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Published: December 9, 2004

Nominations sought for SUNY senate

Nominations are being sought for a vacant seat on the SUNY-wide University Faculty Senate.

SUNY senators represent both faculty and professional staff. The duties, according to the senate handbook, include determining the opinion of constituents prior to meetings, seeing that matters of concern to constituents are brought to the senate for consideration and reporting fully and regularly to constituents on the activities of the senate.

There are three plenary sessions of the University Faculty Senate held annually on various SUNY campuses, each session lasting two days. SUNY senators also attend UB Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Executive Committee meetings on the UB campus. The term of office is three years.

For this election, members of the faculty and professional staff from all units other than those in the health sciences are eligible to run for office, to nominate candidates and to vote. The seat being vacated is that of

Marilyn McMann Kramer, whose term expires in June.

To nominate a candidate, submit his or her name and departmental affiliation via email to or no later than Dec. 20. Candidates who agree to run will need to furnish a brief platform statement.

TA workshop set for Jan. 14

The fourth annual Winter Workshop for Teaching Assistants will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 in 120 Clemens Hall, North Campus.

The workshop will be presented by the Center for Teaching and Learning Resources.

Among the topics to be addressed are "Teaching and Learning for the College Instructor," "Lesson Planning" and "Technology Tools for TAs."

Although the workshop, which will include continental breakfast and lunch, will be free of charge, seating is limited. Those interested in attending must register by Jan. 7 at the Center for Teaching and Learning Resources' Web site at, or by contacting Lisa Francescone at or 645-7328.

Holiday closing schedule posted online

While most UB students will be home with their families during the upcoming holiday period, university offices will remain open.

Individual units have been given the discretion to set their own operating hours from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2.

Detailed information regarding units' operating hours during this period can be found at < strong>

Ten named to UBF board

Ten individuals have been named to serve three-year terms ending June 30, 2007, on the board of trustees of the UB Foundation, Inc.

The group includes: Donald K. Boswell, president and CEO of the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (WNED); Mark J. Czarnecki, B.S. '77, an executive vice president of M&T Bank; Angelo M. Fatta, president of BuffLink, Inc., vice president of the Fatta Foundation and manager of Fatta Enterprises LLP; Beverly Foit-Albert, Ph.D. '78, M.Arch. '75, president of Foit-Albert Associates; and William L. Joyce, a partner in Strategic Investments & Holdings, Inc.

Also, Ashok G. Kaveeshwar, Ph.D. '69, CEO of Orange Technologies, Inc. in Gaithersburg, Md.; William L. McHugh, MBA '79, a health-care executive; Reginald B. Newman, chairman of NOCO Energy Corp. and chair of the UBF Board of Trustees since July 1, 1996; Denise E. O'Donnell, J.D. '82, MSW '73, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York who is now a partner at Hodgson Russ; and Arthur A. Russ, Jr., J.D. '67, a partner in Phillips Lytle.

SOM team wins $1,000 in accounting competition

A team consisting of two sophomores, one junior and two MBA students from the School of Management took a $1,000 prize and won the first round of the national xTREME Accounting Campus Competition (xACT) sponsored last month by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The winners are Craig Hightower, Catherine Benton, Erik Weil, Lionel Tchinang and Vinay Rungta.

Eight teams from the SOM competed against each other at the Jacobs Executive Development Center. Each team had two weeks to research an assigned accounting and assurance issue. This year, the teams were asked to provide expert testimony to the accounting board of a fictitious country on the merits of fair-value accounting. PwC representatives Cheryl Hall, tax senior manager; Todd Scherrer, assurance senior manager; and Keith Stolzenburg, assurance partner, served as "ministers" on the accounting board for the fictitious country of Panadrevia and were clad in tropical garb for the event. PwC Human Resources Director Mark Bruno also was present. The PwC representatives evaluated the teams on critical and creative thinking, presentation quality and teamwork.

The School of Management was one of only 32 business schools nationwide chosen to participate in the accounting firm's competition, now in its second year.

In addition to the $1,000 prize, the winning team will contend in the xACT National Finals. Five teams from the 32 schools will be chosen as national finalists and awarded $10,000 per team and a trip to New York City, where each team will get a chance to join with experts from PwC's Risk and Quality Group to learn about how national and international accounting and auditing positions are developed.

"The fact that we are one of a select group of schools chosen to participate speaks well of our programs and our students," said Susan Hamlen, chair of the Department of Accounting and Law in the SOM. "This competition is a wonderful opportunity for our students, and I am certain that our winning team will represent us well in the final round."

Fichte named director of continuing ed in Social Work

Lesa L. Fichte has been named director of continuing education in the School of Social Work.

A long-time social work professional, she oversees the continuing education training for a wide range of human service professions, including social workers, psychologists, educators, health-service providers and criminal justice professionals through year-round workshops, seminars and the school's Summer Institute.

Fichte previously served as director of day services for Aspire of Western New York, Inc., formerly United Cerebral Palsy, where she provided administrative oversight and support for day habilitation, day treatment, supported employment, recreation and respite services to approximately 400 individuals with disabilities.

She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Pittsburgh.