Education and Social Sciences Areas to be Strengthened
ALBANY, NY (June 7, 2007)-- Two new endowed funds have been created for Albanyâ€™s University Libraries, one in support of materials in the Social Sciences, the other in support of materials in Education.
According to Library Dean and Director Frank Dâ€™Andraia, â€œThese Funds will support two areas that are of great importance to the University at Albany. Both Education and the Social Sciences are our roots as well as significant areas for future study and research. Itâ€™s time for us to plan carefully for 21st century students and faculty.â€? Each fund has a goal of $250,000, to be realized by 2009.
The Librariesâ€™ collections endowments are supported by faculty in various disciplines. Dean Susan Phillips, School of Education, applauded the opportunity to support the fund for materials in education. â€œItâ€™s part of our proud heritage from the New York State College for Teachers that we are committed to preparing leaders in educationâ€”teachers, administrators, and beyond. We are honored to join the Libraries to support and enhance the curriculum in the School of Education.â€?
Stressing the importance for collaborative fund-raising efforts, Joan Wick-Pelletier, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, supports the Librariesâ€™ endowed funds for a variety of collections: â€œThe College of Arts and Sciences has an investment in the University Librariesâ€™ provision of effective tools used by both students and faculty in their research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and mathematics.â€?
These new endowments bring to a total nine endowments for UAlbanyâ€™s Libraries currently open for individual or class gifts. More endowment initiatives will be announced in fall 2007. Gifts to endowment can be made outright (cash), through a living trust, or a bequest in a will, by a paid-up life insurance/retirement plan gift, a real estate donation, or through a plan that gives a return to the donor (charitable gift annuity or a pooled income fund); or through a charitable remainder trust or charitable lead trust.
All such gifts present tax advantages, and you can combine a gift to realize significant tax advantages for you and your family. Contact Roberta Armstrong (518-442-3540) or Rarmstrong@uamail.albany.edu for more information.
The Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York, are ranked as one of the top 100 research libraries in the United States by the Association of Research Libraries. The Libraries serve the Universityâ€™s community, the citizens of New York State, and scholars and researchers from around the world. For up-to-date information about the Universityâ€™s Libraries, see the Website: http://library.albany.edu.