to complete his team's comeback in the fourth quarter. The Great Danes, who defeated a national top-25 program for the first time since the 2006 season, trailed, 16-3, heading into the final period.

McCarty carried 27 times for 109 yards, a school-record 20th time he has toppled the 100-mark in a game during his career. He moved to second on the program's career scoring chart with 210 points and climbed to third in rushing touchdowns (29). McCarty is currently fourth among the NEC's all-time rushers with 3,567 yards and is tied for eighth in scoring.

Simpson, a senior inside linebacker from Victor, N.Y., forced a turnover that led to the game-winning touchdown in the 20-16 victory. He hit Maine's Mike Brusko and the quarterback fumbled as he ran the option on a third-and-two play at the Black Bears' 28-yard line. Simpson made a career-high 11 tackles with two hits for a loss and one pass break-up. The Great Danes held the nation's 20th-ranked Division I FCS team to 83 of its 267 total yards in the second half.

By overcoming its largest fourth-quarter deficit as a FCS program, UAlbany ended a string of seven straight losses to top-25 teams. The Great Danes begin Northeast Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 26 against Sacred Heart at University Field. Kickoff is 4:00 p.m.

Football Notes: UAlbany last rallied from a 10-plus point deficit in the fourth quarter on Nov. 21, 1998 in the Eastern Football Conference championship game against American International ... the Great Danes last won against a top-25 team when they defeated Delaware (#11) and Central Connecticut State (#23) in consecutive weeks during the 2006 season ... WR Tim Bush (Saratoga Springs) became the third UAlbany receiver to reach the 100-career receptions mark ... Bush has 100 catches for 1,226 receiving yards as a collegian ... sophomore safety Jake Ciccarello was the unsung hero in the Maine victory with an interception and blocked punt in the fourth quarter and the key hit on a goal line stand in the second period.

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