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Updated October 8, 2015

Enrollment open for Flex Spending Accounts

Published October 8, 2015

Open enrollment is now under way for New York State Flex Spending Accounts, which allow state employees to pay for certain dependent care or health care expenses with pre-tax dollars.

The Health Care Spending Account lets employees set aside any amount — from $100 up to $2,550 annually — to pay for health care expenses that are not reimbursed by health insurance or other benefit plans. These include medical, hospital, laboratory, prescription drug, dental, vision, and hearing expenses for employees and their tax dependents.

The Dependent Care Advantage Account allows workers to set aside up to $5,000 for eligible child care, elder care or disabled dependent care expenses that are necessary for the employee and his or her spouse to work.

The open enrollment period for 2012 runs through midnight Nov. 9.

For more information, visit the Administrative Services Gateway website or contact the Flexible Spending Account Hotline at 1-800-358-7202 or via email at

Use FlexiBULL Bucks on campus and get a discount

Published October 8, 2015

Campus Dining & Shops’ FlexiBULL Bucks plan allows faculty and staff to add money to their UB Cards to make purchases, including food, supplies and gifts, at numerous locations, both on and off campus, and at campus vending machines.

A prepaid debit account, the FlexiBULL Bucks plan operates just like Campus Cash for students — but with the added feature of providing a discount that is equal to the sales tax on food and beverage purchases made at any Campus Dining & Shops (CDS) location.

FlexiBULL Bucks can be added to a UB Card by going to the FlexiBULL Bucks page on the CDS website or by calling the UB Card Office at 645-6344 and using a Visa or MasterCard. A FlexiBULL Bucks account can be opened with as little as $25; additional funds can be added any time in increments of $25. FlexiBULL Bucks, which are taxable, do not expire and continue to carry over year to year until the account holder leaves the university.

The list of locations where FlexiBULL Bucks can be used can be found on the FlexiBULL website.

Business Day set for Oct. 14

Published September 24, 2015

UB Business Day 2015, the annual day of training, information gathering and networking presented by University Business Services, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Getzville, adjacent to the UB North Campus.

The event will feature workshop sessions on financial, procurement and human resources topics, as well as the recent upgrades to SIRI (UB's Strategic Information Reporting Initiative). It also will have information tables, prizes, refreshments and networking opportunities.

Expanded lunch options will be available for participants, with Embers Grill at the Ramada offering an affordable “quick lunch” menu and UB’s own Big Blue offering its traditional food truck menu.

Visit the Business Day website for the workshop schedule and registration. Deadline for registration is Oct. 7.

ISSS presents workshops

Published September 17, 2015

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is holding two workshops for employees who work closely with international students.

“Appointing International Students:  Immigration Documents, I-9 Requirements, Etc.” is designed for employees who must interpret immigration documents in order to process appointments and fulfill their job responsibilities. It will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in 12 Capen Hall, North Campus.

“Responding to the Needs of International Students: Tips for Staff Members” will help employees understand and interact with international students. It will be held from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Sept. 29 in 12 Capen, and from noon to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 6 in 108 O’Brian Hall, North Campus

The workshops are free and open to all UB employees.

EAP to offer meditation training sessions

Published September 10, 2015

The Employee Assistance Program is offering training sessions in the fundamentals of Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique (IAMT), a relaxation technique consisting of simple yoga postures, breathing, visualization and sound.

The sessions will be held from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 17 and Oct. 15 in 107 Capen Hall in the UB Honors College, North Campus, and from 9-11 a.m. Nov. 5 and Dec. 10 in 100 Allen Hall, South Campus.

The sessions will be taught by Bharat Jayaraman, professor of computer science and engineering and a IAMT practitioner for 40 years.

Once learned, IAMT can be practiced in 20 minutes and, if used regularly, can lead to reduced stress and anxiety, as well as increased energy and productivity.

The sessions are free and open to all UB employees. To register, visit the EAP website.

EAP offers help to care for children

Published September 10, 2015

“Caring for Children,” a free, lunchtime series of talks for UB employees, retirees and their families, will open on Sept. 15 with a session on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

All talks in the five-part series, presented by UB’s Employee Assistance Program, will take place every other Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in 280 Park Hall, North Campus.

The Sept. 15 session on ADHD will be led by Greg Fabiano, associate professor of counseling, school and educational instruction and an expert in ADHD assessments and interventions.

Other sessions in the series will address topics including foster care, parenting difficult behavior, navigating financial aid for your college-bound child and caring for a multigenerational family.

The full schedule, more details and registration information can be found online.

Walking program starts Sept. 15

Published September 10, 2015

The lunchtime campus walking program will resume next week for the fall semester on both the North and South campuses.

The program, sponsored by Wellness & Work/Life Balance, will be held at noon on Tuesdays on the North Campus and Wednesdays on the South Campus. Participants will make a one-mile loop around their respective campus.

North Campus walkers should meet at Founders Plaza; the South Campus walk begins at Diefendorf Loop.

Walkers are asked to register online.

PSS to hold tailgater

Published August 28, 2015

The Professional Staff Senate will host a Tailgate BBQ before the Bulls’ season opener on Sept. 5 in UB Stadium.

The party will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in Stampede Square. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided; party-goers are asked to bring a dish to pass and may bring their own adult beverages.

The party is free; discount tickets to the game are $10. RSVP by Sept. 4.

UUP meeting and boat ride scheduled

Published August 27, 2015

The Buffalo Center Chapter of United University Professions, the union representing UB faculty and professional staff, will hold its 2015 membership dinner and boat cruise Sept. 24 aboard the Miss Buffalo.

Boarding at the Erie Basin Marina, 79 Marine Drive, Buffalo, will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the boat ride taking place from 6-8 p.m. A buffet dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Both dinner and cruise are free for UUP Buffalo Center members; the cost is $20 for spouses and partners who are not members.

Boat capacity is 185 persons; those interested in attending should make their reservations no later than Sept. 11 by contacting Kristen Rinker-LaBerta.

Humanities Institute to hold grant-writing workshop

Published August 27, 2015

An external grant-writing workshop for faculty members in the humanities will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 in 280 Park Hall, North Campus.

Sponsored by the UB Humanities Institute, the workshop is designed to support faculty members’ applications for external grants and fellowships. Participants will learn strategies from an experienced grant writer and evaluator, exchange ideas with other faculty members and receive feedback from peers on pre-circulated draft proposals. Such proposals may be at any stage — from preliminary sketches to finalized applications.

Those who wish to have their draft proposals critiqued should submit materials by Sept. 7.

Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. following the opening presentation and Q&A. Small group discussion of the pre-circulated draft proposals will begin at 1:20 p.m.

Those attending are asked to RSVP to Jinhee Song by Sept. 7.

For further information, contact Humanities Institute Executive Director Libby Otto.