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Updated April 10, 2014

PSS plans cultural potluck

Published November 14, 2013

The Professional Staff Senate’s Diversity Committee is hosting a “Celebrating our Cornucopia of Culture” potluck luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in 145 Student Union, North Campus.

Attendees are encouraged — but not required — to bring a dish that represents their unique culture, family history or personal life story.

Those wishing to attend should RSVP and specify their dish, if planning to contribute.

Campaign more than halfway to goal

Published November 14, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $485,134, or 57 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Nov. 14 is based on the response of 26 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

The campaign features a number of incentives to encourage employee to donate to the campaign. Only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign are eligible to win. Prizes will be awarded every Thursday and all employees who make a donation by midnight the previous night will be eligible to win. Winners will be posted on the campaign web site under “news.”

Winners of the Nov. 7 drawing are Christine H. Gleason, Physics, and Frank Tierney, Campus Living, both of whom received $15 gift certificates to Curley’s Grill & Banquet Center, and Gregory J. Howland, CIT, who received two guest passes to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.

Winners of the Nov. 14 drawing are Gersh Berim, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who received a Darwin Martin House package (four coffee mugs, a photo of architecturally significant buildings in Buffalo and two tickets for the Martin house tour), and Kristin M. Gniazdowski, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, who received two tickets for the Sanjay Gupta Distinguished Speaker Series lecture on March 26.

Prizes still to be awarded include:

  • Nov. 21: A 50-minute massage gift certificate and a Hewlett-Packard ENVY 120 color printer        
  • Dec. 5: Four tickets to the April 26 Distinguished Speaker Series event with magician David Blaine and six tickets to the men’s basketball game on Jan. 11 against Eastern Michigan and food at the game
  • Dec. 12: A special parking pass for the spring 2014 semester; SaveAround coupon books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York, to be awarded to three employees; and a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate.

In addition to the individual prizes, a grand prize will be awarded on Nov. 20 to the UB unit that has the highest percentage increase in donors from last year’s campaign to this year’s campaign through Nov. 20. That prize is 16 tickets — for eight employees and their guests — plus parking to the UB Bulls football game vs. Bowling Green on Nov. 29 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

To make a pledge online, visit the campaign website.

To view the scorecard that shows percent to goal for all units, visit the campaign website. http://www.buffalo.edu/ubcares/sefa/progress.html

The campaign runs through the end of the semester. Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries, is campaign chair.

Activities planned for ‘smokeout’

Published November 7, 2013

The Great American Smokeout is Nov. 21, and Wellness Education Services has several activities planned during the next two weeks to help members of the UB community kick the habit.

Wellness Education Services staff will conduct smoke-free trivia sessions, hand out free nicotine-replacement medication (patches, gum and lozenges) and provide smoking cessation coaching from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 in Crossroads Culinary Center, Ellicott Complex, North Campus, and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Goodyear Hall lobby on the South Campus.

Staff also will be present from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Student Union Social Hall, North Campus, and from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Student Union lobby to provide snacks and games, as well as free nicotine-replacement medication and smoking cessation coaching.

A Quit Smoking Workshop will take place from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 21 in 250 Student Union.

Throughout the semester, Wellness Education Services offers Quit Smoking Walk-In Clinics from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, through Dec. 6, in 114 Student Union.

UB is a smoke-free campus, with smoking prohibited in all buildings and on the grounds — including green spaces — on the university’s three campuses.

 

Campaign at nearly 40 percent of goal

Published November 7, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $358,763, or 39 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Nov. 5 is based on the response of 19 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

The campaign features a number of incentives to encourage employee to donate to the campaign. Only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign are eligible to win. Prizes will be awarded every Thursday and all employees who make a donation by midnight the previous night will be eligible to win. Winners will be posted on the campaign web site under “news.”

Winners of the campaign’s first two prizes are Patricia Wilson, Division of Athletics, and Jennifer Russo, Procurement Services, who each won a special parking space for the spring 2014 semester, and Thomas Nochajski, School of Social Work, who received a pair of reception passes and tickets for the Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Malcolm Gladwell.

The winners of the Nov. 7 incentives — two $15 gift certificates to Curley’s Grill & Banquet Center and two guest passes for the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens — had not been announced as of press time.

Prizes still to be awarded include:

  • Nov. 14: Four Darwin Martin House coffee mugs, a photo of architecturally significant buildings in Buffalo and two Darwin Martin House tour tickets(a $115 value) and two tickets to the March 26 Sanjay Gupta Distinguished Speaker Series lecture
  • Nov. 21: A 50-minute massage gift certificate and an HP ENVY 120 color printer 
  • Dec. 5: Four tickets to the April 26 Distinguished Speaker Series event with magician David
  • Dec. 12: SaveAround Coupon Books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York, to be awarded to three employees and a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate.

In addition to the individual prizes, a grand prize will be awarded on Nov. 20 to the UB unit that has the highest percentage increase in donors from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20. That prize is 16 tickets — for eight employees and their guests — plus parking to the UB Bulls football game vs. Bowling Green on Nov. 29 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

To make a pledge online, visit the campaign website.

To view the scorecard that shows percent to goal for all units, visit the campaign website.

The campaign runs through the end of the semester. Austin Booth, vice provost for university libraries, is campaign chair.

 

CDS offers discount program at restaurants

Published November 1, 2013

Campus Dining & Shops is offering a special discount program this fall for faculty and staff who dine at The Greenery on the South Campus or The Tiffin Room on the North Campus.

Diners can save 10 percent of the bill on their first visit, 15 percent on their second visit and 20 percent on their third by using a special coupon.

Each restaurant features a new menu with a wide variety of signature dishes, along with specialty sandwiches, soups and fresh salads. In addition, both restaurants offer a fresh fish fry on Fridays.

Reservations are recommended.

To take part in the special offer, diners should print the attached PDF file and present it to their servers at The Greenery in Harriman Hall or The Tiffin Room in the Student Union.

FlexiBull Bucks account members also will enjoy an additional discount. Cash and credit cards also are accepted.

Visit CDS’ website to view the menus online.

The discount offer expires on Dec. 16.

UB to hold flu vaccine clinics

Published October 31, 2013

UB faculty, staff and students can get their annual flu shot at one of several seasonal flu vaccine clinics being offered by Student Health Services next month on the North and South campuses.

Vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 in the Social Hall on the second floor of the Student Union, North Campus, and on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 in the lobby of the Biomedical Education Building, South Campus.

Flu shots are $20 for faculty and staff, and $10 for students. All patients must show valid UB photo ID and pay the fee with cash or check. Spouses, partners or dependents of students, faculty or staff are not eligible to receive the vaccine at these clinics.

Clinics may close early based on vaccine availability; an individual’s ability to receive the vaccine is subject to medical oversight.

Campaign offers donor incentives

Published October 31, 2013

Special parking passes, an HP printer and tickets to UB’s Distinguished Speakers Series lectures are among the prizes being awarded to UB employees who make gifts to the 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community.

Prizes will be awarded every Thursday and only those individuals who have made a donation to the campaign by midnight the previous night (11:59 p.m. Wednesday) will be eligible to win. The names of the winners will be posted on the campaign website under “news.”

In addition to the individual prizes, a grand prize will be awarded on Nov. 20 to the UB unit that has the highest percentage increase in donors from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20. That prize is 16 tickets—for eight employees and their guests—plus parking to the UB Bulls football game vs. Bowling Green on Nov. 29 in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Prizes being awarded to individual employee donors are:

  • Oct. 31: Two special parking spaces for the spring 2014 semester, to be awarded to two employees, (compliments of University Life and Services) and a pair of reception passes and tickets to the Nov. 13 Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Malcolm Gladwell (compliments of the Office of Special Events)
  • Nov. 7: Two $15 gift certificates to Curley’s Grill & Banquet Center, to be awarded to two employees, and two guest passes to the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens (Office of the Associate Vice President for Information Technology)
  • Nov. 14: Four Darwin Martin House coffee mugs, a photo of architecturally significant buildings in Buffalo and two Darwin Martin House tour tickets($115.00 value, compliments of the School of Architecture and Planning) and two tickets to the March 26 Sanjay Gupta Distinguished Speaker Series lecture (School of Management)
  • Nov. 21: A 50-minute massage gift certificate from Sandra C. Aldridge LMT (School of Social Work) and an HP ENVY 120 color printer (Financial Services)
  • Dec. 5: Four tickets to the April 26 Distinguished Speaker Series event with magician David Blaine (Office of Special Events)
  • Dec. 12: SaveAround Coupon Books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York, to be awarded to three employees, (School of Nursing) and a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate (School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences).

EAP offers stress-relief retreat

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.

Communication courses offered

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.

 

PSS to host tailgater for UMass game

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.

PSS members also can purchase tickets to the game for the special group price of $10. Purchase your tickets and RSVP for the tailgate party by Oct. 18.

For more information, contact Jason Suttell at 645-6505.