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Updated June 25, 2015

ISSS offers workshops

Published March 5, 2015

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is offering two free workshops to assist UB employees who interact with international students.

“Appointing International Students: Immigration Documents, I-9 Documents, Etc.” will take place from noon to 1:15 p.m. March 10 in 206 Clemens Hall, North Campus.

The workshop is designed for staff members who must interpret immigration documents in order to process appointments.

Amanda Brown of UB’s International Employment Tax Unit, will lead the workshop.

“Beyond the Basics: Meeting International Students’ Needs” will be held from noon to 12:50 p.m. April 10 in 101 Baldy Hall, North Campus.

In this workshop, participants will discuss critical incidents in order to understand better some strategies used by UB international students and the reasons why they employ such strategies. Participants will gain insights into the causes of miscommunication and misunderstanding, while learning strategies for successful communication and cultural understanding.

Participants are urged to bring their own critical incidents for discussion, or they may submit them beforehand to the presenter, Ellen Dussourd, director of ISSS.

Tours of sustainable buildings offered

Published February 26, 2015

Have lunch at Crossroads Culinary Center (C3) and then tour two of UB’s greenest buildings during a program on March 10 presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Sustainable Living Committee.

The program begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at the pasta station in C3, located in Red Jack Quad in the Ellicott Complex. Ryan McPherson, UB’s chief sustainability officer, will talk about the university’s sustainability strategy.

Following lunch, participants will tour the LEED Silver-certified C3, then move on to a tour of the LEED Gold-certified Greiner Hall led by Don Erb, director of sustainable operations integration.

Greiner Hall is SUNY’s first LEED Gold-certified residence hall.

The cost of the event is $9.95 for those eating lunch, payable at the door, and free for those taking part in only the building tours.

Additional sponsors are Campus Dining & Shops and UB Sustainability.

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Deadline for registration is March 3.

‘Ableism’ topic of workshop

Published February 26, 2015

“Ableism” — the practices and dominant attitudes in society that devalue and limit the potential of persons with developmental, physical or psychiatric disabilities — is the topic of a workshop being held on March 5 at UB.

“Engaging Ableism with an Open Heart,” a free workshop open to faculty, staff and students, will take place from 1-3 p.m. in 145B Student Union, North Campus. No registration is required.

Co-sponsored by Wellness Education Services, Accessibility Resources and the Center for Disability Studies, it is one of a series of events being held on campus to mark the 25 anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The workshop will be led by Lezlie Frye, a doctoral candidate in the American Studies Program in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University, and a pre-doctoral fellow at the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

It will explore the effects of “everyday ableism,” attempting to answer such questions as: How does ableism shape our institutions for learning? What does internalized ableism look and feel like? How is the trauma of ableism shaped by other forms of oppression?

In addition to the “engaging ableism” workshop, other activities being held to celebrate the anniversary of the ADA include universal design yoga, led by Frye; a disability studies presentation by Frye; a screening of the film “Fixed” featuring director/producer Regan Brashear; and an ADA legacy tour and symposium.

For the full schedule of events, visit the Accessibility Resources website.

SUNY learning project seeks participants

Published February 26, 2015

Faculty and staff interested in exploring new technologies that can be used to improve student learning can take part in SUNY’s Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP).

TOEP, funded through a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant, provides free access to online resources that can help users expand their teaching repertoire.

Users, working at their own pace, can view tutorials and other resources relating to the use of new instructional technologies, among them blogs, wikis, audio, video, collaborative spaces and social bookmarking.

Incentives to participate in TOEP, including professional development awards, are available to those who register for TOEP by Feb. 27 and complete the project by April 3.

To register, visit the TOEP website. For more information, contact the SUNY TOEP team.

Discount tickets to home show available

Published February 19, 2015

Wellness & Work/Life Balance is offering UB faculty and staff discounted tickets to the Buffalo Home Show.

The show will take place March 6-8 and March 13-15 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

UB employees may purchase tickets online for $5.50, a $2.50 savings over the regular online purchase price of $8. Tickets purchased at the door are $11 for adults.

To purchase tickets, visit the Buffalo Home Show website and click on “Buy tickets.” Enter UOFB as the promo code.

Passports available through Law Library

Published February 12, 2015

Members of the campus community wishing to obtain a passport can go to the Charles B. Sears Law Library in the UB Law School, an authorized Passport Acceptance Facility.

The certified passport agents in the Law Library are authorized to distribute forms, accept completed paperwork, review required documentation and forward applications to the U.S. regional passport agency in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Passport services are available from 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday — and by appointment — in 211 O'Brian Hall, North Campus. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 645-2204.

Passport photos also may be obtained at the Law Library for $10.

Additional information about obtaining a passport is available at the Law Library’s website.

Skate for free at UB ice rink

Published February 12, 2015

All members of the UB community can skate for free — including skate rentals — at UB’s outdoor ice skating rink, located in the Special Events Field across from the Student Union on the North Campus.

The rink, sponsored by Student Life and managed by Outdoor Pursuits, also is available for rental by any UB department or student group.

Rates for rink rental are $20 per hour for student groups and $50 per hour for departments and other private groups.

Outdoor Pursuits also can customize special-event or team-building programs for any group that rents the rink, says Russ Crispell, director of Outdoor Pursuits.

Hours of operation for the rink — pending weather conditions — are noon to 2 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 2-10 p.m. on Saturdays and 4-10 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information about the rink or rink rentals, contact Crispell.

Medical school presents free concert series

Published February 5, 2015

Members of the UB community are invited to join their colleagues at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for a free lunchtime concert series, “Music is Medicine,” on select Wednesdays during February and March.

The concerts, sponsored by medical school’s Center for Medical Humanities and the Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement, will take place at noon in the atrium of the Biomedical Education Building on the South Campus.

The series will open on Feb. 11 with a performance by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tom Fuchs. Docapella, the medical school’s a cappella singing group, will perform on Feb. 25. The performer for the final concert on March 11 will be announced at a later date.

UB to mark National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Published January 29, 2015

UB will celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day by presenting its third annual Women in Sports Symposium on Feb. 11.

The professional development seminar, free for all UB faculty and staff, will take place from 3-6 p.m. in the Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. It is designed to educate, empower and inspire women in sports and sport-related fields, and targets coaches from all levels, administrators, athletic staff and graduate students interested in careers in athletics. Men are encouraged to attend.

The keynote speaker will be Sandy Barbour, director of athletics at Penn State. Her talk is titled “Journey of a Leader.”

The symposium also will include panel discussions on “The Importance of Mentors to Build a Successful Career” and “Finding your Why,” and a networking reception.

Participants also will receive a voucher for a ticket to a UB women’s regular-season basketball game of their choice.

2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration at UB. NGWSD activities are designed to educate the campus and surrounding communities on the importance of female participation in sports and the impact Title IX has had on female athletic opportunities all over the United States.

For more information and to register, visit UB’s NGWSD website.

Families invited to University Club event

Published January 29, 2015

The University Club, UB’s monthly networking event sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Faculty Senate and the Professional Staff Senate, next month will morph into UClub2.0, an occasional new twist on the UB tradition.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their families to the event, which will be held from 4-6 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Alumni Arena Bull Pen. Hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion and UB Athletics, UClub2.0 will provide an informal, family-friendly setting in which to mix and mingle with UB colleagues.

Activities will include face-painting; poster-making; a selfie photo station; a “chalk talk” by Felisha Legette-Jack, head women’s basketball coach; and a tour of Alumni Arena.

Light refreshments will be served.

Participants will receive a free ticket to the women’s basketball game against Toledo following the event at 7 p.m.

RSVP by Jan. 30 to be entered into a raffle for a UB Swag Basket valued at more than $100.