UB Today Alumni Magazine Online - Winter 2004
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Message from the President
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Message from the Associate Vice President
From the Associate Vice President

Serving UB requires your active alumni participation and involvement


During UB's Homecoming festivities last October, I looked around at the overflow crowd at the alumni association's pregame tent party and thought to myself, "this is what it's all about." Thousands of people gathered solely because of one shared experience-their time spent at UB.

I also realized that these people had taken their UB experience a step further by acting on it. They stayed in touch, participated in Homecoming and demonstrated their commitment to the university. I was reminded of a quote from one of my political science professors who said, "Democracy is not a spectator sport." In my mind, this phrase has become a statement of truth, an irrefutable fact, if you will. A democracy is viable only so long as its members agree to be active participants in the democratic process.

Similarly, the UB Alumni Association is not a "spectator sport." Truly, it is only as good as the members who support it. The association requires the active engagement and participation of alumni to be effective and able to fulfill its mission and goals. We are a volunteer-led organization that strives to represent nearly 180,000 alumni worldwide, while at the same time providing services to meet the changing needs of such a diverse alumni base.

To accomplish this challenging task, alumni must be willing to be involved-to be players, not spectators. The most vital form of involvement is simple: become a member of the UB Alumni Association. One common misconception among alumni is that they automatically become members of the alumni association upon graduation. Indeed, I often hear alumni remark that they must be association members since they receive UB Today. Not so! The UB Alumni Association is an organization composed of 12,000 dues-paying members who have made the commitment to support UB.

I invite you to make a difference as well by following the lead of your fellow graduates and join the UB Alumni Association! There are various membership types, and information can be found on our Web site, at www.alumni.buffalo.edu, or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-BUILD-UB.

I challenge you to be more than a spectator. Get involved. Participate. Take responsibility for the success of your alumni association, and it will become what you need it to be. And, as always, we encourage your feedback on ways to make the alumni association work for you-we know you care, and we value your opinions. Stay in touch!

Robert O. Davies
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations

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