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UB by the Numbers

Alumni Chapter Events*

19: Events held

16: Cities visited, including Atlanta, Dallas, DC, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Rochester

733: UB alumni and friends attending

18,526: Miles traveled by Mike Jankowski, Laura Cornwall, Ken Lam, Office of Alumni Relations program staff

* During January to April 2007


Adler elected president of UB Alumni Association

Marc A. Adler of Williamsville, NY, who earned three degrees from UB, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the UB Alumni Association. Partner with Flynn and Friends, a marketing communication firm in Buffalo’s Allentown district, Adler received a master’s degree in geography in 1983, an MBA from the UB School of Management in 1982 and a bachelor’s degree in geography in 1979.

An active member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors since 2001, Adler has served on the development, programs and events, membership, partnerships, and executive committees. For the past two years, he has served as first vice president and continues to serve as adjunct professor of marketing at UB.

“This is perhaps the most exciting time for UB since the North Campus was established,” Adler says. “I know the alumni association will play a critical role in the plans to help grow the university, and I am thrilled to have a part in the process.”

Other officers elected for the 2007–08 term are Larry J. Zielinski, MBA ’77 & BA ’75, of Elma, NY, president of the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York, first vice president and chair of development and membership; James F. Wendel, BS ’75, of Lancaster, NY, assistant treasurer and secretary of the Seymour H. Knox Foundation Inc., vice president, finance, and chair, financial resource management; Thomas A. Palmer, JD ’75 & MBA ’71, of East Amherst, NY, partner and vice chair of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP, chair, audit; and Kimberly J. Pustulka, BS ’97, of Lakewood, OH, associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, OH, cochair, chapters.

Also, Edward F. Ryczek, BS ’71, of Sun Lakes, AZ, cochair, chapters; Helene A. Blieberg, BA ’77, of New York, NY, principal, Helene Blieberg Associates in New York, chair, communication and marketing; Timothy P. Lafferty, BA ’86, of East Aurora, NY, vice president of sales and marketing for Chakra Communications, chair, alumni programs and events; and Rita Andolina, MSW ’88, BA ’80 & BA ’80, of Orchard Park, NY, staff development associate for Western New York Developmental Disabilities Services Office, chair, partnerships.

A full list of UBAA board members can be found at

Front row, from left: Scott Kossack, BA ’94; Ken Beard; Craig Caplan, BA ’92; Jon Evans, BA ’92; Mark Falvo, MD ’01 & BA ’96. Back row, from left: Brian Labrake, BA ’93; Philip Smolin, BA ’04; Dale Kobler; Steven Prada, BS ’92; Mary Beth Sansono; Mark Falsone, BS ’93; and Scott Myers, ME ’93 & BS ’92. Note: Falvo, Kobler and Sansono are members of “The Sheepherders,” another longtime Oozfest team.


Poached trout, white wine sauce and a lot of mud

Members of “A Poached Trout in a White Wine Sauce,” the longest-running alumni team in Oozfest, traveled from as far away as San Francisco to celebrate their 19th consecutive competition.


Going for the GOLD

Reaching out to young alumni is a new, golden goal of the UB Alumni Association. The initiative, called GOLD—or Graduates of the Last Decade—will begin programming in and around Buffalo, but the intention is to eventually form GOLD groups in other cities. GOLD’s mission is to transform recent graduates into future alumni leaders by providing guidance, leadership opportunities and community service.

Members of the GOLD executive board (standing, from left): Aaron Payne, MBA ’07; Jerilyn Hickey, MBA ’07 (GOLD president); Christopher Wietig, MBA ’07; Kate Rogers. Seated, from left: Sara Annunziata, MBA ’06 & BA ’06; Kelly Virtuoso, BA ’02.

“Alumni of this age have a reputation for being community service–minded and for seeking out leadership opportunities, says Jerilyn Hickey, MBA ’07, director of business development for the Greater Buffalo chapter of the American Red Cross and a GOLD executive board member and president. “This committee is a perfect place to continue those pursuits.”

Services offered to GOLD alumni will include mentoring, leadership training, career development, social and career networking opportunities and community service. If you are interested in learning more about the initiative, or wish to support a dynamic group of volunteers, please contact Laura Cornwall, assistant director of programs, at


UB alumni and lifelong learning

Music filled the air and was the subject of the first UB at Noon for Distinguished Alumni luncheon program for the spring semester—this series honors older UB alumni. Students from UB’s music department helped kick off the season April 10 with a special musical concert directed by Cheryl Gobbetti-Hoffman, assistant professor of music.

On May 4, William Greiner, president emeritus and university professor in the Law School, led a lively discussion of UB’s many physical sites over the years, the subject of a book he cowrote with Thomas Headrick, former UB provost and former law school dean. Titled Working History: Location, Location, Location: A Special History of the University of/at Buffalo, the book covers the university’s physical evolution and, in particular, the 1964 decision to build the North Campus in Amherst.

Greiner helped to dispel various myths, while presenting many interesting facts about this important era in UB’s history. “The decision-making [to move UB] was about New York State building in Buffalo a great state university,” Greiner says. “The goal was to build something great for the region and the state. The planning for all of this was very carefully done for a long time, and the guiding principle was to build a great university.”

The UB at Noon for Distinguished Alumni lecture series continues this fall; check for details.


Exclusively yours

UBAA members are invited to cheer on the UB Bulls football team at home this season. Bring your UB Alumni Association membership card and join us in the exclusive Blue and White Club inside UB Stadium.

The club will open one hour before each home game and will feature special menu items available for purchase that are not found elsewhere in the stadium. Beer is also sold to members 21 and older, and several TVs are stationed in the club so that you can catch up on the other college football scores. Not currently a member but you wish to attend? No problem—join today online or by calling 1.800.284.5382.

UB Bulls home schedule*
  • Saturday, September 22 vs. Baylor, 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6 vs. Ohio, 1 p.m. (Homecoming)
  • Saturday, October 13 vs. Toledo, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 27 vs. Akron, 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 17 vs. Bowling Green, 1 p.m.

*Game times reflect kickoff - Blue and White Stadium Club opens one hour prior.

Spirit Award goes to USAB team!

USAB Team, Spirit Award Winners.

USAB, the student affiliate of the UB Alumni Association, won the Spirit Award from the Association of Student Advancement Programs (ASAP). USAB leaders accepted the award at the ASAP District II conference in Philadelphia on February 11.


Saturday, October 6 vs. Ohio, 1 p.m.

Join us in the Homecoming tent behind UB Stadium for free food and giveaways.