From the Desk of the Vice President

Wishing You a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2022.

A History Making Month Ahead


Dear Student Life Colleagues,

April has arrived and with it the anticipation of a history making event here in Western New York. The total eclipse making its path of totality straight through our campus promises to be one of the most impactful natural events ever witnessed here at UB. It certainly has been an exciting semester so far for our students. The recently sold-out distinguished speakers series featuring Amanda Gorman is just another great example of some of the outstanding experiences the university is providing our students as they navigate the remainder of the semester.

This month, our offices will be busy preparing to host various commencement events and participating in the university’s annual Giving Day on April 17.

Your support in these efforts and the experience we provide our students is always appreciated.


Brian F. Hamluk
Vice President for Student Life

Total Solar Eclipse | The Path of Totality

On Monday, April 8, 2024, Western New York will be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse.

To learn more about the path of totality, safety tips and where you can view the eclipse on campus, visit the Office of University Events site that’s linked below.

Afrincan American male wearing solar eclipse glasses while looking upwards.

UB Giving Day 2024

blue and dark gray 124 in 2024 wordmark on transparent background.

As mentioned in the March 2024 E-Connect, Student Life has set a new campaign goal for UB Giving Day called 124 in 2024. This year’s division-wide goal is to secure 124 Student Life staff donors by June 30, 2024.

Staff that donate on Giving Day on April 17, will be counted towards our UB Giving Day 124 in 2024 challenge. More information, as well as a special Student Life challenge gift will be outlined as we get closer to the date. Stay tuned!

Here to Career Recognized for Excellence

Susan Davis O’Rourke, Assistant Director of Student Engagement stands next to gold ballon arch while holding an ACPA award.

Last month, Here to Career was awarded the 2024 ACPA Award for Collaborative Excellence.

Divisional congratulations go out to:

Susan Davis O’Rourke
Assistant Director, Student Engagement

Daniel Kaczmarek
Director of Assessment and Research, Student Life

Student Life Honored at UB Communicators Conference

White and blue Communicators Conference Awards for Best in Category Environmental and Campaign.

The Department of Student Life was awarded two out of the eight awards in recognition of their efforts at the 2024 Communicators Conference.

The awards include:

  • Best in Category – Campaign – Bulls Welcome Back Blast Drone Spectacular
  • Best in Category – Environmental – Startup and Innovation Collaboratory

A heartfelt congratulations to the teams across multiple divisions that enabled Student Life to bring these awards home.

Counseling Services Honored by NASPA

Dr Sharon Mitchel holding a black and silver NASPA award.

As reported in the February edition, Counseling Services was recently awarded a 2023-2024 NASPA Excellence Award.

Sharon Mitchell, Senior Director, Student Wellness and Director of Counseling Services, accepted the award on behalf of Student Life.

Let’s congratulate our colleagues when you see them in person for these prestigious wins and visit our Success Website for other recent recognitions.

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