Don’t be a celery! Meet us at the Bisons Game on August 24

What could be better than an evening of baseball, racing mascots, hot dogs and fireworks in downtown Buffalo?!
The Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo will be attending the Buffalo Bisons game on Friday August 24th to watch the Herd take on the Pawtucket Red Sox. Game time is 7:05pm and this is the last Friday Night Bash of the season.
Cost is $11 but ticket quantities are limited so register early!

For event questions, please contact David Meade at

Upcoming Summer Events!

Lots of good things coming your way!

JUNE 28 – Cornell in Buffalo and the Cornell High Road Fellows Present:
“Health Equity and Democracy” featuring faculty speaker Jamila Michener
6-8pm, TR Inaugural Site – details and registration here

JULY 10 – Book Club hosted by Jen Friedman, reading “Born a Crime” by late night tv host Trevor Noah. For more information contact Celinda Crego ’79 at (

JULY 19 – Doing Well and Doing Good with M&T Bank, featuring M&T President Rich Gold ’82. 5:30-7pm at M&T Bank Gold Dome – details and registration here

AUGUST 5 – The Platform @ Shakespeare in Delaware Park, come out for an evening of Shakespearian hoo-ha with Much Ado About Nothing and some fellow alums – details and registration here

Lost, but Found!

Despite a questionable forecast for last Saturday morning, the rains stopped and we had a dry hike. The trail was very challenging in terms of rocks to step over, lots of puddles, and  steps to climb. Everyone certainly had their workout for the day!

We came across a 5 month old stray cat two miles into the remote trail, deep in the Niagara Gorge. So Deborah and Bob Kosobucki ’73 carried it out, and  took it to the SPCA. During the drive, the Kosobuckis decided to adopt him, and now have him at home in foster status before formal adoption.

As tempting as the name Ezra was, Deborah and Bob have named him Kitty.  After just a few days of training, Kitty has already shown himself to be smart by cat standards (and very affectionate!).  Kitty is in training so that he will respond to voice commands, especially ‘no’, and so that he won’t scratch or bite.  Bob’s a bit of a ‘cat whisper’ and is working to establish trust with Kitty.


A big thank you to Bob Kosobucki ’73 for not only leading a challenging hike, but for taking in Kitty as well!

Call for Buffalo Area Alumni Mentors this Summer

2018 High Road Fellowship Mentorship Program

The inaugural High Road Fellowship Mentorship Program will match fellows with alumni through the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo. Since 1880, Buffalo Cornellians have been actively supporting the University, and this presents another fantastic opportunity for our region to give back to Cornell.

Your commitment as a mentor will be to attend an orientation and meet at least twice during the summer with your assigned mentee. Mentors will serve as Buffalo ambassadors for the fellows and also provide consultation on academic and career paths.

Interested alumni should email Nicole Golias ’16 at by May 30th 2018. Mentors will be assigned to students based on alignment to student background and interests. Please include:

  • name
  • college and class year
  • current (or most recent, if retired) profession
  • city/town of residence
  • any non-profit or board involvement
  • any hobbies
  •  a brief statement (1-2 sentences) indicating why you would like to mentor a High Road Fellow this summer!

Notice of Board Nominations

Dear Cornell Alumni,
On Monday, May 7th at the Saturn Club, the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo will be holding its Annual Meeting in conjunction with a faculty lecture by Cornell Professor Brian R. Davis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, CALS.   Registration is filling up quickly, reserve your spot today!
As part of the Annual Meeting, we will vote on this year’s new Board Directors and Officers:


Board Nominees – for terms ending 6/30/2020
R. Kent Roberts ‘94 – Cornell Law School
Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
VP of Programming
Catherine March ’14 – MS, Engineering
Optimization Modeler, Rich Products
Past President
Jack McGowan ‘80 – College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Project Manager, Insyte Consulting & Executive Director, Western New York Venture Association/Buffalo Angels; Advisory Board, Cornell ILR Extension High Road Advisory Committee; Board Member, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County; CAAAN Volunteer
Jennifer Warner ‘04 – Engineering
Manager, Global Talent, Deloitte; Cornell Engineering Alumni Association, Class of 2004, Leadership Development Task Force, Council

Mark Beardi ’94 – College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Financial Advisor, SY Associates; Cornell Buffalo Business Network

Matthew E. Fortna DMD ’95 – College of Arts & Sciences
Orthodontist, Family Orthodontics, Fredonia, NY

Alyssa Jones – ‘17 – Cornell Law School
Litigation Associate at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Bar Association of Erie County, Young Lawyers Committee; Buffalo Niagara Partnership, BN 360

Matthew Nagowski ‘05 – Industrial and Labor Relations
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

Liam O’Mahony ’96 – College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Freelance Writer, Clarence Toastmaster and Member of Amherst Recreation Commission; Former Class of 1996 Council Officer

Brian Sullivan ‘16 – College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Sales engineer for KOM Automation; Active member of the Cornell Lacrosse Alumni Association; CAAAN Volunteer

Kristin (Kricky) Szczepaniec ’13 – Master of Public Administration, CIPA ‘13
Collaboration and Research Specialist for Buffalo Commons—a joint collaboration between Cornell in Buffalo and Partnership for the Public Good

Returning Board Members -terms ending 6/30/2019

• David Meade ‘81 – Engineering
Associate Director, Energy Management, Praxair; CAAAN Committee 155 Chair

Celinda Crego ‘79 – College of Human Ecology
Consultant-Certified Food Scientist
Erin Decker ‘12 – Johnson School
NYS admitted attorney, NYS Bar Association; Women’s Bar Association of New York
Sarah Piskun ‘05 – Industrial and Labor Relations
Associate Partner – Aon Hewitt Consulting; Prior member of Cornell Club in Fairfield County and NYC
Kelly Scherer ‘11 – Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Project Manager, Treasury, M&T Bank; Past Board Member of the Cornell Club of New Hampshire
Tess Williams ‘15 – Hotel Administration
Project Manager – Ontario Specialty Contracting, Inc.; CAAAN, COE, HEC

If you would like to petition for a change to the nominations above, please submit a written petition of any sixteen members to Jack McGowan (Secretary) or Kent Roberts (Chair, Nominating Committee) no later than May 1.  Nominations may not be made from the floor at the annual meeting.
Respectfully Submitted,
Jack McGowan, Secretary (
Kent Roberts, President (