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Around the continent with UBAA
Alumni Ambassadors help recruit fine students to UB
Around the world with UBAA
Joining the alumni team
Celebrating excellence among UB alumni
Spring 2003 Senior Alumni Luncheons
Hall of Fame dinner set for February 21
Hurray for Homecoming Hoopla
Stay on track!
A golden class reunites
MBNA is choice for new UBAA service
Pharmacy dean to address Florida alumni groups
One year later
'Spirit of St. Louis' heads off USAB activities for 2002-03
UB Travelers at Galway Bay
Around the continent with UBAA

Atlanta, GA
Thirty alumni, family and friends attended a pregame party in the Chop House within Turner Field, then watched the New York Mets take on the Atlanta Braves on September 11. George Quintero, D.D.S. '74 & B.A. '70, and his wife, Suzanne, M.S. '73 & B.S. '70, could be seen on the Diamond Vision Screen sitting in the UB section between innings. Bill Gavagan, a guest of Frederick W. Koehler, B.S. '50, was randomly selected as the Braves' fan of the game, winning a variety of prizes.

Baltimore, MD
A lively group of UB alumni and friends gathered October 17 at the Chesapeake Wine Company for a wine tasting/happy hour in Baltimore's trendy Fells Point district. Attendees sampled seasonal wines and champagnes, as well as cheeses and antipasto, while enjoying the company of others with a connection to Buffalo and UB.

Dallas, TX
  Alumni and spouses enjoy a photo opportunity during the first-ever Dallas chapter networking event September 19. Kevin Ruchlin, M.S. '98 & B.A. '95 (center, with nametag) hosted the gathering.

Kevin Ruchlin, M.S. '98 & B.A. '95, the principal contact in efforts to create a chapter in the Metroplex area, hosted a September 19 reception with wings, pizza and drinks for 38 alumni on the roof terrace of his condo. During the season, the group met weekly at a Bills Backers sports bar in the Dallas–Fort Worth area to watch Bills games and reminisce about UB.

Erie, PA
A handful of interested alumni met with Mike Jankowski, assistant director of alumni relations, on September 16 to formulate plans for the creation of an Erie chapter. The result was their first event, a business card networking evening on October 24.

New York, NY
  Mrs. Carol Greiner greets former UB football coach Bill Dando and his wife, Frances ("Willie"), during the tailgate party before the Rutgers game, September 7 in Piscataway, NJ.

UB Bulls football fans from throughout metropolitan New York gathered September 7 to enjoy a pregame party and watch the Bulls knock off Big East foe Rutgers in Piscataway, NJ. Seventy people attended the pregame party and a total of 110 purchased tickets from the Office of Alumni Relations for the game itself. Among those joining President William R. Greiner and his wife, Carol, at the tailgate event were former UB football coach William R. Dando and New York Giants offensive line coach James C. McNally, Ed.M. '68 & B.S. '66. Both Dando and McNally are members of the UB Athletic Hall of Fame.

  UB President William R. Greiner addresses New York City alumni who volunteered as alumni admissions ambassadors during a September 5 reception at the Cornell Club in Manhattan.

On September 5, UB hosted a reception at the Cornell Club with President Greiner for alumni who have become members of the Alumni Ambassadors program (see accompanying listing), along with chapter board members.

Philadelphia, PA
After an initial chapter meeting August 12, the group hosted its first event at the Dark Horse Tavern in Olde City on October 24.

San Diego, CA
  San Diego
  Jack Fisher, M.D. '62, discusses his book Stolen Glory: The McKinley Assassination, during a San Diego Harbor brunch cruise on October 6.

  San Deigo
  From left: June Barmasse, John Fountain, B.A. ’49, Alfred Barmasse, B.S. ’49 and Joseph Coppola, B.A. ’50 enjoy the pregame party before the San Diego Padres–Florida Marlins match-up on August 25.

Among the 32 people who registered for the pregame party and the San Diego Padres–Florida Marlins game August 25 were Alfred Barmasse, B.S. '49, John Fountain, B.A. '49 and Joseph Coppola, B.A. '50. Coppola wore his (new) letterman's sweater with the original letter he earned as a world-class fencer, while Jerry Cicero, A.A.S. '79, displayed old UB banners and a vintage T-shirt. Martha Rodgers, B.A. '90, and her husband, Jim, an alumnus of San Diego State, graciously took care of all the pregame preparations (including tent and food), which evolved into a postgame reception. Todd Murphy, a Padres group ticket sales representative and the son of Williamsville, NY, resident and UB alumnus Thomas Murphy, B.S. '69, sold tickets to UB chapter members. He also presented the group with 30 Padres T-shirts.

Seattle, WA
  From left: Mike Jankowski, assistant director of alumni relations; Frank Clement, B.S. '66, a member of the UBAA's national alumni board, and Rob Eaton, Ph.D. '93, M.A. '90 & B.A. '87, president of the Seattle chapter, take in the Mariners–Red Sox game, August 15 at Seattle's Safeco Field.

On August 15, the chapter held a pregame party, then enjoyed the Mariners–Red Sox game at Safeco Field. Forty alumni attended, sat as a group and watched the game from their right field seats. The Safeco Field scoreboard welcomed the Seattle chapter between innings.

On November 2, a group of 15 alumni and guests enjoyed a night of baroque music with the Seattle Symphony in Benaroya Hall; a dessert reception followed the performance.

Washington, DC
Approximately 55 alumni and friends experienced the world of espionage at Washington's new International Spy Museum on September 12. Afterward, a group gathered at a nearby club for networking and conversation. On September 26, chapter president Julia Moore, B.S. '96 and board member Les Machado, J.D. '96, helped to staff the UB table at Buffalo Night, held in the Hart Senate Office Building. Buffalo Night visitors included NY Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who stopped for introductions at the UB display, and NY Senator Charles Schumer, along with such personalities as Buffalo native and political satirist Mark Russell and NBC's Tim Russert, also a Buffalo native.

The annual Buffalo Bills tailgate party was held October 6 at Jimmy's Old Towne Tavern in Herndon, VA; some 35 alumni and guests were in attendance. Scott Rybarczyk, B.S. '97, set a new Jimmy's record for “high-fiving” all present following a touchdown. The chapter's annual UB alumni hockey night (Sabres vs. Capitals) is slated for February 26.

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