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Updated May 21, 2015

Tripathi responds to Executive Order prohibiting travel to Indiana

Published April 3, 2015

President Satish K. Tripathi has released the following statement regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order banning state-funded or state-sponsored travel to the state of Indiana:

"On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order #144 prohibiting state-funded or state-sponsored travel to the state of Indiana. The ban, which is effective immediately and will remain in effect until it is lifted by the Governor’s office, has been issued in response to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act on the grounds that this legislation creates the potential for sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.

"The University at Buffalo is committed to fostering an academic community characterized by the respectful, fair, and equitable treatment of all its members, and strongly shares the Governor’s conviction that 'the exercise of religious freedom should not be a justification for discrimination based upon sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, or other protected classes.'

"Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order #144, and in solidarity with its stated intent to “promote fairness, protect the welfare of the citizens of the state of New York, and combat discrimination,” unless specifically exempted by Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order #144University at Buffalo employees and students are prohibited from conducting state-funded or state-sponsored travel to the state of Indiana while this ban remains in effect. This UB travel ban is also in compliance with Chancellor Zimpher’s statement issued earlier today requiring all SUNY campuses to adhere to Executive Order #144.

"Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, and please share this announcement with faculty, staff, and students in your respective areas as appropriate."

Tripathi to address voting faculty

Published April 2, 2015

President Satish K. Tripathi will deliver his annual address to the voting faculty at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

After his talk, Tripathi will answer questions from those in attendance.

All members of the UB faculty are invited to attend.

Volunteer for UB Community Day

Published March 26, 2015

UB faculty and staff are invited to take part in UB Community Day, a day of service taking place April 11 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 1:30 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 over 16 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.

UB volunteers are eligible to win free prizes at the closing lunch, including a Playstation 4, a Samsung Galaxy tablet, Beats by Dre headphones, a 32” LED TV, UB prize packs and more.

Those interested in volunteering can register online or contact Matt Kopalek at

Autism workshop set

Published March 19, 2015

A workshop designed for faculty and staff members who work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders will be held from noon to 1 p.m. April 2 in 107 Capen Hall, North Campus.

The event, “Working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies in College,” is sponsored by the Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

Leading the workshop will be licensed psychologist Andrea Greenwood, assistant clinical director for UB Counseling Services.

The workshop is free and open to all members of the UB community.

Suicide prevention topic of workshop

Published March 12, 2015

A presentation and discussion about suicide in the student, veteran and LGBTQ communities will be held from 5-6 p.m. March 31 in 100 Allen Hall, South Campus.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be preceded by a welcome reception at 4:30 p.m.

The event, “Serving Western New York: Suicide Prevention in the Student, Veteran and LGBTQ Community,” is sponsored by UB Counseling Services, UB Veteran Services, the VA Buffalo Vet Center and the VA Medical Center.

It will offer a unique opportunity for members of the campus community to hear from and interact with health professionals who will discuss the prevalence of suicide in their respective fields: student wellness, veteran health and the LGBT community.

For more information, contact Amberly Panepinto.

‘Think spring’ at gardening seminar

Published March 5, 2015

Think spring at the “Lunch and Learn Gardening Seminar” on March 20 sponsored by the Professional Staff Senate.

The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in 183 Kapoor Hall on the South Campus, home of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Master gardener Linda Mayer of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County will talk about perennials.

Attendees should bring their lunch. The cost is $3, payable at the door, and includes stipend, handouts and raffle drawing.

Those attending should RSVP to Donna Banach by March 13.

ISSS offers workshops

Published March 5, 2015

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is offering two free workshops to assist UB employees who interact with international students.

“Appointing International Students: Immigration Documents, I-9 Documents, Etc.” will take place from noon to 1:15 p.m. March 10 in 206 Clemens Hall, North Campus.

The workshop is designed for staff members who must interpret immigration documents in order to process appointments.

Amanda Brown of UB’s International Employment Tax Unit, will lead the workshop.

“Beyond the Basics: Meeting International Students’ Needs” will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. April 10 in 101 Baldy Hall, North Campus.

In this workshop, participants will discuss critical incidents in order to understand better some strategies used by UB international students and the reasons why they employ such strategies. Participants will gain insights into the causes of miscommunication and misunderstanding, while learning strategies for successful communication and cultural understanding.

Participants are urged to bring their own critical incidents for discussion, or they may submit them beforehand to the presenter, Ellen Dussourd, director of ISSS.

Tours of sustainable buildings offered

Published February 26, 2015

Have lunch at Crossroads Culinary Center (C3) and then tour two of UB’s greenest buildings during a program on March 10 presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Sustainable Living Committee.

The program begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at the pasta station in C3, located in Red Jack Quad in the Ellicott Complex. Ryan McPherson, UB’s chief sustainability officer, will talk about the university’s sustainability strategy.

Following lunch, participants will tour the LEED Silver-certified C3, then move on to a tour of the LEED Gold-certified Greiner Hall led by Don Erb, director of sustainable operations integration.

Greiner Hall is SUNY’s first LEED Gold-certified residence hall.

The cost of the event is $9.95 for those eating lunch, payable at the door, and free for those taking part in only the building tours.

Additional sponsors are Campus Dining & Shops and UB Sustainability.

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Deadline for registration is March 3.

‘Ableism’ topic of workshop

Published February 26, 2015

“Ableism” — the practices and dominant attitudes in society that devalue and limit the potential of persons with developmental, physical or psychiatric disabilities — is the topic of a workshop being held on March 5 at UB.

“Engaging Ableism with an Open Heart,” a free workshop open to faculty, staff and students, will take place from 1-3 p.m. in 145B Student Union, North Campus. No registration is required.

Co-sponsored by Wellness Education Services, Accessibility Resources and the Center for Disability Studies, it is one of a series of events being held on campus to mark the 25 anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The workshop will be led by Lezlie Frye, a doctoral candidate in the American Studies Program in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

It will explore the effects of “everyday ableism,” attempting to answer such questions as: How does ableism shape our institutions for learning? What does internalized ableism look and feel like? How is the trauma of ableism shaped by other forms of oppression?

In addition to the “engaging ableism” workshop, other activities being held to celebrate the anniversary of the ADA include universal design yoga, led by Frye; a disability studies presentation by Frye; a screening of the film “Fixed” featuring director/producer Regan Brashear; and an ADA legacy tour and symposium.

For the full schedule of events, visit the Accessibility Resources website.

SUNY learning project seeks participants

Published February 26, 2015

Faculty and staff interested in exploring new technologies that can be used to improve student learning can take part in SUNY’s Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP).

TOEP, funded through a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant, provides free access to online resources that can help users expand their teaching repertoire.

Users, working at their own pace, can view tutorials and other resources relating to the use of new instructional technologies, among them blogs, wikis, audio, video, collaborative spaces and social bookmarking.

Incentives to participate in TOEP, including professional development awards, are available to those who register for TOEP by Feb. 27 and complete the project by April 3.

To register, visit the TOEP website. For more information, contact the SUNY TOEP team.