In search of missing alumni
International Alumni Relations continues to search for alumni who reside abroad. The
university currently estimates that up to 10,000 UB graduates live outside the United
States; the international program wishes to establish links with them. Alumni who know the
whereabouts of friends and classmates residing abroad‹who may be lost to UB‹are urged to
have them contact us by mail, phone, fax or on the
Call for alumni volunteers
International alumni interested in serving as volunteer alumni leaders or contacts are asked
to communicate with Joseph Williams at the Office of Alumni Relations or by
New national board spurs regional activity
A 42-member national board of directors is now in place to better represent the interests of
UB alumni across the country, Alumni Association President Jonathan A. Dandes, B.S. '74,
The new board, which held its first meeting September 28, includes representatives from Los
Angeles, New York, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Western New York, in addition to those
representing constituent alumni groups.
"We are thrilled at the diversity of the board," said Dandes. "There is tremendous diversity
in age, gender, degree program and geographic location. We are trying to establish as
comprehensive a look as we can right across the board, to get the feedback and representation
we need from all our alumni."
Dandes said the new board represents a two-year effort to launch a new governing body for the
association. "We still have more work to do," he said, adding that the initial meeting was
"tremendous." "We had people flying in from all over the country to participate. Our next
meeting is set for May 3 and will be dedicated to our alumni chapters throughout the country,
and, indeed, the world-we've invited the international groups as well."
The university now has 20 chapters throughout the United States, with international chapters
in Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Among the larger regional
chapters are those in Washington, New York, Miami, San Francisco and Sarasota, Fla.
New national board member Pamela Benson, B.A. '76, now executive producer of international
affairs at CNN, says she has long had an interest in UB alumni activities, and tried to
attend association breakfasts and other programs in Washington, D.C., where she is based.
"I've always wanted to do something more if I could. So when [Executive Alumni Director] Bill
Evitts told me of his plans to form a national board and asked about my interest, I viewed
this activity as a way of giving back."
Benson said the initial board meeting was "valuable," with presentations by UB President
Greiner and senior officers on a variety of campus issues.
"A lot of time was spent on getting everyone up to speed," she said, "learning about the
student population today and how it may differ from when we were students; about the
university's goals, objectives, problems at a time of cutbacks, housing problems at the new
Benson said board members are currently examining areas where they can make a contribution.
They are also setting up committees for everything from membership in the Alumni Association
to programs in career counseling, an area of special importance to her. "The university was
very good to me and I'd like to do something to help it out.
"But the test (of the board's effectiveness) will be in future meetings and activities that
will allow us to become a real force for the university," she said.