BUFFALO, N.Y. – You’ve survived one of the worst
winters ever. Summer is almost here and the University at Buffalo
is offering some free activities that will bring members of the UB
and the broader Western New York communities outdoors to enjoy the
beautiful UB campus and have some fun.
Warm Weather Wednesdays, new to the UBThisSummer lineup of
summer programming, will provide faculty, staff and students a
chance to enjoy what many feel is Buffalo’s best season.
Activities, held on Wednesdays beginning May 28 and running through
Aug. 6 on the North Campus, range from lawn games –
badminton, anyone? – to a soccer skills camp, yoga class and
canoeing on Lake LaSalle.
Organizers of Warm Weather Wednesdays, which include staff from
the College of Arts and Sciences, Student Activities, International
Student and Scholar Services, and the Office of the Vice Provost
for Enrollment Management, say the idea behind the event was to
offer members of the UB community some different activities than
those provided through the traditional UBThisSummer
It also was a chance to show that the campus was not as quiet
during the summer months as many people might think, organizers
The fun begins on May 28 with UB Chalkfest, an afternoon-long
art project in which participants create their own unique artwork
with a bucket of chalk and a blank sidewalk. It runs from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m. along Putnam Way near the Student Union. In the event of
rain, Chalkfest will be moved inside the union.
The remainder of the lineup; all events are free and open to the
June 4: Lawn Games (& Tournaments), 1-4 p.m., Student Union
field. Games include horseshoes, bocci, KanJam, croquet and
badminton. Novices are welcome. Registration for tournament-style
play is at 1 p.m.; casual-style play also will be offered.
June 11: World Cup Soccer Skills Challenge, noon to 4 p.m.,
Student Union field; rain location: Alumni Arena. In anticipation
of the upcoming World Cup, UB will crown its own World Cup soccer
skills champions. Participants will go through a series of soccer
drills (i.e. obstacle course, dribbling, goal kick), with overall
winners receiving prizes. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
June 18: Yoga! Yoga! Yogurt! Sessions from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. and from 12:30-1:30 p.m., Student Union field; Rain location:
Student Union. Participants of all ages and skill levels are
welcome to take a class led by a licensed yoga instructor. No
experience necessary; bring a mat or towel. The first 15
participants for each class receive a free UBThisSummer yoga mat.
Enjoy a free frozen yogurt pop after class.
June 25: We’re going on a Picnic! Noon to 4 p.m., Student
Union field. Bring a lunch and enjoy the bounce houses, carnival
games, magician, caricature artist and balloon artist.
July 9: Frisbee Golf Workshop, noon to 4 p.m., Student Union
field; rain location: Alumni Arena. This workshop will teach
participants about Frisbee golf, including what types of discs to
use for different distances. Participants will receive a
complimentary UBThisSummer Frisbee.
July 16: Canoeing, 1-5 p.m., Lake LaSalle at Baird Point.
Canoes, life jackets, paddles and professional instruction are
July 23: Golfing Extravaganza, noon-4 p.m., Student Union field.
Take a golf lesson from a professional, play on an 18-hole
miniature golf course or take part in the hole in one contest.
July 30: Summer Sun Treasure Hunt, noon to 4 p.m., Student Union
field. This on-campus treasure hunt will provide a physical, as
well as mental challenge. Registration begins at noon; hunt begins
at 1 p.m.
Aug. 6: Canoeing, 1-5 p.m., Lake LaSalle at Baird Point. Canoes,
life jackets, paddles and professional instruction are