Volunteer of the Year Award

The UB Alumni Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes a graduate's extraordinary interest in the University at Buffalo, demonstrated through dedicated volunteer service, acting as an enhancement and inspiration to the campus community.

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This award is presented to one (1) University at Buffalo graduate* who exhibits dedication to UB by being active and involved in the university community.  The recipient’s extraordinary interest in the University, demonstrated through dedicated UB volunteer service, should be an enhancement and inspiration to the campus community.

Application Deadline

December 31, 2018

Recipients and nominators will be notified by early February.

Application Form

Candidate Information

If you have multiple degress from UB, please add all class years above.
If you have degrees from more than one UB school, please list all schools above.

Statement of Support

Please keep in mind that this is a very selective process. A thoughtful, substantive, and robust statement in support of your nominee is very important in helping the committee with its selections. Please include the following:

  1. Describe specific examples of the individual’s UB-specific volunteer service.
  2. Describe why this individual deserves to be recognized – what makes them outstanding from other UB volunteers.
  3. Provide any additional information you believe illustrates that this individual is deserving of UB’s volunteer service recognition.
  4. List any UB awards the individual has received, to the best of your knowledge.

Optional but helpful examples of additional information to include:

  • LinkedIn profile URL of nominee
  • Any additional biographical information you think would be of importance

Please only upload .txt, .rft, .odf, .pdf, .doc, or .docx files. 

Your Information


You will receive an email confirmation that your nomination has been received. We may contact you by phone or email with a request for additional information about your nominee. Selection for each award is facilitated by a committee of the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors. If the committee selects your nominee for an award, both you and your nominee will be notified.

*Current University at Buffalo Alumni Association Board of Directors are not eligible.

Past Award Recipients

Volunteer of the Year Award

2018 Toby Laping, '82, '63
2018 Mark Nusbaum, '85, '83
2017 Patrick F. Abrami, ’72, ’75
2017 Michael J. Murray, ’75, ’85
2016 Ruth A. Kleinman, ’05
2016 Timothy P. Lafferty, ’86

Volunteer Recognition Award (Retired)

2014 Paul R. Hammer, '78
2013 Thomas A. Palmer, '75, '71
2013 Edward F. Ryczek, '71
2013 Claude E. Welch
2012 Roger A. Roll
2012 Rita M. Andolina, '88, '80
2012 Raymond L. Poltorak, '68, '65
2011 Judith A. Adams-Volpe
2011 James D. Boyle, '78
2011 Andrea Costantino, '00, '93, '92
2010 Michael J. Dray, '04

2010 James C. McNally, '68, '66
2010 Frances M. Sansone, '91
2010 Catharine L. Dohn, '79, '76
2009 Mary H. Berlow
2009 John Bodkin II, '76
2009 Jean C. Powers, '79
2009 Jay Schwartzkopf, '97
2008 Richard L. Friend, '68
2008 Kaitsen Woo, '92
2008 Jay R. Friedman, '86
2008 Alfred T. Caffiero