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 njg56@cornell.edu 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 (jpjpg@verizon.net)
Kent Roberts, President (KRoberts@hodgsonruss.com)

Introducing – your Cornell Faculty Speaker!

Please join us at our annual meeting this May 7th – for a Cornell faculty presentation and dinner at the Saturn Club. Come for a cocktail in the Lounge and Loggia Room followed by a delicious buffet of bruschetta, Tuscan pizzas, steak and chicken carvings stations, and dessert. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

The Club would like to welcome our faculty speaker, Professor Brian R. Davis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, CALS.

Professor Davis conducts research in landscape prototyping, the industrialized rivers in the Americas, and the effect of public space design on water quality in urban rivers. He will be giving a talk on his research and a discussion on Buffalo’s waterways.

Tickets are $30 and include dinner and dessert. Cash bar. Registration is now open.


Call for Nominations

Ever wonder who is behind the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo? We are a group of Cornellians from all colleges, degrees, and class years — ’73 to ’16 and many in between! We would love to have YOU join our team to bring new events and ideas for ways to bring Cornellians together.

From event planning, website management, budgeting, social media, and more, there’s probably a way for you to get involved with Cornell, the Buffalo community, and other alumni.

Interested? Please reach out to our club president, R. Kent Roberts, Law ’94 (KRoberts@hodgsonruss.comwith why you’re interested in the club. 

Elections are held at our annual meeting and Cornell faculty speaker event, which is May 7th 2018. Save the date, more details coming soon.