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Timothy Altieri ()
Attorney Timothy J. Altieri (2004) opened ALTIERI LAW FIRM, P.A. in Cape Coral, Florida. He is admitted to practice in both New York and Florida. Prior to opening ALTIERI LAW FIRM, P.A., Mr. Altieri was an Assistant State Prosecutor as well as a personal injury defense lawyer in Florida. Prior to moving to Florida in 2010, he was a criminal defense lawyer in Buffalo, New York. The firm's practice areas include: DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation. Mr. Altieri currently resides in Cape Coral, Florida with his wife, Melissa.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 18 2014.

Brian Goldwater ()
Brian Goldwater (2002) writes, "Brian Goldwater was recently promoted to Administrative Vice President and Senior Audit Manager at M&T Bank Corporation."  
Submitted on Apr 18 2014.

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.

Nance Schick ()
Nance Schick (2001) writes, "On March 5, 2014, Nance L. Schick (JD í01) received an Honorable Mention in the Enterprising Women magazineís 12th annual Women of the Year Awards. To receive recognition, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of key organizations that promote the growth of womenís entrepreneurship. Nance is in her 10th year of private law and mediation practice at The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick in New York City. She is a frequent presenter of the legal portion of the Kauffman Foundationís FastTrac New and Growth Venture programs at NYC Business Solutions, and teaches Continuing Education courses at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service and for Lawline.com. Among her many other activities, she also coaches the Self-Expression and Leadership Program at Landmark Worldwide and has been sponsoring a team in the annual NYC Race for the Cure since 2006."  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 17 2014.

James Lajewski ()
(2 April 2014) Luvata, a world leader in metals manufacturing, heat-transfer technology and engineering and design services, was awarded the Technology in the Service of Society ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Award at the 10th Annual EE Times/EDN Awards ceremony held yesterday in San Jose, California. The awards program honors the people and companies behind the technologies and products that are changing the world.
IEEE Spectrum is a magazine edited by the ĎInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineersí. The Technology in the Service of Society ACE award is presented to the company voted by a panel of EE Times and EDN editors as well as independent judges as the having the technology with the greatest potential to benefit humankind.
Luvataís contributions to the worldís most powerful 11.75 Tesla MRI being built by CEA Saclay in France were featured in an IEEE Spectrum article from October 2013. By producing improved superconducting cables, Luvata unleashes the potential for more powerful MRI scanners with better resolution. This could open the door for MRIs to detect early indications of brain diseases such as Alzheimerís or Parkinsonís and perhaps refine the methods developed to treat those illnesses.
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Submitted on Apr 17 2014.

Daniel Figler ()
Daniel Figler (1987) was recently promoted to Vice President of Finance at Mountwest Community & Technical College located in Huntington, WV. His former position was Controller of Financial Operations at College of Central Florida in Ocala, FL.  
Submitted on Apr 14 2014.

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.

Jonathan Pullano ()
Jonathan Pullano (1986) recently accepted a position at Weaver located in Fort Worth, TX as Marketing Communications Manager. Jonathan recently was employed at Thomson Reuters as Marketing Manager. "I have accepted a new position with Weaver in Fort Worth, a top 40 U.S. accounting firm as their Manager of Marketing Communications."  
Submitted on Apr 14 2014.

James Lohrey ()
James Lohrey (1998) recently accepted a position at Mercyhurst University located in Erie, PA as Assistant Professor of Communication. James recently was employed at Mansfield University as Assistant Professor of Communication. "Recently accepted a faculty position in the Department of Communication teaching media convergence and media production. My new position allows me to create a new production facility and work in the areas of broadcasting and journalism."  
Submitted on Apr 11 2014.

Sandra Sheppard ()
Sandra Sheppard (2010) recently accepted a position at West Side Community Services located in Buffalo as Executive Director. This community center is made up of committed West-siders who come together as board members, program members, and staff to improve education, health & wellness, and income for the West Side of Buffalo. We are rooted in the new and old traditions of the West Side; and creating all kinds of exciting collaborative community-building opportunities for adults, business owners, children, families, organizations and seniors. ~We See Community Strength~  
Submitted on Mar 29 2014.

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Career News
 
Timothy Altieri ()
Attorney Timothy J. Altieri (2004) opened ALTIERI LAW FIRM, P.A. in Cape Coral, Florida. He is admitted to practice in both New York and Florida. Prior to opening ALTIERI LAW FIRM, P.A., Mr. Altieri was an Assistant State Prosecutor as well as a personal injury defense lawyer in Florida. Prior to moving to Florida in 2010, he was a criminal defense lawyer in Buffalo, New York. The firm's practice areas include: DUI Defense, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation. Mr. Altieri currently resides in Cape Coral, Florida with his wife, Melissa.  Click here for photo
Submitted on Apr 18 2014.

Brian Goldwater ()
Brian Goldwater (2002) writes, "Brian Goldwater was recently promoted to Administrative Vice President and Senior Audit Manager at M&T Bank Corporation."  
Submitted on Apr 18 2014.

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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 (Babcock) 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
 
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.

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General
 
Robert Frank ()
Robert Frank (1989) writes, "I recently celebrated my 17th year at CH2M HILL, a $7 billion international engineering firm, and just received a promotion to the role of Principal Hydrogeologist. My expertise lies in multiphase flow and NAPL mobility, with an emphasis on characterization and remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated VOCs.

On a more personal note, I recently got engaged, became a certified Rescue Scuba Diver, and spent some time with my fiancť in Marseille and Paris.

Finally, I look forward to the upcoming football bowl game which will pit the UB Bulls (undergraduate alma mater) and the San Diego State Aztecs (graduate alma mater) against each other, a matchup I previously thought could only happen in a video game."  Click here for photo
Submitted on Dec 12 2013.

Ronald George ()
Ronald George (2008) writes, "I've started a new blog where I pen down thoughts on engineering and other societal issues. Please read : www.georgeron.com"  
Submitted on Aug 2 2013.

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In Memoriam
 
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