UB Winter College

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

Save the Dates to join us in 2022: January 29-31, 2022 at the Hyatt Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, FL.

Enjoy a fun-filled learning getaway—socializing, classes, golf and sunshine with your UB family.

Winter College 2020 was such a huge success that we are putting together another lineup of professors who are experts in their fields, and you can expect to walk away with a wealth of knowledge. You’ll not only be engaged in the classroom, but you will also have plenty of free time to socialize, dine, golf, or take a boat ride. This is winter break for grownups!

Save the Date to Join Us in 2022

Keep informed

Registration information for the 2022 Winter College program will be available in September 2021. See below for our 2020 lineup and information.

If you’d like us to notify you as soon as Winter College 2022 registration opens, please email ub-alumni@buffalo.edu

Learn more about Winter College:

Your Winter College Class Schedule

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

Noon–5:30 p.m. Check in

Noon–5:30 p.m. Free time/Optional golf outing

6–8:30 p.m. Dinner and presentation

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

7:30–9 a.m. Continental breakfast at your leisure with Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt

9–10 a.m. Session One (select one)
A Cannabis: Reality vs. Myth
B Do I Really Want to Buy That?

10–10:30 a.m. Break

10:30–11:30 a.m. Session Two (select one)
Debunking the Man and the Myth
How Can I Stay Safe Online?

11:30 a.m.–noon Break

Noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch and remarks from UB President Satish K. Tripathi

1:45–2:45 p.m. Session Three (select one)
A Who Should Be Our Kids’ Athletic Coaches?
B Digital DNA

2:45 –3:15 p.m. Break

3:15–4:15 p.m. Session Four (select one)
Fabulous Cocktails and Intriguing Beers: What’s New at the Bar?
From Alexander the Great to Kim Kardashian: A Short History of Fame

4:30–6 p.m. Winter College happy hour; light appetizers served; cash bar

Evening Free time on your own

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

7:30–9 a.m. Breakfast buffet at your leisure hosted by the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors

9–10 a.m.  Session Five (select one)

A Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know: Why Are We Obsessed with Serial Killers?
B Buffalo’s Emerging Start-up Scene: So Hot, It’s Cool

10:15–11 a.m. Winter College final remarks and farewell

You may opt to extend your stay in Naples; please arrange with your hotel.

Your Winter College Syllabus


Cannabis: Reality vs. Myth

Session Leader: R. Lorraine Collins

In federal statutes, cannabis remains an illegal, Schedule 1 drug. However, the policy landscape is changing as more states adopt policies that liberalize access to cannabis for recreational and medicinal purposes. Collins will describe the drug and provide accurate, research-based information about the reality of cannabis use: its benefits and risks versus the myths being propagated.


Do I Really Want to Buy That?

Session Leader: Tom Ulbrich

What triggers us to make a purchase? Are we manipulated into buying things we don’t want or need, or paying too much? We’ll explore the psychology and pricing strategies commonly used by Amazon, big box retailers, restaurants and even grocery stores. After this class, you’ll be a much more informed consumer, ready to take back control from the pricing experts who shape almost every buying decision you make.


Debunking the Man and the Myth

Session Leader: Despina Stratigakos

Adolf Hitler’s makeover from rabble rouser to statesman coincided with a series of dramatic home renovations he undertook in the 1930s. We will explore the powerful role of Hitler’s residences as propaganda in an attempt to disguise his reprehensible acts, and how they bolstered the myth of the Führer as a morally upstanding and refined man. Stratigakos also will reflect on the challenges she faced writing Hitler at Home, a book about the dictator’s decorator, Gerdy Troost.


How Can We Stay Safe Online?

Session Leader: David Murray

Learn how to exercise proper computer “hygiene” and protect your personal information online. We’ll discuss what it means to have a proper security mindset through the lens of password security and phishing attacks. Information will be presented in a non-technical manner so everyone will benefit. After this class, you will be provided with additional resources for better personal cybersecurity.


Who Should Be Our Kids’ Athletic Coaches?

Session Leader: Nellie Drew

It’s no longer okay to tell kids to “suck it up and get back on the field” while playing sports, thankfully. Coaches today are potentially liable for everything from failing to recognize sexual assault and abuse, to heat exhaustion leading to wrongful deaths, to bullying and assault. We will explore contemporary liability issues with respect to coaching, especially at the youth, club, high school and college levels.


Digital DNA

Session Leader: David Murray

Technology is continuously at odds with our personal privacy. In the wrong hands, these traces of digital information can potentially be used to perpetrate identity theft. On the flip side, this “digital DNA” potentially can be used by law enforcement to track down criminals. Whether you are concerned about your personal privacy, or simply want to learn more about how your technology is betraying you, this class will change the way you look at your digital devices.


Fabulous Cocktails and Intriguing Beers: What’s New at the Bar?

Session Leader: Tom McManus

So many choices! From craft beer to artisan cocktails, drink menus are getting more and more overwhelming. In this class, you’ll learn about the newest trends in beer, wine, sprits and cocktails, and how to select a beer that matches your taste buds. And you’ll even come away knowing how to mix your own version of three classic cocktails at home.


From Alexander the Great to Kim Kardashian: A Short History of Fame

Session Leader: David Schmid

Today’s American culture is more obsessed than ever by fame. Is this obsession a product of our desire for the lifestyles of the famous, our enjoyment of their self-destructive tendencies, or the possibility of becoming famous ourselves? We’ll discuss what has changed and what has stayed the same throughout the history of fame, how fame impacts our thoughts and actions, and what the future of fame might look like.


Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know: Why Are We Obsessed with Serial Killers?

Session Leader: David Schmid

Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Over the past 30 years, serial killers have become iconic figures in America, the subject of made-for-TV movies and mass-market paperbacks alike. What compels us to look more closely at these figures when we really want to look away? We will discuss how serial killers became famous and how that fame has been used in popular media and the corridors of the FBI.


Buffalo’s Emerging Start-Up Scene: So Hot, It’s Cool

Session Leader: Tom McManus

Buffalo is now one of the hottest places to start a company. How and why did this happen? Come see for yourself as we explore this emerging startup ecosystem. You’ll hear great stories from companies you’ve never heard of yet. Confidence is growing, and a wide range of organizations, including UB, are helping these new companies thrive.

Your Winter College Professors

  • R. Lorraine Collins, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, School of Health and Health Professions.

    R. Lorraine Collins

    Associate Dean for Research and Professor, School of Health and Health Professions

    R. Lorraine Collins has a long history of conducting research on young adults’ use substances, including marijuana, and using technology for intervention. Much of her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, particularly the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She holds a PhD in psychology from Rutgers University.

  • Nellie Drew (JD '88) Director, Center for the Advancement of Sport and Professor of Practice in Sports Law, School of Law.

    Nellie Drew (JD ’88)

    Director, Center for the Advancement of Sport and Professor of Practice in Sports Law, School of Law

    Nellie Drew is an expert in sports law. At UB, she teaches courses on drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. Nellie is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in amateur and professional sports. She earned her law degree at UB.

  • Tom McManus CEO, KegWorks, Buffalo, NY.

    Tom McManus (MBA ’06)

    CEO, KegWorks, Buffalo, NY

    When the insurance agency that Tom McManus owned in Ohio went out of business in the mid-1990s, he returned to his home town to relaunch his career. Today, he is CEO of KegWorks, a Western New York company that services the craft beer industry, with 50-plus employees. Tom has his finger on the pulse of Buffalo’s renaissance. He holds an MBA degree from UB.

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

    David Murray (MBA ’97, BS ’97)

    Clinical Professor of Management Science and Systems, School of Management

    David Murray has taught a wide range of technology and business courses to thousands of students, including cybersecurity outreach workshops for Western New York middle school and high school students, adult learners, business owners and the public.  He co-directed UB’s GenCyber summer camp. David holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from UB.

  • David Schmid, Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences.

    David Schmid

    Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences

    David Schmid is known for his research on Americans' unusual fascination with murder and murderers and the development of the popular culture of true crime in the U.S. He is the author of Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture, and is at work on two more books: Murder Culture and From the Locked Room to the Globe: Space in Crime Fiction. David received his PhD from Stanford University.

  • Despina Stratigakos Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

    Despina Stratigakos

    Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Urban Planning

    Despina Stratigakos is the author of three books that explore the intersections of power and architecture. Her most recent book, Where Are the Women Architects?, confronts the challenges women face in the architectural profession. She received her PhD from Bryn Mawr College.

  • Tom Ulbrich (MBA '06) Assistant Dean and Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Management.

    Tom Ulbrich (MBA ’06)

    Assistant Dean Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Initiatives, School of Management and School of Social Work

    As one of Buffalo’s most passionate advocates for small business, and a business owner himself, Tom Ulbrich intimately understands the incredible significance of entrepreneurship to our economy and culture. Under his direction, UB’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has expanded its sophisticated interdisciplinary approach to educating emerging business leaders, and has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in North America. Tom holds an MBA degree from UB.

Where is Winter College?

UB Winter College 2020 will be hosted at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla.

The resort was named a top golf resort in Florida by readers of Travel + Leisure. It provides a tranquil, country club atmosphere, complete with two Greg Norman-designed golf courses. Other amenities include a massage and fitness center with personal training, heated outdoor pool and poolside restaurant, and four lighted Har-Tru tennis courts. It is a barrier-free accessible facility. Nearby, guests have access to white sand beaches on the Gulf of Mexico at its sister property, The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, with complimentary shuttle service between resorts.

Naples is perched on the Gulf of Mexico in southwest Florida. Well known for its high-end shopping, world-class culture and sophisticated dining, the Naples area also has a wide array of outdoor activities, from tennis to fishing and beachcombing. Naples offers easy access to secluded islands and the wilderness of the Everglades.

Hotel Accommodations

Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples $339 per night
2600 Tiburon Dr, Naples, FL 34109
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Mention UB 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

General Admission $299 Oct. 16–Dec. 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.

Optional Group Golf Outing $290
Sunday, Jan. 19 at noon

Includes 18 holes with cart, practice facility access and sales tax.