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Wednesday, September 21

Engaged in Our Community

Wednesday’s major news was the announcement that UB has received the largest gift from an individual—$40 million—in our history, donated by an anonymous alumnus of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to serve the medical school as it expands.

In partnership with the local community, the university also hosted several public Inauguration Week events on campus, including Robert Gates’s Distinguished Speakers Series lecture, the final UB on the Green concert, the continuation of the Buffalo Food Policy Summit and an event previewing the UB Campaign for the Community.

UB Receives Largest-ever Gift from an Individual Donor

A press conference was held at UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences to make the announcement and honor the deceased donor, a family physician who spent his career investing with the intent of giving back to his alma mater. Read the story | Watch the video

Buffalo Food Policy Summit Research Roundtable: Rebuilding Community Food Systems; Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Research

Open to faculty, students and the community, this UB faculty roundtable was held on the South Campus and featured research and scholarship on the local food system from multiple disciplines, including urban planning, architecture, behavioral medicine and geography. The goal: to launch an ongoing dialogue about the complex questions and issues related to access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate food in Buffalo. Read the story

25th Annual Distinguished Speakers Series: Robert Gates

The 2011-12 Distinguished Speakers Series opened with an address by former CIA Director Robert M. Gates, the 22nd Secretary of Defense (2006-2011). UB offered free tickets to local groups and organizations as part of a community ticket program sponsored by Hodgson Russ LLP, an affiliate sponsor of the series. (Pictured left to right: Dennis Black, vice president for university life and services, Gates and President Satish K. Tripathi) Read the story

UB Employees Campaign for the Community

University leaders, Campaign steering committee members, top employee donors and representatives of local non-profit agencies met at the Center for the Arts on Wednesday in anticipation of the Sept. 26 launch of the UB Employees Campaign for the Community, a university tradition since 1976. The campaign provides the means for all employees and retirees of the university to make a meaningful contribution to charitable organizations worldwide.

UB on the Green: Featuring the Genkin Philharmonic and The Buffalo Chips

The Genkin Philharmonic, a 10-piece ensemble that includes UB music faculty, and The Buffalo Chips, UB’s all-male a cappella group (pictured with President Satish K. Tripathi), entertained the crowd at UB’s free outdoor performance series held every year on the South Campus. There were appearances by the UB Bulls football team and art activities, demonstrations and giveaways by the Undergraduate Academies, Pediatric Dental Clinics, Anderson Art Gallery, Student Life and UB Athletics. Read the story

President Satish K. Tripathi posing with The Buffalo Chips, UB’s only all-male a cappella group.