VOLUME 32, NUMBER 31 THURSDAY, May 10, 2001

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Final issue of semester

This week's issue will be the Reporter's final issue of the spring semester. Summer issues will be published June 28 and July 26. Publication of the newspaper for the fall semester will resume Aug. 23.

McCall to speak at EOC graduation

New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall will be the keynote speaker at the 28th annual graduation ceremony of the Educational Opportunity Center, to be held at 7 p.m. May 23 in the Buffalo Convention Center.

Some 530 students will receive certificates for completing requirements from among the 19 tuition-free, adult-education and training programs offered by the EOC, located at 465 Washington St. in downtown Buffalo.

The EOC provides educational job training, college preparation and related support services to "economically disenfranchised and academically disadvantaged" populations of Western New York. Thousands of individuals have received GEDs, entered college and secured employment through the EOC.

Chemistry major is Goldwater Scholar

Joseph V. Mure, a junior chemistry major from Buffalo, has been selected as a two-year, 2001-02 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The purpose of the Goldwater Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Mure's career goal is to pursue a doctorate in analytical chemistry of biomedical systems. He hopes to land a faculty position at a research university and investigate issues in biological and medical systems.

Mure was one of 302 scholars selected from a field of 1,164 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

The Goldwater scholarship program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years.

Dance classes set

The Department of Theatre & Dance will offer two dance programs this summer designed for beginning, intermediate and advanced dancers.

All classes will take place in the Center for the Arts, North Campus, and are open to all.

The day program, designed for dancers at the beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced levels, will be held July 9, 11 and 13, and July 16, 18 and 20.

The evening program—to be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from June 18 through July 26—will be presented as an intermediate/advanced level master class.

For more information, contact Tressa Gorman-Crehan at 645-6898, ext. 1326.

Boot is re-elected UUP president

John C.G. Boot, professor and chair of the Department of Management Science and Systems, has been re-elected president of the Buffalo Chapter of United University Professions, the union representing SUNY faculty and professional staff members.

Other officers elected for terms to begin June 1 and continue through May 31, 2003, were Ezra Zubrow, professor of anthropology, vice president for academics; Harvey S. Axlerod, computer discipline officer in the Office of Academic Services, vice president for professionals; Edward Herman, associate librarian for Lockwood Library, secretary, and C. Carl Pegels, professor of management science and systems, treasurer.

Also, Richard M. Harding, senior staff assistant in the Department of Sociology, communications chair; Patricia E. Donovan, senior editor for humanities and education in the Office of News Services, membership chair; Jean E. Dickson, Polish curator for Lockwood Library, academic grievance chair; Thomas T. Tucker, scene shop foreman in the Center for the Arts, professional grievance chair; Ruth S. Meyerowitz, chair and associate professor of the Center for the Americas and adjunct associate professor of women’s studies, academic negotiations chair, and Albert J. Ermanovics, staff associate in the student unions-student development program, professional negotiations chair.

PSS to honor 6 staffers

The Professional Staff Senate will host its annual luncheon meeting Wednesday to honor six members of the university’s professional staff who have received awards for outstanding service and excellence.

The luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

During the luncheon, the PSS will recognize the winners of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service: Josephine A. Capuana, administrative director for the University Honors Program; Shelley A. Frederick, assistant to the vice provost for undergraduate education; Albert C. Termin II, lecturer in the Division of Athletics and clinical instructor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and James O. Whitlock, associate director of computing services for operational support services.

The chancellor’s award honors performance excellence, both within and beyond the individual’s position.

The PSS also will honor Ilene R. Fleischmann and William J. Regan as winners of this year’s Outstanding Service Award.

Fleischmann is associate dean for alumni, public relations and communications in the Law School and executive director of the Law Alumni Association; Regan is director of conferences and special events.

The Outstanding Service Award is given each year by the PSS to professional staff members who make outstanding community-service contributions. Winners receive a cash award and certificate of recognition.

For further information about the luncheon, contact the PSS office at 645-2003. Reservations must be received by tomorrow.

UCI receives funds to fight blight

The University Community Initiative has been awarded $30,000 from the Erie County Legislature to work with local businesses and young people to try to change attitudes about vandalism, graffiti, illegal trash dumping and deferred maintenance in neighborhoods surrounding the UB South Campus.

The “Fight Blight” program, to be run by UCI’s Regional Community Policing Center (RCPC), also will introduce Main Street and Bailey Avenue commercial-property owners to the concept of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

CPTED contends that architects, city planners, landscape and interior designers, and law enforcement can create a climate of safety in a community by designing a physical environment that positively influences human behavior. It builds on four key strategies: territoriality, natural surveillance, activity support and access control.

The grant from the county legislature to UCI, which was secured through the efforts of Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples, will provide UCI with an opportunity to work with young people on these issues, said Danis Gehl, UCI project director.

“All too often, youth are described as problems, rather than as key stakeholders in the fate of their neighborhoods,” Gehl said. “This grant will make it possible for UCI to work toward changing this perception and nurture community leaders.”

Under the Fight Blight project, the RCPC will work with commercial property owners to develop a “zero-tolerance” strategy to graffiti, littering, vandalism and similar conditions. It also will host CPTED training for the property owners, churches, block clubs, local government agencies, community-based organizations and non-profit community developers; oversee CPTED surveys on Main Street and Bailey Avenue in the UCI neighborhoods, and develop a targeted Fight Blight public-education campaign with a group of young people in grades 7-12.

“We believe that the Fight Blight project will provide valuable lessons that can be applied to other communities in Buffalo and Erie County, said Pamela K. Beal, RCPC site coordinator.

Homebuyers seminars set for UB employees

The first in a series of workshops geared to UB employees who are first-time homebuyers will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 19 in the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., Buffalo.

Workshops also will be held Sept. 15 and Nov. 17.

Sponsored by the University Heights C.D.A., the Gloria J. Parks Community Center and the University Community Initiative (UCI), the workshops are designed to educate and guide first-time homebuyers who are UB employees through the important steps that lead to owning a home.

Among the topics to be covered are the mortgage process, credit issues, selecting a home, the inspection, the sales contract and the closing.

A certificate that can be used to satisfy the homebuyer-education requirement for assistance from local lenders will be issued upon completion.

For more information and to register for the workshop, call Alyce Cuddy at 832-1010.

Greek vocalist to perform in CFA

World renowned Greek vocalist Eleftheria Arvanitaki will perform at 8 p.m. May 23 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Arvanitaki’s appearance is presented by the Center for the Arts in conjunction with the Hellenic Church of Buffalo.

Ticket prices are $40, $30 and $20, and are available at the Center for the Arts box office, the Hellenic Church of Buffalo, SoundGlobe Music and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

For further information, call 645-ARTS.

UB groups to sponsor brownfields forum

How will proposed legislation on remediation and redevelopment of brownfields and Superfund sites in New York State affect Western New York communities?

The answer to that question will be discussed during a community forum titled “A Comparative Discussion of New York State Superfund/Brownfields Legislation Affecting Municipalities,” to be held from 3-5:30 p.m. today in the University Inn & Conference Center, 2401 N. Forest Road, Getzville.

Speakers will include Erin Crotty, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Val Washington, executive director of Environmental Advocates in Albany, as well as representatives from the New York State Senate and Assembly.

The forum is sponsored by UB’s Brownfield Action Project, the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth, the Center for Integrated Waste Management and the Environment and Society Institute.

June in Buffalo festival to capture Pan-Am spirit

“Then and now” will be the recurring theme throughout this year’s edition of June in Buffalo, as one of the world’s most prestigious festivals and conferences dedicated to composers captures some of the essence of the Pan-American spirit.

Scheduled to be held June 4-9 on the North Campus, many of the programs will include works from a century ago, as well as works completed just this year. The festival will conclude on June 9 with a “Pan-Am Day” designed to bring to mind a variety of the kinds of musical events offered to patrons of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition.

Presented by the Department of Music, June in Buffalo is dedicated to composers and their music. Participants collaborate with top contemporary performers to produce concerts of their works throughout the week. In addition to the public performances, daily lectures and master classes will be presented by the faculty composers.

Among the highlights of the festival will be the opening concert by the Slee Sinfonietta, directed by Magnus Mårtensson and featuring Pierre-Yves Artaud on flute and Dora Ohrenstein as narrator; a performance by JIBRASSWORKS, presenting the brass band as it communicates the “serious” music of the 20th century, and the final concert by the Cassatt String Quartet as UB’s resident quartet.

The daylong “Pan-Am Day,” which will close the festival, will feature performances by organist Kevin Bowyer, the Outer Circle Orchestra, the Manes Piano Duo and the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet from Montreal, the Bugallo/Williams Piano Duo with Robert Berkman on the pianola, and vocalist Jane Romanos with Berkman, as well as an outdoor concert by JIBRASSWORKS.

Tickets for June in Buffalo can be obtained from the Slee Hall box office from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, in the Center for the Arts box office from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and at all Ticketmaster locations.

For further information and a full schedule of events, call 645-2921 or visit http://www.wings.buffalo.edu/AandL/music/juneinbuffalo.

Teams take top spots in contest

Students enrolled in the MBA program in the School of Management were awarded cash prizes for marketing research developed throughout the spring semester in a May 1 competition sponsored by the Western New York-based RFQlogix Corp.

Two of four presenting teams took top honors in the case competition for new product development, presided over by UB faculty members and RFQlogix management. Teammates Jim Bapst, Stephen Hadala, Anjali Kumar, Joong Hoon Park, Akashdeep Sanbhogue and Marcy Zastrow took first place, worth $1,000, for their research on packaging. Maria DeRubeis, Sam Matesic, Mrudang Parekh, Jeremy Stott and Ryan Vaz all took second place, worth $300, for their research on logistics. The students developed their research keeping in mind the potential for practical application at RFQlogix, an Internet-based company that brings together businesses in order to streamline buying and selling processes. Lalit Goel, who received his MBA from UB, is the chief operating officer and co-founder of RFQlogix.

The students conducted their research as part of a marketing course taught by Suman Basuory, assistant professor of marketing.

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