Ellen Murphy

Ellen Murphy.

Photo credit: Tom Wolf

Published February 28, 2020

This month's featured Professional Staff Senate member is Ellen Murphy, Assistant Director in the Career Resource Center in the School of Management.

How long have you worked at UB?


I have worked at UB for seven years, but there was a break between years three and four.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really enjoy when students who have worked so hard on their career preparation and academics come in and share their job placement. I get to see and share their excitement (and relief) for the next stage of their lives. It is truly an honor.

What’s the most difficult part about your job?

Honestly, it is the current administrations’ view on immigration. Unfortunately, it negatively effects our international students and the future US economy. It is nothing short of heartbreaking speaking with a student who tells you “If I do not get a job in the U.S. I will never be able to repay my student loans back in my home country.”  I am very proud of how the entire School of Management and UB supports our international population.

What would you say is your biggest achievement at UB?

I am not sure I have what people would call a “biggest achievement”.  I think in some roles such as mine, it’s the small things that you find yourself most proud, like when a student tells you that the advice or resource you shared was really helpful, or when you convince a student to “drink the networking Kool Aid” and they start having great conversations with alumni and executives. In addition, when an alum you have not seen in a while forgoes the handshake for a hug and makes UB truly feel like family.

Tell us something about your department that isn’t well known

Four members of the Career Resource Center were raised in the Syracuse, NY area (central, New York in the house!) We are a small but mighty minority.

If you were to share some advice for other professional staff, what would it be?

Get out of your offices and walk around our buildings and campus. Seeing the students in the halls and study lounges is a great reminder why we are here and our mission as an institution. As an advisor, it can also lead to impromptu counseling session.

Do you have any hobbies? What do you do for fun?

I love to be outside and having a dog in the city keeps me outdoors all year round. In the winter when it is dark at 5 p.m., I like to walk the dog through Delaware Park’s golf course. The contrast between the park’s quiet and serene fields, and the lights from the surrounding neighbors and cars on the 198, is magical. I also enjoy hanging out with my friends and visiting family.

Do you have a favorite meal you like to prepare?

Giada’s Roman-Style Chicken. It is so easy and delicious. I use boneless chicken thighs instead of bone-in.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Italy, Hawaii, and just see more of US in general.

Any other fun facts about you?

My friends joke that I have had more side/part-time jobs than anyone they know. “Oh I worked there” is not an uncommon comment of mine. Important to note: I have never been fired and I have fond memories of working at most of them.

For example, off the top of my head, I have worked at the Doller Tree, A1 Restaurant, A&W, Colter Bay, Cornell Sports Camp, Geneseo College Union (washing pots and pans), Banana Republic, Pottery Barn, Trout Unlimited, Ann Taylor, CVS, Ponderosa, Beer Captain (Taste of Buffalo), Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mobile-on-the-Run/Tim Hortons, Marlboro bar events (never a smoker), Albright-Knox Gift Shop, Urban Outfitters, Walt Disney World, Third Edition Bar in DC (in St. Elmo’s Fire)….and the list goes on and on.