Life at UB, On and Off Campus

Compiled by Sally Jarzab. Written by Sally Jarzab and Andrew Coddington


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Graduating seniors sign off in style.

Graduating seniors sign off in style. Photo: @UniversityatBuffalo

Celebrating Diversity Day at the World Bazaar.

Celebrating Diversity Day at the World Bazaar. Photo: @UBStudentExp

Hayes Hall.

A stunning sunset is the perfect backdrop for Hayes Hall. Photo: @K2QO

UB Bucket List

(100 things every student should do before graduating)

Photos: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Number 18.

ENGINEERS WEEK Who says engineers don’t know how to have fun? Each February, a weeklong celebration organized by UB’s student engineering clubs turns work into play through a series of competitions, including 3-D printed boat races, spaghetti tower building contests and three-story egg drops. In the main event, Robot Wars, custom-built remote-controlled robots battle in a scaled-down arena while a crowd of onlookers cheers them on.

Mending the Planet, One Item at a Time

UB's Repair and Reuse Fair was sponsored by UB Sustainability in a partnership with the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN).

In March, UB hosted a Repair Fair in the Student Union to encourage a more sustainable approach to the goods we consume. The community event enlisted the help of volunteer “fixers” who set to work on visitors’ busted appliances, fried electronics, worn-out clothing and more. “Although not everyone can do huge things, we can all incorporate green practices and choices little by little into our daily lives,” says UB staff member Carrie Zaenglein, who was on hand to repair jewelry at the event. “Together, we can fix a broken system.”

By the Numbers


That’s almost 15 percent over last year!

The collective number of steps logged during the month of April by the 1,725 participants in the School of Public Health and Health Professions’ 2018 Step Challenge, an initiative to get the UB community on its feet.

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The Affordable Housing Initiative kicked off with a symposium in April.

The Affordable Housing Initiative kicked off with a symposium in April. Photo: Alexander J. Becker

RANK YOU VERY MUCH. In its 2019 ranking of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report placed several UB programs among the finest in the nation, with the School of Social Work now claiming a spot in the top 25.

BUILDING SOLUTIONS. A School of Architecture and Planning initiative will address a critical need for affordable housing by having students and faculty plan, design and construct housing prototypes in underserved Buffalo neighborhoods, replicable around the country.

SEASONED EXPERTS AND RISING STARS. Five UB faculty have been named SUNY Distinguished Professors, the highest faculty achievement in the SUNY system:

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Christopher Cohan
  • Steven J. Fliesler
  • Zhen Yan
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Stelios Andreadis
  • Andrew Whittaker

Another five UB faculty have earned 2018 CAREER awards, the National Science Foundation’s highest accolade for junior faculty:

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • Johannes Hachmann
  • Oliver Kennedy
  • Lukasz Ziarek
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Juliane Nguyen
College of Arts and Sciences
  • Luis Velarde


“Nothing went into ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ the novel, and nothing goes into ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ the TV series, that does not have a precedent in real life.”

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood, best known for dystopian novels like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the “MaddAddam” trilogy, speaking at UB on the importance of the humanities to the survival of humanity

Rec’ing Crew

UB Athletics 6,900-square-foot Fitness Center.

Photo: Paul Hokanson

UB’s Division of Athletics has launched a new website dedicated to the recreation programs, classes and intramural leagues offered at UB’s many athletics facilities, from the 6,900-square-foot Fitness Center (above), indoor jogging track and 50-meter pool in Alumni Arena to the Clark Hall squash court and softball diamonds. Memberships are available to everyone, and alumni get discount pricing.
Visit buffalo.edu/recreation to learn more.

A sampling of available classes to get you moving:

  • Barre
  • BodyCombat
  • Country Heat Live
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Muscle Make-Over