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Updated September 11, 2014

PSS to hold workshop on diversity

Published March 13, 2014

“Connecting Different Worlds,” a conversation on diversity presented by the Professional Staff Senate’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. March 19 in 338A Davis Hall, North Campus.

Light refreshment will be provided.

Deborah Watkins, deputy superintendent of programs for the state Department of Corrections, will be the guest speaker at the workshop, part of the PSS’ Spring 2014 Brown Bag Series. Watkins will share some of her experiences working with diverse populations within the state prison system. Those attending the workshop will learn tools useful in engaging what has become an increasingly diverse community.

Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP.

Nominations sought for PSS awards

Published February 27, 2014

The Professional Staff Senate’s Awards Committee is accepting nominations for the senate’s Outstanding Service and Outstanding Service to the Professional Staff Senate awards.

The Outstanding Service Award recognizes service to the university and the community of noteworthy scope and depth. 

The Outstanding Service to the Professional Staff Senate Award recognizes outstanding service by an individual or group to the Professional Staff Senate. 

 All recipients will be recognized at the PSS Awards Luncheon in June.

Nomination forms are available by emailing Anna Kedzierski at or

Nominations must be submitted to the PSS Office, 543 Capen Hall, North Campus, by 4 p.m. March 19.

Urge students to complete survey

Published February 27, 2014

UB faculty and staff are asked to encourage their freshman and senior students to take part in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), an annual survey that solicits feedback from 2 million college students from around the world on their undergraduate college experience.

UB has taken part in NSSE for the past 13 years, and uses it as a key tool to benchmark the campus with its national peers.

More than 750 colleges and universities worldwide participate in the survey.

Freshman and senior students at UB received an email from A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs, with instructions for completing the survey. The email contained the subject line: UB wants your feedback.

Students should click through the link provided in the email to access the survey, which should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

All students who complete the survey by the deadline will be eligible to win an iPad, a $500 voucher for travel on JetBlue and weekly prizes of $20 Wegmans gift cards and $10 Campus Cash cards.

In the NSSE survey, students will be asked to indicate their engagement in various aspects of the UB undergraduate experience, from academics to extracurricular activities. The results will help UB fine-tune the learning atmosphere.

“At UB, we are deeply committed to the highest quality undergraduate experience for our students,” Weber says. “The more we understand about this experience directly from our students, the easier it is to build on what works and improve what doesn’t.”

Save money on transit passes

Published February 27, 2014

UB faculty and staff, depending on their bargaining unit, may be eligible to take part in NYS-Ride, a program that allows state employees to pay for certain work-related transportation — including mass transit — expenses on a pre-tax basis.

NYS-Ride allows employees to save money by purchasing their transit passes — including NFTA passes serving all Metro bus and Metro Rail lines in Erie and Niagara counties — through pre-tax payroll deductions.

Visit the NYS-Ride website to determine eligibility and to sign up for the program.

NYS-Ride is sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations as a result of collective bargaining and administered by WageWorks Inc.

NIH funding is topic of webinar

Published February 13, 2014

“Funding Opportunities for Social and Behavioral Sciences at NIH” is the topic of a National Institutes of Health webinar to be held from 1-4 p.m. March 7 in the Screening Room in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

Leading the presentation will be Patty Mabry, acting deputy director and a senior adviser in the Office of Behavioral and Science Research at NIH.

The webinar is free, but registration is required.

It is sponsored by UB’s National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the Office of Research Advancement and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

Faculty, staff invited to march at commencement

Published February 6, 2014

Faculty and staff who would like to march in the academic procession at UB’s 168th general commencement ceremony on May 18 must register with the Office of Special Events by Feb. 25.

Those who march in the ceremony for undergraduates in the College of Arts and Sciences will be seated in a special section at the front of Alumni Arena and their names will appear in the commencement program. After the ceremony, participants are invited to a special luncheon in the Edward L. Wright Practice Facility in the arena.

Special Events will place rental orders and pay the rental fee for academic apparel for those participating in general commencement. Faculty and staff who wish to march in divisional commencement ceremonies must make their own arrangements and pay the cost of renting academic apparel.

Those wishing to march in a divisional ceremony should contact the coordinator of that ceremony. Information is available on the Countdown to Commencement website.

UB will hold its annual cap and gown sale in early March for those interested in purchasing their own academic apparel. Details are forthcoming.

Have lunch with the Bulls

Published January 23, 2014

UB faculty and staff are invited to have lunch with members of the UB Bulls women’s basketball team on Feb. 6 as they take on Ohio University in a noon game.

For $8, participants will receive a game ticket and a lunch voucher. The lunch menu features a choice of a turkey sandwich, hot dog, soft pretzel or nachos and cheese. All lunches include a bag of chips and a 22-oz. fountain drink.

Tickets may be obtained at the Alumni Arena ticket office, by calling 828-4373 or online.

Yoga classes offered

Published January 23, 2014

Wellness & Work/Life Balance is offering free yoga classes for faculty and staff members interested in increasing their flexibility while decreasing stress.

The classes will be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Jan. 28 and running through March 20, in the Fargo Lounge, Building 6, Ellicott Complex, North Campus.

Space is limited; register online.

For more information, call 645-5357.

Keep those New Year's resolutions

Published January 16, 2014

UB faculty and staff who feel they need help keeping their New Year’s resolutions can attend a free, half-day program on Jan. 23 sponsored by Wellness and Work/Life Balance.

The workshop, to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall, inside the Undergraduate Library, North Campus, covers such topics as health and fitness, sustainability, organization, financial guidance and community involvement.

Continental breakfast will be provided, beginning at 8 a.m.

For further information and to register, visit the Wellness and Work/Life Balance website.

Gender Institute seeks participants for workshop

Published January 16, 2014

The Eighth Annual Feminist Theory Workshop, co-sponsored by the UB Institute for Education and Research on Women and Gender — informally known as the Gender Institute — will be held March 21-22 at Duke University.

The Gender Institute will award travel grants of up to $750 per person to cover airfare and hotel costs to two UB faculty members and two UB graduate students who want to participate in the workshop. The free registration includes meals and admission to all workshop lectures and seminars.

Keynote speakers will be:

  • American feminist theorist Karen Barad, best known for her theory of Agential Realism, which reconceptualizes the process by which objects are examined and knowledge created in scientific activities. She is the author of “Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning.”
  • Penelope Deutscher, professor of philosophy, Northwestern University and a specialist in feminist and 20th-century French philosophy, and continental philosophical approaches to the study of bioethics, biology and corporeality. She is the author of “How to Read Derrida,” in which she discusses extracts from the full range of Derrida’s work.
  • Karen Engle, Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, University of Texas, Austin, where she founded and co-directs the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. She writes and lectures extensively on international human rights law and is the author of the award-winning The Elusive Promise of Indigenous Development: Rights, Culture, Strategy” (2010).
  • Alondra Nelson, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Columbia University. Her writing deals with the intersection of technology, literature and new media, and how these lenses can be used to address the continuing impacts of African Diaspora. She is among a small group of critical theorists studying and discussing “Afrofuturism,” an emerging literary and cultural aesthetic influenced by Samuel Delaney (former Butler Professor of English at UB), Octavia Butler, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rene Cox, Jonzun Crew and Sun Ra. Among her books is “Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination” (2013).

Kari Winter, director of the Gender Institute, says those interested in participating must submit a curriculum vita and a one-to-two-page letter of application that summarizes their interests in feminist theory and explains why attending Duke’s Feminist Theory Workshop would enhance their research and/or teaching. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong research agenda in, and teaching commitments to, the field of feminist theory.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 3. Awardees will be notified by Feb. 10. Queries should be addressed to Winter at Applications should be sent to

For more information, visit the workshop's website.