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Notice of Annual Meeting for the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo

Dear Cornell Alumni,

On May 10th, the Cornell Club of Buffalo will be holding its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Faculty Lecture featuring Professor Frank Rossi, Ph.D. presenting On Our Turf, it's Always "Greener" - How Professional Sports Benefits from Cornell University Turfgrass Science. The meeting, dinner and lecture will be at the Saturn Club. More information and registration can be found at http://cornelluniversity.imodules.com/s/1717/alumni/event.aspx?sid=1717&gid=2&pgid=2415&content_id=3774


As part of the Annual Meeting, we will vote on this year's new Board Members at the Director level, and confirm several new Officers who will finish serving out their previously elected terms in the roles listed below.

Kathy Bunce '85 - Director - 2 Year Term
Patricia Herby '08 - Director - 1 Year Term
Kayla Klos '89 - Director - 2 Year Term
Catherine March '14 - Director - 2 Year Term
Jack McGowan '80 - Past President - 2 Year Term
Matthew Nagowski '05 - Director - 2 Year Term
R. Kent Roberts '94 - Director - 2 Year Term
J. Timothy Vanini '91 - President - 1 Year Term
Jennifer Warner '04 - Director - 2 Year Term
David Widenor, Esq. '98 - Director - 2 Year Term
Matt Connors '09 - Vice President of Programming - 1 Year Term
David Meade '81 - Treasurer - 1 Year Term


All Current and Nominated Board Member Biographies:

Kathy Bunce - College of Human Ecology, 1985
Director, Public Affairs, The Summit Center; Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network (CAAAN) Volunteer

Matt Connors - School of Hotel Administration, 2009
Vice President of Development, Sinatra & Company Real Estate; Board Member, Partnership for the Public Good

Celinda Crego - College of Human Ecology, 1979
Consultant - Certified Food Scientist

Patricia Herby - College of Arts & Sciences, 2008
Sales and Marketing Administrator, Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Kayla Klos - School of Industrial & Labor Relations, 1989
Counsel with Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP, Attorneys and Counselors

Catherine March - College of Engineering, 2014
Operations Manager, M&T Bank Card Services

Jack McGowan - College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, 1980
Project Manager, Insyte Consulting & Executive Director, Western New York Venture Association/Buffalo Angels; Advisory Board, Cornell ILR Extension High Road Advisory Committee; CAAAN Volunteer

David Meade - College of Engineering, 1981
Energy Management, Praxair; Chair of CAAAN Committee 155

Matthew Nagowski - School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2005
Group Vice President, M&T Bank; Board Chair, Partnership for the Public Good; Adjunct Lecturer, Buffalo State College Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics; CAAAN Chair, Buffalo and Niagara Counties; Interim Chair, Cornell High Road Advisory Committee; Director-At-Large, Class of 2005

R. Kent Roberts - Cornell Law School, 1994
Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP; Annual donor to Cornell Law School

Jay Sackett - College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, 2003
Wealth Management Advisor, Vice President at Merrill Lynch

Jennifer Shirk Warner - College of Engineering, 2004
HR Analytics Manager, M&T Bank; Cornell University Council, Cornell Alumni Advisory Board, Cornell Engineering Alumni Association, Cornell Class of 2004

J. Timothy Vanini - College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, 1991
Founder/CEO, New Dimensions Turf; CAAAN Volunteer

David S Widenor, Esq. - Cornell Law School, 1998
Managing Member, Well Documented LLC; Member of Cornell Law School Alumni Association

If you would like to petition for a change to the nominations above, please submit a written petition of any ten members to Eric Hoffman (Secretary) and Jack McGowan (Nominating Committee Chair) no later than May 3. Nominations may not be made from the floor at the annual meeting.

Respectfully Submitted,
Eric Hoffman, Secretary (eric.ryan.hoffman@gmail.com)
Jack McGowan, Nominating Committee Chair (jpjpg@verizon.net)


April 25, 2016 (#)

Join Us for our Annual Dinner Meeting and Faculty Speaker - Tuesday May 10

The Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo invites you to join us for our annual meeting and faculty speaker dinner. For the second year in a row we will gather at the Saturn Club for dinner and then hold a short meeting and vote to confirm our new slate of officers for the board. Following this brief annual meeting and vote, we will be treated to a presentation by Professor Frank Rossi, Ph.D. presenting On Our Turf, it's Always "Greener" - How Professional Sports Benefits from Cornell University Turfgrass Science.

Frank S. Rossi, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University where he teaches horticultural science courses, conducts research, and directs extension programs focused on maximizing turfgrass performance while preserving environmental quality. Frank has been recognized as among the most influential people in the turf and green industries on several occasions in his career by publications such as Golfweek and SportsTurf Magazine. He was awarded the 2012 Environmental Communicator of the Year by the Communication Association of the Green Industry. Frank has served as lead turf consultant for NYC's Central Park, the New York Yankees, the 2002 and 2009 US Open Golf Championships at Bethpage Black, and currently for the 2016 Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro with fellow Cornellian Gil Hanse. Join us for a fascinating and informative look at how Rossi's research at Cornell is being applied to keep the grass green in more ways than one.

What: Annual Meeting Dinner and Faculty Speaker

When: Tuesday May 10th, 2016

Time: 6-9pm

Where: The Saturn Club

977 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

Cost: $30 per person

Cash Bar

Cost includes dinner which will be "Mediterranean Grazing Stations" buffet including salads, bruschetta station, Tuscan pizzas, carving stations and dessert. Please contact Jack McGowan at jpjpg@verizon.net if you have a special dietary request.

Please register HERE.

For event questions, please contact Jack McGowan at jpjpg@verizon.net.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.


April 17, 2016 (#)

An Evening of Wine and Food at Oliver's Restaurant - Tuesday April 12th

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo and our host, David Schutte '88, for a night of wine and food tasting! David, the proud owner of Creekview Restaurant since 1996 and Oliver's Restaurant since 2013, has hand-selected hors d'oeuvres and small plates to complement the wines we will taste.

The 6 course tasting menu for the evening is below - this will be a meal you will not want to miss!

  • Tuna Crudo in an Asian Spoon - Paired with Bolla Prosecco
  • Handmade Burratta - Paired with Banfi Principessa Gavi
  • Seasonal Wild Mushroom Risotto- Paired with Dr. K. Frank Semi-Dry Reisling, Finger Lakes
  • Pork Belly Banh Mi - Paired with Banfi Coyam
  • Paccheri Pasta Bolognese- Paired with Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino
  • Hazelnut Tart - Paired with Banfi Rosa Regale

What: Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo Wine and Food Tasting at Oliver's Restaurant

Where: Oliver's Restaurant
2095 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216

When: Tuesday April 12, 2016

Time: 6:30 to 8:30PM

Cost: $33 / person

Note: Space will be limited. All guests must RSVP in advance by Monday April 11 at 6pm.

Register HERE.

Questions? Email Patricia Herby at patricia.aubrecht@gmail.com.


April 4, 2016 (#)

Riverkeeper Spring Clean Up Saturday April 23!

On the morning of Saturday, April 23rd, Riverkeeper will host their annual spring shoreline sweep 'captaining' the clean-up efforts of Buffalo's waterways. Every year Cornellian Chris Kramer captains the cleanup of a specific site and invites other Cornellians to join him. Efforts will begin at 10AM and volunteers should dress appropriately. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Family and friends are of course invited to pitch in. The cleanup will conclude around 12PM.

Questions? Or to register for the clean-up please email your name, contact info, and anticipated number in your group to Chris Kramer at cakramer42@yahoo.com.

Chris Kramer will be captaining the cleanup at a new site - Amherst State Park. The meeting place for this site is in the park parking lot accessed from the entrance off Mills St. Please check this link or contact Chris Kramer if you have any questions or concerns about finding the location.


March 17, 2016 (#)

Book Club

DATE: April 12, 2016
TIME :7:00 PM
TITLE & AUTHOR: So Big by Edna Ferber
Many consider this Pulitzer Prize winning novel Edna Ferber's best. "An interesting story of a woman's life and her struggle to raise her only son and teach him what is valuable in life. The Story is set in the late 1800 and early 1900's in rural and urban Chicago." from Amazon
As you are reading the book, watch for 2 references to Cornell.
HOST: Celinda Crego (Lake View)

Please let Celinda Crego know if you would like to join and/or host an upcoming meeting. Celinda can be reached at cac432@aol.com. Hosts are need for future meetings. Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. Remember, the host has the privilege of selecting the book. If you would like ideas, or input - that can be provided. A list of past selections is on the Cornell Club of Buffalo's website (http://www.cornellclub-buffalo.org/book_club.shtml). We have found that books with a max about 300 pages, or less are best. In addition, the book should be easily available, hopefully at least some copies in the local library. As host, you select the book, provide a location to meet, and refreshments.


March 17, 2016 (#)

Cornell in Buffalo Grand Opening and ILR 70th Anniversary Celebration March 31-April 1

Cornell in Buffalo cordially invites all alumni and friends of the University to the grand opening of its new offices in the Market Arcade building and the 70th Anniversary of the ILR School on Thursday, March 31. Building on ILR's storied tradition, the new Cornell in Buffalo expands the University's founding commitment to "knowledge with a public purpose" with renewed investment in Greater Buffalo. Enhanced programming will bring students from all disciplines across the University to Buffalo for applied learning experiences. There is a panel on ILR's contributions to the local economy the past seven decades beginning at 4pm followed by the grand opening and reception at 5:30pm. Highlights will include remarks by Vice Provost Judy Appleton, ILR Dean Kevin Hallock and local public officials. The Cornell Club will be recognized as well. There will also be an announcement of significant funding that will help further strengthen the University's presence in Buffalo. Alumni are also welcome to participate in a guided tour of Buffalo during the morning of Friday, April 1st--reservations required for the tour.

Events on March 31 are free and open to the public--attendees are encouraged to RSPVP at https://cornellinbuffalomilestones.eventbrite.com . Cornell in Buffalo is located at 617 Main Street, Suite 300, Buffalo 14203.


February 28, 2016 (#)

It's Happening Right Now: Contemporary Art in Buffalo

In past tours we've visited the larger art institutions of our wonderful Buffalo art scene - now let's consider the vibrant local scene! Join Cornellian Nancy Spector for a gallery conversation about the last of seven installments of the Amid/in WNY exhibition at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. Hallwalls staff are busy making studio visits now to choose artists for this exhibition, so what we will see will be a surprise and insight into what local artists are working on up to the minute. Afterwards lunch with us if you like at Cafe 59, 62 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY. It's a half mile walk if it's nice out, or we can travel by car.

When: Saturday March 19th

Time: 11 am - 1:30pm (including lunch)

Cost: Free, although we do suggest a donation during your visit to assist Hallwalls in their mission of providing a center for contemporary art in Buffalo. Also please note: Lunch is pay your own way should you choose to attend.

Location: Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center
341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202
Hallwalls is inside the former Asbury Delaware Methodist Church, now known as Babeville, the home of Righteous Babe Records founded by Buffalo's own Ani DiFranco. Parking is available in the Babeville lot off Delaware Avenue or use nearby street parking.

Only 20 spots available so register HERE today!


Questions? Email Nancy Spector at gina2dale@gmail.com or Patricia Herby at patricia.aubrecht@gmail.com.


February 10, 2016 (#)

Book Club

Please let Celinda Crego know if you would like to join and/or host an upcoming meeting. Celinda can be reached at cac432@aol.com. Hosts are need for future meetings. Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. Remember, the host has the privilege of selecting the book. If you would like ideas, or input - that can be provided. A list of past selections is on the Cornell Club of Buffalo's website (http://www.cornellclub-buffalo.org/book_club.shtml). We have found that books with a max about 300 pages, or less are best. In addition, the book should be easily available, hopefully at least some copies in the local library. As host, you select the book, provide a location to meet, and refreshments.

DATE: March 8, 2016
TIME :7:00 PM
TITLE & AUTHOR: War between the Tates by Alison Lurie ( a Cornell Professor)
"The War Between the Tates is a campus novel by Alison Lurie that takes place at "Corinth University" during the upheavals of the late 1960s and gently and deftly skewers all sides in the turmoils and conflicts of that era -- opposition to the Vietnam war, the start of the feminist movement, the generation gap, sexual liberation, experimentation with drugs, and student unrest. " (adapted from Wikipedia)
HOST: Eli Kaufman


February 10, 2016 (#)

Winter Networking Happy Hour at Marotto's Restaurant

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo and our host, Mark Marotto '82, for the 14th year of networking, food, drinks and fun! Mark will be offering a delicious spread including the world famous pork belly pibil and smoked fish board (see full menu below). Cash bar.

Where: Marotto's Restaurant
3365 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217

When: Wednesday February 17th, 2016

Time: 5:30-8pm

Cost: $22 per person

Menu: Smoked fish board (including smoked rainbow trout and carved smoked salmon), bruschetta bread, clams casino, sharp cheeses, and pork belly pibil (made with our dry house rub, then slow roasted, served with white bean aioli and a slightly spicy house-made BBQ sauce).....world famous!

Register HERE.

Questions? Email Jay Sackett at jay_sackett@ml.com.


January 18, 2016 (#)

Cornell Club of Buffalo Family Skate

The Cornell Club of Buffalo is planning an afternoon of skating at The Ice at Canalside. Bring the whole family down to enjoy this recent addition to Buffalo's waterfront!

When: Sunday January 31st

Time: 3pm-4pm

Where: Canalside Ice Rink

Cost: To Be Paid At Canalside Day of Event - Not to the Cornell Club (Registration with us just let's us know you plan to attend so we have an idea of how many people to look for!)


Adults ages 13 and over - $6 per person
Children ages 6 to 12 - $4 per person
Children ages 5 and under - Free

Skate rentals are available for $4.


We will plan to gather at 3pm near the warming hut by the rink. Wear your red and/or Cornell gear so we can identify each other! For those who may be interested, a group may head to a local restaurant after skating to grab food and drink (further decisions will be made on that the day of the event).

Let us know you plan to attend by RSVP-ing HERE.


Questions? Email patricia.aubrecht@gmail.com.


December 29, 2015 (#)

Cornell Cares Day at Vive la Casa

Vive is a shelter for refugees who are seeking to make a refugee claim in Canada or who are pursuing asylum protection in the U.S. The Cornell volunteers will help to sort clothing donations, shovel sidewalks, clean the kitchen, and supervise children's activities. The Cornell Club will provide lunch for the volunteers.

When: Saturday January 2, 9am-2pm

Where: Vive la Casa
50 Wyoming Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14215


Please let us know you are attending by registering HERE. You can also enter this link into your internet browser: https://secure.www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/CEL/event/showEventForm.jsp?form_id=195741.

For event questions, please contact Jack McGowan at jpjpg@verizon.net.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.


December 15, 2015 (#)

Upcoming Club Events
  • Tuesday May 10, 2016 - Annual Meeting and Presentation by Professor Frank Rossi
  • Saturday June 18, 2016 - Outdoor Hiking Event
  • Saturday July 9, 2016 - Darwin Martin House Tour
Look for additional information for each event on the blog as it becomes available!




Don't forget to join our mailing list and update your contact information with the University.

Recent updates

-- Notice of Annual Meeting for the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo (04/25/16)

-- Join Us for our Annual Dinner Meeting and Faculty Speaker - Tuesday May 10 (04/17/16)

-- An Evening of Wine and Food at Oliver's Restaurant - Tuesday April 12th (04/04/16)

-- Riverkeeper Spring Clean Up Saturday April 23! (03/17/16)

-- Book Club (03/17/16)

-- Cornell in Buffalo Grand Opening and ILR 70th Anniversary Celebration March 31-April 1 (02/28/16)

-- It's Happening Right Now: Contemporary Art in Buffalo (02/10/16)

-- Book Club (02/10/16)

-- Winter Networking Happy Hour at Marotto's Restaurant (01/18/16)

-- Cornell Club of Buffalo Family Skate (12/29/15)

-- Cornell Cares Day at Vive la Casa (12/15/15)

-- Cornell Big Red Men's Hockey versus the Niagara University Purple Eagles (10/14/15)

-- CAAAN Kick-Off Dinner -- Wednesday November 4th 2015 (10/14/15)

-- Zinck's Night 2015 (09/28/15)

-- Cornell Homecoming 2015 (09/17/15)

-- Riverkeeper Fall Clean Up Saturday September 19th! (09/17/15)

-- Hamburg Brewing Company Tour September 16th (08/27/15)

-- Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo Bison's Friday Night Bash Game (08/03/15)

-- Rescheduled for August 4th: Alumni Networking Social Hour at Soho Burger Bar! (07/15/15)

-- Genesee-Wyoming-Orleans-Livingston Regional Cornell Club Sesquicentennial Party and Student Send off (07/15/15)

-- Cornell Book Club selections for August 11 and September 8 (07/15/15)

-- Alumni Networking Social Hour at Soho - WILL BE RESCHEDULED (06/23/15)

-- Alumni Networking Social Hour at Soho Burger Bar! (06/15/15)

-- Hike Chestnut Ridge to the Famous Eternal Flame! (05/26/15)

-- Future Book Club Meetings (05/26/15)

-- Private Equity at Work: When Wall Street Manages Main Street (05/26/15)

-- Notice of Annual Meeting (05/05/15)

-- Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo Dinner, Presentation & Annual Meeting Featuring Corey Earle '07 (05/04/15)

-- A History of Cornell Aeronautical Labs (04/29/15)

-- WNY Family Celebration of Cornell Sesquicentennial & Charter Day (03/15/15)

-- Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory & Its Ongoing Legacy in WNY (03/05/15)

-- Burchfield Penney Art Gallery Tour - The Work of Alexander O. Levy (03/03/15)

-- Book Club Selections for March and April (03/03/15)

-- Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo Board of Directors - Call for Nominations (02/22/15)

-- Feb & March Book Club Selections (01/24/15)

-- Annual Winter Networking Happy Hour at Marotto's Restaurant Thursday February 12th (01/19/15)

-- Hockey Night in Ithaca (12/29/14)

-- Cornell Cares Day Saturday January 3, 2015 (12/12/14)

-- Burchfield Penney Art Gallery Tour (11/18/14)

-- Future Book Club Meetings (08/15/14)

-- Join the Club to Cheer on the Buffalo Bisons! (07/31/14)

-- Cornell Club Takes in the Music of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Canalside (07/14/14)

-- Summer Book Club (06/24/14)

-- Hiking & Exploring at Little Rock City State Forest (05/27/14)


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