Our Stories

Read about just a few of our many alumni and friends who accomplish amazing things around the world.  

Principal practice: Joelle Formato, EdM ’15, greets students each morning as they arrive at Buffalo’s Persistence Preparatory Academy Charter School, which she founded in 2018. Formato believes a personal welcome helps young scholars know they are cared for and respected.
Hear why Jessica is passionate about sustainability, how UB impacted her career and what it was like to help pass the most groundbreaking climate law in the nation.
Check out these 10 UB School of Law alumni who are bringing their innovative spirit to their life’s work—and changing the world along the way.
We sat down with Tom Occhino, BS '07, engineering director at Facebook, to hear the eight things he recommends for thinking like an entrepreneur.
When I was 24 years old, I quit my job as a TV news producer to be a freelance reporter in Lebanon. I was confident I could succeed as an overseas reporter—largely because of my experience at the University at Buffalo.
Aman Singh (BS ‘12) and his brother Ajay Singh are bringing the spices and flavors of the streets of India to Buffalo in their new restaurant, Naan-Tastic. The brothers’ second venture opened on Niagara Falls Boulevard in early 2019.
John Koltai (BA '04) was a shy kid from Amherst when he started at UB. Now, he's a full-time freelance designer, animator and director who has worked on films such as Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and Thor: Ragnarok.
What goes around has come around for pediatric cardiologist Thomas DiSessa (MD ’71), who has gone from a once-struggling student to a world traveler with a cause.
When Jackie Andula (BS '90, MPH '03) first graduated with her nursing degree from UB, she had no idea she’d accidentally stumble upon a passion for public health that would span over three decades.
George Ellis Jr., MD ’45, and his wife Kelly, remained anonymous donors until recently. Learn about this amazingly generous couple who gave UB its largest gift ever.

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