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Updated August 27, 2015

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.

Panel to address issue of campus sexual assault

Published August 27, 2015

A Title IX panel discussion on campus sexual assault prevention, reporting and response will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in 330 Student Union, North Campus.

The session, presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, will be moderated by Barbara Ricotta, associate vice president for student affairs, and feature panelists Sharon Nolan-Weiss, Title IX coordinator/director of equity, diversity and inclusion; Elizabeth Lidano, director of judicial affairs and student advocacy; Anna Sotelo-Peryea, violence prevention coordinator, Wellness Education Services; and Joshua Sticht, deputy chief, University Police.  

Those who are interested in attending the session and learning more about Title IX and how it impacts their role at UB are asked to register online. While advance registration is preferred, walk-ins also are welcome.

UBCCC announces two programs

Published August 21, 2015

The UB Child Care Center will again be offering its after school and vacation club programs this academic year. The programs are available for members of the UB community who have children between the ages of 5 and 12.

UBCCC’s vacation club offers weekly themes with hands-on activities, outdoor play, a field trip, small group sizes and nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks. Children may attend during the following holidays: Columbus Day (Oct. 12), Election Day (Nov. 3), Veterans Day (Nov. 11), presidents break (Feb. 15-19) and spring break (March 21-25).

For more information, including daily and weekly rates, as well as payment due dates, visit the UB Child Care Center Vacation Club website.

UBCCC’s after school program provides Buffalo Public School children ages 5-12 with a safe, fun and educational environment that offers help with homework, mentoring from UB graduate students, arts and crafts, sports and more. For registration fees and monthly rates, visit the after school program website.

PSS potluck BBQ is Aug. 24

Published August 20, 2015

The Professional Staff Senate Social Committee is presenting its sixth annual potluck barbecue luncheon on Aug. 24. The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the picnic area next to the pond behind Greiner Hall on UB's North Campus (rain location: 101 Baldy Hall). Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. Attendees should RSVP by Aug. 21.

Save money on transit passes

Published August 20, 2015

UB faculty and staff may be eligible to take part in NYS-Ride, a program that allows state employees to pay for certain work-related transportation expenses — including mass transit — on a pre-tax basis.

NYS-Ride allows employees to save money by purchasing their transit passes — including NFTA passes serving all Metro bus and Metro Rail lines in Erie and Niagara counties — through pre-tax payroll deductions.

Visit the NYS-Ride website to determine eligibility and to sign up for the program.

NYS-Ride is sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations as a result of collective bargaining and administered by WageWorks Inc.

BullsEye accessible to faculty and staff

Published August 13, 2015

BullsEye, Career Service’s password-protected, online, career office system, is available to faculty and staff who want to help students make informed decisions about job and internship opportunities, and employment and career goals.

BullsEye provides access to thousands of local, national and international employers and their job and internship postings. Students and alumni also can take advantage of the online mentor network, on-campus interviewing, tools to research employers and more.

Faculty and staff wishing to access BullsEye should visit Career Services’ faculty and staff page. Directions for BullsEye Access can be found in the “BullsEye Viewer” on the right side of the page.

Questions should be directed to Karen Nemeth at

Cultural partners sought for international students

Published August 6, 2015

UB staff and domestic students are being recruited to serve as cultural partners for newly arrived international students during the fall 2015 semester. Participants in the International Student Mentoring Program need not know about other cultures, speak other languages or have traveled overseas.

Each partner will be paired with two newly arrived international students; the commitment is for one semester. Mentors must be available to meet with their students for one hour every two weeks. The activity can be as simple as having lunch together, going for coffee or taking a walk, or as elaborate as visiting a local tourist attraction, going to a sports event or having a family dinner in one’s home.

Half-day training sessions will take place for all participants. Mentors will learn about their students’ culture or cultures, receive valuable information about campus resources available to students and learn tips on how to best interact with someone from another country. An end-of-semester party will celebrate participants’ accomplishments.

The International Student Mentoring Program is being sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services and Counseling Services. Those interested should fill out the application online.

Questions about the program may be directed to Jessica Ereiz at or Chris Bragdon at

NIH funding seminar set for Aug. 24

Published August 6, 2015

Researchers from all fields interested in expanding support for their work through NIH funding can attend a daylong seminar devoted to the subject.

“NIH Grants Seminar: Insights and Strategies for Early and Mid-Career Scholars” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 in 101 Davis Hall, North Campus. The $40 fee includes lunch and a USB drive with presentation materials. Registration is required by Aug. 17.

The seminar is designed for early-career scholars new to the NIH funding process, as well as veteran researchers looking to move beyond R01. It will be led by NIH Deputy Branch Chief Denise Russo, who will present the material and lead a Q&A session. The seminar also will feature a panel discussion with prominent UB scholars who have significant NIH research funding.

More details and a draft agenda are available on the registration page.

Questions should be directed to Alex DeSha at 645-5374 or

The seminar is sponsored by the Office of Research Advancement and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis.