UB Winter College

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

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

It’s a wrap! Winter College 2022, winter break for grownups, was held Jan. 29-31 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. We hope to see you at a future Winter College, a fun-filled learning getaway for UB alumni. Meanwhile, check out these photos from this year’s program.  

Save The Date:
Our 2023 Winter College Program will be
Saturday, February 18 - Monday, February 20, 2023
Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa
Fort Myers, Florida

The full schedule and registration will be out this fall!

Fantastic Fun in Florida

Take a look at the photos from our 2022 event below.  

To learn more about Winter College or if you have any questions, please email ub-alumni@buffalo.edu

Your Winter College Syllabus


Innovations in Clinical Care, Medical Discoveries and Education at UB

Panel Discussion with Lora Cavuoto, Lisa Jane 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. 


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. 





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.


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. 


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?


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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 Jane 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.