Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

About Ms. Kurthy

Growing up in the rural area of Sullivan County, NY with my mom as an elementary school teacher, education had always been a priority of my parents for my younger sisters and I. But, I didn’t know I wanted to work in higher education until I stumbled upon the profession as an undergraduate at Nazareth College (now Nazareth University), where I studied psychology with minors in mathematics, sociology and the Honors Program.

Upon earning my degree, I moved to Orlando, Florida, where I worked as a Disney cast member in the Magic Kingdom! My time making magic was unfortunately cut short after six months when the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led me to return home to NY. On a whim, I decided to move to Buffalo to pursue my master’s in higher education and student affairs administration at Canisius College (now Canisius University). I primarily worked in an advising and success coaching capacity during my graduate assistantship, as well as with students of concern and designing Canisius’s new first-year experience. I fell in love with the people and places around Buffalo and knew I wanted to return after spending some time as the program manager for Honors Student Recruitment & Success at the Northeastern University Honors Program in Boston, MA.

I have a strong passion for mental health advocacy, as well as the Jesuit value of cura personalis, care for the whole person, which I intentionally utilize in my everyday work with students. It is my hope that you feel not only successful at UB, but truly at home, where you can explore yourself and your passions, develop your interests and skills, and thrive as part of our Honors community.

In my spare time, you can usually find me with my rescue dog Arlo, reading a good book, traveling to Walt Disney World with my family and friends, or cheering on the Buffalo Bills!

Contact Information

Allison Kurthy.

Allison Kurthy

Academic Advisor and Coordinator

University Honors College

Phone: 716-645-7778