Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Making the Cloud

It took me a while to add the tag cloud of this blog (see the side bar). Thanks for the clear instruction by Phydeaux3, I was able to "hack" the codes within a couple minutes and changed the color of the tag. Although this widget is quite limited in the range of color. Oh, well, maybe next time.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Library 2.0 in Photos

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The photo stream is generated at Spell With Flickr (http://metaatem.net/words/)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween on Campus

It was unusually warm (in the 60s) and sunny on the Halloween day. I learned about the costume contest at the campus book store quite late yesterday and missed most of the contestants. Fortunately, the butchy but lovely Dorothy showed up and I snatched a few clips of "her." On my way back to Office, I also caught a glimp of a beautiful butterfly, but she quickly dashed away. Oh, well. Hopefully, I will be more prepared next year.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Home Coming Weekend

Weekend on campus during the regular semester is always full of events and activities. UAlbany Day is the highlight of the fall semester with returning alumni, friends and relatives of current students. The three-day celebration is full of events, showcases, performances, and games. Although it was cloundy on Satursday, the weather was quite nice on Friday and Sunday. After attending a few events, I have a better sense of the history, tradition, and culture of this insitution. A few photos I took are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shihwy1/sets/72157608338939758/

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Witness of the War

Dexter Filkins, prize-winning war correspondent for the New York Times, was on campus to promote his new book, The Forever War (2008) on 10/16. I was very moved by his 8/22 New York Times Magazine article My Long War. When I visited the Allen Family in September, I was surprised to see that Bruce was reading this book as well.

I attended both his seminar and Reading. In both sessions, the rooms were almost full with quite a few students. He showed a few slides during his reading session. He told the audience that he has numerous near-death experience, which is also mentioned in his book, and his life insurance costs about $17,000 per month. Someone asked him if he will return to Iraq. He said that he has not made his decision yet.

Life Cut Short

Richard Bailey, a senior majoring criminal justice and sociology, died from a single bullet to his head Monday (10/20) night on his way home at downtown Albany. The university held a candlelight service last night with the following message from the Intrime President, George Philip.

To: University at Albany Community

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Richard J. Bailey, a senior student from Wantagh, N.Y. Richard was the victim of a shooting in downtown Albany last night. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones, and no words can truly express the sadness and grief that the University community is experiencing at this time.

The sudden loss of this young member of our community is a tragedy. Tomorrow evening, a candlelight service for Richard will be held at 7 p.m. at the Campus Center small fountain. The entire campus community is encouraged to come together to attend.

We also encourage students to seek support through the University Counseling Center (442-5800 or consultation@albany.edu), Middle Earth (442-5777), or Chapel House (489-8573).

As we face this terrible incident, I believe it will help us to join as a community to discuss these issues. This evening, at 6.p.m. a "Safety Forum" will be held in Campus Center 375, and I urge everyone to join the University Police and other staff from the Division of Student Success at the forum. This event was set up quickly to respond to student questions and concerns. Please know that we will schedule follow-up forums as necessary to discuss this issue.

We continue to work cooperatively with APD, who is investigating this crime, and the University Police Department is immediately strengthening its directed police patrols and presence around the downtown campus.

With my camera in hand, I attended the service. It was a really windy and chilly night, but there were around 100 people showing up. The photos I took are availabe at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/shihwy1/sets/72157608301810889/

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Pink Sunday

The 2008 Make Strides Against Breast Cancer was held at the Washington Park on a chilly Sunday morning. With a camera in hand, I spent a couple hours there. Here are some highlights: http://flickr.com/photos/shihwy1/sets/72157608181768011/


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