This article is from the archives of the UB Reporter.


Published: May 17, 2012

  • Wharton named Chancellor Emeritus

    The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Clifton R. Wharton Jr. as chancellor emeritus, a title conferred to a past-chancellor of the system for just the third time in SUNY history.

    Wharton served as SUNY chancellor from 1978-87. A highlight of his tenure was the implementation of the strategic planning effort known as “The Challenge and the Choice,” which refocused SUNY’s mission to providing top-quality teaching and learning to students, and being an economic driver for the State of New York. He also ws the system’s first African-American chancellor.

    “Throughout SUNY history, there have been great leaders who have made their mark in each of the three tenets of our mission: to learn, to search, to serve; and Clifton Wharton is one of our most prominent,” said board Chairman H. Carl McCall. “SUNY is fortunate that at a critical point in the system’s development, a man who is known as a national and global visionary served as our chancellor. The appointment is befitting of his service and much deserved.”

  • Nursing makes DNP more accessible

    The School of Nursing is addressing the need for more registered nurses with advanced degrees by making the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree (DNP) more accessible to nurses in Western New York and New York State.

    The school is launching a “Go the Distance at UB!” campaign to advertise its program, which offers both the DNP and PhD via distance learning to RNs with a master’s degree.

    The nursing school also is waiving the admission requirement for entrance exams (either GREs or Miller’s Analogies) for post-MS applicants with an MS GPA of 3.5 or greater.

    Moreover, the one-year experience requirement for BS-to-DNP applicants has been removed. New BS graduates now are able to enter the program on a part-time basis in the fall semester once they have attained their RN license.

    “The American Association of Collegiate Nurses has recommended that the DNP become the new standard for advanced clinical practice in 2015,” says Marsha Lewis, dean of the School of Nursing. “We see it as our mission not only to offer the DNP as part of our academic curriculum, but also to remove as many obstacles as possible for our prospective students who are working and have family commitments.

    “The DNP addresses the demands of our complex health care environment because it provides the highest level of knowledge and practice expertise for advanced practice nurses,” Lewis adds. “It also offers needed competencies for the increasingly complex nurse-leadership role.”

    For more information about the DNP, visit the School of Nursing’s website.

  • UB Law alumni honors six

    Five alumni of the UB Law School and one non-alumnus recently received Distinguished Alumni Awards at the Law Alumni Association’s annual dinner.

    The honorees reflect the varied reach of the UB Law School and its alumni and friends:

    • Hon. Cynthia M. Rufe ’77, U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, for her conscientious and diligent performance in the judiciary. A Philadelphia native, Rufe joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.
    • Mark K. Suzumoto ’82, for his leadership by example as a private practitioner. Suzumoto, who practices corporate litigation as a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Van Etten Suzumoto & Sipprelle, focuses on consumer product counseling and regulatory compliance, including business and litigation advice on intellectual property, product liability and trade regulation issues.
    • Vincent E. Doyle III ’89, for his many contributions to the betterment of our community. A partner in the Buffalo law firm Connors & Vilardo, Doyle has served as president of the New York State Bar Association since June 2011.
    • William J. Hochul Jr. ’84, for his commitment to public service. U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, Hochul has prosecuted some of the biggest federal cases in Western New York. He has served with the U.S. Attorney’s office since 1991.
    • Jill M. Bond ’85, for her exemplary performance in business. Bond is senior vice president and general counsel for Rich Products Corp. in Buffalo.
    • Michael S. Taheri, for outstanding service to the university and community by a non-alumnus. Partner in the Buffalo firm Taheri & Todoro, Taheri is a longtime adjunct instructor at the UB Law School, teaching courses in DWI law, white-collar crime and law firm management. He is the author of “The Student-Athlete’s Guide to the Criminal Justice System.”