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 (

Joint Ivy Holiday Party

The Harvard Club of Buffalo is hosting a Joint Ivy Holiday Event during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and you’re invited! This casual event at Lafayette Brewery Company in the Lafayette Hotel will be a chance to meet new alumni and current students in the area.

So come on downtown next Wednesday, Dec 27, 5:30-7:30pm. They’ll be a cash bar but please RSVP in advance to H. Drew at

Also –> check out our event details page for other upcoming events such as…

  • CORNELL CARES Save the date for Cornell Cares Day, which we’ll celebrate with Cornellians around the world by volunteering as a collective in our local communities. On January 6th, we will be working alongside Goodwill Industries in Buffalo. Friends and family are welcome to join! Sign up today
  • HOCKEY IN ITHACA Sign up for the hockey game at Lynah Rink on February 3rd! We’ll meet in Ithaca with friends and family (kids welcome!) to cheer on the men’s hockey match-up against RPI. Make a weekend out of it — hike at Taughannock Falls State Park, grab breakfast at Carriage House Cafe, or wander around the Commons, which might look very different from your last trip to Ithaca. See our event listing for game details and tickets

Free public lecture and book signing: Glenn C. Altschuler – April 4th, 2017

The Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo is pleased to present a free public lecture and book signing:

Glenn C. Altschuler

Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University

Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy

altschuler book

Tuesday April 4th, 2017 at 6:30 PM


The Office of Hodgson Russ LLP

The Guaranty Building |  140 Pearl Street  | Buffalo, NY 14202

Advanced registration required:

Books will be available for sale at the talk, courtesy of Talking Leaves Books.

Altschuler’s book, published in 2016 by the American bar Association and co-written with former Cornell law professor Faust Rossi, Ten Great American Trials, provides accounts of some of the most highly publicized  and fascinating  court cases of the twentieth century. The book also assesses the impact of cultural, social, and political values on the proceedings and the outcomes. The cases, several of which have been dubbed ‘the crime of the century’, were selected because they are dramatic, suspenseful, emotional, intellectually powerful, and have become part of American culture.

Glenn Altschuler is the Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD in American history from Cornell in 1976 and has been an administrator and teacher at Cornell since 1981. He is the author or coauthor of 11 books and more than one thousand essays and reviews. An animating force in the program in American studies at Cornell, Altschuler has won several awards for teaching and undergraduate advising. His work has been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Boston Globe.

CAAAN Kickoff Dinner – Wednesday, November 30

2016 CAAAN Kickoff Dinner

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – 6:30 PM

Chef’s Restaurant
291 Seneca Street
Buffalo NY 14204

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 Dinner, to be held at Chef’s Restaurant in downtown Buffalo on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. While enjoying your choice of Chef’s delicious Italian specialties, 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.

Many alumni attest that their role as a CAAAN volunteer is one of the most rewarding activities one can do as a Cornellian!

For those who are new to the CAAAN program, please be sure to sign-up today at their website.

The cost for the dinner is $18 per person, and will include a selection of a main dish with salad, dessert, tea, and coffee. A cash bar will be available. Attendees have the choice of pre-ordering chicken cacciatore, lasagna with meat ball, or Chef’s famous spaghetti parmesan. Special dietary options are available upon request.

Register at

For event questions, please contact Matthew Nagowski ’05 at

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at