You don’t have to travel far from campus to reach incredible landmarks: Boston’s Quincy Market, the Statue of Liberty, the Guggenheim. But in the summer I’m lured by Connecticut’s countryside. Hop in the car and within an hour you’re driving past tidy red barns offering up “just-picked” tomatoes, corn, zucchini, berries, beans, and snap peas. Stopping by one farm stand recently (who can say no to fresh-baked blueberry pies?), I was reminded of the work that’s done at UB throughout the year.
Universities’ harvests peak on the day of graduation. After years of cultivating skills through studies, internships, and research, our graduates are officially ready to enjoy the fruits of their labor, and they rush from Commencement at the Webster Bank Arena eager to make their mark on the world. Yet even before they reach this milestone, many UB graduates have already harvested impressive achievements. Duanecia Evans ’12 recalls her arrival at UB as “scary,” yet she nonetheless became a leader on campus and used her influence to help others. Evans’s many contributions include her efforts to bring the internship program Inroads to UB, and this summer, five students reaped the benefit of her work when they were selected for paying internships at Fortune 500 companies. Evans is just one of many impressive graduates profiled in “Faces From the Class of 2012” on page 10 and a potent reminder that work done by one has the potential to sustain many—just like any other bumper crop.
Long before harvest, however, plants need tending. Here again, I’m reminded of UB. Most classes don’t begin until fall, yet for faculty, summer is a time to cultivate future opportunities for their students.
At the College of Naturopathic Medicine, for instance, professors Eugene Zampieron and Jody Noé have
spent decades conducting summertime research into plant-based medicine. As you’ll read in “In Full Bloom” (page 22), this work has led to a recently opened herbarium at UB. It’s the only herbarium located at a naturopathic college in the world, and it’s funded, appropriately, by one of UB’s Seed Money Grants.
That’s not to say summer isn’t a time to slow down. This year we asked faculty to help assemble a blockbuster summer reading list (“The Pleasure of Words” page 29). But since great books are timeless, we invite you back to campus to participate in The Big Read, when we’ll celebrate Ray Bradbury’s
Fahrenheit 451. You’ll find details about the program on page 31, or come cheer the Purple Knights (highlights of the coming season are on page 50), and tee-up for the UB Athletics annual golf outing (the ad’s on the back cover).
Whatever the season, we hope to see you soon!