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Library Congratulates Desfosses on Award

The University at Albany Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to encourage donations to the University at Albany. One of their annual events is the Citizen Laureate Awards Ceremony. The proceeds of this awards dinner help the University at Albany Foundation. This is the 29th year that the University at Albany Foundation has awarded its Citizen Laureate Awards to honor outstanding leaders in business and industry, government, and academics for their accomplishments. The Academic Laureate Award is given to individuals for their notable achievements in academia and research. This year Dr. Helen R. Desfosses, Associate Professor in the departments of Public Administration & Policy, and Africana Studies was awarded the Academic Laureate award at the awards ceremony on Wednesday November 19, 2008 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Not only is Dr. Helen Desfosses an Associate Professor in the Public Administration & Policy department and the Africana Studies department, she also is the Professor in Residence at the New York State Assembly Internship program. She has served as President of the Albany Common Council from 1997-2005. She also is a regular political commentator on the public radio station WAMC, and on Albany area television. She has also authored several books and articles on national and international issues. She teaches courses on public policy, legislative politics, and Africa.

She has served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, and as Director of the Master’s in Public Policy program. Formerly, she was Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the State University of New York at Albany. She has also served as a consultant on legislative development around the world. She has also received numerous awards and honors.

For all of her hard work and many distinguished accomplishments, we along with the University at Albany Foundation offer our deep thanks and congratulations to Dr. Helen Desfosses.

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