Tony Waleszczak

Tony Waleszczak

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.

How long have you worked at UB?


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.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

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.

What's the most difficult part about your job?

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!

What would you say is your biggest achievement at UB?

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.

Tell us something about your department that isn't well known.

Student Support Services is entering its 40 year of existence on campus!

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

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.

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

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).

Do you have a favorite meal you like to prepare?

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

If I could go anywhere, that’s easy, I would want to go to Hawaii…one day hopefully I will get there.

Any other fun facts about you?

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!