Alumni Academy

Alumni Academy.

How would you like to learn from university experts, get exclusive access to UB researchers and talented alumni, engage in intellectual hot-topic discussions, and meet new people from all over the country? UB Alumni Academy offers all this and much more—from the comfort of your home.

As a member of the Spring 2021 class, you’ll access:

  • One LIVE virtual session with UB Provost A. Scott Weber to kick off the semester and learn about upcoming plans for the university. Includes time for a Q&A.
  • Six LIVE virtual sessions, along with the video recordings of the entire series. 
  • UB "back to school" gift mailed in advance to make sure you’re ready for the semester.
  • Opportunity to chat and keep the conversation going with rest of the UB Alumni Academy participants throughout the semester via a closed Alumni Academy group.
Tuition Information

This series has limited seats—register now! 

Cost: Only $99 for the semester

Your Alumni Academy Syllabus

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 | 7 p.m.

    A. SCOTT WEBER, UB PROVOST AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS.

    SEMESTER KICKOFF: A CONVERSATION ABOUT UB’S VISION

    A. SCOTT WEBER, UB PROVOST AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

    You’ll hear Provost Weber’s thoughts on implementing UB’s vision: what’s next for the University at Buffalo? He will talk about our quest to become one of the top 25 public research universities in the nation, and the steps he and President Tripathi are taking to get us there. He’ll also touch on what’s in store for students as they return for the spring semester during a pandemic. There will be time for questions.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 | Noon ET

    Choose One
    Presidents Lincoln and Roosevelt.

    NEUROLOGICAL AILMENTS OF U.S. PRESIDENT

    Nicholas Silvestri, MD ’04, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Assistant Dean for Student and Academic Affairs, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    As we get ready to celebrate Presidents’ Day, join Nicholas Silvestri, MD ’04, FAAN, for this fascinating discussion about U.S. presidents’ neurological disorders. You’ll learn about the unusual role these disorders and problems have played in history, how these illnesses were depicted or hidden from the public, and how they impacted the manner in which presidents served our country.

    Theresa McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, College of Arts and Sciences.

    BRINGING BACK INDIGENOUS STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

    Theresa McCarthy, Associate Professor, Department of Africana and American Studies, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence, College of Arts and Sciences

    A grassroots effort to reinvigorate indigenous studies at UB paved the way for the university to receive a $3 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2020. Learn about the history of indigenous studies at UB, how the grant will transform this academic area, and how the university hopes to become a hub for indigenous studies in Western New York.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 | 7 p.m. ET

    UB EARTHQUAKE LAB.

    WHAT’S SHAKING IN UB’S EARTHQUAKE LAB?

    Mettupalayam Sivaselvan, Associate Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Director, Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Who would construct a building, only to try and break it apart? Researchers in UB’s Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL) would—so they can determine what kinds of materials will withstand seismic events. During this session, we will virtually tour the simulation lab and hear about research taking place, all to create stronger and safer built environments.

  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 7 p.m. ET

    Choose One
    Gregg Fisher, Founder, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research, Gerstein Fisher and Host of the Q Factor with Greg Fisher Podcast.

    MARKET OBSERVATIONS AND SMALL COMPANY INVESTING

    Gregg Fisher, Founder, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research, Gerstein Fisher and Host of the Q Factor with Greg Fisher Podcast; and Cristian Tiu, Chair and Associate Professor of Finance, School of Management

    Join Gregg Fisher, BS ’92, and Cristian Tiu for a lively discussion around market trends in small company investing. Learn what active vs. passive and private vs. public investing means. And how do we define global disruptive innovations? In addition, we’ll talk about accounting variables and stock market performance as well as winners and losers.

    Mary Talbert.

    BROKEN DOWN, TIRED; BUT WE RISE UP: BUFFALO CLUB WOMEN FACE THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    Lillian Williams, Associate Professor of Transnational Studies, College of Arts and Sciences

    As we celebrate Women’s History Month, join Lillian Williams, PhD ’79, MA ’73, BA ’66, for a discussion on Mary Burnett Talbert and African American club women in Buffalo. Talbert, born in 1866, was an early 20th-century reformer, described by the National Women’s Hall of Fame as a “civil rights and anti-lynching activist, suffragist, preservationist, international human rights proponent and educator.”

  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021 | 7 p.m. ET

    Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times Photographer and UB Alumnus.

    WHAT I SEE THROUGH MY LENS

    Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times Photographer and UB Alumnus

    Marcus Yam, BS ’06, will bring you to the front lines of conflict, struggle and intimacy with his photographs during this session. Born and raised in Malaysia, Marcus left a career in aerospace engineering to become an award-winning photographer. He holds a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Journalism Award for his unflinching body of work documenting deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip, in addition to numerous other awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy and Picture of the Year International’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Date is subject to change due to Yam’s overseas work assignments.

  • Monday, March 22, 2021 | Noon ET

    Choose One
    Rocket during takeoff.

    THE SPACE RACE

    Javid Bayandor, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Eleonora Botta, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; with Dexter Johnson, NASA Technical Fellow and UB Alumnus

    With renewed interest in the space race in the United States, learn how UB research is moving the space industry forward from UB faculty members Javid Bayandor and Eleonora Botta. You will also get NASA’s perspective on this topic from Dexter Johnson, PhD ’95, MS ’89, BS ’87. A panel discussion will follow these presentations.

    Feet in socks on coffee table with TV on Netflix.

    WHY WE JUST CAN’T STOP

    Jessica Kruger, Clinical Assistant Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Have you ever binge watched a television show and wondered if it had any effect on your health? Do you wonder why some people get hungry when they drink alcohol? Explore a variety of consumption behaviors--from binge watching, alcohol, cannabis and more—as we learn more about the science of addictions.

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | 7 p.m. ET

    Alan Zweibel, Television Writer, Author, Playwright, Screenwriter and UB Alumnus.

    LIVE FROM NEW YORK—IT’S ALAN ZWEIBEL!

    Alan Zweibel, Television Writer, Author, Playwright, Screenwriter and UB Alumnus

    Join Alan Zweibel, BA ’72, as he brings us into his world of comedy making. An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan has spent his career making funny people even funnier. He’ll share some of his favorite stories, talk about his latest book Laugh Lines, and reflect on his recent gig as a visiting professor with the UB Arts Collaboratory. Alan is a five-time Emmy and Tony Award-winning comedy writer, author, playwright, and screenwriter.