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Updated July 2, 2015

UUP to hold ‘Roadshow’

Published July 2, 2015

Food, fun and facts will be on tap when the Buffalo Center Chapter of United University Professions sponsors an informational “Roadshow” on July 16.

The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Coventry Circle on the North Campus. In case of rain, the Roadshow will move to the Center for the Arts Atrium.

Attendees can enjoy a free lunch while visiting seven “stations” to meet UUP Buffalo Center representatives and learn about the various responsibilities of the union, which represents UB faculty and professional staff.

They include:

  • Membership.
  • Professional concerns and grievances.
  • Academic concerns and grievances.
  • Delegate Assembly and officers.
  • Adjunct concerns and issues.
  • Contract update, concerns and issues.
  • Political outreach and VOTE Cope

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to chapter assistant Kristen Rinker at by July 13.

UUP discretionary nominations due by Sept. 4

Published June 25, 2015

United University Professions (UUP) members may nominate themselves to receive a discretionary award by forwarding a self-nomination to their department chair or director by Sept. 4.

The discretionary awards, to be paid no later than Dec. 31, 2015, will recognize employees for excellence in performance between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

While there is no required form for a self-nomination, eligible workers can submit a memorandum outlining the rationale for the request, along with any attachments supporting the request.

The awards will not be added to an employee’s base salary.

For more information about self-nominations, including information on eligibility, visit the Human Resources website.

Renew parking permits online

Published June 18, 2015

Faculty and staff are urged to “be green” and apply online for their 2015-16 parking permit renewal.

Current permits expire on Aug. 31.

Those who sign up now can receive their permits by mail before the start of the fall semester.

Online renewal is available through Parking & Transportation’s E-Business Center. Users will need to know their vehicle’s plate number, make, model and year. The information will automatically populate the registration form for users registering the same vehicle as last year.

The cost for the permit is $9.65; it is free to volunteers and retirees. The UB EPay system accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards.

Those who prefer not to pay online may visit the Parking and Transportation Services office in 102 Spaulding Quad, Ellicott Complex, North Campus, to register their vehicle and pay in person.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding the registration process should contact Parking and Transportation Services at 645-3943, or at

Unplug, unwind during Daylight Hour

Published June 18, 2015

Members of the UB community are invited to join their SUNY colleagues in showing the impact we all can have on reducing energy consumption by taking part in Daylight Hour on Friday.

Participants are asked to turn off the lights and power down unessential equipment, such as computers and printers, from noon to 1 p.m. on June 19 and enjoy the great outdoors — take the time to go for a walk, eat lunch outside or just spend time unplugged from electronics.

The idea behind Daylight Hour is to demonstrate the availability of daylight, promote energy conservation and show our collective impact by living healthier, more sustainable lives.

For more information, visit the UB Sustainability website.

Research survey topic of workshop

Published May 28, 2015

“Survey Development for Community-Based Research” is the topic of a workshop on June 4 sponsored by UB’s Civic Engagement Public Policy research initiative.

The free workshop, to be held from 12:30-2 p.m. in 214 Parker Hall, South Campus, is designed for UB researchers interested in using surveys in their community-based research.  It will be led by Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, associate professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Topics to be addressed include survey types, question development, how to develop questions with community partners and different sampling methods. Tumiel-Berhalter also will critique various sample surveys, and she invites participants to bring their own surveys as well.

Lunch will be available to participants, beginning at 12:15 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP for lunch,, email Laura Mangan at

Register for golf tournament

Published May 21, 2015

Registration is now open through June 1 for the first UBThisSummer Golf Open, a four-person scramble-format tournament for UB employees to take place Aug. 10 at Glen Oak Golf Course, 711 Smith Road, East Amherst .

The $75 entry fee includes a round of golf, cart, buffet dinner and tips. The tournament is open to golfers of all skill levels — from novice to expert. Download the registration form.

UB golfers also may want to join the UB Tuesday Night Golf League at Glen Oak. Those interested can contact Brian Foti at

Tiffin Room open for lunch

Published May 21, 2015

There’s no need to go off campus this summer for a nice, sit-down lunch. The Tiffin Room is open, serving from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Located on the second floor of the Student Union, the Tiffin Room accepts Faculty/Staff FlexiBull Bucks, a prepaid debit account linked to employees’ UB Cards.

Customers who pay for their meals with FlexiBull Bucks receive a discount equal to the sales tax. 

Cash and credit cards also are accepted.

Equity, diversity at UB topic of discussion

Published May 14, 2015

A facilitated discussion on “Valuing Equity, Diversity and Differences at UB” will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 19 in 100 Allen Hall, South Campus.

Hosted by Teresa Miller, vice provost for equity and inclusion, the event is sponsored by the Minority Faculty and Staff Association.

A complimentary lunch will be served.

Those attending are asked to register in advance.

Batter up!

Published May 7, 2015

Join members of the UB community for an afternoon of baseball at Coca-Cola Field.

UB Day at the Bisons, sponsored by the UB Alumni Association and the College of Arts and Sciences, will take place May 31 at the downtown ballpark as the Buffalo Bisons take on the Rochester Red Wings. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.

Registration includes tickets to the game, exclusive seating in the Bully Hill Party Deck, a two-hour food buffet and three-hour open bar, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Guests are welcome. Victor E. Bull will make a special appearance.

Registration is $30 for ages 21 and over, $20 for ages 13-20, $15 for ages 4-12 and free for kids 3 and under. Deadline is May 15.

Use flex account to pay for summer camp

Published May 1, 2015

The Dependent Care Advantage Account, a New York State Flex Spending Account that allows workers to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax salary for eligible child care, elder care or disabled dependent care expenses that are necessary for the employee and his or her spouse to work, also is available to help employees pay for summer day camp expenses for children under the age of 13.

Employees who currently are not enrolled in a DCAAcount may do so mid-year for these summer camp expenses by claiming a change in status.

For more information, view the summer camp Q&A.