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Published: June 16, 2005

"IT FAIR 2005" to showcase UB technologies

The UB IT Fair 2005, focusing on the myriad new technologies and innovations that UB faculty, staff and students have developed to meet challenges ranging from cyber security to online instruction, will be held June 28 and 29 in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.


The event will be free and open to the public. Thirty technology vendors also will exhibit their products in the CFA atrium.

"The fair gives us an opportunity to showcase and share innovative approaches and strategies in the use of information technology, from new electronic ways to requisition equipment to helping faculty create computer-based instruction," said Voldemar A. Innus, vice president and chief information officer.

Innus will give the keynote speech at 8:30 a.m. June 28 in the CFA Screening Room.

"Here at UB, we are in the midst of significant change in the provision of information resources and services, and that includes the University Libraries and Computing and Information Technology, as well as decentralized providers of IT services," he noted.

Innus credited UB's IT Culture Change Committee, in existence since 1997, with the successful development and integration of IT technologies in accordance with the missions and goals of units across the university.

Some of the innovative IT projects developed at UB that will be showcased at the fair include:

  • Online course software that allows faculty to focus on content rather than computer programming design

  • A training CD—complete with deliberate "bloopers"—designed to help students in the School of Social Work learn how to interact with clients

  • Software developed by the Center for Computational Research in UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences that provides researchers with access to genomics packages and software for DNA and protein sequence analysis and other bioinformatics applications

Presentations also will be made by such vendors as Apple and Dell, among others.

For more information on the fair, go to

The fair is sponsored by the IT Culture Change Committee. UB supporters include Computing and Information Technology, Law School, Science and Engineering Node Services, Office of the Provost, Health Professions IT partnerships, University Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Informatics, Office of the CIO, Center for Computational Research and the School of Social Work.

Swanekamp elected president of UB Alumni Association

Charles C. Swanekamp, who earned two degrees from UB, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the UB Alumni Association.

Swanekamp, a partner with Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel LLP, received a law degree from the UB Law School in 1979 and an MBA degree in 1980 from the university's School of Management

Other officers elected for the 2005-06 are Marc A. Adler, M.A. '83, MBA '82 and B.A. '79, director of client services for Flynn and Friends, first vice president and chair of the alumni association's development committee; Timothy P. Lafferty, B.A. '86, chair of the UB partnerships committee; Thomas A. Palmer, J.D. '75 and MBA '71, chair of the audit committee; Paul A. Quebral, MBA '92 and B.A. '86, vice president and chief operating officer, Reid Petroleum Corp., vice president for finance; Kelly P. Sahner of Park Slope, Ed.M. '93 and B.A. '91, chair, communication and marketing committee; and Lawrence J. Zielinski of Elma, MBA '77 and B.A. '75, second vice president and chair of alumni programs and events.

New executive committee members are Joseph Abdallah, B.A. '91, deputy commissioner for Erie County Youth Services; Helene A. Blieberg, B.A. '77, principal, Helene Blieberg Associates; Peter J. Grogan, B.S. '81, director of financial planning for Harold C. Brown & Co. Inc.; and Kimberly J. Pustulka, B.S. '97, associate with Jones Day.

Newly elected members of the board of directors are Clifton M. Bergfeld, B.A. '01, financial advisor for UBS PaineWebber; Terri A. Dunbar, MBA '83 and B.S. '80; Morton G. Rivo, D.D.S. '87; William B. Smith, B.A. '80, president, Smith Asset Management Inc.; and Mark J. Stramaglia, senior manager for Invitrogen Corporation.

FedEx drop box returns to South Campus

Requests from UB faculty and staff have prompted Federal Express to reinstall its drop box on the South Campus.

The FedEx drop box is located in the Diefendorf Loop, adjacent to the U.S. Postal Service box and the Campus Mail box. Last pickup time is 6 p.m.

Initially installed on the South Campus in February 2002, the drop box was removed about six weeks ago due to what Federal Express called insufficient usage, says Cheryl A. Zuber, project staff assistant in the Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Federal Express recently reinstalled the drop box after numerous requests from faculty and staff on the South Campus, Zuber says.

She urged members of the South Campus community to use the box to insure it remains on the South Campus.