As highly experienced professionals, we are proud of what we do — and how we do it. Every day, we are fortunate to see the results of our work reflected in the faces of our students.
Student Life's highly-qualified staff and outstanding programs and services are consistently recognized; recent awards include:
Betsy Rodriguez has been awarded a scholarship award to attend the annual AUCCD conference. The scholarship is awarded annually to talented mental health professionals of diverse identities who aspire to become counseling center directors. In 2014 this program was renamed the Harriett Copher Haynes Diversity Leadership Mentoring Program to recognize and honor Harriett for her leadership in establishing this important initiative in 2003. AUCCCD recognizes that establishing a mentoring relationship with an experienced director and networking at the annual conference can provide a rich professional development experience for future directors.
Elizabeth Lidano has been awarded a 2018 Chancellor’s Award, which acknowledges and provides system-wide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. In her role as director for Student Conduct and Advocacy, Lidano makes herself available to students, parents, faculty and staff daily. She is a resource to numerous offices regarding student behavior issues and works with faculty and staff to solve complex problems relating to these issues.
Named for a National Association College and University Food Services (NACUFS) founder, past president and highly regarded innovator, the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards celebrate exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning, and new dining concepts, and provide an avenue for sharing ideas and creative presentations in campus dining services.
Career Services associates: Jenna M. Smith, Kristy Strough and Robert Orrange were recognized for their Intern Thoughts Video Series. The award recognizes the best in video production. An understanding of the target audience and the institution’s mission and how well it is communicated will be judge, along with content, scripting, photography, sound track, editing, budget, and use of available resources. Entries are restricted to materials that are written and filmed in-house. Particular attention is given to the relationship between the video’s effectiveness and overall quality to cost.
Chef Amelia Ruiz earned a bronze medal in the Customized Wildcard Category during the NACUFS Culinary Challenge, sanctioned by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The entrée recipe featured the mandatory protein combination of littleneck clams, squid and oysters. Chef Amelia’s winning dish: Squid Ink Pasta with Calamari and Clams in a Saffron Beurre Blanc sauce topped with a Pistachio Fried Oyster.
Hadar Borden is the 2018 recipient of the Staff Award for Sustainability Excellence. The staff award is bestowed on an individual who exhibits a sincere commitment to transforming our campuses into a holistically sustainable community through the kinds of leadership, innovation, and collaboration that demonstrates environmental stewardship, enhances social progress, or promotes responsible economic systems and growth.
Top 10 Military Friendly School - Military Friendly/Victoria Media - 2018-2019
Military Friendly® Schools are leading institutions that have earned the elite Military Friendly® designation. Top 10 Award winners have programs that scored the highest within a given category.
Women Making History - Outstanding Leadership (Women of Greatness) - 2018
Renata Marchione of Three Pillars Catering (CDS) received the Outstanding Leadership award during the Women of Greatness recognition and award ceremony. She was introduced by Senator Tim Kennedy and there were 23 women who were honored and recognized for accomplishments in each of their fields within the Buffalo community. Her award for “Outstanding Leadership” highlighted her 28 years in catering management and her support and volunteer efforts with the Epilepsy foundation, Salvation Army, police, firefighters, and many more.
Chef of the Year (American Culinary Federation of Greater Buffalo) - 2018
Neil Plazio named 2018 Chef of the Year by ACF of Greater Buffalo. The annual honoree is chosen by a committee of past Chefs of the Year. To be nominated, candidates must be a Certified Executive Chef, a leader in the culinary/hospitality industry and maintain dedication to his/her craft and community as a whole.
Military Times Best: Colleges 2018
The Military Times Best distinction, formerly Best for Vets, recognizes your institution for its commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America's veterans and military-connected students.
Unsung Hero Award (UB Campaign for the Community) - 2017
John Lambert of Student Life received the Unsung Hero Award, Unsung Hero is awarded to an individual doing vital and significant work behind the scenes to help the campaign.
Staff of the Month - November (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) - 2017
Maria Reinhart of Goodyear Dining Center received the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Staff of the Month Campus Award for November 2017 for outstanding Institution Faculty/Staff. The award recognizes individuals outside of residence life who aid students in their academics and/or personal affairs. This category is intended to recognize institutional faculty who have made a contribution to the residence life community both in and out of the classroom.
Distinguished Alumnus (Niagara Community College - NCCC) - 2017
Phyllis Floro, director of Student Engagement, was presented the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award from NCCC. The award is presented each year to graduates of NCCC who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their life, career, and volunteer activities. The award is one of the highest honors that the College bestows to those who can point to NCCC as the place where they obtained their start. Recipients are selected on the basis of professional and personal accomplishments, community service, and unique background.
Prevention Excellence Award (Campus Prevention Network) - 2017
UB is one of five recipients of the 2017 Prevention Excellence Award for outstanding achievements in sexual assault prevention.
The State University of New York Council of Chief Student Affairs Officers (CCSAO) and the Office of University Life are pleased to offer awards to outstanding student affairs programs that have demonstrated a positive impact on students and their development: