UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Winter 2004
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Around the continent
UB: Got Pride?
New name, great line-up for luncheon series
In Memoriam
It's Oozfest Time!
University remembers Linda Yalem in Annual 5K Safety Run
Around the World with the UB Alumni Association
Pillars of the alumni community
Stay on track!
Office of Alumni Relations names new associate director
Kudos to UB Alumni Association Life Members
Around the continent

From left: Joshua Zalen, B.A. '97, Mark D. Evans, B.S. '98, John Gmerek, B.A. '49 and his wife, Patricia, at the tailgate tent party proceding the UB-Rutgers football game August 30.
Atlanta, GA
Twenty alumni registered for the second annual UB Alumni Night in Turner Field for the Atlanta Braves-New York Mets baseball game August 27. Before the game, the group met at the Chop House Restaurant in the stadium.

Baltimore, MD
A group of 15 alumni and friends attended the August 9 Buffalo Bills preseason opener against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

Boston, MA
Some 20 UB alumni and friends gathered at the Harp on September 7 to watch the annual Bills-Patriots game. They were in good company, joining the Boston Bills Backers group in a halftime Buffalo wings feast that was organized by Alison Lewandowski, B.A. '88.

Chicago, IL
Twenty-five UB alumni and friends got together August 1 for a wine and cheese reception hosted by Paul Korniczky, J.D. '86, of Leydig, Voit & Mayer at Prudential Plaza tower. While inclement weather kept the group from venturing to the outdoor pops concert, they were content to mingle with others who share Buffalo ties.

Jacksonville, FL
Uday Sukhatme, dean of UB's College of Arts and Sciences, joined 14 alumni and their guests for dinner October 2 and provided an overview of the college and the university. Among the participants were G. Warren Leve, B.A. '50 and his wife, Louise; newlyweds Svetlana Blitsheyn, M.D. '02 & B.S. '98 and Leonid Kabakov, B.S. '02; and former clinical assistant professor Dilip Cgole and his wife, Neelima, whose daughter is currently pursuing her doctorate at UB.

New York, NY
Some 75 alumni, family members and friends were hoping to see the football Bulls defeat host Rutgers for the second consecutive year in Piscataway, NJ, on August 30. Despite heavy rain 90 minutes before kickoff, lightning didn't strike twice for the Bulls, as it did in 2002 when they upset the Scarlet Knights. Outgoing UB President and Mrs. William R. Greiner attended the pregame tent party, as did UB Alumni Association board of directors members Michael Cross, Ed.M. '93 & B.A. '91 and Beverly Sanford, M.A. '93, former UB Alumni Association president Bob Lipp, J.D. '54 & B.A. '52, and National Basketball Association vice president Matt Winick, B.S. '60.

Abbe Raven, B.A. '74, was the featured speaker at the inaugural "Breakfast with UB" event held at the Sky Club in Manhattan. Raven, who is executive vice president and general manager of A&E Network, discussed her background in arts and theater at UB and how she gained entry into the growing field of cable television. She also offered an insider's perspective on running a leading cable network and discussed many other aspects of her current job.

The series continued November 12 with Dennis Black, J.D. '81, UB vice president for student affairs, who spoke about campus life at UB, and on December 3 with Sargur N. Srihari, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the department of computer science and engineering and founding director of the UB Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR), who discussed his center's work with handwriting analysis and its many applications.

Orlando, FL
On October 4, President and Mrs. William R. Greiner greeted guests at a tent party before the UB-Central Florida football game at the Citrus Bowl. The UB Alumni Association hosted the event with 75 attending. Among the 110 watching the exciting Mid-American Conference game in the stadium were Blue and White Club members Marian Simms, Ed.B. '51, Bob Lipp, J.D. '54 & B.A. '52, and Rick Friend, M.B.A. '70 & B.S. '68, who all flew with the team from Buffalo.

David Goode (left), B.S. '90, with son James, a freshman at UB, at the Summer Send-off Picnic sponsored by the Rochester chapter.
Rochester, NY
Almost 100 new UB students, alumni and their families gathered at Webster Park for the annual Summer Send-off Picnic August 16. Vice President for Student Affairs Dennis Black, J.D. '81, and Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Robert O. Davies were among those present to address the group and welcome the first-year students into the UB community.

San Diego, CA
The second annual UB/Buffalo Bills alumni gathering at Blind Melons in the Beaches area took place September 21, when the Bills hosted the Miami Dolphins.

Seattle, WA
Alumni in Seattle had a variety of events-all sports related-from which to choose in the latter half of 2003. On August 1, 40 registrants gathered for a pregame party at the Pyramid Brewing Company's outdoor area to reminisce about UB, then watched the Mariners take on the Chicago White Sox in Safeco Field.

Football and Buffalo wings were the order of the day in September. A small group of alumni met to watch the University of Washington Huskies host Indiana University at the Huskies' football home opener September 13.

On September 21, Susan M. Miller, M.D. '99 & B.A. '95 and her husband, Larry, M.B.A. '01 & B.S. '96, hosted a wings cook-off during the Bills-Dolphins game, watching on a large-screen TV in the community room of their apartment complex. UB Alumni Association board of directors member Frank Clement, B.S. '66, provided the Redhook Ale for every-one's enjoyment.

Tampa Bay, FL

The Buffalo Bar and Grille in St. Petersburg-owned and managed by North Tonawanda, NY, native and former Western New York restaurateur Frank Sukiennik- hosted a gathering of 30 UB alumni and friends to watch the Bills and Eagles in Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 28.

On October 3, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Uday Sukhatme, together with representatives of the UB Alumni Association, hosted six alumni and their guests for dinner at the Rusty Pelican on the Campbell Causeway. Sukhatme updated participants on the College of Arts and Sciences and the university overall. The guests included Rajen Sen, Ph.D. '84 and his wife, Nandini. Sen is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Central Florida.

Washington, DC
Chapter president and UB Alumni Association board of directors member Jim Militello, B.A. '79, and chapter member Patricia Maloney, Ph.D. '02 & B.A. '73, were on hand to represent UB at the 25th annual Buffalo Night in Washington on September 25, presented by the New York State Society in the Dirksen Building on Capitol Hill.

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