BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "Serving Those Who Serve Others" was the theme
of the second annual Community Service Fair on Sept. 13 at the UB
School of Management.
Black tie service, limousine transportation, a string quartet
and chocolate gifts were among the amenities given to
representatives of local community service organizations as they
worked their information booths. The event was held to allow
faculty, staff and students to learn more about the volunteer
opportunities at participating agencies, and to sign up to
"We wanted to do something extra for the community service
representatives to express our appreciation for what they do," said
Cynthia Shore, assistant dean of corporate and community relations
at the School of Management. "Our community is a better place
thanks to these people and their organizations."
In addition to the royal treatment, one of the participating
agencies, the Mental Health Association of Erie County, was
selected by raffle to receive the proceeds of the annual MBA Date
Auction to be held in early 2007. Last year's winner, Upstate New
York Transplant Services, received nearly $2,800.
The fair was co-hosted by the Graduate Management Association
and UB's Leadership Development Center. A number of community
service organizations attended, including American Cancer
Society-Erie County, Autistic Services, Big Brother Big Sister
Program, Brighton Place, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Urban
League, Central Referral Services, Inc., Cradle Beach Camp, Crisis
Services, Erie County Dept. of Social Services, Erie County Retired
& Senior Volunteer Program, Exotic Cat Rescue, Gilda's Club,
Meals on Wheels of Buffalo & Erie County, Inc., Mental Health
Association, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Upstate New
York Transplant Services, WNED and WNY Developmental Disabilities
Services Office (WNYDDSO).
John M. Thomas, dean of the UB School of Management, recognized
the public-service and community-engagement activities of the
school's faculty, staff and students at a luncheon held in
conjunction with the community service fair.
He also presented a Community Service Leadership Award to the
Graduate Management Association (GMA) for their activities over the
past year and discussed how the School of Management will continue
to share its resources with the community.
"Community engagement has long been an important initiative of
the School of Management," said School of Management Dean John M.
Thomas. "And our commitment to public service mirrors the renewed
commitment that has come out of the university's long-term
strategic planning process, UB 2020."
The University at Buffalo School of Management is ranked as one
of the world's "top business schools" by The Wall Street Journal.
It also has been cited by Forbes for "best return on