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New Chinese Courses Available

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, New Programs, UB Curriculum

CHI191 “Beginning Chinese for Professionals” has been scheduled for the fall. There are two sections open.

“This is the first semester of the three-semester sequence of introductory Mandarin Chinese course (three credits each semester) and it aims to lay a solid foundation in Chinese for students in professional programs such as business and health. The course also covers basic concepts of Chinese culture related to these fields. Upon course completion, students will have acquired elementary language skills in the language, including basic knowledge of the phonetic Pinyin system and Chinese characters, basic terminology specific to the professional fields, and key concepts of Chinese culture.” This is the first class of the three semester sequence (3 credits each semester), which is equivalent with the traditional CHI101-102 sequence.

There are also two courses newly scheduled for the fall – CHI280 “Survey of Chinese Culture”, and CHI430 Special Topics (exact topic to be determined as soon as we have the faculty to teach the class, and we will update about this later). These courses are open to any student.


Bachelor of Science in Public Health Now Available at UB

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2017 in Academics, New Programs

A Public Health BS degree is now available within the UB School of Public Health & Health Professions.  You can find more information about the program here:  

As you know, public health represents a growing and dynamic field with opportunities to address the world’s most pressing health problems. The discipline is a combination of both the science and art of advancing the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations through education, promotion of healthy behaviors, and research for disease and injury prevention. The major will prepare students for both entry-level positions in public health and related careers and for advanced study in public health and health professions.

Major requirements can be found here and include both coursework in public health and foundation courses in both the sciences and the social sciences: Students who wish to update their major to public health may do so via the following webform: 

Please contact us at or simply call 716-829-5000 for more information.     ​


Summer Internship Programs in Washington, D.C.

Posted by Tim on June 19, 2017 in Career Opportunities, Event, Honors Experiences, Internships, Networking, New Programs

Technology and Societal Change: What Leaders of Tomorrow Need to Know Today
Heinz College of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University – Washington DC
July 21 – 23, 2017

Global Leaders Forum: World Affairs and the Changing Landscape
Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service – Washington DC
Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy – Washington DC
August 4 – 6, 2017

PPIA 15th Annual PPIA Graduate School and Career Fair

Held in the nation’s capital, the PPIA Public Service EXPO serves as a creative commons for prospective applicants to public policy and international affairs schools, for individuals seeking public service careers and internships, and for strengthening a community of high-impact individuals.

DATE: Friday, July 14, 2017
TIME: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: Marvin Center, The George Washington University
COST: Free to attend!
Public Service Expo Attendee Registration – Now Open


Mental Health First Aid Training

Posted by Tim on May 8, 2017 in New Programs

 Friends of Night People is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training at our facility on June 26th and 27th between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  This course is evidence based and presented by  Compeer of Greater Buffalo in collaboration with the  Mental Health Association of Erie County. The course details signs and symptoms of mental health illnesses, diffusion techniques, and an action plan on how to appropriately assist/respond to an individual having a mental health crisis. This course does NOT encourage diagnosing individuals, rather an awareness and elimination of the stigma associated with mental health. This course also results in a certificate upon completion. Please have any students or upcoming students who may be assigned to our organization for their service project e-mail me for more details and the link to register for the course. Their participation in this course is strongly encouraged and I am hoping to have this be a mandatory part of volunteer orientation in the future.

Contact Kristen Yansick if interested!


4-H Tech Wizards Program 2017

Posted by Tim on February 6, 2017 in Academics, New Programs

Dear Potential Mentor,

At Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County (CCE-EC) and through its 4-H Youth Development

program, we strive to engage youth in programming that encourage them to build life skills that prepare

them to contribute in meaningful ways in their communities, now and in the future. A major part of

their growth is having caring adults serving as mentors to help support their development. Mentors

gain real-life experience by addressing community needs and broadening their exposure to public

service issues.

CCE-EC, in collaboration with National 4-H and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Prevention, will be running a mentoring program, entitled Tech Wizards, which will utilize science,

engineering, and technology to engage youth and address issues in their communities. We are currently

recruiting mentors (unpaid) to volunteer their time to work with a group of 4 students (collectively) for

a 1-hour session, once a week. Mentors that work during this period will have the opportunity to work

with youth (ages 8-17; most are under 12) on Monday and/or Wednesday between 4:30 – 5:30 PM at

the Seneca Babcock Community Center (1168 Seneca Street, Buffalo 14210). Sessions will be at this

site as opposed to mentees and mentors arranging to meet at outside locations. However, there will be

occasional outings where all mentors and mentees will come together for group events. We are open to

exploring how this timing can work with your schedule.

Although it could be beneficial for our mentors to have some knowledge of science, engineering, and

technology topics, it is not required since we will be providing training in both mentoring and the

programming topics we will explore. In fact, a willingness to learn alongside the youth is more

important than being an expert on the topics.

An initial Mentor Orientation and ongoing training opportunities will be provided for the volunteer

mentors who support students through this program. The orientation will be arranged to work at a

time and location suitable for our mentors. Please contact me for details.

If you or someone you know would like to seize upon this opportunity to positively impact the lives of

several Buffalo youth in the 4-H Tech Wizards Program, I can be contacted at 716-773-4654 (Tuesday-
Friday) or 716-652-5400 x 140 (Mondays) or via e-mail at


Volunteer Job Description

4-H Tech Wizards Mentor

Purpose: To create supportive learning environments in which diverse youth and adults reach

their fullest potential as capable, competent, and caring citizens. Provide positive mentoring to a

4-H program participant while enhancing his/her knowledge in the area of Science, Technology,

Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM).


 Act as a positive role model for the young people you work with, setting high expectations

for those youth

 Empower youth to find their voice, get involved in STEM and future projects

 Help youth find solutions to community problems

 Be sensitive to the needs of the youth you work with

 Become familiar with families, program manager, other mentors and supporters

 Communicate concerns, challenges and solutions with program manager and families

 Help kids connect with new opportunities

 Be knowledgeable of and aware of the resources available for STEM

 Lead project activities and teach related skills in the area of STEM

 Follow all Cornell Cooperative Extension-Erie County (CCE-EC) youth protection and risk

management policies, emergency procedures, youth and adult Code of Conduct

Expected Results: 4-H program participants will be matched with a fully-trained mentor who will

work with them one-on-one or in small groups during program time to help them develop STEM

and life skills. Participants will report feeling supported by their mentor and will continue to take

part in programs for at least 1 year.

Training and Support:

 Mentors skills will be assessed and utilized

 On-going support from program manager and lead volunteers (debriefs, email groups, list

serves, advisory boards and/or one-on-one meetings with staff)

 Mentor training series

 Access to materials, resources and equipment to conduct programming

 Leadership opportunities and ability to learn from others


Helping You Put Knowledge to Work

Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County provides equal program and employment opportunities.

21 South Grove St.

East Aurora, NY 14052



 To be determined by site

Time Commitment: A minimum commitment of 1 year to work with at least 1 afterschool

program group per week (sessions are 1 hour each).


 Enjoys working with youth Sincere interest in the growth and development of the youth in the program Interest in the designated subject area Willingness to learn Ability to work with other adults and to organize and coordinate with other people Effective communication, organization, and interpersonal skills Commitment to follow-through on program schedule Ability to understand and implement Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development policies, procedures, risk management guidelines, youth and adult Code of


 Act as a positive role model for youth, practicing appropriate behavior (including dress) Ability to recognize youth for their abilities, skills and personal accomplishments Ability to show sensitivity to the needs of the youth and families involved in the program Willingness and availability to attend trainings  Interest in developing community partnerships


 Opportunity to share a passion and skill with others Enhance personal leadership and organizational skills Build friendships with other volunteers and staff Derive satisfaction from helping youth reach their greatest potential

Level of Background Screening Required:

 Application form Criminal Background Check and NYS Sex Offender Check (note: this is required for all enrolled volunteers when responsibilities include unsupervised work with minors, individuals over 65, or individuals with disabilities)


Want to earn a 4.0 this semester?

Posted by Tim on January 30, 2017 in Academics, New Programs

Want to earn a 4.0 this semester?


Dr. Donna O. Johnson from Dallas, TX will be on campus on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 4:00pm in the Student Union Theatre to present her “Guaranteed 4.0 Seminar”.  This interactive and session is open to all UB students. We encourage you to get there early; the first 100 students will receive a free 4.0 workbook.


The Guaranteed 4.0 Learning System is an innovative approach  to increase effectiveness and mastering any class! This dynamic framework of learning employs the latest research in cognitive science and ensures academic excellence. With over 24 years of experience and over 1,000 presentations, they empower students with tools that allow them to overcome obstacles.


Results are Guaranteed!

“Guaranteed 4.0” does just what the title implies. This seminar details a unique learning method that is guaranteed to deliver a 4.0 GPA. The focus of this seminar is not “how to study”. Rather, we want students to achieve a mindset of academic excellence and success. Students learn simple techniques for long-term information retention, as well as advanced strategies of critical thinking and metacognition. Students will leave the seminar empowered and motivated to achieve their 4.0! 

RSVP before Feb. 7th at


Humanity in Action Fellowship

Posted by Tim on November 7, 2016 in Academics, Networking, New Programs, Study Abroad

Who will be the next generation of Humanity in Action Fellows? Applications for our programs in Europe and the United States are now open. 

We invite applications from students and recent graduates of U.S. colleges and universities  who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2015 and 2016 are eligible.  The deadline to apply to these programs is January 4, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

The European Programs

In 2017, the Humanity in Action Fellowship programs will take place in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo and Warsaw. Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of injustice and resistance—including the political foundations of racial hierarchies, Antisemitism, Islamophobia and colonial domination—as they affect different minority groups today. To learn more about the European programs, click here.

The American Program

In 2015, Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights launched the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta, Georgia. The John Lewis Fellowship honors U.S. Representative John Lewis, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement. In its first two years, the program explored the history of the Civil Rights Movement, diversity and minority rights in Atlanta. In its third year, the John Lewis Fellowship is expanding to focus on restorative justice in Atlanta.  The four-week inquiry and resulting blueprint for restorative justice will involve a multidisciplinary approach. Fellows, speakers and staff will produce a blueprint – “An Appeal for Human Rights and Restorative Justice” for the city. They will explore keys issues and subjects including education, health, the law, urban and residential planning, police practices, local and state government, religious institutions, and the arts.  Humanity in Action is proud to partner with The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc., to develop this important program and is deeply grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support provided through The Center. To learn more about the American programs, click here.


UB Mini Med School

Posted by Tim on November 7, 2016 in Academics, Event, New Programs

UB Mini Med School
Sponsored in part by UBMD

It’s All in the Mind
Presented by the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Tuesday, Dec 66-8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec 136-8 p.m.
150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus
UB’s Mini Medical School series is a public service offered to those ages 16 and older. Anyone interested in learning about the latest advancements in medicine and healthcare is encouraged to attend.

Cost is $5 per session or free for students with a valid ID. Parking is
available in the Sherman Road lot, directly off Bailey Avenue next
to Farber Hall.

To register, click here
For more information about the series, please visit
the Mini Medical School website.


MA/MSc in International and World History

Posted by Tim on October 25, 2016 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, New Programs, Scholarship Opportunities, Study Abroad

Columbia University and the London School of Economics

The world is more interconnected than ever. Join leading historians to study how we arrived here. An innovative curriculum includes a two-year sequence of reading and research seminars, interdisciplinary electives, and intensive foreign language training. The program provides the students with new frameworks and tools to understand the transnational forces that have shaped our world: migration, trade, war, technology, epidemic disease, and environmental change.  At the heart of the program is the two-year dissertation, an original scholarly work based on empirical research and analysis.

Students spend the first year in New York and the second year in London and receive Master’s degrees from both institutions. Immersed in the vibrant intellectual communities of two of the world’s greatest cities, graduates are prepared for careers in government, journalism, think tanks, NGOs, and academia.

The program offers summer research fellowships and financial aid opportunities.

Early application deadline is January 15, 2017.  Final application deadline is March 15, 2017.

To learn more, please visit

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Warm Up To Winter-UB Winter Session Information September 30

Posted by Tim on September 6, 2016 in Academics, Event, New Programs, Winter Session

2017 Winter Session is Coming!

Take a course online or on-campus. Classes begin January 4, 2017.  Registration opens October 1, 2016 at

The first event is Warm Up To Winter! and will take place Friday, September 30th in the Student Union from 11:00am – 3:00pm.  Students will receive winter session information while they enjoy a warm cup of chili and strike a pose at our photo booth.