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True Blue Days

Featured events include the Homecoming football game against Kent State on Saturday and a reunion program for 1960s grads. Head out to the game early to catch Eddie Money performing live in Stampede Square.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, October 6

Back to the Classroom

Kick off Homecoming Weekend by heading back to the classroom and reliving the intellectual and engaging experiences that defined your UB education. Choose from a range of informative and timely topics that are sure to spark your imagination and challenge your thinking, as only UB can.

7:30 A.M., 205 Alfiero Center, North Campus

Seminar: Chickens and Pigs, Business Models and Competitive Strategy

Harold Star, clinical assistant professor of operations management, shows executives how to use the power of business models to build strategies that make customers the center of their strategic planning activities. He has extensive consulting experience with clients ranging from small businesses to the Canadian government to nonprofit organizations. Presented by the UB School of Management Alumni Association.

7:30 a.m. Seminar registration and continental breakfast.
8:00 a.m. Program begins.

9:00 A.M.

Seminar: Peace, Love and Estate Planning

A talk that will provide answers to some of the most frequently asked estate planning questions: What’s the difference between a will and a trust? What is a living trust? Is your power of attorney up to date? What documents can help you protect and direct your assets?

9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., 324 Crofts Hall, North Campus

Effective Presentations

Learn to plan how to deliver a more concise and compelling message in presentations. This interactive half-day class is a foundation for the Mastering Presentation Series, which teaches the elements of designing and delivering effective presentations.

10:00 A.M., BLACKSTONE LAUNCHPAD, 220 STUDENT UNION, NORTH CAMPUS

Innovation and Creative Problem Solving

Creativity and innovation are fast becoming core competencies for leading in the global economy. This session helps you build your innovative capacity by showing you key tools to use in the creative problem solving process. Registration is limited to 24 participants.

11:00 A.M., THE BULL PEN, ALUMNI ARENA, NORTH CAMPUS

NCAA Hot Topics

This session is about NCAA hot topics that affect student-athletes, including how NCAA rules and regulations apply to college athletics, coaches and UB staff.

4:30 P.M.

Making Sense of Student Loans – Presented by The Establishment

Learn smart ways to pare down and manage dreaded student debt. This hour-long session will show you options for repayment or forgiveness, help you develop a plan for paying back loans and clarify how they influence your financial future. 

6:00 P.M., 105 Harriman Hall, South Campus

Scholars on the Road: The Polarization of American Politics

American politics today is marked by severe polarization between the public and major political parties. Department of Political Science Professors James Campbell and Jacob Neiheisel discuss causes and consequences. Part of the College of Arts and Sciences Scholars on the Road Lecture Series. 

Friday, October 7

8:00 a.m., 125 Kapoor Hall, South Campus

Breakfast Talk: Keeping the Medical in Medical Marijuana

UB alumnus Edward Bednarczyk, chair of the pharmacy practice department in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will present an overview of current controversial issues surrounding the legalization of marijuana. Alumni and faculty from diverse fields will respond with their perspectives. Continental breakfast available before program begins. 

1:00-3:00 p.m., Harriman Hall Ballroom, South Campus

Lunch and Lecture: A Study of Student Activism

Student activism was a hallmark of higher education in the 1960s. SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Claude Welch (recently retired) and SUNY Distinguished Professor Bruce Jackson will lead a discussion on student activism and how it affected not just campus life, but the wider world view. Be ready to reminisce about your times on campus. This is a UB Alumni Association Lecture Luncheon.

A conversation with Bruce Jackson, SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture, and Claude Welch, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science.

3:00-4:00 p.m., 403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

Genomic Testing, Individual Health Values and Personalized Medicine

Genomic Testing, Individual Health Values and Personalized Medicine: Challenges and Innovative Directions Toward Individual Risk Identification, Prevention and Public Health

Genomic testing is a recognized and valued component of personalized health care, spanning diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and familial risk assessment. UB alumnus and guest speaker Carolyn D. Farrell will discuss genome screening for common disorders, with the promise of early risk identification and prevention. School of Nursing Seventh Annual Margaret A. Nelson Endowed Lecture. Reception to follow.

9:00 p.m., Adjacent to UB Bookstore, North Campus

Homecoming Bonfire and Fireworks

Don’t miss a UB homecoming tradition with our students!

Saturday, October 8

10:30 A.M., Silverman Library, Capen Hall, North Campus

Arts and Literature at UB During the Sixties: Panel Discussion and Multimedia Presentation

What would UB Groovin’ Weekend be without the music, art, literature and films of the 1960s? Join us for a continental breakfast and slide show featuring popular music and arts of the 1960s, followed by a panel with Associate Professor of Music Jonathan Golove, Associate Professor of Visual Studies Jonathan Katz, Associate Professor of English William Solomon and Edward H. Butler Professor of Literature Cristanne Miller. They'll talk about the 1960s “greats” who were at UB, including Allen Ginsberg and other “beats,”  John Barth and John Cage. The session also will feature photographs by SUNY Distinguished Professor Bruce Jackson and others taken at UB events during the decade.

1:30 P.M., Silverman Library, Capen Hall, North Campus

LGBTQ Studies Today

UB was one of the first universities in the U.S. to offer courses in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies. Jonathan D. Katz, chair and associate professor in UB’s Department of Art, is a pioneering academic, curator, and gay activist who works at the intersection of art history and queer history. As the director of UB’s burgeoning queer studies program, he will lead a discussion of the university's queer academic present and future with some of the program’s students. 

1:30 p.m., Stadium Lot, North Campus

Homecoming Tailgate Tent Party

The party gets started two hours before kickoff!

3:30 p.m., UB Stadium, North Campus

UB Bulls vs. Kent State Golden Flashes

Homecoming football game. Go Bulls!