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Fall 2009

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from the UBAA President

Larry Zielinski

We asked Larry Zielinski, MBA ’77 & BA ’75, newly elected president of the UB Alumni Association, about his involvement with UB and his relatively new empty nest.

Q. Why UB?

Economics. I spent my first two years at Syracuse University, which was very expensive. I transferred when my family and I realized UB would provide the same caliber education but in an affordable way.

Q. Why should alumni care about UB?

So many reasons. First, it’s the best network you can possibly have. Years ago, after having been laid off from [now defunct] Goldome Bank, a connection from the School of Management set me on the path I’m on today [as a hospital president]. It’s a symbiotic relationship—when Western New York turns around, UB is going to be at the forefront. In turn, alumni who care about it will have the satisfaction of being part of the renaissance.

Q. How do you find time to volunteer?

Evolution of my family life. For the past 25 years I’ve coached baseball and have been fully involved with my kids. Now that my youngest is entering college, I have the time to dedicate to UB and some hobbies.

Q. Which person from history do you most admire?

Ronald Reagan. I always thought of him as a great example of someone who was passionate about ideas, who was able to get people to rally around ideas, and who had a positive outlook on life.

Favorite UB sport?

Basketball.

Q. Favorite spot on campus?

My basketball seat. I sit in the “cheap seats,” right behind the UB bench.

Q. Kids?

Five. Andy, BS ’02 (Stony Brook University), a credit manager at HSBC in Buffalo; Laura, EdM ’08 & BA ’05, just completed her first year of subbing and hopeful about a permanent teaching position this fall; Amy, BS ’06 (SUNY Geneseo), completing her third year in UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; Lisa, BS ’08, a civil engineer for TVGA Consultants in East Aurora, NY; Kevin, a UB freshman. In addition, my wife and best friend for the last 32 years, Leslie, EdM ’91, teaches science at our local parochial school.


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