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Success Stories

  • 9/21/17
    Marcus Yam, BS ’06, graduated from UB with a degree in aerospace engineering—and then took a very different career path, becoming one of the top photographers in journalism today.
  • 7/11/16
    At 13, Brandon Stosuy (MA ’01) began hosting music concerts in his father’s backyard in rural New Jersey. “We’d get an old hay truck and borrow a PA from my friend Ed,” he says. “We didn’t really think of it as DIY in those days. It’s just what you did if you wanted to have a show.”
  • 12/7/17
    The day after her last final exam in May, Stephanie Ward headed to Saudi Arabia with her twin brother to visit family for a few weeks. Then it was back to the United States for her sister’s wedding in Florida, followed by a cruise to Mexico.
  • 12/7/17
    Sharon Salzberg (BA ’72), one of the leading teachers in the West of Buddhist thought and meditation, found her life path almost by chance. Back in 1969 she was a UB sophomore looking to fulfill a course requirement, and a class on Asian philosophy happened to fit her schedule. “I knew nothing about Asian philosophy, but it was sort of in the air,” she says. “Sitar music, the Beatles going to India—it was the ’60s.”
  • 12/7/17
    They’re called the Mathletes, four studious yet remarkably fit UB undergrads, and they dragged the school’s name through the muck and mire—nearly all the way to victory on national TV.
  • 12/7/17
    A memento from Jan Metzger’s (BS ’81) time as an engineering student brings new meaning to the term “bridging the decades.”
  • 12/7/17
    MMA-fighter-turned-strength-and-conditioning-coach Jordan Marwin (MPH ’14) became a viral star this summer when he gave prospects at the NHL Scouting Combine in Buffalo’s HarborCenter an extreme form of encouragement. As he administered what’s called the Wingate bike test—a high-charged, half-minute spin on a stationary bike—Marwin offered participants an extra push by roaring orders like “Kill this bike! Rip these pedals off! Hammer it! Hammer it!” with such intensity that veins bulged from his neck. Video clips using the hashtag #bikeguy quickly spread around social media, gaining the attention of NHL.com, CBS Sports and other outlets.
  • 6/26/17
    As proprietor of Whimsy Confections, Michele Ogden (BA ’03) makes some of the most fanciful concoctions ever to fill a chocolate box.

With a UB degree, you can go anywhere — and do anything. We encourage you to read about the groundbreaking career paths that our alumni have taken, see yourself in their remarkable stories, and share your story so it can inspire others.

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