Updated February 27, 2014
Published October 18, 2013
Feeling stressed? UB faculty and staff can learn ways to handle the pressure of everyday living at a free, half-day “Stress Less Retreat” on Nov. 13 sponsored by Employee Assistance Program.
Sessions will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1-5 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus. Registered participants can enjoy a free healthy lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
The morning session will feature information on stress management techniques, including mindfulness based stress reduction, and a keynote address by Catherine Ansuini, chair of the Health and Wellness Department at SUNY Buffalo State.
The afternoon session will focus on using regular exercise, as well as tai chi and yoga, to relieve stress. Amy Myszka, director of wellness and work/life balance, will talk about maintaining a healthy balance between work life and family life.
Both sessions will feature chair massages, therapy dogs, vendor shopping and prize drawings for healthy treatments.
Visit EAP’s website to register for a session.
Published October 17, 2013
The Office of Organizational Development & Training is offering several courses this semester designed to help faculty and staff become more effective communicators.
The free classes range from “Improving your Communication with Differing Genders, Generations and Cultures” to “Become a Better Communicator” to “Leverage your DISC Communication Style.”
Full descriptions of the courses, as well as registration information, can be found on the University Human Resources website.
Published October 10, 2013
Professional staff members are invited to join their colleagues for fun, food and football at the Professional Staff Senate’s third annual Bulls tailgate party on Oct. 19.
The party starts at noon—the game against UMass starts at 3:30 p.m.—in the grassy area between Coventry Road and the Stadium lot at the Coventry entrance to the North Campus. Fans also can enjoy the free pre-game concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 1:30 p.m.
The PSS will provide the hotdogs; party-goers are asked to bring a dish to pass.
For more information, contact Jason Suttell at 645-6505.
Published October 10, 2013
The “Hurley Era” has officially begun.
The UB Bulls men’s basketball team will hold an open practice at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19 in Alumni Arena, North Campus. Get your first glimpse of the 2013-14 Bulls and first-year head coach Bobby Hurley prior to the free Big Bad Voodoo Daddy tailgate concert at 1:30 p.m. and UB football game vs. UMass at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the practice is free.
The following week, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will join for the family-friendly “Bulls Madness at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Alumni Arena. This free event will include a slam-dunk contest with celebrity judges, a three-point shooting contest, scrimmages and much more.
The UB men’s team will open the season on Nov. 8 at Texas A&M; the home opener is Nov. 16 vs. West Virginia Wesleyan. The women will open the season on Nov. 8 at Binghamton; the official home opener is Nov. 16 vs. Cornell.
Faculty and staff may purchase season tickets for $100—a discount of $25 from the public price of $125. A season ticket provides entry to both the men’s and women’s games. A women’s-only season ticket is $75.
Reserve tickets at BuffaloBulls.com or call 1-877-UB-THERE.
Published October 4, 2013
Business Day 2013, a day of training, information gathering and networking presented by University Business Services, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 2402 North Forest Road, Getzville, adjacent to the UB North Campus.
The free event will feature workshop sessions on financial issues, human resources, procurement, SIRI, HUB and other important topics to help professionals, administrators and support staff work more effectively. Information tables staffed by UB departments and preferred vendors also will be on site.
A complimentary shuttle will run between the Center for Tomorrow parking lot and the Ramada, with a stop at Flint Loop. The shuttle will run from 8-10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:30-4 p.m.
Visit the Business Day website for the workshop schedule and registration. Deadline for registration is Oct. 9.
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.