BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A colorful ceremony rich in tradition and
pageantry will mark the formal investiture of Satish K. Tripathi as
the University at Buffalo's 15th president at 3 p.m. Sept. 23 in
the Center of the Arts on the UB North Campus. The ceremony will be
followed by a public reception in the center's atrium.
The investiture of Tripathi will be part of a larger
Inauguration Week, a university-wide celebration from Sept. 19-24
that will honor the university's proud past while celebrating its
extraordinary present and vast potential for the future. It will
include a SUNY Distinguished Professors colloquium, international
symposium and a speech by a former U.S. secretary of defense, as
well as an outdoor concert on the lawn of UB's South Campus, a
global fair and homecoming tailgate parties and football game.
The events are open to the public; most of them are free.
Complete information is available on the Inauguration Week website:
The theme of the celebration is "Local Impact, Global Reach,"
underscoring the fact that the work of UB scholars, researchers and
educators changes the world for the better. The celebration also
will reaffirm UB's commitment to contributing to the greater public
good through its pursuit of academic excellence, a foundation on
which it continues to expand its reach, strengthen its impact and
set its sights even higher for the future.
Each day of the week-long inaugural calendar will focus on a key
theme. On Sept. 19, the theme will be "Celebrating Excellence in
Research, Education and Service" and the university will host three
The first, at 10:30 a.m., will be a SUNY Distinguished
Professors Colloquium, "The Mission of Public Research Universities
in the 21st Century," to be held in the Black Box Theatre, Center
for the Arts. The keynote speaker will be former SUNY Chancellor D.
Bruce Johnstone, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor and
University Professor Emeritus at UB.
Student excellence and engagement will be celebrated at 1 p.m.
in the Center for the Arts and the Student Union. At 3:30 p.m. in
the Center for the Arts, the focus will be on faculty and staff
academic excellence. Recently named SUNY Distinguished Professors,
Chancellor's Award winners and UB Distinguished Professors will be
among those honored during the program.
"Creating a Vibrant and Healthy Community" will be the theme on
Sept. 20, and at 5:30 p.m. that day UB will co-sponsor a community
public forum, "Economic Development and the Food System: Ideas for
the Future," at the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 453 Porter Ave.,
Buffalo, as part of the larger Buffalo Food Policy Summit. The
forum will feature experts in the field of food security and food
justice in a discussion of how the pursuit of these goals can
provoke economic development in Buffalo, as it has in communities
across the country.
On Sept. 21, the theme will be "Engaged in Our Community" and it
will feature another inaugural week event associated with the
Buffalo Food Policy Summit.
The summit's Research Roundtable, "Rebuilding Community Food
Systems: Opportunities for Multidisciplinary Research," will take
place at 2:30 p.m. in 105 Harriman Hall, South Campus. It will
feature interdisciplinary researchers in a discussion of
scholarship and research on the food system. Speakers will include
Samina Raja, UB School of Architecture and Planning; Leonard
Epstein, UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences; and
geographer Sara Metcalf, UB College of Arts and Sciences.
Also on Sept. 21, the Office of Community Relations will host
"UB on the Green," a free outdoor, family-friendly festival of
music, dance and fun to celebrate summer in the neighborhood of
UB's South Campus. It will run from 6-8 p.m. on the Hayes Hall
lawn. Refreshments will be sold and the public is invited to picnic
on the lawn and enjoy performances by UB's stunning Genkin
Philharmonic, a 10-piece electro-acoustic chamber ensemble, and by
the Buffalo Chips, UB's national award-winning men's a cappella
group. Hands-on art activities, demonstrations and workshops will
be the order of the day.
At 8 p.m. on Sept. 21, the Distinguished Speakers Series will
present a talk by former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director
Robert Gates in Alumni Arena, North Campus. Gates, former president
of Texas A&M University, served as secretary of defense under
presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and has served in other
capacities under a total of eight American presidents. This is a
ticketed event, open to the public. Ticket information is available
on the Distinguished Speakers Series website: http://www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/special/distinguishedspeakers.shtml.
UB President Satish K. Tripathi is an internationally recognized
researcher in the field of computer science and on Sept. 22, a day
whose inaugural theme is "Engaging Our World," UB will honor his
expertise with an International Symposium on Computer Systems
It will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 330 Student Union,
North Campus, and feature a discussion of Tripathi's work and
presentations by many of his colleagues in computer science and
engineering from several distinguished institutions. The symposium,
sponsored by the Office of International Education and hosted by
the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, will be free
and open to the public.
Sept. 22 also is the day of the "UB Global Fair," to be held
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Center for the Arts. Performances by
members of UB's international student clubs will take place between
11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Foods and beverages unique to many nations
will be available from noon to 2 p.m., during which time UB faculty
members will make presentations on the global impact of their
research, education and service.
The final inaugural event on Sept. 22 will be the a free
lecture, "Talking Back to Your Intelligent Cities," by Dutch
sociologist Saskia Sassen at 4 p.m. in the Screening Room, Center
for the Arts. The lecture will be part of the UB Humanities
Institute's Fluid Culture Series.
"Fluid Culture" is a year-long series of events designed to
question the relationship between culture and ecology. Sassen, who
coined the term "global city," is noted for her analyses of
globalization and international human migration. She is Robert S.
Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and Centennial
Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.
Sept. 24, the final day of Inauguration Week, is homecoming day
and, appropriately enough, the day's theme is "Welcome Home," with
events offering alumni an opportunity to connect with friends,
family and current students.
Students, alumni, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to
attend homecoming tailgate parties that will be held beginning at 3
p.m., as part of True Blue Days in the Special Event Lot, North
At 3:30 p.m., President Satish K. Tripathi will join the UB
football team for the "Walk to Victory," starting at the bronze
Buffalo in Coventry Circle, in front of the Center for the
The UB Bulls will take on the University of Connecticut Huskies
in a homecoming football game at 6 p.m. in UB Stadium, North
Campus. This is a ticketed event.
Not enough for you?
Throughout inaugural week and beyond, several exhibitions will
take place in the UB Galleries -- all free of charge and open to
the public. The hours for the UB Anderson Gallery, 1 Martha Jackson
Place, Buffalo, are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday,
and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. The UB Art Gallery in the Center for the
Arts is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The
-- "Visual Epistemologies," UB Anderson Gallery, will consider
the question of how it is that we come to know and understand the
world. It will open with a free, public reception at 7 p.m. Sept. 8
and run through Oct. 23. The exhibit will feature an intriguing and
provocative selection of recent, largely visual productions by 19
members of the Department of Visual Studies' studio faculty.
-- "Horseplay," also at the UB Anderson Gallery, will open Sept.
8 with a free public reception at 5 p.m. and run through Oct. 22.
This playful exhibition will feature work by 11 alumni of UB's
Visual Studies master of fine arts program. Using the tropes of GPS
technology and "Gulliver's Travels," guest curator Bill Maynes of
New York City's Bill Maynes Gallery will introduce art works
produced in different styles, methods and materials, all of which
raise contemporary philosophical issues and political points of
-- "Saigon Diary," a 12-channel, mixed-media installation by
Dinh Q. Le, a Vietnamese artist best known for his
woven-photographs, will receive its world premiere at the UB
Anderson Gallery Sept. 17 through Dec. 31. The exhibition will be
free and open to the public, as will its opening reception from 6-8
pm. on Sept. 17. The exhibition is an incisive commentary on the
radical changes taking place in Vietnam as it moves from a
socialist to a capitalist economy, a process that has provoked the
birth of a new generation of consumers and their attendant
-- "Buffalo Beijing Translation" is a unique collaborative
exhibition that will open at 5 p.m. Sept. 16 in the UB Art Gallery
and continue through Oct. 22. The exhibition, being held in
conjunction with the New York Conference on Asian Studies 2011,
will present artwork produced collectively as part of an ongoing
exchange program involving UB's Visual Studies MFA students and
advanced students at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing. The
exhibition later will be presented at the Today Art Museum in
Beijing, and also will result in a publication charting the complex
process of cross-cultural collaboration.
In addition, the UB Libraries will mount two special exhibitions
to mark the investiture.
"Anniversaries & Celebrations" features historic
photographs, illustrations and artifacts from previous UB
presidential inaugurations and other university celebrations. The
exhibit draws on materials from the collections of the University
Archives, highlighting the many inaugural traditions that are part
of the university's long and distinguished history. Historic
photographs, illustrations and artifacts from previous UB
presidential inaugurations and university celebrations recall and
honor the 14 individuals who preceded President Tripathi.
The exhibition will be on view in Special Collections, 420 Capen
Hall, North Campus, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
from Sept. 6 through Sept. 22 and Sept. 26 and 27. On Sept. 23 and
Sept. 24, hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,
"165 Years of Leadership" features portraits of the 14
chancellors and presidents who preceded Tripathi. Panels for each
president or chancellor incorporate the seal of the university
during the individual's time in office, as well as text noting the
president or chancellor's contributions to the university.
The exhibition will be on view Sept. 19-25 in the atrium of the
Center for the Arts.
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.