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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.

Individual sessions are free, unless otherwise noted. 

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.

Cost: $30.00 per person.

9:00 A.M., 183 Kapoor Hall, South Campus

Seminar: Peace, Love and Estate Planning

Most of us know the importance of saving for retirement. However, many fail to plan the “bonus years” – typically between ages 80-95 – when our bodies begin to slow down and questions begin to arise such as:

“Who will care for me?”

“Where will I live?”

“How will it be paid for?”

With increasing life expectancies, many seniors do not have a clear picture of how their finances will be managed. Nor do they have a clear understanding of the progression of care, or where and how it can be accessed. Many families either ignore the need for planning, or must “stumble through” a fragmented, confusing system that often leaves them overwhelmed, exhausted, and without good choice.

Elder law attorney, author, and advocate Laurie Menzies will discuss navigating the financial, legal, and long term care issues you should be thinking about using a comprehensive approach to the last years of life. Learn how to create a plan to live the lifestyle you prefer as you age, protect your assets where possible, and create the necessary legal documents which ensure that you receive appropriate care.

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.


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.


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.

12:30 P.M., 320 Crofts Hall, North Campus

Using LinkedIn to Leverage Your Alumni Network for Career Success

LinkedIn can be very useful when looking for a new position, or for uncovering opportunities to collaborate and learn. UB alumni have found success in leveraging the expertise, knowledge, and contacts that help foster exciting careers. Find out how to tap into that network. 

5:30 P.M., 305 Silverman Library, Capen Hall, North Campus

F3: Find Free stuff Fast!

Feeling overwhelmed with all the information available on the internet? Trying to do research for your business or personal project that goes beyond Wikipedia or WebMD? Register for F: Find, Free stuff Fast! This interactive workshop will explore free and low cost “hidden” websites that can save you hours of search time and give you high quality information. The session will also include a brief tour of Silverman Library’s newly-renovated 3rd floor.

NOTE: Please bring your own tablet, laptop, or smartphone to the session.

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. 

Cost: $10.00 per person.

11:00 A.M., Student Union Theater, North Campus

State of the University Address

UB President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver the annual State of the University address to the campus, with a reception to immediately follow in the Student Union lobby. 

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.

Cost: $20.00 per person.

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 A.M. – 12:00 P.M., 104 O’Brian Hall, UB North Campus

Sports Law CLE: Legal issues surrounding Professional and Collegiate Sports Administration

CLE Presenters: 

•  David Zygaj, JD ’89– Vice President of Legal Affairs, Buffalo Sabres
•  Bridget Niland, JD ’98, EdM ’98, BA ’95– Director of Athletics/Special Assistant to the President, Damen College
•  Shane Costa, JD ’13– Certified Agent & Director of Football Operations, Pillar Sports Management LLC | Attorney, VanDette Penberthy LLP

CLE Agenda:

•  Management of marketing, branding and media
•  Management of projects and facilities
•  NCAA governance issues
•  Role of in-house counsel
•  Interaction with outside counsel
•  Representing professional athletes
•  Hot topics – new trends in structuring contracts; the evolution of Title IX; representing minor prospects
•  Q & A

Sponsored by the UB School of Law and the UB Law Alumni Association’s Gold Group. Earn 2.0 NYS CLE credits in Professional Practice. These credits qualify as transitional or non-transitional credits.

Register on-line at: or call the Law Alumni Office at (716) 645-2107


•  FREE for paid 2016-17 LAA Members at the $60 level
•  FREE for paid 16-17 LAA Student Members
•  $15 for GOLD Group Members | $20 for all others

Questions? Contact Pat Warrington at (716) 645-7885.

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!

• $30 for tailgate only, age 21+
• $40 for tailgate and game ticket, age 21+
• $20 for tailgate only, ages 20 and under
• $30 for tailgate and game ticket, ages 20 and under