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Stories
Around the continent with the UB Alumni Association
Ambassador Program Update
Around the world with the UB Alumni Association
University at Buffalo Alumni Association Homecoming Weekend
Readers invited to nominate notable alumni
New on the Web!
Two UB alumni chosen for Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame
Stay on track!
traveling with UB alumni and friends
How time flies
Wozniak elected president of UB Alumni Association
Capen Society formed for 50+ year alumni
Become an alumni mentor
New staff member named
Around the continent with the UB Alumni Association


Atlanta, GA
  Atlanta
  Michael Merlino, B.A. ’92, enjoys wings and the UB Reporter at the Rock Bottom Brewery near Atlanta.
 
A group of UB alumni whose graduation dates span 50 years—1950 to 2000—gathered May 13 for an evening of networking at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Buckhead. Chapter president Ryan Schoultz, M.E. ’97 & B.S. ’95, who says this is a year of “rebuilding” for the Atlanta chapter, was happy to recruit a number of new volunteers at the event. Another networking event was held July 22 at the Biersch Brewery.

Charlotte, NC
Approximately 25 alumni and their friends and families came together July 6 at Knights Stadium to cheer on the Buffalo Bisons as they played against the Charlotte Knights in Triple-A baseball.

Dallas, TX
Texas alumni gathered June 14 in Fresno, TX, to watch the newest member of baseball’s Texas League, the Fresno Rough Riders, take on the San Antonio Missions. Marvin Migdol, B.A. ’59, a new member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors, organized the event.

New York, NY
  NYC
  During a walking tour of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, UB Associate Professor Christopher Mele provides background on "The Dom," the Polish National Social Hall that Andy Warhol leased and converted into the club known as the "Electric Circus."
 
A small but eager group of UB alumni gathered March 22 at the Grolier Club of New York, the oldest U.S. society for bibliophiles and site of an exhibit of UB’s unique collection of printed works by Walter Hamady and his Perishable Press Ltd. Robert Bertholf, curator of UB’s Poetry/Rare Books Collection, offered a brief history and description of the exhibit and answered questions about the eccentric artist’s work.

On May 31, Christopher Mele, associate professor in the UB Department of Sociology, reprised his tour of the Lower East Side for 25 alumni. Author of Selling the Lower East Side: Culture, Real Estate and Resistance in New York (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), Mele included such stops as Astor Park, Tomkins Square Park and the First Houses (the original public housing in the United States) as part of his 90-minute tour.

On June 4, a group of alumni and friends enjoyed an evening of authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings while reconnecting with UB acquaintances at the Library Café in Farmingdale, Long Island. The event is part of a renewed effort to engage the more than 6,000 UB alumni who reside on Long Island.

Philadelphia, PA
  Philadelphia
  Lindi Ashton, B.A. ’89 and chapter vice president Gina Bigley, B.A. ’92, with an old yearbook at the April 22 networking night in Philadelphia.
 
The Philadelphia chapter, now one year old, held a networking reception April 22 for some 35 alumni and friends at the Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant in Center City. The evening featured several “reunions” of a kind—including that of Daniel Shimberg, B.A. ’73, and Sandra Garz, B.A. ’72, who were classmates in UB’s environmental design program in the School of Architecture and Planning. Former classmates-turned-roommates Humsini Arakali, B.S. ’98, and Marian Waldmann, M.B.A. ’99 & B.S. ’98, were also present.

Raleigh, NC
  Raleigh
  Eric Wagner, B.S. ’80, and his wife, Tammy (far right), enjoy the Buffalo Sabres-Carolina Hurricanes pregame activity at the Edwards Mill restaurant in Raleigh with their children, Brandon, Allison and Nadine.
 
More than 50 alumni, spouses and friends gathered to enjoy traditional Buffalo fare at the Edwards Mill restaurant, then ventured to the RBC Center to watch the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Buffalo Sabres in a National Hockey League game March 29. The event marked the kickoff of the Raleigh chapter, organized with the assistance of Jon Cancro, B.S. ’94, who is the founder and former cochair of the Atlanta chapter.

Some 20 alumni, family members and friends gathered on a rainy July 11 evening in Durham Bulls Athletic Park to watch an International League game between the Buffalo Bisons and Durham Bulls.

Rochester, NY
  DC
  Alumni from the Baltimore and Washington, DC areas cheer on the Orioles in the steamy summer heat. Front row, from left: Russell Kuehn, M.B.A. ’99, chapter president; Kelly Kuehn, B.S. ’99 and son Grant. Next row up, from left: Ash Tiwari, M.B.A. ’91; his wife, Ron Tiwari and Natalie Doyle, Ph.D. ’91.
 
The chapter launched a monthly speaker series, “UB at Noon,” which featured three prominent UB faculty:

On March 14, Sargur Srihari, founding director of UB’s Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR) and distinguished professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, described how CEDAR has designed and developed new techniques to recognize and read handwriting. Applications of the technology include crime, forgery and terrorism prevention.

“Trashy Tabloids and Vegas Casinos: Visions of Ancient Rome in Modern Pop Culture” was the title of the second lecture, given April 30 by Donald McGuire, assistant professor of classics and director of humanities programs.

John M. Thomas, J.D. ’76, dean of UB’s School of Management, was the final speaker of the spring series on May 29, with a talk entitled “Preparing Tomorrow’s Global Leaders: International Education and the UB School of Management.”

The chapter plans to continue the speaker series in the fall.

San Diego, CA
Del Mar was the setting for 22 alumni to enjoy not only a happy hour at the popular Jimmy-O’s, but also each other’s company during a social gathering May 21. The gathering included Gerald Donley, who attended UB along with his wife, Alice.

San Francisco, CA
  San Francisco
  From left: Karthik Laggisetty, M.B.A. ’01; Mike Jankowski, assistant director of alumni relations; Sheelah Brennan, B.S. ’00; Shaheer Khan, Ph.D. ’90; Gaurav Sahai, M.B.A. ’00; Pete Ritchie, B.S. ’82; Ansuya Bhatt, Ph.D. ’83; Eileen Kennedy, J.D. ’94; Hashem Farrokh, B.S. ’72; Lili He, Ph.D. ’92 & M.A. ’90 and Derek Nazarbegian, B.S. ’71, gather following an April 25 meeting to reorganize the San Francisco Bay Area chapter.
 
Because of the sheer geographic size of the area, the chapter has been divided into two subchapters: One subchapter, led by alumni leader Gaurav Sahai, M.B.A. ’00, comprises the area from San Jose to Palo Alto; the other, led by Mark Berkman, B.S. ’78, consists of South San Francisco to Berkeley to Oakland. If you reside in between these two regions—i.e., from Menlo Park to San Bruno—contact Derek Nazarbegian, B.S. ’71. Please see the San Francisco chapter page on the alumni Web site at www.alumni.buffalo.edu for more information.

Seattle, WA
  Seattle
  Mary and John Denkenberger, B.S. ’86, were among the UB alumni and friends who gathered at the Seattle chapter’s one-year anniversary event at the Red Hook Brewery on March 22.
 
President and Mrs. William R. Greiner were welcomed by the Seattle chapter board and by alumni during a March 22 reception attended by 54 people at the Red Hook Brewery in suburban Woodinville. Frank Clement, B.S. ’66, and his wife, Marilyn, hosted the event. Among the alumni who greeted the Greiners were Joseph Rait, D.D.S. ’48, and John Wheatley, Ph.D. ’59 & M.B.A. ’54. Chapter president Rob Eaton, Ph.D. ’93, M.A. ’90 & B.A ’87, was presented with the official UB Alumni Association Seattle chapter banner, which will be displayed at each chapter event.

Washington, DC
  DC
  Kurt Doehnert, B.S. ’78, (left) and David Rosenbaum, M.B.A. ’78 & B.S. ’78, sport their Sabres gear at the MCI Center in Washington, DC.
 
A group of 60 alumni, friends and hockey fans gathered February 26 for the chapter’s annual hockey night at the MCI Center, where the Washington Capitals barely edged the Buffalo Sabres for a win.

Thirty alumni gathered May 8 at Grevey’s Restaurant in Falls Church, VA, for networking, good conversation, fond memories—and, of course, chicken wings!

Provost Elizabeth D. Capaldi, along with officials from UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions and the UB Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, attended a reception at the U.S. Botanic Gardens held in conjunction with UB Day in Washington, an annual lobbying project organized by the UB Office of Governmental Affairs. President William R. Greiner and his wife, Carol, greeted the guests, about half of whom were UB alumni. U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer both made an appearance, as did U.S. Representative Jack Quinn, Ed.M. ’78, to show their support for the university.


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