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MRSGDG

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  1. Giants. New York signed seven free agents, including Jacob Hobbs. An offensive tackle who played at the University at Albany, Hobbs was signed by the Eagles last spring and appeared in four preseason games before being trimmed from the roster on the final cut in September. Nate Robinson, a rookie defensive tackle who played for Rutgers and then for Akron, was also signed. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles...N_Y___D_C_.html Giants bring in experienced tryout candidates NEWSDAY http://www.newsday.com/sports/football/gia...story?track=rss
  2. Picture http://assets.giants.com/uploads/assets/inside_draft.gif PR from the Giants http://www.giants.com/news/eisen/story.asp?story_id=27113
  3. Report: U of Albany OT signs with Giants At least one of the players who tried out for the Giants at rookie camp over the weekend earned himself an NFL contract. According to my friends up at WNYT in Albany, former University at Albany tackle Jacob Hobbs has agreed to sign with the Giants. The 6-3, 303-pounder was playing for the Albany Conquest of Arena Football 2. According to the report, he’s been offered a two-year contract with the Giants. Hobbs would be the 77th player on the Giants’ roster, which would leave them three more open spots to fill (not including the spots that will eventually go to their seven unsigned draft choices). They are expected to announce more signings, and possibly a few roster moves later this afternoon. http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/giants/20...t-signs-wi.html Jacob Hobbs set to sign with Giants Schenectady's Jacob Hobbs will not have to stand behind a fence to watch the Giants practice this summer. That's because Jacob will be on the field. Hobbs' agent Cal Robinson told Andrew Catalon that the Giants have offered Hobbs a two-year contract. Hobbs is expected to sign in the next few days. The former UAlbany offensive lineman spent the weekend in New Jersey at Giants Rookie Camp. He will not be able to finish the season with the Albany Conquest. http://wnyt.com/article/stories/S440552.shtml?cat=300
  4. I think UA Media Relations read this post from March.....
  5. Hobbs at Giant mini camp 05/09/2008 05:58 PM http://capitalnews9.com/content/sports/115...mp/Default.aspx
  6. The TU article was updated at 4:44 .. which does mention that there is a small increase in tix for UA... isn't that the men's game? Maybe I'm lost, if I had more time I would re-read but leaving work!
  7. Great Danes look to make it four titles in a row http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp...wsdate=5/8/2008
  8. KCC chancellor candidates named by The Garden Island Two finalists have been named to possibly succeed retiring Kauai Community College Chancellor Peggy Cha. Cha recently announced she will retire this fall after 10 years in the position. The candidates are scheduled to be on-island Friday for interviews and campus tours. Both currently occupy positions on the Mainland. The candidates are: • Helen Cox, associate vice president of instruction at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. Cox, who has been in higher education for 25 years, has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Harvard University and a doctorate in English-American studies from the University of Utah. She has held her current position for five years. • John Madden, dean of instruction at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. Madden has been in higher education for 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in history and sociology and a master’s degree in education from Western Michigan University. He also holds a doctorate in educational philosophy from the University at Albany in New York. He has held his current position for the past eight years. http://kauaiworld.com/articles/2008/05/07/news/news06.txt
  9. Nice Article in US News that mentions UA http://www.usnews.com/articles/business/sm...ll-wonders.html
  10. UMBC or Albany: Only one can be America East’s top dog http://www.examiner.com/a-1373131~UMBC_or_..._s_top_dog.html
  11. Coach Brown, the entire coaching staff and the basketball team all came to the Crohn's & Colitis walk today. The seniors were not present, and Martin was MIA. The players sold raffle tickets and were like the Bob Barker girls holding up all the prizes which was really funny because most the the prizes were toys including makeup and doll things. Coach Brown was making fun the the guys and tried to get a few them to "sell" it more. Was great to see UA present at this event. On a side note there was a guy with a Siena sweatshirt on, I wanted to go over and say something but I didn't. There was also alot of people from Bingo, with Bearcat sweatshirts.
  12. I just copied and pasted it for those who would be too lazy to scroll up to hooplinks and click around, and its an amazing story. ----------------------- A True Gunslinger rides off into the sunset by Sam Perkins "I have no problem taking a big shot, at the end of the game, I have no problem taking it, I don't know that I'm always going to make it, but I have no problem taking it." -Jon Iati When the University of Albany Great Danes' season came to an end at the hands of Boston University in the America East Tournament quarterfinals, it meant the end of the careers of seniors Brian Lillis, Brent Wilson, and Jon Iati. Throughout the season Albany fans, and the America East as a whole, were abuzz with the phenomenal play of Lillis, a do everything All-Conference guard-forward. Likewise fans commended Brent Wilson's four-year career. But little was said down the stretch about the prospect of losing Iati, Albany's longest tenured player. Perhaps it was what wasn't said that stood out the most, or more accurately what wasn't said during head coach Will Brown's post game press conference. There, the unfathomable happened: the outspoken and always quotable Brown was silent for several seconds while trying to compose himself when asked just what fifth-year senior Jon Iati had meant to his program during his time at Albany. Just how special Jon Iati was to the Albany program, and the league, may not resonate with many fans, but it certainly has never been lost on Brown, as there has never been a harder worker, or a more selfless teammate than Albany's smallest player. When he did collect his thoughts, Brown, choking back his emotions, gushed about Iati, saying "He should be an inspiration for everybody that (has heard) 'you can't do this, you're too small, you're not strong enough.' We list him at 5'10", he's like 5'7". People don't know the true story about Jon, Jon's had two shoulder surgeries, two broken toes, and he had major back surgery in August and he was told by two doctors that his career was over." Fans tend to know Brown as a brash, at times boisterous, coach, never shy to speak his mind. But he showed a different side of himself when talking about Iati, as it was touching to hear him talk about his fifth-year senior. "The last thing you think when you see Jon Iati in street clothes is that he was a basketball player, maybe you think he was a DJ or something like that, but not a basketball player, and I'm going to miss him," said Brown, adding, "He's just persevered, I wish that he had a healthy career, because he still scored over a thousand points, was the Rookie of the Year, two championship rings, but I just think that he could have done so much more because he was a tireless worker. Unfortunately for half of his career he wasn't allowed to work on his game because he was injured." Uncanny parallels can be found between Iati's career at, and the atypical Clint Eastwood character from a long list of gritty Westerns (Pale Rider, High Plains Drifter, and Unforgiven all come to mind). Sure, on the surface the comparison seems preposterous: at a very generously lifted 5'9" Iati bears no physical resemblance to the imposing characters played by Eastwood, nor does Iati have any of the gruff, rough around the edges persona of Eastwood. But if you look at them within their respective elements (Iati as a basketball player, Eastwood's typical gritty hero), and the comparisons are almost endless, as the America East has never seen a quicker draw, or a bigger and more fearless shooter than Iati. Like Eastwood, Iati does little talking, as you will never see him get in an opponent's face, or get more animated than the occasional fist pump. He lets his actions speak for him. And like Eastwood, despite a career full of heroics, a battered and bruised Iati walked off into the sunset with slightly less than a storybook ending. Jon Iati grew up in York, Pennsylvania loving the game of basketball, and from an early age he was a gym rat. By the time he reached high school, Jon Iati could flat out shoot the basketball. In his four year career at York Catholic, Iati re-wrote the school record book, graduating as the Irish's all-time leading scorer with 2,216 points (a record since broken by his brother Jacob), was a three-time All-Star, led York to its first tournament birth since 1999 and a District 3 title, was an AP Class AA first-team all-state selection, was featured in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd," and set a school single-game record in erupting for 56 points in the best game this reporter ever saw a high-school player have. And yet, despite all his accolades, Jon Iati was anything but a hot commodity coming out of high school, as many coaches could not see past Iati's shortcomings. But Iati caught the eye of Brown, whom had taken over the University of Albany two years earlier, and whose program was still in its infancy. "A lot of people couldn't see past the fact that Jon was very undersized: He was a 5'7" scoring guard who hadn't really played the point, he was small, needed to get in the weight room, he wasn't much of a defender, and there were all kinds of questions about whether he could even set foot on the floor against Division I players," said Brown. "But Jon was a gym rat, and I love gym rats, I loved his mentality. He was so fearless out on the court, and the kid just wanted to play, he had this drive. At the time we were desperate to fill roster spots, and I felt he was the kind of kid that could help me build the program." For Iati, the chance to simply play Division I basketball was a dream come true, and he jumped at Brown's scholarship offer. Before Iati stepped foot on campus his work ethic was apparent to his new head coach. "I told Jon coming in that he was going to have to work on his ball-handling skills, because being able to play the point would really help his chances of playing, and he would have to really dedicate himself to a strength and conditioning plan to get physically stronger in order to compete," Brown recalls. "Jon dove into it head first, I really felt bad for Mr. Iati (Jon's father) though, because he was Jon's workout partner before he arrived here, and I think Jon might have taken a few years off of his life running him into the ground. During his time at Albany, Jon's sheer will to succeed, and work ethic are second to none." Iati almost bit off more than could chew as neither he nor his coach, however, could have foreseen just how much he would play during freshman campaign, as the Danes entered the season with a bare-bones roster made up of Iati, Levi Levine, Jamar Wilson, and some fringe Division I players and walk-ons. Albany's roster shortcomings were further magnified early in the season as they lost Wilson, the team's star, for the season due to injury. Without Wilson, and with a roster so thin that the Danes actually finished one game with only four players on the court, Iati was thrust into the role of point guard and go-to scorer. During the 2003-2004 season as a true freshman Iati averaged 14 points per game, numbers more impressive when you consider that because of the lack of Division I talent on Albany, teams often doubled down on both Iati and Levine without having to fear being burned by anyone else on the floor. Even more amazing, however, was the fact that Iati led the nation in minutes played, averaging over forty a game (thanks to some overtime games). "Jon Iati five years ago as a true freshman played 40.9 minutes a game, he used to ask me to come out and I used to chuckle at him, I said you see this bench, we got seven guys in uniform, I said you're playing my man, you wanted an opportunity to play at the division I level and I'm giving it to you," joked Brown. Iati was rewarded with the America East Rookie of the Year award, but he would never reproduce his numbers from his first season. Iati got off to a solid start during his sophomore year, averaging 11 points per game while shooting an astounding 47 percent from downtown. Iati was never bigger than against cross-town rival Siena, as in front of a packed house at the Pepsi Arena, Iati poured in 20 points to lead Albany to the biggest win of his young career. Brown was beginning to bring in top-flight talent, and the Danes were on the verge of turning the corner and becoming a team to be reckoned with in the America East, and the sky seemed to be the limit for both Albany and Iati. However, soon after Iati tore his labrum and missed the rest of the season following surgery. When Iati returned the following season, the Danes had a completely new look, as two years of talented transfers and solid recruiting classes put Albany at the top of the conference. But the drastic increase in talent pushed Iati to the bench, uncharted waters for him as prior to his injuries he was the focal point of the Danes offense. Upon his return he played limited minutes, serving as instant offense off of the bench when the Danes needed some long range firepower. Most players in Iati's situation would have sulked; many would have developed a chip on their shoulder. It's not easy to go from being the man with the ball in your hands to riding the pine and watching much of the game from the sidelines. But Jon Iati isn't like most people, and while every competitor like Iati wants to be out on the floor, he is also becoming a dying breed in the era of "me first" athletes: a player who puts his team's needs above his own, and who wanted to do everything within his power to help his team win. "I never expected to be playing like I was as a freshman" said Iati, "I was brought in here to be a complementary player, so while it was terrific to play that much, and I grew a lot as a player my first year, I never expected it to last. And I mean, we won five games, sure an ideal situation would be to be starting and being a top scorer on an NCAA team, but that wasn't a reality. I'll gladly trade in my numbers and playing time to help us win, winning is much more rewarding to me than individual accolades." Iati's quick transition to his new role also won his coach over even more, as Brown reflected, "Jon Iati has done everything that I have asked of him and more from day 1. He took less playing time without making a peep so that we could become better as a team. That's not an easy thing to do, or to expect of a young man, Levi Levine struggled with that same transition greatly here. It's a credit to Jon, and to the kind of kid that he is that he was able to put the team first. That's something that lots of players preach, but very few actually do." But Iati could still play, as he continued to fire away fearlessly from downtown, and he had several memorable moments during the Danes' magical two year run from 2005-2007 in which they made their first ever NCAA Tournament appearances, in back-to-back seasons no less. Early in the 2005-2006 season, Iati erupted for 23 points to lead all scorers against 16th-ranked UCLA, almost carrying the Danes to victory. The following year, he come off the bench to put Albany up for good against Utah, a memory that his coach will hand onto for a long time. "Against Utah Jon comes in and with under three minutes to go and the game tied, he launches one from I swear 28 feet out, and he is back-peddling down the court before the ball swishes through. I could have killed him for taking that shot, but I sure loved him after it went in." Iati also nailed seven three pointers and scored 25 points versus Utah Valley State. But for Iati, as magical as his career has been, it has also been marred greatly by injuries, as he had battled through two shoulder surgeries and a broken toe prior to his senior year, and then had to endure a bombshell. After experiencing severe back problems, he was told by a doctor that his back was inoperable and that he would never be able to play again. A second doctor told him that surgery was a possibility, but that he would still have to give up playing. It wasn't until he found a third doctor, back home in Pennsylvania, that he was given a glimmer of hope that he could play out his career. There were times when Iati thought about the possibility of never being able to play again, but he put them out of his mind and launched himself head on into his rehab, like he has done with everything else. "When I first got the news of how bad my back was, and when the first doctor told me that my career was over, yeah I got down. I love basketball. But after a day or two I decided that I had to give it everything that I had, that I'd come too far and sacrificed to much to just walk away," reflected Iati. Iati's senior season was, like the rest of his career, filled with ups and downs, as for much of the season Iati could not practice with the team because of his back. He hit another roadblock when he broke a toe in his foot. That may seem like a minor injury, but to a shooter, who relies entirely on balance and footwork, it's devastating. "When I broke my toe, it really made it hard to not only run, but really hard to shoot, because I couldn't push off for my shot anymore. It messed up my footwork, and my whole approach, and for a lot of the season I had to shoot in a different way than I had my whole life because of it," reflected Iati. But Iati got healthy at the right time, looking like his old self in a 20-point eruption versus Maine, and helping the Danes right their ship and earn the No. 3 seed for the America East Tournament. Iati's career didn't end the way he would have hoped, as the Danes fell in overtime to Boston University 68-64 in the first round, but it wasn't due to any fault of Iati's, as in his final game he left it all on the line. In what has been the trademark of his career, Iati hit some daggers, pouring in 16 points and going 4-6 from downtown. To the end Iati showed why he was the conference's resident gunslinger, drilling a pair of threes on quick catch and shoot plays, and another off of an inbounds. But none of his threes were bigger than the one he hit with under ten seconds play in regulation, as with the Danes trailing by three, Iati broke free of his defender and launched a high-arching 25-footer over 6'9" Scott Brittain. The minute Iati released the ball, both he and everyone else in the arena knew it was going in. However, the moment that most stood out from his final game came on a lose ball, as Iati launched himself into the seats after sprinting the length of the court. Iati couldn't quite come up with the ball, but the sheer determination and lack of regard for bodily harm summed up his career for the Danes, and resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd. Iati and the Danes came up short in their quest for a third NCAA birth, but Iati left every last ounce he had out on the court, and no one could ask anything more from a player in their final game. "It's not the storybook ending, you want to end your career at the NCAA tournament, you don't really want to end it in the first round of the conference tournament," said Iati, "You knew potentially it was going to be your last game so you wanted to give it everything you got." The imperfect ending to Iati's career was much in the same vain as Eastwood's characters from Unforgiven and Pale Rider, as Iati rode, or perhaps limped, off into the sunset having put the good of his cause (his team) above himself, and having come up short, but he has no regrets on his time at Albany. He refuses to dwell on his injuries and the "could halves." "I have no regrets, I mean I've had an amazing career here. I scored over 1,000 points, made two NCAA appearances, scored 23 points at UCLA, won the Rookie of the Year, and got to be a part of something really special here helping to build Albany's program." While Iati's dream was to play professionally after he graduated, injuries have curtailed his plans. "Up until my back surgery, despite everything else, it was still a goal of mine to play after college. But I don't think I'll have anything left now, I guess that will always be a dream," said Iati. Iati has a tremendous head on his shoulders, and truly lived up to the billing of student-athlete. He earned his B.S. in sociology with a minor in education in four years, and has used his fifth year of eligibility to work towards a Masters in Albany's liberal studies graduate program, something he will finish during the fall semester next year. "I'm no brain," said Iati in self-deprecating fashion, "so I have no regrets, regardless of the injuries, or anything else, Basketball got me to college and I've used it to not only graduate, but to earn a Masters degree, something I never thought I would do." And while Jon won't be pursuing his dream of playing professionally, he has a new dream on the horizon: to become a coach. "If I could get into coaching, so that I could be around basketball for the rest of my life, I couldn't ask for anything more than that," reflected Iati, who will spend the fall working closely with Brown in his office, getting a first-hand look on what it takes to become a coach. "I think Jon will need to work on becoming more of a vocal leader to become a coach, but as far as basketball know-how Jon has everything you need, and I think if it's something he wants to do, I have no doubt that he will achieve that goal," reflected Brown.
  13. another article... Albany, Hartford to host tourneys http://www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll...345/1003/SPORTS Yes students can join as GDG mentioned.
  14. UAlbany advances Friday, May 2, 2008 http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp...wsdate=5/2/2008
  15. UAlbany a hoops capital Friday, May 2, 2008 http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp...wsdate=5/2/2008
  16. UAlbany lacrosse prepares for its time of the season Thursday, May 1, 2008 http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story...wsdate=5/1/2008
  17. Merge region’s universities into one top-rate entity By Uriel Halbreich, M. D. Updated: 04/28/08 6:44 AM Western New York is blessed with many colleges and universities. Many thousands of students receive their education here. The cumulative economic impact of the colleges is substantial. Alas, currently our academic institutes are not listed among the top universities or colleges in the nation. There is an overlap in programs and a competition for public support, resources and students. Furthermore, when high school graduates consider college applications, many of the best and more promising students consider the local colleges as a “safety” application, down on their list of priorities. Too many of our undergraduate and graduate students leave the region. Our largest university, the University at Buffalo, initiated a project for excellence. The enthusiasm and buzz created by the UB2020 project suggests that a mantra of “think big, act big” can be a core for local excitement and a call for future actions. Regretfully, New York State faces a tough economic future and a decrease in revenues. Public funds for higher education may shrink. This tough time may be turned to an opportunity to merge Western New York institutes of higher education into a single, excellent, comprehensive “THE University of New York.” The advantages to the state, the community and the academic institutions are almost obvious. First and foremost, governance and administrative expenses should decrease. If the unification is done right, this will be associated with increased efficiency and excellence. Overlap among programs will be diminished and the new creation will be a magnet for recruiting top faculty. The comprehensive new institute will be able to provide a diversity of undergraduate programs from two to four or five years. It will be attractive for industry- academia collaborations which will ease the financial pressures and increase the economic impact on the region. It will create more jobs that will allow students to stay in our region. Mergers often face resistance. Most important is the personal factor: It is human to resist any change and any new idea, especially when current institutes are far from collapsing. To be successful, the process should be conducted in stages, starting with the public institutions. These already share an administrative and financial umbrella; the current reality and the promised future call for their merger. The inclusion of the Catholic universities and other independent colleges is more complicated and may be realized as a second stage, though inter-institution collaboration should deepen from the outset. Change of attitude is important here. Our attitude will hopefully be: Yes we can, we should, and indeed it will be. Uriel Halbreich is director of BiobehavioralResearch, professor of psychiatry andresearch professor of gynecology and obstetricsat the University at Buffalo. http://www.buffalonews.com/opinion/another...ory/333745.html
  18. Work goes long way for Kenny By JAMES ALLEN, Staff writer Click byline for more stories by writer. First published: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 Sean Kenny considers hitting the weakest part of his game. Greenville High probably would not share that opinion. Kenny, a three-sport athlete from Chatham who is set to play college football at the University at Albany as a place-kicker, had a day on Friday that baseball players only wish they could experience. The senior belted four home runs -- including two on inside-the-park shots -- when the Panthers posted a 19-3 victory. Prior to Thursday, Kenny had not hit a home run in 2008. He pinch hit against Greenville Thursday and belted a home run. "He has all types of raw power," Chatham coach Scott Steltz said. "Sean does not have the most fluid of swings, but he has put in a great deal of hard work. He hits the ball with pure speed and explosiveness." "I had been in a hitting slump," said Kenny, who hit out of the No. 7 slot in the lineup Friday. Kenny's first home run to right and his second shot in right center both were inside-the-park clouts. The senior's third home run cleared the fence in left center. "I was just trying to make good contact," Kenny said of his first three home runs. "On the fourth one, coach told me I had two pitches because you don't get a chance to hit four home runs too often." Kenny crushed the second pitch deep over the fence in left for his school-record fourth home run. "I had some teachers (Monday) ask me if I get any special privileges. No, I wish," Kenny said. Bazzoffi selects UAlbany: Wanting to be part of a program on the rise appealed to Antonio Bazzoffi. So did playing close to home. Bazzoffi, a senior lineman from La Salle Institute, has decided to play his college football for coach Bob Ford at the University at Albany. "He is an outstanding coach and I am really looking forward to playing for him," Bazzoffi said. La Salle captured the Section II Class AA Super Bowl in 2007, rallying from a 17-0 deficit in the fourth quarter to post a 28-17 victory over Guilderland. Bazzoffi will be reunited with La Salle teammate Guy Robichaud, who already committed to play for the Great Danes. "That somewhat influenced my decision," Bazzoffi said. "It is better to play with someone I know." Citriniti headed to Hartford: Niskayuna senior goalie Luke Citriniti, a second team All-Area Large School selection by the Times Union in 2007, will continue his soccer career at the collegiate level for coach Dan Gaspar at the University of Hartford of the America East Conference. Citriniti played a key role in Niskayuna's run to the Section II Class AA title. Hartford finished 7-4-6 overall and 2-1-5 in America East play. Gaspar, known as a goalie guru, loses all-conference performer Matt Glaeser to graduation. James Allen can be reached at 454-5062 or by e-mail at jallen@timesunion.com.
  19. ahh yes, GDG and myself caught the replay but a just a few minutes after the goal which stinks because I wanted to upload it onto youtube. If they ever replay it again I will have to DVR the game to get the shot.
  20. Article about LaValle and Stony Brook athletics............... LOCAL COLLEGES: Can't build winner without building Newsday By: Steven Marcus April 20, 2008 State Sen. Kenneth LaValle is not without ego, a requisite ingredient in his business. He wants credit for his achievements and he deserves it, big time, for securing multi-million-dollar funding for Stony Brook University during the last three decades. Now he wants results. With LaValle's impetus, Stony Brook has $20 million to renovate Stony Brook Arena in what the university expects will elevate its moribund Division I men's basketball program. It started in 1999, and Nick Macarchuk was 64-108 in six seasons. Steve Pikiell is 20-67 in three seasons. This time LaValle will not settle for his name on a building, as the Republican senator from Port Jefferson did when he came though with a $22-million appropriation for LaValle Stadium. He wants a less personal but ultimately more rewarding outcome: a winning basketball program. "This last year was so hurtful, I went to only one game. It was just too painful," he said of Stony Brook's 7-23 finish. LaValle is the longtime chairman of the Higher Education Committee. He wields the financial power to steer all state university projects. He likes to call himself the father of Division I athletes for the SUNY system. [I believe that might make some people on the board puke] From Buffalo to Stony Brook, the schools look to him for funding. He said Stony Brook is the economic engine of this region and that its "educational, cultural and athletic opportunities" play an integral role around the state. "I have been told across the board that by improving the arena, coach Pikiell will be able to recruit better players and begin to move the program as coach [Chuck] Priore has moved our football team," LaValle said. "I have been told over and over again that the stadium is an attraction. So what we are doing with basketball is what we've done in football: improve the facility." Once that is accomplished - the expectation is that it will be ready for the 2009-10 season - LaValle said positive results should follow. "There are no excuses," he said. "This is the last excuse - the facility's not good enough, we can't attract good players. This new arena eliminates the last excuse of why we can't play better and win games. Hopefully, coach Pikiell, who is a wonderful, wonderful coach, will be able to get the players he needs to bring the program forward." LaValle has no specific authority over the athletic department, but he does control purse strings for future endeavors. "What the senator has done is give them what they need to win," said Mike Russell, a member of the SUNY board of trustees and a fervent supporter of Stony Brook athletics. "What he is saying is all of the reasons that we were mediocre at best have now been overcome. The reason why we haven't done well in the past has been addressed." Pikiell is in full accord with LaValle. "I thank him for what he is doing," he said. "I know the world I live in is 'win basketball games.'I have to win here, new facility, old facility. Basketball coaches have expiration dates on them, and nobody cares about anything else. It doesn't matter, I have to win. There has been pressure from Day 1." Athletic director Jim Fiore stands firmly behind Pikiell and said he will be given every opportunity to succeed once the new arena is completed. "Everybody has buildings already; this [renovation] gets us into the game," he said. "We haven't been in the game. "Steve is raising the Titanic, and part of the raising is building the right ship. That doesn't automatically mean wins. Now we will be able to bring a recruit to campus and not hide the arena, which is what we've been doing. We've been bringing kids to campus and not showing them the locker room, the arena or Pritchard Gymnasium. We've been taking them from the office to the campus and not even showing them the basketball part of it." Pikiell, Fiore said, has no problems with job security. "Steve Pikiell will be our coach as long as I am AD at Stony Brook," he said. "We must show patience as we grow and build a legitimate Division I program. He will not be a sacrificial lamb as we go through our growth spurt, transition and growing pains. He is a star person and coach." That endorsement notwithstanding, Pikiell knows the new facility will heighten expectations. "To whom much is given," he said, "much is expected." http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/n...,6454828.column -This article pretty much sums up what many of us have been posting about LaValle and the power he has.
  21. Spending cuts worry SUNY officials By Cara Matthews Journal Albany bureau April 24, 2008 ALBANY — State University of New York officials announced Thursday the 64-campus system’s funding is $109 million less than originally expected. That’s because across-the-board spending reductions required by the recently enacted state budget will apply to revenues it collects from tuition, housing, SUNY hospitals and other services. That money is considered state revenue and has to be appropriated by the Legislature and governor. The 2008-09 spending plan approved this month includes a 3.35 percent cut to all state agencies, and SUNY and the City University of New York. Gov. David Paterson has given commissioners and the schools a May 16 deadline for submitting plans on how they will change their budgets accordingly. For SUNY, 3.35 percent equals $148.1 million. That means a reduction of $38.7 million from general state operating funds — 2.9 percent less than it received last year — and $109.4 million from tuition and other fees. Cutting from SUNY revenues will disproportionately harm the system, trustees and administrators said Thursday. “It’s really a very rough slice that hasn’t taken into account our circumstances,” Trustee Ed Cox said during a meeting of the SUNY Finance and Administration Committee. State budget is $121.7 billion Trustees and other school officials said they would plead their case with the Paterson administration to see if an exception could be made. The state budget for the 2008-09 fiscal year, which began April 1, is $121.7 billion, 4.9 percent higher than last year. “Well, obviously, this isn’t good news at all,” Committee Chairman H. Carl McCall said. He asked if SUNY had a “Plan B” if the administration doesn’t accommodate the university system and was told no. The 3.35 percent reduction is systemwide and not per campus, said Jeffrey Gordon, a budget spokesman for the governor. “It will be up to SUNY to administer and determine where the money will come from,” he said. SUNY officials pointed out that residence halls are self-funded and amounts charged have been carefully planned. Faculty members are concerned about the impact of the budget, said Carl Wiezalis, president of the University Faculty Senate and a SUNY trustee. “I think everyone’s pretty depressed out it. Everyone really predicted a very productive, ambitious year this year and we have fallen on hard times,” he said. Paterson sent letters Thursday to legislative leaders, the attorney general, the comptroller and the state’s chief judge, asking them to follow his lead by cutting their operating budgets 3.35 percent. The enacted state budget assumes their offices will make those reductions, the governor’s letter said. He made note of the troubled economy, saying the state faces “uncertain times.” “To the extent that your agency does not achieve anticipated savings, deeper reductions will be required in other agencies,” he wrote. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a statement saying his office began examining spending weeks ago and expects to achieve the goal of 3.35 percent in reductions. http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pb...NEWS02/80424044
  22. Recieved an all-students email regarding senior appointments to UA...so it isn't directly related to the president search, but I didn't want to create a whole nother thread just for this email.. so this seemed like the semi-most logical place -------------------------- To the Members of the University at Albany Community: I am pleased to announce three senior administrative appointments. First, I have asked Lynn Videka to continue her service as Vice President for Research for the next two years. Since 2004, Dr. Videka has provided outstanding leadership, vision, and commitment in building our institution's research portfolio and mission of excellence as a leading public research university. During Dr. Videka's tenure, the University's research productivity and national and international reputation have grown significantly. It gives me great pleasure to reappointment Dr. Videka for a two-year term through June 30, 2010. Second, I have invited Christine Bouchard to serve as the Vice President for Student Success. A twenty-five year veteran of the University at Albany, Ms. Bouchard took over as Interim Vice President for Student Success on November 1, 2007. She has had an extraordinary career at the University, and has demonstrated the leadership, experience, and dedication necessary for the Division of Student Success to provide the critical foundation that supports student engagement and learning. I am delighted to appoint Ms. Bouchard as the Vice President for Student Success. Finally, I have asked Edelgard Wulfert to serve as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for a three-year term. Since September 2007, Dr. Wulfert has been serving as Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In this new leadership role, she has quickly earned the respect and confidence of her colleagues throughout the College of Arts and Sciences and, indeed, across the campus, providing capable and stable stewardship in successfully leading the University's largest academic unit. It gives me great pleasure to appoint Dr. Wulfert as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences through August 31, 2011. I am confident that each of these senior administrators will continue to provide the strategic vision and dedication necessary to successfully lead our University into the future. On behalf of the entire University at Albany community, please join me in congratulating Vice President Videka, Vice President Bouchard, and Dean Wulfert on their new appointments. Sincerely yours, George M. Philip Interim President
  23. Charles O'Reilly; leader at UAlbany By PAUL GRONDAHL, Staff writer First published: Friday, April 25, 2008 ALBANY -- Charles O'Reilly, dean of the University at Albany's School of Social Welfare beginning in 1968, who helped guide growth that earned the graduate program a national ranking, died at his home in Wilmette, Ill., on April 15. He was 86. O'Reilly left UAlbany in 1976 to return to his alma mater as dean of the school of social work at Loyola University in his native Chicago. He was credited with raising UAlbany's academic profile, increasing the number of students and earning the School of Social Welfare national accreditation. He was later promoted to acting vice president for academic affairs. O'Reilly was a calming presence on a volatile campus during civil rights and Vietnam War protests. His wife, Rosella, recalled students holding a sit-in and seizing the administration building at UAlbany. Her husband -- a popular, youthful-looking professor -- waded into their angry midst and sat with the students through the night, calmly listening to their complaints for hours. Morning came and O'Reilly, who grew up in a working-class household, appealed to the students to leave. He reminded them that low-paid secretaries couldn't earn a living if the students continued to blockade the building. "The kids just all got up and left quietly," his wife said. She said her husband came to UAlbany, which had failed its accreditation review, because he loved a challenge. "He liked to have a goal to strive toward," she said. Kevin O'Reilly recalled that his father was raised in a devout Catholic family of Irish immigrants, which informed his attitudes toward social justice and labor issues. He described his father's principled stands, particularly an incident in 1942, the year he graduated from Loyola and enlisted in the Army. He led a Loyola student boycott of a Chicago roller-rink that discriminated against blacks. "Those Catholic values defined the choices he made for his family and career his entire life," his son said. In addition to his wife and son, O'Reilly is survived by a brother, four other children and 10 grandchildren. He was buried at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Northbrook, Ill.
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