@UB Your Alumni Association Newsletter.

Your Alumni Newsletter

@UB is a monthly compilation of University at Buffalo news, stories and messages from the UB Alumni Association. 

This email is sent monthly as a service for UB alumni and friends. UB alumni are invited to communicate with fellow alumni by submitting a class note via UB Connect or posting to UB alumni social media channels. Send your comments and questions to alumnicommunications@buffalo.edu.

In My Opinion

Each month we ask you a question about pop culture, about UB, or about your experiences in general.

September Question

Three songs, a book and a luxury: what would you take to a desert island? Let us know!

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"In My Opinion" Top Responses

August Question

How did you spend your summer break when you were a UB student?
  • Annette Sansone , JD, '81, Depew, NY “Summer 1980 at US DOL enforcing Veteran's Reemployment Rights Act.  Assisted both employers and reserve/National Guard members with employment issues related to performance of military duty.  Experience served me and my clients well in future service as Army Reserve JAG and on NYS Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve.”
  • Tom Trinchera , BA '94, MLS '96 , Poughkeepsie, NY "I spent my summers working for UB! My late father worked for Purchasing & knew several supervisors on both campuses & helped me get a job working in Central Receiving in the Helm building -- did that for 3 yrs. We'd carpool to the campus in the summer so it was very convenient. Later Dad contacted someone in Cent Tech Services in Lockwood & I started working for the UB library system & stayed there for another 3 yrs until I graduated from my master's program. Both jobs were good work; full-time in the summer & part time during the school year. Best thing was having my weekends off! And not having to work a retail or supermarket job was a boon -- I'd done that since I was 16 & you can really wind up with some rotten managers!
    I'd like to encourage current students to find work on campus -- they'll treat you pretty well or better & when the school year begins, they'll work around your schedule. Builds your resume too: looks really good when you can prove you're dependable!"

July Question

Have you ever attended our annual Independence Day celebration? If so, what was your favorite memory?
  • Carol Schmeidler , MS, '14, Buffalo, NY “I love going to the fireworks! Over the years I've gone alone and with good friends - great either way. My favorite things are: People watching; Seeing the fireworks all over WNY from the top of the hill as it gets dark - great view; And, of course, being there for the best show over the lake!”
  • Tom Trinchera , BA '94, MLS '96 , Poughkeepsie, NY "I went to the fireworks once: summer 1996, right after I'd gotten my masters in library studies. Last possible year of college & I was there with a girlfriend & a friend. We set ourselves up in the median of Audubon Pkwy & watch the display. Fun stuff! "

June Question

If your career isn't in your field of study, how do you find you use your degree? Do you call upon those skills and that knowledge regularly?
  • Lauren Allen, BA, '07, Washington, DC “I graduated with a degree in Geology and entered the subcontracting world in DC. I found myself drawn more and more to not only the environmental issues of remediation, environmental, and construction projects, but also the human element... that led me to become an EHS Manager at the largest GC in the USA. My degree is always respected - there are a number of transplants in the DC area from NY, PA, OH, etc. - and UB's name is a known quantity. My education supports the work that I do, because an understanding of the hard sciences is incredibly useful for the types of complex problem solving that I have to do as an EHS Manager. Thanks, UB!”
  • Linda Doherty Pratt, BA ’82, Penfield, NY "I would say that I have been able to push the professional boundaries with my degree (and subsequent Master’s degree) .  Skills as detailed observations and identifying factors of change have been applied in my academic mentoring with at-risk students.  Additionally, having a solid background in the structure of language (syntax) has helped me understand linguistic differences in students learning English as a second language."