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Seventy-First Annual





Saturday May 14, 2011 Nine O'Clock Alumni Arena North Campus

Jean K. Brown Dean and Professor Davina Porock Associate Dean and Professor, Research and Scholarship Kathleen T. Lucke Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Nancy Campbell-Heider Associate Professor, Graduate Department Chair Susan Grinslade Clinical Professor, Undergraduate Department Chair

Presiding Officials

Jean K. Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing since February 2008. Dean Brown had been Interim Dean since November 2006. She is also a Professor in Nursing, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation Sciences, and an Adjunct Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. A specialist in nursing oncology, Dean Brown has been the principal investigator of a phase 2 clinical trial funded by the National Cancer Institute that is testing the effects of antioxidant dietary supplements on men with prostate cancer during radiation therapy and has had previous grants supporting her research on cancer-related nutritional symptom management. Also an accomplished educator, she is currently principal investigator of a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) designed to fund the school's accelerated bachelor's degree program. Dean Brown earned a nursing diploma from the Fairview Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn., and completed bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and two years of postdoctoral study at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She held several positions at her alma mater before coming to UB in 1993 as an assistant professor. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), she was co-recipient of the Oncology Nursing Society's Publishing Division Oncology Nursing Forum 2005 Quality of Life Award at its 31st Annual Congress in 2006 for her paper, "Quality of life and meaning of illness of women with lung cancer." In 2007, Dean Brown received the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award. She was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and the sustained Achievement Award from UB in 2003. In the School of Nursing, she was recipient of the Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, and in 2007 she was named a Distinguished Faculty Mentor. Dean Brown is the author or co-author of more than 40 papers in refereed journals, and also has written six book chapters on aspects of cancer nursing, and has lectured widely. As Dean of the school, she currently heads one of the largest nursing schools in the State University of New York system, leading nearly 100 faculty and staff in providing bachelor's, master's, and doctoral education in nursing to over 600 students. As Chief Executive Officer, Dean Brown bears responsibility for all aspects of the school's operation. This includes the academic program and curriculum, physical facilities, student life and interest, budget preparation and management, governmental relations, community relations, foundation management and fundraising.

Jean K. Brown Dean and Professor School of Nursing University at Buffalo

An internationally distinguished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Satish K. Tripathi, PhD, was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011. Tripathi, who served as UB's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-2011, has led the university to achieve significant academic growth through the recruitment of many prominent faculty in key areas of research and scholarly activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. As president, he seeks to build on this strong foundation, moving UB into the highest ranks of the nation's leading research universities. Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside from 1997-2004. Previously, he spent 19 years as a professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, including seven years as

department chair. He also has held visiting professorships at the University of Paris-Sud in France and the University of ErlangenNuremberg in Germany. Tripathi is the first international-born president in UB's history. He graduated at the top of his class from Banaras Hindu University in India, and holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto, as well as three master's degrees--one in computer science from the University of Toronto and two in statistics from the University of Alberta and Banaras Hindu University. A fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was awarded the honorary doctorate of sciences from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, the university's highest degree.

Satish K. Tripathi President University at Buffalo





The Processional begins with the entrance of degree candidates, assembled according to the degree to be conferred. Each group is led by a faculty marshal, with Ph.D. degree candidates preceding master's degree candidates, and master's degree candidates preceding bachelor's degree candidates. When the degree candidates have all taken their place, the faculty marshal escorts the School of Nursing faculty into the hall. The Commencement Marshal leads the Dean of the School of Nursing, Honored Guests, and the School of Nursing Commencement Herald to the platform, concluding the procession.

Greetings from the President

Satish K. Tripathi President, University at Buffalo


Tamika Duncan President, Graduate Nurse Organization Hyelim Esther Park President, Nursing Student Organization Yaa Asantewaa Dufie President, Multicultural Nursing Student Association Karen M. Maricle, M.S., R.N. Alumni Representative

Faculty Marshals

Ph.D. Degree Candidates

Suzanne S. Dickerson, D.N.S., R.N.

Master's Degree Candidates

Presentation of Awards

Jean K. Brown, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Dean and Professor, School of Nursing

Susan Bruce, Ph.D., R.N. Thomas E. Obst, Ph.D., R.N.

Bachelor's Degree Candidates

75th Anniversary of the School of Nursing

Janice C. Feigenbaum, Ph.D., R.N.

Presentation of Degree Candidates

Janice Jones, Ph.D, R.N. Claire C. Meyers, M.S., R.N. Linda Steeg, M.S., R.N.

School of Nursing Faculty

Jean K. Brown, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Dean and Professor, School of Nursing

Conferring of Degrees

Satish K. Tripathi President, University at Buffalo

Davina C. Porock, Ph.D., R.N.

Commencement Marshal

Calling of Ph.D. and Master's Degree Candidates

Nancy Campbell-Heider, Ph.D., R.N.

Calling of Bachelor's Degree Candidates

Susan Grinslade, Ph.D., R.N.

Kathleen T. Lucke, Ph.D., R.N.

Commencement Herald

Closing Declaration Pianist

Sharon S. Dittmar, Ph.D., R.N.

Tammy L. Austin-Ketch, Ph.D., R.N.

Greetings from the Dean

Jean K. Brown, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Dean and Professor, School of Nursing


* The School of Nursing and the Academic Health Center are proud to announce that this event is being recorded and will be available for viewing online after May 17th at **Audience will stand during the Processional and Recessional, if able.



Student Association Officers

Graduate Nurse Organization (GNO)

Tamika Duncan President Colby Aris Damon Vice President Michelle Lynn Waltz Secretary Jillian M. Wittman Treasurer Katie M. Newell Heidi Ann Nowak Pamela H. Schmidt Senators

Presentation of Awards

Shirley D. DeVoe Nursing Award for Excellence in Communication

This award is endowed by Ms. DeVoe, a distinguished alumna and friend of the School of Nursing, who received both her B.S. and M.S. in Nursing from the University at Buffalo. It is presented to a graduating baccalaureate and graduate student who have demonstrated superior skill in communicating with and for their patients and clients. Graduate: James T. Baxter Undergraduate: Katherine E. Cogdill

Multicultural Nursing Student Association (MNSA)

Yaa Asantewaa Dufie President Stephanie Mauze Vice President Tempresst Batts Secretary

Dr. S. Mouchly Small Award

Ophelia Dapaah Treasurer The Dr. S. Mouchly Small Award was endowed by distinguished nursing alumna, Sophie Small, to honor her late husband, Dr. Small, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. The award recognizes a graduating student who has demonstrated superior knowledge and skill in psychiatric mental health nursing and who exhibits an understanding of and sensitivity to the special needs of clients and their families as well as the ability to respond to these needs. Undergraduate: Erika L. Demarche

Undergraduate Nursing Student Organization (NSO)

Hyelim Esther Park President Mary Elizabeth Lang Vice President Alexandra Wallick Secretary Donna Mastey Treasurer Mary Lou Metzger Hospital Representative Melody Tanzer Social Chairperson Jessica M. Falco S. A. Representative

Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Kappa Chapter Award

This award is made by the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the national nursing honor society, to encourage and recognize superior scholarship, leadership and achievement in nursing. The award recognizes graduating students who possess these characteristics and who are current members of the chapter. Graduate: Kerri A. Nixon Undergraduate: Sheryl L. Smith



Ruth Gale Elder Award for Excellence in Nursing Research

The Ruth Gale Elder Award for Excellence in Nursing Research was established by Dr. Ruth Gale Elder, Acting Dean of the School of Nursing (1978 - 1980) and nursing educator. The award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding knowledge and ability in research and who hold a special promise for leadership in nursing research. Ph.D.: Meghan Underhill

Ruth T. McGrorey Award for Excellence in Nursing

This award is named in honor of Ruth T. McGrorey, former Dean of the School of Nursing (1966 - 1973). The award recognizes a baccalaureate student who has demonstrated outstanding knowledge of nursing theory and excellence in nursing practice. Undergraduate: Jessica Miranda Joy Mancuso

Anne Walker Sengbusch Award for Leadership in School and Community Activities

This award is named for Anne Walker Sengbusch, founding Dean of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing (1936 - 1965). It recognizes graduating students who have provided notable service and leadership in the School of Nursing, University and/or to the Community. Graduates: Furqan Ahmed Tamika Duncan Undergraduates: Yaa Asantewaa Dufie Hyelim Esther Park



Scholarship Awards

A. Margaret Larsen Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established in 1991 by Ms. Edythe C. Mattone and Ms. Ellen Benedict. The scholarship offers support to a nursing student seeking a second or advanced degree from the University at Buffalo School of Nursing and demonstrates a high degree of motivation and excellence in academic pursuits. Undergraduate: Kara Kristin Leszak

Millard Fillmore Hospital Class of 1953 Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by the Millard Fillmore Hospital Class of 1953. The scholarship provides financial assistance to nursing students, with special preference given to a registered nurse who graduated from the Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing, and who will be continuing his or her nursing education at the University at Buffalo School of Nursing. Undergraduate : Michael Fechko

Alliance with Medical Society of the County of Erie Annual Scholarship Award

This fund is created to help a nursing student who is in transition with his or her career. The donor has had a long history of helping to meet the challenges of a complex and changing society and is dedicated to improving health care and the quality of life in the community. Undergraduate: Erika L. Demarche

Nova G. and Gustave S. Petsan Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Mrs. Nova G. Petsan for the purpose of providing scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Nursing at the University at Buffalo. Mrs. Petsan was a 1922 graduate of the University at Buffalo and held the profession of nursing in the highest regard. Demonstration of high-grade scholarship in scholarly courses and of financial need, without restriction to men or women, is the criteria for this scholarship. Ph.D.: Jin Young Seo Meghan Underhill Undergraduates: Julie Beiter Ada Victoria Cea Olivia R. Cox Elizabeth Grace Early Madeline Ann Quarantillo Stefanie Walsh

Janet Lindner Scholarship Fund

This scholarship provides support for undergraduate nursing students who aspire to a nursing career in community health and/or wellness. Undergraduates: Lindsay M. Aronica Jared Scott Vega

Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship Fund for Nursing Students

This fund was established in 2004 to provide financial aid for students enrolled in the UB undergraduate degree nursing program. Undergraduates: Gina Giammichele Jasmine Meri Girard



Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

Gamma Kappa Chapter Members

Stephanie Abt Furqan Ahmed Fredeline Rose Aime Lindsay M. Aronica James T. Baxter Jilliann M. Bevilacqua Dawn Brown Heather S. Browning Melissa Ann Burgio Jolyn Chang Peter John Cimasi Katherine E. Cogdill Colby Aris Damon Ashlee Ann-Marie Dawson Ann Marie DeAngelo Jenna Beth DeFilippo Julie DiLaura-Higgins Yaa Asantewaa Dufie Elizabeth Grace Early Donna Jean Eberth Michael Fechko Jasmine Meri Girard Kara Leigh Good Kaitlin M. Grouse Danielle Y. Hall Cindy R. Herberger Julie Myoung Joo Kim Caitlin Lenahan Kara Kristin Leszak Yuk Saan Ly Jillian Elizabeth Majka Sara L. McMillan Kelly Maria Mcnichol Sara Meka Ariana Elizabeth Miller Milly Mok Elise Ngameni Kerri A. Nixon Chelsea Nicole Olsen Molly Orton Maria Luisa Dacillo Ozua Hyelim Esther Park Cassie Lynn Ring Molly Rogers Maxine Allison Saj Carrie Beth Scheitinger William Christopher Scibilia Jian Ming Shen Sheryl L. Smith Marissa Slusarczyk Sodhi Samantha Jean Sweger Jared Scott Vega Alexandra Wallick Stefanie Walsh Michelle Lynn Waltz Jillian M. Wittman



Candidates for Degrees

Subject to the completion of all degree requirements, degrees will be conferred as indicated upon those individuals listed herein who were identified by May 1, 2011, and upon such others as may meet the requirements of their respective degrees. Candidates are listed according to actual date of degree conferral (September 2010, February 2011, and June 2011). Degree recipients will come forward to be congratulated during the commencement ceremony.

Master's Degrees

Recommending Candidates for Degrees The Dean and Faculty School of Nursing Limei Liao Adult Nurse Practitioner Anthony Mugleston Nurse Anesthetist Patricia Nowak Nurse Anesthetist Giovanna Plouffe Adult Nurse Practitioner Heather Marie Pniewski Adult Nurse Practitioner Timothy John Rubalcava Nurse Anesthetist Nathan Cannon Steenblik Nurse Anesthetist

June 2011

Master of Science

September 2010

Millicent Marie Thomas Adult Nurse Practitioner Brian Christopher Regan Adult Nurse Practitioner

February 2011

Doctoral Degrees

Recommending Candidates for Degrees The Dean and Faculty School of Nursing

Gina Marie Basehore Nurse Anesthetist Dawn Brown Adult Nurse Practitioner Kathy Ann Butler Adult Nurse Practitioner Tammy A. Caprio Nurse Anesthetist Nicole Marie Fetzer Nurse Anesthetist Abel G. Garcia Nurse Anesthetist Dale Ann Hayes Nurse Anesthetist Chinyere Julia Igboeli Nurse Anesthetist Benjamin Richard King Nurse Anesthetist Mark Robert Kucharski Nurse Anesthetist Christine D. Lespes Adult Nurse Practitioner

Furqan Ahmed Family Nurse Practitioner James T. Baxter Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Jilliann M. Bevilacqua Family Nurse Practitioner Jessica Beyer Maternal and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Diane Bona Adult Nurse Practitioner Rachel Ann Brill Adult Nurse Practitioner Margaret Bucello Adult Nurse Practitioner Melissa Ann Burgio Maternal and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Philosophy

June 2011

Meghan Underhill Dissertation Title: "Living my family's story: caring for and identifying the self within the context of high risk for hereditary breast cancer" Siritorn Yingrengreung Dissertation Title: "The development and psychometric properties of the Thai school bonding questionnaire ITSBQ"



Chia-Hui Chen Family Nurse Practitioner Colby Aris Damon Maternal and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Tamika Duncan Maternal and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Jennifer C. Earsing Adult Nurse Practitioner Molly Julia Garges Maternal and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Marianne Elizabeth Green-McGinty Family Nurse Practitioner Danielle Y. Hall Family Nurse Practitioner Cindy R. Herberger Adult Nurse Practitioner Kevin Immarri Hickman Nurse Anesthetist Rachel Elise Liberati Family Nurse Practitioner Ebony Yvette Nicole McKnight Family Nurse Practitioner Michelle Micca Family Nurse Practitioner Sharon Elizabeth Moore Adult Nurse Practitioner Katie M. Newell Family Nurse Practitioner Elise Ngameni Family Nurse Practitioner

Kerri A. Nixon Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Heidi Ann Nowak Maternal and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Maria Luisa Dacillo Ozua Family Nurse Practitioner Marlene Marie Rogers Family Nurse Practitioner Pamela H. Schmidt Maternal and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Pamela Sheehan-Schreck Family Nurse Practitioner Courtney Stewart Adult Nurse Practitioner Samantha Jean Sweger Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Debbie Taylor Family Nurse Practitioner Michelle Lynn Waltz Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Jillian M. Wittman Adult Nurse Practitioner Marcella Marchese Zynda Adult Nurse Practitioner



Baccalaureate Degrees

Recommending Candidates for Degrees The Dean and Faculty School of Nursing Jessica M. Falco Michael Fechko Laura Anne Fox Rebecca Freligh Samantha Gaetano Gina Giammichele Jasmine Meri Girard Kara Leigh Good Lisa Marie Grano Kaitlin M. Grouse Ashley Simpson Hanhurst Jamie Lynn Hefter Cory Christopher Herzog Laura Elizabeth Hesson Ashley Nicole Hewlett Erica Monique Horace Telemi Iluyomade Lauren Nicole Jarczewski Jenna Rose Jenkins Kelsey Ann Kielty David Chung-Sup Kim Julie Myoung Joo Kim Leejung Jina Kim Katie Leigh Kryder Valerie Rae Krzyzanowski Mary Elizabeth Lang Geunjae Lee Jong Hyeog Lee Carmen M. Lei Caitlin Lenahan Kara Kristin Leszak Hannah Levine Sarah Anne Lichtenberger Jennifer Lynn Lipari Yuk Saan Ly Jillian Elizabeth Majka Jessica Miranda Joy Mancuso Kelly Sarah Martin Kristie K. Martin Donna Mastey Stephanie Mauze Sara L. McMillan Kelly Maria Mcnichol Mark Alan Medakovich Sara Meka Mary Lou Metzger Ariana Elizabeth Miller Milly Mok Kayla Mornelli Colin Patrick Morrissey Ellen Kathleen Muster Jessica Lynette Naranjo Abidemi Khloe Salimat Olawale Kimberly O'Leary Chelsea Nicole Olsen Erika Florence Olsen Molly Orton Hyelim Esther Park Nicole Michelle Paul Janice Ann Peters Melinda Marie Petrizzo Kiel Andrew Pfaff Madeline Ann Quarantillo Cassie Lynn Ring Elizabeth Rodriguez Molly Rogers Kristen Marie Ross Joey Yongfang Ruan Emily Lawrence Ryan Maxine Allison Saj Carrie Beth Scheitinger Amanda M. Schreiber Dustin Thomas Schumacher William Christopher Scibilia Brian Michael Sedar Jian Ming Shen Sheryl L. Smith Marissa Slusarczyk Sodhi Morgan Stewart Amy Lane Sturzenbecker Melody Hope Tanzer Vinh Tram Nicolette Tse Caitlin Nicole Tutko Jared Scott Vega Alexandra Wallick Stefanie Walsh Bonnie Leigh Welch Heidi Beth White Savanah Mckenzie Wik Kathryn Grace Wisnowski Janel Marie Yacovoni Jayne Yi

The Gold Cord

Bachelor of Science

September 2010

Thameena Hunter, R.N.

June 2011

The University at Buffalo pays special tribute to some of its most accomplished graduates with the conferral of the gold cord. The gold cord is given in recognition of the outstanding achievement of students who are graduating magna cum laude or summa cum laude. A long, braided neckpiece, the gold cord may be worn with the cap and gown at any commencement ceremony.

Latin Honors

Stephanie Abt Kwame Adu Gyamfi Fredeline Rose Aime George Benjamin Allen Lindsay M. Aronica Meredith Elaine Baczek Jessica Ann Bala Michelle Ballard Alessandra Barbieri Julie Beiter Amanda Jane Benz Erin Bessing Rachael Marie Bischoff Christina Marie Bognacki Heather S. Browning Tu Anh T. Bui Molly Grace Cain Ada Victoria Cea Brian Benjamin Cerezo Longwai Chan Jolyn Chang Peter John Cimasi Katherine E. Cogdill Olivia R. Cox Dene Ann Dainotto Olivia Rachel D'Amico Ashlee Ann-Marie Dawson Ann Marie DeAngelo Jenna Beth DeFilippo Sara Elizabeth Delrusso Erika L. Demarche Divina Krisha M. De Vera Julie DiLaura-Higgins Yaa Asantewaa Dufie Nelly Mildred Duker Elizabeth Grace Early Donna Jean Eberth

Subject to completion of all degree requirements and satisfaction of the following minimum criteria, Latin honors may be conferred as indicated upon the individuals listed herein and upon such others as may meet the requirements. To qualify for Latin honors, students must present a minimum of 60 credit hours of UB undergraduate coursework, at least 54 of which must be graded credits (i.e., not satisfactory or unsatisfactory [grades of `S' or `U']). The UB GPA must be a minimum of 3.2 (to 3.499) for cum laude, 3.5 (to 3.749) for magna cum laude and 3.75 (to 4.0) for summa cum laude.


Cum laude is denoted by Magna cum laude is denoted by Summa cum laude is denoted by To receive the Latin honors designation in the printed 2011 Commencement programs, candidates for the June 2011 degree conferral date must qualify based upon their UB cumulative GPA through the Fall 2010 semester and total number of UB credit hours projected through the Spring 2011 semester. Standings for Latin honors MAY change once final grades are posted or degrees conferred.



The State University of New York

Board of Trustees

Carl T. Hayden Chairman Aminy I. Audi Joseph W. Belluck* Ronald G. Ehrenberg Julie Gondar Stephen J. Hunt Eunice Ashman Lewin* Marshall A. Lichtman* H. Carl McCall John L. Murad Jr. Pedro A. Noguera Kenneth P. O'Brien Linda S. Sanford Carl Spielvogel Cary Staller Harvey F. Wachsman Gerri Warren-Merrick

University at Buffalo Council

Jeremy M. Jacobs* Chairman Mark J. Czarnecki* Vice Chairman Joshua K. Boston* Robert T. Brady Jonathan A. Dandes* Edmond J. Gicewicz* Pamela Davis Heilman* June W. Hoeflich* Gerald S. Lippes* Christopher J. O'Brien


Wayne K. Anderson School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Arjang Assad School of Management Rajan Batta School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (Acting) Jean K. Brown School of Nursing Michael E. Cain School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Michael L. Glick School of Dental Medicine Mary H. Gresham* Graduate School of Education Lynn T. Kozlowski School of Public Health and Health Professions Bruce D. McCombe College of Arts and Sciences Makau W. Mutua Law School Robert G. Shibley School of Architecture and Planning Nancy J. Smyth School of Social Work

John T. Ho Graduate Education Dean of the Graduate School A. Scott Weber Undergraduate Education Dean of Undergraduate Education Jean Wactawski-Wende* Strategic Initiatives


Dianne Bennett* Sheldon M. Berlow Donald K. Boswell Leslie Brun* Paul F. Ciminelli* Angelo M. Fatta Beverly Foit-Albert* Mark E. Hamister Richard E. Heath Ashok G. Kaveeshwar* Jordan A. Levy* James W. McLernon* Jean C. Powers* Arthur A. Russ Jr.* Marjorie E. Winkler*

University at Buffalo Foundation


Angelo M. Fatta Chairman Robert E. Denning* Treasurer Richard E. Heath Secretary Edward P. Schneider* Executive Director

Emeritus Members

Sheila H. Battle Roger I. Blackwell Randall L. Clark Frank N. Cuomo* James F. Phillips* Mary E. Randolph Rose H. Sconiers* John N. Walsh III

Emeritus Trustees

Sal H. Alfiero Melissa W. Banta* Randall I. Benderson* Lawrence P. Castellani Frank L. Ciminelli William M.E. Clarkson Ellen E. Grant* Pasquale A. Greco* Girard A. Gugino* Jeremy M. Jacobs* Reginald Newman II Louis R. Reif* William I. Schapiro

System Administration

Nancy L. Zimpher Chancellor Monica Rimai Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer David K. Lavallee Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost John J. O'Connor Senior Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, Secretary of the University, and President of the Research Foundation of SUNY Johanna Duncan-Poitier Chancellor's Deputy for the Education Pipeline and Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges

University at Buffalo


Satish K. Tripathi President Harvey G. Stenger Jr. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (Interim)


Gregory M. Bauer* Gary M. Bichler Wayne S. Blank* Helen M. Cappuccino* Randall L. Clark Robert E. Denning* Terrence M. Gilbride* Paul J. Harder Judith B. Ittig* Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr. Ross B. Kenzie Northrup R. Knox Jr. Francis M. Letro* Gerard T. Mazurkiewicz* Murray S. Rosenthal* Ronald M. Schreiber* Eileen S. Silvers* Keith M. Stolzenburg* Satish K. Tripathi

Non Voting Members

Michael E. Cain Marsha S. Henderson* Harvey G. Stenger Jr. *University at Buffalo alumnus/alumna

Vice Presidents

Dennis R. Black* University Life and Services Alexander N. Cartwright Research David L. Dunn Health Sciences Marsha S. Henderson* External Affairs

Vice Provosts

Stephen C. Dunnett* International Education Lucinda M. Finley Faculty Affairs Robert J. Genco* Director of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach



Alumni Letter

Dear Class of 2011, Congratulations! On behalf of the UB Alumni Association (UBAA), I applaud you and your accomplishments over the past several years. You now have the knowledge, skills and fortitude to make your mark on the world. Today you are joining the family of UB alumni, a group of more than 215,000 individuals living and working around the world. Wherever you go, you will find other UB alumni willing to help you navigate your way to success. Though you may be leaving campus today, you're not leaving UB. I encourage you to take advantage of the many avenues available to keep in touch with your alma mater: UB Connect, an online community exclusively for UB alumni; @UB, a monthly e-newsletter; alumni chapters in 23 cities around the U.S. and in 11 countries; and UB Today, the alumni magazine. One of the most important gifts you can give yourself is a membership in the UB Alumni Association; it's perhaps the best way to start building your all-important professional network. And, new graduates get a discounted rate. To learn more about the UBAA, how to join and the benefits that are available, visit the alumni website at or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 1-800-284-5382 or [email protected] Good luck and best wishes,

Ceremonial Mace

The ceremonial mace is traditionally carried during the procession by a senior distinguished faculty member as a symbol of authority. The staff is made of dark, polished walnut, topped by three intersecting silver rectangles simulating the emblem of the State University of New York at Buffalo. When not in use for ceremonial purposes, the mace is displayed to visitors in the office of the dean. The mace was designed and constructed by Irwin Franco, jeweler, woodcrafter, and former assistant professor, Department of Occupational Therapy.

Larry Zielinski, MBA '77 & BA '75 President, UB Alumni Association





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