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Updated September 24, 2015

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.

Annual school supply drive underway

Published July 16, 2015

UB employees are urged to donate school supplies to “Tools for Schools,” the sixth annual university-wide drive to benefit pre-K through eighth-grade students at several Buffalo schools.

Items may be dropped off through Sept. 2 at locations on the UB North, South and Downtown campuses:

North Campus:

  • Baird Hall: Music Library, 112 Baird.
  • Capen Hall: Office of the President, fifth floor reception area; Graduate Education, 408 Capen; International Education, 411 Capen; Office of the Registrar, 232 Capen; Office of Educational Innovation, 212 Capen; Undergraduate Library, front lobby circulation area; Undergraduate Education, 24 Capen; Office of Admissions, 12 Capen.
  • Center for the Arts: lobby ticket office.
  • Center for Tomorrow: Alumni Relations lobby.
  • Crofts Hall: Customer Service, 120 Crofts.
  • Ellicott Complex: Office of Parking and Transportation Services, 102 Spaulding Quad; Office of Financial Aid, 122 Porter Quad.
  • Jacobs Management Center: School of Management, 160 Jacobs.
  • Norton Hall: Office of Student Support Services, 215 Norton.
  • Park Hall: College of Arts and Sciences, 207A Park.
  • Student Union: Office of Student Engagement, 235 Student Union; Intercultural & Diversity Center, 240 Student Union.
  • Talbert Hall: Admissions Office, 220 Talbert.
  • UB Technology Incubator: 110 Baird Research Park.

South Campus:

  • Allen Hall: Office of Community Relations, 109 Allen.
  • Farber Hall: Department of Biochemistry, 140 Farber.
  • Harriman Hall: Financial Aid, 104 Harriman.
  • Kimball Hall: University Development and School of Public Health and Health Professions, first floor lobby.
  • Michael Hall: Student Health & Wellness, clinic lobby.
  • Squire Hall: School of Dental Medicine, first floor lobby.

Downtown Campus:

  • Downtown Gateway: Office of Educational Collaboration and Engagement, 77 Goodell St., second floor.
  • Educational Opportunity Center: 205C EOC, 555 Ellicott St.
  • New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences: 701 Ellicott St., first-floor lobby and reception area.

For more information about the drive, contact Community Relations at 829-3099.

Bring your sweet tooth to PSS dessert social

Published July 9, 2015

Professional staff members are invited to take a break at lunchtime on July 22 and join their colleagues for some tasty treats and fellowship at the Professional Staff Senate’s annual Summer Dessert Social.

The event, sponsored by the PSS’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall, North Campus.

Attendees can bring their lunch or purchase food from Big Blue, UB’s own food truck, which will be parked on Founders Plaza outside Capen. Water and iced tea — and or course desserts — will be provided. Participants are encouraged — but not required — to bring a dessert to share.

Those attending are asked to register online.

UUP to hold ‘Roadshow’

Published July 2, 2015

Food, fun and facts will be on tap when the Buffalo Center Chapter of United University Professions sponsors an informational “Roadshow” on July 16.

The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Coventry Circle on the North Campus. In case of rain, the Roadshow will move to the Center for the Arts Atrium.

Attendees can enjoy a free lunch while visiting seven “stations” to meet UUP Buffalo Center representatives and learn about the various responsibilities of the union, which represents UB faculty and professional staff.

They include:

  • Membership.
  • Professional concerns and grievances.
  • Academic concerns and grievances.
  • Delegate Assembly and officers.
  • Adjunct concerns and issues.
  • Contract update, concerns and issues.
  • Political outreach and VOTE Cope

Those wishing to attend should RSVP to chapter assistant Kristen Rinker at by July 13.

UUP discretionary nominations due by Sept. 4

Published June 25, 2015

United University Professions (UUP) members may nominate themselves to receive a discretionary award by forwarding a self-nomination to their department chair or director by Sept. 4.

The discretionary awards, to be paid no later than Dec. 31, 2015, will recognize employees for excellence in performance between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

While there is no required form for a self-nomination, eligible workers can submit a memorandum outlining the rationale for the request, along with any attachments supporting the request.

The awards will not be added to an employee’s base salary.

For more information about self-nominations, including information on eligibility, visit the Human Resources website.

Renew parking permits online

Published June 18, 2015

Faculty and staff are urged to “be green” and apply online for their 2015-16 parking permit renewal.

Current permits expire on Aug. 31.

Those who sign up now can receive their permits by mail before the start of the fall semester.

Online renewal is available through Parking & Transportation’s E-Business Center. Users will need to know their vehicle’s plate number, make, model and year. The information will automatically populate the registration form for users registering the same vehicle as last year.

The cost for the permit is $9.65; it is free to volunteers and retirees. The UB EPay system accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards.

Those who prefer not to pay online may visit the Parking and Transportation Services office in 102 Spaulding Quad, Ellicott Complex, North Campus, to register their vehicle and pay in person.

Anyone with questions or comments regarding the registration process should contact Parking and Transportation Services at 645-3943, or at