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Summer 2016 Anthropology Courses

Posted by Tim on April 27, 2016 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Summer Courses

July 11—August 19, 2016
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00am-12:10pm
This course introduces students to the central concepts and questions of cultural anthropology as well as patterns of human cultural expression across the globe. This course explores the sociocultural factors that shape who we are as humans, our behavior, and perceptions. We
will examine some of the social categories and institutions that have profound influences on
the lives of human beings (e.g. families, economies, political systems, religions), as well as the categories of expression (e.g. language, symbolism, medicine, ecology), and processes of contemporary cultural change around the world.
Questions? Email Tamara Dixon at


July 11—August 19, 2016
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30pm-9:40pm
Humans have always sought to understand where we came from, why we are the way we are, and where we fit amongst the animal kingdom. Physical anthropology—the study of human evolution and origins—attempts to answer these questions, looking at our past and contemporary non-human primates for clues. This course will trace our human origins, from the earliest possible fossil hominins, looking at variations and adaptations that ultimately led to modern humans. We will discuss evolutionary theory and genetics, the fossil record, contemporary non-human primates, and human adaptations, applying these ideas to help us understand our place in the world.
Questions? Email Tamara Dixon at


May 31—July 8, 2016
Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00am-12:10pm
Archaeology is a field of study focused on understanding the human past from the material remains preserved and uncovered in modern times. In this course, we will explore the world and human diversity throughout time, find out how archaeologists interpret the past using artifacts, sites, and human remains, discover the greatest archaeological finds of all time, and learn to decipher fact from fiction in popular portrayals of past societies. This introduction to the field of archaeology will bring to life the fascinating study of ancient cultures, in a short but dynamic six-week summer course.
Questions? Email Tamara Dixon at

Anthropology Majors: Fulfill Your Intro Course Requirements This Summer!
Non-Anthropology Majors: Consider These Classes For Your General Education Social Science Requirement!



Road Trip DC Career Experience May 18 and 19

Posted by Tim on April 27, 2016 in Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Event, Internships, Networking, Student Job Opportunities, Workshops

Road Trip DC Career Experience
May 18 and May 19, 2016

Register on Bullseye

Open to all majors, all degree levels and anyone who would like to explore D.C.!

Register on BullsEye under Events>Career Fairs


Questions?  Contact Carrie Johnson at:

Brought to you by UB Career Services:



Graduate Student Assistant Position in the School of Social Work

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2016 in Academics, Career Opportunities, Graduate School Programs, Scholarship Opportunities, Student Job Opportunities

Graduate Assistant Position

The primary responsibilities for this graduate assistant position in the UB School of Social Work include duties pertaining to project administration; writing, supporting, editing and preparing content for our bi-annual Mosaics magazine and other projects and communications; and requisite administrative tasks. These duties include the following:

  • Provide general assistance to the Communications Officer/Senior Project Manager and others in writing, proofreading, research, correspondence, updating social media, etc.
  • Assist in daily tasks as well as special projects as needed, including the editing of brochures, view books, letters, reports, etc. for various groups within the school.
  • Provide editorial assistance as needed with the school’s website.

This position requires a 20 hour a week commitment for 12 months.  It includes a biweekly stipend in the amount of $360.96 and also provides an in-state graduate student tuition scholarship. Anticipated start date of July 1, 2016.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism or a related area. Proficient in the Associated Press style manual of writing. Experience in writing, interviewing and preparing and proofing written communications. The successful candidate will be flexible and able to multi-task and will possess an exceptional ability to work with others and independently; superior organizational/time management skills; and excellent oral and written communication skills.

Must have thorough working knowledge of MS Office suite (especially Word and Excel), advanced computer skills and ability to learn new programs quickly.

Preferred Qualifications:
Familiarity with website content management systems, photography and videography capture/editing/organization skills a strong plus. Experience with social media and other new and emerging media.

Please send an electronic version of your resume or CV and cover letter by May 2, 2016 to:

Ms. Sarah Watson
Communications Officer/Senior Project Manager
School of Social Work
685 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260


Electronics Recycling Event April 28 and 29 in the Center for Tomorrow Parking Lot

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event

Electronics Recycling & Clothing Drive

April 28-29, CFT Parking Lot

The PSS Sustainable Living Committee is sponsoring an Electronics Recycling & Clothing Drive to benefit Hearts for the Homeless, April 28-29, in the Center for Tomorrow Parking Lot. Enter via Service Center Road.

Thursday, April 28
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Visit for complete details.


Job Search Bootcamp May 16

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2016 in Career Opportunities, Event, Networking, Workshops

It’s all the job search hacks you could ever need AND free lunch!  
May 16 | 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
101 Baldy Hall

Boot Camp Topics

Job Search Strategies
Know your strengths and skills; how it relates to jobs and employers.

How-to Maximize LinkedIn
A little tutorial on how to be a pro when using LinkedIn.

How-to Find Employers
Get the inside track and access to information on prospective employers.

Etiquette 101 
Impress every employer because of your stellar etiquette skills.

Resume and Cover Letter
Have a top notch resume and cover letter.

Interview Practice
Practice answering interview questions.

I’m Ready for Boot Camp! Email: to sign up and learn more.


LGBTQ Community Service Opportunity April 25

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2016 in Buffalo Bits, Event, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

If anyone needs community service hours, we have an impromptu community service project taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, April 25th from 4:00pm – 9:00pm at the Pride Center of Western New York, a non-profit organization here in Buffalo that provides programs, opportunities, and advocacy for LGBTQ populations.

 Although we will be leaving UB at 4:00pm, the project will take place between 5:30pm – 8:00pm—this is an opportunity to help the Pride Center prepare for its upcoming summer Pride events and programs, which includes the annual Pride Parade. We will be creating packets of information that will be distributed throughout the Pride celebrations. There will be pizza, music, and games to make the service event lots of fun!!

We will be leaving UB North Campus at 4:00pm, will take the UB Shuttle to South Campus, and will take the Metro Rail from South Campus to downtown Buffalo, where the Pride Center is located (the Pride Center is four blocks walking distance from where we get off of the train downtown).

 If you plan to attend, please make sure to bring $4 for train fare ($2 each way).

 Please meet me here at my office (255 Capen Hall) at 4:00pm so that we can begin our trip downtown to the Pride Center.



Honors College Service-Learning Internship Opportunity

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2016 in Honors Experiences, Internships, Networking, Student Job Opportunities

University Honors College

Intern for Service-Learning

 The Honors College seeks an Honors College intern for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 to work on service-learning outreach and programming. The schedule is flexible but the graduate intern is expected to work 6-10 hours per week. To apply, email a copy of your resume and a brief statement about why you are interested in the internship to Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah at The deadline to apply is May 4, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. Interviews will take place between May 5, 2016 and May 6, 2016.  The selected Honors intern can earn up to 3.0 Honors credit hours, depending on the number of hours they are available.

Description of Duties

  • Assist with the coordination of TA recruitment, selection, and training
  • Assist with the compilation of the Teaching Assistant Manual
  • Assist with the compilation of the Service-Learning Handbook for students and community partners
  • Assist with the uploading and organization of course material on UBlearns for HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium
  • Assist with the development and distribution of assessment materials through campus labs and/or google docs
  • Serve as the community partner liaison for Colloquium by assisting with the following areas: trouble shoot problems with CP, pair students with CP, assist with student placement, organize CP preferences, prepare electronic CP profiles, prepare CP schedules for spring 2017, assist with the coordination of the CP panel, can in CP forms in folders, facilitate communication between CP, TA’s and students, reach out to potential CP, etc.
  • Create and maintain the community partner database to ensure that the correct forms and contact information on are file
  • Assist with the coordination of guest speakers for HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium on specific topics (e.g., cultural competency, history of Buffalo, etc.)
  • Attend and participate in Thursday TA meetings in the spring 2017
  • Assist with the coordination with the Day of Service for the fall and spring semester
  • Assist with the scheduling of guest speakers for HON 202: Honors College Sophomore Civic Engagement Practicum II
  • Any other assigned duties related to service-learning initiatives

Electronics and Clothing Drive April 28 and April 29 on UB North Campus

Posted by Tim on April 22, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief

Electronics Recycling & Clothing Drive

April 28-29, CFT Parking Lot

The PSS Sustainable Living Committee is sponsoring an Electronics Recycling & Clothing Drive to benefit Hearts for the Homeless, April 28-29, in the Center for Tomorrow Parking Lot. Enter via Service Center Road.

Thursday, April 28
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29
7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Visit for complete details.

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Fear, Anxiety and Immigration: Barriers and Belonging in the United States and Western Europe April 26

Posted by Tim on April 22, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

News Release —

Tuesday, April 26, 3 pm

Fear, Anxiety, and Immigration: Barriers and Belonging in the United States and Western Europe

Location: 509 O’Brian Hall

Speaker: Nancy Foner, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

Jean Monnet Distinguished Lecture

ABSTRACT: After more than fifty years of large-scale immigration, the U.S. and Western European countries have been dramatically transformed by the huge inflows that have altered the composition of their populations in profound ways and created remarkable — new — ethnic, racial, and religious diversity.  Why have fears and anxieties about immigrant origin populations and their incorporation taken different forms on the two sides of the Atlantic — with the religious divide more central in Europe and race and legal status especially pronounced barriers in the U.S.?  How can we account for the fact that the U.S. frames national identities in a way that is more inclusive of immigrants and their children than Western European countries do?

NANCY FONER has written extensively on immigration issues, with her current work focusing on comparing immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigration today with earlier periods in the United States. The author or editor of eighteen books, the most recent are “Strangers No More: Immigration and the Challenges of Integration in North America and Western Europe,” co-authored with Richard Alba (Princeton University Press, 2015) and “Fear, Anxiety, and National Identity:  Immigration and Belonging in North America and Western Europe,” edited with Patrick Simon (Russell Sage Foundation, 2015). Among her many honors, she received the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association and in 2011 was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This talk is funded by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Commission.

It is co-sponsored by the Jean Monnet Chair, The Center for European Studies (CEUS), and the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy.

For more information, contact Deborah Reed-Danahay at


EMERGE Student Run Stem Publication Looking for Writers, Artists, Photogs, Consultants and more

Posted by Tim on April 19, 2016 in Community Announcements, Networking, New Programs, Student Clubs

Emerge: Student-Run Stem Publication of the University at Buffalo

Looking for: Writers, artists, photojournalists, consultants, copy editors, developers, and designers

Leadership Positions Available!

Copy Manager, Publicity Coordinator, Club Administrator

Next meeting: May 4, 2016
6:30 p.m.
208 Davis Hall (firefly Conference room)