Day of Impact 2020
UB Community Comes Together for Day of Impact
This year has been one of many firsts. The focus across the world in the past few months has shifted to caring for others and transitioning to virtual reality. When COVID-19 began hitting the hardest, UB made a purposeful decision to cancel its traditional Day of Giving and move to a Day of Impact. Along with the shift, came a focus on providing meaningful interactions for our alumni and the broader UB community.
Among the many events offered throughout the day were a Town Hall meeting with Interim President Steve Healey, a personal finance session sponsored by People’s United Bank, a presentation from Career Services, two courses taught by UB professors, a showcase of student work, scholarship recipient videos, and updates from the college Deans.
The intent of Impact Day was achieved as the focus remained on supporting our wonderful students. I want to extend my gratitude to those who generously gave on this special day, as well as to those who participated in the day’s many events. We saw firsthand the commitment, passion, and Purple Knight spirit that make UB an extraordinary community.
The Day of Impact did not disappoint! Together, total giving reached $123,855 for various designations, all focused on student support. We had 163 members of our community participate in giving and 376 alumni participate in one of the virtual events offered.
We have YOU to thank.
“I am so thrilled with our Purple Knight community, including alumni, friends, parents, students, faculty, and staff. We have set new fundraising records again this fiscal year (FY20) to date, with $3.3M in Major Gifts, $500K in Annual Giving, and $3.57M from gifts, grants, and foundations. Our fiscal year ends on June 30. The fact that so many people have been generous, loyal, and continue to achieve greater private philanthropic support than has been accomplished in UB’s long and storied history is a testament to those who have gone on to be successful and want to pay it forward. A special thank you of course goes to Trustee Art Landi ’74 for his leadership gift that was inspired by the Day of Impact. The generous gift will directly provide opportunities for our treasured students.” — Marie Muhvic, Vice President for Advancement
Trustee Art Landi '74 Makes $100,000 Gift
We have a special announcement regarding one of our loyal Purple Knights. He was truly inspired by the activity that has taken place so far during our “Day of Impact” and has made a generous gift that will impact UB students in meaningful ways.
University trustee and alumnus Art Landi ’74 has committed to a leadership gift of $100,000 in support of overall operations in the Office of Admissions. Three UB graduate assistant positions will be created with hiring preference given to first-generation students.
Landi, UB’s December 2019 commencement speaker, understands the value of a UB education and credits one of his professors for guiding him toward his career path as an industrial designer and problem solver. “As a first-generation student myself, I know that a UB education can be transformative. Providing additional resources to this hardworking office will help bring new students to the University who will benefit greatly from their UB experience,” he said.