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Updated July 24, 2014

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 kwinter2@buffalo.edu Applications should be sent to ub-irewg@buffalo.edu.

For more information, visit the workshop's website.

Mentors sought for international students

Published January 10, 2014

UB staff and domestic students are being recruited to serve as mentors for newly arrived international students during the spring 2014 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; 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 dinner will be held to celebrate participants’ mentoring accomplishments.

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

Questions about the program may be directed to Jessica Ereiz at 645-2258 or jlkumro@buffalo.edu.

Electronics recycling day set

Published January 9, 2014

UB faculty, staff, students and members of the Alumni Association can dispose of their old computers and other electronics at a free computer and electronics recycling event Jan. 22 on the North Campus.

Material will be accepted from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Center for Tomorrow parking lot.

Accepted materials include computer devices, monitors, televisions, networking devices, printers, audio/video equipment, communication devices, lab/test and measurement devices, power supplies, microwaves, wire/cabling, computer hardware, computer batteries and telecommunication devices.

Materials that will not be accepted for recycling include home appliances, light bulbs and lamps, gas-powered and lawn equipment, household hazardous waste, liquids and batteries.

The recycling services are being provided by Maven Technologies, the first certified electronics recycler in New York State.

For more information, contact the Office of Sustainability at 829-3535.

Celebrate King day with service

Published January 9, 2014

UB will join individuals and organizations across the country in observing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20 with a day of service.

The university is partnering with the Western New York Regional Volunteer Center to offer volunteer service projects in Western New York, including some in the University Heights neighborhood adjacent to the South Campus.

Other partners are the Service Collaborative of Western New York Inc. and the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

UB faculty, staff and students will be working for a half-day, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Those interested in taking part in the half-day of service should register online. Participants will be contacted closer to the event date with details about their work assignments and parking.

UB is closed on Jan. 20 for the holiday.

For further information, contact Amy Myszka at 645-5357 or amyszka@buffalo.edu.

Campaign at 86 percent of goal

Published December 19, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $738,093, or 87 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Dec. 18 is based on the response of 45 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

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

The winners of the final drawing of the campaign on Dec. 12 are Christine Duggleby of the Department of Anthropology, who received a special parking pass for the spring 2014 semester; Stephen G. Comings of Enterprise Infastructure Services, Pamela L. Garvey of the Center for the Arts and James D. Houseknecht of Animal Facilities, all of whom received SaveAround coupon books offering discounts on food, recreation and entertainment in Western New York; and Pao Lo Liu of the Department of Electrical Engineering, who received a $50 Tim Hortons gift certificate.

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.

Parking and Transportation offers travel tips

Published December 12, 2013

With the arrival of winter weather, Parking and Transportation Services offers some tips for members of the UB community to help make travel to and around campus easier:

  • Call 645-NEWS (645-6397), UB’s information line, to learn about weather notifications and closings.
  • Plan accordingly. Keep a kit of emergency supplies in your car and office. Suggested supplies include water and food, vital medicines, a blanket and warm clothes.
  • Check out the university’s Snow Removal Policy
  • If you notice a walkway or building access with excessive snow cover, call University Facilities Customer Service at 716-645-2028.
  • When parking, try to pick a familiar landmark, such as a sign, light pole or tree to gauge where a parking space is located when the parking lot is snow-covered.
  • In most lots, orange delineators at the end of the rows will help you park in an orderly manner.
  • Be careful not to triple park. Triple parking — making three rows out of two — inconveniences others and may lead to the ticketing and/or towing of your vehicle.
  • To maintain emergency vehicle access, make sure there is room for a double travel lane from your vehicle when it is parked at the end of a row. This also will aid in plowing during the day.
  • In cold temperatures, assume wet, dark areas on pavement are slippery and approach with caution.
  • When exiting or entering your vehicle, use the vehicle for support. 
  • Walk in designated walkways.
  • Keep your hands out of your pockets for better balance. Take short steps or shuffle for stability.

Campaign at 82 percent of goal

Published December 12, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $697,903, or 82 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Dec. 11 is based on the response of 43 percent of UB employees who have either made a gift or declined.

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

The winners of the final drawing of the campaign on Dec. 12 were unavailable at press time. The prizes to be awarded are 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.

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

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.

Time to change health insurance

Published December 6, 2013

The Option Transfer Period for state employees, during which workers can change their health insurance carrier, voluntarily cancel coverage or delete dependents, runs through Dec. 31.

The effective date of change will be Jan. 2, 2014.

Forms must be completed and have a signature date no later than Dec. 31, 2013.

Due to the holidays, University Human Resources will accept Option Transfer forms until the close of business on Jan. 6, 2014.

Information on the Option Transfer and the Opt-Out Program, 2014 health insurance rates by bargaining unit and forms are on the HR website under “Quick Start” or by clicking here.

Campaign more than three-quarters to goal

Published December 5, 2013

UB’s 2013 Employees Campaign for the Community has raised $644,397, or 76 percent of its goal of $850,000.

The amount raised as of Dec. 4 is based on the response of 40 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 website under “news.”

The winners of the Dec. 5 drawing are Judith Paradzai of Campus Dining and Shops, who received four tickets to the April 26 Distinguished Speaker Series event with magician David Blaine, and Jeffrey Kujawa of the Center for Urban Studies, who received six tickets to the men’s basketball game on Jan. 11 against Eastern Michigan and food at the game.

The final prizes, to be awarded on Dec. 12, are 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 was awarded on Nov. 20 to the Graduate School of Education for having the highest percentage increase in donors from Nov. 4 through Nov. 20. That prize was 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.

 

UB to close Dec. 25, Jan. 1

Published December 5, 2013

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 those days will earn a compensatory holiday that can be used at a later date.

While the university will be open on Dec. 23-24, Dec. 26-27 and Dec. 30-31, vice presidents and deans may choose to close their individual units on any or all of those days 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 make use of 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. 13. 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 lolkds@buffalo.edu.