Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, a hands-on learning program created
by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation that is designed to
introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career option to the
university’s 30,000 students, has officially been unveiled on
North Campus. The program, which is located within the Student
Union, will provide students with individualized mentorship and
ideation support, as well as seminars and training sessions related
to building a business.
The new home of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences has reached a major construction milestone. On March 22,
the university hosted a topping out ceremony, during which one of
the building’s final beams – out of a total of 7,459
steel beams — was hoisted on top of the eight-story structure
and put into place at Washington and High streets in downtown
A UB workshop this fall brought together descendants of Dred
Scott, Solomon Northup and other former slaves who authored
narratives about their enslavement. The gathering, planned by
transnational studies professor Kari Winter, may have been the
first of its kind.
UB alum Terry Gross EDM '75, BA '72, interviewed Regina Mason whose
great-great-great grandfather had been William Grimes, a runaway
slave who had authored what is now considered to be the first
fugitive slave narrative. Mason was a participant in the Voices of
Slavery workshop this past fall. Listen to the interview below.
Read more about the workshop from the New York Times and NPR.