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Published: December 16, 2004

Nominations sought for international education award

The UB Council on International Studies and Programs is seeking nominations for the second annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education at UB.

This is a university-wide award to honor a faculty or staff member who has made exceptional long-term contributions to international education at UB. These may include development or administration of exchange and study abroad programs, recruitment or mentoring of international students and scholars, development and teaching of courses and curricula with an international focus and organization of international activities and events on campus.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Feb. 11. Information about the award and nomination materials are available at For more information, contact John J. Wood, secretary of the Council, at

"Protégé of the Year" named

Laurice A. Vance of Vance Insurance Agency has been named "Protégé of the Year" and received a $1,000 prize from the Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Mentoring Program, a joint venture of the School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and UB's Center for Urban Studies and Office of Urban Initiatives.

The yearlong program, sponsored by CitiBank, drew to a close with the presentation of the award at a banquet held on Dec. 8 in the Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave. In addition to Vance, 10 individuals completed the program.

The participants who entered the program as protégés last January each were was assigned two mentors who are successful entrepreneurs from the local business community and who met regularly with their protégés to help them evaluate and improve their business plans.

"Mentor of the Year" awards were given to Mary Collins-Sanborn of Collins Advisors and Joseph Floss of Floss Agencies.

"The program's mission is to create a pathway that enables minority and women emerging entrepreneurs to move their companies to the next stage of development," said Althea Luehrsen, executive director of CEL. "We are very pleased with the results of this first year, and we will be continuing the program in 2005."

Mentors provided protégés with technical advice on varied aspects of running a small business, such as strategic and tactical thinking, marketing, merchandising, pricing, inventory control, accounting, long-range financial planning and basic legal advice to help protégés formulate realistic business goals and to develop timetables and strategies for achieving them.

The culminating activity in the program was a revised or new business plan. One year after completing the program, protégés will be interviewed to determine the program's impact on the development of their businesses.

For more information on the Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Mentoring Program, call CEL at 645-3000 or visit http://www.mgt.buffalo .edu/ced/cel.

Zagare named VP of International Studies Association

Frank C. Zagare, professor and chair of the Department of the Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected vice president of the International Studies Association for the 2006-07 term.

The International Studies Association is the leading scholarly association in the field of international relations.

A UB faculty member since 1987 and department chair from 1991-94 and 1996 to the present, Zagare has been called "one of the major contributors to game theoretic approaches to international relations."

Game theory deals with interactive situations in which the outcome depends on the players' actions. The theory is applied to the study of the strategic ramifications of nations' strategies and tactics.

Zagare's main research interests lie in the nexus between security studies and game theory. His theoretical work has focused on deterrence, crises, conflict escalation, and bargaining and negotiation. He has applied game theory to a number of international events, including the Berlin crisis of 1948, great power negotiations over Vietnam in Geneva in 1954 and in Paris from 1968-73, the 1967 and 1973 wars in the Middle East, NATO's 1999 war with Serbia over Kosovo, and the strategic relationship of the superpowers during the Cold War.

Before coming to UB, Zagare was a faculty member at Boston University, where he also was an associate of the university's Center for International Relations.

The author of several books and monographs, the most recent of which is "Perfect Deterrence," Zagare has published numerous book chapters, articles and book reviews, as well as presented papers at national and international meetings and symposia.

Zagare currently is on the editorial board of International Interactions and has served on the editorial board of International Studies Quarterly, on the advisory panel of the National Science Foundation, as a councilor for the Peace Science Society (International) and as a council member of the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association.

His research has been supported by grants from the NSF, the International Studies Association and the United States Institute of Peace.

He received a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and master's and doctoral degrees from New York University, all in political science, and was a fellow of the MIT/Harvard Summer Program on Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control.