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UB on the Green Celebrates Fifth Season on South Campus

By Jessica Wangelin

Release Date: September 6, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo will hold its fifth season of UB on the Green, a free outdoor performance series on the South Campus, with free music and dance performances from 6-8 p.m. on three Wednesday evenings: Sept. 7 on Hayes Hall lawn, Sept. 14 on Rotary Field along Bailey Avenue and Sept. 21 on Hayes Hall lawn.

In addition to providing all-ages entertainment, UB on the Green is an opportunity for the community and university to become more familiar with each other. The event is designed to educate, as well as entertain, with interactive demonstrations and other hands-on activities that are fun for the whole family. Meant to showcase the university's resources, participants will include representatives of the UB Anderson Art Gallery and UB Athletics, as well as student performers and organizations.

Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy during the performances. Light refreshments will be available for sale. UB on the Green is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event.

Michael J. Pietkiewicz, assistant director of government and community relations at UB, said, "UB on the Green is an opportunity to bring the community and university together for more than just good entertainment. This event provides opportunities for neighborhood residents, students and staff to meet each other, learn about the resources available at UB and develop strong community partnerships. This fifth season of the series demonstrates UB's commitment to its neighbors."

The Sept. 7 program will feature Critt's Juke Joint, lead by Eric Crittenden. The group will perform America roots music, blues, jazz, funk and reggae.

The Sept. 14 event will open with Billy Drease Williams, a man of many talents who shares his positive experiences to encourage and inspire students through a hip-hop performances he calls "Finding A.M.Y." He will be followed by N 2 Deep, a local crossover group that will perform a variety of oldies, as well as new tunes.

The series will conclude on Sept. 21 with the Genkin Philharmonic, a 10-piece electro-acoustic chamber ensemble that will perform contemporary music in the rock, jazz, improvised and classical genres. The show's intermission will feature The Buffalo Chips, UB's all-male a capella group. The program is one of UB's Inauguration Week events marking the formal investiture of Satish K. Tripathi as UB's 15th president.

"This event provides both students and community members an opportunity to meet one another and connect as they enjoy the outdoor entertainment on the South Campus," said Tom Tiberi, interim director of student life, which is a co-partner of UB on the Green.

For more information about UB on the Green, contact the UB Office of Community Relations at 716-829-3099 or visit http://www.buffalo.edu/community/ub_on_the_green.html.

The University at Buffalo continues to strengthen and sustain its impact as a public institution serving diverse communities locally and abroad by building stronger community partnerships that enrich and enhance UB's teaching and research mission. Through programming and these partnerships, the Office of Community Relations works to cultivate a culture of community awareness and engagement in our students, faculty, and staff, and to be a good neighbor to the communities adjacent to and beyond UB's campuses.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system, and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.