New name, great line-up for luncheon series
The "UB at Noon for Distinguished Alumni" luncheon series kicked off its 2003-04 program on September 25 to a receptive crowd in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus. Some 280 alumni, spouses and friends attended three fall presentations. Formerly known as the Senior Alumni Luncheon Series, the program took on its new name in late 2003.
Luncheon topics were both varied and entertaining. On September 25, for instance, Karen Allen, research scientist in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, offered a PowerPoint presentation, "The Effects of Pets and Music on People in Relieving Stress," work that has earned her national attention.
On October 13, Roger Burton, professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology, offered "The Making of Manna (From Heaven)," referring to the movie that his five daughters-through their firm, Five Sisters Productions-filmed and produced entirely in Buffalo. Burton was a coproducer and had a role in the movie, as did his wife, Gabrielle, also the film's screenwriter; both attended the lunch presentation.
Concluding the fall series, Neil Schmitz, UB professor of English, presented a controversial view of a famous writer during his November 13 presentation, "Mark Twain, Traitor!" "Mark Twain lovers at this luncheon might throw their plates at me!" Schmitz said in anticipation of his talk. "Alert campus security!" It was during Twain's yearlong residence in Buffalo when he effectively changed ideological, political, cultural and behavioral sides, argued Schmitz. "Elvis went to Hollywood, Mark Twain came to Buffalo."
For information on upcoming "UB at Noon for Distinguished Alumni" programs, visit www.alumni.buffalo.edu.