found a philosophical movement? Help revolutionize dentistry
while preventing heart attacks? Or simply change the way undergraduates
learn about art or science or engineering or medicine?
everything else in our lives, higher education is changing.
Thanks to many generous gifts to enhance the university’s academic
programs, nowhere does that change hold more promise than at
enable UB students to turn their dreams into real-world success,
Henry Panasci Jr., a pharmacist and business executive–turned–venture
capitalist, created the Henry A. Panasci Jr. Entrepreneurship
Award with a $1 million gift. The award provides two annual
prizes of $35,000 and $15,000 for the two most promising business
plans submitted by UB students, or recent graduates, each year.
With his gift, Panasci is giving UB students a helping hand
along the path to entrepreneurial success while stimulating
the economy of New York State.
contemplative life received an equal boost with a gift from
a philosophy professor who’s sharing more than his teaching
excellence with the university. SUNY Distinguished Service Professor
Peter H. Hare gave two gifts totaling $1 million to support
activities of the philosophy department, where he has taught
since 1962. Along with establishing an endowed chair, Hare’s
gift will provide much-needed funds for everyday expenses, including
benefits for visiting professors from foreign countries, awards
for service by department staff, awards for excellence in teaching
by graduate students and support for undergraduates.
in the School of Dental Medicine, groundbreaking research on
the link between periodontal disease and heart attacks, led
by Dr. Robert Genco, D.D.S., Ph.D., has attracted worldwide
attention and major supporting gifts that in turn provide new
opportunities for students and faculty alike.
gift to the University at Buffalo, no matter what size, strengthens
the quality of undergraduate and graduate education at this
university. And just as each gift enhances educational opportunities
at UB, so every one helps to enhance the university’s reputation
as a leader in higher education regionally, nationally and around
these gifts—and the stories of UB’s alumni and friends—show,
a gift for a particular program can have far-reaching effects
throughout the university community and beyond. Interdisciplinary
thought is crucial in the modern world, and the frontiers of
knowledge are expanding rapidly. You can be sure that no matter
what academic program your gift supports, the benefits will
be experienced by many students, in many different ways, for
many years to come.