Alumni Association Achievement Awards

Applause and celebration

“The UB Alumni Association has been recognizing its outstanding alumni for nearly 60 years. The pool of talent is seemingly limitless, as are their talents and contributions to UB and the world.” Graham Stewart, Associate VP

ON APRIL 20, the UB Alumni Association presented achievement awards to 12 individuals at a black tie gala event in the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. The awards are presented each spring to alumni and friends of UB for bringing distinction to themselves and the university through outstanding professional and personal achievement, loyal service to UB and exemplary service to their communities. Also that evening, four students were awarded J. Scott Fleming Scholarships. They are Adam Bavifard, BA ’05; Jenna Chrisphonte, BA ’02; Angela Peters and Adriana Viverette.

Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to Barry Glick, PhD ’81 & BA ’74, of Warren, VT; Molly Raiser, MA ’79, of Washington, DC; Stephen C. Dunnett, PhD ’77 & BA ’68, of Williamsville, NY; and Krishna Kolluri, MS ’88, of Sara-toga, CA.

Glick is founder and former CEO of MapQuest, the first and most successful consumer and business-to-business mapping and routing Web site. He has had a 20-plus year career working with companies built around the theme of location, image and text-based information products and services. Raiser served as chief of protocol and ambassador during the Clinton Administration. She is president of the Raiser Foundation Inc. in Washington, which makes grants to organizations involved in higher education. Dunnett is vice provost for international education at UB, professor of foreign language education in the Graduate School of Education and founder of the university’s English Language Institute. He played a major role in the historic three-day visit to UB last year by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Kolluri is an entrepreneur and general partner of venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates, with more than $8 billion under his management. He focuses on information technology investments, working closely with entrepreneurs to build successful companies in the U.S. and India.

Distinguished Alumni

Top row l-r: Barry Glick, Molly Raiser, Stephen Dunnett, Krishna Kolluri, Christopher Scolese, Judit Szente.
Bottom row l-r: Glen Gresham, David Lazerson, Jack Quinn, Pat Garman, Richard Garman, Annette Cravens.

The Clifford C. Furnas Award is presented to engineering, natural sciences or mathematics alumni who have distin-guished themselves in a field of science. The 2007 Furnas Award was given to Christopher Scolese, BS ’78, of Springfield, VA. Scolese is chief engineer for NASA, leading a technical team of approximately 30,000, and is respon-sible for the direction, oversight and assessment for all NASA programs.

Judit Szente, PhD ’01 & EdM ’98, received the George W. Thorn Award, which is given to an alumnus under 40 in recognition of outstanding national or international contributions to his or her career field or academic area. A native of Hungary, Szente is assistant professor of early childhood education at the University of Central Florida. She has earned international recognition in the area of improving primary education through technology.

Reserved for nonalumni who have made notable and meritorious contributions to UB, the Walter P. Cooke Award was presented to Glen Gresham, a medical doctor and resident of Sanibel, FL. During his UB career from 1978 to 1998, Gresham, who was chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sci-ences, helped make the Erie County Medical Center the teaching hospital affiliate of the university and a leader in cardiovascular, spinal cord injury and head trauma services.

The Dr. Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to David Lazerson, PhD ’86, MS ’77 & BA ’72. For the past 25 years, Lazerson has been involved in educational research and teaching special needs individu-als. He has pioneered several programs involving students with behavioral and emotional difficulties, and was recog-nized for his book, Sharing Turf: Race Relations after the Crown Heights Riots, which chronicles the 1991 Crown Heights race riots in Brooklyn. The book was made into a Showtime movie in 2004.

Jack Quinn, EdM ’78, of Hamburg, NY, and Alexandria, VA, was given the Community Leadership Medal. President of Cassidy and Associates, Quinn is a former six-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He secured $12 million in funding for MCEER; $1.3 million for the creation of the Center for the Study of Intestinal Dysmotility in Infants at the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and was instrumental in obtaining $27.75 million in federal funding for UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.

Richard Garman and Patricia Garman, MS ’79, of Bonita Springs, FL, and East Aurora, NY, were presented with the Dr. Philip B. Wels Award, which recognizes achievements that have greatly enhanced the quality of life of the entire UB community. Their significant gift to UB in 2002 will fund the Patricia H. Garman Behavioral Health Nursing En-dowment to promote the advancement of education, research and practice in the area of behavioral health nursing; and the Richard E. Garman Endowment, which supports scholarships for students in the Department of Civil, Struc-tural and Environmental Engineering.

The highest honor of the evening, the Samuel P. Capen Award, was given to Annette Cravens, MSW ’68, of Buffalo. For nearly 75 years, Cravens and her family have created legacies at UB through philanthropy. Individually, she has made substantial contributions to architecture, archaeology, the James Joyce Fund and the UB Libraries. A longtime member of the University Circle, she has donated collections of art, cultural artifacts and antiquities valued at between $5 and $10 million.

Student Awardees
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