Friday, July 25, 2008

University of Albany Offers NY Giants Fans Walking Tours of University Landmarks

The University of Albany invites visitors of the New York Giants Training Camp, in its 13th year at UAlbany, to tour the campus. The five-stop walking tour includes a stroll around the University's prominent academic podium, an architecturally-unique modernist structure featuring 13 academic buildings and two distinctive fountains on a raised platform, where students and visitors socialize, or "podiate."

The campus was designed by renowned architect Edward Durell Stone.
The self-guided tour also highlights other campus landmarks:

Minerva -- Embodying the Strong Foundation of a UAlbany Education. Goddess of wisdom and enduring symbol of the University at Albany. Seven-foot-tall statue has resided at the University since the late 1880s and symbolizes the strong foundation of knowledge offered by the University. Located in the spacious atrium of UAlbany's Science Library.

The Campus Center... Heart of campus life at UAlbany. Serves students, faculty, professional staff, alumni, and guests. Home to the University's Barnes & Noble bookstore.

Academic Podium -- Experience UAlbany's Modern Vision... Built in the 1960s, the UAlbany Uptown Campus was designed by famed modernist architect Edward Durell Stone. Features include the academic podium; the carillon -- a tower located in the fountain pool with an organ at its base; the fountain -- site of UAlbany's Fountain Day; and the University's libraries, which boast more than two million volumes and are ranked among the top 100 academic research libraries in North America.

Performing Arts Center, a jewel in the crown of UAlbany, houses the departments of Theatre and Music.

University Art Museum, one of the Northeasts leading exhibitors of contemporary art, contains three galleries and more than 9,000 square feet of exhibition space to accommodate six to eight exhibitions by renowned artists each year.

University Hall — Where a World of Opportunity Begins. Opened in fall 2006, University Hall is the University's newest structure and welcome center. Designed as "a sculpture," adorned externally with 3,500 glass panels. Inside is a diverse array of artwork from University Art Museum collections of contemporary art.
University Hall is also home to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Walking tour brochures are available online.

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