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Timothy O'Connor ()
Timothy O'Connor (1992) received a PhD in Nursing from University at Buffalo, School of Nursing on February 1, 2015, and includes a post-masters certificate for a Nurse Educator .  
Submitted on Jan 23 2015.

Megan (Herstek) Wolfinger ()
Megan (Herstek) Wolfinger (2000) was recently promoted to Vice President-Legal from Counsel at Health Care REIT, Inc. located in Toledo, Ohio. "Now handling all international mergers and acquisitions related to senior care homes and hospitals."  
Submitted on Jan 15 2015.

Jessica Topper ()
Jessica Topper (BA English 1992, MLS 1993) recently released her second work of fiction, entitled "Dictatorship of the Dress", available in trade paper and digitally through Berkley/Penguin.
http://www.jesstopper.com for more info.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jan 8 2015.

Michael LaMancuso ()
A few words from Vistage Regional Executive, Phil Thomas:

“Congratulations, Mike, on the launch of your first Group! It has been considerable work, but you have pulled together a very strong core to your SB group that will become stronger with time. Welcome to the Buffalo Chair community – it is wonderful to have a new addition to the group.”

  
Submitted on Nov 11 2014.

Jeffrey Seitelman ()
Jeffrey Seitelman, MD (1977) writes, "I have happily been elected President of the New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, while serving as an Executive Councilor in the American Psychoanalytic Association.

I have also been appointed an Associate Clinical Professor (Vol) in the Dept of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of U Cal (Irvine) Medical Center.

Lastly, I have received the honor of becoming a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association."  
Submitted on Nov 6 2014.

Monica Merritt ()
Monica Merritt (2009) was recently promoted to Dealer Support Representative from Data Entry Clerk at Rapid Response Monitoring Services located in Syracuse, NY.  
Submitted on Nov 2 2014.

Kellie Cliver ()
Kellie (Barbato) Cliver (2011) recently accepted a position at University of Memphis located in Memphis, TN as Library Assistant in the Music Library. Kellie recently was employed at Davidson Fink LLP as a Paralegal. "I am excited to be pursuing my career in librarianship after some time away from the field!"  
Submitted on Oct 29 2014.

Rebecca Dalpe ()
Rebecca Dalpe (J.D., 2002), a partner at Foster & Eldridge, LLP in Cambridge, MA, has been selected to Super Lawyers' 2014 Top 50 Women Lawyers of Massachusetts.  
Submitted on Oct 28 2014.

Jason Wolos ()
Jason Wolos (BA 1992) will have the Buffalo Premier of his feature film 'TRATTORIA' Thursday, Oct, 23rd at the Amherst Theatre. Wolos and former UB graduate Chef Douglas Dale will be in attendance for Q&A. “A Night for Foodies and Film Lovers”

The Amherst Theatre: http://amherst.dipsontheatres.com
Trattoria: http://www.trattoriathemovie.com

The film is an independent drama about the love of food and family and a workaholic chef’s struggle to make a success of his San Francisco restaurant. It stars Tony Denison as Chef Sal Sartini. Denison is known for his work on high-profile television shows, including a role as Lt. Andy Flynn on both “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.”

“Trattoria” features some popular celebrity chefs in its cast, including Traci Des Jardins (The Next Iron Chef, Top Chef) and Elizabeth Falkner (Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Cutthroat Kitchen), who play themselves. Plus, Wolos’s uncle Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s restaurant in Lake Tahoe, also originally from Buffalo, is in the film and worked as the food stylist and consultant on set during the filming.

The event will begin at the Amherst Theatre with the movie, followed by a Q&A with Wolos and Chef Douglas Dale (also UB grad). Then guests with party tickets will head to Buffalo Proper Restaurant & Bar for an after party from 9-11PM with Wolos and Dale attending.

The Amherst Theatre: http://amherst.dipsontheatres.com
Trattoria: http://www.trattoriathemovie.com"  Click here for photo
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Jason Harshman ()
Jason Harshman (2001) graduated from The Ohio State University with a PhD in Social Studies and Global Education (2014). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Iowa.  
Submitted on Oct 14 2014.

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Career News
 
Megan (Herstek) Wolfinger ()
Megan (Herstek) Wolfinger (2000) was recently promoted to Vice President-Legal from Counsel at Health Care REIT, Inc. located in Toledo, Ohio. "Now handling all international mergers and acquisitions related to senior care homes and hospitals."  
Submitted on Jan 15 2015.

Jessica Topper ()
Jessica Topper (BA English 1992, MLS 1993) recently released her second work of fiction, entitled "Dictatorship of the Dress", available in trade paper and digitally through Berkley/Penguin.
http://www.jesstopper.com for more info.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jan 8 2015.

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Births & Adoptions
 
Andrew Kennedy ()
Andrew Kennedy (1996) and Nicole Kennedy are proud to announce the birth of a baby girl, Megan Elisabeth. She was born on November, 2012.  
Submitted on Jan 26 2013.

Laura (Snitzer) Totoro ()
Laura (Snitzer) Totoro (1999) and Nicholas Totoro are proud to announce the birth of a baby boy, Luca Joseph. He was born on April 17, 2012 and weighed 7 lb., 8 oz.. Mom, Dad and big brother Owen are thrilled to welcome baby Luca into the family.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Jul 1 2012.

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Marriages & Commitments
 
Jennifer (Gillan) Merkel ()
Jennifer Gillan (2007) and Kevin Merkel are happy to announce their marriage on March 8, 2014 in the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel. They currently reside in Rochester, N.Y..  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 17 2014.

Carol (Happy) Kowalik-Happy ()
Carol Kowalik (2008) and Frederick Happy are happy to announce their engagement. The wedding ceremony will take place on July 25, 2014 in West Falls, NY. The couple will be residing in Kingston, ON after the wedding. Carol is currently a public librarian at the Olean Public Library.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Nov 6 2013.

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Catching Up
 
Gerald (Gross) Ross ()
Gerald (Gross) Ross (1968) writes, "I was a sixties radical at UB and one if the "Buffalo Nine" defendants. I was Chairman of the Martin Sostre Defense Committee and Chairman of Youth Against War and Fascism. What UB provided: a series of right-wing professors who apologized for the war, a math prof who taught a junior year math class as if it were a post grad seminar, one perpetually drunk prof who showed up for only half his lectures, etc. A week long moratorium on classes and a campus-wide teach in on the war designed to defuse the protests. Since graduation: slowly put my life back together earning an MA in CS at U of Oregon where I found a completely different atmosphere from jack-booted Buffalo cops and clueless administrators. I was able to become myself in Eugene, Oregon as an artist, an accomplished painter with exhibits in Oregon and in many places in Italy: Rome, Milan, Bologna, etc. "  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 14 2014.

Michele (Nice) Babcock-Nice ()
Michele (Babcock) Babcock-Nice (BA, Psychology, 1993 & BA, Political Science, 1993) writes, "In my years since graduation from UB in 1993, most of my career experience has been in teaching, mostly social studies and science. I obtained my MS from Buffalo State College in 1997; and returned to school there for my education certification, receiving it in 2000, also interning for Sam Hoyt. I moved to the Atlanta, Georgia area for an employment opportunity in teaching in 2000. In 2002, I was married; and in 2003, my son was born. In 2009, I was divorced, following a 2.5-year separation. I returned to New York State and worked for a few months before moving back to Georgia. Then, I returned to school and obtained my certificate in healthcare with honors. Currently, I am pursuing my second master's degree, this one in counseling, at Argosy University in Atlanta. There, I am an honor student, and am taking double the full-time course load. My current activities include volunteer work, as well as maintaining two blogs, and being active on LinkedIn with two groups that I founded and manage, "People Against Retaliation and Bullying," and "Lepidoptera Lovers." I also write and contribute, pseudonymously, for both a national and an international non-profit. I enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spending quality time with my son. In my experiences at UB, I am thankful for the opportunity to gain a great education, particularly learning about research and participating as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology. Having experiences in music as a member of pep band, wind ensemble (concert band), and chorus enriched my life. Being a member of the UB Royals women's track team, and competing in shot put at the 1990 NCAA championships also broadened my horizons. Studying abroad in Poland, visiting relatives, and traveling in Europe were also enjoyable. UB gave me opportunities to expand my interests and personality in many ways, as I was a member and/or leader in many clubs and organizations. I met many people at UB who enriched my life. I am thankful for these experiences, and do my best to make a positive difference in the lives of others, including as a result of both the positive and negative experiences that I had at UB. As a result, I have become a strong advocate for children and women, and victims/survivors of trauma and sexual assault."  
Submitted on Mar 14 2014.

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Educational News
 
Timothy O'Connor ()
Timothy O'Connor (1992) received a PhD in Nursing from University at Buffalo, School of Nursing on February 1, 2015, and includes a post-masters certificate for a Nurse Educator .  
Submitted on Jan 23 2015.

Kristy Goodman ()
Kristy Goodman (2009) accepted a position as a Physician Assistant Resident at Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology Medical Group, Inc. in Southern California.  
Submitted on Jan 22 2014.

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General
 
Jason Wolos ()
Jason Wolos (BA 1992) will have the Buffalo Premier of his feature film 'TRATTORIA' Thursday, Oct, 23rd at the Amherst Theatre. Wolos and former UB graduate Chef Douglas Dale will be in attendance for Q&A. “A Night for Foodies and Film Lovers”

The Amherst Theatre: http://amherst.dipsontheatres.com
Trattoria: http://www.trattoriathemovie.com

The film is an independent drama about the love of food and family and a workaholic chef’s struggle to make a success of his San Francisco restaurant. It stars Tony Denison as Chef Sal Sartini. Denison is known for his work on high-profile television shows, including a role as Lt. Andy Flynn on both “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.”

“Trattoria” features some popular celebrity chefs in its cast, including Traci Des Jardins (The Next Iron Chef, Top Chef) and Elizabeth Falkner (Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Cutthroat Kitchen), who play themselves. Plus, Wolos’s uncle Douglas Dale of Wolfdale’s restaurant in Lake Tahoe, also originally from Buffalo, is in the film and worked as the food stylist and consultant on set during the filming.

The event will begin at the Amherst Theatre with the movie, followed by a Q&A with Wolos and Chef Douglas Dale (also UB grad). Then guests with party tickets will head to Buffalo Proper Restaurant & Bar for an after party from 9-11PM with Wolos and Dale attending.

The Amherst Theatre: http://amherst.dipsontheatres.com
Trattoria: http://www.trattoriathemovie.com"  Click here for photo
Submitted on Oct 17 2014.

Kernan Davis ()
Kernan Davis (1955) writes, "I am still alive and would like to hear from other UB octogenarians.
My youngest son goes to UB now."  Click here for photo
Submitted on Aug 25 2014.

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In Memoriam
 
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