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Published: April 28, 2005

PSS to meet today

The Professional Staff Senate will hold a general membership meeting at 3 p.m. today in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus.

Bruce Holm, executive director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, will attend and update senators on the direction and accomplishments of the center.

All members of the professional staff are invited to attend.

For more information, call the PSS office at 645-2003.

Oozfest slated for Saturday

"Absolute Mud" is the theme for Oozfest 2005, the annual mud volleyball tournament slated for Saturday and sponsored by UB's Student Alumni Board (USAB).

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Mud Pit on St. Rita's Lane, behind UB Stadium on the North Campus.

Nearly 1,000 UB students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends composing 128 teams will play in what is recognized as the largest collegiate mud volleyball tournament in the country and one of UB's largest student-alumni events.

For the second year in a row, Oozfest has sold out, with a waiting list of 16 teams. Oozfest 2005 is cochaired by seniors Lindsay Catone and Jessica Yacavoni.

Oozfest proceeds will benefit programs such as the J. Scott Fleming Scholarships, which honor students who have demonstrated positive leadership qualities at UB, and Reality Check, a free reality-based workshop created to assist juniors and seniors in their transition into the "real world."

Since its inception in 1984, Oozfest has grown to become much more than a volleyball tournament. The day's activities also will include music from WILD 101.1, wheelbarrow races, three-legged races, dizzy bat spin races, an ice cream-eating contest, muddy water-balloon toss, leap frog and tug-of-war competition.

Hot lunches featuring vegetarian and Kosher selections will be served. Also new this year will be heated tents to provide a respite for muddy and cold players.

SOM honors 11 professionals

The Career Resource Center and the LEAP (Learning Experientially in an Academic Practicum) Program in the School of Management honored 11 professionals at a reception held recently in the Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave.

School of Management Dean John M. Thomas presented the awards. The Career Resource Center Alumnus-of-the-Year Award was presented to Matthew Spillane, regional sales manager for Pepsi Bottling Group, as the alumnus having the greatest positive impact on undergraduate and masters-level students in the School of Management.

The Career Resource Center Recruiter-of-the-Year Award went to Ben Gregory, store team leader with Target Corp., for making a significant impact on the recruitment of SOM students.

Ernst & Young received the Career Resource Center Recruiting Organization-of-the-Year Award.

In addition, the LEAP Program presented nine awards, representing various functional areas, to intern supervisors for their contributions to the professional development of the UB interns who worked for them.

The recipients were Beth Bauman, manager of tax compliance and financial reporting, Sorrento Lactalis (accounting); John Tyczynski, senior vice president of investments, Legg Mason Wood Walker (finance); Siobhan Smith, human resources consultant, Perry's Ice Cream Co. (human resources); Kimberly Standish, financial auditor, National Fuel Gas Co. (internal audit); Jay Mileham, business development officer, Canadian Consulate General (international business); John Cimasi, vice president, Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank (management information systems); Regis O'Connor, senior manager marketing research, Fisher-Price (marketing); Brian Durant, marketing manager of the learning team, Fisher-Price (marketing); and Ron Covelli, process improvement coordinator, Moog (supply chains and operations management).

Interns nominated supervisors for recognition. Finalists were chosen by Raymond Orrange, assistant professor in the School of Management and LEAP faculty director, and BobbyJo Simpson, LEAP administrative director.

Auto-theft prevention program to be held

The New York State Watch Your Car Program, a free auto-theft prevention program, will be available to UB faculty, staff and students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday in Helm Garage, Service Center Road, North Campus.

University Police will assist members of the UB community who wish to take participate in the auto-theft prevention methods offered through the program. They includes a voluntary vehicle-registration program in which owners authorize law-enforcement officers to stop their vehicles if they are being operated during the hours of 1-5 a.m., and a VIN (vehicle identification number) etching program in which the VIN of a vehicle is acid-etched onto each window.

To participate, vehicle owners must present a valid driver's license, vehicle registration and insurance card.

For more information, contact University Police at 645-2227.