Matt Urban Center Donation Drive

Support our Community by Dropping-Off Items During a Week-Long Donation Drive

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo in giving back to the community by donating home essentials to the Matt Urban Center to help provide a welcoming environment to previously homeless individuals.  The Matt Urban Center is named in honor of Matt Urban, a Buffalo-born Cornell grad (’41) and decorated war veteran.  The Matt Urban Center’s mission is to provide programs that revitalize neighborhoods, serve families, and change lives.

Donation Drive Details (Drop-off at 1081 Broadway, Buffalo, NY between 4/19-4/23, 8:30am-4:30pm)

The current focus for volunteer/donate from home projects is “Welcome Packages” for the Center’s clients in Housing First and Rapid Re-Housing programs, who are coming to the center from situations of homelessness. Some of them are placed in Matt Urban Center properties and some are scattered throughout the city of Buffalo; the common thread is not having much to start a new home. The welcome baskets are a nice way of providing some housewarming essentials to help these individuals get started in their new apartments.

Below is a list of items below that are often needed by clients at move-in time. Donors are to decide which items they would like to include in their packages – we realize it’s a long list and want to be mindful of cost. Some folks have filled a laundry basket, tote, or wastebasket with items. Others have just dropped them off in a box – it’s up to you! Any donation is greatly appreciated regardless of size or quantity of items. 

  • Hand soap 
  • Pack of bar soap 
  • Light bulbs 
  • Sponges 
  • Dish soap 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Paper towels 
  • Cleaning products 
  • Kitchen garbage can with lid  
  • Garbage bags 
  • Broom   
  • Mop/Bucket 
  • Pots and pans 
  • Curtains 
  • Cups/plates/silverware 
  • Shampoo 
  • Toilet bowl brush 
  • Bathroom waste basket 
  • Towels & washcloths 
  • Bathmats
  • Shower curtain 
  • Curtains 
  • Pillows 
  • Sheet sets (size full)

Albright-Knox Presents: The Famous Art Collectors Who Created Modern Museums

Petah Coyne (American, born 1953). Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women), 1999–2000

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Assistant Curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan will present “Power-Hungry Emperors, Civic-Minded Magnates, and Visionary Ladies: The Famous Art Collectors Who Created Modern Museums.” Today’s non-profit institutions that collect and exhibit art for the benefit of the public did not always exist. In this engaging talk, we will hear the story of how major art collectors—from Emperor Napoleon to the financier Andrew W. Mellon and the socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney—helped create the idea of museums as we know them today.

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo for this virtual conversation on March 24, 2021 at 7:30pm EST.

Register here. Contact Dave Meade ’81 at nys.dave@gmail.com with questions.

Silent Auction to Benefit the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo Scholarship

The auction is now closed.

The Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo is pleased to announce a silent auction to support the club’s undergraduate scholarship benefitting local Cornell students. Established in 1975, the scholarship is open to undergraduates from the Buffalo area for support during their time at Cornell. In the academic year 2020 the scholarship supported 6 students.

Due to the generous donation of Joan B. Alexander ILR ’72 and David H. Alexander JD ’72 we are pleased to announce the silent auction of a complete set of collectible Cornell Wedgewood plates and a 1987 Songs of Cornell songbook.

The set of 12 collectible Wedgewood plates each feature a different scene from Cornell’s campus in Mulberry red. Additional photos of the scenes may be found at Replacements.com. The scenes include: McGraw Tower, McGraw Hall, Myron Taylor Hall, Willard Straight Hall, Sage Chapel, the War Memorial, Sibley Dome, Goldwin Smith Hall, Balch Hall, The Crescent (Schoellkopf Field), Ezra Cornell Statue, and Baker Lab

Plates may be viewed in downtown Buffalo with prior arrangement. Purchaser must pick up in the Buffalo area (shipping not be available).

To place your bid in the silent auction or to arrange to see the plates and songbook, simply email Catherine March ’14 at cam489@cornell.edu with your name and bid amount. The website and Facebook will be updated daily with the highest bid amount and active bidders will be notified via email.

The auction will run January 13 – January 20.

Cornelliana Battle of the Wits — Jan 13th 2021

Heating up your cold January nights…

How many steps are there to the top of McGraw Tower? Which Cornell fraternity was the first fraternity in the country for Black students? How did Ezra Cornell make his fortune? Which Simpsons character attended Cornell? And which famous alumna wrote ‘The Good Earth’? 

If you know the answers to these questions… or want to learn more about our alma mater, we’re calling all trivia aficionados and Cornelliana lovers! Come and test your knowledge of Cornell facts and lore in an interactive trivia event that will entertain and educate Cornellians of all ages. 

Details on the January 13th event as well as registration can be found here.

Our very own Club President-emeritus Matthew Nagowski ‘05 will be serving as quiz-master for the evening. Prizes, graciously donated by your Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo, will be awarded to winners. Our trivia battle will require a Zoom video connection and a web-connected smartphone in order to participate! 

We encourage all interested contestants to dress in their best Cornelliana red and white for the occasion. And no, Alex, answers will not need to be provided in the form of a question!


Questions? Contact Matt Nagowski ‘05 at nagowski@cornell.edu and Register Today!

Annual CAAAN Kick-Off Event — Tuesday Jan 5th

Per tradition, Buffalo-area CAAAN (Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network) volunteers and all interested alumni of Cornell are invited to our annual CAAAN Kick-Off and Information Session to be held remotely on Tuesday January 5th at 8PM.

You will have the chance to learn more about the CAAAN program (the program wherein alumni meet and talk with prospective students about the Cornell experience) while meeting other alumni and learning more about the Cornell admissions process. Due to a number of changes that occurred this year on account of the pandemic and changes to CAAAN and Cornell admissions process, we encourage all volunteers — both new and longstanding — to join!

Many alumni attest that their role as a CAAAN volunteer is one of the most rewarding activities they are involved with as a Cornellian!

For those who are new to the CAAAN program, please be sure to sign-up today at their website: https://caaan.admissions.cornell.edu/newmember.cfm

Questions? Contact area CAAAN General Chair, Matthew Nagowski ’05 at nagowski@cornell.edu

To register for the kick off event on Jan 5th, go to https://cornell.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArfuigrDsqGtfUTK90OCLafv1rRNqLeN05