Around the Continent with the UB Alumni Association

New York, NY

Douglas Levere

Douglas Levere, BA ’89, leads fellow UB alumni on a tour of his photo exhibit titled “New York Changing,” November 13 at the Museum of the City of New York.

More than 100 students and 50 alumni gathered January 11 for “Career Conversations,” the New York City chapter’s annual student-alumni networking event. This year’s session, held at the Union League Club in midtown Manhattan, provided both student-to-alumni and alumni-to-alumni networking opportunities. Among this year’s volunteers were Steven Hartman, BS ’92, director of engineering for E-Z EM; John Sadlon, BPS ’92, principal, Mancini Duffy; and Ariella Levine, BA ’04, account coordinator for Euro RSCG Magnet.

Photographer and UB staff member Douglas Levere, BA ’89, conducted a 90-minute tour of his photo exhibit, “New York Changing,” November 13 at the Museum of the City of New York, for an enthusiastic gathering of 35 alumni and friends. The exhibit showed Levere’s photos of 50 New York locations juxtaposed with those taken of the same 50 locations by Berenice Abbott some 65 years earlier. Levere’s shots, which he calls “rephotographs,” were taken from the same angle, at the same time of day, as well as the same time of year.

Raleigh, NC

Approximately 25 alumni came out to the Buffalo Brothers Pizza and Wing Company in Raleigh, NC, on November 27 to watch the Buffalo Bills take on the Carolina Panthers, all while catching up with friends and reconnecting with UB. A few of the alumni on hand to support UB and the UB Alumni Association were Charles Edwards, EdM ’73 & BA ’70, a retired federal employee; Kristine Federico, BS ’98, a senior clinical research associate from EMD Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and Kimberly Hocking, MLS ’94, a librarian at Peace College.

San Diego, CA

San Diego Alumni

Alumni and friends from California and Phoenix converged on Qualcomm Stadium for a tailgate party before the Buffalo Bills took on the San Diego Chargers November 20. Shown here (from left): Jim Rodgers; Tom Hasselbeck, BA ’90; Becky Leister, BA ’03; and Martha Rodgers, BA ’90.

A crowd of 101 alumni—primarily from California and with a handful from the Phoenix chapter as well—were disappointed in the outcome of the Bills-Chargers football game at Qualcomm Stadium November 20 (San Diego buried Buffalo 48–10). However, they were appreciative of the organizational work of San Diego chapter chairs Martha Rodgers, BA ’90, and Becky Leister, BA ’03, as well as the bountiful tailgate fare and UB giveaways. The father of Bills’ safety Coy Wire was so impressed by the pregame presentation and buffet that he wanted to pay a registration fee and join the group! Among those attending from outside San Diego were former alumni association graduate assistant Steve Federico, MBA ’03 & BS ’03; his fiancée, Kelly Garigen, BA ’02; his mother, Kris, BS ’98, and father, Bob.

San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area chapter of the UB Alumni Association hosted a Buffalo Bills tailgate party at the Northstar Café in San Francisco on October 30, attended by 25 alumni with their friends and family. Barbara Coit, BA ’47; Amy Mahoney, BS ’00, Neuropathology Center coordinator for the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center; and Lawrence Weingarten, PhD ’71, MS ’66 & BS ’64, were among the alumni in attendance.

On January 5, Weingarten and his wife, Donna, also attended the premiere of the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago, directed by Peter Riegert, BA ’68. They were joined by Saul Siegel, PhD ’55, MA ’52 & BA ’49, and his wife, Myrna Holden, and they all met Riegert during a reception that followed the production.

Southwest Ohio

The first event for alumni in southwest Ohio, a traditional UB Bulls football tailgate party, was held on November 5. More than 20 alumni, friends and family came from the Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas to network, catch up with campus happenings and UB friends, discuss possible future alumni events and meet and talk with UB’s new director of athletics, Warde Manuel. Jeremy Raucci, MBA ’01, MS ’96 & BA ’91, and his wife, Lisa Grant-Raucci, BA ’94, attended, along with alumni Chris Richard, BS ’95; Michael Higgins, MBA ’78, and his wife, Patricia, BA ’73.

Washington, DC

Jimmy Cirrito

Jimmy Cirrito (with microphone), owner of Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern, Herndon, VA, celebrates with UB alumni and friends (from left): Jeffrey Knodel; Mac Ramont; Erik Swensson; Scott Norwood; Scott Merrill, BS ’04; Ron Moore, BS ’04; Jeffrey Duesel, EdM ’05 & BA ’03; Bethany Rawleigh, BS ’03; Courtney Langhauser and Matt Melnicoff.

More than 50 alumni attended the fourth annual Buffalo Bills tailgate party at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon, VA, to watch the Bills take on the New York Jets. Scott Norwood, former Bills field goal kicker, and Charlie Taylor, Washington Redskins Hall of Famer, were on hand to sign autographs and take photos with alumni. Denise Beshaw, BA ’94, contracts administrator for Kilpatrick Stockton LLP; Lt. Com. Paul Dougherty, MBA ’95 & BS ’92, budget analyst for the U.S. Navy; and Timothy Huggler, BPS ’77, architectural engineer for GHT Limited, were among the alumni present.