University at Buffalo - Reaching Others.

UB Alumni Association

Class Notes

rss icon (What's this?)

Welcome to Class Notes. Find out what your fellow alumni are up to these days. Share your news and events by submitting a note.

Recent Class Notes
 
Jessica (Teichs) Black ()
Jessica (Teichs) Black (2007) was recently promoted to Manager, Studio Services from Studio Supervisor at Eric Mower + Associates located in Buffalo, N.Y. Black joined the advertising agency in 2009 as a Senior Graphic Designer. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Gustavo Lima ()
Gustavo Lima (MArch 1988) will present "Designing and Building a MASSIVE urban hospital" at the 23rd Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 15, 2014. Gustavo, a Principal at CannonDesign, is currently the Project Director of the 2.5 million square feet Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, slated for completion in 2020.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

Amy Pascale ()
Amy Pascale (1997) is thrilled to announce the publication of her first book, "Joss Whedon: The Biography" in August 2014 (Chicago Review Press (US), Aurum Press (UK/Europe). The biography covers the professional and personal accomplishments of the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, who also worked on Toy Story, Speed and Roseanne, and wrote and directed the 2012 Marvel blockbuster "The Avengers" (and it's 2015 sequel).

Amy has worked at MTV for 16 years, and is currently the Director of Strategy in MTV’s On-Air Promos department.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Sep 8 2014.

Walter Polka ()
Walter Polka (1977) writes, "Dr. Walter S. Polka, University at Buffalo Alumnus (B.A. History-1968 and Ed.D. Curriculum Planning-1977) and current Professor of Professional Programs at Niagara University has co-authored another book about the school superintendency titled, “Living on the Horns of Dilemmas: Superintendents, Politics, and Decision-making” published jointly by Rowman and Littlefield Publications and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
Dr. Polka, who was the recipient of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Graduate School of Education 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award, was previously superintendent of schools at Lewiston-Porter Central Schools in Youngstown, NY. He was a districtwide curriculum coordinator in the Williamsville Central Schools from 1973-1986.This is his second book about the school superintendency. His first book with Dr. Litchka was published in 2008 and is titled: "The Dark Side of Educational Leadership: Superintendents and the Professional Victim Syndrome". Dr. Polka's research studies about educational issues such as: leadership, technology, educational change, diversity, curriculum improvement and instructional have been published as chapters in dozen different books. He also has over two dozen peer reviewed articles published in various national and international journals. He has presented workshops and conference sessions in 40 different states and in over two dozen countries worldwide. "  
Submitted on Sep 5 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.

Neil Grossman (Faculty of Social Sciences)
Neil Grossman (Faculty of Social Sciences, 1969) writes, "Neil S. Grossman B.A. 1969(Psychology) U.B., D.D.S. New York University College of Dentistry 1973
has recently been honored with Lifetime membership in the New Jersey Dental Association.
Dr. Grossman has practiced dentistry for over 41 years, two years in the army(1973-1975) and the rest of the years in his private office in Southern New Jersey. He still continues to practice part time."  
Submitted on Aug 21 2014.

James Wallace ()
James Wallace (1975) writes, "I just published my first "coming of age" autobiographical novel, "Sojourn: The Diary of Kwame Haile Selassie-Sojourn to Zion(Eternity)"
"Sojourn..." is available at CreateSpace.Com and Amazon.Com. I came of age at UB after 1968 and the novel chronicle my awakening during the erev(pre) passover week of 1978(5738)."  
Submitted on Aug 11 2014.

Jamie Karek ()
Jamie Karek (M.A., 2002), a partner at Commonwealth Law Group in Richmond, Virginia, has been selected to Super Lawyers' 2014 Rising Stars list. She has also been named one of the top 100 injured workers' attorneys in the country by the Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG).  
Submitted on Aug 4 2014.

Kristen (Sweeney) Murphy ()
Kristen (Sweeney) Murphy (1996) writes, "Kristen Murphy, BA '96 has been named Vice President of The Council of Alumni Marketing and Membership Professionals (CAMMP). CAMMP includes professionals from over 300 alumni associations across the country. It's mission is to raise the national profile, reach, and impact of alumni associations. As a member of the board of directors, Kristen's role is to protect the principles upon which CAMMP was founded, ensure the future viability and growth of our organization and enhance the opportunities so that members of CAMMP continue to succeed. Kristen joins the six person Board of Directors representing the University at Buffalo with the likes of West Virginia University, University of Oklahoma, Iowa State University, Virginia Tech and University of Memphis. "  
Submitted on Aug 4 2014.

Thomas Hill ()
Thomas F. Hill, BA 1981, recently retired as a School Psychologist, having worked for 30 years in various public schools in NY. He resides in Elmira, NY.  
Submitted on Jul 30 2014.

> Read all Class Notes

Career News
 
Jessica (Teichs) Black ()
Jessica (Teichs) Black (2007) was recently promoted to Manager, Studio Services from Studio Supervisor at Eric Mower + Associates located in Buffalo, N.Y. Black joined the advertising agency in 2009 as a Senior Graphic Designer. She resides in Buffalo, N.Y.  
Submitted on Sep 16 2014.

Gustavo Lima ()
Gustavo Lima (MArch 1988) will present "Designing and Building a MASSIVE urban hospital" at the 23rd Congress of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 15, 2014. Gustavo, a Principal at CannonDesign, is currently the Project Director of the 2.5 million square feet Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal, slated for completion in 2020.  
Submitted on Sep 15 2014.

> Read more Career News

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.

> Read more Births & Adoptions

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.

> Read more Marriages & Commitments

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.

> Read more Catching Up

Educational News
 
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.

Stephen Stauffer ()
Stephen Stauffer (2011) received a Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum in Education from Michigan State University in August 2013.  
Submitted on Oct 15 2013.

> Read more Educational News

General
 
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.

James Wallace ()
James Wallace (1975) writes, "I just published my first "coming of age" autobiographical novel, "Sojourn: The Diary of Kwame Haile Selassie-Sojourn to Zion(Eternity)"
"Sojourn..." is available at CreateSpace.Com and Amazon.Com. I came of age at UB after 1968 and the novel chronicle my awakening during the erev(pre) passover week of 1978(5738)."  
Submitted on Aug 11 2014.

> Read more General

In Memoriam
 
There currently are no notes in this category.

> Read more In Memoriam


E-mail questions and comments regarding Class Notes to
ub-alumni@buffalo.edu.

UB Connect