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Updated April 10, 2014

Parking and Transportation offers travel tips

Published December 12, 2013

With the arrival of winter weather, Parking and Transportation Services offers some tips for members of the UB community to help make travel to and around campus easier:

  • Call 645-NEWS (645-6397), UB’s information line, to learn about weather notifications and closings.
  • Plan accordingly. Keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car and office. Suggested supplies include water and food, vital medicines, a blanket and warm clothes.
  • Check out the university’s Snow Removal Policy
  • If you notice a walkway or building access with excessive snow cover, call University Facilities Customer Service at 716-645-2028.
  • When parking, try to pick a familiar landmark, such as a sign, light pole or tree to gauge where a parking space is located when the parking lot is snow-covered.
  • In most lots, orange delineators at the end of the rows will help you park in an orderly manner.
  • Be careful not to triple park. Triple parking — making three rows out of two — inconveniences others and may lead to the ticketing and/or towing of your vehicle.
  • To maintain emergency vehicle access, make sure there is room for a double travel lane from your vehicle when it is parked at the end of a row. This also will aid in plowing during the day.
  • In cold temperatures, assume wet, dark areas on pavement are slippery and approach with caution.
  • When exiting or entering your vehicle, use the vehicle for support. 
  • Walk in designated walkways.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets for better balance. Take short steps or shuffle for stability.

Campaign at 82 percent of goal

Published December 12, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $697,903, or 82 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Dec. 11 is based on the response of 43 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

The campaign has featured a number of incentives to encourage employee to donate to the campaign. Only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign were eligible to win. Prizes were awarded every Thursday and all employees who made a donation by midnight the previous night were eligible to win. Winners are posted on the campaign website under “news.”

The winners of the final drawing of the campaign on Dec. 12 were unavailable at press time. The prizes to be awarded are a special parking pass for the spring 2014 semester; SaveAround coupon books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York, to be awarded to three employees; and a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate.

The campaign runs through the end of the semester. Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries, is campaign chair.

To make a pledge online, visit the campaign website.

To view the scorecard that shows percent to goal for all units, visit the campaign website.

Time to change health insurance

Published December 6, 2013

The Option Transfer Period for state employees, during which workers can change their health insurance carrier, voluntarily cancel coverage or delete dependents, runs through Dec. 31.

The effective date of change will be Jan. 2, 2014.

Forms must be completed and have a signature date no later than Dec. 31, 2013.

Due to the holidays, University Human Resources will accept Option Transfer forms until the close of business on Jan. 6, 2014.

Information on the Option Transfer and the Opt-Out Program, 2014 health insurance rates by bargaining unit and forms are on the HR website under “Quick Start” or by clicking here.

Campaign more than three-quarters to goal

Published December 5, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $644,397, or 76 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Dec. 4 is based on the response of 40 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

The campaign features a number of incentives to encourage employee to donate to the campaign. Only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign are eligible to win. Prizes will be awarded every Thursday and all employees who make a donation by midnight the previous night will be eligible to win. Winners will be posted on the campaign website under “news.”

The winners of the Dec. 5 drawing are Judith Paradzai of Campus Dining and Shops, who received four tickets to the April 26 Distinguished Speaker Series event with magician David Blaine, and Jeffrey Kujawa of the Center for Urban Studies, who received six tickets to the men’s basketball game on Jan. 11 against Eastern Michigan and food at the game.

The final prizes, to be awarded on Dec. 12, are a special parking pass for the spring 2014 semester; SaveAround coupon books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York, to be awarded to three employees; and a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate.

In addition to the individual prizes, a grand prize was awarded on Nov. 20 to the Graduate School of Education for having the highest percentage increase in donors from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20. That prize was 16 tickets — for eight employees and their guests — plus parking to the UB Bulls football game vs. Bowling Green on Nov. 29 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

To make a pledge online, visit the campaign website.

To view the scorecard that shows percent to goal for all units, visit the campaign website.

The campaign runs through the end of the semester. Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries, is campaign chair.

 

UB to close Dec. 25, Jan. 1

Published December 5, 2013

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 those days will earn a compensatory holiday that can be used at a later date.

While the university will be open on Dec. 23-24, Dec. 26-27 and Dec. 30-31, vice presidents and deans may choose to close their individual units on any or all of those days 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 make use of 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. 13. 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 lolkds@buffalo.edu.

Donate items for soldiers overseas

Published December 5, 2013

Members of the UB community are invited to donate items and supplies for members of the armed forces serving overseas to help make their holidays more comfortable.

Donations for the Holidays for Soldiers program will be collected until noon on Dec. 13. Collection bins are located in the Veterans Services Office in 101 Allen Hall, South Campus, and in Career Services, 259 Capen Hall, and the Intercultural & Diversity Center, 240 Student Union, both on the North Campus.

Personal care items that are needed include toiletries, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant, dental floss, razors, shaving cream, soap and shampoo.

Soldiers also appreciate candy, books, board and card games, socks, mousetraps and flat, pine tree-shaped air fresheners.

Campaign at 66 percent of goal

Published November 21, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $558,808, or 66 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Nov. 21 is based on the response of 31 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

The campaign features a number of incentives to encourage employee to donate to the campaign. Only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign are eligible to win. Prizes will be awarded every Thursday and all employees who make a donation by midnight the previous night will be eligible to win. Winners will be posted on the campaign web site under “news.”

The winners of the Nov. 21 drawing are Kerry Ring of the Department of Theatre and Dance, who received a 50-minute massage gift certificate, and James Rosso of the School of Medicine and Applied Sciences, who received a Hewlett-Packard ENVY 120 color printer.

Prizes still to be awarded include:

  • Dec. 5: Four tickets to the April 26 Distinguished Speaker Series event with magician David Blaine and six tickets to the men’s basketball game on Jan. 11 against Eastern Michigan and food at the game
  • Dec. 12: A special parking pass for the spring 2014 semester; SaveAround coupon books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York, to be awarded to three employees; and a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate.

In addition to the individual prizes, a grand prize will be awarded on Nov. 20 to the UB unit that has the highest percentage increase in donors from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20. That prize is 16 tickets — for eight employees and their guests — plus parking to the UB Bulls football game vs. Bowling Green on Nov. 29 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The winner of the grand prize was not available at press time.

To make a pledge online, visit the campaign website.

To view the scorecard that shows percent to goal for all units, visit the campaign website.

The campaign runs through the end of the semester. Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries, is campaign chair.

Athletics, Alumni to host pregame party

Published November 21, 2013

Join UB Bulls fans on Dec. 11 at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, 76 Pearl St. in downtown Buffalo, for a gathering before the Bulls take on the Canisius College Golden Griffins in First Niagara Center.

The party, hosted by the UB Alumni Association and UB Athletics, will begin at 5 p.m.; the game starts at 8 p.m. after the first matchup of the college basketball doubleheader between Niagara and Davidson. Party attendees can listen to the pregame live remote on The Fan 1270 AM, celebrate with fellow Bulls fans and meet Athletic Director Danny White.

No registration is required. All guests must purchase their own food and drinks.

Tickets to the game can be purchased online.

PEP enrollment period now open

Published November 21, 2013

Enrollment is now open for the Productivity Enhancement Program (PEP) for UB employees represented by United University Professions.

This program gives eligible calendar-year UUP employees the opportunity to exchange previously accrued vacation 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. 29.

Visit the University Human Resources website for more information and the enrollment form.

Those with questions should contact Claudia Samulski at 645-4487 or samulski@buffalo.edu.

Tripathi to address PSS

Published November 14, 2013

President Satish K. Tripathi will speak at the next general membership meeting of the Professional Staff Senate, to be held from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

Tripathi will update professional staff members on a number of projects, as well as answer questions.

All members of the UB professional staff are encouraged to attend.