Janet Albert, Professor, Fashion Merchandising

Janet Albert, Professor, Fashion Merchandising

MANDEVILLE H ALL, ROOM 22C I developed a love of costume history and a fascination with how vintage-costume design impacts the modern era during my graduate studies. Now I’m privileged to teach costume history at UB. Since I spend a lot of time with my students in my classroom and office, I’ve surrounded the rooms with a collection of historical costumes that I’ve displayed on mannequins. I developed the collection through my association...

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John “Doc Rock” Nicholas, Professor, Geology

John “Doc Rock” Nicholas, Professor, Geology

DANA HALL, ROOM 16 My office is called “Rock City.” The rocks in here are organized in three major groups: igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic, and there’s a table with minerals. What looks like chaos is not really chaos. Students are encouraged to touch them, to learn. Because I’ve had an opportunity to have my room, I’ve decorated it for my needs. I’ve always felt very fortunate about that. The yellow boxes of slides on my...

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Take a Bow, Graduates

Take a Bow, Graduates

Class of 2013 urged “to serve the world at large” at 103rd Commencement while UB’s first Physician Assistant Institute grads receive their diplomas. 2013“You have an opportunity to serve the world at large,” University alumnus Dennis Walcott ’73, ’74 told nearly 1,400 graduates at the University’s 103rd Commencement, moments before he was honored by UB for his contributions. Walcott, a self-described “kid from Queens” who is...

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Spinning Kitchens Sliding Walls

Spinning Kitchens Sliding Walls

“When the kitchen rotates, the wires rotate with it.” Richard Janvier, an industrial design major from UB’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD), stood in front of a rendering of a studio apartment that was displayed on a massive movie screen at the Bijou Theater in downtown Bridgeport. It was early May, and Janvier and his SASD classmates were presenting ideas for apartments they had designed at the behest of local developer Philip...

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Martha Petersen, Associate Director, Physician Assistant Institute

Martha Petersen, Associate Director, Physician Assistant Institute

ELEANOR DANA HALL, Room 20 My office is one of first places people see, so feel that I’m often the face of the PA program. I want it to reflect a friendly, sunny environment. My window is my favorite part. I love to walk in and look at Seaside Park and the Sound. I think it helps to have nature around when I’m counseling students. It’s a Mother Earth type of thing. That’s why I’m a big plant person. Having started out as a...

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Frank Martignetti, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

Frank Martignetti, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

ARNOLD BERNHARD CENTER, Room 222 I spend a lot of time coaching, advising, or tutoring students in my office. It’s a place where I can be productive. I have a massive collection of sheet music, scores, and choral octavos. The bulk of it is in my office, and it reflects my own musical autobiography; the piano music and musical scores reflect my roots as a classical pianist and theatrical music director. There’s also a great deal of...

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William Greenspan, Professor, Business Law

William Greenspan, Professor, Business Law

MANDEVILLE H ALL, ROOM 309 When some people see my office for the first time they say, “You must be a world traveler!” And I tell them, “No, the world comes to me.” I’ve only been out of the country once in my life. I went to Antigua to recover from a back injury. The things on my shelves are gifts I’ve received over 43 years of teaching. There probably isn’t a country where I don’t have something from: Saudi Arabia, Israel,...

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Mary-Jane Foster, Vice President, University Relations

Mary-Jane Foster, Vice President, University Relations

CORTRIGHT HALL, ROOM 1 Cortright Hall is home to University Relations, and in my view it should be a place that is welcoming to the public, and most especially to our alumni. I want to make sure it reflects the history and the community and the current things that are going on. So when you come into my office you see etchings of historic buildings on the UB campus. You’ll also see a print of a primitive painting of Captains Cove. I have an...

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Faces from the Class of 2012, Emily Repko

Faces from the Class of 2012, Emily Repko

Someone to believe in you It was a busy spring for senior Emily Repko. Just weeks before graduation, Repko and her teammates on UB’s women’s gymnastics team won their fourth consecutive USAG National Collegiate Championship. Repko had set a school record of 9.925 on the balance beam and came in third on the beam during the individual event of the three-day showdown that had been hosted by UB and Webster Bank Arena. Not bad for a young woman...

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Faces from the Class of 2012, William Garay

Faces from the Class of 2012, William Garay

“ It happened so fast. At that moment, I didn’t think of anything except for my training. But afterwards, and very quickly, I realized what had happened and felt someone was with me and protecting me. I was very happy to go home to see my son.” — William Garay Cop by night, Student by day William Garay, 27, was a year away from earning his bachelor’s degree from UB in 2008 when he got word: the Stamford police department had...

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Faces from the Class of 2012, Duanecia Evans

Faces from the Class of 2012, Duanecia Evans

The Class of 2012 came from 44 states and 83 countries to study at UB. Here are some of their stories. Boarding the train to her future Elegant, driven, and highly organized, 22-year-old Duanecia Evans has been a ubiquitous force on campus. She’s served as president of more than a handful of organizations, including the SGA, launched programs to improve student life, volunteered with students in the city of Bridgeport, and worked in the...

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In Full Bloom

In Full Bloom

 How professors Jody Noé and Eugene Zampieron brought their passion for leafy things to the College of Naturopathic Medicine to grow a one-of-a-kind program, a medical garden bursting with more than 100 healing plants, and the only naturopathic-university herbarium in the world. “Here we go.” Reaching into a massive black metal storage cabinet, Dr. Joe Noé carefully pulls out pages of dried flowers and sets them on a table. Arranged...

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Body of Knowledge

Body of Knowledge

An unusual workshop provides a rare opportunity to learn more about the human body for a blind masseuse, Madonna’s personal Pilates instructor, and other health professionals who jumped at the chance to study at UB’s new anatomy lab. When Allan Golabek studied anatomy as a massage-therapy student, he memorized endless facts about muscles, ligaments, bones, and connective tissue, but he had no idea what the inside of the body looked like:...

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The Pleasure of Words

The Pleasure of Words

UB faculty are a bookish bunch, so we asked them to recommend their favorite titles for the summer—or any time of year. Their picks transport us around the world and back in time, make us laugh, and inspire us to consider God, morality, and our place in the world. Few other institutions require more on-the-job reading than a university, where ideas are the currency of trade. Books, journals, and documented research are all means to stay...

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A Library for the Community

A Library for the Community

SASD students unveil designs to revamp the Bridgeport Library to meet the needs of today’s patrons Once upon a time, the Italian author Umberto Eco was asked to speak at the Milan Public Library. Eco accepted, and according to accounts of the speech, began by asking, “What are libraries for?” As a group of students from Shintaro Akatsu School of Design (SASD) discovered this spring when they were asked to help redesign one of...

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Faces from the Class of 2012, Kingsley Udeh

Faces from the Class of 2012, Kingsley Udeh

“ People think engineering is too difficult, and we want to build an understanding, especially among U.S. students, that it’s not.” — Kingsley Udeh Making sense of engineering When he was in high school in Nigeria, Kingsley Udeh dreamed of becoming a doctor. He could help people, make a difference. Then he went to college. “My intention was to study medicine,” he says. “But along the way, I just couldn’t keep up with the...

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Faces from the Class of 2012, Kali Mason

Faces from the Class of 2012, Kali Mason

Museums and books Without the Bigelow, she wouldn’t have made it. At least, that’s how Kali Mason tells the story. The 21-year-old honors student, who graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Literature and Civilization, was about to start her sophomore year at UB when her father was laid off. Without his income, Mason would have to delay college, get a job, and figure out Plan B. “ The Bigelow was significant. It made the difference between...

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Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

 For the Class of 2012: 3½ Rules for a “Wild and Precious Life” With national approval ratings for Congress hovering at a paltry 16 percent, an invitation to address the Class of 2012 at the University’s 102nd Commencement was “very, very welcome,” Congressman Jim Himes told more than 1,400 graduates as he began a Keynote Address that was, by turns, funny, wise, and bittersweet. Himes, who represents the Fourth Congressional District...

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Creating a Robot for NASA

Creating a Robot for NASA

Think picking up the house is a chore? Try doing it at zero gravity, and you’ve got the attention of associate professor Jeremy Li and a team of his mechanical engineering students. Li and his students were chosen by NASA to compete in the final rounds of the agency’s eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge after they submitted plans for a robotic device that can collect samples from the moon. They were among 21 university...

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Furniture to Save the World

Furniture to Save the World

Just a chair? Think again. Ever since the first caveman dusted off a rock and proclaimed it his (or her) special seat, humans have had held emotionally charged feelings about their furniture. Hand-crafted from wood, encrusted with gems, woven with reeds, country chic or sleek-and-modern, the beds, tables, and seats in our homes reflect our individual tastes and aspirations, as well as larger social trends. Concerns about deforestation and...

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