Steven Guttenberg (DDS ’69, BA ’65) will accept the
UB Alumni Association’s highest honor, the Samuel P. Capen
Award, during the association’s annual awards ceremony at 6
p.m. March 27 in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.
President Satish K. Tripathi and UBAA President Carol Gloff (BS
’75) will present the awards. A post-award reception will
feature premium food stations, an open bar and entertainment in the
Tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased online or by
calling the UB Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-284-5382.
A board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Washington,
D.C., Guttenberg is president of the Washington Institute for
Mouth, Face and Jaw Surgery. He and his wife, Diana Guttenberg,
have pledged the largest gift ever to the UB School of Dental
Medicine. The speaker at the school’s 2014 commencement,
Guttenberg is a past recipient of the District of Columbia Dental
Society’s prestigious Sterling V. Mead Award. He is a senior
attending surgeon and teaching staff member at the Washington
Hospital Center. He also is a diplomate of the International
Congress of Oral Implantologists and immediate past president of
the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Others receiving awards are:
- Venkat Panchapakesan (MS ’90), head of engineering for
YouTube, who will receive the Clifford C. Furnas Memorial Award.
The Furnas award is presented to engineering, natural sciences or
mathematics alumni who have distinguished themselves in a field of
- Rear Adm. Rebecca McCormick-Boyle (BS 81), commander of the
Navy Medicine Education and Training Command at Fort Sam Houston,
who will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Arthur Goshin (MD ’70, BS ’66), co-founder and
former president and CEO of the health maintenance organization
Univera Health, who will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Paul Nussbaum (BA ’67), founder and chair of Waramaug
Hospitality, a private real estate firm that specializes in the
acquisition of hotels and resorts, who will receive a Distinguished
- Alejandro Rivera Becerra (PhD ’01, ME ’98, MS
’93), a distinguished diplomat for Mexico, who will receive
the International Distinguished Alumni Award.
- Stephanie Mucha, who worked for more than four decades as a
licensed practical nurse at the Buffalo Veterans Administration
Hospital, who will receive the Walter P. Cooke Award. The Cooke
award recognizes notable and meritorious contributions to the
university and its family by non-alumni. Mucha, a self-taught
investor, has contributed significantly to the university and its
schools of dental medicine, engineering, medicine and nursing, and
the College of Arts and Sciences.
- Dale Fish (PhD ’82), who retired from UB in December 2014
after a 40-year career at the university, who will receive the
Richard T. Sarkin Award for Excellence in Teaching. Most recently
senior associate dean for academic and student affairs, and
associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science,
Fish taught the intensive “Gross Human Anatomy” course
to physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise science
students for three decades.
- Alfred Caffiero, a co-founder of Western New York Physical and
Occupational Therapy, and longtime friend to the UB physical
therapy program, who will be presented with the Community
Leadership Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to
the Western New York community.
- Mark Travers (PhD ’08, MS ’05) who will receive the
George W. Thorn Award, given to distinguished alumni under 40. A
research assistant professor in the School of Public Health and
Health Professions, and research scientist at Roswell Park Cancer
Institute, Travers’ work to reveal the dangers of secondhand
smoke has helped people throughout the world literally breathe
- The Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council , which will
receive the Philip B. Wels Outstanding Service Award. This group
has devoted countless hours to the School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences, offering invaluable advice, leadership and
financial support over two decades.