UB at Sunrise Downtown Speaker Series to Begin with Presentation by Former UB President William Greiner

By Barbara A. Byers

Release Date: April 12, 2005

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Alumni Association's UB at Sunrise Downtown Speaker Series kicks off its spring season with a presentation by William R. Greiner, University Professor, chair of the Greater Buffalo Commission and former UB president. Greiner will discuss "The Regional City of Buffalo...the Merging of Buffalo and Erie County Governments" on April 29 in the Hyatt Regency, 2 Fountain Plaza.

The spring series will consist of three programs presented by members of the UB community who will address topics of human interest and current concern. Each program will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and networking. Presentations will start at 8 a.m. and conclude promptly at 9 a.m. after a question-and-answer session.

The 11-member Greater Buffalo Commission, consisting of top government, education, religious and community leaders, was co-founded by Erie County Executive Joel A. Giambra and Buffalo Mayor Anthony M. Masiello. The commission made its recommendations for a merger earlier this year, but the process has been put on hold as a result of the county's fiscal problems.

UB alumnus and Buffalo Bills' offensive line coach Jim McNally, Ed.M. '68, B.S. '66, will speak on May 19, and Woodrow "Woody" Maggard, associate vice provost of the UB Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) will speak on June 15.

To register for the series, or for individual presentations, go to the "UB Connect" tab on the UB Alumni Association Web site at http://www.alumni.buffalo.edu, or call the UB Office of Alumni Relations at 829-2608 or 1-800-284-5382. The cost per program is $12 per person; $32 for the entire series. Registration for the April 29 program or the entire series must be made by April 13.