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.

February Book Club

Cuddle up this February with a good read and gather to discuss on February 13th. Host Terri Zelasko has selected Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild.

“The renowned sociologist Arlie Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country―a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she famously champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground and quickly warms to the people she meets―among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident―people whose concerns are actually ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.”

Contact Celinda Crego at to learn more.

Marotto’s Soirée

You are cordially invited to the Marotto’s Soirée, a winter social at one of our favorite Cornellian owned businesses. Our host, Mark Marotto ’82, has arranged  a menu of smoked fish, bruschetta, clams casino, pork bell pibil, and sharp cheeses.

Marotto’s Restaurant is in Kenmore, NY, meet us there on Wednesday, February 7th 5:30 – 8 pm.

Cost: $22 includes appetizers

Please register in advance.

Burchfield Penney Tour

burchfieldpenneyartcenterlogoOn Saturday, December 2, Nancy Spector (Agriculture and Life Sciences ‘79; BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago ’90) will lead us on a tour of the galleries at the Burchfield Penney based upon a theme near and dear to all Cornellian hearts: SEEING RED.  Tapping into her knowledge as a current Burchfield-Penney docent, Nancy will facilitate a conversation allowing participants to look at and learn about selected artworks with the theme and express their own reactions and interpretations.

After the tour, those who wish are welcome to stick around for a self-funded “healthy-style” lunch at the Museum Café run by Don Wharfe, formerly manager at the Buffalo Yacht Club & Albright-Knox.

November Book Club

The November 14 (second Tuesday) Book Club meeting will be hosted by Buffalo gal a memoirEli Kaufman. Eli has chosen a humorous nonfiction book, Buffalo Gal: a Memoir by Laura Pedersen. “A wonderful memoir about growing up in Buffalo in the 70s and 80s. ” – from Goodreads.

There are many copies of this book in the county library system.

Please contact Celinda Crego ( for additional information, or if you would like to attend or host an upcoming Book Club meeting.