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Published: October 28, 2004

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.

The meeting will feature a presentation on the Employee Assistance Program and one on dental health by Sebastian Ciancio, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Periodontics and Endodontics, School of Dental Medicine.

Due to a schedule conflict, the previously announced appearance of New York State Assembly Majority Leader Paul Tokasz will be rescheduled.

For more information, contact the PSS at 645-2003.

Volunteers sought to test virtual reality drama

If reality TV is starting to get you down, how about starring in your own reality show—virtual reality, that is.

Volunteers are needed to test UB’s own virtual reality drama-in-progress, called “The Trial The Trail.” Tests will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday in Room 266, Center for the Arts, North Campus. User tests will last between 15 and 30 minutes.

“The Trial The Trail” is an interactive drama designed for an immersive virtual reality system by a collaborative team of researchers from the Department of Media Study in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Its creators say it’s a little like Tarkovsky’s “Stalker” with doses of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

During the tests, volunteers will experience the first scene in the interactive drama in an effort to improve the drama and the artificial intelligence that drives the computer characters in it. Volunteers will be videotaped while interacting with the drama and will be asked for feedback in an interview afterward.

To sign up, go to http://www-

Raffle auction planned

CIT's Operational Support Services invites the campus community to attend a SEFA Raffle Auction, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 in the lobby of Capen Hall, North Campus.

Proceeds will benefit Kevin Guest House and Habitat for Humanity.

A wide variety of items will be raffled, all of which have been donated by area businesses and vendors.

Tickets for the raffle can be purchased on Nov. 4 in the Capen Lobby during the auction hours.

Winners will be contacted by the end of the day on Nov. 5.

For further information, to to the OSS SEFA Web page at http://www.oss.buffalo. edu/SEFA/.

Feedback sought on planning process

Members of the university community are encouraged to submit comments or ask questions regarding the university's academic planning process.

Such feedback is being accepted at the "UB 2020" Web site at ub2020/. Click on "feedback" in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Questions and comments submitted via the online form will be routed to staff members who will bring the issue to the attention of the appropriate planning committee. All comments will remain anonymous unless the user provides his/her name and email address.

Workshop on problem gambling to be held

The School of Social Work, in collaboration with the Erie County Department of Mental Health, will present a workshop, "Problem Gambling: A Community Concern," from 1:30-4 p.m. on Wednesday in the Butler Auditorium of the Buffalo Psychiatric Center, 330 Forest Ave.

The workshop is designed to educate mental-health, chemical-dependency and social-service providers, as well as members of the community, about how problem gambling impacts individuals, families and the community.

The workshop will be free and open to the public.

This workshop will look at problem and compulsive gambling, including warning signs, prevalence of the problem and populations vulnerable to developing a gambling problem and the community resources that are available.

In addition, experts will offer perspectives on financial problems associated with gambling, response of the criminal justice system and the effect gambling has on adolescents and their parents.

Participants will include Renee Wert, director, Gambling Recovery Program, Jewish Family Service; Jeffrey Freedman of Jeffrey Freedman Attorneys; the Hon. Mark G. Farrell, presiding judge, Amherst Drug Treatment Court, Domestic Violence Court and Gambling Treatment Court, and Robert Schulman, a pediatrician with Promedicus Health Group.

For more information, call the School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education at 829-3939 or email