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UAlbany Unveils New School of Business Building

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Days before students start another semester, the University at Albany cut the ribbon Monday on its state-of-the-art $64 million School of Business building and unveiled the State University of New York’s first four-year undergraduate degree program in digital forensics. Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Hailed as a hub of learning and innovation for business students, alumni and the community at large, the new School of Business Building, officials say, will help to recruit top students and faculty, while serving as a focal point for connecting UAlbany to the business community. School of Business Dean Donald Siegel explains UAlbany's undergraduate digital forensics program is the third such program in the nation and New York State's only four-year degree program in the field.

Associate Professor Sanjay Goel  chairs the Information Technology Management department: he is the architect of the new digital forensics undergraduate major and details its significance. Goel notes recruitment begins this year - the program deploys in 2014.

The new 96,000-square-foot School of Business building  at the university's entry plaza received $54 million in support from the 2008-09 New York State budget. UAlbany has also raised more than $8 million in private funding for the new building.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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