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THE DAYS OF WATCHING FROM the sidelines are over. The University at Buffalo and its “quarterback” John B. Simpson have put together a game plan that’s intended to eliminate the trend of sacks, interceptions and fumbles that have plagued Western New York’s offense for years. We are in the game, not only to be competitive, but also to win and keep on winning.
In June, I attended UB Business Partners Day, an event held annually to create partnerships and foster collaboration, and thereby strengthen the regional economy. Hundreds of business owners and concerned individuals attended this year’s expanded event held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. They learned about bioinformatics, technology transfer, distinguished speakers, how to find qualified interns and ways to support the arts.
In past years, Business Partners Day attracted only a handful of diehard UB fans—individuals who would do almost anything to support their team. This year, however, the event not only pulled in traditionally ardent enthusiasts, it also drew an overflow audience of casual fans. They’re discovering that the promise of a game plan—for UB and for the region as a whole—is turning into reality. Put another way, the potential for a championship season is growing, with implications for us all.
A stronger UB means more positive recognition for the entire UB community, whether alumni around the world and across the country, students, faculty, staff or citizens of greater Western New York. By extension, the recognition that accompanies UB’s heightened accomplishment will attract progressive companies, energetic entrepreneurs and a better-educated workforce to the region.
The university, in turn, will attract more dollars from foundations, alumni, philanthropists and friends who seek to support the efforts of a team that possesses a winning attitude and a winning record. As a result, we will be able to help build an economic infrastructure based on new discoveries, new technologies and new thinking.
As alumni and friends of UB, you have a starting position on this team as we continue our efforts to build a better university. Help lead the charge as a UB Believer). Or become a part of the team through membership, scholarship support, volunteerism, and your active participation in campus and alumni life.
Marc A. Adler, MA ’83, MBA ’82 & BA ’79
President, UB Alumni Association
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