BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo once again steps up
with opportunities for fun and intellectual excitement by offering
summer programs to entice and inspire children, seniors and
Taught by some of the most imaginative minds around, the
schedule of non-credit workshops and camps for UBThisSummer reads
more like a brochure of enticing summer activities than a course
"Summers at UB have always been a time to unwind and enjoy,"
says A. Scott Weber, vice provost and dean for undergraduate
education. "There is so much to do on campus this summer, with a
great mix of fun and intellectual discovery, we again feel certain
almost anyone can find something they will enjoy and be excited to
share when the summer is over."
Bold words. But UB's summer programs always have held the
interest -- intellectually, as well as satisfying the need for
summer entertainment -- of those who have signed on. It's the time
when the definition of "student" is used in the most flexible and
all-encompassing way. Summer at UB is when workshops, summer camps,
hand-on activities and field trips supplement the formal summer
session and provide opportunities for the community to take
advantage of all UB has to offer.
"My son, Elliott, a second-grader, was part of the 'Field
Ecology Adventures,'" says Hadar Borden, administrative director of
the Undergraduate Academies. "It was a healthy balance of summer
camp fun while sneaking in a bit of academics when the kids were
not expecting it.
"Elliott actually said, 'Mom, it's always an exciting adventure
at ecology camp.' The program was fantastic. Elliott continues to
share what he learned last summer while building on the knowledge
gained through his experience to write his own book, 'A-Z
Encyclopedia of Nature.'
"When we began to consider camp options for summer 2012, Elliott
insisted that we register him to attend camp with Mr. Sandy. He
made quite the connection," Borden says.
The full slate of summer activities and registration information
can be found on the UBThisSummer website: http://www.ubthissummer.buffalo.edu.
Among the highlights:
The Division of Athletics is offering a full menu of sports
camps for students of all ages. Whether you are a curious young
beginner or a skilled high school athlete interested in playing in
college, come join UB's Division I coaches for professional
instruction, access to college facilities and great fun.
"Field Ecology Adventures" is intended for children ages 8 to
12. Each day will be spent outside focusing on different
environmental themes, among them nature awareness, terrestrial
studies, aquatic studies, wildlife ecology and survival skills.
For your star high school student, the Department of
Communication is offering a "Leadership Communication" workshop
where high school students learn effective leadership and
communications skills through hands-on, interactive activities held
indoors and outdoors. Also offered is "Ancient Roots of War:
Society, Weapons and Tactics," where participants, high school-age
or older, study ancient military history and take part in hands-on
outdoor explorations of military craft and technology.
Visual artists can join the "Drawing and Painting Forum," where
students learn core skills of drawing and painting, or stencil a
three-color poster during the "Screen-Print Gig Poster"
UBThisSummer presents a variety of arts and culture sessions,
including "Summer Strings," which teaches advanced string students
from the high school level to young professionals; "American
History Hollywood Style" for movie and American history buffs; and
"American Experiences in Children's Literature," a one-day workshop
on the topic of what it means to be American.
The "Lehrer Dance Summer Intensive Workshop," a seven-day
intensive class for emerging professional dancers, drew
participants from more than 20 states across the country last year
and again will provide wonderful exposure for young dancers this
Interested in the outdoors? UBThisSummer offers a popular travel
opportunity through Adirondack Adventure. Based at the first of the
Adirondack "Great Camps," the group will be hiking, canoeing and
kayaking to nearby towns and historic sites studying the history
and natural habitats of the Great North Woods.
Also in the summer curriculum is "Archaeology for Teachers," a
workshop for teachers who use archaeology as an educational
platform for improving teaching skills in math, the sciences and
social studies. For professionals in the fields of oil, gas and
environmental geosciences, there is "Fractures and Tectonics of the
Northern Appalachian Basin," being held in the Watkins Glen area.
Also offered to professionals is the "Engineering for Ecosystem
Restoration" program, a series of courses and electives that
emphasize the science and practice of ecosystem restoration.
And the popular UBThisSummer Lecture Series will be back for
another season of interesting lectures by prominent UB faculty
members who share their enthusiasm and knowledge about a variety of
topics. All lectures are free and open to the public. More
information about the lineup of lectures will be available later
"It is difficult to appreciate the variety and the diversity of
these summer offerings without taking a good look at our non-credit
curriculum," says Weber. "There are workshops that really can
satisfy everyone -- from a parent's hope to enrich their children's
education, to those looking for some excitement, to a
nontraditional student who wants to learn more about something that
really interests them. We invite you to spend part of your summer
on campus with us."