BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Alumni Association
will honor an entrepreneur and a former Buffalo Bill and NFL Hall
of Famer during the UB Alumni Association Achievement Awards
ceremony to be held at 6 p.m. April 13 in Lippes Concert Hall in
Slee Hall on the UB North Campus.
Entrepreneur John R. "Jack" Davis, BS '55, will receive the UB
Alumni Association's highest honor, the Samuel P. Capen Award, and
Jim Kelly and his wife, Jill, friends of UB, will receive the
Community Leadership Award. They are among the 11 individuals who
will be honored, along with three university volunteers and one
association. UB President Satish K. Tripathi and UB Alumni
Association President Tim Lafferty, BS '86, will present the
awards. A post-award reception will feature premium food stations,
an open bar and entertainment in the Center for the Arts
Tickets for the Alumni Association Achievement Awards are $75
per person and may be purchased online at http://www.alumni.buffalo.edu/events
or by calling the UB Office of Alumni Relations at
Jack Davis, of
Akron, N.Y., is founder and owner of I Squared R Element Company, a
manufacturer and seller of heating elements for high-temperature
furnaces. He is widely known for keeping manufacturing jobs in
America as well as for providing a generous profit-sharing program
for his employees, including his plan to leave the company to them
upon his death. Crediting UB for much of his success, Davis and his
wife, Barbara, made an initial gift to UB in 2008 of $1.5 million
for the naming rights to the state-of-the-art "clean room" for the
new engineering building on the North Campus. The largest gift in
the school's history at the time, the Davises increased their gift
by $3.5 million, and in 2011 UB proudly opened a new
130,000-plus-square-foot building called Barbara and Jack Davis
Jim and Jill
Kelly, of East Aurora, N.Y., have been advocates for medical
research and newborn testing since the 1997 birth of their son,
Hunter James, who died of an inherited fatal disorder of the
nervous system at the age of 8. Through their unceasing efforts and
the couple's Hunter's Hope Foundation, the Hunter James Kelly
Research Institute was opened in 2004 in collaboration with UB.
Located in UB's Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life
Sciences in downtown Buffalo, the HJKRI is working toward a cure
for Krabbe Disease and other leukodystrophies.
Additional 2012 awardees include Distinguished Alumni Award
recipients C.L. "Max"
Nikias, PhD '81 & MS '80, of San Marino, Calif.; and Frank B. Silvestro, MA
'68, & BA '62, of Clarence, N.Y.
International Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to
Seong-Kon Kim, PhD
'84 & MA '81, of Seoul, Republic of Korea; and Robin Yanhong Li, MS
'94, of Beijing, China.
The Walter P. Cooke Award, which recognizes notable and
meritorious contributions to the university and its family by
non-alumni, will be given to Esther Takeuchi, of
East Amherst, N.Y.
The Clifford C. Furnas Award, presented to engineering, natural
sciences or mathematics alumni who have distinguished themselves in
a field of science, is to be given to Dexter Johnson, PhD
'95, MS '89 & BS '87, of Cleveland, Ohio.
The Dr. Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching will
be presented to Linda
Heim McCausland, EdD '90, MS '78 & BS '74, of Amherst,
The George W. Thorn Award, given to distinguished alumni under
40, will be given to Daniel G. Gibson, BS
'99, of LaJolla, Calif.
The Dr. Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Award will be given
to the UB Engineering
Alumni Association, for the organization's contributions to the
university, academia, the community and the profession.
In appreciation of outstanding volunteer contributions to the
university, Volunteer Recognition Awards will be presented to: Rita Andolina, MSW '88
& BA '80, of West Seneca, N.Y.; Raymond P. Poltorak,
MBA'68 & BA'65, of Montgomery, Texas; and Roger Roll, friend of
UB, of Williamsville, N.Y.