UB Winter College

Meet us at the Hyatt Coconut Resort in Florida for Winter College.

Join us January 29-31, 2022 at the Hyatt Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL.

Enjoy a fun-filled learning getaway with your UB family—socializing, classes, great food, sunshine and more!

Who doesn’t love learning new things from experts and meeting new people, while basking in Florida sunshine? We’ve brought back UB Winter College to provide UB alumni and friends the opportunity to learn in a resort setting.

Your Winter College professors are experts in their fields, and you can expect to walk away with a wealth of knowledge. You’ll learn about the latest medical innovations, crypto currencies like Bitcoin, UB’s renowned James Joyce collection—and you’ll hear from our new football coach!

You will not only be engaged in the classroom, but also will have plenty of free time to socialize, dine, golf, sightsee or shop in the beautiful Bonita Springs area.

This is winter break for grownups!

Join Us January 29-31, 2022

Registration is now open!  

Learn more about Winter College using the menu to the right or scroll down the page to read all the details.

Please email ub-alumni@buffalo.edu with any questions.

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Your Winter College Class Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022

Noon–2 p.m. Welcome desk open

2–2:30 p.m. Welcome remarks: President Satish K. Tripathi

2:30–3:25 p.m. Plenary Session: Innovations in Clinical Care, Medical Discoveries and Education at UB

3:30–4:30 p.m. Session One (select one)

A The UB James Joyce Collection

B Doing Good vs. Doing Well

5–6:30 p.m. Welcome reception 

Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022

8:30–9:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and plenary session: Successes and the Future of Boldly Buffalo with Vice President Rodney M. Grabowski

9:45–10:45 a.m. Session Two (select one)

A Bitcoin: Currency or Asset?

B Using Brain-Based Metrics to Evaluate Surgical Skills

10–10:30 a.m. Break

11 a.m.–Noon Session Three (select one)

A Weaving Compelling Stories from Your Experience

B Using Smart Materials to Combat Diseases and Enhance Performance

12:30–2 p.m. Lunch 

Monday, Jan. 31, 2022

9–10:30 a.m. Breakfast buffet and plenary session: UB Football 101 with Coach Mo

10:30–11 a.m. Break and hotel check-out

11 a.m.–Noon Session Four (select one)

A Light Therapy for Wellness

B How Chickens Keep You Safe at Walt Disney World

12:15–1:30 p.m. Lunch buffet and Winter College wrap-up

Your Winter College Syllabus

PLENARY SESSION

Innovations in Clinical Care, Medical Discoveries and Education at UB

Panel Discussion with Lora Cavuoto, Lisa Lane Jacobsen and Steven Schwaitzberg and Moderated by Rodney Grabowski

From its founding in 1846, to paving the way for future physicians, the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences builds upon its proud legacy of teaching, patient care and scientific discoveries. Learn from experts about the latest innovations in ergonomics and biomechanics, surgical techniques and ways we teach physicians today. 

PLENARY SESSION

UB Football 101 with Coach Mo

Session Leader: Maurice Linguist

Get fired up while we talk all things football with UB football head coach Maurice (Mo) Linguist, who joined the Bulls family in May 2021. He’ll recap the 2021 season, talk about where the program is going next and how off-the-field coaching is just as important as on-field for our collegiate athletes. 

 

 

 

SESSION ONE-A

The UB James Joyce Collections

Session Leader: James Maynard

Did you know that the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of works by and about the renowned Irish author James Joyce are part of the UB Poetry Collection? Curator James Maynard will share the fascinating story of how these materials came to Buffalo more than 70 years ago. You’ll also learn how the world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Joyce’s novel Ulysses in 2022, as well as the Poetry Collection’s exciting plans for the future, including a James Joyce museum at UB.

SESSION ONE-B

Doing Good vs. Doing Well

Session Leader: Veljko Fotak

Is there a tradeoff between being a moral social actor and being profitable–or can firms achieve both goals? Can businesses act ethically while maximizing profits, or is there an inherent tradeoff? This session can be of interest to anyone with an investment account. “Socially responsible investing” is the new buzzword in wealth management, but it is often predicated on very weak fundamentals. 

SESSION TWO-A

Bitcoin: Currency or Asset

Session Leader: Veljko Fotak

Professor Fotak will offer a brief ‘history of money,’ explaining how we have evolved from using sea shells as means of payment, to modern cryptocurrencies and digital assets. Should we think of Bitcoin and its peers as currencies, or are they more akin to investable assets? If so, what are the valuation implications? Should cryptocurrencies play a role in your portfolio? Do they provide a valid inflation hedge? What are the underlying risk factors, when investing in digital assets?

SESSION TWO-B

Using Brain-Based Metrics to Evaluate Surgical Skills

Session Leaders: Lora Cavuoto and Steven Schwaitzberg 

When we evaluate surgeons, we typically look at external measures such as the time to complete a task or the way the hand moved, or we rely on an expert surgeon’s subjective assessment. Looking at brain-based metrics has the potential to help understand how someone learns, how the learning progresses over time, and can help establish distinctions between an expert and a novice. This session will focus on current research into using neuroimaging for objective surgical skill assessment, and the potential use of this technology for surgeon credentialing.

SESSION THREE-A

Weaving Compelling Stories from Your Experiences

Session Leader: Mara Huber

Learn how to connect your life stories with those who matter most. In this interactive session, participants will work through an experiential learning process used by UB students and will practice sharing their favorite experiences and achievements. 

SESSION THREE-B

Using Smart Materials to Combat Diseases and Enhance Performance

Session Leader: Praveen Arany

Material science engineering is developing sophisticated smart biomaterials from simple inert, biocompatible substances to replace joints, heart valves and teeth. These materials are capable of fighting human diseases, warding off infections and harnessing regenerative capabilities to enhance human performance. This session will focus on progress using various biomaterial techniques, especially additive 3D printing.

SESSION FOUR-A

Light Therapies for Health and Wellness

Session Leader: Praveen Arany

Light is an all-pervasive physical component of our lives. From blue light filters on cell phones to bright light therapy for seasonal affective disorders, UB has a long history of pioneering innovative light treatments such as photodynamic therapy and spectroscopy. This session will highlight new advances with light treatments and exciting possibilities, from cancer care to Alzheimer’s disease.

SESSION FIVE-B

How Chickens Keep You Safe at Walt Disney World

Session Leader: David Murray

What is the ‘magic behind the magic’ at Walt Disney World, and what makes it one of the world’s top vacation destinations? Through a business lens, we will explore a variety of topics including corporate culture, guest experiences and the formation of a unique government district in 1967. This session is based upon the “Experience the 50: Business of Disney” trip that several UB School of Management students have participated in since 2018.

Your Winter College Professors

  • Praveen R. Arany, Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine .

    Praveen R. Arany

    Assistant Professor, Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine

    Arany, trained as a dentist and oral pathologist, is widely recognized for his clinical translational research. Arany’s lab identifies key biological regulatory components to control biological outcomes, focused on the molecular mechanisms and clinical translation of low dose light treatments to alleviate pain or inflammation and promote tissue healing and regeneration. Other areas of interest include smart biomaterial systems, the dichotomy of wounds and tumors and TGF-β signaling. Arany co-founded three biotechnology companies and consults for several companies, academic and regulatory institutions. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications and received numerous awards. His work has been featured in major media outlets in more than 70 countries. Arany completed a joint PhD-residency program at Harvard University, and holds certificates in clinical translational research from Harvard Medical School and the National Institutes of Health. 

  • Lora Cavuoto, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences .

    Lora Cavuoto

    Associate Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Lora Cavuoto specializes in human factors and ergonomics. Her research in health care has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and industrial partners. It focuses on developing technologies and feedback interfaces to improve surgical training, characterizing learning and expertise through objective metrics, and analyzing physical loading on healthcare providers. She holds a PhD in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. 

  • Veljko Fotak, Associate Professor, Department of Finance, School of Management .

    Veljko Fotak

    Associate Professor, Department of Finance, School of Management

    Fotak’s research is focused on international corporate finance with an emphasis on state capitalism, sovereign wealth funds and the impact of government ownership on firm behavior, performance and valuation. He is a fellow at the Sovereign Investment Lab, BAFFI CAREFIN [AB1] (Centre for Applied Research on International Markets, Banking, Finance and Regulation), Bocconi University, Italy. in addition to his UB appointment. Veljko’s research has been published in leading academic journals and has been cited in many major media outlets. He earned his PhD in finance at the University of Oklahoma. 

  • Mara B. Huber (PhD ’00), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning .

    Mara B. Huber (PhD ’00)

    Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning

    Huber serves as director of the Experiential Learning Network (ELN) at UB. She designs scalable engagement models that support student growth and community outcomes. In 2018, she led the creation of the ELN Project Portal, a dynamic platform that connects students with mentored projects and awards digital badges in global collaboration, mentored research, innovation and sustainability. The portal features projects in Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria, addressing UN sustainable development goals through virtual collaboration. These efforts build on a 10-year partnership with NGOs in the Mara Region of Tanzania, and an annual study abroad trip, now offered virtually. Huber holds a doctorate in psychology from UB. 

  • Lisa Lane Jacobsen, Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences .

    Lisa Lane Jacobsen

    Associate Dean for Medical Curriculum, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    As associate dean, Jacobsen is committed to shaping UB’s medical curriculum so students receive the most up-to-date medical knowledge in an environment where effective teaching techniques are applied. In addition, she is an associate professor and vice chair for education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Jacobsen received her medical degree, master’s in public health and completed her obstetrics/gynecology residency and pediatric and adolescent gynecology fellowship at Tufts University School of Medicine. She also holds a master’s degree in health professions education from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

  • Maurice (“Mo”) Linguist, Head Football Coach .

    Maurice ("Mo") Linguist

    Head Football Coach

    Linguist was named UB’s 26th head coach in May 2021. He is regarded as one of the nation's top recruiters and has excelled in coaching at both the Power Five level and the NFL. He came to UB from Michigan, after spending the 2020 season as cornerbacks coach with the Dallas Cowboys. Returning to UB is a homecoming for Linguist, who was the UB Bulls defensive backs coach in 2012 and 2013, helping the team finish second in the MAC East and reach the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in 2013. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Baylor University, where he was a defensive MVP, an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection and an Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

  • James Maynard (PhD ’07), Curator, Poetry Collection; Coordinator, Rare and Special Books Collection, University at Buffalo Libraries .

    James Maynard (PhD ’07)

    Curator, Poetry Collection; Coordinator, Rare and Special Books Collection, University at Buffalo Libraries

    Over his nearly 20-year career, Maynard has written, edited or contributed to more than 20 books, is the author or editor of numerous other publications, and has presented his works nationally and internationally. He was a 2020-2021 Mid-American Conference Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow and a recipient of the 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. Maynard holds a doctorate in English from UB. 

  • David Murray (MBA ’97, BS ’97), Clinical Professor, Department of Management Science and Systems, School of Management .

    David Murray (MBA ’97, BS ’97)

    Clinical Professor, Department of Management Science and Systems, School of Management

    David Murray serves as faculty director for undergraduate programs in the School of Management. Throughout his career, he has taught a wide range of technology and business courses to thousands of undergraduate and graduate students. Since 2018, he has combined his personal and professional interests in unique ways while leading an annual “Experience the 50: Business of Disney” trip for UB management students. Murray received his MBA and bachelor’s degrees from UB. 

  • Steven D. Schwaitzberg, Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

    Steven D. Schwaitzberg

    Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Schwaitzberg is an internationally recognized physician-investigator. His research focuses on device development, prevention of intra-abdominal adhesions, skill acquisition in minimally invasive surgery, clinical evaluation of antibiotics and clinical outcomes. His numerous research projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and industry. Schwaitzberg has authored or co-authored more 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and won numerous awards. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, has served on the Board of Governors, and was recently inducted in the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Educators. In addition to his UB posts, he is director of surgical programs at Great Lakes Health. He holds three U.S. patents. Schwaitzberg received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. 

Where is Winter College?

UB Winter College 2022 will be hosted at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla. Enjoy exclusive access to golf, a fitness center, five water slides, four refreshing pools, a lazy river and a secluded private island during Winter College. With this resort as your base, you’re close to Naples and Fort Myers and nature preserves, shopping, restaurants, arts attractions and more. 

Hotel Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa $339 per night
5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
1-877-803-7534
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* Mention University at Buffalo Winter College when making your reservation. Reservations must be booked by Dec. 1 to receive the discounted rate. Limited number of rooms available at the discounted rate.

Winter College Tuition Rates

Early Admission                  $249 before Nov. 1
General Admission             $299 after Nov. 1
Rolling Admission              $350 after Dec. 1 

This cost includes all classes and meals as indicated on schedule. It does not include hotel accommodations or transportation.