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Updated November 13, 2014

PEP enrollment period now open

Published November 13, 2014

Members of United University Professions who accrue vacation leave can exchange vacation days for credit toward the cost of health insurance premiums through UUP’s Productivity Enhancement Program.

Both full-time and part-time employees who make less than $88,257 are eligible for the program, which offers employees the opportunity to exchange previously accrued vacation and/or personal leave in return for a credit to be applied toward the employee share of their New York State Health Insurance Program premiums.

The deadline to submit an enrollment form is close of business on Nov. 28.

For details, visit the Productivity Enhancement Program page on the Human Resources website or contact Claudia Samulski at 645-4487 or samulski@buffalo.edu, or Nadine Burns at 645-4471 or nburns@buffalo.edu.

EAP offers stress-relief retreat

Published October 30, 2014

The second annual Stress Less Retreat sponsored by UB’s Employee Assistance Program will take place Nov. 19 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

The retreat is divided into two sessions. The morning session, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., includes a talk by sleep expert Daniel Rifkin, clinical assistant professor of neurology, on “Sleep Your Stress Away,” as well as a meditation workshop and an appearance by therapy dogs.

The afternoon session, from 1:30-5 p.m., will feature tai chi and yoga classes, and a session on the benefits of aromatherapy.

Participants of both sessions may join their colleagues for a healthy lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

All sessions, including lunch, are free but registration is required.

Host international students for Thanksgiving

Published October 30, 2014

Every year, UB faculty and staff show their holiday spirit by hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a number of international students.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Teresa Miller, vice provost for equity and inclusion, are expanding this tradition through UB's first annual Inclusive Thanksgiving Program.

“Many international students travel during Thanksgiving break to visit friends and family in the U.S.,” says Ellen Dussourd, assistant vice provost and director of ISSS. “But not all students have a place to go. My hope is that the program will provide that ‘home away from home’ for students who stay in Buffalo during the break.”

By encouraging more host families to participate, the program will allow more international students to experience an American Thanksgiving while building the connection the campus has with the international community.

“ISSS and the UB community have consistently been involved in inclusive events, including Thanksgiving,” says Miller. “This collaboration marks a formal commitment to grow a tradition that fosters intercultural dialogue and captures the spirit of generosity that exists at UB.”

UB faculty and staff members interested in becoming a host family should complete a five-minute survey.

A committee will review the survey responses and match host families with compatible students. Chosen participants will receive information about the students with whom they’ve been matched by Nov. 17.

Host families will be expected to contact their student guests prior to Thanksgiving Day to introduce themselves and discuss logistics, such as arrival time and how long dinner may last.

International students interested in sharing Thanksgiving with a UB host family should complete the survey by Nov. 5.

Athletics offering discount football tickets

Published October 23, 2014

The Division of Athletics is offering discount tickets to faculty and staff for Saturday’s football game against Central Michigan.

Tickets are just $10 each, and must be purchased in person at the Alumni Arena ticket office or at UB Stadium on the day of the game. Employees must show a valid faculty/staff ID at the time of purchase.

In addition to the game against Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m., the day’s events include the free Tailgate Concert with the Zac Brown Tribute Band starting at 1:30 p.m. in Stampede Square. Pre-game festivities on the field, beginning at 3 p.m., include members of the UB Skydiving Club jumping into the stadium to deliver the game ball and the football team honoring its senior members on Senior Day.

PSS extends clothing drive

Published October 23, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate has extended its professional clothing drive through Oct. 31. The drive aims to provide professional attire to those in need so that they can join or rejoin the workforce.

New or gently used professional clothing can be brought to three donation sites: the Office of Resource Planning, 549 Capen Hall, North Campus, or the Office of Community Relations’ South Campus office at 101 Allen Hall, or its Downtown Campus office in Suite 201 of the Downtown Gateway building, 77 Goodell St.

For more information about the clothing drive, contact Laura Barnum at lbarnum@buffalo.edu.

Re-imagining learning spaces topic of webinar

Published October 23, 2014

“Re-imagining Learning Spaces: Design, Technology and Assessment” is the topic of a webinar being held from noon to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29 in 330 Student Union, North Campus.

The webinar is the ELI Fall Focus Session presented by Educause, a nonprofit association that aims to advance higher education through the use of information technology. It is geared toward faculty, as well as graduate students interested in teaching, and will served as a precursor to February’s Digital Challenges event, “The Classroom: Teaching and Learning in the Future,” sponsored by the UB Libraries and UB Information Technology.

Topics to be discussed at the webinar include learning spaces and how innovative designs can facilitate interaction through the use of collaborative and mobile tools, team-based course models, videoconferencing with remote experts, makerspaces and more.

Participants can attend all or part of each day’s program. Light refreshments will be available.

PSS panel to discuss veterans’ transition to UB

Published October 16, 2014

“From Combat to Classroom: Helping Veterans Transition to Life on Campus” is the title of a panel discussion to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 in 107 Capen Hall, North Campus.

The panel is the second installment in the Education & Advocacy Series presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee.

Student and staff veterans will share their experiences finding balance between life as a soldier and as a student. Panelists will discuss the challenges of adjusting to the university community after having served in the military.

Those attending the session will gain a better understanding of the issues veterans encounter, learn tips about how to help veterans achieve success and become familiar with resources available both on and off campus.

Participants are asked to RSVP.

Business Day set for Oct. 29

Published October 9, 2014

Business Day 2014, 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. 29 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, human resources, procurement, SIRI, HUB and other important topics to help professionals, administrators and support staff work more effectively. Information tables staffed by UB departments and vendors also will be available throughout the day, as well as prizes, refreshments and networking opportunities.

Free shuttle transportation will be available between the Ramada, the Center for Tomorrow parking lot and Flint Loop. The shuttle will run from 8-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. Access a detailed schedule on the Business Day website.

Visit the Business Day website for the workshop schedule and registration. Deadline for registration is Oct. 22.

 

Sign up for UB Community Day

Published October 2, 2014

UB faculty, staff and students can join community residents and organizations to work on high-impact neighborhood projects as part of UB Community Day on Oct. 25.

The day will start with a complimentary breakfast at 9 a.m. at Allen Hall, South Campus. Participants will be driven to worksites around UB’s South and Downtown campuses, where they will perform such tasks as cleaning up parks, working in community gardens, general yardwork and other related projects. 

Shuttles will transport volunteers back to Allen Hall around 1 p.m. for a free lunch. T-shirts will be given out, and a free raffle will be held with prizes that include an Xbox One, iPad Air, Bluetooth speakers, USB thumb drives, UB gear and UB prize packages.

A team from UB’s REV UP program will handle signups and hand out gear to volunteers.

Family members of participants, including children age 16 and older, are invited to take part in the event, including the free meals and raffle.

UB Community Day is sponsored by the Office of Community Relations.

Those wishing to participate are asked to register online by 5 p.m. Oct. 22.

For further information, contact Matt Kopalek at 829-6147 or kopalek@buffalo.edu.

PSS conducting survey of staff needs

Published October 2, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate is surveying its members to assess their needs and concerns in order to better inform the group’s activities.

The group’s last survey was in 2007 when the number of professional staff members at UB numbered about 2,000. The number of staff has grown to more than 2,900 today, and PSS officers feel it’s again time to get input from staff in order to provide direction to the PSS regarding committee work, programs, speakers and professional development, among other activities.

Professional staff members are urged to complete the short survey by Oct. 10. Feedback will be compiled and shared at the PSS’s general membership meeting on Oct. 16.

That meeting, which will be held at 3 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, will feature as guest speakers Teresa Miller, vice provost for equity and inclusion, and Linwood Roberts Jr., associate director for community relations.

The meeting also kicks off the PSS’ Professional Clothing Drive, which aims to provide professional attire to those in need so that they can join or rejoin the workforce. New or gently used professional clothing can be brought to the meeting or to one of three donation sites: Office of Resource Planning, 549 Capen Hall, North Campus, or the Office of Community Relations’ South Campus office at 101 Allen Hall, or its Downtown Campus office in Suite 201 of the Downtown Gateway building, 77 Goodell St.

Donations will be accepted through Oct. 31.

For more information about the clothing drive, contact Laura Barnum at lbarnum@buffalo.edu.