Around the Continent with the UB Alumni Association

Albany, NY

Albany, NY chapter photo

(From left): Carl Kennett; Melissa Hubbard, EdM ’04 & BA ’01; Carrie Bartolotta, PharmD ’00 & BS ’99; and Tarin Bready, EdM ’04 & BA ’02, getting caught up at the Albany chapter planning meeting and networking event on April 6.

Bob Tieckelmann, BS ’76, a member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors; and Melissa Hubbard, EdM ’04 & BA ’01, hosted an alumni networking dinner April 6 at the Colorado Mine Steakhouse in Colonie, NY, in an effort to formally create an Albany chapter. Alumni reconnected with fellow classmates and helped plan for the new chapter.

Baltimore, MD

More than 40 alumni gathered for a networking event February 9 at Mad River Bar and Grille. The Baltimore chapter’s new president, Jeremy LePosa, BS ’03, was introduced and he addressed the group. Some great contacts were made and plans were established for future chapter events. Other alumni in attendance included Jerry Bash, PhD ’71, MA ’69 & BS ’64; Edward G. Hill, MA ’89 & BA ’87; and Mary Ann Franklin, EdM ’48.

Cleveland, OH

More than 80 alumni, students and UB basketball fans from Cleveland and Buffalo headed to Harry Buffalo Restaurant in downtown Cleveland for a pregame party before the men’s basketball team took on the Akron Zips in Quicken Loans Arena February 1. The group was then joined by approximately 200 enthusiastic UB students who made the trip to Cleveland for the Mid-American Conference Tournament action.

New York, NY

Alumni from the metropolitan New York City area converged on Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, for the ESPN College Basketball Bracketbuster Event on February 18. Among the 130 alumni on hand to cheer for the Bulls were Eric Katzman, BA ’01, and his brother Lawrence Katzman, BA ’97, along with Jonathan Zuckerberg, BS ’02.

Oklahoma City, OK

Oklahoma City, OK chapter photo

(From left): Ronald Contini; Jeffrey Wheeler, BS ’78; and Joseph Muscarella, BS ’93, met up at Coach’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City, OK, on March 16 during the three-day NCAA Wrestling Championships. UB had three student-athletes competing for national titles.

The UB wrestling team headed to Oklahoma City to compete in the NCAA Wrestling Championships March 16. Alumni, friends and family geared up for the tournament at a pre-match party held at Coach’s Restaurant. Former members of the UB wrestling team were on hand to lend their support, including Joseph Muscarella, BS ’93; and Jeffrey Wheeler, BS ’78, a 1995 UB Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame inductee.

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ chapter photo

Joanne Ryczek, wife of Ed Ryczek, BS ’71, sits behind her daughter, Debbie DiCiccio; Debbie’s husband, Sal, and their twin daughters, Emilia and Anna (who may not be a baseball fan!). The family participated in UB Alumni Day at the Yankees-Diamondbacks exhibition baseball game April 1 in Chase Field.

About 40 UB alumni, family and friends attended an exhibition baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees on April 1 in Chase Field. The UB group was seated in the left field picnic pavilion, where the UB Alumni Association banner was prominently displayed. The group included Debbie and Sal DiCiccio with their twins, Emilia and Anna, who attended with Debbie’s parents, Ed and Joanne Ryczek. Ed, BS ’71, is president of the Phoenix chapter.

Raleigh/Charlotte, NC

UB alumni from Raleigh and Charlotte were treated to an afternoon of exciting NHL hockey as the Buffalo Sabres took on the Carolina Hurricanes in an overtime shootout at the RBC Center February 12. More than 40 alumni attended the pregame festivities at the Carolina Ale House. They included Alicia Haugh, BS ’87; M. Bud Nelson, JD ’93, PhD ’88 & MA ’85; and Julie Sobotka, BA ’00.

UB Employee Chapter

UB Employee chapter photo

(From left): Jenni Albrecht; Kristin Riemer, MA ’01; Laura Cornwall, BA ’97; Ji-Young Yu, BA ’02; Rob Murphy; Kristen Murphy, BA ’96; and Barbara Byers were able to connect at the UB Employee Alumni chapter event February 4 in Alumni Arena.

Approximately 25 UB alumni employees, along with their friends and families, joined the UB Alumni Association board of directors February 4 in Alumni Arena for a pregame networking event and to watch the UB men’s basketball team take on the Miami (OH) RedHawks. Sylvia Dlugokinski-Plenz, MS ’86 & BA ’76; Kerri Page, EdM ’00; and Lucy Mastrandrea, MD ’99 & PhD ’99, were on hand to cheer on the Bulls.

Washington, DC

UB was well represented among the 900 attendees at the all-SUNY reception held April 5 in the Rayburn House Office Building. SUNY Chancellor John R. Ryan spoke briefly to alumni from all 64 SUNY schools, including 93 UB alumni and family members.

Three weeks earlier, a sellout crowd of 50 attended a pregame reception, then watched the Buffalo Sabres take on the Washington Capitals March 14 in the Verizon Center. Among those participating were Dennis Black, JD ’81, vice president for student affairs; and Barbara Ricotta, dean of student affairs, who were in the city for a conference.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong chapter photo

Front: Victor Cheng; Albert Leung, MS ’77; Ying-kit Leung; Esther Kwong, BS ’77; Raymond Lee, BS ’90, holding his daughter, Marina Lee Yi Ching; Athena Chung. Middle: Glenn Henricksen III; Winsy Leung, BS ’98; Agnes Leung; John Leung; Amy Lau; Ka Man Ng. Back: Lai Man Fok, BS ’92; Carl Leung, BS ’06; Jonathan Lau; Glenn Henricksen Jr., MBA ’92, holding his daughter, Elizabeth; Phoebe Leung; Wong Win Yin (partly hidden); Martin Lee, Jason Lau.

Twenty-four students, alumni and friends attended the Hong Kong chapter’s ninth annual send-off and reunion party July 15 at the Golden Jumbo Restaurant in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was a joyous gathering, as former and new students met and exchanged valuable information, hopefully leading to lifetime relationships.