UB Travel Program highlights for 1997
March 29-April 5
Exploring the Antebellum South and Intracoastal Waterway
Join us as we sail the Intracoastal Waterway with Bill Evitts, our resident hisotrian of the
South. Our journey will conicide with azalea season-the best time to visit Savanah, Ga. and
Charleston, S.C. You'll tour aboard the 100-passenger Nantucket Clipper, exploring the
world of the Antebellum South with convivial and curious companions, avoiding the crowds of
typical cruises. The natural wildlife of the waterway and the grace of southern cities
make this trip a wonderful way to escape.
May 25-June 2
Alumni College in Switzerland
Experience a unique, relaxed and stimulating educational program amid the grandeur of the
Swiss Alps. Stay in the Alpine village of Meiringer near Lake Brienz and enjoy exciting
excursions into the high Alps. Seminars presented by Swiss professionals will add to your
understanding and appreciation of the country's divergent culture and four language groups,
along with its history, economy and educational system.
September 28-October 9
"Legacies of Learning" Tour in Eastern Europe
Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany provide the backdrop for "Legacies of Learning,"
our fall tour. Explore the great universities of eastern Europe while visiting Warsaw, Krakow,
Prague, Dresden, Leipzip, and Berlin. Visit the homelands of Chopin, Wagner, Kafka, Copernicus,
and Nietzsche. We've also included a visit to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and ancient
center of learning with strong ties to UB.
Alumni win Hall of Fame honors
Three UB alumni who distinguished themselves as athletes during their college careers were
inducted into the UB Alumni Association Hall of Fame at a dinner at the Center for the Arts
on September 27.
Gerald J. "Faker" LaFountain, B.S. '66, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; George V. Lesser, D.D.S. '39,
of Rochester; and Edgar Greenard Poles, B.S. '73, of Buffalo, were honored by UB President
William R. Greiner, Alumni Association Executive Director William J. Evitts and Athletic
Director Nelson E. Townsend before an audience of nearly 300 alumni boosters, friends, family
members, coaches and student athletes.
LaFountain, a real estate executive who earned his degree in physical education, received
honorable mention in 1965 for the NCAA Division I football all-star team. He also won three
intercollegiate championships and was named to the All-East NCAA Division I first team in
1965. He played professional football for seven years after graduating from UB.
Lesser, who retired from dentistry in 1993, earned first place in Class "A" epee in the 1939
Eastern Intercollegiate Fencing Championships, winning 12 consecutive matches and upsetting
the defending champion. He also earned second place in sabre and fifth in foil in the 1939
Undefeated as a freshman wrestling in the unlimited weight class, Poles suffered only one
varsity defeat as a sophomore wrestling in the 191-pound weight class. A defensive lineman
on the Bulls football team, he was named to the 1965 Associated Press All-East second team
and received honorable mention for the AP All-American team, also in 1965.
Poles, who earned his UB degrees in social welfare and business administration, went on to
play professional football for the Edmonton Eskimos and the British Columbia Lions. Supervisor
of distribution operations at the William Street Post Office in Buffalo, he also coordinates
the income tax assistance program for the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers Inc.