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Around the continent with the UB Alumni Association

Atlanta, GA

Catherine Brown, B.A. ’88 (left) and Deborah Bailey, B.S. ’89 (right) meet each other and Carol Greiner at the October 22 reception for Atlanta chapter members.
More than 100 people, including UB President and Mrs. William R. Greiner, attended the October 22 UB Alumni Night in Atlanta’s downtown Hilton and enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Following a 45-minute update on the recent happenings at the university, Professor Greiner answered questions. The event marked the last in Atlanta for chapter cochair Jonathan Cancro, B.S. ’94, who has accepted a position in North Carolina, where he plans to lead efforts to develop a Raleigh chapter. Ryan Schoultz, M.E. ’97 & B.S. ’95, will form a committee to determine future activities of the Atlanta chapter. Among the attendees at the October event were Marilyn White, B.S. ’51 and Raymond White, B.A. ’50.

Chicago, IL

Tampa alumni and guests enjoy an afternoon of wine-tasting on November 16 at the Murielle Winery in Clearwater, which also gave each participant a bottle of UB Alumni Association-labeled Chardonnay. From left: Eleanor Sharpe, Andy Hahn, Vince Rallo, Rita Meaney, Mary Bauer, Gayle Hahn, Karen Maller, Kevin Maller, Charles Bauer, Mike Bruni, Joe Serio, Patricia Serio, Christine Boardman and Chuck Davies.
On December 30, 25 alumni and friends gathered at Northwestern University’s Welsh-Ryan Arena to cheer for the UB men’s basketball team, as the Bulls took on the Wildcats in an exciting game of Division I basketball. Terrence Canade, B.A. ’84, with degrees from both schools, says: “I have a law degree from Northwestern, so I guess I’ll have to cheer after every basket!”

Arnold Oskin, B.A. ’67, attended with his wife, Faye, his brother, Fred Oskin, Ed.B. ’62 and sister-in-law, Marilyn. The Oskin brothers were not the only sibling alumni present. James Harris, B.S. ’90, and his brother, Mark Harris, B.S. ’95, also joined the group to cheer on the Blue and White.

Cleveland, OH

Don Shula’s Steakhouse, situated in the Hilton in suburban Independence, OH, was the site of the first networking event of the Greater Cleveland chapter on October 25. Thirty-five attendees enjoyed a variety of different flavored chicken wings and met some members of the chapter board, including Mark Katz, B.A. ’61; Kimberly Pustulka, B.S. ’97; Margaret Wong, J.D. ’76; Chuck Grimm, M.B.A. ’91 & B.S. ’86; Mary Sue French, B.S. ’80 and Eileen Mohr, B.A. ’79. Members of the group also participated in a business card exchange.

New York, NY

From left: Panelists Kelly Marks, M.B.A. ’97 & B.S. ’94, chapter president; Dawn Okunevich, B.A. ’99; Randy Asher, B.S. ’95; Steven Hartman, M.S. ’94 & B.S. ’92 and Jeffrey Eisenberg, J.D. ’83 & B.A. ’80, discuss job-hunting strategies for new professionals in New York City.
There were lots of kudos for Mark Nusbaum, M.Arch. ’85 & B.P.S. ’83, following his two-hour insider’s tour of Grand Central Terminal. Nusbaum, project architect for the restoration of this American landmark, led 45 alumni through Grand Central on November 2. Nusbaum also hosted a group of prospective architecture students during another tour February 9. He is an associate at Beyer, Blinder, Belle Architects and Planners in Manhattan.

On January 8, 30 alumni volunteers met with some 80 recent graduates and current UB students home for the winter break for a successful UB Student-Alumni Career Networking Night at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The purpose of the event was to facilitate educational discussions about career choice and networking among participants, especially during the current tough economic times. Following an alumni panel presentation on job-hunting strategies, the group broke into industry-specific networking roundtables.

UB Wings Night in New York City. From left: Eric Hall, B.A. ’02; David Li, B.S. ’00; Andrew Chin, B.S. ’99; Annie Wong, B.S. ’01 and Christina Liu, B.A. ’02.
Dawn Okunevich, B.A. ’99, a panelist and account executive at Publicitas North America, shared with students and recent graduates her own job-hunting experiences in the competitive advertising industry. “I was glad I could help out at this event,” she says. “Of all my UB friends, I am the only one who has stayed with the same company since graduation. I feel lucky that I found a great opportunity and stuck with it.”

The chapter held its annual G.O.L.D. Wings Night (Graduates of the Last Decade) on February 6; this year’s venue was the Heartland Brewery Union Square in lower Manhattan. Approximately 115 alumni and friends showed up for an evening of reconnecting with old friends over a feast of authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings, and Heartland’s great selection of microbrews. Paul Houghton, M.B.A. ’97 & B.S. ’96, was the lucky winner of a free UB logo license plate during a prize drawing.

Raleigh, NC

The weather outside was frightful, with much of the state without heat or electricity following an ice storm. Inside Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, however, the power was on as a group of alumni watched the UB women’s team meet St. Joseph’s University in the opening round of the Duke University Women’s Basketball Classic Tournament on December 6. A postgame reception, also at Cameron Stadium, was attended by UB alumni, Coach Cheryl Dozier, her staff, the women’s basketball team (who greeted alumni individually) and a contingent of boosters.

Washington, DC

On November 1, DC alumni enjoy a special screening of Manna from Heaven, the Buffalo-produced movie about a Catholic family dealing with a financial windfall. Back row, from left: Lawrence Cull, M.A. ’89 & B.A. ’85; Sara Goldhawk, Ed.M. ’93; Ursula Burton, the film’s star, and Jim Militello, B.S. ’79. Front row, from left: Charity and Gabrielle Burton.
On November 6, members of the Washington, DC chapter board met with Carmela Thompson, Ph.D. ’01, associate director of UB admissions, and Stephanie Taber, alumni recruitment coordinator. The group heard about UB’s expanded recruitment and enrollment efforts, which include a new focus on out-of-state students. Thompson outlined some of the challenges UB faces in enrolling students from outside Western New York, then led a discussion about ways the chapter might assist these recruitment efforts.

The following day, Julia Moore, B.S. ’96, and Justin Listwan, B.S. ’99, joined Thompson and Taber at the UB table at a college fair held in the DC Convention Center. The volunteers said they were quite pleased—even if the UB table was situated between two Florida schools!

Fifty alumni, family and friends attended a sold-out showing of the Burton Sisters’ Manna from Heaven, November 1 in Falls Church, VA.

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