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Updated July 16, 2015

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.

EAP offering elder care series

Published January 22, 2015

UB employees can learn about resources, support and services available to help those caring for aging or ailing loved ones during a free, lunchtime elder care series sponsored by the Employee Assistance Program.

“Caring for Others” will take place at noon every other Tuesday, beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through April 7, in 280 Park Hall, North Campus.

For details about the specific sessions and to register, visit the EAP workshop website.

Glick elected chair of Faculty Senate

Published January 22, 2015

Philip L. Glick, professor and vice chair of the Department of Surgery, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been elected chair of the Faculty Senate for 2015-17.

Glick’s appointment is effective July 1.

He succeeds Ezra Zubrow, professor of anthropology, who served the maximum two consecutive terms as chair.

Glick, who also holds appointments in the departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics-Gynecology and Management, has served as a member of the senate’s Budget Priorities Committee

Also elected to a two-year term a secretary was Cynthia Tysick, associate librarian, Arts & Sciences Library. Tysick served as senate secretary in 2014-15, filling the second year of Edward Herman’s two-year term.

She also is chair of the senate’s Elections Committee and a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee.

PSS elects new officers

Published January 15, 2015

Dominic Licata, instructional support technician for the Department of Art, has been elected chair of the Professional Staff Senate for a two year term, effective July 1.

Licata succeeds Ann Marie Landel, who served two terms as PSS chair.

He has been a member of the PSS’ Sustainable Living Committee for four years and the Executive Committee for two, and has served on a number of other UB and SUNY committees.

In the recent election, professional staff members also elected David Love, staff assistant in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, as vice chair and Sarah Piraino, academic adviser for the Access to College Excellence Program in Cora P. Maloney College, as secretary.

Love, who succeeds Laura Barnum as vice chair, is a member of the Staff Development and Services Committee and last year served on the organizing committee for the PSS’ daylong staff development conference.

Piraino, who succeeds Kathleen Kielar as secretary, is a member of the Executive Committee and co-chair of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee.

The Professional Staff Senate, founded in 1972, is the governance group for professional staff working on state, UB Foundation and Research Foundation lines. The PSS actively takes part in policy decisions of the university and promotes individual professional development.

All professional staff members working at UB are automatically members of the PSS.

Mentors sought for international students

Published January 8, 2015

UB staff and domestic students are being recruited to serve as mentors for newly arrived international students during the spring 2015 semester. Participants need not know about other cultures, speak other languages or have traveled overseas.

Each mentor will be paired with two newly arrived international students, and the commitment is for one semester. Mentors must be available to meet with their mentees for one hour every two weeks. The activity can be as simple as having lunch together, going for coffee or taking a walk, or as elaborate as visiting a local tourist attraction, going to a sports event or having a family dinner in one’s home.

Separate half-day training sessions will take place for both mentors and mentees. Mentors will learn about the mentees’ culture or cultures, receive valuable information about campus resources available to mentees and learn tips on how to best interact with someone from another country. An end-of-semester party will celebrate participants’ mentoring accomplishments.

The mentoring program is being sponsored by the offices of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and Counseling Services. Applications can be found on the ISSS website.

Questions about the program may be directed to Jessica Ereiz at 645-2258 or

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