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Fall 2008

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Alumni News

The Main Event

Tim Sheehan, JD ’84 & BA ’81, and
his wife, Kimberly, JD ’84, join their
daughter, Katie, during UB Freshman
Orientation in July. Like other freshmen
whose parents are UB graduates and
are active in the alumni association,
Katie will be eligible to apply for the
alumni association’s legacy scholarship
after completing her first year. Tim Sheehan, JD ’84 & BA ’81, and his wife, Kimberly, JD ’84, join their daughter, Katie, during UB Freshman Orientation in July. Like other freshmen whose parents are UB graduates and are active in the alumni association, Katie will be eligible to apply for the alumni association’s legacy scholarship after completing her first year. Photo: Nancy J. Parisi

Your eye color, sense of humor and athletic ability are all legacies handed down from your parents or extended family members. If you’re a UB alumnus, you now have an additional gift to pass down to future generations: a legacy scholarship.

Established by the UBAA board of directors, 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 their active membership and participation in the alumni association.

Like other great colleges and universities, UB boasts multiple generations of families among its alumni. “We have a surprising number of legacy students already, so the UB Alumni Association felt a strong obligation to assist them,” says Marc A. Adler, MA ’83, MBA ’82 & BA ’79, UBAA president. “The legacy scholarship was the logical choice. It is impressive the number of times students will mention that their parents, grandparents or siblings also attended UB, and such legacies speak volumes about UB’s reputation.”

“We have a surprising number of legacy students already, so the UB Alumni Association felt a strong obligation to assist them.” Marc Adler, UB Alumni Association President

The legacy concept helps to build bonds among generations and to instill pride in the university. Such traditions as Homecoming, campus events, favorite professors or curricula—even favorite Buffalo foods like Duff’s wings or beef on ’weck—are part of the fabric of student life. When multiple generations have shared experiences, these ties can become even richer, scholarship organizers point out.

“We hope that adding a scholarship component to our already comprehensive list of benefits will appeal to our alumni, and may even make the difference when their sons and daughters are selecting which college to attend,” Adler adds.

All alumni may participate in the scholarship—whether or not they have children attending UB—by making a donation. “Without alumni support, we wouldn’t be able to award and maintain this benefit,” Adler says. “It’s a truly worthwhile way to give back, to assist UB families and to grow the alumni association.”

Final date to submit an application for the next scholarship is August 28, 2009, although applications are received on a continuous basis. To download an application and read the guidelines for submission, please visit www.alumni.buffalo. edu/students.

If you are interested in donating to the UBAA Legacy Scholarship, visit http://giving.buffalo. edu/givenow/0524.

And in Chapter News...

To see photos of other alumni friends
from recent chapter meetings, go to
www.alumni.buffalo.edu/chapters Hey, that’s me! To see photos of other alumni friends from recent chapter meetings, go to www.alumni.buffalo.edu/chapters Jim Strozewski, BA ’66, with his wife, Shirley

The Dallas chapter held a pregame party in the Dr Pepper Bottling Plant before the Dallas Stars–Buffalo Sabres game January 24 in the American Airlines Center.

The Denver alumni group, which attained formal approval as a chapter during the UB Alumni Association’s annual meeting May 17, hosted a happy hour at Rialto’s Café on February 8.

The newest UB Alumni Association regional chapter in Albany hosted more than 225 alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, donors, business leaders and friends for UB Day at the Capitol on February 25.

Led by President John B. Simpson, these UB Believers converged on the State Capitol Building for a full day of meetings with members of the state assembly and senate to advocate for legislators’ continued support of UB 2020.

A networking reception and happy hour was held February 26 in Minneapolis. The event attracted 11 Twin Cities alumni to the Hyatt Regency’s Spike’s Bar.

Robert Shibley, Building UB project leader, updated alumni and guests on the progress of the university’s physical planning process during a reception February 26 at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. Director of Athletics Warde Manuel provided an update on the UB athletics program.

The annual Raleigh alumni chapter hockey event, featuring the Buffalo Sabres versus the Carolina Hurricanes, was held March 8.

A dozen people in the Detroit area met at Pizzeria Uno on April 14 to learn about the Alumni Ambassador program.

The New York City chapter kicked off its 30th year with an event at the Cornell Club on April 16. Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Management, discussed his book, My Secret Life on the McJob (McGraw-Hill, 2006), to a crowd of 50.

In Houston, the chapter’s annual family picnic was held April 20 in Discovery Green. The event was organized by Andy Sarantapoulas, MS ’02 & BS ’98, and his wife, Cari.

UB By The Numbers

Alumni Chapter Events*

38
Events held
9
Cities visited, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Naples, NYC (twice), Tampa
2,028
UB alumni and friends attending
15,601
Miles traveled by Mike Jankowski, Laura Cornwall and Ken Lam, Office of Alumni Relations program staff

*January to April 2008

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UB Downtown

William R. Greiner, law professor and UB’s 13th president,
autographs copies of his book, Location, Location,
Location, for attendees of the April 2 UB Downtown event. Book Signing: William R. Greiner, law professor and UB’s 13th president, autographs copies of his book, Location, Location, Location, for attendees of the April 2 UB Downtown event.

Two sold-out UB Downtown events were held during the spring semester at Chef’s Restaurant. They featured Erie County Executive Chris Collins on March 5 and former UB president William R. Greiner on April 2.

Collins, who broke tradition and took his oath of office in UB’s Center for the Arts December 30, 2007, has volunteered his time as a mentor at UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership since 1999. He also has been involved in the annual Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition.

A guest lecturer in the School of Management’s MBA program for many years, Collins discussed his first 60 days in office and also introduced Cheryl A. Green, BA ’91, as Erie County Attorney. Green is the first female to hold the position.

During his presentation, Greiner discussed his book, Location, Location, Location, a Special History of the University of/at Buffalo (Center Working Papers, 2007), which he coauthored with Thomas E. Headrick, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Law School, former dean and former UB provost.

Continuing the series this fall, James E. Campbell, chair of the political science department, will be the featured speaker on September 24. An expert on presidential campaigns, Campbell was dubbed the “newly crowned king of election prognosticators” by the Washington Post when his forecast of the popular vote during the 1992 presidential election came within a half percentage point of the actual tally.

UB Downtown is cosponsored by the University at Buffalo Alumni Association and the School of Management Alumni Association.

Location, Location, Location may be purchased by calling the UB Alumni Association at 1-800-284-5382. Cost of the book is $14, which includes a handling charge.

UB and Fisher-Price

George Jamesson (left),
senior vice president of
engineering for Fisher-
Price, receives a plaque
from Harvey Stenger,
dean of the School of
Engineering and Applied
Sciences, for his company’s
continued support
of higher education. George Jamesson (left), senior vice president of engineering for Fisher-Price, receives a plaque from Harvey Stenger, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for his company’s continued support of higher education.

Many alumni are now applying what they learned at UB in their work as employees of Fisher-Price. Nearly 150 UB alumni are employed at the company’s headquarters in East Aurora, NY. In recognition of the strong partnership between the university and Fisher-Price, the UB Alumni Association and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences hosted a special reception on April 29 in East Aurora. More than 80 alumni who work at Fisher- Price, along with other Fisher- Price employees and UB faculty, were on hand to hear about this successful partnership between the two organizations.

In recent years, UB and Fisher-Price have worked collaboratively in a number of ways to the betterment of each organization and its constituents. “Collaborating with corporations like Fisher-Price, Moog and Praxair is a win-win proposition,” says Melanie Buhrmaster, UB director of corporate relations. “We have students and faculty who are eager to learn and collaborate, and our alumni provide our corporate partners with a highly talented workforce.”

Members-only tailgate parties

Returning after a stellar 2007 season, Turner Gill and the UB Bulls are looking to clinch the top spot in the MAC again this year. See page 17 of print edition for a full schedule. Before every home game and during halftime, bring your UB Alumni Association membership card and join us in the exclusive Blue and White Club inside UB Stadium.

The club opens one hour before each home game and features special menu items available for purchase not found anywhere else in the stadium; beer and wine are available for purchase to members 21 and older. Not a member? Join today at www.alumni.buffalo.edu/ membership or by calling 1-800-284-5382.

Ways to make a difference

Helping you help UB

For years the university has engaged alumni and friends in a wide variety of volunteer capacities. Nearly every entity—from the athletics and alumni offices to student affairs and career services—has needs that may be met by people who have the time and inclination to give back and to help make UB a better place.

Even so, navigating through the sea of opportunities can be overwhelming. To make volunteering as easy as possible, the UB Alumni Association’s volunteer relations committee is streamlining the process, matching volunteers with opportunities that interest them.

“With this new system, our committee and the alumni office are offering a service for the entire university to oversee volunteer recruitment, process improvement and volunteer recognition,” says Rita M. Andolina, MSW ’88, BA ’80 & BA ’80, volunteer relations committee chair. “I’m sure our volunteers and the departments they are helping will be pleased with these new efficiencies.”

The effort will focus on alumni in Western New York and the 23 regions where alumni chapters are established. Interested alumni and friends of UB in those areas will be able to register to receive volunteer information via e-mail that pertains only to the types of opportunities they select. These will range from single episodes to long-term stints; they may be community or university focused.

For more information on the many ways you can volunteer, or to register to receive e-mail about volunteer opportunities, visit www.alumni.buffalo.edu/volunteer.

If you have questions about volunteering, please contact Laura Cornwall, assistant director for chapters in the Office of Alumni Relations, at cornwall@buffalo.edu.

School-based News

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Alumni reunite

From left: Jerry Weisberg, MD ’58,
Doris Weisberg, Siju Zimmerman
and Harold Zimmerman, MD ’58,
were among attendees celebrating
the class of 1958 medical school
reunion in May. From left: Jerry Weisberg, MD ’58, Doris Weisberg, Siju Zimmerman and Harold Zimmerman, MD ’58, were among attendees celebrating the class of 1958 medical school reunion in May.

The School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated Reunion Weekend May 2–3, with more than 280 alumni and guests in attendance. Every fifth-year class, from 1943 through 2003, enjoyed a number of events and also spending time with Dean Michael Cain and his wife, Peggy, at the South Campus for a cocktail reception on Friday. A dinner dance followed that evening at the Buffalo Club.

On Saturday evening in the Statler Towers, Myron Gordon, MD ’48, Andy Cappuccino, MD ’88, and Edward Phillips, MD ’88, were honored by the Medical Alumni Association for their career achievements. Meanwhile, 50-year alumni from the Class of 1958 and their guests celebrated at the Buffalo Club.

Charles R. Niles, MD ’83, and Helen M. Cappuccino, MD ’88, join physician and featured speaker Michael F. Roizen (center) at the medical school’s annual Spring Clinical Day May 3.

The annual Spring Clinical Day was held May 3 in conjunction with Reunion Weekend and featured speaker Michael Roizen, a Buffalo native, physician and the author of The Real Age Makeover: Take Years Off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life (Collins Living, 2005). Roizen addressed healthy diet and lifestyle issues before an audience of 200 alumni, faculty, students and friends at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott.

Graduate School of Education

Symposium celebrates 15 years

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) held its 15th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium April 10 at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott. More than 60 students presented their research, with additional participation from GSE faculty and alumni.

The symposium offered a number of panels, roundtables and poster presentations, and featured a keynote address by Arthur Levine, PhD ’76, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University. Levine’s presentation before an audience of 150 focused on the current state of higher education. Drawing upon his experience, he speculated on future issues and trends.

Each year, a doctoral student is selected to coordinate the research symposium. This year’s committee chair was Danielle Johnson from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. “It was an honor to play a role in such an important part of our education as graduate students,” Johnson says.

College of Arts and Sciences

Alumni networking in DC

The College of Arts and Sciences hosted an alumni networking event on April 17, drawing more than 50 alumni whose class years covered the 1980s to the 2000s. The chic Hudson Restaurant and Lounge on Dupont Circle helped set the perfect backdrop for the evening. Bruce McCombe, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, hosted the evening, along with members of the Dean’s Advisory Council, whose members are prominent corporate leaders and professionals.

For more information on constituent school events, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-284-5382 or (716) 645-3312, or visit www.alumni.buffalo. edu/events.

UBAA Member Spotlight

Why am I a member of the UB Alumni Association?

Nancy M. Battaglia Nancy M. Battaglia

I believe in education and I believe in UB. As a resident of Western New York, I had the opportunity to get a great education in my very own backyard. I love being connected to the university as an employee, as an alumnus and as a member of the alumni association. I receive all the latest news about things happening around campus—from events to breaking research. I also love the UBAA benefits; my membership offers me discount tickets for events and businesses, which is a great plus. The alumni association keeps me connected and informed on all levels.

Nancy M. Battaglia, MBA ’96 & BS ’89 West Seneca, NY

Battaglia close-up

Member since 1992; new member of the UB Alumni Association board of directors; director of human resources services at UB since 2007; formerly worked for emedco, Weinberg Campus and National Health Care Affiliates.

Adventures Abroad

Asian trip fosters stronger alumni ties

UB President John B.
Simpson and his wife,
Kathryn, join members
of the Malaysia alumni
chapter during their trip
to Asia. Clockwise at
table from the couple’s
left: Trevor Lin Sing
Tham, BA ’03; Ren Yi
Lok, BS ’06; Kok Onn
Soh, ME ’05 & BS ’03;
Sze Leng Tong; Eve
Lyn Ang, MA ’07 & BA
’06; Wen Bing Ling, BS
’07, and Amirul Ariffin
Sopiee, BS ’99, sitting
behind his wife,
Suahinah. UB President John B. Simpson and his wife, Kathryn, join members of the Malaysia alumni chapter during their trip to Asia. Clockwise at table from the couple’s left: Trevor Lin Sing Tham, BA ’03; Ren Yi Lok, BS ’06; Kok Onn Soh, ME ’05 & BS ’03; Sze Leng Tong; Eve Lyn Ang, MA ’07 & BA ’06; Wen Bing Ling, BS ’07, and Amirul Ariffin Sopiee, BS ’99, sitting behind his wife, Suahinah. Photo: Eu Jin Ang, MS '04, PMCERT '03 & BS '01

Hundreds of alumni heard firsthand about the university’s progress and ambitious plans for the future when President John B. Simpson made a swing through Asia this summer.

For 10 days in July, Simpson traveled to Singapore and Malaysia with a delegation of 10 other members of the UB community. The UB delegation met with members of the Singapore and Malaysian alumni chapters, and Simpson addressed graduates of UB programs at the Singapore Institute of Management, conferring degrees during the July 11 commencement ceremony.

More than 400 alumni live in Singapore, and 190 persons attended a reception, during which Simpson updated alumni on what’s been happening at UB since he last addressed the chapter in 2005.

“When I first came here I was actually quite surprised—everyone is so different. After a while you appreciate that difference … so many perspectives in one classroom.” Felicia Yu Ying Song, BA ’08, Singapore undergraduate Class Valedictorian

Simpson also addressed Malaysian alumni on similar themes during a reception in Kuala Lumpur—the first time UB has hosted an event of this kind in the Malaysian capital. The reception also provided alumni and friends of UB with the opportunity to network—the Malaysian chapter has nearly 400 active members; 90 persons attended the reception.

This trip to Asia is the most recent opportunity Simpson has had to meet with alumni abroad. In March, he attended a reception with alumni held in Talpiot, Jerusalem, as part of a trip to Israel organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of New York.

The trip, led by City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, included a small group of presidents of New York state colleges and universities, who met with government and public officials, as well as their counterparts at several universities in the country. Twenty-two UB alumni attended the reception, which was organized by the JCRC to provide an opportunity for the university presidents to meet with alumni from their respective campuses.

WBFO’s Joyce Kryszak reports from Singapore on UB’s first full program graduation for its Singapore Institute of Management on July 11.