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Updated May 21, 2015

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.

Host international students for Thanksgiving

Published October 30, 2014

Every year, UB faculty and staff show their holiday spirit by hosting Thanksgiving dinner for a number of international students.

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Teresa Miller, vice provost for equity and inclusion, are expanding this tradition through UB's first annual Inclusive Thanksgiving Program.

“Many international students travel during Thanksgiving break to visit friends and family in the U.S.,” says Ellen Dussourd, assistant vice provost and director of ISSS. “But not all students have a place to go. My hope is that the program will provide that ‘home away from home’ for students who stay in Buffalo during the break.”

By encouraging more host families to participate, the program will allow more international students to experience an American Thanksgiving while building the connection the campus has with the international community.

“ISSS and the UB community have consistently been involved in inclusive events, including Thanksgiving,” says Miller. “This collaboration marks a formal commitment to grow a tradition that fosters intercultural dialogue and captures the spirit of generosity that exists at UB.”

UB faculty and staff members interested in becoming a host family should complete a five-minute survey.

A committee will review the survey responses and match host families with compatible students. Chosen participants will receive information about the students with whom they’ve been matched by Nov. 17.

Host families will be expected to contact their student guests prior to Thanksgiving Day to introduce themselves and discuss logistics, such as arrival time and how long dinner may last.

International students interested in sharing Thanksgiving with a UB host family should complete the survey by Nov. 5.

Athletics offering discount football tickets

Published October 23, 2014

The Division of Athletics is offering discount tickets to faculty and staff for Saturday’s football game against Central Michigan.

Tickets are just $10 each, and must be purchased in person at the Alumni Arena ticket office or at UB Stadium on the day of the game. Employees must show a valid faculty/staff ID at the time of purchase.

In addition to the game against Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m., the day’s events include the free Tailgate Concert with the Zac Brown Tribute Band starting at 1:30 p.m. in Stampede Square. Pre-game festivities on the field, beginning at 3 p.m., include members of the UB Skydiving Club jumping into the stadium to deliver the game ball and the football team honoring its senior members on Senior Day.

PSS extends clothing drive

Published October 23, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate has extended its professional clothing drive through Oct. 31. The drive aims to provide professional attire to those in need so that they can join or rejoin the workforce.

New or gently used professional clothing can be brought to three donation sites: the Office of Resource Planning, 549 Capen Hall, North Campus, or the Office of Community Relations’ South Campus office at 101 Allen Hall, or its Downtown Campus office in Suite 201 of the Downtown Gateway building, 77 Goodell St.

For more information about the clothing drive, contact Laura Barnum at

Re-imagining learning spaces topic of webinar

Published October 23, 2014

“Re-imagining Learning Spaces: Design, Technology and Assessment” is the topic of a webinar being held from noon to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29 in 330 Student Union, North Campus.

The webinar is the ELI Fall Focus Session presented by Educause, a nonprofit association that aims to advance higher education through the use of information technology. It is geared toward faculty, as well as graduate students interested in teaching, and will served as a precursor to February’s Digital Challenges event, “The Classroom: Teaching and Learning in the Future,” sponsored by the UB Libraries and UB Information Technology.

Topics to be discussed at the webinar include learning spaces and how innovative designs can facilitate interaction through the use of collaborative and mobile tools, team-based course models, videoconferencing with remote experts, makerspaces and more.

Participants can attend all or part of each day’s program. Light refreshments will be available.