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Updated June 19, 2014

National Jurist praises UB Law’s practical skills training

Published March 6, 2014

The UB Law School has been named to a select list of law schools recognized by National Jurist magazine as delivering top-quality practical training in legal skills.

The publication and its counterpart, PreLaw magazine, are considered the nation’s leading news sources in legal education. The “honor roll of law schools that deliver practical training,” a first for the magazines, will list 60 law schools in upcoming issues in March and the spring. 

“The majority of law schools have vastly improved their practical training opportunities in recent years,” says Jack Crittenden, National Jurist editor in chief. “This is the first effort to try to quantify which schools are delivering on their promises to make legal education more experiential.”

The magazine based the ranking on four factors — three objective and one subjective. The three objective factors are the number of clinic positions, field placements or externships and simulation courses in relation to the school’s enrollment. The magazine then contacted the 90 law schools that ranked highest in that assessment and gathered detailed information on other practical training offerings, and assigned a score based on the data.

Among the other institutions on the list are the law schools of Boston University, Duke, Emory, Michigan State, Northeastern, Northwestern, Seton Hall and Yale. The full list is available at the magazine’s website.

UB chef to compete in culinary challenge

Published February 20, 2014

Campus Dining and Shops chef Seth Williams has been selected to compete in the National Association of College and University Food Services’ (NACUFS) Northeast Regional Culinary Challenge. The competition will take place during the NACUFS Northeast Conference, being held March 19-22 at Rutgers University.

The culinary challenge recognizes outstanding food preparation and presentation skills in collegiate dining services. The winners of each of the association’s regional culinary contests will square off in July at the national conference in Baltimore for gold, silver and bronze medals before a live audience of college and university food service managers and industry suppliers.

At Rutgers, competitors will have 60 minutes to prepare four portions of an original hot entrée featuring lobster, as well as side dishes and sauces to create a balanced plate.

Williams’ application entry of Lobster & Grits, a unique take on a classic southern creole dish of Shrimp & Grits, paired succulent blackened lobster meat with wild boar bacon and braised kale and was served over gruyere grits and topped with a truffle-poached egg.

The NACUFS Culinary Challenge is sanctioned and judged by the American Culinary Federation.

UB will be the host school for the 2016 NACUFS Northeast Regional Conference.

Brady elected vice president of SASA

Published January 30, 2014

Jeff Brady, executive director of Campus Dining and Shops (CDS), has been elected vice president of the SUNY Auxiliary Services Association (SASA).

He is the first UB representative to serve as an officer in SASA.

Each of SUNY’s 64 campuses operates its own auxiliary service corporation (ASC), which provides such services as dining, vending, laundry and transportation for the campuses. SASA represents the interests of all SUNY auxiliaries, acting as an effective spokes-group, advocate and resource for the ASCs.

A UB staff member for 13 years — the last six as executive director of CDS — Brady has overseen numerous changes and improvements to CDS operations, including construction of the award-winning Crossroads Culinary Center, UB’s newest residential dining center.

UB and CDS hosted SASA’s 2013 spring meeting and will host the 2016 National Association of College and University Food Services’ (NACUFS) Northeast Regional Conference.

Johnstone appointed chancellor emeritus

Published January 23, 2014

The SUNY Board of Trustees has named D. Bruce Johnstone chancellor emeritus, a title conferred to a past chancellor of the system for just the fourth time in SUNY history.

The appointment was made at the board’s meeting on Jan. 14.

Johnstone, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Higher and Comparative Education Emeritus at UB, was SUNY chancellor from 1988-94; he previously served as president of SUNY Buffalo State from 1979-88.

“Chancellor Johnstone provided remarkable and visionary leadership for SUNY and he remains an incredible asset to us today, as a member of the board of directors of the Research Foundation for SUNY and a distinguished service professor,” said board Chair H. Carl McCall. “We are pleased to recognize his outstanding service with this distinction.”

Johnstone has written and edited more than 125 books, monographs, articles and book chapters, and is best known for his works on the financial condition of higher education, the concept of learning productivity, student financial assistance policy, system governance and international comparative higher education finance. His most recent book, with Pamela Marcucci, is “Financing Higher Education Worldwide: Who Pays? Who Should Pay?” published by Johns Hopkins Press in 2010.

He continues to direct the International Comparative Higher Education Finance and Accessibility Project and has been a speaker at many international conferences and a World Bank consultant on higher education reform projects in Morocco, Romania, the United Arab Emirates, Kenya, and the Organization of East Caribbean States.