23: Events held
12 : Cities visited, including Albany, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, New York, San Diego, Seattle
181: UB alumni and friends attending
26,236: Miles traveled by Mike Jankowski, Laura Cornwall, Ken Lam, Office of Alumni Relations program staff
* During May to August 2007
Weekends, wins, and wings: Chicken wings and face-painting were especially enjoyable this year, as the UB Bulls achieved their first Homecoming win since 1998 before a delighted crowd.
A successful Homecoming 2007 was made even better when the Bulls beat Ohio University, 31-10, making it UB’s first Homecoming win since 1998. Other highlights included the Homecoming Prize Patrol (which tossed candy and prizes from its UB-themed golf cart to students, faculty and staff) and the second annual DodgeBull Tournament (dodgeball), which attracted twice as many teams as last year. During the UB Alumni Association’s pregame tent party on Saturday, the alumni team once again took the Olympic trophy, defeating a group of UB students in trivia games and a chicken wing–eating contest. As part of the celebration, seven alumni were admitted into the UB Athletic Hall of Fame.
The University at Buffalo and the UB Alumni Association will present the annual Alumni Association Achievement Awards on Saturday, April 5, 2008, in the Adams Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo. Distinguished alumni and friends will be honored not only for their outstanding accomplishments, but also for making a significant impact on the university, its community, the nation and the world.
Tickets are $100 each, and tables of 10 may be purchased. In addition, a variety of sponsorship opportunities are available. Your donation of tickets so that students may attend is encouraged and always appreciated. For more information, or to receive an invitation, please contact Michelle Rudnicki at 1-800-284-5382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oozfest returns this spring for some muddy fun. Mark your calendar to play or spectate for the 24th annual mud volleyball tournament, slated for Saturday, April 26, 2008. Team check-in is at 8 a.m.; the tournament runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. As always, Oozfest will be held at the Mud Pit on St. Rita’s Lane on the North Campus. Team registration forms are available online at www.alumni.buffalo.edu/usab/oozfest.php through March 28. You can also check out photos online from the 2007 event.
Interested in getting together with your UB classmates? Upcoming reunions are being planned for the Class of 1998 nursing graduates and for all members of the Class of 1958, who will be inducted into the Pillars Society as part of Homecoming 2008. For more information on these reunions or to plan one of your own, contact Patty Starr in the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com.
A few members of UB’s men’s and women’s 1990–92 crew teams returned to Buffalo July 6–7 for a reunion. Bottom row, from left: Allan Thompson, BS ’92; Robert Bates, DDS ’95 & BA ’91; and Michael Murphy, BS ’93. Middle row, from left: Debbie Purtell Engel, BA ’92, and Deborah Afshani Peck, BA ’91.Top row: Tina Kaczor, BS ’94.
USAB was a big presence at this year’s Homecoming. From left: Jessica Colwell (president), Nicole Poupore, Jenni Marinaccio, Greg Morrison and Rahul Chopra.
In early 1983, students from various organizations at the University at Buffalo met with then–UB president Steven B. Sample to discuss forming a Student Alumni Association (SAA). More than 100 students participated in a number of meetings that resulted in the formation of the SAA; the group held its first official board meeting on April 11 of that year.
Now known as the University Student Alumni Board (USAB), the group is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008. USAB’s signature event—the Oozfest mud volleyball tournament—remains one of UB’s strongest student traditions; it will be played for the 25th time in 2009. Other USAB programs include diploma frame sales, DodgeBull Tournament (dodgeball) and the J. Scott Fleming Scholarship.
Although it was written a quarter of a century ago, USAB’s mission statement espouses timeless goals: to involve students in campus organizations, promote school spirit, and encourage lifelong involvement with UB and the UB Alumni Association. For more information on USAB and its upcoming anniversary reunion plans, please visit www.alumni.buffalo.edu/usab.
Many great colleges and universities boast multiple generations of families among their alumni, and the University at Buffalo is no exception. It is impressive the number of times UB students will mention that their parents, grandparents or siblings attended UB. Such legacies speak volumes about UB’s reputation.
Now UB will see more multigenerational alumni families with the launching of the Legacy Scholarship. Established in 2007 by the UBAA board of directors, this scholarship will award a total of $2,500 for the 2008–09 academic year to up to two students who are currently enrolled at UB and who are children or grandchildren of UB alumni who contribute to the growth and enrichment of UB through their active membership and participation in the association. Students may reapply for the scholarship each year in which they are enrolled full time.
“We are delighted to be kicking off this scholarship in the name of UB alumni,” says UBAA president Marc A. Adler, MA ’83, MBA ’82 & BA ’79. “It strengthens many bonds for families and the school, and we are happy to be able to assist.”
Applications are due to the UB Office of Alumni Relations by Friday, August 8, 2008. To download an application and read the guidelines for submission, please visit www.alumni.buffalo.edu/students.