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Fall 2010

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from the UBAA President

Larry Zielinski

UBAA Membership

Despite some uncertainties with the economy—and particularly the New York State budget—the UB Alumni Association has achieved a number of milestones recently. See related story. We asked UBAA President Larry Zielinski, MBA ’77 & BA ’75, about the secrets of his success.

Q: You’re all about UBAA membership. How’s it going?

Never better! To date, we have the highest number of dues–paying members in the history of our organization.

Q: What do you attribute it to?

I think it proves that our alumni have a desire to stay connected, engaged and involved with the institution, and are doing so by taking advantage of the mechanism the alumni association offers.

Q: So are you resting on your laurels?

Absolutely not. We love the increased levels of engagement and participation; however, we have a long way to go to be among the top alumni associations. We need to keep focused and offer our alumni the tools they need to stay connected to UB and succeed in their careers. In particular, the avenue I like to focus on is professional networking. We have alumni in literally every profession and in every major market, and a way to contact them. It is this type of priceless engagement that we make available through the alumni association.

Q: Alumni also are supporting the university philanthropically?

Indeed. According to our latest statistics (fiscal year 2009), the university saw the highest number of alumni donors since 2004—19,753 alumni made gifts to UB. This level of alumni support is remarkable, and we are so thankful.

 

 

Celebrate UB and give our students the keys to opportunity and a bright future by attending “Opening Doors,” the 2010 UB Scholarship Gala at Alumni Arena on Saturday, Nov. 6. Tickets are $200 per person. For information visit giving.buffalo.edu/ubgala


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