BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Alumni Association
will honor a physicist and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph
during the UB Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony to be
held at 6 p.m. April 12 in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall on the
UB North Campus.
A UB Foundation trustee, Ashok G. Kaveeshwar, PhD
’69, will receive the UB Alumni Association’s
highest honor, the Samuel P. Capen Award, and Sister Janet
DiPasquale, MSW ’82, will receive the Community
Leadership Award. They are among the 13 individuals who will be
honored, along with three university volunteers. 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 atrium.
Tickets for the Alumni Association Achievement Awards are $75
per person and may be purchased online at www.alumni.buffalo.edu/events
or by calling the UB Office of Alumni Relations at
Kaveeshwar, of Bethesda, Md., has a long history of
service and philanthropy to UB. A native of India, Kaveeshwar is a
member of the UB Foundation Board of Trustees and chair of the
College of Arts and Sciences Deans Advisory Council. He has spent
40 years working in the high tech industry, supporting federal
agencies such as NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration. In
addition, he was nominated by President George W. Bush as the first
administrator of the Federal Research & Technology
Administration (RITA), part of the U.S. Department of
Sister Janet DiPasquale, MSW ’82, of Buffalo, has
spent her life in service to others. She is executive director of
Teaching and Restoring Youth (TRY), a transitional housing program
whose mission is to empower committed young women to rebuild their
lives and become productive members of society. DiPasquale also
holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in
counseling, and for many years ran a full-time marriage and family
Additional 2012 awardees include Distinguished Alumni Award
recipients Robert J. Beall, PhD ’70 & MA
’70, of Potomac, Md.; Clark D. Manus, BA
’74, of Oakland, Calif.; James A. Miller, PhD
’76, of Washington, D.C.; and Craig R. Smith, MD
’72, of Naples, Fla.
The International Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented
to Richard Ru Gin Chang, MS ’79, of Shanghai,
The Walter P. Cooke Award, which recognizes notable and
meritorious contributions to the university and its family by
non-alumni, will be given to Cindy Abbott Letro, of
The Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award, presented to engineering,
natural sciences or mathematics alumni who have distinguished
themselves in a field of science, is to be given to John K.
Schneider, PhD ’90 & BS ’80, of Amherst.
The Dr. Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching will
be presented to Jennifer L. Zirnheld, PhD ’04, MS
’97 & BS ’93, of Buffalo.
The George W. Thorn Award, given to distinguished alumni under
40, will be given to Eric S. Reich, JD ’02 & MBA
’02, of Amherst, and Michael J. Weisman, MBA
’01, of Buffalo.
The Dr. Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Award will be given
to Marilyn J. Ciancio, EdM ’82 & BA ’75, of
Amherst, for her 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:
Thomas A. Palmer, JD ’75 & MBA ’71, of East
Amherst; Edward F. Ryczek, BS ’71, of Sun Lakes,
Ariz.; and Claude E. Welch Jr., friend of UB, of
Detailed biographical information about the award recipients is
available at http://bit.ly/ZhOa09.