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Spring 2010

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from the UBAA President

Larry Zielinski

Solving the membership puzzler

We asked UBAA President Larry Zielinski, MBA’77 & BA’75, to dispel some common misconceptions about what constitutes membership in the UB Alumni Association.

Q. Is every UB graduate automatically a member of the UB Alumni Association?

No. Members are individuals who have purchased a membership from the UB Alumni Association. Whether you’re a UB parent, spouse, UB Believer, neighbor or Bulls fan, anyone in Western New York or around the world is welcome to officially join our network.

Q. How many alumni are actually members of the alumni association?

Of our more than 208,000 alumni living worldwide, only about 12,000 have made this commitment and are dues–paying members. I know our alums are loyal and want to do the right thing, but for whatever reason they’ve not taken the extra step to show it. With all of the wonderful things that are happening here under President John B. Simpson and with the UB 2020 vision, my goal is to engender much broader support.

Q. What about UB Today? Does receiving this issue mean that someone is a member?

Actually, that is probably the biggest misconception concerning membership. Many other universities reserve their magazine exclusively for members of the alumni association; however, we think that UB Today is such a valuable publication that we send it to all alumni (unless they have specifically requested not to receive it).

Q. So what do members get?

The value of membership varies from person to person. Some people tell me they join simply because they want to give something back, others because they feel it’s the “right thing to do.” Many others like the fact that we offer so many discounts and benefits, such as on-campus parking privileges, reduced ticket prices for alumni events in Buffalo and around the country, online retailer discounts, travel and insurance programs, and the like. Still others take advantage of our networking and career services benefits, and access to our network of more than 200,000 alumni around the world.

How long have you been a member?

Proudly, since 1991.

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