Life at UB, on and off campus

Compiled by Lauren Newkirk Maynard

Heart and Sole

In April, then-first-year biology student and aspiring doctor Marissa Catanzaro took her love of colorful socks out of the closet and into the community, launching Socks for Tots—an ongoing fundraising campaign to give all children at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo some snuggly fun for their feet.

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THE HAUNTED UNION Those with a flare for scare set up UB’s spookiest attraction inside the Student Union during the annual Halloween Carnival. It’s especially popular among our international students, who enjoy the novelty of pumpkin carving, tarot readings and pie-eating contests as much as being shocked out of their sneakers in the haunted house.

Man of Steel

 Fred Sachs

Watching a friend repair tractors sparked an early love of welding for physicist Fred Sachs, but a successful career in pharmacology and chemical engineering got in the way. Forty years later, the SUNY Distinguished Professor has picked up the torch again, this time to create unique steel artworks influenced, he says, by the Griffis Sculpture Park in East Otto, N.Y.


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“When I was 8 years old, somebody showed me Jupiter through a telescope, and I was hooked for life. I had one corner in my room where I would grind my own lenses for telescopes.”


Safety First

Cultural competency is more than a buzzword at UB—and the Safe Zone Network is proof. Run by Wellness Education Services to make UB a safer and more tolerant place for the LGBTQ community, the program provides information and training workshops to help staff, faculty and students support people of all sexual orientations. Look for the Safe Zone rainbow symbol around campus, proudly posted by trainees.

Smart and Sporty.  Our student-athletes posted their highest collective GPA ever (3.096) during the 2016 spring semester, the ninth straight semester above 3.0.

WI-FI with a Side of Fries.  UB peeps who need to connect to the internet on campus where there is no signal (such as outdoor spaces) can now request UB Wi-Fi to Go, a portable hotspot unit.

The Sound of a  Record Breaking.  Last year, the newly renovated Center for the Arts drew 90,000 people to a record number of sold-out events, making 2015-16 the most successful season in its 22-year history.

No. 1 for Hitting Zero.  UB ranked No. 1 on the EPA Green Power Partnership’s Top 30 College and University list, and 29th on its National Top 100, for using zero-emissions electricity from renewable sources.

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By the Numbers

The approximate number of species represented in the monkey skeleton collection amassed by UB’s comparative primate anatomy course, thought to be the largest of its kind in the world.