The Atlanta chapter hosted a pregame gathering at Turner Field September 11, when the New York Mets took on the Atlanta Braves. Many Atlanta chapter members are from the New York metropolitan area; those attending viewed the game as a group.
The emerging Baltimore chapter held an organizational meeting and joined with the DC chapter in attending the Baltimore Orioles–Chicago White Sox baseball game July 21 at Camden Yards. An informal pregame gathering was held at the Wharf Rat.
Members of the Boston board hosted informal gatherings at The Place in downtown Boston on three Tuesday evenings (the second Tuesdays of May, June and August).
Thirty alumni, including Richard B. Neff, B.S. ’48, attended a happy hour reception at Sam’s Uptoon Saloon on April 25. Judith Keck, M.B.A. ’93 & B.S. ’86, and Mary Burns, B.A. ’89 & B.S. ’83—childhood friends from the Buffalo area—were pleasantly surprised by their unanticipated reunion at the Uptoon. Another 35 alumni enjoyed the Charlotte Knights–Buffalo Bisons International League game as a group on June 27.
Twenty alumni gathered for a preproduction dinner, then enjoyed a tribute to singer/songwriter Phil Ochs, a contemporary and friend of Bob Dylan during the 1960s and 1970s. The event was held in the Old Town School of Folk Music. Various artists performed Ochs’s songs and the event was broadcast live on local radio.
New York, NY
UB administrators met with members of the chapter board at MBNA corporate offices in Manhattan on April 25 to discuss plans for an alumni recruitment effort to attract students from the New York metropolitan area. Among those representing the university were Jennifer McDonough, vice president for university advancement; Sean P. Sullivan, vice provost for enrollment and planning; Regina S. Toomey, associate vice provost for new student recruitment programs; and Robert O. Davies, associate vice president for alumni relations. Some two dozen attended the session.
Orientation sessions were held in July and August to train some 50 volunteers in the alumni ambassador program. These alumni will play an important role in undergraduate recruitment efforts for 2002–2003.
Additionally, plans were being made at press time for a pregame tailgate party in conjunction with the UB-Rutgers football game September 7 in Piscataway, NJ (7:30 p.m. kick-off).
The chapter gathered July 28 for the annual Summer Send-Off at the home of Ric Thomann, M.B.A. ’95, to welcome new students and their families into the UB community. Dean of Students Barbara J. Ricotta offered her remarks to the group of 75.
San Diego, CA
W. David Penniman, dean of the School of Informatics, provided alumni with insight into “Information, Security and Freedom” during a reception hosted by the School of Informatics in The Abbey, the corporate home of Hornblower Cruises. Some 61 registered for the event.
The Intiman Theatre in downtown Seattle was the site of a light dinner reception July 13, followed by a performance of Lackawanna Blues, written by Tony award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who also starred in the performance. The play, which won Santiago-Hudson a coveted Obie, is a tribute to the woman who raised the playwright in a Lackawanna boarding house. Santiago-Hudson greeted the crowd at the reception preceding the performance. The Seattle chapter also attended a Mariners game on August 15.
Tampa Bay, FL
Eighteen people registered for the tour of the Ringling compound in Sarasota. Alumni and family members were guided by docents through the Ringling Art Museum, as well as the Cà d’Zan, circus impresario John Ringling’s mansion on Sarasota Bay. Among those attending were Sam Lightman, B.S. ’48, and his wife, Gloria.
Former University of Kentucky All-American basketball player Kevin Grevey hosted 45 alumni, family and friends at a reception at his restaurant, Grevey’s, in Falls Church, Virginia. Mark H. Karwan, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, gave an update on ongoing North Campus expansion efforts and provided an overview of the Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics. Among those attending were Leonard Cantor, D.D.S. ’72 & B.A. ’68; Martin Siegel, B.A. ’68; and Paul Levine, D.D.S. ’70.
The DC chapter also coordinated an outing to the Baltimore-Chicago baseball game July 21 at Camden Yards. Some 45 alumni and friends attended the pregame event at the Wharf Rat.
Chapter members also attended the annual “UB Day” legislative reception in Washington April 23, joining the staff of the UB Center for Computational Research and others with an interest in supporting bioinformatics research.