Student Life is committed to supporting the academic and personal development of students attending the University at Buffalo.
As Interim Vice President for Student Life, Christina Hernandez, oversees the UB student experience dedicated to providing UB’s nearly 30,000 students with the support and resources they need to thrive at the university and beyond.
The Blue Table innovative food pantry, established to help students who face food insecurity, was well stocked to start 2020.
In January, Here to Career, an employment readiness program, was named the recipient of a national Gold NASPA Excellence Award.
Calling all entrepreneurs! The spring semester saw Blackstone Launchpad host emPower Pitch, an elevator pitch styled competition for UB students.
As the COVID-19 crisis emerged, Dan Ryan, director of Veteran Services, played bagpipes to entertain his neighbors in quarantine, amid the ongoing pandemic.
Virtual commencement forced graduating students to celebrate in new ways. The Class of 2020 photo mosaic was created to commemorate the occasion and bring the graduating class together.
Christina Hernandez, interim vice president for Student Life, discussed UB's fall opening plans at a summer press conference held at Buffalo’s City Hall.
Faced with a unique challenge, Campus Living prepared for the fall semester by sewing face coverings for distribution around campus.
Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs moved to an online-only format for the first time, with 5,373 first-year and transfer students completing orientation virtually.
Campus wide installation of unique health and safety signage over the summer, provided a safe and welcoming environment for students navigating campus upon their return.
In August, Campus Living set up a newly developed drive-thru system to allow students to check into their residence halls at predetermined times through an appointment system.
President Satish Tripathi, Interim Vice President for Student Life Christina Hernandez and Director of Campus Living Tom Tiberi greeted students and families during fall semester move-in.
Campus Dining implemented a new reservation system and mobile app, which allowed students to order ahead and minimize contact in the dining halls.
As part of August's Welcome Weekend, Student Engagement hosted an outdoor, socially distant, mask tie-dying spirit event.
Many Student Life services and programs were moved to an online-format, including mental health counseling, wellness activities, skill building workshops, and more, providing students flexibility in their new virtual environment.
In September, the Student Life Social Justice Advisory Committee and Campus Living collaborated to create an innovate campaign to address the current social climate.
In advance of the 2020 Presidential election, students used chalk to write messages about registration and voting dates.
We remember. In November, Veteran Services hosted a virtual Veterans Day flag raising ceremony, which was published on the Veteran Services website.
Thousands of UB students took part in mandated SUNY-wide surveillance testing in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday break.
As the semester came to a close, construction continued on One World Café. Set to be complete in Spring 2022, this transformational campus destination will provide a dramatic upgrade to the Spine and the overall student experience.