Published August 28, 2019
Each month, we'll introduce you to an interesting member of the Professional Staff Senate. This month's featured member is Tony Waleszczak, student retentional coordinator in Student Support Services.
So I started as an employee 5/28/19, but I have been a part of the University community (student, graduate student, alumnus) since 2008.
My favorite part of my job is being able to affect positive change on our students and University community. There is a lot of positive energy here at UB.
The most difficult thing about my job is battling the rush hour traffic to and from campus each day! I live in the Southtowns, so the traffic usually starts where I get on the thruway and ends where I get off the thruway!
So far, I would say my biggest achievement at UB is increasing enrollment in the Student Support Services (SSS) program and establishing the groundwork for an On-Demand curriculum for our students.
Student Support Services is entering its 40 year of existence on campus!
If I had any advice for other professional staff it would be: talk, communicate, and listen. We cannot function as a University if we do not. The more we synergize, the better we shall become.
I am a gardener, I have way too many vegetable plants and potted fruit trees. I love to compost and I strive to be self-sufficient. I also have a saltwater fish tank that I also enjoy maintaining.
For fun, I love to watch the Buffalo Bills and Sabres (even though the last few years haven’t been the best).
I love to cook French cuisine, but my favorite meal is a brisket that I BBQ on my charcoal grill for 10-12 hours.
If I could go anywhere, that’s easy, I would want to go to Hawaii…one day hopefully I will get there.
I love learning new languages. I was a French major here at UB, and then I switched to Classics, where I studied Latin and Ancient Greek for four years and tried to teach myself Sanskrit and Akkadian. My senior year I took the equivalent of two years of Polish. I also like to brew beer!