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from the UBAA President

Larry Zielinski President Tripathi with Tim Lafferty

Association presidency is capstone of lifelong association with UB

My connection to UB is lifelong;  one of my earliest memories is my dad taking me as a boy to UB Bulls football games in Rotary Field on the South Campus. My uncle Bob Yerge, EdM ’67 & EdB ’59, was a member of the 1958 Lambert Cup championship football team, which was recognized on its 50th anniversary for athleticism and especially character. (The team rejected a bowl bid that would have prevented two of its African-American players from participating.)

Tim Lafferty, BS ’86, was nominated for a two-year term as UB Alumni Association president in May 2011. National sales manager for the PCA Group Inc., an information technology company in Buffalo, Lafferty has been involved with the UBAA board of directors since 2003. He and his wife, Kathleen, and son, Patrick, a high school senior, live in East Aurora, N.Y.

I entered UB as a sophomore after a year at the College of Wooster in Ohio and, after a hiatus, earned my BS in management in 1986. I met many of my closest friends at UB and have stayed an active alumni volunteer over the years. In 2008, my daughter, Meghan, received her BS from UB’s School of Management.

With all these UB associations, I feel a mix of honor, pride, gratitude and anticipation as I begin my term as association president. My goals will be to focus on several key areas needing our collective energy and determination. They include supporting President Satish K. Tripathi and his plans for academic excellence, new educational opportunities, research and job growth. Furthermore, we need to continue to influence our public and private leaders on the importance of UB 2020, and to increase membership in the alumni association. Only 5 percent of us now support the alumni association as dues-paying members—this inactivity hinders our efforts to do what we do best. Membership dues support programming, networking, student initiatives, career development and UB Today, among many other services and benefits.

UB is alive, growing and poised for significant growth—please join the alumni association today and show your support. I welcome your comments, concerns and suggestions.

 

Tim Lafferty, BS ’86
President, UB Alumni Association
tplafferty@ub-alumni.org

President, UB Alumni Association

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