From the Desk of the Vice President

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2022.

A Message from Vice President For Student Life Brian Hamluk

From the Desk of the Vice President

August 19, 2022

Student Life Colleagues,

Another summer has come and gone and it's time to get back to doing what we do best -- supporting our students.

I'm eager to see how we can continue to improve the student experience, while simultaneously navigating a restructured Student Life -- which includes a number of new staff members in our units. We're all in for an exciting semester and I can't wait to see the energy and enthusiasm the students will bring to our campus in just another week.

With that, we have a number of activities planned for Opening 2022, as you saw outlined in our recent Quarterly Forum. These activities provide an opportunity for new experiences among our first-year students, and a chance for renewed True Blue spirit for those returning for another semester. We can't do it without you, and I hope that you will sign up to volunteer at one of these events to showcase the dedication and support we provide.

I'm looking forward to a rich and rewarding semester ahead, filled with fresh energy, new learning opportunities and all the excitement that comes along with the start of a new school year. We are all True Blue!

Meet Trung Nguyen

Trung Nguyen, Ed.D., started as the new Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Success, effective July 18, 2022. He joins the Division of Student Life after serving as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Identity and Success at Texas Christian University. He will provide leadership to several units within the division including The Career Design Center, Blackstone Launchpad, eSports, Orientation and Transition Programs, Residential Life and Student Engagement.

Trung Nguyen headshot.

 As a recognized leader in implementing and facilitating new student programming, Dr. Nguyen has extensive higher education experience with foundations in cultural competency, student development theory, student success models and inclusive practices.

Dr. Nguyen holds an Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Please welcome Trung to the UB family and to this important leadership position within the Division of Student Life and our campus community.

A New Home for Student Health Services

UB formally unveiled its new home for Student Health Services on Wednesday, August 10 with an Open House for select faculty and staff who made the new facility possible. The new location at 4350 Maple Road (at Sweet Home Rd.) includes more space and a better layout to provide high-quality student medical care.

Student Life Honors SUNY Chancellor's Awards Recipients

Meegan Hunt, Campus Living has held a variety of positions within Campus Living, working on behalf of the health, safety and development of residential students.

A staff member for over 20 years, Hunt has been integral to implementing SUNY guidelines to protect students’ health while ensuring their continued educational excellence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. She coordinated the move-out process for approximately 6,500 students during the spring of 2020.

Anna Sotelo-Peryea, Health Promotion has been working to cultivate and create a campus culture that promotes healthy, equitable relationships and eliminates sexual violence. 

As violence prevention program coordinator and associate director of health promotion for Student Life, Sotelo-Peryea is responsible for developing and implementing programs and strategies to reduce sexual and relationship violence, and cultivate student skills for healthier interactions.

Meegan Hunt headshot.
Anna Sotelo Peryea headshot.

Opening Fall 2022

The start of the new school year is jam-packed with lots of exciting events created specifically for UB students. Opening programming allows students to meet new friends, try out new activities, participate in long-standing traditions and show off their true blue spirit.

Gregory Capasso Memorial Award

UB senior Mallory Drews was selected as the 2022 recipient of the Gregory Capasso Memorial Award for Creative Writing.

The award recognizes an outstanding senior who wants to pursue a career in writing, editing and marketing. A creative writing major with a minor in law, Mallory interned in our Marketing and Communications office prior to graduation.

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