Kelly Virtuoso, BA ’02 (holding cup) speaks with students Rahul Chopra and Jessica Colwell (back to camera) during a recent Coffee Beans session.

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Coffee Beans is a new student-alumni program of the University Student Alumni Board and the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) Group. During a Coffee Beans session, recent UB grads stop on campus for casual conversation with students about what life is like after graduation. Coffee and food are provided by Tops Friendly Markets.


Alumni Chapter Events*

28: Events held

5 : Cities visited, including Albany, DC (three times), New York (twice), Rochester, San Jose

1,426: UB alumni and friends attending

7,980: Miles traveled by Mike Jankowski, Laura Cornwall, Ken Lam, Office of Alumni Relations program staff

* September to December 2007


Near and Far

The UB Alumni Association hosted events in downtown Buffalo and elsewhere in the country in fall 2007.

Twenty-two alumni and friends attended the final showing of Boilermakers and Martinis, a play by Emanuel “Manny” Fried, PhD ’74, MA ’72 & BA ’71, September 30 at the Road Less Traveled Theater, during its three-week run. The autobiographical play included only one cast member, the 94-year-old Fried.

John Thomas, outgoing dean of the School of Management, spoke on the global economy November 14 at Chef’s Restaurant during the UB at Noon Downtown series cosponsored with the UB School of Management Alumni Association. The presentation marked the fourth consecutive sellout in the series.

On September 27, 2007, Robert Shibley, director of the Urban Design Project in the School of Architecture and Planning, discussed the UB 2020 planning process at an event in the Genesee Valley Club hosted by Michael Wolford, JD ’68 & MBA ’65. Focusing on the physical plan of the university, Shibley later took this presentation on the road, speaking November 1 at the Union League Club in Manhattan.

Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the UB School of Management, discussed his research and subsequent book, My Secret Life on the McJob: Lessons from Behind the Counter Guaranteed to Supersize Any Management Style, November 7, 2007, at the Army–Navy Club in Washington, DC.


Homecoming 2008

Mark your calendars to come back to UB for Homecoming 2008, October 16–19. The alumni association will host its annual pregame tent party in UB Stadium on Saturday, October 18. Then the Bulls will take to the gridiron vs. Army.

Also featured during Homecoming weekend will be the 36th Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, October 17 in Alumni Arena. Other scheduled Homecoming activities include the annual Pillars Society Luncheon, also on October 17. Graduates from 50 or more years ago will be honored, with special recognition given to the class of 1958. If you are a member of that golden anniversary group, you will receive an invitation by mail this summer.

Be sure to watch for more details on Homecoming 2008.


Athletics Hall Of Fame

Presented in conjunction with the Blue & White Club, the UB Athletics Hall of Fame honors former student athletes who excelled in their respective sports; distinguished alumni who had outstanding careers in athletics after leaving UB; alumni who have made significant contributions of time and resources to the university’s athletics programs (Gugino Award); and female student athletes who were superlative competing individually, on a club basis or in intramurals during the years when no formal women’s athletics programs existed, as well as those advocates, coaches and administrators of women’s athletics (Pioneering Award).

The deadline for nominations is June 6. Nomination forms, criteria and past award winner lists may be found at


Legacy Scholarship apps due

Applications for the UB Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship are due to the UB Office of Alumni Relations by August 15, 2008. A total of $2,500 will be awarded 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 active membership and participation in the alumni association.

To download an application and read the guidelines for submission, please visit


Hot off the press

An annual report highlighting the activities of the UB Office of Alumni Relations is now online and may be downloaded in PDF format. From communicating and providing programs and volunteer opportunities for UB’s nearly 200,000 graduates, the report reflects the daily work of a 13-member staff to engage alumni in the life of the university and to promote UB’s goals. We invite you to read the report and welcome your feedback, comments and questions. To view the report, go to