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@UB is a monthly compilation of University at Buffalo news, stories and messages from the UB Alumni Association. 

This email is sent monthly as a service for UB alumni and friends. UB alumni are invited to communicate with fellow alumni by submitting a class note via UB Connect or posting to UB alumni social media channels. Send your comments and questions to alumnicommunications@buffalo.edu.

In My Opinion

Each month we ask you a question about pop culture, about UB, or about your experiences in general.

April Question

If you were to go back to UB today, what would your major be? We'd like to know! 

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"In My Opinion" Top Responses

March Question

Which song instantly takes you back to your days at UB?
  • Melissa Chester, BA ’90, Denver, NC "American Pie--that song was from an era earlier than when I was at UB, but at frat parties, when that song came on, it didn't matter what else was going on-everyone just sang it. It didn't matter whether you were in a good mood or not--and then that song would come on, and instant good mood. Lots of fellowship and friendship-when I hear that song now, it takes me back to some of the good friends I made then and still have today."
  • Prosenjit Bhattacharya, MS, '17, Troy, MI “Raindrops keep falling on my head by BJ Thomas. Reminds me of the snow and rainy season at UB. Usually on the way to class.”
  • Michelle Wolf, MBA '98,BA '95, Edinboro, PA "The song 'Allison Road' by the Gin Blossoms always takes me back to the years my friends and I rented a house off South Campus on Comstock. It got less play than 'Hey Jealousy' but was a frequent jukebox selection during endless nights at Anacone's on Bailey. It was a time I began to find myself at UB after 12 years of Catholic school and always brings back that weird vibe that mixed post Cold War hope with the post industrial grit of grunge that permeated the early 90's. Hearing it now tastes like the spinach calzone at Norton's, a nap in Lockwood and Camel Wides."
  • Robert W. Galbraith, BS '69, East Amherst, NY "Mello Yellow by Donovan." 
  • Tom Pellitieri, BA '83, Toledo, OH “The famous five-note phrase from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" immediately takes me back to the UB Remote Computing Centers.  I worked primarily in the basement of Parker Engineering on the Main St. campus as a Remote Terminal Operator, loading card decks into the card reader and retrieving printouts.  When the main system was down, the Remote Terminal displayed a five letter error message (UT RTO - User Terminal Received Time Out) A fellow operator noted that we could sing that to the Close Encounters notes.”
  • Angela (Pedersen) Egan , BA '76, Sicklerville, NJ "The Way We Were from the movie of the same name."
  • Tom Trinchera, MLS '96, BA '94, Poughkeepsie, NY "I could name several dozen songs! But, I'll try to narrow it down:Give It Away by the Red Hot Chili Peppers stands out because during the summer of 1992 it was the theme song of the tight knit group of friends I'd hang out with. In fact, just about any song from Blood Sugar Sex Magic was on my playlist then. Also, just about anything from the following albums: The Reality of My Surroundings by Fishbone, Badmotorfinger by Soundgarden, Ten by Pearl Jam, Psalm 69 by Ministry, Broken by nine inch nails, Nothing's Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual by Jane's Addiction and both Use Your Illusion albums by Guns N' Roses. The 90s were such a great age for music!"
  • Elizabeth (Saltzgaber) Peters, BA '76, Rochester, NY "More Than A Feeling by Boston - 1977."

February Question

Did you or any of your fellow classmates find true love at UB?
  • Divya Vani , MS ’17, Buffalo, NY "Yes I did! I have found love in UB with an incredibly intelligent, handsome and funny man whose name is Akhilesh. I will be forever grateful to UB not just for the pool of knowledge and resources it has provided me but also for the magic it brought in my life."
  • Dalene Aylward , EdM, '03, BS '01, Getzville, NY “I met my husband at the Student Union (SU) Information Booth, where I had been working as a SU Building Manager. We later connected through one of the campus ministries, & the next semester he became a SU Building Manager as well! We learned we worked very well together. Additionally, my sister met her husband through the same campus ministry. My husband & I, & later my sister & her husband, were married at the Little White Church, on the border of campus on Frontier Rd.”
  • Gillian Julius , BS '02, and Harold Hotchkiss, BA ’01, Erie, PA “Harold and I met way back at the beginning of our freshman year in Governors. I was playing the piano in the common area and he came to see who was playing. After many years of being 'just friends' we realized there was a lifelong magic brewing. We're now 12 years married and are still best friends.”
  • Heidi Mohr, BA '90, Amherst, NY "I was a board member at Schussmeisters Ski Club while a student at UB in 1987.  It was my turn to run the spring break trip to Daytona Beach, FL. Dan Cassidy (my husband of 25 years) and his friends/floormates- I think there were 8 of them- came on the trip. It cost $199 for the week's trip! We wound up talking on the bus all night while  everyone else was sleeping or passed out. From that conversation grew a relationship with my best friend of the last 30 years. In 2003, we left Buffalo on a 7 year odyssey to Calgary & Seattle and returned home 7.5 years ago with a 10 year old daughter.  Who loves UB, BTW! We go to UB football & BB games and she knows all of the players- and they know her! We're hoping to travel to Cleveland soon with all of our BB friends AGAIN to see UB win the tournament in a few weeks."
  • Stanley Rosen, BS '51, Las Vegas, NV "My good friend and I both married local Buffalo girls...We were both G.I. Bill engineering students in the early 1950's in a school that had only one female student and whose average age was 27. I...got married soon after graduation and returned to New York City. We both stayed married to our spouses for life." 
  • Bill Heiberger, BS '86, and Maureen Heiberger, MS '88, Wapole, MA "We met during our freshman year in Fargo Quad. We have been married for 27 years & two of our children are students at UB. Looks like we started a legacy!"
  • AJ "Mick" Di Mattia, BA '86, Ridgefield, CT "In the late '60's, Cupid seemingly lurked within, if not, perhaps held a staff job, in the University Housing Office: Judy Galza (Goodyear Hall Head Resident '66-'68 ) & I(Tower Hall RA ''67-'68) have now been married 48+ years; my roommate, Joe Passiment (Allenhurst Garden Apartments RA '68-'69) & Alissa Bokino (Clement Hall RA '67-'69) also have now been married 48+ years; and Joe Passiment's and my RA, John Lucas (Tower Hall RA '66-'68) & Ellie Cantwell (McDonald Hall RA & Michael  Hall Assistant Head Resident '67-'68) have now been married 49+ years ... and all of us have remained lifelong and loving friends."
  • Nancy Campos , EdM '09, BA '06, Saugerties, NY "My husband, Beynan Ransom (MS, 2013, MS 2015), and I met at UB while in graduate school thanks to our advisor, mentor, and my Buffalo mom, Dr. Letitia Thomas. Our first interaction was during a networking event I was working and he was participating in. To say we did not hit it off right away is a bit of an understatement. We continued to see each other at UB STEM workshops and events for about 3 years, making small talk, before we began dating. This May we will be celebrating our first anniversary as a married couple."

December Question

Did you take advantage of Black Friday deals, either online or from a brick-and-mortar store?
  • Giselle Zabranskey, BA ’10, Buffalo, NY "There was a particular set of headphones we had our eyes on for our daughter and the day before Thanksgiving my husband and I saw an ad for the exact color we had wanted to purchase. $25 cheaper than the best internet price we had found, in-store ONLY! At 9am on Black Friday (very late for the serious shoppers) my husband said "Why don't we go see, maybe they have some left..." "No way!At that price at this hour?!Not a chance!" I said. He convinced me to go with him, the store was only 5 minutes away, after all, and when we got there we were pleasantly suprised!The clerk said "Oh yes, we still have some!" and not even 20 minutes later we had left the store with the MUST-HAVE headphones! It goes to show that there are deals to be found even after all the doorbuster insanity at 5am."
  • Letitia Thomas, PhD, '06, MA '00, EdM '93, Buffalo, NY “I hit the brick and mortar stores late Thursday evening. I like to be out there, to see the merchandise up close. I did use my cell phone to compare store prices to Amazon.”
  • Tom Trinchera, MLS '96, BA ’94, Poughkeepsie, NY “Yes I did! I don't usually do my holiday shopping on Black Friday and I didn't this year BUT my brother's birthday is very close to Thanksgiving so while I was in Rochester for the holiday visiting him and the rest of my family, I went to the area's coolest record store, Record Archive & I was able to find 2 of the 3 CDs he'd asked for! Felt really good to shop in an independent business -- Record Archive is so big it's not really accurate to call it a "small biz". ”