First Look

The Biggest and the Bluest

By Sally Jarzab | Photographs by Meredith Forrest Kulwicki, Douglas Levere,
Ann Brown and Dawn Baumgarten

“This campaign is your campaign. It belongs to the entire university.”
Satish K. Tripathi

Boldness was the theme and the tenor on April 30 as UB publicly launched its Boldly Buffalo campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the university.

Special gatherings on all three campuses, and on Facebook Live, marked the momentous occasion. In the Student Union, horns blared and cowbells rang when President Satish K. Tripathi announced the $650 million goal. With more than $451 million already secured—inclusive of successful campaigns by the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Law—celebration was definitely in order. (Cue the confetti cannons!) “We believe access to an outstanding education transforms the lives of our students, inspiring them to think bigger and lead the way,” Tripathi said.

“We believe that boldly tackling research is the best way to improve the quality of life, elevate the human condition and deliver sought-after answers. And we believe that fueling the growth of vibrant, healthy and inclusive communities here and around the globe is the most direct way to a better world.”