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Published: September 2, 2004

Counseling Services moves to Student Union

Counseling Services has moved temporarily to 114 Student Union, North Campus, while its Richmond Quad offices are being renovated.

The move is effective until the Spring 2005 semester.

Students should visit the Student Union site for any counseling needs. Counseling appointments made through Health Services in Michael Hall, South Campus, will not be affected by this move.

For further information, contact Counseling Services at 645-2720 or

Swope to appear in "Meet the Author" series

Sam Swope, author of "I Am a Pencil: A Teacher, His Kids and Their World of Stories," will give a reading from his book at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 in the theater in Allen Hall, South Campus.


Swope's reading, to be broadcast live on WBFO 88.7 FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate, will be presented as part of the station's Meet the Author series.

The event will be free and open to the public. Bert Gambini, WBFO music director, will serve as host. A book signing will take place immediately following the reading and light refreshments will be served.

In 1995, Swope, a children's book author, conducted a writing workshop with a third-grade class in a Queens school. So enchanted was he with his 28 students that he "adopted" the class for three years, teaching them to write stories and poems. Almost all were new Americans—his class included students from 21 countries—and Swope was drawn into their real and imaginary lives, their problems, hopes and fears. "I Am a Pencil" is the story of his years with this special group of students.

Swope is the author of several well-received children's books, including "The Araboolies of Liberty Street," "The Krazees," "Gotta Go! Gotta Go!" and the soon-to-be-published "Jack and the Seven Deadly Giants."

UB granted NCAA certification

The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification has announced that UB has received a status of certified following a long and comprehensive self-study process.

A designation of certified means "an institution operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership."

The purpose of athletics certification is to help ensure the integrity of an institution's athletics operations. Institutions must show every 10 years that they meet certain standards set by the NCAA.

The certification process is a self-study that includes a review of several

primary components: governance and rules compliance, academic and fiscal integrity, equity, student-athlete welfare and sportsmanship.

"We are pleased that the NCAA has validated our self-study process with this fully certified status," said Bill Maher, interim director of athletics. "This certification is the culmination of two years of work by many members of the UB community and we are grateful for their effort and assistance. As we continue to move the Division of Athletics toward the goal of winning Mid-American Conference championships, this decision reaffirms the emphasis the university places in operating an intercollegiate athletics program in compliance with the principles of the NCAA."

Faculty recitals to open concert season

Three active performers on UB's music department faculty will open the 2004-05 concert season in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall.



Soprano Tony Arnold and pianist Jacob Greenberg, both new additions to the faculty last year, already have performed several concerts to the acclaim of patrons and critics in Buffalo. Pianist Stephen Manes has long been a crowd-pleaser at UB, performing to sold-out crowds and standing ovations with programs like last season's all-Beethoven concert.

Arnold, visiting professor of music, and Greenberg, assistant professor of music, will present a program at 8 p.m. Sept. 9—rescheduled from last spring—that will feature works of the 20th century by Carter, Aperghis, Crumb and Berlioz, as well as new works by UB graduate composers.

Both graduates of Oberlin College and Northwestern University, Arnold and Greenberg have collaborated on a number of projects, including a recent recording of Elliott Carter's "Of Challenge and of Love," which is available on Bridge Records.

Equally distinguished for his formidable technique and interpretive refinement, Manes, chair and Ziegele professor of music in the Department of Music, will present an all-Bartók program at 8 p.m. Sept. 13. Adelphia-Artscope is sponsoring this event, and also will air a feature about Manes at 7:30 p.m. today and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Adelphia Channel 13.

Tickets for all faculty recitals are $5; UB students showing a valid ID are admitted free. Tickets can be obtained at the Slee Hall box office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, at the Center for the Arts box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

UB to offer new post-graduate law program

The UB Law School is offering a new General Master's of Laws (LL.M.) program. This post-professional degree program, open to students who have completed their first professional degrees in law, initially will admit international students who hold a first degree in law from a university in their own country.

The new general LL.M. is designed to offer a variety of options for graduate legal study and research. Although other programs will be phased in gradually, the Law School is launching the new LL.M. this fall with a program that will provide lawyers from other countries an overview of the American legal system, as well as an opportunity to specialize in a specific subject area, such as finance transactions, intellectual property, family law, labor law, legal history, corporations, tax or law and society.

Students enrolled in the program must complete at least 24 credit hours of coursework and will have the opportunity to choose among 50 courses and 40 seminars, allowing them to tailor their LL.M. degree to meet their individual career objectives.

All students will participate in the year-long LL.M. Colloquium designed to provide students trained in other legal systems with an overview of the American legal system and institutions of law and government; the analysis and interpretation of legal materials as commonly practiced in classroom settings; legal research methods and resources; skills and conventions involved in writing legal scholarship; preparation for satisfying the LL.M. writing requirement, and exposure to American legal practice, including visits to private law firms, public-interest and government law practices, federal and state courts, and meetings with federal officials.

The UB Law School offers one of the broadest curriculums in interdisciplinary legal studies in the nation, especially in instruction about law in its social context. It offers nearly a dozen study concentrations, including affordable housing and community development, civil litigation, criminal law, environmental law, family law, finance transactions, health law, international law, labor and employment law, law and social justice, and technology and intellectual property law.

In addition, it offers nationally recognized clinical opportunities in areas that include affordable housing, community economic development, education law, environment and development, family violence, health-related legal concerns of the elderly and securities law.

Prior to their enrollment, international LL.M. students will have the option of participating in the English for Law Study Program (ELSP) offered by UB's English Language Institute in cooperation with the Law School. This unique summer program prepares international LL.M. students for the linguistic, academic and social challenges for study in U.S. law schools.

For more information on the LL.M. program, go to, or contact Johanna Oreskovic, director of post-professional education in the Law School, at 645-2527 or

Warsaw Village Band to perform

The Warsaw Village Band, a group of six young musicians dedicated to conserving and experimentally enhancing the traditional folk music of the Warsowia region of Poland, will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts, North Campus.

The band is being presented by The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo and the Kosciuszko Foundation, Western New York Division, in collaboration with the Center for the Arts and the UB Polish Studies Program.

Founded in 1997, the Warsaw Village Band has been featured numerous times on Polish television and radio, and recently has become an internationally recognized beacon of the traditional folk music of Poland.

The band combines traditional ethnic folk music with modern elements, creating a genre of music band members call "hardcore folk"—thanks to their punk-like, yet traditional, singing style that has its origins in shepherding.

Inspired by what they learned while traveling the Polish countryside and spending time with elderly musicians, band members use traditional instruments and musical techniques they learned from the people they met. Lead singer Katarzyna Szurman revives the traditional rural "white voice," a type of powerful, melodic screaming used by shepherds to communicate across long distances. The band recreated the suka—an ancient Polish fiddle played with the fingernails—and also uses a 100-year-old Polish dulcimer, Jew's harp, bass, dhol and a hurdy-gurdy—a unique instrument that sounds similar to the bagpipe.

This fresh approach has earned the band international recognition with the BBC Radio3 2004 World Music Award in the newcomer category.

Tickets for the Warsaw Village Band are $25 and are available at the CFA box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at all Ticketmaster locations.

For more information, call 645-ARTS.

Climate change expert to speak

Climate change expert Ross Gelbspan will speak from 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 21 in the theater in Allen Hall, North Campus.

Gelbspan's lecture, entitled "Boiling Point: What's Fueling Global Climate Change and What We Must Do," will be free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture, after which Gelbspan will sign copies of his new book, "Boiling Point: How Politicians, Big Oil and Coal, Journalists and Activists Have Fueled a Climate Crisis—and What We Can Do to Avert Disaster."

While at UB, he also will speak to the Geology 101 class taught by Gregory S. Baker, assistant professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Boiling Point" is a no-holds-barred account of global warming and climate change. Gelbspan argues that if unchecked, climate change will swamp every other issue facing the world today. Rejecting the initial response of many institutions—namely, denial and delay—he argues that the problem of climate change has now grown into a crime against humanity. Gelbspan believes responsibility for climate change is wide-ranging, and points a finger at the news media and environmental activists for unwittingly worsening the crisis.

Gelbspan, 63, retired several years ago after a 31-year career in journalism as a reporter and editor. While at The Boston Globe, he served as editor for a series of articles on job discrimination that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984.

In 1997, he published a book on the greenhouse effect and global climate change entitled, "The Heat Is On: the High Stakes Battle over the Earth's Threatened Climate." Since then, he has traveled extensively, speaking on the threat of climate change.

He also has written numerous articles for such publications as Atlantic Monthly, The Nation and E-Magazine, and appeared on numerous radio and TV programs, including "Nightline," "All Things Considered" and "Talk of the Nation."

Gelbspan's appearance at UB is sponsored by UB Green in conjunction with Citizens' Environmental Coalition, EarthHeart, Sierra Club-Niagara Group and WNY Sustainable Energy Associates.

Radio station to provide UB travel, weather advisories

UB has received FCC licensing to operate UBAlert, its own low-power campus advisory and parking radio station to broadcast commuter, safety, weather, traffic directions/detours and event information.

The station, WQAU 473, 1620-AM, provides on-campus travelers with traffic advisories designed to improve the flow of day-to-day and event-driven traffic, as well as emergency- or weather-closing information.

Receivable throughout an approximately five-mile radius around both UB campuses, the message system allows the university to broadcast in a continuous loop as many as 14 minutes of information.

In general, parking and travel alerts will be broadcast for events that are expected to draw a significant and unusually large population to the campus, such as opening weekend, family weekend, commencement, football and basketball games, concerts, major conferences and sports camps.

The campus advisory and parking radio system also will be used to broadcast city, county or town weather-related emergencies affecting the UB community. The UBAlert radio broadcast will complement, but does not replace, 645-NEWS, UB's primary mechanism for communicating weather-related closings to the campus community.

To ensure that FCC guidelines are strictly adhered to, the Department of Public Safety will manage the selection, recording and broadcast of all messages on UBAlert. Requests for alerts must be made at least two weeks in advance, except in the case of emergencies.

Any campus unit or department may request broadcast of a campus-wide message by contacting John Grela, director of public safety, at Proposed messages must be submitted in writing two weeks in advance of an event. Messages may not be commercial or promotional in nature. Acceptable messages would include emergency notifications, general parking and transportation information, special events that impact traveling or parking, road repairs or lot repairs and campus closures or early dismissals.

Exhibition to open today

An opening reception for the exhibition "Sara Di Donato and Christian Carson: Paintings and Drawings" will be held from 5-7 p.m. today in the Art Department Gallery, B45 Center for the Arts, North Campus.

The exhibition will run through Sept. 24.

Carson, who received an MFA from the University at Albany, describes his work as "an allusive journey into questions of love, desire and artistic influence." Among the influences found in his recent work are conventions of older European painting and references to the transformation stories in Ovid's "Metamorphoses."

Di Donato, who also received an MFA from the University at Albany, evokes in her work what Baudelaire called "the collision of two contrary feelings" in which a laugh turns into a scream turns into a grimace and then back again. It is this unsteadiness or wavering that she is seeking to express in her work.

Carson and Di Donato both have exhibited extensively and received numerous awards throughout New York over the past few years, including research stipends from the New York Foundation for the Arts (Donato) and a New York State Council on the Arts Grant (Carson).

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.