Around the Continent
The Atlanta chapter held its annual business networking event at Rock Bottom Brewery in Buckhead on January 27. More than 25 people swapped business cards and made new connections at the popular event. Chapter leader Scott St. Joseph, B.S. ’96, was extremely pleased with the turnout and noted that there were several new faces among the participants.
Dennis Black, J.D. ’81, UB’s vice president for student affairs, engaged a crowd of 30 with an audiovisual presentation entitled “UB C9 Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” at the Hyatt Regency Arcade in downtown Cleveland on November 4. Among those attending was Henry Frank, B.S. ’51. Chapter copresident Kimberly Pustulka, B.S. ’97, encouraged alumni to become involved with the Alumni Ambassador Program to assist in the recruitment of Cleveland-area students.
The soon-to-be official 21st chapter in the UB Alumni Association’s regional chapter program hosted a pregame party at Aubree’s Bar in Depot Town, Ypsilanti, on January 29, then watched the UB men’s basketball Bulls defeat Eastern Michigan University (EMU), 80-68, in a Mid-American Conference game in the Convocation Center. The UB crowd of 40 included chapter cofounders Gregg McDonald, B.S. ’94, and Brad Perry, B.S. ’89, as well as chapter board members. The enthusiasm of the crowd did not go unnoticed by the Bulls team members who, after shaking hands with the EMU coaches and players, saluted those who cheered on the Bulls.
Almost 50 alumni, family members and friends attended the chapter’s initial family picnic on October 3 in Hermann Park in the center of beautiful Houston. The UB Alumni Association provided refreshments and the picnickers each brought an item to share. Chapter leader Raymond Poltorak, M.B.A. ’68 & B.A. ’65, manned the grill, while others enjoyed catching up with old friends.
New York, NY
On December 2, more than 200 alumni gathered to enjoy 1,000 authentic chicken wings from Buffalo favorites Duff’s and the Anchor Bar, as well as from the venue Metro 53, co-owned by UB alumnus Dariush Nazem, B.S. ’01. Raffles, giveaways and reconnecting with friends were part of the excitement for this popular occasion.
The chapter hosted its annual student-alumni career networking event at the Union League Club on January 11. More than 30 alumni participated, speaking with students interested in various careers and internship opportunities. Guest speaker Stacy Grannis, B.S. ’04, shared her success story: she transitioned from being a student at last year’s event to representing her employer, Sankyo Pharma, at this year’s version.
Stephen McKinley Henderson, former chair and current associate professor in the UB Department of Theatre and Dance, had the role of Abraham Van Helsing in Dracula, The Musical at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway. Approximately 150 alumni and friends attended the October 22 evening performance, and then met Henderson at a post-performance reception at Café Un Deux Trois. Those attending included Uday Sukhatme, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; John M. Thomas, dean of the School of Management; and Wayne K. Anderson, dean of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. President of the UB Alumni Association Jennifer B. Wozniak, M.B.A. ’96 & B.A. ’92, introduced Henderson, who then met Robert M. Knopf, new chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, for the first time.
The day after the performance of Dracula, UB Alumni Association board member Mark W. Nusbaum, M.Arch. ’85 & B.P.S. ’83, an associate at Beyer, Blinder, Belle Architects and Planners and a member of the American Institute of Architects, led his annual insider tour of Grand Central Terminal for 32 participants. Nusbaum was project architect for the restoration of the American landmark.
Some 20 Buffalo Bills fans attended the chapter’s third annual Buffalo Bills indoor tailgate party on October 10 at Jilly’s American Grille in Chandler. The group had traditional Buffalo fare and cheered on the Bills. Unfortunately, board members were unable to support the UB softball team during the Kajikawa Softball Tournament at Arizona State February 12–13: it was cancelled due to unusually persistent rains.
San Diego, CA
The chapter held a welcoming reception for University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson November 16 at the University Club in downtown San Diego. Almost 60 registered for the event, planned by chapter cochairs Judith Case-DiPasquale, M.A. ’88, and Martha Rodgers, B.A. ’90. Among those attending were Joseph Coppola, B.A. ’50, and Rebecca Leister, B.A. ’03, the senior statesman and most recent graduate, respectively, among participating alumni; and Steven Adler, provost of Earl Warren College at the University of California–San Diego. Attending as Case-DiPasquale’s guest was Susan Weber, spouse of Stephen Weber, president of San Diego State University and former provost at the University at Albany.
The Washington Athletic Club downtown was the site of a reception hosted by the chapter board November 12 for University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson, who spent 23 years as a faculty member and administrator at the University of Washington (UW). The event was organized by UB Alumni Association board member and Seattle chapter vice president Frank Clement, B.S. ’66, and his wife, Marilyn. Also attending were Xinwei She, Ph.D. ’03 & M.S. ’02, and spouse Ze Chang, M.S. ’02 & M.S. ’01.
Tampa Bay, FL
The Tampa Bay chapter hosted a reception for University at Buffalo President John B. Simpson February 10 at the Tampa Club. The gathering attracted some 83 registrants, including chapter founder and president Michael Bruni, B.A. ’93, who introduced Simpson. Among those attending were Marie Kunz, M.D. ’58, and her husband, Joseph Kunz, M.D. ’56, retired physicians who spend their summers in Lockport, NY. Also on hand were Marie and Jan (“Jake”) Jakiel, B.A. ’56; Robert Lawson, B.A. ’70; Alton Tower, B.S. ’53, and his wife, Nan; and Annette Liebeskind, B.A. ’46. Among others representing the university was Dean Mecca Cranley of the UB School of Nursing.
UB Employee Alumni Chapter
On February 18, the Employee Alumni chapter kicked off its spring events schedule with “A Taste of Performing and Visual Arts on Campus,” held at the Center for the Arts (CFA). The event featured an opening reception for artist Janaina Tschape and a screening of her exhibit, “He Drowned in Her Eyes as She Called Him to Follow.”
The National Press Club was the site February 16 as the chapter board and the School of Informatics hosted a presentation and reception entitled “Soap Opera Health: Fact or Fancy? Real Doctors or Amnesiacs?” Mary Cassata, B.A. ’45, associate professor of communication at UB, presented her research from “Project Daytime” to more than 35 alumni. Chapter leader Jim Militello, B.A. ’79, welcomed one of his favorite professors to DC. Also in attendance were Milena Wojno, B.A. ’93, and her brother, Marc, as well as School of Informatics Dean W. David Penniman.
West Palm Beach, FL
The largest attendance for a UB Alumni Association event in Florida occurred February 11, when more than 100 guests greeted University President John B. Simpson in the Cohen Pavilion of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The venue has a university connection through Michael Nelson, M.Arch. ’84 & B.P.S. ’81, a partner in the much-honored Zeidler Partnership of Architects in West Palm Beach; Nelson designed the facility and was acknowledged by Simpson. Also in attendance were Robert E. Rich Sr., B.S. ’35, chair of the board of Rich Products Corporation and former UB Alumni Association president; James McLernon, B.S. ’50, the recipient of the 2002 Samuel P. Capen Award, the UB Alumni Association’s highest honor; and Richard Heath, a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP and recipient of the association’s 1978 Walter P. Cooke Award for his contributions to the university as a nonalumnus.