UB School of Management Receives $125,000 Gift to Develop Entrepreneurship

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: February 20, 2003

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Former Buffalonians Irene and Frank Jellinek, 1940 graduates of the University at Buffalo, have committed $125,000 to the UB School of Management to be used for the development of entrepreneurial studies.

The Jellineks, who reside in La Jolla, Calif., said that they received a great education at UB and have very fond memories of the university and of Buffalo.

Frank Jellinek joined his father-in-law's business, Erie Scientific Co., in 1961 and ran it with his brother-in-law for 18 years.

"My father-in-law, Max Rosenberg, was a natural entrepreneur, and his son, James Rosenberg, is his equal," Jellinek said. "James and I had a great partnership, extremely successful, and we are still the best of friends."

Jellinek's son, Frank Jr., now runs the business under the name Apogent Technologies and has built it, with acquisitions, into one of the best companies in the medical diagnostic health care field.

John M. Thomas, dean of the UB School of Management, said he hopes that the Jellineks' gift will provide opportunities for budding entrepreneurs in Western New York.

"It's because of generous contributions like this that we are able to provide highly specialized training for entrepreneurs," said Thomas. "We now have resources dedicated exclusively to this cause and the benefits will add value to the entire region."

The Jellineks' gift is part of a $16 million campaign for the School of Management, which centers on raising funds for the construction of new facilities and programs to support the students and constituents of the school. The school's campaign is a component of "The Campaign for UB: Generation to Generation," now in its final phase, having raised nearly $210 million of its $250 million goal.

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