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Published: January 20, 2005

Day care center announces openings

The UB Child Care Center Inc. has part-time openings in its preschool rooms on the North and South campuses and in its toddler room on the North Campus.

The center, which offers full-time and part-time child-care services to UB faculty, staff and students, operates sites serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 years on both the North and South campuses.

The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

For further information, contact Donna Dibble at 645-6509.

Service learning to be topic of teleconference

Service learning will be the topic of a live satellite broadcast to be held from 2:30-4 p.m. Feb. 3 in B15 Abbott Hall, South Campus.

The broadcast will be sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Resources.

The teleconference will demonstrate the importance of service learning to students and their community. It will provide proven ways to start and grow a service-learning program and offer examples of successful programs.

Panelists will include Raymund Paredes, Texas commissioner of higher education; Robert Franco, director of planning and grants for Kapi'olani Community College and campus compact senior faculty fellow for community colleges; Frank B. Falkstein, a veteran of more than 35 years in the field of marketing management; and Pamela Gaiter, professor of sociology at Collin County Community College.

Those interested in attending the teleconference should register at the Center for Teaching and Learning Resources Web site at < strong>, or contact Lisa Francescone at or 645-7328.

Women's Club to host wine tasting

The UB Women's Club will hold a wine tasting to benefit the Grace Capen scholarship fund at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

The cost of the event will be $55 per person. Chilean wines will be featured.

Along with the fine wines and food, the event will include a sweepstakes. Among the prizes are a Chautauqua getaway, Slee concert tickets, Chez Nous gift certificate, Amherst gift basket, Tony Roma's gift certificate and an original watercolor.

Anyone interested in attending the wine tasting should contact Joan Ryan at 626-9332 by Jan. 31.

D'Elia named associate dean

George D'Elia, professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies in the School of Informatics, has been named associate dean for research in the school.

The appointment, notes School of Informatics Dean W. David Penniman, "reflects the school's commitment to research and our intention to see that all faculty pursue active research agendas supported by appropriate external funding agencies."

D'Elia is a nationally recognized and award-winning scholar whose research program has been funded via grants since the 1980s, Penniman says. "In addition, he has demonstrated his ability and interest in mentoring other faculty in pursuing funded research avenues. He will play a key role in achieving the school's strategic objectives for research and scholarly activity."

A UB faculty member since 1995, D'Elia also serves as director of the Center for Applied Research in Library and Information Science in the School of Informatics.

His research focuses on the analysis of the consumer market for information resources and services provided by such public information systems as libraries and the Internet. His work has addressed such topics as market segmentation analyses of users and nonusers, the information needs of users and their satisfaction with the systems they use and the barriers to use of these systems by nonusers and their alternate sources of information.

New program supports startups at incubator

Paul McAfee, CEO of eXubrio, LLC, has been appointed entrepreneur-in-residence at the UB Technology Incubator, part of the Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR). McAfee will help UB-affiliated startups and faculty entrepreneurs in developing their emerging businesses.

"Paul is a tremendous asset for STOR. His work with start-up business and inventive researchers will help us in our commercialization efforts," said Woodrow "Woody" Maggard, associate vice provost and associate director of STOR.

"By adding Paul to our team, we are providing important on-site marketing, business planning and business development support—all of which are critical for early-stage businesses."

McAfee will be available to meet with companies and faculty on a weekly basis at STOR's office, located in the UB Technology Incubator at Baird Research Park on Sweet Home Road. With more than 30 years of experience in global, high-technology, executive-level sales and marketing, McAfee specializes in working with emerging companies. He holds a similar position at the University of Rochester.

McAfee is founder of the management consulting firm eXubrio, LLC. eXubrio serves emerging technology companies by helping them to improve their marketing and sales effectiveness while managing carefully their limited early-stage funds. The company provides full-service strategic planning, public relations, marketing communications, graphic design, lead generation, sales and Web-site management services. eXubrio's primary office is in Buffalo. It has satellite offices in Rochester and Tel Aviv, Israel.

STOR is the primary commercialization and technology transfer office at UB. It identifies, protects and commercializes the outcomes and discoveries of research conducted at the university for the public good and provides a continuum of business-development support for the university's technologies, entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Activities to kick off Senior Celebration

The second annual Countdown to Commencement, a semester-long series of activities presented by the Division of Student Affairs that are designed to help seniors prepare for graduation and life after UB, will kick off next week with events on both North and South campuses.

Events will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Student Union Lobby, North Campus. Students on the South Campus can attend events from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in 105 Harriman Student Center.

The kickoff events will provide seniors with the opportunity to fulfill some of the necessary steps toward graduation, such as filing their application for degree card on site, meeting with an academic advisor regarding graduation requirements and obtaining information about commencement, including ordering academic garb, commencement DVDs and class rings. Students also can meet with career planning experts to obtain information on job searches, graduate school and Life and Learning Workshops, as well as the college student staple—free food.

"The goals of the program are to develop important life skills and connections between the student, UB, their academic major and work experiences; to enhance awareness of personal adjustments as they transition from college to life; and encourage a sense of community among the senior class," said Tracey Eastman, coordinator for communication and marketing for the Division of Student Affairs.

Eastman said the student response to the first Senior Celebration last year was encouraging.

"The program was very will received last year," she said. "Four-hundred students attended the kickoff and many more attended Life and Learning Workshops as a result of the program. The program resulted in a higher percentage of students completing their application for degree card by the deadline. The program also helped us increase attendance at all senior-focused events, including commencement, senior brunch, play day, senior night at the basketball game, UB Pride Day and ALANA Celebration of Achievement," she said.

This year's celebration will feature several new events, among them extreme mini-golf, beach volleyball, a Texas hold 'em tournament, study breaks, a root beer pong tournament and a poetry slam with a nationally known poet.

More information about Senior Celebration can be found at http://www.ubsenior.

Teaching center to sponsor workshop

The art of leading a discussion will be the topic of a workshop to be held from 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Jeannette Martin Room, 567 Capen Hall, North Campus.

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

Keith E. Otto, director of the English as a Second Language Program in the English Language Institute, will serve as facilitator.

Workshop participants will view a video of a discussion in progress and learn how discussion can serve as a tool for developing one's teaching skills.

Those wishing to attend the workshop should register at the Center for Teaching and Learning Resources Web site at .htm or contact Lisa Francescone at or 645-7328.

CFA to present "La Traviata"

The Center for the Arts will present Opera Verdi Europa in "La Traviata" at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Mainstage theater in the CFA, North Campus.


"La Traviata" is a full-length drama of stormy love between Parisian courtesan Violetta Valery and her young admirer, Alfredo Germont. Violetta struggles emotionally between her freedom and Alfredo's passionate romance. Leaving society behind, she falls in love with him and they move to a country house, but a series of unfortunate events disrupts their affair. Passion, scandal, misunderstanding, and tuberculosis—"La Traviata" has all the trappings of a great European tragedy.

Established in 1996 by Ivan Kyurkchiev, Opera Verdi Europa presents spectacular productions that combine the opera worlds of Bulgaria and the whole of Europe. The company collaborates with Bulgarian opera theaters and symphony orchestras, and opera houses from Romania, Hungary, Moldova, Ukraine, and Russia. The performances are collaborative productions of Bulgaria's major opera houses—houses in which many eminent singers, such as Orlin Anastassov and Dario Volonte, started their world-class careers.

Tickets for Opera Verdi Europa in "La Traviata" are $49, $39 and $29, 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.

Comedian Steven Wright to perform

Comedian Steven Wright will bring his wry wordplay jokes and deadpan manner to the Center for the Arts for a performance at 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

Wright has been doing stand-up comedy since 1979. His 1986 debut album, "I Have a Pony," earned him a Grammy nomination. He has made appearances in comedy clubs, television programs, HBO comedy specials and films, as well as lending his voice to characters in Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist" and Fox TV's "The Simpsons."

His film credits include "Desperately Seeking Susan" and "Stars and Bars." He starred in the HBO special "On Location: Steven Wright."

He won an Academy Award for writing and starring in the short film "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," and has made numerous appearances on "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with David Letterman" and other late-night comedy shows.

Tickets for Steven Wright are $23; $18 for UB students with ID. They may be obtained 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.