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Updated December 11, 2014

Class of 2018 Participates in UB's Pharmacy Practice White Coat Ceremony

Published August 20, 2014

One hundred and thirty-three students took their first, public step toward becoming pharmacists today when they participated in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ annual White Coat Ceremony.

The White Coat Ceremony, held in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, North Campus, symbolizes passage into the initial stages of the profession of pharmacy practice and represents a contract for excellence in providing compassionate patient care.

The event also highlights the importance of scientific scholarship and emphasizes the highest principles of moral, ethical and legal conduct. UB PharmD students taking part in this tradition are welcomed to begin study among the ranks of pharmacy professionals.

During the “calling of the class,” students were called to the stage individually and presented with their coats while their hometowns were identified by Karl D. Fiebelkorn, senior associate dean for student, professional and community affairs, and associate professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

Danielle Crotty, PharmD ’12, staff pharmacist, North Shore LIJ Huntington Hospital, gave the keynote address.


Save money on transit passes

Published August 14, 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. The savings could be as much as 40 percent, depending on the purchaser’s tax bracket.

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.

Child care center accepting applications

Published August 4, 2014

The UB Child Care Center (UBCCC) is accepting applications for fall enrollment in its infant, toddler and preschool classrooms at both the South and North campus locations.

UBCCC is licensed by the New York State Office of Family and Child Services, and is one of only a few centers in Western New York that is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children.

The focus of the center is on strengthening cooperative play through respect for self and others, promoting healthy practices for well-being and providing readiness activities that promote strong learners.

To learn more, call Eric at UBCCC South at 829-2226 or Renee at UBCCC North at 645-6509, or visit the center’s website.

Career Services helps in student hiring process

Published July 31, 2014

UB Career Services can assist units in finding qualified student employees for the upcoming academic year.

Departments can use the BullsEye online system to post work-study or student-assistant positions. More than 10,000 students used BullsEye in 2013-14.

Instructions on how to post vacancies on BullsEye are available on the tutorials page.

 Units should be aware that all work-study positions will go live on Aug. 15.

Career Services also will hold an On-Campus Jobs Fair to help match departments with students seeking work-study or student-assistant positions. The fair will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Student Union, North Campus. Departments are advised to register early; while the fair is free, space is limited.

Register online by logging into your BullsEye account or by calling Sam Cavalleri at 645-4641.

Fall into fitness

Published July 31, 2014

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a preview on Aug. 7 of some of the fitness programming being offered in the fall by the Office of Wellness & Work/Life Balance.

The event, which will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Special Events Field adjacent to the Student Union on the North Campus, will feature a variety of activities. Among them are a tai chi class with instructor Judy Bonafede, a martial arts demonstration/class provided by Kenpo Self-Defense and several walking tours of the North Campus.

WNY Chiropractic also will provide free chair massages.

Participants should register by close of business on Aug. 6.

Road closed for paving

Published July 24, 2014

Sections of Putnam Way on the North Campus will be closed July 28 and 29 for paving.

On July 28, Putnam Way will be closed on the north side of the academic spine from Hadley Road near Governors Complex to Baird Music Hall.

The next day, the south side of the road will be closed from Baird Music Hall to the Hadley Road exit on the south side of the spine.

Access will be available to emergency vehicles and deliveries only.

PSS to host dessert social

Published July 18, 2014

Members of the UB professional staff are invited to share a dessert with colleagues and celebrate summer — and the approach of another academic year — at a dessert social to take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5 in the Honors College, 107 Capen Hall, North Campus.

“Sweetly Celebrating Summer @ UB” is presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Those attending are asked to bring their favorite dessert — all desserts are welcome, whether homemade, store-bought, chocolate, fruit, gluten-free, kosher, dairy-free, peanut-free or vegan.

Water and ice tea will be available and attendees also may bring their lunches.

Participants should RSVP by July 31 and indicate if they will bring a dessert to share. Desserts are optional, but all staff members are welcome to attend.


Mentors sought for international students

Published July 17, 2014

UB staff and domestic students are being recruited to serve as mentors for newly arrived international students during the fall 2014 semester. Participants need not know about other cultures, speak other languages or have traveled overseas.

Each mentor will be paired with two newly arrived international students, and the commitment is for one semester. Mentors must be available to meet with their mentees 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.

Separate half-day training sessions will take place for both mentors and mentees. Mentors will learn about the mentees’ culture or cultures, receive valuable information about campus resources available to mentees and learn tips on how to best interact with someone from another country. An end-of-semester party will celebrate participants’ mentoring accomplishments.

The mentoring program is being sponsored by the offices of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and UB Counseling Services. Applications can be found on the ISSS website.

Questions about the program may be directed to Jessica Ereiz at 645-2258 or

Athletics offers football ticket discount

Published July 10, 2014

The Division of Athletics is offering UB faculty and staff the opportunity to buy single game tickets to Bulls’ home football games at a discount.

As part of the “Next Bull in Ticket Blitz” on July 14, tickets can be purchased for $10 each —$25 for the Baylor game on Sept. 12. Tickets can be purchased from noon to 6 p.m. at the Alumni Arena ticket office and online. Tickets will be sold at their regular prices of $18 —$50 for the Baylor game — beginning July 15.

Those who buy tickets on July 14 will receive an official 2014 schedule poster and will be entered to win a VIP UB football game day experience, which includes game day parking, two VIP passes to the Tailgate Concert, two sideline passes, two UB New Era caps and more.

The Bulls open the 2014 season at home against Duquesne on Aug. 30.

UB sponsoring school supply drive

Published July 3, 2014

UB employees are urged to donate school supplies for the sixth annual university-wide drive to benefit students at several Buffalo elementary schools.

Items may be dropped off through Aug. 29 at locations on the UB North, South and Downtown campuses:

North Campus:

  • Baird Hall: Music Library, 112 Baird.
  • Capen Hall: Office of the President, 501 Capen, and University Libraries, 433 Capen.
  • Center for the Arts: lobby.
  • Center for Tomorrow: lobby.
  • Crofts Hall, first-floor lobby.
  • Ellicott Complex: Office of Parking and Transportation Services, 106 Spaulding Quad.
  • HRD Building.
  • Jacobs Management Center.
  • Lockwood Library.
  • Norton Hall, Office of Student Support Services, 215 Norton.
  • Park Hall: College of Arts and Sciences’ Student Advisement and Services, 275 Park.
  • Student Union, Center for Student Leadership and Community Engagement, 235 Student Union.
  • Talbert Hall: admissions office, 220 Talbert.

South Campus:

  • Abbott Hall, Health Sciences Library.
  • Allen Hall, Office of Community Relations.
  • Diefendorf Hall, School of Architecture and Planning, 114 Diefendorf.
  • Farber Hall, Department of Biochemistry.
  • Kapoor Hall, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Michael Hall, clinic lobby.
  • Squire Hall, lobby.

Downtown Campus:

  • Downtown Gateway, 77 Goodell St., Suite 201, Office of Community Relations.
  • Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St., second floor.
  • New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., first-floor lobby.

The drive is expected to surpass last year’s effort, which doubled in size from the previous year, says Linwood Roberts of the Office of Community Relations.

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