Updated December 5, 2013
Published October 3, 2013
A workshop designed to help humanities faculty apply for external grants and fellowships will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 11 in 280 Park Hall, North Campus.
The free workshop is sponsored by the Humanities Institute.
Participants will learn strategies from two experienced grant writers and evaluators, exchange ideas with other grant seekers and, if they choose to pre-circulate a draft application essay, receive specific feedback from peers. Draft proposals may be at any stage—from preliminary sketches to finalized applications.
While the workshop is free, an RSVP is required by Oct. 4. Participants should indicate when responding if they would like to have lunch; those who would like to take part in the feedback session should include a draft application essay for pre-circulation.
For more information, contact Libby Otto, Humanities Institute executive director, at email@example.com.
Published September 26, 2013
Enrollment will open on Sept. 30 for New York State Flex Spending Accounts, which allow state employees to pay for certain expenses with pre-tax dollars.
The Health Care Spending Account lets employees set aside any amount—from $100 up to $2,500 for the 2014 plan year—to pay for health care expenses that are not reimbursed by health insurance or other benefit plans. These include medically necessary medical, hospital, dental, vision, hearing and prescription drug expenses for employees, their spouses and their tax dependents.
The Dependent Care Advantage Account allows workers to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax salary for eligible child care, elder care or disabled dependent care expenses that are necessary for the employee and his or her spouse to work.
The open enrollment period for 2014 runs through Nov. 8. Employees who are enrolled for the 2013 plan year must re-enroll to continue benefits in 2014.
For more information, visit the Flex Spending Account website or call the Flexible Spending Account hotline at 1-800-358-7202.
Published September 20, 2013
The Buffalo Bills are offering a special discount rate for UB faculty and staff for tickets to four of the team’s games in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Faculty and staff can save up to $15 per ticket for games
against the Cincinnati
Bengals on Oct. 13, the New
York Jets on Nov. 17 and the Miami
Dolphins on Dec. 22. Special $25 tickets are available for the
game against the Kansas
City Chiefs on Nov. 3.
Use promo code GPUBADM when ordering online. Tickets are subject to availability; no refunds or exchanges.
Published September 19, 2013
Beakers and Beer, the monthly networking event presented by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, is back for 2013-14, with the first gathering of the academic year taking place Sept. 26 at Coco Bar & Bistro, 888 Main St.
The networking series is designed to bring doctors, researchers and other professionals on the BNMC out of their offices and laboratories and into a social environment where they can meet and talk with their peers.
All events will be held from 5-7 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Free food and drinks are provided.
The remainder of this year’s schedule:
Visit the BNMC’s website to RSVP.
Published September 19, 2013
UB researchers who missed an August workshop on preparing proposals for National Institutes of Health funding have another chance to obtain some valuable information.
“Successful Strategies for NIH Proposal Submissions” will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Screening Room of the Center for the Arts, North Campus. The workshop is being sponsored by the offices of the Provost, Associate Vice President for Research Advancement and Strategic Initiatives, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and Research Advancement.
The seminar, to be led by M.S. “Peg” AtKisson of Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops LLC, is designed to provide strategies for crafting strong aims, raising priority scores and tailoring proposals to the newer NIH guidelines. The workshop is recommended for both new and veteran researchers.
The registration fee of $85 includes a workbook and lunch. Space is limited; registration will close Oct. 7.
For more information, contact Kimberly Burns of the Office of Research Advancement at 645-5382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published September 13, 2013
UB’s Schussmeisters Ski Club is gearing up for its 53rd season by offering special membership deals to faculty, staff and alumni, and their family members.
Membership rates are $260 for faculty/staff/alumni who purchase their season passes by Oct. 18, and $270 for members of their families. Rates increase to $300 and $310 for passes purchased from Oct. 21 through Dec. 6, and to $330 and $340 for passes purchased Dec. 9 and after.
Returning Schussmeisters members also will receive a $20 discount when they renew their memberships.
A Schussmeisters pass allows members to take part in five nights and four days of skiing per week at various local ski resorts.
The club also is planning a trip to Sugarbush, Vt., in early February.
The full schedule of skiing and information on how to purchase passes are available on the Schussmeisters website. For more information, call 645-3100.
Published September 12, 2013
UB staff and domestic students are being recruited to serve as mentors for newly arrived international students during the fall 2013 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 email@example.com.
Published September 12, 2013
UB collected more than 22,000 items as part of a school supply drive to benefit Buffalo school children.
In all, UB faculty, staff and students donated 22,011 school supply items, including more than 600 markers, 11,800 sheets of loose-leaf paper, more than 800 pens and 1,000 pencils, plus thousands of index cards.
This year’s drive more than tripled the number of items collected, making it the biggest school supply drive UB has conducted, according to Linwood Roberts of UB’s Office of Community Relations.
Items collected were donated to schools around UB’s campus centers, including Highgate Heights Elementary and Westminster Community Charter School near the South Campus, and Futures Academy, Aloma D. Johnson Charter School and Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute near the Downtown Campus.
Published September 12, 2013
Applications are being accepted through Oct. 2 for the state Civil Service exam being held on Nov. 16 for persons interested in becoming police officers with New York State University Police.
Candidates who score well on the exams for the University Police Officer 1 positions are eligible to apply for job openings at any of the 28 SUNY campuses.
For more information, visit the Civil Service website.
Published September 5, 2013
Morton Lane Federal Credit Union, UB’s official credit union for more than 40 years, has opened a second office on the North Campus in the Charles B. Sears Law Library, 218 O’Brian Hall.
The branch, located in the reference area of the library, is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
The credit union also operates a branch in 326 Crofts Hall that is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.
Two ATMs, free for credit union members, are located in the Student Union and in Alumni Arena on the North Campus.
The credit union’s main office is located near the South Campus at 388 Englewood Ave. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays.
Other branches are located at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and at SUNY Buffalo State.
All UB faculty, staff, students, alumni and their immediate family members are eligible to bank at Morton Lane Federal Credit Union.