Updated December 5, 2013
Published November 7, 2013
The Great American Smokeout is Nov. 21, and Wellness Education Services has several activities planned during the next two weeks to help members of the UB community kick the habit.
Wellness Education Services staff will conduct smoke-free trivia sessions, hand out free nicotine-replacement medication (patches, gum and lozenges) and provide smoking cessation coaching from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Crossroads Culinary Center, Ellicott Complex, North Campus, and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Goodyear Hall lobby on the South Campus.
Staff also will be present from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Student Union Social Hall, North Campus, and from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Student Union lobby to provide snacks and games, as well as free nicotine-replacement medication and smoking cessation coaching.
A Quit Smoking Workshop will take place from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 21 in 250 Student Union.
Throughout the semester, Wellness Education Services offers Quit Smoking Walk-In Clinics from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, through Dec. 6, in 114 Student Union.
UB is a smoke-free campus, with smoking prohibited in all buildings and on the grounds — including green spaces — on the university’s three campuses.
Published November 7, 2013
UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $358,763, or 39 percent of its goal of $850,000.
The amount raised as of Nov. 5 is based on the response of 19 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.
The campaign features a number of incentives to encourage employee to donate to the campaign. Only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign are eligible to win. Prizes will be awarded every Thursday and all employees who make a donation by midnight the previous night will be eligible to win. Winners will be posted on the campaign web site under “news.”
Winners of the campaign’s first two prizes are Patricia Wilson, Division of Athletics, and Jennifer Russo, Procurement Services, who each won a special parking space for the spring 2014 semester, and Thomas Nochajski, School of Social Work, who received a pair of reception passes and tickets for the Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Malcolm Gladwell.
The winners of the Nov. 7 incentives — two $15 gift certificates to Curley’s Grill & Banquet Center and two guest passes for the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens — had not been announced as of press time.
Prizes still to be awarded include:
In addition to the individual prizes, a grand prize will be awarded on Nov. 20 to the UB unit that has the highest percentage increase in donors from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20. That prize is 16 tickets — for eight employees and their guests — plus parking to the UB Bulls football game vs. Bowling Green on Nov. 29 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
To make a pledge online, visit the campaign website.
To view the scorecard that shows percent to goal for all units, visit the campaign website.
The campaign runs through the end of the semester. Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries, is campaign chair.
Published November 1, 2013
Campus Dining & Shops is offering a special discount program this fall for faculty and staff who dine at The Greenery on the South Campus or The Tiffin Room on the North Campus.
Diners can save 10 percent of the bill on their first visit, 15 percent on their second visit and 20 percent on their third by using a special coupon.
Each restaurant features a new menu with a wide variety of signature dishes, along with specialty sandwiches, soups and fresh salads. In addition, both restaurants offer a fresh fish fry on Fridays.
Reservations are recommended.
To take part in the special offer, diners should print the attached PDF file and present it to their servers at The Greenery in Harriman Hall or The Tiffin Room in the Student Union.
FlexiBull Bucks account members also will enjoy an additional discount. Cash and credit cards also are accepted.
Visit CDS’ website to view the menus online.
The discount offer expires on Dec. 16.
Published October 31, 2013
UB faculty, staff and students can get their annual flu shot at one of several seasonal flu vaccine clinics being offered by Student Health Services next month on the North and South campuses.
Vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 in the Social Hall on the second floor of the Student Union, North Campus, and on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 in the lobby of the Biomedical Education Building, South Campus.
Flu shots are $20 for faculty and staff, and $10 for students. All patients must show valid UB photo ID and pay the fee with cash or check. Spouses, partners or dependents of students, faculty or staff are not eligible to receive the vaccine at these clinics.
Clinics may close early based on vaccine availability; an individual’s ability to receive the vaccine is subject to medical oversight.
Published October 31, 2013
Special parking passes, an HP printer and tickets to UB’s Distinguished Speakers Series lectures are among the prizes being awarded to UB employees who make gifts to the 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community.
Prizes will be awarded every Thursday and only those individuals
who have made a donation to the campaign by midnight the previous
night (11:59 p.m. Wednesday) will be eligible to win. The names of
the winners will be posted on the campaign website under “news.”
In addition to the individual prizes, a grand prize will be awarded on Nov. 20 to the UB unit that has the highest percentage increase in donors from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20. That prize is 16 tickets—for eight employees and their guests—plus parking to the UB Bulls football game vs. Bowling Green on Nov. 29 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Prizes being awarded to individual employee donors are:
Published October 18, 2013
Feeling stressed? UB faculty and staff can learn ways to handle the pressure of everyday living at a free, half-day “Stress Less Retreat” on Nov. 13 sponsored by Employee Assistance Program.
Sessions will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1-5 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus. Registered participants can enjoy a free healthy lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
The morning session will feature information on stress management techniques, including mindfulness based stress reduction, and a keynote address by Catherine Ansuini, chair of the Health and Wellness Department at SUNY Buffalo State.
The afternoon session will focus on using regular exercise, as well as tai chi and yoga, to relieve stress. Amy Myszka, director of wellness and work/life balance, will talk about maintaining a healthy balance between work life and family life.
Both sessions will feature chair massages, therapy dogs, vendor shopping and prize drawings for healthy treatments.
Visit EAP’s website to register for a session.
Published October 17, 2013
The Office of Organizational Development & Training is offering several courses this semester designed to help faculty and staff become more effective communicators.
The free classes range from “Improving your Communication with Differing Genders, Generations and Cultures” to “Become a Better Communicator” to “Leverage your DISC Communication Style.”
Full descriptions of the courses, as well as registration information, can be found on the University Human Resources website.
Published October 10, 2013
Professional staff members are invited to join their colleagues for fun, food and football at the Professional Staff Senate’s third annual Bulls tailgate party on Oct. 19.
The party starts at noon—the game against UMass starts at 3:30 p.m.—in the grassy area between Coventry Road and the Stadium lot at the Coventry entrance to the North Campus. Fans also can enjoy the free pre-game concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 1:30 p.m.
The PSS will provide the hotdogs; party-goers are asked to bring a dish to pass.
For more information, contact Jason Suttell at 645-6505.
Published October 10, 2013
The “Hurley Era” has officially begun.
The UB Bulls men’s basketball team will hold an open practice at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in Alumni Arena, North Campus. Get your first glimpse of the 2013-14 Bulls and first-year head coach Bobby Hurley prior to the free Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tailgate concert at 1:30 p.m. and UB football game vs. UMass at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the practice is free.
The following week, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will join for the family-friendly “Bulls Madness at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Alumni Arena. This free event will include a slam-dunk contest with celebrity judges, a three-point shooting contest, scrimmages and much more.
The UB men’s team will open the season on Nov. 8 at Texas A&M; the home opener is Nov. 16 vs. West Virginia Wesleyan. The women will open the season on Nov. 8 at Binghamton; the official home opener is Nov. 16 vs. Cornell.
Faculty and staff may purchase season tickets for $100—a discount of $25 from the public price of $125. A season ticket provides entry to both the men’s and women’s games. A women’s-only season ticket is $75.
Reserve tickets at BuffaloBulls.com or call 1-877-UB-THERE.
Published October 4, 2013
Business Day 2013, a day of training, information gathering and networking presented by University Business Services, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Getzville, adjacent to the UB North Campus.
The free event will feature workshop sessions on financial issues, 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 preferred vendors also will be on site.
A complimentary shuttle will run between the Center for Tomorrow parking lot and the Ramada, with a stop at Flint Loop. The shuttle will run from 8-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30-4 p.m.
Visit the Business Day website for the workshop schedule and registration. Deadline for registration is Oct. 9.