Counseling and Advisement

Counselors provide holistic advisement services that meet the different needs of our unique students. We are dedicated to establishing a student environment that supports all aspects of student success (retention, completion and employment/college placement).

Contact Us

Counseling and Advisement Email:

Tony Funigiello.

Anthony Funigiello

Supervisor of Counseling and Academic Advisement

Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1939


Keisha Alston.

Keisha Alston


Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1948


Melissa Davis


Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1947

Email: Melissa Davis

Heidy Galan-Honrado.

Heidy Galan-Honrado


Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1945


Kristie Kaminski.

Kristie Kaminski


Educational Opportunity Center

555 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 645-1946


Assisting Students

Counselors assist students with the following:

  • Review assessment and interpret test scores in order to advise students in the determination of academic and vocational choices.
  • Assist students in identifying and resolving problems that may hinder their academic progress.
  • Assist students who are applying for the high school equivalency exam and seeking college admission.
  • Refer students to other Educational Opportunity Centers and community services as appropriate.

Counseling services will monitor attendance on a weekly basis to ensure students are meeting their academic goals.

Community Resources

The Counseling and Advisement Office can provide students with information on community resources that can assist with the life stressors that may affect academic success. We strive to understand the needs of our students by providing them the tools needed to make sound decisions to build a better life for themselves and their families.

The Community Resources document provides a listing of services in the Greater Buffalo Area. If you click on any of the logos within this document, you will go directly to that community resource website.

Contact the Counseling and Advisement Office for further information or referral assistance.


Student Change of Contact Information

As an UBEOC student, it is important to maintain accurate contact information with the Center. There are a couple of ways to update your address, phone and or email address.

        1. Meet with your counselor. Stop by Room 305, sign-in and let us know your new contact information.
        2. Log into Self-Service Banner for students. 


        1. Go to the Luminis/SSB URL:
        2. Enter Student User Name: (Can be found on the student schedule) 
        3. Enter Student Password (Your Date of Birth/MMDDYY):
            Example: If you were born on January1, 1979 = Input "010179"
        4. Click Login
        5. Select Student Tab
        6. Select Banner Self-Service
        7. Select Personal Information. Here you can view/change: Address, Phone Number,
            Email Address, etc. 

Student Life

Student Life is dedicated to helping students experience UBEOC life at its fullest. We are committed to building leadership skills and promoting and engaging community and cultural diversity. Through our presentations, events, workshops, and resources, we provide students opportunities and experiences that show them how to grow personally and professionally in the community.

Student Resource Center (SRC)

Located on the 4th floor in room 408 at the UBEOC, the SRC is a central resource center for students seeking support services. Resources and workshops to address student needs focus on housing, transportation, health and wellness, mentoring, higher education, and employment, as well as other community resources needed to assist students in achieving their academic goals.

Student Leadership Association (SLA)

Students are encouraged to get involved and become a member. SLA members are taught leadership and soft skills needed to embark in a job that will allow them to grow and pursue a career. Students will earn critical thinking skills and make decisions as a team, which will help them communicate and express their views in a professional atmosphere. The students’ experiences and responsibilities during their SLA term can be transferable to their professional resume, and a letter of reference concerning their involvement will be furnished upon request. Please see your counselor to become a member.

SLA members also represent UBEOC’s student body and are responsible for promoting, advocating, and planning SLA events and workshops. SLA members may be called upon to represent students amongst faculty and staff events or meetings when necessary.

Community and Cultural/Diversity Engagement

Community and Cultural/Diversity Engagement occurs throughout the year under the leadership of the SLA and are subject to change according to the needs of the community. In the past, students have organized voter registration events, the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, Lupus and Hospice fundraisers and UNYTS blood drives. Students have also participated in community service activities such as winter coat drive with Compass House and the RMHC of Western New York.

All students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in Student Life. If you have any questions, please contact your counselor for further information.

Student Newsletter

“The Alliance” is the student newsletter, published during the year. Students are encouraged to submit poems, short stories, essays, or art work for publication. Members of the Student Leadership Association produce and edit "The Alliance."

Student Handbook