Arriving in Buffalo for his first semester in January 2001,
Wei-Loon Leong (MBA ’05, BS ’03) stepped off the plane
to nothing but snow. New to the area, the Malaysia native thought
to himself, “They call this the spring semester?”
Apparently UB’s international admissions officers had
mentioned Niagara Falls, Toronto and New York City, but had
“left out the snow part.” Fortunately for us, Wei-Loon
decided to give UB a shot anyway.
It was a very different scene in October 2013 when Wei-Loon and
his wife, Xiaoli Mu, got off their flight from Beijing on a
beautiful fall day in Buffalo. For Wei-Loon, it was a homecoming of
sorts after spending the past eight years in the Chinese capital,
where he was most recently a senior manager for business
administration at Beijing BISS International School. He is now
UB’s first director of international alumni relations,
charged with developing a comprehensive program to engage the
university’s 8,000 alumni who live overseas.
We caught up with Wei-Loon shortly after his arrival. Among
other things, we found he has become a little more accepting of the
Frank Krzystofiak’s data modeling class in my MBA program
really helped me a lot in my eight years in China. It helped me
analyze and present information easily enough for people to
understand and make important decisions.
When we were students, my brother and I bought durian, a
tropical fruit, at the Tops on Maple. It smells like a corpse, but
it tastes pretty good, in my opinion. We brought it back to
Governor’s Hall and opened it up in the shared kitchen. Then
the RAs came out and were close to calling the cops, so we had to
pack it up and eat it outside.
Just deal with it! When we sold our car in Beijing, we had a little snow brush that the new owner didn’t want. I chucked it into our luggage and then put it in our new car here. The salesman saw this little snow brush and he says, “Did you guys bring this from China?”
Leaving the friends, the network and my in-laws was more
difficult for [my wife] because it’s her first time living
overseas. For me, it’s very comfortable to be back. More like
a second home. UB hasn’t changed a lot, except for the Stampede bus. It used to be a Blue
I like Anchor Bar and my wife likes Duff’s. She orders very hot. I get mild.