Published October 10, 2013
Some might consider it to be the ultimate UB accomplishment: being a valuable, contributing member of the university community for half a century.
William H. Baumer, Alastair Brownie, Jean G. Haar, Mirdza Neiders and David J. Triggle were honored for being consummate university citizens yesterday at UB’s 10th annual Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence, held in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus.
Lucinda Finley, vice provost for faculty affairs who served as mistress of ceremony for the event, called it a “rare and distinct pleasure” to recognize the five faculty members for 50 years’ service to UB. Finley noted that the faculty members, “through their steadfast commitment to our university over five decades, have greatly enriched the academic community and numerous students by their contributions.”
As three of the faculty members received their awards and were congratulated by President Satish K. Tripathi and Provost Charles Zukoski—Haar and Triggle were unable to attend—Finley briefly recounted the contributions of all five awardees:
Tripathi earlier opened the Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence by noting that the ceremony was one of his favorite UB traditions. The annual ceremony recognizes those individuals whose long-term contributions have made a significant impact on the people and communities around them, whether through groundbreaking research or in ensuring the smooth operation of a department or office.
In addition to honoring the faculty members for 50 years of service, the program also recognized the new SUNY Distinguished Professors, SUNY Chancellor’s Award winners, UB Distinguished Professors, and winners of the Graduate Student Mentoring, Sustained Achievement, Young Investigator and Teaching Innovation awards. See related story for the full list of honorees.
During the program, music department faculty member Roland Martin performed two pieces on the C.B. Fisk Organ: "Grand Choeur" by Alexandre Guilmant and "Wachet Auf" by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Tripathi told those attending the event that the faculty and
staff members being honored “have achieved excellence in
their fields because of their abiding enthusiasm for what they
“Your excellence is the direct result of your passion, your drive, through your work, your university and the students we all serve,” he told honorees. “Your accomplishments and discoveries encourage us all to reach higher and further in our collective pursuit of excellence.”
In his remarks, Zukoski said the honorees “serve as inspiration for the future we envision for UB. What these colleagues teach us is the transformative potential of academic excellence.”
“Our most impactful colleagues choose to change lives through greater understanding, better policies, new technologies or new innovations,” he said. “The scholars we honor have chosen to make a difference. They commit their time, focus their skills and unleash their creativity to change the world.”