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Updated April 10, 2014

UB to host Bring Your Kids to Work Day

Published April 10, 2014

UB will celebrate Bring Your Kids to Work Day on April 24 with a variety of free activities on the North Campus.

In keeping with this year’s national theme — “Plant a Seed, Grow a Future” — the keynote address by Ed Brodka, group learning coordinator and career counselor with Career Services, is designed to get kids thinking about their futures and possible careers. Brodka will speak at 8:30 a.m. in 210 Student Union, North Campus.

Other activities during the day include hands-on physics demonstrations and tours of UB’s Solar Strand, Alumni Arena and earthquake center.

Faculty and staff can purchase special Bring Your Kids to Work Day IDs for $2 at the UB Card offices in 228 Student Union, North Campus, or 104 Harriman Hall, South Campus. The card will be loaded with $5 that can be used at Campus Dining and Shops’ dining locations on April 24.

Parents are asked to register at lb42@buffalo.edu with the number of kids attending and to sign up for tours.

For a detailed schedule of activities, visit the Bring Your Kids to Work website.

Walk against gender violence

Published April 10, 2014

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” the annual community march against gender violence, will begin at 1 p.m. on April 27 at Crisis Services, 2969 Main St. at Hertel Avenue.

Proceeds from the one-mile walk down Hertel to Starin Avenue and back to Crisis Services, will benefit Crisis Services’ Advocate Program, which provides confidential response and support services for survivors of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, family violence and elder abuse.

Join the UB faculty and staff team, the Lo-UB-outin Lopers.

For more information, visit the Crisis Services website.

Volunteer for UB Community Day

Published April 4, 2014

UB faculty and staff are invited to take part in UB Community Day, a day of service taking place April 12 in the University Heights neighborhood adjacent to the South Campus.

The event, organized by the UB Office of Community Relations, will begin at 9 a.m. with registration and a light breakfast and conclude around 2 p.m. with lunch. Its goal is to build bonds between UB faculty, staff and students and the broader University Heights community.

Families are welcome — children should be between the ages of 13 and 17 and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers will work on such projects as painting, preparing community gardens and neighborhood flower beds, removing graffiti and general cleanup tasks.

For more details, view the online flyer.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Matt Kopalek at kopalek@buffalo.edu.

Session to clear up misconceptions about accessibility

Published April 3, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee will kick off the first installment of its new Education and Advocacy Series on April 9 with a session titled “Breaking Misconceptions about Accessibility: How You Can Become an Advocate for Access.”

It will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in 338A Davis Hall, North Campus. Pizza will be served to all attendees.

The session is free of charge and open to all members of the professional staff. Those attending are asked to RSVP.

The speaker will be Emily Tennant-Koller, exam and classroom support coordinator for UB’s Office of Accessibility Resources, who will explore common misconceptions about accessibility, highlight resources available for students and professional staff, and provide advice on how employees can become an advocate for students’ access and success.

BikeShare at UB is back

Published April 3, 2014

After a successful debut last year, UB is again offering its bicycle-sharing program to faculty, staff and students.

BikeShare at UB places bikes at heavily traveled areas, or “hub locations,” throughout the North and South campuses. The idea is to give people an eco-friendly and quick option for short trips around campus while promoting better health and reducing vehicular traffic.

Last year, 215 faculty, staff and students utilized the program. In September, users averaged about 40 rides per day, or roughly 280 rides per week.

“I love the way that BikeShare program contributes to the university’s commitment to sustainability and the school’s culture of environmental consciousness,” said undergraduate business major and bike user Daniel Ovadia during an interview last year with UB’s Office of Sustainability.

Participants can locate and reserve bikes via GPS technology by using their mobile device and computer. They then have 15 minutes to get to and unlock the bike by typing in the provided PIN code. Participants also can make a reservation by using the bike’s keypad interface.

Once the bike is unlocked, the rider places the U-lock in the bike’s holster and has free use for the first hour. Each subsequent hour costs $3, with a maximum reservation of 24 hours.

To return the bike and complete the transaction, the rider drops off the bike at one of the BikeShare racks and secures it with the provided lock. Riders can lock the bike when they reach their destination and unlock it using the same PIN code. The code will reset when the transaction is completed.

The bikes are cruiser-style with an internal drive shaft — to reduce the risk of getting grease on the rider’s pants or socks — with a metal basket. If riders get a flat tire or experience a mechanical issue during their trip, they can press the keypad’s “Repair” button. A staff member will come to fix it.

There is a $30 annual fee to sign up for BikeShare at UB. Payable only by credit card, the fee supports more bikes and improved technology. The bikes will be available the entire year.

A partnership between the offices of Sustainability and Parking and Transportation Services, and Buffalo BikeShare, BikeShare at UB is one of many university initiatives that promote bicycling. The university has more than 800 bike parking spaces, numerous bike lanes and showers available to riders at Greiner Hall and Creekside Village apartments.

The efforts led UB to be recognized as a “Bicycle Friendly University” by the League of American Bicyclists.

Data-informed decision-making topic of forum

Published March 20, 2014

“Using Data to Inform Decision-making” is the topic of the next Supervisor’s Learning Forum to take place from 9-11 a.m. April 9 in 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus.

The session is presented by the Office of Organizational Development and Training; the Professional Staff Senate’s Continuous Improvement Committee is co-sponsor.

The forum will be led by Kimberly Yousey-Elsener, coordinator of assessment and evaluation for the Division of Student Affairs, who will discuss data-driven leadership and share elements and best practices for developing data-driven leadership in various units.

Space is limited and registration is required.

PSS to hold workshop on diversity

Published March 13, 2014

“Connecting Different Worlds,” a conversation on diversity presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. March 19 in 338A Davis Hall, North Campus.

Light refreshment will be provided.

Deborah Watkins, deputy superintendent of programs for the state Department of Corrections, will be the guest speaker at the workshop, part of the PSS’ Spring 2014 Brown Bag Series. Watkins will share some of her experiences working with diverse populations within the state prison system. Those attending the workshop will learn tools useful in engaging what has become an increasingly diverse community.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP.

Nominations sought for PSS awards

Published February 27, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate’s Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the senate’s Outstanding Service and Outstanding Service to the Professional Staff Senate awards.

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes service to the university and the community of noteworthy scope and depth. 

The Outstanding Service to the Professional Staff Senate Award recognizes outstanding service by an individual or group to the Professional Staff Senate. 

 All recipients will be recognized at the PSS Awards Luncheon in June.

Nomination forms are available by emailing Anna Kedzierski at kedziers@buffalo.edu or pssenate@buffalo.edu.

Nominations must be submitted to the PSS Office, 543 Capen Hall, North Campus, by 4 p.m. March 19.

Urge students to complete survey

Published February 27, 2014

UB faculty and staff are asked to encourage their freshman and senior students to take part in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), an annual survey that solicits feedback from 2 million college students from around the world on their undergraduate college experience.

UB has taken part in NSSE for the past 13 years, and uses it as a key tool to benchmark the campus with its national peers.

More than 750 colleges and universities worldwide participate in the survey.

Freshman and senior students at UB received an email from A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs, with instructions for completing the survey. The email contained the subject line: UB wants your feedback.

Students should click through the link provided in the email to access the survey, which should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

All students who complete the survey by the deadline will be eligible to win an iPad, a $500 voucher for travel on JetBlue and weekly prizes of $20 Wegmans gift cards and $10 Campus Cash cards.

In the NSSE survey, students will be asked to indicate their engagement in various aspects of the UB undergraduate experience, from academics to extracurricular activities. The results will help UB fine-tune the learning atmosphere.

“At UB, we are deeply committed to the highest quality undergraduate experience for our students,” Weber says. “The more we understand about this experience directly from our students, the easier it is to build on what works and improve what doesn’t.”

Save money on transit passes

Published February 27, 2014

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