"UB Today," the Alumni Association's TV magazine show,
airs each Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on Adelphia Cable's
Channel 18. "UB Today" is available to TCI cable viewers on Channel 21 at
6:30 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month.
Lure of Ireland proves irresistible to UB alumni
Some of us were Irish, the rest of us wished we were Irish. Ennis, County Clare, was the home
base for the latest UB Alumni Association international adventure, October 1-9. Twenty-six UB
alumni stayed in the Old Ground Hotel, right in the middle of town. By week's end, we were
very familiar with our neighborhood. Each morning, a local specialist briefed us on what we
were to see that day, be it abbey ruins, geological marvels, or the great sites of Irish
literature. Each evening, we marveled at a wonderful dinner before moving on to the local
pub for music and conversation with our Irish neighbors.
Our tours included the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway City, the Connemara, the
Burren, Bunratty Castle, and, of course, a number of stone circles, forts and ruins. Both
our local guides and resident professional leaders from Alumni Holidays provided magical
accounts at each site. Their enchanting and learned commentary allowed us to appreciate
the historical and cultural background of the country throughout our tour, rather than
just having us gaze at lovely sites. We also encountered the fabled Irish humor-we were
always laughing at a story, joke or song provided by our hosts.
Each year, the Alumni Association offers at least four travel programs organized by
professionals specializing in travel for alumni. These programs always feature an academic
component-whether it's a faculty member traveling with the group and presenting seminars, or
a trained local professional introducing participants to the history and culture of the
region. These programs bring together UB alumni and graduates of other prestigious
universities for educationalčand enjoyable-travel.
-Judith Van Nostrand, Associate Alumni Director