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Published: June 30, 2011

Frank C. Zagare, UB Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, recently published “The Games of July: Explaining the Great War” (University of Michigan Press). The book offers a new interpretation of the events that led to the outbreak of World War I. Zagare analyzes key events—from Bismarck’s surprising decision in 1879 to enter into a strategic alliance with Austria-Hungary to the escalation that culminated in a full-scale global war—and concludes that, while the war was most certainly unintended, it was in not accidental or inevitable.

School of Management Dean Arjang Assad was named the 2011 Outstanding Executive by the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for his recognition and support of the role of public relations within UB and throughout the community. Honored at the chapter’s 22nd annual Excalibur Awards banquet, Assad was cited for establishing a culture of transparency; promoting open, two-way communication with the school’s stakeholders; and advancing the use of strategic communications as part of an overall operating philosophy.

Other School of Management Excalibur Award recipients include Jacqueline Ghosen and Cathy Wilde, who received gold Excalibur awards in two categories: magazines (Buffalo Business) and creative tactics (newsletter templates); Ghosen and Jill Illenz, who received a silver Excalibur award in the brochure category (LeaderCORE brochure); and Ghosen, Cynthia Shore and Hailley McDonald, who received a silver Excalibur in partnership with M&T Bank in the community relations category for MoneySKILL financial literacy outreach.