Around the continent with the UB Alumni Association
The UB Alumni Association’s newest chapter in Houston gathered approximately 55 people for its inaugural event, watching the Buffalo Bills vs. the Houston Texans on November 16. Charlotte, NC
A crowd of 40 alumni, family members and friends gathered November 9 at Tavern on the Tracks, a meeting spot for Buffalo Bills fans, to watch the Bills meet the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. The collegial atmosphere helped take the sting out of the Bills’ performance that afternoon.
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
A week before the Buffalo Bills played the Dallas Cowboys, some 20 Dallas-based alumni and friends got together at the Stadium Café in Addison on October 26 to watch the Bills take on the unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs. Folks also enjoyed the Buffalo fare offered by the café.
Mike Jankowski, assistant director of alumni relations, hosted a dinner meeting November 15 for alumni interested in the new Houston chapter and serving on its board. Ray Poltorak, M.B.A. ’68 & B.A. ’65, who provided the impetus for the group’s creation, was elected president. Also attending were his wife, Beverley Poltorak, B.A. ’66; Andy Sarantapoulas, M.S. ’02 & B.S. ’98; Barry Kaplan, Ph.D. ’75, M.A. ’73 & B.A. ’71, and his wife, Cathryn; Jim Glattly, M.S. ’76 & B.S. ’73; and Roger Krueger, B.S. ’51, and his wife, Joyce. The following afternoon, when the Buffalo Bills hosted the Houston Texans, 55 individuals registered to watch on every television at Sansone’s Restaurant, home to the Bills Backers in Houston. Among the alumni in attendance were Benjamin Patel, B.S. ’50; Robert Schwartz, Ph.D. ’51 and Robert Sobocinski, M.D. ’53.
New York, NY
Alumni and Bills fans gathered October 12 at Champps Sports Bar and watched on a large-screen TV as the Buffalo Bills met the New York Jets at the Meadowlands. Though the Jets routed the Bills, the atmosphere was warm and the memories of UB were abundant.
W. David Penniman, dean of the UB School of Informatics, discussed “Informatics: What It Is and Why We Need It” with 20 alumni during a UB at Sunrise breakfast presentation on October 22 at the Center at High Falls in downtown Rochester.
San Francisco/Bay Area, CA
Forty people attended the event, hosted by Old Town owner Jimmy Cirrito, a native Western New Yorker whose late father taught at UB. Former Bills kicker Scott Norwood greeted alumni in attendance and helped raise money for the Hunter’s Hope Foundation.