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Inclusive Launch Foundry 8 Week Start-up Training and Internship Program Application Deadline is January 22

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2018 in Academics, Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Event, Internships, Workshops

Inclusive Launch Foundry, Co-founded by Blackstone LaunchPad and Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships is an accelerated 8 week start-up training and internship program. The objective is to provide a framework for which students from diverse backgrounds can apply their new found knowledge to develop a scalable business.

Students who complete the Spring Inclusive Launch Foundry Program will be placed in a paid-internship experience during the Fall 2018 semester with a WNY startup company that aligns with their interests and goals.

Please note* You do NOT need to have a startup to apply!

Key Dates
Application deadline: 01/31/18
Program begins: 02/06/18
Classes: Every other Tuesday from 6-8PM
Program ends: 05/03/18

Have questions? Email | Maureen Erokwu

To apply, please click HERE


Blackstone LaunchPad Seeks Student Assistant for Spring 2018 Semester Deadline to apply is January 22

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2018 in Community Announcements, Student Assistant, Student Job Opportunities

The Blackstone LaunchPad at the University at Buffalo is seeking a student assistant to help with student entrepreneurship engagement across campus. Specifically, the student would assist with the LaunchPad’s efforts to engage and support students across campus and across disciplines. The person accepting this position should have exceptional communication and marketing skills which will be critical to the success of this position.

The major focus of this position is writing and editing copy for print and web materials. Work to be performed includes but is not limited to:

  • Create expert and strategic content for print publications, websites, events and social media channels.
  • Develop and maintain website editorial calendars; copy-edit and proofread old and new web content; ensure use of website content best practices.
  • Work within Blackstone LaunchPad’s editorial vetting system, ensuring created content is well-written, on-brand and edited/proofed to meet both AP and UB standards.
  • Develop press releases, media advisories and success stories to share with University and Western New York media outlets.
  • Demonstrate initiative and “can do” attitude with creating new initiatives and solving new challenges.

The position may also require other duties as assigned that are needed by the Center and/or tasks that utilize this person’s personal interests or talents.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of the rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus. The position will require 10-15 hours work per week, some flexibility with scheduling, yet some hours will be dictated by specific activities that will require evening and weekend availability.  The candidate must be registered full-time. Hourly rate is $12.

Application Process:

Candidates must submit the following, in electronic form: a letter of application, resume, and writing sample directly to Hadar Borden, Program Director, 220 Student Union, by January 22, 2018. Candidates will be notified electronically whether they will be interviewed. Projected start date January 29, 2018 or ASAP.


Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Call for Nominations

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2018 in Community Announcements, Competitions

The President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring was established through a generous gift by the late UB President Emeritus Martin Meyerson and his wife, Margy Ellen, to recognize exceptional teaching and mentoring at the University at Buffalo. Faculty members who exemplify these qualities are foundational to UB and its academic mission. They provide undergraduates with guidance and support to develop the skills necessary for research and creativity as well as for critical thinking and innovation. This award honors faculty who have an outstanding record of helping UB undergraduates reach their full potential as young scholars and future leaders in their chosen careers. In addition to mentoring students, awardees are leaders within their own departments, extending beyond professional duties to engage other faculty and students in meaningful collaboration and initiatives. One common theme among successful faculty mentors is that their mentoring experiences are as impactful to them as they are for their students.

Faculty may be nominated for the award by students, faculty colleagues, alumni and/or university administrators. This year’s award winners will be recognized this fall, at UB’s 2018 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence. Please encourage your colleagues to nominate faculty who distinguish themselves as outstanding mentors.

The process and portal for nominations may be found at    Nominations will be accepted through February 19, 2018. For more information, please contact Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, at 716-645-9100 or via email at


Student Tutors and Academic Coach Positions Needed for Academic Resource Center

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2018 in Community Announcements, Student Job Opportunities, Tutoring

We are looking for students  interested in tutoring various courses as well as academic coach positions for the spring semester and/ or summer. These positions require at least 5 hours of availability up to 15 hours per week depending on demand and subject matter for the Spring semester.  The summer tutoring and coaching would be a full time one month position for the month of July (summer bridge program).

The students should have an A in the courses they wish to tutor and a 3.0 or higher overall GPA.  Students need to have good communication skills and wiliness to help others.  Our most commonly requested courses are MTH, CHE, BIO, STA, ECO, ENG and various engineering courses.  We are also looking for PSC, HIS and SOC courses.

If you know of any students that are interested, they can email me directly or go online and fill out the application and mentioning that they are an honors student. Here is the link to the application:


Invitation to Attend 2018 Global Engagement Summit on February 23

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking

Invitation for Students To Attend the 2018 Global Engagement Summit on February 23

The Global Engagement Summit convenes more than 1,000 American college students and UNA-USA leaders for a day of dynamic and informative discussions on the most pressing issues facing the UN. Held at UN Headquarters in New York City, event participants dive deep into the mission and work of the UN, empowering them to be better advocates in the halls of Congress and in their communities across the United States.

Past speakers have included the UN Secretary-General, the President of the General Assembly, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN, and top corporate leaders. This year’s keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Sachs, American economist and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. See the full agenda for the Summit and register here before tickets sell-out.

To inquire about financial assistance, please contact Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager, at Scholarships are available for undergraduate students who attend college in VT, WV, DE, IN, ID, or GA.


Scharps Legal Essay Competition Deadline February 2

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2018 in Community Announcements, Competitions

The Scharps Legal Essay Competition is open to juniors and seniors (or underclassmen who have that status based on credit hours) at state-operated campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of this year’s essay competition is Controversial Speaker on Campus (see attached information).

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University of New York Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund.

One award of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

Students must submit their essays and application cover sheets to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships via email at by 5:00pm on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Questions can be directed to


Become a Blackstone LaunchPad Ambassador!

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2018 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Internships, Job Opportunity, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Are you passionate about entrepreneurship? Become a Blaser!

Blackstone LaunchPad Ambassador for Student Engagement and Recruitment

Open to undergraduate students from all majors!

*Available for Internship Credit*


  • Training and professional development
  • Leadership Assessments
  • Access to exclusive, invitation-only events

Seeking applications for spring 2018…apply TODAY:

For more information,, contact Blackstone at


Congratulations Dr. Muller on her newly published Books Cuban Emigrés and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World

Posted by Tim on December 21, 2017 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements

Congratulations to Dr. Muller on her new books Cuban Emigrés and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World!

Check out the great reviews too!

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Job Opportunity with Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. In Buffalo

Posted by Tim on December 21, 2017 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Student Job Opportunities

Economic Development Specialist Position Description
Organization: Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.
Position Title: Economic Development Specialist, Economic Development Corps (AmeriCorps)
Program Name: Economic Development
Supervisor: Economic Development Director (EDD)
Location: Office at 436 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 with neighborhood travel to local small
Organization Mission: WEDI’s mission is to empower economically disadvantaged people in Buffalo,
New York, with a primary focus on the West Side community.
Organization Overview: Since 2007, WEDI has served the City of Buffalo by tutoring children, building
and rehabbing housing, and developing businesses through training, microlending, and a small business
incubation. We primarily work with refugees, immigrants, and low-income individuals with programs and
services tailored to these communities. We have over 350 people interested in small business services
with over 80 operating business startups and over 50 loans disbursed.
Websites: /
Phone Number: 716- 393-4088
Interested applicants: This position is through AmeriCorps , to learn more about how to apply please
Primary Purpose and Function
● Guide minimum of 100 small business owners and/or burgeoning entrepreneurs through the
process of starting or expanding a business through the Economic Development Program via
financial literacy, financing, business counseling, and technical assistance training.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
● Recruit prospective and current business owners interested in accessing business training,
technical assistance, and business loans in the neighborhoods and communities of Buffalo, NY.
● Provide one-on-one technical assistance to clients in financial literacy, credit, and business
counseling, to establish financial stability and help them start or expand a business.
● Support clients in developing business plans, business financials (including interim), and financial
● Recruit volunteer business coaches, match the coaches with appropriate clients, and manage
these connections.
● Guide clients through the microloan application process adhering to SBA and CDFI standards.
● Assist in the underwriting of credit-building and business loans up to $20,000.
● Log, monitor, and report the information in Loan Management database system.

Possible Functions and Responsibilities
● Support EDD in program development, including statistical analysis, project management, and
other duties as assigned.
● Develop economic development programs to benefit clients and/or other West Side residents.
● Gather research to augment EDD’s current work.
Required Knowledge and Skills
● Strong knowledge of business plans, cash flow models, and other general business topics.
● Strong understanding of lending, including credit history and collateral.
● Strong customer service tendencies, especially in cross-cultural contexts.
● Ability to manage, organize, and update relevant data using both cloud-based and software
database applications, including loan management and outcome tracking systems.
● Ability to create statistical tools and reports using spreadsheets.
● Competent in MS Office products, Google products, email and internet applications.
● Fluency in English language, both oral and written.
● Demonstrated problem solving and people skills.
● High accuracy in work, attention to detail.
● Proven oral and written skills.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
● Fluency in Spanish language, Asian/African languages, and/or Arabic.
● Knowledgeable or ability to learn the neighborhoods and communities of Buffalo, NY, and
immediate surrounding areas.
● Bachelors in Business, Economics, Finance, or a related field.
Physical Demands
● Sitting in meetings for long periods of time, up to 2 hours at a time.
● Visiting local businesses by car, walking, or public transportation.
● Frequent alpha/numeric keyboarding.
● Frequent oral communication in person and over the phone.
● Ability to view a computer monitor for long periods of time.
Organizational Policy/Procedure Compliance
● Follow all organizational policies and procedures and local, state, and federal laws.
● The organization does not tolerate sexually, violently, or other unlawfully discriminatory actions,
gestures, harassment, or statements. Any of these behaviors are subject to personnel action up
to and including immediate termination. Such actions must be reported to the supervisor
● Maintain confidentiality of organizational records and information at all times.
● Maintain a professional but friendly image.
Interested applicants: Visit


Seeking Students to Participate in #EmTechMOOC Pilot Program

Posted by Tim on December 14, 2017 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The State University of New York (SUNY):

Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success MOOC


This MOOC is targeted to the needs of ALL learners, including students, faculty, and anyone with a desire to learn how to use emerging technologies to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.

We are seeking participants (especially students) for the pre-launch MOOC pilot.

The 3-week pilot begins January 4th, 2018.

Please add your contact information to this form if you are interested in participating.

We will randomly select 3 MOOC completers who will each receive an iTunes card valued at $15, in addition to digital badges and a Coursera Certificate of Completion awarded to all completers.

Forward this announcement to anyone who may be interested, to introduce them to #EmTechMOOC !

Emerging Tech MOOC Press Release

The State University of New York (SUNY) announces:

Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success MOOC

Why enroll in #EmTechMOOC ?

Learning with technology has become a huge part of our lives but how do you use established and emerging technology tools for career and personal advancement in today’s digital age?

  • Participants will build a personal toolbox to assist them in effectively using web-based technology tools for learning and career advancement.
  • Participants will create an ePortfolio to serve as a digital collection to showcase their skills, experience, and accomplishments, and provide evidence of their personal learning and discovery process.
  • Participants also earn digital badges and Coursera certification to display in their ePortfolios and social networks to share their accomplishments with peers and prospective employers.

#EmTechMOOC learners will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • The value and implications of using established and emerging technology tools for career and personal advancement in today’s digital age.
  • Lifelong learning strategies needed to keep pace with technology change.

Registration for the full MOOC opens spring 2018 through Coursera.

Note: #EmTechMOOC is modeled after the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) < > which successfully ran for 5 years as SUNY-wide professional development to explore and reflect on the use of emerging technology tools to expand tech-infused pedagogy.