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Alumni Engagement


More than 100 alumni and friends attended the UB College Night at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens this past February to see, hear and experience the lighting and sound installation that was in part, created by students from the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Faculty and students from the department’s Design and Technology program brought their own design concepts to Lumagination, the Botanical Gardens’ annual light and sound show. The UB team contributed two illuminated outdoor sculptures and a special light and soundscape to the garden’s Panama Cloud Forest greenhouse.

Before taking a self-guided tour, alumni attended a reception and heard from the student technicians on the project. “Bringing alumni together for an event at one of Buffalo’s cultural gems while highlighting the talent and artistry of our students was inspiring,” said Mary Jo Rehak, assistant dean of constituent and alumni engagement.
For students, taking part in Lumagination offered them the opportunity to “take their theater design and technology training and apply it to a community event,” said Lynne Koscielniak, associate professor of scenography and department chair. “The students conceived the project and saw it through to fabrication and installation. It’s valuable experiential learning,” she said.

The department worked in collaboration with Luminated Landscapes and the Botanical Gardens as part of UB’s first year involved with the event.

View photos from the event.


Scholars on the Road Lecture Series

The signature series from the College of Arts and Sciences Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement Office brings alumni together for programs in Buffalo, New York City and Washington, D.C. The series includes a reception where alumni can meet and is followed by a lecture on a variety of topics presented by faculty experts in the College. This past season featured:

• The Polarization of American Politics with Department of Political Science Professors James Campbell and Jacob Neiheisel

• Reality in the Age of Truthiness with Humanities Institute Director and Professor from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, David Castillo

• Power and Influence on Social Media with Professor Michael A. Stefanone from the Department of Communication

• Layers of Social Change: Gender and Geographic Data with Professor Monica Stephens from the Department of Geography

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