A True Blue Year: 2021-22

“The tangible results of our efforts continue to create the best possible experience for our students.” - Brian F. Hamluk, VP for Student Life

Divisional Highlights: Celebrating a Year of Accomplishments

A Virtual Start

Orientation Leaders with Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs, part of Student Life, host an online session in Knox Lecture Hall in July 2021 as part of the virtual orientation programs for incoming students. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

An Increased Emphasis on Wellness Support

Person wearing headphones, sitting outside with a laptop.

In December, the division launched a comprehensive health and wellness initiative, Taking Care, which emphasized health promotion, emotional and mental support and the delivery of high-quality medical services.

Let the Games Begin

Students in the newly opened Esports space, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, in Hadley Village photographed in March 2021. Photographer: Douglas Levere This image has been approved by University Communications—under the guidance of UB’s Office of Environment, Health and Safety—to align with current health and safety regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Buffalo Esports emerged on the scene in late 2020 and is a member of the Esports Collegiate Conference, competing in highly popular games such as Overwatch, League of Legends and Rocket League.

Student Life placed third overall during UB’s annual Giving Day, unlocking a $2,500 challenge gift from President Tripathi.

More Than Just a Name Change

A grand opening event celebrates the renovated and renamed Career Design Center in March 2022 in Capen Hall. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.
From a vibrant return to campus, to a renewed sense of True Blue spirit, the 2021-22 academic year truly provided both staff and students alike with a reason to celebrate.

Comeback Story: The Interlocking UB

Aerial images of the Interlocking UB at the new student welcome at the UB Stadium in August 2019. Photographer: Mark Adams.

1,519 students participated in the 17th year of this iconic tradition. Student Life celebrated its triumphant in-person return to UB Stadium during Welcome Weekend.

Opening the Doors to the World

Students and others meet, study, and socialize in the spaces of One World Café in March 2022. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

The Future Wellness of Our Students

The exterior of the new Student Health Services center, located at 4350 Maple Road, near Sweet Home Road, photographed in August 2022. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

As we strive to meet UB’s academic and research aspirations, there is a growing need to provide our students with access to the latest state-of-the-art physical spaces. Health Services moved to a new location on Maple Road near the North Campus in the fall semester of 2022.

The multiyear relocation of Health Services will effectively serve students until a more holistic solution is delivered in the form of a Recreation and Wellness Center already in its planning stages.

The Century Celebration

The UB Bulls take on MAC rivals Western Michigan Broncos at the UB Stadium during the homecoming game in October 2021. The Thunder of the East marching band celebrated 100 years anniversary during the game. Past members were invited to play with the band both in the stands and during the half time show. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

The Thunder of the East Marching Band celebrated 100 years of tradition with an alumni event for past, current and future Bulls during Homecoming Weekend.

Student Life expanded its digital content reach, achieving more than 2.4 million page views on student facing websites.

Celebrating Our Diversity

The Lavender Reception, hosted by Intercultural and Diversity Center, in the Student Union in May 2022. According to the IDC, the ceremony celebrated the accomplishments of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer students and their allies. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

UB’s Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) provides a welcoming space for students, while simultaneously coordinating educational programs and cultural events aimed to broaden student perspectives and promote inclusion, equity and social justice.

With Gratitude

The Office of Student Life installed a gratitude tree in the Student Union where students, staff and faculty are invited to add their statements on leaves. It was photographed in August 2021. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

Launching Bulls into the Future

Brian Hamluk with two people, all holding glasses to toast.

As May ushered in the 175th commencement season, Student Life staff actively engaged graduating students in Countdown to Commencement activities, including a senior toast.

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