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Spring 2012





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Alumni News

The Main Event

Alumni by the Numbers

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Our world is so diverse and extensive, and yet, no matter where you go, it seems, you’re bound to be within reach of a fellow UB alum.

Of the more than 219,000 UB alumni, it’s probably no surprise that the largest contingent is in New York State. However, you may be impressed by the fact that, after New York, the state with the highest concentration of UB alumni is California. (Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia round out the top five.) UB alumni also may be found living, working and contributing in every state in the U.S. and in more than 120 international locales.

Two interactive maps on the alumni website depict UB’s global alumni presence. Check them out here.

Are you moving to—or already live in—North Dakota? Then reach out to some of the approximately 35 alumni in North Dakota for instant networking and friendship. Have business travel in Taiwan, Azerbaijan, Madagascar or Singapore? Perhaps one of the 1,161 UB alumni in those countries will show you the sights. Search for them in the online alumni directory on UB Connect. (And, make sure your profile is updated too.)

In fact, keeping accurate data about alumni leads to one of the most important functions of the UB Alumni Association: helping to make connections among alumni, and keeping alumni connected to the institution. “It’s a service we proudly provide,” says Alumni Association President Tim Lafferty, BS ’86, “so that alumni can benefit from having this priceless network at their fingertips.”

Whether in Western New York or far from campus, alumni come together precisely because they have UB in common. For example, a group of alumni in Istanbul, Turkey, held an impromptu gathering over Buffalo-style chicken wings last December. That’s just one example of events that occur frequently, whether planned by the UBAA or organized by a few UB friends.

“It’s incredible, and comforting, to know that UB alumni have this presence outside Buffalo and around the world,” says Lafferty. “Not only does it help to build camaraderie, but it also spreads the word that UB is a world-class institution, which increases the value of our degrees.” Are you taking advantage of the UBAA’s vast alumni network? Check it out online via UB Connect at ubconnect.

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Six students receive awards

UB Alumni Association President Tim Lafferty, BS ’86, presented a total of $7,500 in scholarship money to six students during the UB Alumni Association scholarship dinner Feb. 3 in the Center for Tomorrow on the North Campus.
J. Scott Fleming Scholarship

imageGrace Mukupa accepts her J. Scott Fleming Award. With her is Alex B. Ampadu, associate professor in the School of Management.

The J. Scott Fleming Scholarship, established in 1985 as a student-to-student award, was given to four individuals who promote student involvement and enhance the student experience at UB. The recipients are Nathanael David Carbrey, Grace Mukupa, Jovin Panthapattu and Jennifer Trapani.

Carbrey, who is pursuing a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting, helped refund more than $1 million to local taxpayers through his work with UB’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Mukupa, a doctoral student and president of the Graduate Student Association, presented at the 16th International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in December 2011.

Panthapattu is pursuing a degree in pharmacy and is a research assistant in a pharmacology and toxicology lab, as well as a senior student assistant in Campus Living’s Residential Education Department. Trapani, a junior biological sciences major, is a member of the Undergraduate Academies Living and Learning Community. She is pursuing research with significant relevance to the Great Lakes communities.

Alumnae Scholarship

Lisa Kulka was presented with the Alumnae Scholarship for her academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Kulka is a senior studying English and English as a second language education. She plans to enroll this fall in UB’s Graduate School of Education to obtain her teacher certification.

Willie R. Evans UB Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship

The Willie R. Evans UB Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship went to Caitlin Curry. A junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in international business, Curry is on the cross country and track and field teams.

UB Downtown and UB at Noon

5 for 5

Day Trip on the Erie Canal (June)

UB at Noon kicked off the summer June 21 with a day trip on the Erie Canal. A group of 50 began the day with a two-hour narrated boat tour followed by a lunch buffet at Lockport’s Canalside Banquet Center and a trip to the city’s Market Street Art Center.

Buffalo Zoo Rainforest Falls Habitat (August)


A new Rainforest Falls habitat at the Buffalo Zoo provides shelter for hundreds of exotic species thanks to Gwen Howard, MArch ’95, project manager and associate at the architectural firm Foit-Albert Associates. On Aug. 24, Howard spoke to a crowd of 65 during a UB at Noon lecture at Buffalo Zoo’s Children’s Resource Center about her unique specialty and her upcoming project to design a new arctic habitat.

Longevity and Luck (September)

On Sept. 16 as part of UB at Noon, Stephen McKinley Henderson, actor, director and professor in the UB Department of Theatre and Dance, spoke about “longevity and luck” in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus. Henderson was nominated for a 2010 Tony award for his performance in the Broadway revival of “Fences.” He also has roles in three forthcoming feature films.

Medical School Move (October)

On Oct. 5, Michael Cain, vice president for health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, described the medical school’s impending move to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus downtown. More than 100 alumni and friends attended this UB Downtown event at Chef’s Restaurant.

Canalside District Development (November)

Redevelopment of Buffalo’s historic Canalside districtwas the topic of discussion for the Nov. 10 UB Downtown lecture. Moderator was Thomas Dee, EMBA ’96 & BS ’95, president of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation. Panelists were Hiro Hata, associate professor in urban design; former faculty member Max Willig and Rishawn Sonubi, MUP ’03, MArch ’03 & BPS ’00; and Douglas Swift, MArch ’93.

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And in Chapter News...

International Alumni living in Istanbul A group of international alumni living in Istanbul, Turkey, got together Dec. 11 for some camaraderie and traditional “Buffalo wings.” Holding the UB flag (from left) are Erhan Igdemir, BA ’86; Basak Kusefoglu Kizildemir, MA ’88; Zeynep Atac Anisoglu, BFA ’85, who hosted the event; Billur Ozsoy, BA ’83; and Murat Atac, BA ’87. (Inset) Igdemir shows off his batch of tasty Buffalo wings.

The Albany chapter hosted its third annual UB Day at the Races at Saratoga Race Course on opening day, July 23. Among the crowd of 93 were 39 who traveled by bus from UB’s North Campus for the event.

A second straight sellout gathering of 30 watched the Buffalo Sabres face off against the Bruins in Boston on Nov. 12. The NHL fans viewed the matchup from a suite in TD Garden.

Hamburger University in Chicago was the venue for speakers Rich Floersch, MBA ’80 & BS ’80, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for McDonald’s Corporation, and Jerry Newman, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the School of Management. Thirty attended the Sept. 28 event.

A pregame tailgate party and tour of the new $1.3 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, were bright spots for 45 UB alumni and friends in the Dallas area who attended the Bills-Cowboys game on Nov. 13.

International Alumni living in Istanbul Chris Charles, BA ’08; Lacey Stanton, BA ’08; Sarah Salzberg, BA ’08; Ross Graney, BS ’08; and John Ilacqua, BS ’11, enjoyed good company and even better chicken wings during the annual wings night in Manhattan.

The fourth annual pregame party at Lodo’s Bar and Grill in Denver, followed by a Colorado Rockies baseball game and fireworks choreographed to music, sold out once again with 65 attending the festivities in Coors Field on July 1.

A game between the Staten Island Yankees and Brooklyn Cyclones, Class A farm teams for the New York Yankees and Mets, respectively, was the setting for an Aug. 5 New York City chapter event. The family-themed, all-you-can-eat event sold out at 66. On Nov. 9, the chapter brought 75 alumni and friends together at Blondie’s Sports in Manhattan for its annual wings night. In addition, the UB men’s basketball team traveled to New Jersey on Nov. 19 to play Princeton; 62 UB alumni and friends from the chapter attended to cheer them on.

Hey, that’s me! To see photos of other alumni and friends from recent chapter meetings, click here.

Twenty-seven San Diego chapter alumni enjoyed a limousine bus tour of five breweries on June 4. On Dec. 11, 91 diehard fans of the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers enjoyed a tailgate party on the Chargers’ practice field in Qualcomm Stadium, then watched the two teams play.

The UB 2020 Presidential Alumni Tour has President Satish K. Tripathi visiting alumni in 20 cities over 20 months. The tour made its second stop Nov. 14 in San Francisco at the Spur Urban Center, with 45 attending.

International Alumni living in Istanbul Fay Migdol and her husband, Marvin, BA ’59, enjoy the pregame tailgate with fellow alumni and friends before the Bills-Cowboys game on Nov. 13, 2011, in Cowboys Stadium.

On Nov. 20, 50 alumni in the South Florida area watched the Bills take on the Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium. Before the game, a group of 25 met for an all-you-can-eat Buffalo buffet tailgate party at The Big Easy Bar & Grille in Hollywood, Fla. The Washington, D.C., chapter had an active summer and fall. A panel of alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences discussed UB’s influence on their careers with a crowd of 80 in the University Club on June 29. Another sold-out crowd of 70 attended the annual Buffalo Tailgate, Sept. 25 at Jimmy’s Old Town Tavern in Herndon, Va. Fans watched the Bills shock the New England Patriots with a win. President Tripathi hosted an Oct. 14 lunch for nine D.C. area alums, including UBAA board member and chapter president Jim Militello, BA ’79. Adam Zelasko, BFA ’05, performed in the touring cast of “Jersey Boys,” in D.C.’s National Theatre on Dec. 8. The sold-out crowd of 60 had an opportunity to meet and greet Zelasko afterward during a reception at Chef Geoff’s.

Bulls Road Games Draw UB Alumni

UB Bulls road games proved to be a popular way for UB alumni to gather in non-chapter cities. Pregame tailgate parties were held at the University of Pittsburgh (Sept. 3); University of Tennessee in Knoxville, the first stop on UB 2020 Presidential Alumni Tour (Oct. 1); and Temple University in Philadelphia (Oct. 15). These events attracted a total of 336 attendees.

UBAA By The Numbers

Alumni Around the World

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UBAA Member Spotlight

Why did you join the UBAA?

image Carrie Boye, BFA ’07, a UBAA member since 2009, with Dipayan Majumder, the Indian student she encouraged to attend UB.

Carrie Boye with Dipayan Majumder, the Indian student whom she encouraged to enroll at UB.
So many doors have opened up for me as a member of the UB Alumni Association and the UBAA board of directors, both to network and to make a difference to UB. Just this summer a potential UB graduate student from Calcutta, India, contacted me via UBAA’s Facebook page. I was able to tout all UB’s strengths, and lo and behold, he decided to come to UB instead of his other option, Arizona State University. I’ve since had the pleasure of meeting the student and his friends in person, and they are all loving UB!

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Owner/Co-founder of Allstar Advertising, soon to be known as Boye Creative Group, with brother, Jerry. The firm provides marketing and advertising services in the areas of television, Web, video, print and corporate branding.

Fond UB memories

The many friends I made at UB, especially professor Alan E. Cober (1935-1998). His illustration program truly shaped who I became as an artist.

UB Travel

Where Do You Want to Go Today?

From the fabled British Isles to rugged Alaska and picturesque Tuscany, the UB Alumni Association is offering three incomparable trips in 2012 in conjunction with its travel partners AHI and GoNext.

British Isles Odyssey Oceania Cruise

June 5-18, 2012

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Explore the rich history and dramatic scenery of the British Isles while cruising on the elegant and graceful Oceania Cruises’ Marina. Picturesque landscapes and fascinating attractions are revealed in Scotland, the Isle of Skye, Ireland and England.

Alaskan Discovery Regent Seven Seas Cruise

JUNE 13-20, 2012

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Discover Alaska’s rugged beauty while enjoying the most all-inclusive luxury cruise experience ever with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. See the magnificent Hubbard Glacier and visit the stunning Alaskan ports of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka aboard the elegant Seven Seas Navigator.

Tuscany, Italy

OCTOBER 10-18, 2012

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The charming village of Cortona will be your home base as you discover the many treasures of this celebrated land. Journey to tiny Montepulciano, set in the heart of Chianti country, and admire the magnificent palaces and churches that grace its squares. In Siena, navigate narrow cobblestone streets lined with Gothic buildings, visit the magnificent Duomo and stroll the Piazza del Campo, one of the loveliest squares in Italy. Experience the brilliant artistic and architectural heritage of Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. In the Umbria region, explore medieval Assisi, home to the exquisite Basilica of St. Francis, and Perugia, an ancient Etruscan city-state.

UB in the News

How Donald Trump ruined the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum for actual Civil Rights leaders

12/14/2017 An article in Newsweek about the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History, and the controversy over plans by President Trump to attend the ceremony, interviews Victoria Wolcott, professor and chair of history, who said Trump?s presence is problematic given his inability to denounce white supremacists in the wake of Charlottesville.

New downtown home for Jacobs School opens

12/12/2017 The Buffalo News quoted UB President Satish K. Tripathi on the opening of the new Jacobs School building. "The world-class design was a sight to behold. But to gaze upon the magnificent finished product is to fully appreciate it for the breathtaking building it is."

Gum infections may increase risk for digestive tract sores

12/8/2017 A Reuters article about a study that showed that gum infections may increase people?s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer quotes Jean Wactawski-Wende , dean of the School of Public Health and Health Professions.

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