Around the Continent with the UB Alumni Association

Chapter activity this season was diverse and far–reaching. In Beijing, UB alumni greeted the opening of a landmark exhibition of Chinese art that ultimately traveled to UB. And in five U.S. cities, Peter Riegert, BA ´68, met and talked with fellow UB alumni who came to see King of the Corner, which Riegert cowrote and directed (and in which he also plays a starring role).

Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Chapter

From left: Mayur Vamanan, MS ´01; Kristen St. Joseph; Ken Leung, MS ´02 &BS ´98; Angela Tse; and Atlanta chapter president Scott St. Joseph, BS ´96, recruit a fellow UB alumnus, Joe Guerzo, BA ´95 (seated) to join their chapter at the Braves game on June 11.

Once again the annual Atlanta chapter baseball outing at Turner Field was a success. On June 11, UB alumni and friends met at the Chophouse before the game to enjoy some UB trivia and giveaways. Ndubuisi (Chris) Nwankwo, BS '83, and his family returned for the second year in a row, as did fellow alumni Faith Shatzman, BS '72; George Barthel, BS '87; and Daniel McDonough, MBA '73, and his family.

Hollywood was the theme of the evening July 15 with Peter Riegert, BA '68, when his film, King of the Corner, debuted at the Midtown Art Cinema in downtown Atlanta. Following the screening, alumni participated in a Q&A session and had their photos taken with Riegert, who cowrote, directed and starred in the film. Those attending included Gregory McDonald, BS '94, and his wife, Michelle, as well as chapter members Mayur Vamanan, MS '01, and Marty Gupta, BS '79.

Baltimore, MD

On July 10, a sold–out crowd of UB alumni gathered to watch the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. The annual outing, which started at Max's, included David Pawloski, PhD '05 & BS '97, and his family; as well as Narasimha Mannur, PhD '93 & MS '84, and Mary Love, BA '77.

Boston, MA

More than 20 alumni gathered at the historic Union Oyster House for an informal evening of networking on May 19. Chapter president Arlone Cofield, BS '72, was pleased with the attendance, which included UB alumni from several decades. The evening consisted of a business card swap, UB trivia, giveaways and Alumni Ambassador Program volunteer opportunities. Other attendees included Christine Deegan, BA '02; Ajay Kashyap, MS '00; Iris Manning, BA '74; and Loren Singer, MA '97 & BA '88.

On August 13, the Boston chapter headed out to sea for a half–day whale–watching cruise. The group left from Cape Ann in Gloucester and returned to the Yankee Whale Watch dock to enjoy lunch. During the cruise, alumni not only spotted several different types of whales, but also learned about them from onboard guides. Attendees included Krista DiGregorio, BS '91, and her family; Evan Hankin, BS '95; and Nilesh Shah, MBA '00.

Charlotte, NC

The Charlotte chapter held its annual UB Alumni Networking Social at Jillian's Billiards on September 21. Brion Lawler, BS '98, planned the event, which included a résumé swap. The active group also took the time to plan events for the rest of the year. Chapter leader Katie Benfield, MBA '96 & BA '94, was in attendance, as well as John Shocknesse, BA '96; and Mario Aullet, MBA '90.

Chicago, IL

Dallas Chapter

UB Alumni Association board member Marvin Migdol, BA ´59, and his wife, Faye, flank Peter Riegert, BA ´68, following a screening of the director/actor´s film, King of the Corner, in Dallas September 9.

Peter Riegert, BA '68, hosted a group of UB alumni and friends for a special premier of King of the Corner, June 17 at the Highland Park Theatre. Alumni had the opportunity to hear from Riegert about how the movie originated. Following his remarks, they also talked with him about the making of the film.

Dallas, TX

A crowd of 30 enjoyed King of the Corner September 9 at the Magnolia Theatre in Dallas, then asked questions, had photos taken and enjoyed an informal gathering with Peter Riegert, BA '68, the star, cowriter and director, in the theater's lounge. Those attending included chapter president Kevin Ruchlin, MS '98 & BA '95, as well as UB Alumni Association board member Marvin Migdol, BA '59, and his wife, Faye.

Detroit, MI

Detroit Chapter

Gerald Walker, BS ´74, and his wife, Patricia, catch the pregame batting practice at UB Alumni Night at Comerica Park in Detroit on August 19.

UB alumni in the Detroit area attended a special evening with Peter Riegert, BA '68, who met with UB alumni to introduce King of the Corner and answered questions, June 24 at the Maple Arts Theatre in Bloomfield Hills. Robert Fink, PhD '76, and Donald Spinelli, MA '66 & BA '64, were on hand to see the premier and reconnect with UB friends.

A group of 22 alumni in the Detroit area came out for UB Alumni Night at Comerica Park on August 19 to watch the Detroit Tigers battle the Toronto Blue Jays. The beautiful summer evening ended with a victory for the Tigers and fireworks to celebrate.

New York, NY

A sold–out crowd of 50 attended the August 26 showing of King of the Corner at the Metro Theatre in Manhattan. Peter Riegert, BA '68, hosted a Q&A session in the theater following the screening, and then joined the UB crowd at a private reception in the Alouette Bar and Bistro. Among those in attendance was Stephanie Palewski Brumbach, BA '69, who was a fellow English major and acquaintance of Riegert's while at UB. She is now a producer/editor at CBS News. Also present was Dennis Reif, BA '69, whose firm wrote the insurance policy for the shooting of the picture.

Some 30 young alumni watched the Bulls host Rutgers on the YES television network at Blondies in Manhattan in the home football opener on September 17. The event was organized by Eric Katzman, BA '01.

Rochester, NY

On August 7, the Rochester chapter hosted its Summer Sendoff barbecue for new students entering UB in the fall. More than 50 alumni, students and parents packed the home of Richard Thomann, MBA '95. Alumni met with the newest members of the UB family. Students, meanwhile, had the chance to quell many of their college jitters before arriving on campus, while their parents learned more about the university. Among those in attendance to welcome the students were chapter president Jack Kowiak, BA '79, and Kristen Riemer, MA '01, a member of the UB employee chapter.

Seattle, WA

Some 30 alumni, their families and friends attended the Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball and pregame gathering on September 13. The event was organized by chapter board member Gary Stensland, BA '86, and included chapter president Laura Williams, BA '93, and UB Alumni Association board member Frank Clement, BS '66.

Syracuse, NY

Syracuse Chapter

Valerie Beecher, MS ´02 & BS ´00, and Karen Palmer, MUP ´03, reconnect at a Syracuse networking event on June 16.

A group of 20 alumni gathered on June 16 for a networking event at the Syracuse Suds Factory. Attendees included Melissa Jackmin, BS '05; Shamus Loftus, DDS '99; and Richard Weber, BA '94.

On August 4, 55 alumni, students and parents attended the first Syracuse Summer Sendoff at Onondaga Lake Park. Alumni Frances Bernstein, EdM '80 & BA '78; Jesse Fenu, BS '95; and Jeffrey Mahon, BS '02, were present to share their UB experiences and to help parents and students alleviate the stress of going away to college. Students were able to form friendships with other new students, and received some helpful tips for success at UB.

The UB Bulls football team headed into Syracuse to face the Syracuse Orange on September 10. The UB Alumni Association hosted a pregame tailgate party attended by about 30 alumni and friends of UB. Guests included alumnus Scott Deming, BFA '83, and Richard Kopecky, BA '75, and his wife, Roxanne Kopecky, BA '75.

UB Employee Alumni Chapter

More than 180 runners from UB participated in the 25th Annual JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in Delaware Park on June 9. UB finished third in the mixed team (male and female runners). Chapter members helped in organizing and coordinating pre–race events.

Approximately 125 riders joined in the 10th Annual Ride for Roswell to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute on June 25. UB employees and alumni raised more than $27,000 for Roswell, the second highest among all teams entered in the event.

Washington, DC

Washington Chapter

Tom Toles, BA ´73, and his wife, Gretchen, BA ´73, celebrate at Buffalo Night in Washington, DC, on September 28.

Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles, BA '73, editorial page cartoonist for the Washington Post, was this year's honoree at the 27th annual Buffalo Night in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on September 28. A sold–out crowd was in attendance, including UB Provost Satish K. Tripathi and Mark H. Karwan, outgoing dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The Washington, DC chapter hosted its annual “Evening at the Embassy” on June 23 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. A sellout crowd of 140 was welcomed by Andrzej Rabczenko, Polish consul for science and technology. Presentations on Poland and the relationship between Poland and the university were then offered by Peter Gessner, UB professor of pharmacology and toxicology; and Kazimierz Braun, UB professor of theater and dance. A buffet with traditional Polish fare prepared by the embassy staff followed, with entertainment provided by Paul Gatza, BA '55, who brought his accordion and played Polish tunes during dinner.

Chapter board member Steven Walfish, BA '87, hosted an event at the Comcast Outdoor Film Festival at the Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD, on August 21. Several families attended to watch the featured movie, Shark Tale.

Around the World with the UB Alumni Association

Beijing, China

China Chapter

Members of the China chapter of the UB Alumni Association hosted a welcome reception and farewell dinner for UB alumni and friends visiting Beijing in July. Seen here at the welcome reception in the teahouse in Beihei Park are (seated, from left): Ron Rudnicki, MA ´93; Laree Hulshoff, ABD; Lily Gorski, MBA ´92; Yun Tang, PhD ´85 & MA ´82; and chapter president Jianzhong Cha, PhD ´87. Standing, from left: Donna Brachmann, BS ´82; Janet Benjamins, MBA ´00; Larry Desautels; Faith Hoffman, MSW ´93; Holly Hughes, MA ´02; Michelle Rudnicki, BA ´90; and Liu Surong.

A group of 20 individuals, including nine UB alumni, traveled to Beijing in July to attend the grand opening of the most ambitious exhibition of contemporary Chinese art to travel beyond China. “The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art” is the first collaboration between U.S. art museums and a significant Chinese art museum to focus on contemporary Chinese art.

The exhibit premiered at the Millennium Monument Art Museum and traveled to Western New York in October 2005, with the show on view through January 29, 2006. (See Short Form article on page 7.) Because of its size and scope, “The Wall” was installed at three venues: the Albright–Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, the UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus, and the UB Anderson Gallery in Buffalo. The exhibit was organized by Gao Minglu during his tenure as assistant professor in the UB Department of Art History, College of Arts and Sciences.

Jianzhong (John) Cha, PhD '87, president of the China chapter of the UB Alumni Association, along with chapter members, hosted a welcome reception for some UB alumni and friends who traveled to see the exhibit.