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Updated August 27, 2015

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

Unplug, unwind during Daylight Hour

Published June 18, 2015

Members of the UB community are invited to join their SUNY colleagues in showing the impact we all can have on reducing energy consumption by taking part in Daylight Hour on Friday.

Participants are asked to turn off the lights and power down unessential equipment, such as computers and printers, from noon to 1 p.m. on June 19 and enjoy the great outdoors — take the time to go for a walk, eat lunch outside or just spend time unplugged from electronics.

The idea behind Daylight Hour is to demonstrate the availability of daylight, promote energy conservation and show our collective impact by living healthier, more sustainable lives.

For more information, visit the UB Sustainability website.

Research survey topic of workshop

Published May 28, 2015

“Survey Development for Community-Based Research” is the topic of a workshop on June 4 sponsored by UB’s Civic Engagement Public Policy research initiative.

The free workshop, to be held from 12:30-2 p.m. in 214 Parker Hall, South Campus, is designed for UB researchers interested in using surveys in their community-based research.  It will be led by Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter, associate professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Topics to be addressed include survey types, question development, how to develop questions with community partners and different sampling methods. Tumiel-Berhalter also will critique various sample surveys, and she invites participants to bring their own surveys as well.

Lunch will be available to participants, beginning at 12:15 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP for lunch,, email Laura Mangan at

Register for golf tournament

Published May 21, 2015

Registration is now open through June 1 for the first UBThisSummer Golf Open, a four-person scramble-format tournament for UB employees to take place Aug. 10 at Glen Oak Golf Course, 711 Smith Road, East Amherst .

The $75 entry fee includes a round of golf, cart, buffet dinner and tips. The tournament is open to golfers of all skill levels — from novice to expert. Download the registration form.

UB golfers also may want to join the UB Tuesday Night Golf League at Glen Oak. Those interested can contact Brian Foti at

Tiffin Room open for lunch

Published May 21, 2015

There’s no need to go off campus this summer for a nice, sit-down lunch. The Tiffin Room is open, serving from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Located on the second floor of the Student Union, the Tiffin Room accepts Faculty/Staff FlexiBull Bucks, a prepaid debit account linked to employees’ UB Cards.

Customers who pay for their meals with FlexiBull Bucks receive a discount equal to the sales tax. 

Cash and credit cards also are accepted.

Equity, diversity at UB topic of discussion

Published May 14, 2015

A facilitated discussion on “Valuing Equity, Diversity and Differences at UB” will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. May 19 in 100 Allen Hall, South Campus.

Hosted by Teresa Miller, vice provost for equity and inclusion, the event is sponsored by the Minority Faculty and Staff Association.

A complimentary lunch will be served.

Those attending are asked to register in advance.