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Updated August 20, 2015

UB communicators honored by Buffalo Niagara PRSA

Published July 9, 2015

The Office of University Communications and the School of Management were recognized for excellence by the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo Niagara chapter during the organization’s 2015 Excalibur Awards Program, held on June 18 in Buffalo.

Judging for the awards was performed by public relations professionals from the PRSA Dallas chapter.

Awards received by University Communications included Outstanding Practitioner, presented to John DellaContrada, associate vice president for media relations and stakeholder communications.

In the competition’s media relations category, University Communications earned a Gold Excalibur Award for the entry “Multimedia News Releases Grab Attention and Eyeballs.” University Communications also earned a Bronze Excalibur Award for “Goin’ to the Big Dance: Special Section of the UB Reporter.”  The two awards recognized the work of Charlotte Hsu, Douglas Levere, Marcene Robinson, Cory Nealon, Christine Vidal, Ellen Goldbaum, Bert Gambini, Charles Anzalone, Sue Wuetcher and Kristen Kowalski.

Awards presented to the School of Management included Gold Excalibur Awards for the news release “Who is More Narcissistic: Men or Women?” and for “Buffalo Business Magazine.” The school received a Silver Excalibur, for “Launching Leadership 2.0” and two Bronze Excalibur Awards for the articles “Food Truckin’ Up to Buffalo” and “Hacked: Financial Information Security in the Digital Age.”  The awards recognized the work of Jacqueline Ghosen, Kevin Manne, Matthew Biddle and Sarah Gilson.

Barb Byers, from the Office of Development and Alumni Communications, received a Gold Excalibur Award for “All Aboard the APR Express,”  a chapter workshop to promote the value of Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).

UB Smile Team honored

Published June 4, 2015

The UB Smile Team will receive the Daniel Acker Community Service Award at the Buffalo Branch NAACP’s 100th Anniversary Dinner, to be held June 14.

The team is being recognized for its efforts to promote dental education and provide free dental care in neighborhoods that lack adequate access to dental treatments. It also is being honored for the annual Smile Education Day, which visits more than 100 schools in the area.

CDS wins two awards in national competition

Published May 28, 2015

Campus Dining and Shops (CDS) received gold and silver awards in the 2015 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards sponsored by the National College and University Food Service Association (NACUFS).

CDS won a gold award in the “Catering — Online Menu” category for Three Pillars Catering’s new website, launched in February.

The silver award, given in the “Residential Dining — Special Event” category, recognizes “The Hunger Games” theme dinner hosted at Crossroads Culinary Center (C3) in April. The event, which competed against 28 large schools in the category, garnered both local and national media attention for its unique food offerings and visual presentation.

CDS also won a gold Horton award in 2013 in the “Residential Dining Concepts” category for C3.

The Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards, named for the NACUFS founder and past president, are the ultimate tribute in the campus food service industry. They recognize exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.

Nurses nominees for award

Published May 28, 2015

UB nurses Kimberly Brunton and Tammy Austin-Ketch were among the nominees for the 2015 Nurses of Distinction Award from the Professional Nurses Association of Western New York.

Brunton, clinical nurse specialist and associate director of operations in the Clinical Research Office at UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center, works with researchers in planning, protocol development, recruitment and study development.

Austin-Ketch is clinical professor and assistant dean for the MS/DNP programs in the School of Nursing. A fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, she is a recipient of the New York State Nurse Practitioner of the Year award from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the Mecca S. Cranley Award for Excellence in Teaching from the UB School of Nursing.

Her research areas include health issues of vulnerable populations, cancer survivorship, metabolic syndrome, and stress disorders and the impact they exert on overall health.