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Fall 2012

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from the UBAA President

Familial bond among alumni opens doors to career success

Lafferty

The word “family” evokes emotions that are derived from many sources. For my wife Kathleen and me, family is not only an unending source of satisfaction but also a responsibility. We would do anything to help our two children succeed, offering advice and encouragement along the way (whether they want it or not). This responsibility extends beyond our immediate family: A phone call for assistance from a relative, near or far, can put us into fix-it mode, just because there is that family connection.

In much the same way, I am reminded of that as a member of the UB alumni family. My affiliation with our university and with the UB Alumni Association has led to more connections and friendships than I can possibly count—creating an extended family, so to speak.

Look for the alumni association members asterisk throughout the magazine. It’s our way of celebrating our alumni association members.

The common bond among us—a UB history that links us as family—is real, and it can open many doors. My role as president of the UBAA gives me many opportunities to speak to fellow alumni and to current students. A recurring theme in my remarks is that our UB alumni network can be the most powerful professional tool each of us can leverage.

Part of this is sheer volume. UB’s alumni body now totals more than 220,000, and we are represented in all 50 states and in 130 countries. No matter where you travel, chances are that other proud UB alumni reside or work nearby. They may even be employed in your firm or company. And they’re almost certainly represented in your larger profession or field. When you stay connected with us, together we can help build UB connections—professionally or simply for fun—in your particular geographic region.

And to help instill the same alumni family sense in others, please consider giving of your time—your efforts are so appreciated. Visit with us through our chapters, assist students as mentors and participate in events like Career Conversations, one of many job-enhancing services described in this issue. As we support each other, we strengthen our entire alumni family.

 

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

President, UB Alumni Association

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