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More than 20 alumni swapped business cards and made new connections at the Boston chapter's annual networking event, held May 19 in the historic Union Oyster Club on State Street. Chapter president Arlone Cofield, BS '72, was pleased with the turnout and noted that there were several new faces among the attendees.
May 13 was a beautiful day for the annual Charlotte chapter outing at Knights Stadium. Approximately 25 alumni were present to picnic in the shade and catch a few foul balls. It was a winning day for both the Buffalo Bisons and the participants.
In a prelude to March Madness, the UB men's basketball team put on quite a show at the Mid-American Conference Championship Tournament March 10–12 in Gund Arena. The Bulls had a strong contingent of fans from Buffalo and Ohio for each of their three games. The Cleveland chapter, in conjunction with the Blue and White Club, hosted a pregame reception before the quarterfinal-round game March 10 against Toledo. Some 150 fans cheered and encouraged Bulls Coach Reggie Witherspoon, who addressed the group an hour before tipoff. UB President John B. Simpson met the chapter leaders, including president Kimberly Pustulka, BS '97, in the Jones-Day suite, which was provided by Jones-Day, the law firm where Pustulka is an associate. After the Bulls defeated Toledo, they took on Western Michigan in the semifinals. Subsequent gatherings were held before the semifinal and championship games across the street at the Harry Buffalo Bar and Restaurant, with more than 100 attending each event.
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Linda Gelman, BA '72, and Paul Zuckerman, BA '72, met at UB and eventually married. Their partnership didn't end at the altar, however, as they went on to create a comedy troupe, Chicago City Limits, for which they were the original cast members. Now Linda is the director of the troupe and Paul the producer; both joined the current cast for a performance on May 13 for nearly 30 UB alumni, their families and friends at The Improv.
The first Mid-Career Networking Night was held April 11 in the Union League Club. More than 40 people attended and they gleaned valuable insights from alumni Bernie Tolbert, MSW '73 & BS '71, senior vice president for security for the NBA, and Helene Blieberg, BA '77, principal of Helene Blieberg Associates.
The UB men's basketball team made its first appearance in the National Invitation Tournament on March 19, playing at host St. Joseph's University. The Philadelphia chapter hosted a pregame party open to students on spring break, alumni, their families and friends, UB administrators and relatives of players. Some 150 attended before watching as the Bulls, playing their fifth game in 10 nights, bowed to the Hawks, 55-50. St. Joseph's went on to the tournament's championship game
Frank Lloyd Wright had significant ties to both the city of Buffalo, which has several Wright buildings, and to UB: The University Archives houses Wright's correspondence with his longtime client, Darwin D. Martin of Buffalo, over a 30-year period. Taliesin, Wright's winter home and a home for his students near Scottsdale, AZ, was the site of a sold-out tour May 15 for 35 area alumni, their families and friends. Brian Carter, dean of the UB School of Architecture and Planning, complemented the docent-led tour with interesting snippets about Wright and the architect's work in Buffalo.
On March 6, 30 alumni and guests enjoyed a 90-minute tour of the Desert Botanical Gardens conducted by Chicago-born and raised "Cactus Jack," had lunch and enjoyed a Spanish guitar concert by the Guitar Brothers, two of Phoenix's best-known musical performers.
Young alumni from the Rochester chapter met at local restaurant Bru for their first annual Young Alumni Networking Event on May 26. More than 25 attended; they represented local companies such as Woods, Oviatt, Gilman; Xerox; Eastman Kodak and the University of Rochester.
The Columbus Room in Union Station was the setting as UB President John B. Simpson met area alumni during a reception on April 20. Among the 145 registrants was U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman, JD ’68, who also delivered the address at the UB Law School’s commencement on May 21.