This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.


Published: June 30, 2011

  • Henderson stepping down as VP

    Marsha Henderson, vice president for external affairs, will leave her position on July 1, President Satish K. Tripathi has announced.

    Henderson will continue part time as consultant to the president, overseeing a number of community engagement projects. She will be based at the UB Gateway building on the Downtown Campus.

    Henderson joined UB’s senior leadership team in 2005, and since then “has transformed the university’s communication and outreach efforts, building the support and understanding necessary for advancing the goals of UB 2020,” Tripathi said.

    He specifically cited two recent events as examples of Henderson’s leadership: the completion of the two-year pilot project to transform digital communications at UB—“an important initiative that will dramatically improve the university’s online presence”—and last week’s passage of the NYSUNY 2020 legislation, which Tripathi called “the culmination of a multi-year, integrated strategy resulting in this major achievement for the university and the community.”

  • Students preview accounting careers

    Approximately 24 minority students from area high schools are at UB this week receiving an introduction to career opportunities in accounting as part of the sixth annual Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program.

    The program is a collaboration of the School of Management and the Foundation for Accounting Education of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).

    “The goal of the program is to increase awareness of the many opportunities that an accounting education and career can provide,” says Ann Burstein Cohen, UB associate professor of accounting.

    Working with the NYSSCPA, Cohen has led the Buffalo COAP program since its inception in 2006. “It is our hope that if minority students realize early on that the accounting profession has a variety of interesting opportunities, we can increase the number of candidates who enter the field,” she adds.

    The program features a comprehensive series of breakout sessions designed to provide participants with insights into all the components of an accounting education and career. Sessions are being held in the School of Management.

    A number of area accounting firms are giving presentations on campus, and students are making off-site visits to Lumsden & McCormick, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Rich Products, where they will take company tours and speak with accounting representatives from those firms.

    This year’s program concludes with a banquet for students and their parents today at the Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Reginald Z. Burt, vice president, special credits unit, HSBC USA, is keynote speaker.

  • Ernst & Young matches alumni contributions

    The worldwide public accounting firm of Ernst & Young and its staff members have contributed more than $54,000 to UB over the past year.

    Included in the total amount is a gift of $27,050 from the Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program to the School of Management for use by the school’s Department of Accounting and Law.

    The Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program is just one element of the firm’s broad support for higher education. It also provides grants to doctoral candidates concentrating in accounting; sponsors professorships and faculty fellowships; and employs accounting student interns.

    “We are grateful to Ernst & Young and our alumni for making gifts that allow us to fund student activities, faculty training and updates to our programs,” says Susan Hamlen, chair of the Department of Accounting and Law. “This generous financial support greatly assists us in preparing our students for career success.”