Measuring Success

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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.

2021-2022 Awards

Student Life's highly-qualified staff and outstanding programs and services are consistently recognized; recent awards include:

Aaron Maracle, Violence Prevention Specialist in Health Promotion, was awarded the Tom Goodale Exceptional Advising in Peer Education award at the 2022 NASPA General Assembly. Aaron was selected from student nominations based on his commitment to peer education efforts, unique talents as a peer education advisor, leadership ability, and presence as a positive role model for peer educators.  Aaron was specifically recognized for his seven years of service as an advisor, his commitment to improving the craft as a member of the NASPA Peer Education Advisor faculty, and his dedication to developing UB student leaders’ whole selves.

2022 Best for Vets (Military Times) - Student success metrics (completion, retention, persistence, GPA) are the most important factor in determining the relative ranking of schools on this year’s list, followed closely by the range of military-specific resources and the level of financial assistance they offer.

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service honors professional staff performance excellence “both within and beyond the position.”

  • 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.

ConnectLife's University Blood Drive Partner of the Year

Campus Living was honored as Connect Life's "University Blood Drive Partner" of the year. Campus Living has prioritized increased participation at its on-campus events, earning recognition for its unwavering commitment to ConnectLife's mission.

Distinguished UB Alumni Award for Excellence in Supporting UB Indigenous Students

Aaron Maracle (Six Nations, Mohawk), Violence Prevention Specialist in Health Promotion was honored with the Distinguished UB Alumni Award for Excellence in Supporting UB Indigenous Students. The award was presented by the Department of Indigenous Studies at their annual graduation ceremony.

Blackstone LaunchPad Campus Director Award - Ecosystem Builder

UB's Blackstone LaunchPad received the award in recognition of the extraordinary progress our team has made over the past year in the following categories: positioning LaunchPad across your campus divisions to garner support and achieve buy-in;  encouraging strong Stewardship Council involvement; and leveraging local, regional economic development and entrepreneurship to establish key partnerships 

Diversity Scholar - Association for Coordination of Counseling Center Clinical Services (ACCCCS)

UB Counseling Psychologist and Student of Color Specialist, Amani Johnson, was named a Diversity Scholar and will present to the ACCCCS membership about diversity issues as related to clinical practice or the administration of clinical practice at the upcoming ACCCCS conference. The Diversity Scholar Program promotes the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented populations in the ACCCCS membership.

Senior Director of  Student Wellness, Sharon Mitchell, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for providing outstanding service to AUCCCD and exemplary leadership in the field of College and University Counseling Centers.

American Psychological Association

 2022 Fellow of the Society of Counseling Psychology - Sharon Mitchell, Senior Director of Student Wellness

Campus Prevention Network - Seal of Prevention for Safety, Well-Being, and Inclusion

Health Promotion was awarded the Campus Prevention Network's Seal of Prevention for Safety, Well-Being, and Inclusion based on an evaluation of the unit's practice of using evidence-based prevention principles, including socio-cultural relevance, appropriate timing, reach and dosage, evaluated outcomes, use of local data, comprehensive prevention planning, well-trained staff, positive relationships with campus and community partners, and use of diverse methodology. 

2021 Business First Women of Influence Award

Hadar Borden, director, Blackstone Launchpad & WNY Prosperity Fellows Program, was named a 2021 Business First Women of Influence Award winner. Community Supporter recognizes women who go beyond the call to devote time, energy and resources to support the community.

2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service

The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Classified Service recognizes classified staff members who have consistently demonstrated superlative performance within and beyond their position.

  • Justine Wheeler, Campus Living is known for her attention to detail and willingness to assist in creating and implementing new processes and procedures to serve UB students. She is responsible for tracking and accommodating housing assignment requests, answering countless questions from students and parents, and maintaining records for the more-than 8,000 students who live on campus.
  • Ann Zielinski, Campus Living, coordinates the cleaning of 18 residential properties as head janitor, and schedules 100 part-time and full-time cleaners. Highly organized, she manages the planned and unplanned absences and medical leaves of a large staff while ensuring outstanding, uninterrupted service to students.

University at Buffalo - Veteran Services

  • Military Friendly - Gold Award - A the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.
  • Military Spouse Friendly School

CASE Circle of Excellence Awards

Each year the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards recognize hundreds of institutions whose talented staff members advanced their institutions last year through innovative, inspiring, and creative ideas.

Gold - Black Lives Matter Campus Engagement Campaign

2021 SUNYCUAD Awards of Excellence

The SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence program rewards the very best efforts of our talented and creative professionals throughout the SUNY system. The 2021 awards include:

  • Excellence in Advertising - Total Advertising Campaign
    Black Lives Matter Campus Engagement Campaign - Best of Category
  • Excellence in Print and Design – Single Page Publication
    Here to Career Supervisor Handout - Judges Citation

2021 Emerging Faculty/Staff Mentor Award

This UB award honors a new professional faculty or staff member who has shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, developing, supporting, and positively impacting undergraduate and graduate students through their participation in and support of community engagement, service, and volunteerism.

  • Lee Bemiller, Student Engagement

Bronze Pin Award

Rachel DiDomizio was honored with the Bronze Pin Award, the highest individual honor given by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) President. RHA presidents give this pin to individuals who have provided leadership and direction to themselves and their campus organizations.

NEACURH Advisor of the Year

Chris Bragdon was selected as the Advisor of the Year by the North East Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls.  NEACURH is a student leadership organization and an affiliate of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. which is the largest student run organization in the world.  Chris currently serves as the advisor to UB’s Residence Hall Association.

NODA – Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education, Region IX, Outstanding New OTR Professional

Val Luutran was awarded the region IX Outstanding New OTR Professional Award which recognizes a new orientation, transition, and retention professional who has demonstrated service to NODA at a regional Association-wide level, and/or to the orientation, transition, and retention profession.

Unsung Hero - UB Employees Campaign for the Community Award

Campus Dining and Shops was awarded the Unsung Hero Award for contributing significantly behind the scenes to the success of this year's campaign.