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Updated April 23, 2015

EAP offering elder care series

Published January 22, 2015

UB employees can learn about resources, support and services available to help those caring for aging or ailing loved ones during a free, lunchtime elder care series sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

“Caring for Others” will take place at noon every other Tuesday, beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through April 7, in 280 Park Hall, North Campus.

For details about the specific sessions and to register, visit the EAP workshop website.

Glick elected chair of Faculty Senate

Published January 22, 2015

Philip L. Glick, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been elected chair of the Faculty Senate for 2015-17.

Glick’s appointment is effective July 1.

He succeeds Ezra Zubrow, professor of anthropology, who served the maximum two consecutive terms as chair.

Glick, who also holds appointments in the departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Management, has served as a member of the senate’s Budget Priorities Committee

Also elected to a two-year term a secretary was Cynthia Tysick, associate librarian, Arts & Sciences Library. Tysick served as senate secretary in 2014-15, filling the second year of Edward Herman’s two-year term.

She also is chair of the senate’s Elections Committee and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

PSS elects new officers

Published January 15, 2015

Dominic Licata, instructional support technician for the Department of Art, has been elected chair of the Professional Staff Senate for a two year term, effective July 1.

Licata succeeds Ann Marie Landel, who served two terms as PSS chair.

He has been a member of the PSS’ Sustainable Living Committee for four years and the Executive Committee for two, and has served on a number of other UB and SUNY committees.

In the recent election, professional staff members also elected David Love, staff assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as vice chair and Sarah Piraino, academic adviser for the Access to College Excellence Program in Cora P. Maloney College, as secretary.

Love, who succeeds Laura Barnum as vice chair, is a member of the Staff Development and Services Committee and last year served on the organizing committee for the PSS’ daylong staff development conference.

Piraino, who succeeds Kathleen Kielar as secretary, is a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

The Professional Staff Senate, founded in 1972, is the governance group for professional staff working on state, UB Foundation and Research Foundation lines. The PSS actively takes part in policy decisions of the university and promotes individual professional development.

All professional staff members working at UB are automatically members of the PSS.

Mentors sought for international students

Published January 8, 2015

UB staff and domestic students are being recruited to serve as mentors for newly arrived international students during the spring 2015 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 Counseling Services. Applications can be found on the ISSS website.

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

PSS sponsors tour of UB Athletics facilities

Published December 11, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate’s Staff Development Committee and UB Athletics have organized a free tour of UB’s athletics facilities for PSS members on Dec. 16.

The tour, to be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., includes the main gym in Alumni Arena, natatorium, Reilly training room, basketball locker room, media center, equipment room, video board control room, Ed Michael Wrestling Room, Edward L. Wright Practice Facility, academic wing, fitness center and the Bulls team shop.

After touring Alumni Arena, participants will stop by the concession stand, then adjourn to the seating area in the main gym, where Recreation Services staff will talk about the services available to UB staff members and Elaine Russell, senior director of marketing, will talk about basketball and football games.

Weather permitting, the tour will conclude with a look at UB Stadium, including the Robert G. and Carol L. Morris Sports Performance Center, the Smolinski Family Sports Medicine Center, the football locker room, the team meeting room, and the football offices.

No RSVP is necessary for the tour. Participants are asked to meet at 11 a.m. by the ticket office in Alumni Arena.

Time to change health insurance

Published December 5, 2014

The Option Transfer Period for state employees, during which workers can change their health insurance carrier, voluntarily cancel coverage or delete dependents, runs through Jan. 16.

The effective date of change will be Jan. 1, 2015.

Forms must be completed and have a signature date no later than Jan. 16, 2015.

Information on the Option Transfer and the Opt-Out Program, 2015 health insurance rates by bargaining unit and forms are on the HR website under “Quick Start” or by clicking here.

UB to close Dec. 25, Jan. 1

Published November 25, 2014

UB will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.

Employees required to work these days will earn a compensatory holiday that can be used at a later date.

Vice presidents and deans may choose to close their individual units Dec. 22-24, Dec. 26, Dec. 29-31 and Jan. 2 if warranted by operating needs.

Employees who decide to take these days off must charge vacation, personal leave or compensatory time. Employees who do not have sufficient accruals may request an advance of up to five vacation days or can choose to take the days off without pay. Employees who plan to use the latter option should write a letter to their supervisor indicating the specific dates they wish to take without pay. Supervisors then will prepare a lost time letter and forward it to University Human Resources by Dec. 12. Sick-leave accruals may not be used.

Employees who choose to work if their units are closed may do so; the University Libraries will serve as the alternate work site.

For further information, contact Karen Senglaup at 645-5951 or

PSS to hold holiday potluck

Published November 25, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate will hold its annual holiday potluck luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 in 210 Student Union, North Campus.

Attendees are encouraged — but not required — to bring a dish that represents their unique culture, family history or personal story.

Water and iced tea will be available.

RSVP by Dec. 5 and indicate if you will bring a dish to share.

The luncheon, which is being organized by the PSS’ Inclusion & Diversity Committee, offers a chance to celebrate with colleagues the end of the fall semester and embrace UB’s diversity.

PEP enrollment period now open

Published November 13, 2014

Members of United University Professions who accrue vacation leave can exchange vacation days for credit toward the cost of health insurance premiums through UUP’s Productivity Enhancement Program.

Both full-time and part-time employees who make less than $88,257 are eligible for the program, which offers employees the opportunity to exchange previously accrued vacation and/or personal leave in return for a credit to be applied toward the employee share of their New York State Health Insurance Program premiums.

The deadline to submit an enrollment form is close of business on Nov. 28.

For details, visit the Productivity Enhancement Program page on the Human Resources website or contact Claudia Samulski at 645-4487 or, or Nadine Burns at 645-4471 or

EAP offers stress-relief retreat

Published October 30, 2014

The second annual Stress Less Retreat sponsored by UB’s Employee Assistance Program will take place Nov. 19 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

The retreat is divided into two sessions. The morning session, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., includes a talk by sleep expert Daniel Rifkin, clinical assistant professor of neurology, on “Sleep Your Stress Away,” as well as a meditation workshop and an appearance by therapy dogs.

The afternoon session, from 1:30-5 p.m., will feature tai chi and yoga classes, and a session on the benefits of aromatherapy.

Participants of both sessions may join their colleagues for a healthy lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

All sessions, including lunch, are free but registration is required.