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Updated November 13, 2015

Tips for winter parking, travel at UB

Published November 13, 2015

With winter not far off, here are some tips from Parking and Transportation Services to help your travel to and around campus.


  • Sign up for text messages regarding weather-related emergencies or closings.
  • Call 716-645-NEWS (6397), UB’s information line, to learn about weather notifications and closings.
  • Follow Parking and Transportation Services on Twitter for lot and campus travel updates.
  • Plan accordingly. Keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car and office.  Suggested supplies include water and food, vital medicines, a blanket and warm clothes.


  • When parking, try to pick a familiar landmark, such as a sign, light pole or tree to gauge where a parking space is located when the parking lot is snow-covered.
  • In most lots, you will notice orange delineators at the end of the rows to help guide you to parking in an orderly manner.
  • Be careful not to triple park. Triple parking — making three rows out of two — inconveniences others and may lead to the ticketing and/or towing of your vehicle.
  • Overnight parking is allowed only in designated lots or portions thereof. Check out the complete list.
  • To maintain emergency-vehicle access, please make sure there is room for a double travel lane from your vehicle when it is parked at the end of a row. This will also aid in plowing during the day.
  • In cold temperatures, assume wet, dark areas on pavement are slippery and approach with caution.
  • When exiting or entering your vehicle, use the vehicle for support. Walk in designated walkways. Keep your hands out of your pockets for better balance.  Take short steps or shuffle for stability.

Snow removal

  • Check out UB’s snow removal policy.
  • If you notice a walkway or building access with excessive snow cover, call Customer Service at 716-645-2028.

Questions? Contact Chris Austin, assistant director, Parking and Transportation Services, at or 645-3943.

Credit union opens office in UB Commons

Published November 12, 2015

Morton R. Lane Federal Credit Union has opened an office in the UB Commons to better serve its members on the North Campus.

The office, located in the UUP office in Suite 108, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays. Members can pick up loan applications, direct deposit forms and other materials, but cannot withdraw money.

The credit union’s other offices on the North Campus will continue their regular operating hours. The office in 326 Crofts Hall is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays; the office in the Charles B. Sears Law Library in 218 O'Brian Hall is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

The main branch at 388 Englewood Ave. near the South Campus is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

For more information about the credit union, visit its website.

Adopt a needy family

Published November 5, 2015

UB departments interested in helping families in need this upcoming holiday season can take part in the Adopt a Family program sponsored by the Office of Community Relations.

Community Relations is partnering with several local community centers to identify local families in need or experiencing financial challenges.

Participating departments will receive information on their adopted family — ages, genders, sizes, etc. —  and employees can shop for needed items ranging from children’s toys to grocery store gift cards for the parents.

This year marks the seventh year of the program, says Matt Kopalek, community relations associate. Last year, 36 departments participated in the program.

Departments interested in adopting a family can contact the Office of Community Relations at 829-3099 or Kopalek at no later than Nov. 13. Departments should provide the number of participating individuals within the department — to ensure a match with an appropriately sized family — and the name of a department contact person.

PEP now available

Published November 5, 2015

Eligible UB employees can now enroll in the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for 2016, which allows employees to exchange previously accrued vacation and/or personal leave for a credit to be applied toward the employee share of their New York State Health Insurance Program premiums on a biweekly basis.

The deadline to submit an enrollment form is Nov. 27. For more information or to obtain an enrollment form, click here.

UUP members can help sick colleagues

Published October 29, 2015

Members of United University Professions who have accrued more than the maximum-allowed 40 vacation days may donate them to a UUP colleague who is seriously ill or injured and has run out of sick-leave accruals.

Without donated days, some of UUP members could fall off the payroll and lose their health insurance coverage — a situation that can be catastrophic to the employee and his or her family, according to UUP Buffalo Center President Tom Tucker.

The UUP contract allows members to accrue a maximum of 40 vacation days; excess days that are not used by Dec. 31 are forfeited. Members may donate those extra days to the UUP Sick Leave Donation Pool.

Days must be donated before Dec. 19.

Those interested in donating days should contact Nancy Kacala in Employee Relations at 645-4440 or

Workshop to address cultural differences in class participation

Published October 19, 2015

International students make up a significant percentage of the UB student population. While this offers opportunities for an enriched campus environment, enhanced cultural understanding and increased global awareness for U.S. students, it also presents special challenges. International students bring to UB expectations of academic culture that often are not compatible with U.S. academic culture.

The Center for Educational Innovation is offering a workshop, “Teaching Students from Around the World: Promoting Class Participation,” to help participants understand classroom cultural differences as they relate to class participation. The workshop will take place from 9-10 a.m. Oct. 30 in 107 Capen Hall in the Honors College, North Campus.

Presenting will be Keith Otto, program director, ESL Programs, and Ellen Dussourd, assistant vice provost and director, Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

The workshop is free of charge but registration is required.

Meet colleagues for cider and doughnuts

Published October 19, 2015

UB staff members can join their colleagues for some light fall refreshment and fellowship this week at two events sponsored by the Professional Staff Senate’s Social Committee.

South Campus residents will gather from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the second-floor atrium in Kapoor Hall; those on the North Campus will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in 107 Capen Hall, inside the Undergraduate Library in the Honors College.

Cider and doughnuts will be served at both events.

RSVP by Oct. 21 for the South Campus event and by Oct. 23 for the North Campus gathering.

Workshop to address workplace bullying

Published October 15, 2015

“Workplace bullying: What You Can Do” is the topic of a free workshop on Oct. 28 being presented by UB’s Employee Assistance Program.

The session will take place from 2-4:15 p.m. in 108 Capen hall, North Campus.

Targeted toward UB faculty, staff, their family members and retirees, the program will teach attendees how to recognize bullying, how to intervene when witnessing bullying behavior and how to implement strategies that can help stop bullying at work.

Those interested in attending can register online.

Passport Day on South Campus

Published October 15, 2015

UB faculty, staff and students on the South Campus who need to obtain or renew a passport may do so on Oct. 20 at Passport Day being held at the Health Sciences Library on the South Campus.

Call 645-2204 for more information or to make an appointment. Information about passport applications, fees, processing and photos is available online.

Passport services also are available most weekdays at the Charles B. Sears Law Library in the UB Law School in O’Brian Hall, North Campus. Visit the website for hours and information.

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