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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.


CPM 292: Work and Employment Fall 2016

Posted by Tim on August 5, 2016 in Academics, New Programs

Course description:

Assists students in developing and implementing job-hunting strategies. Emphasizes resume writing, interviewing, researching employment opportunities in various industries and finding the right job in today’s competitive market. Supplements classroom lectures with guest speakers.
  25224   CPM 292SEM   Work/employment   KEL   SEM   T    5:00 PM – 7:40 PM   Capen 109   North Campus    Lanier, K E   Open
  25225   CPM 292SEM   Work/employment   MPG   SEM   M    5:00 PM – 7:40 PM   Clemen 219   North Campus    Gendrue, M P   Open




Globally Networked (Online) Course with Mexico! Fall 2016

Posted by Tim on August 3, 2016 in Academics, Honors Experiences, New Programs, Online Courses


SW 995 Crossing Borders: Human Rights Issues from U.S. and Mexican Perspectives (3 credits) OPEN TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Are you interested in examining current human rights issues that are shared between the U.S and Mexico, our southern neighbor?  Are you seeking to better understand human rights and rights-based approaches to providing human services?  Do you enjoy interacting with students from other nations and cultures? This course offers these opportunities and more….

Undergraduate students can register for 3 elective credits.  They must complete a Petition for Course Credit Outside Your Primary Academic Career form which can be found here:


Future Alumni Network Leadership Core Opportunity

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2016 in Community Announcements, Networking, New Programs, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The Future Alumni Network (FAN) is an organization of current UB students who would like to be connected to UB’s Alumni Association and our global network.  Joing the FAN is simple, all you have to do is sign up on our FAN Facebook page, on our website:, or attend an Alumni Association event to be automatically registered.

The FAN Leadership Core is comprised of UB’s most active and engaged students who show an interest in fostering connections between current students and alumni. This leadership core actively represents and promotes the ongoing mission of UB”s Future Alumni Network program through volunteerism, recruitment and advocacy.  The FAN Leadership core will receive exclusive invitations to alumni events and workshops free of charge, they may assist in the J. Scott Fleming Scholarship student panel, they will receive honors cords upon graduation, and they have the opportunity to be invited to the elite Young Alumni Leadership council upon graduation.

If interested in joining the FAN Leadership Core, please send a letter of intent to the FAN Leadership Coordinator and Graduate Assistant, Silvana D’Ettorre at by Wednesday, August 31, 2016.  All questions, concerns and inquiries are also welcome to this email address.


Turning Passion Into Action: Conference for Aspiring Public Service Leaders October 27-30

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2016 in Academics, Event, Networking, New Programs, Workshops


A Conference for Aspiring Public Service Leaders

Thursday, October 27 – Sunday, October 30
Binghamton, New York

Do you want to be a change maker? Did you know there is a degree for that?

Apply to attend a free student conference to learn more and meet other changemakers:

  • Speed network with individuals who are working to create positive change
  • Meet innovative thinkers in public policy, philanthropy, international NGOs and more
  • Participate in social and cultural activities
  • Make new friends from colleges and universities across the Northeast

Who can apply?

You can…if you are a motivated student in NY, CT, NJ or PA, who has completed at least one year of college by fall 2016. We are looking for unique perspectives. It does not matter what your major is – or if you have chosen one yet!

Why you?

Building a better, more inclusive future starts with the next generation. You could be one of 25 future leaders from across New York State and our region selected to attend this all-expenses paid conference.

Isn’t public service just working for the government? Or elected office?

No! Changemakers come in many forms: social entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, international development professional and many other careers.

What can you expect?

There will be full days of talks, seminars and opportunities to meet other people who are making a difference through public service.

What else will there be to do?

There will be social and cultural activities included in the weekend. See a live band or play, chat with Binghamton University student leaders and more!

Is it really free?

Yes! Everything is included: hotel, food, cultural attractions, even bus travel to Binghamton, so that you can focus on learning and building a network with your fellow future leaders!

For more information: