Published June 7, 2016
The UB Council’s final meeting of the 2015-16 academic year began — and ended — with the body recognizing some special members of the UB community.
Council members yesterday unanimously approved resolutions honoring the achievements of the UB women’s basketball team, the council’s outgoing student representative and its longtime secretary.
In introducing the resolution honoring the women’s basketball team, council chair Jeremy M. Jacobs noted it was becoming “old hat” to recognize MAC champions at council meetings — the body had similarly recognized the UB men’s team earlier in the spring.
Members of the women’s team are excelling in the classroom as well as on the court, Jacobs said, earning a combined team GPA of 3.25 this past spring semester — the eighth straight semester of team averages above 3.0.
He also applauded head coach Felisha Legette-Jack for her 200th career victory and for leading the UB women to their first MAC championship and appearance in the NCAA tournament.
The council’s outgoing student representative, Melissa Kathan, “has impressed us this year with her dedication to the students at UB and across the SUNY system,” Jacobs said. “We appreciate her efforts to advocate on behalf of the students, especially in support of the extension of NYSUNY 2020.”
Kathan, who graduated with honors from UB last month with a degree in political science and management, will attend the UB School of Law in the fall. She is actively involved with SUNY’s Student Assembly — the student government body that represents the nearly 500,000 students across all 64 SUNY campuses — most recently serving as SUNYSA vice president.
Connie Holoman, deputy to the president who serves as secretary to the council, also was attending her last council meeting. “Connie ran so much of my life as council chairman — she did a good job of making me look good,” Jacobs said. “A lot of us have worked with Connie for a long time and we are going to miss her.”
Holoman, who joined the UB staff in 1990 and the Office of the President in 1993, serves as secretary to the council with regard to meetings and as primary liaison to members on other matters. She is moving to Shreveport, Louisiana, with her husband, Christopher Holoman, a top administrator at Hilbert College who will assume the presidency of Centenary College of Louisiana in July.
Following the meeting, council members shared cake with Holoman and met Legette-Jack and some members of the Bulls’ championship team.
Yesterday’s meeting also marked Scott Friedman’s first as a member of the UB Council. Friedman, chairman and CEO of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, was appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to fill a vacancy on the council. His term expires July 1, 2022.
In other business, President Satish K. Tripathi and Provost Charles F. Zukoski updated the council on recent progress made across the university, as well as UB’s advocacy efforts. Among the highlights:
UB has been leading some of these discussions, he said, working on how to negotiate the boundaries of freedom of expression within an inclusive, welcoming academic community. “These are difficult, but definitely necessary conversations,” he said.
UB has taken these “difficult conversations and evolved them into opportunities for constructive and sustained dialogue,” Tripathi said. Among these opportunities are the convening of a student of color advisory committee to the university police department, conducting federal competency training in the academic units, and conducting various workshops and “campus dialogues” across university.