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:
The SUNYCUAD Awards for Excellence program rewards the very best efforts of our talented and creative professionals throughout the SUNY system. The 2019 awards recognize the efforts of the following units: Student Engagement, Student Conduct and Advocacy, Assessment and Research, Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs, UB Video Productions and Student Life Marketing and Communications.
Director Jim Mauck and the UB Athletic Bands received the 2019 Golden Apple Award from the Niagara Falls City School District. The award was established by the District to honor those who voluntarily work with our students and go above and beyond in partnering with the district to provide student opportunities.
Matthew Ardila-Weigand, Director of Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs; has received a 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement within and beyond the position.
Sue Snyder, Director of Health Services, has received a 2019 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. This award recognizes consistently superior professional achievement within and beyond the position.
Marla McBride, Associate Director of Health Promotion, is one of three recipients nationwide to receive EVERFI’s 2019 Impact Award for outstanding achievements in alcohol prevention.
Assitant Director for Counselng Services, Carissa Uschold-Klepfer, received the Outstanding Service to the Professional Staff Senate Award which recognizes outstanding service by an individual or group to the Professional Staff Senate.
Campus Dining and Shops has been recogned by AllerTrain for outstanding restaurant and university leaders at the forefront of the foodservice industry in food allergy training and safety for 2019.
Ben Fabian of Student Conduct and Advocacy was honored with the Crystal Circle award. The Crystal Circle recognizes and celebrates the Past Presidents of CSPA-NYS. Individuals are inducted into the Crystal Circle upon completion of the full Presidency term, comprised of one-year as President-Elect, one-year as President, and one-year as Past President. In recognition for their service to the Association, Crystal Circle members are given lifetime membership in CSPA-NYS.
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.
The UB Employees Campaign for the Community started in 1976 as part of the State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA). For over 35 years, the campaign has given all university employees and retirees a way to make a meaningful contribution to charitable organizations worldwide. UB donors can choose to contribute to any of more than 2,800 health, human service, educational, environmental and cultural organizations. Historically, over 80 percent of the money raised through the campaign has been designed for agencies in the Buffalo-Niagara region. These donations help tens of thousands of our fellow community members by providing services that align closely with UB’s priorities for community engagement in the areas of health and wellness, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, and pre-K-16 education.
The Bennett Cup established in 2000 in honor of former United Way President Bob Bennett, chancellor emeritus of the state Board of Regents is considered the MVP award of the campaign and is awarded to the most successful unit.
Betsy Rodriguez has been awarded a scholarship award to attend the annual AUCCCD 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
Neal 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: