On November 28, generous donors who made leadership gifts to the Build the Vision campaign gathered for an exclusive preview of the newly completed Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ building located at Main and High Streets downtown.
The evening—hosted by UB President Satish K. Tripathi and Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the school—was a celebration to thank donors associated with a named space for their loyalty and support of the campaign.
A highlight of the celebration was the opportunity the donors were given to tour the spectacular, 628,000-square-foot facility and preview their named spaces with their family and friends. Also during the evening, they enjoyed locating their names on the Circle of Visionaries and Circle of Leaders donor walls, in the James Platt White Society Learning Landscape and on the Signature Learning stations in the Main Auditorium.
The program kicked off with a video that celebrated donors’ generosity for the Build the Vision Campaign, after which brief opening remarks were made by Drs. Tripathi and Cain and Tricia Mathew, Class of 2020. Guests were then treated to a heartfelt song of gratitude from the medical student acapella group, Docapella.
As a finale to the program, the donor walls were unveiled, balloons floated down from the seventh floor of the atrium and the festivities and tours began, with refreshments provided at stations throughout the school, hosted by grateful medical students, faculty, staff, members of the Campaign Steering Committee and Drs. Tripathi and Cain.
The evening was capped by each donor receiving a specially commissioned commemorative poster of the new school illustrated by local artist Michael Gelen.