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Published: August 4, 2005

WBFO to present "Spoken Arts Radio"

WBFO 88.7 FM, UB's National Public Radio affiliate, along with Just Buffalo Literary Center, will present "Spoken Arts Radio," a year-long series of interviews with poets and authors.

The series, hosted by doctoral student and producer Sarah Campbell, will air Sundays during "Weekend Edition" at 8:35 a.m. and on Mondays during Morning Edition at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. beginning Aug. 14 and 15.

The series will open this month with a two-part examination of "Literary Buffalo," prompted by the launch of a new Web site,, a clearinghouse to all of Buffalo's literary events created by a consortium of members from Medaille College, UB, Just Buffalo, Rust Belt Books and Talking Leaves Books, among others. The site features information on readings, conferences, workshops and authors.

Part 1, to air Aug. 14 and 15, reflects on the city's literary history and roots, spanning the first 19th century poetry anthologies that collected regional writing to the local impact of UB's nationally renowned English department of the 1960s into the present.

In Part 2, to air Aug. 28 and 29, residents reveal that for them, reading figures prominently as a private activity that, in turn, forges communal bonds at book fairs, book clubs, and public readings.

The interviews will begin Sept. 11 and 12 when Campbell speaks with James Thomas Stevens, a Niagara Falls native, a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk tribe and author of "Tokinish" and "Combing the Snakes from his Hair." Stevens is a professor in English and American Indian Studies at Fredonia State College..

The remainder of the schedule for "Spoken Arts Radio" for the Fall semester is available at

EOC to offer personal finance course

UB's Educational Opportunity Center and Citigroup Foundation are offering a free course, "Financing Your Independence (FYI), designed to teach participants the keys to personal finance.

The course will cover such topics as financial planning, banking services, personal investment, how to build wealth, establishing credit and credit-card debt.

This short-term, evening course will begin in September.

To reserve a seat in the next session, call 849-6727, ext. 101.

Employee Assistance Program moves to South Campus

The UB Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has moved 156 Parker Hall on the South Campus. Parking is available in the Parker lot adjacent to the building.

Barb Christy, EAP coordinator, is available in the office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, or by telephone at 829-2144.

In addition, Neil McGillicuddy, EAP coordinator, is available in his office at the Research Institution on Addictions, 1021 Main St., Buffalo, or by telephone at 887-2498.

EAP is in the process of hiring a new half-time coordinator in order to allow the Parker Hall office to be staffed five days a week.

The mission of EAP is to provide assessment and referral services in resolving individual personal problems and university workplace dilemmas. The EAP provides confidential, free and professional support and assistance to UB employees and their family members.

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