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Summertime at UB

 

Buffalo is a beautiful place in the summer—with more sunny days than Atlanta and perfect temperatures. Many noteworthy outside events such as “Taste of Buffalo” and the Allentown Art Festival take place throughout the summer months. Marrying into Buffalo’s summertime strengths, the university is adding new and unique campus opportunities in an initiative we’re calling “UB This Summer.”

During summer 2003, many courses are offered. These courses cover our traditional curricula, so UB students and Buffalo-based students matriculated at other universities can lighten their courseload during the academic year, or concentrate more fully on a specific academic area. Even taking a noncredit course for fun or personal enrichment comfortably coincides with summer, too.

Enrolling in a few courses can lead to a certificate that will strengthen a résumé. For example, the Department of Media Study is offering a certificate program in new media design that can be completed during the summer. This is a terrific opportunity to learn the new technology so critical in today’s media field.

New this year is the Academic Challenge and Enrichment (ACE) program. This three-week summer residential program for incoming freshmen provides an intensive introductory university experience to help students prepare for a successful transition to college. The program consists of two noncredit courses designed to enhance the skills that are essential for one to flourish at UB. In addition, participants will enjoy workshops, social activities, lectures and field trips—all in a structured and supportive environment. Freshmen who are invited to participate in the ACE program will benefit from continuing support once the academic year begins. This support entails specially designed academic advisement, tutoring services, peer mentoring, financial management assistance, community service opportunities and career guidance.

UB also is offering programs for people of all ages and interests. Since some programs are residential, alumni living outside Western New York are given an opportunity to have fun and learn new things while revisiting their alma mater.

 
Another new opportunity is the noon lecture series, to be held nearly every weekday from June 2 through August 15. This series focuses on members of our distinguished faculty who will talk about their work, with topics ranging from philosophical views of terrorism and war to the role of music in the lives of infants and toddlers.

Alumni who are considering a career change, or thinking about graduate school, will be particularly interested in our career perspectives sessions that focus on law, bioinformatics, management, the health professions and education. These sessions are intended to provide a forum for presenting realistic perspectives on career options. The program also offers participants the opportunity to improve their career planning and job search skills, network and learn about graduate programs at UB. Each session features a keynote speaker; Ron Alsop, author of the Wall Street Journal’s Guide to Top Business Schools, will join us at a School of Management event, for example.

While you are engaging in professional development, listening to a lecture or attending a concert, your children or grandchildren can attend one of UB’s top-notch sports camps. Conducted by our NCAA Division I coaches, these camps have different emphases, depending on the sport and age level. Some are completely focused on instruction and development of technique; others include competitive play. This is a wonderful opportunity for your budding athlete to interact with intercollegiate players and coaches! Look for camps in baseball, basketball, diving, football, soccer, swimming, volleyball and wrestling.

The university’s summer calendar also includes the Music Department’s well-known “June in Buffalo” festival for contemporary music, the Empire State Games, the World Jazz Dance Conference, the Junior Olympic Track and Field Meet and a special tribute to UB’s poets. This is only a glimpse of summer activities—visit UBThisSummer.net for more information and schedules. We’re looking forward to seeing you on campus this summer!

Elizabeth D. Capaldi
Provost, University at Buffalo


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