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Summer Course: The Music of Jimi Hendrix Online

Posted by Tim on February 29, 2016 in Academics, Summer Courses

Course: The Music of Jimi Hendrix. Online.

May 31-July 8 (Summer Session I). Course # 12539.

Course Description: This course focuses on the music of electric guitarist/singer/composer/producer Jimi Hendrix. The course will survey Hendrix’s small but influential work from a variety of perspectives: cultural, historical, and analytical. In the course, we will situate Hendrix in relation to his predecessors and contemporaries. We will also explore some of the more distinctive aspects of his work, discussing Hendrix’s relationship to counter-cultural and protest movements of the 1960s and technological aspects of his innovations on the electric guitar and in the recording studio. Students will work on writing skills and acquire a basic vocabulary for talking about music. The course fulfills the Gen Ed arts requirementNo prior musical experience is required.


Summer 2016 in Greece!

Posted by Tim on November 13, 2015 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Study Abroad, Summer Courses

Dear Honors students,

As some of you may know, I have run a January program each of the past two years in Istanbul and western Turkey.  While I expect to continue that program in coming winters (we are poised to go again in 6 weeks), I am now writing to let you know that I have received full approval for a May/June 2016 program in Greece!

The 24 day program will run from May 16 to June 9, traveling around large sections of Greece and bringing us all back in time for Summer commitments in the States (or elsewhere).  It will consist of a 3-credit course focused on Greek Art and Archaeology, and I hope to get approval for it to satisfy the General Education Arts requirement.  We will spend several days in Athens; a number of days on the Peleponnesian peninsula (Olympia; Mycenae; Epidauros; Tiryns; beautiful Nafplion); we’ll then head to Delfi, Meteora, and Thessaloniki in the northeast; and we will visit 3 islands–Crete, Santorini, and (my personal favorite) Skopelos.  The cost of the program will be approximately $4500 + airfare.  The application page with all information will be open soon on the UB Study Abroad website, and the application deadline will be around March 1.   I am happy to talk to any of you about the program—just say the word!

My colleague Dave Teegarden, a bright and personable professor of Greek History, will join me on the trip, and we are planning a broad and engaging survey of ancient Greek art and history, while drinking in all of the enjoyable aspects of modern Greece.   We will visit lots of museums and ancient sites, but we will also spend plenty of time on beaches, in sophisticated and fun modern neighborhoods, and in tavernas and Rembetika joints. We will have time to talk about the dynamic world of modern Greek politics, the Greek economy, Greek philosophy, modern Greek history, Greek style; and, of course, we shall travel around a country whose scenery and historical sites are beautiful and unforgettable.

Don McGuire


Summer 2015 Athletic Courses

Posted by Tim on April 13, 2015 in Academics, Stress Relief, Summer Courses

The Division of Athletics, through Recreation Services will be offering several new 1.0-3.0 credit courses this summer.  Several of our classes will be offered online including: ATH 190 Introduction to Wellness Theory and Practice, ATH 116 Fitness and Conditioning – Self-monitoring, and ATH 201 Organization of Recreational Sports.

New classes being offered during summer 2015 include: ATH 171 Soccer, ATH 165 Badminton, ATH 110 Jogging and Conditioning and ATH 102 Introduction to Triathlon.  We hope to motivate our students to remain healthy and active over the summer session and improve overall wellness by offering a great variety of courses in class and online.

If you have any questions about our course offerings please feel free to contact Jessica Nyrop, 645-2534 or


SSC 414 Grant Writing for Non-Profits Summer 2015

Posted by Tim on March 12, 2015 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Summer Courses

This summer, consider taking  SSC 414 Grant Writing for Non-Profits.  We get requests frequently from students in other majors for admission to the course. This course is open  in the summer to students in all majors.

SSC 414 Grant Writing for Non-Profits
First Summer Session
Monday-Wednesday 3:00-5:40
Registration # 12487

Grants are an important source of funding for new initiatives among non-profit agencies.  Graduates who enter their chosen fields will likely be asked to participate in grant development.  Students will earn an overview of fundraising among non-profits, how to develop grant-raising strategies and how to research and create grant proposals in a competitive market.  This course will involve extensive proposal writing and require skill with composition.  Students must have successfully completed UB courses ENG 102 or ENG 201 (or equivalent transfer courses).  Several grant proposals will develop over the term.  The course will be integrated with current, ongoing internships if students are simultaneously pursuing SSC 496 Practicum in Health and Human Services or SSC 496 Environmental Internship.  Students not pursuing a practicum or internship will adopt and research a non-profit organization appropriate to their field of study.


Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine Summer School 2015: Revolutions in Biomedicine

Posted by Tim on February 24, 2015 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, New Programs, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Courses, Summer Research

Imperial College London Faculty of Medicine Summer School 2015: Revolutions in Biomedicine

This year, Imperial’s Faculty of Medicine is launching its first International Summer School. With an overarching programme theme of ‘Revolutions in Biomedicine’, the School will provide a research-centred, academic course for bioscience and medicine undergraduates (or recent graduates) from around the world.

The school will:

  • Give insight into past, present and future revolutions in biomedicine through lectures, interactive group sessions and seminars
  • Give experience of experimental design and the creativity of research by immersion in a laboratory research project

Programme benefits for the students:

  • Gain academic credit and enhance their CV
  • Intensive and stimulating study at a top world top ten ranked university
  • Interact with world-leading medical researchers
  • Experience London’s rich cultural and historical heritage
  • Make new friends and develop a strong network of contacts
  • Enjoy our lively social programme

Key facts:

  • Website:
  • Dates: 29 June to 17 July 2015 (3 weeks)
  • Students: bioscience and medicine undergraduate (and recent graduates) (no course cap for overseas students)
  • Academic credit: 7.5 ECTS, 3-4 US (the student’s own institution will determine how much credit is awarded)
  • Fees: £3,500 for both home/EU and overseas students (does not include accommodation or travel)
  • Modules:

o   ‘Immunology and Infection: welcome to the future’

o    ‘Advanced therapeutics in heart and lung research’

o   ‘Analytical and therapeutic revolutions in cancer and reproductive biology’

o   ‘Global health challenges’


  • A week-long tissue culture and pharmacology mini-research project on controlling cell proliferation
  • Keynote lectures from prestigious speakers
  • A career perspective and insight session
  • An exciting social programme to help you discover London, learn about English culture and start life-long connections
  • The chance to secure a scholarship awarded to the student (home/EU or overseas) who can best demonstrate outstanding academic potential. The scholarship will cover tuition fees, accommodation, travel and reasonable living expenses

You can find the link for a printable version of the course flyer here.

Please see our website for more information and contact the Summer School Administrator Dr Jim Osborne ( if you have further enquiries.


Summer 2014 Open Music Courses

Posted by Tim on May 16, 2014 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Summer Courses

MUS 115 Understanding Music   Reg. # 12766

The purpose of this class is to give students an overview of major developments of western music from antiquity to contemporary styles.  This class will also cover philosophical thought as well as major political movements, which helped to drive the composition and development of musical styles.  Students will also learn about and understand musical styles, what distinguishes them, musical form, texture, and the development of vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as repertoire.  This course is designed to give students a basic understanding and appreciation for the wide variety of styles and genres of music that exist.  This class would be taught online and students will have opportunities to read about this content, listen to and evaluate various musical styles, and critically analyze specific repertoire within these genres.  Students will be assessed based upon the course objectives and content that is covered throughout the duration of the term.
MUS 113 Music & Society – Heavy Metal Thunder  Reg. #12149

This is a class that surveys heavy metal music of the 1970s through the 1980s. Heavy metal music played an important role in the development of rock music as a major art form throughout Europe, Great Britain, and the United States. Rising from the ashes of psychedelic rock and as a reaction to the 1960s “Love Generation,” heavy metal became a powerful cultural phenomenon deeply embedded in social and political ideologies. Students in this course will examine the music and lyrics of a selection of popular songs by Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Van Halen, and other bands closely related to the booming heavy metal scene. Students will also examine primary sources, which include interviews with musicians, significant literature of the period, and recent scholarship examining heavy metal music.

MUS 113 Music & Society – Musical Quotation  Reg. 12153

This course explorest he relationship between music and twentieth-century American society. Examines art, folk, and commercial music in an attempt to uncover musical meaning, both as a reflection of and stimulus for social change. Requires no prior experience or training.


Online Writing Course Summer 2014

Posted by Tim on May 16, 2014 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Online Courses, Summer Courses

Noise, Everyday Sounds, and Experimental Music. Genres of Music (MUS114). Online. Registration no. 12150. May 27-July 3.

-Develop writing skills

-Improve reading and critical thinking skills

-Learn to talk about music

Course Description:

In this course, you will learn to talk about music, starting from basics. No prior musical experience is required. The course will focus on music that uses new sounds and new ways of putting sounds together, specifically music that engages with everyday, non-musical sounds. The musicians we will study are interested in these sounds as a way to re-build music from scratch, and their music provides opportunities to learn about the fundamentals of music. The course will focus on works by John Cage, David Dunn, Helmut Lachenmann, and Max Neuhaus, among others.

Some examples of music we will study:

John Cage, Third Construction for four percussionists

John Cage, Water Walk for one performer

Helmut Lachenmann, Kontrakadenz for large orchestra


Study Abroad in Africa Summer 2014 Info. Session on April 3

Posted by Tim on March 26, 2014 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad, Summer Courses

Information Session on Summer Session Study Abroad in Africa

Thursday, April 3, 2014 | 12:00pm in 107 Capen

The University at Buffalo offers a unique study abroad program in Africa that allows you to visit 4 African countries over 6 weeks in May and June while earning 6 credits. During the course of your travels to these countries you will have the opportunity to take TWO 300-level courses, the first in Cape Town, South Africa, the second in Kigali, Rwanda. Each course will focus on the host country and provide a rich introduction to its political history and culture through literature, film, field trips and cultural contacts. Please visit or attend the Information Session for more about what each country on the trip has to offer.


GEO 333 Bases of World Commerce-Summer Session M

Posted by Tim on May 30, 2013 in Academics, Networking, Summer Courses

GEO 333: Bases of World Commerce
Summer Session M (July 1st-August 9th)
On-Line Course Offering
Instructor: Gary Jordan, MBA-Finance, MA Economics

Involves a theoretical and empirical study of the spatial aspects of commodity flows among countries and regions; also examines conditions leading to trade, and to barriers to the movement of goods.  Topics include Ricardian, Specific-Factors, and Hecksher-Ohlin Models.

Limited Summer Seats Available!!


Summer Online Courses in the Graduate School of Education

Posted by Tim on May 15, 2013 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Summer Courses

CEP 202: Career Counseling
Laura Anderson  Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12050

This course will provide insight into the concepts of career and lifespan development. CEP 202 provides an overview of the theories and skills of personal growth at various life stages and how these impact individuals and society. Understanding career and job choices as well as personal strategies for career decision-making will be emphasized. The course is organized around 12 major topical sessions which will address strategies for understanding change and the New Economy, entering and succeeding in an occupation, and investigating issues related to the world of work. Writing effective job resumes, interviewing successfully, and developing working relationships are also reviewed along with issues such as diversity, discrimination, mentoring, making commitments, and dealing with uncertainty.

CEP 401: Introduction to Counseling

Instructor: Melody Schobert. Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3 Reg. Number: 12565

Provides an overview of the counseling professions. Covers history and origins, theoretical approaches to counseling and psychotherapy, techniques, group counseling, marriage and family counseling, grief counseling, and vocational counseling.

CEP 404: Substance Abuse Counseling

Instructor: Dan Smith Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12188

Introduction to the field of rehabilitation counseling and its application to substance abuse and addiction. Examination of the social, psychological, and biological bases of addiction; exploration of assessment, diagnosis and treatment issues; understanding of the functional limitations substance addiction especially as they relate to work and independent living. All students complete quizzes, midterm and final examinations, and undergraduates must read and critique two journal articles relevant to the course content.

CEP 411: Intro to Human Growth & Development

Instructor: Laura Anderson Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12570

This course will provide an overview of human diversity by assessing aspects both genetic and cultural. The first topic highlights diversity issues in the past, present, and future while identifying positive developments as well as the continuing and new challenges. In the remaining three sections various facets of human diversity are described in terms of social, physical, intellectual and emotional attributes. The course examines human interaction and relations from a multicultural perspective requiring the participant to look beyond personal experiences and to extend customary ways of thinking.

CEP 501: Psychology of Learning and Instruction

Instructor: Michele Shanahan Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 11481

This course typically deals with teaching and learning, including such topics as emotions, behavior, social processes, motivation, discipline, and classroom management; cognitive and intellectual processes and their implications for curriculum; and objectives, methods of teaching, expanding the repertoire of instructional strategies, and issues of grading. With some variation due to instructor and text, there is little emphasis on diagnosing disabilities and remediation, though general principles of normal and at-risk processes are covered.

CEP 541: Human Growth and Development

Instructor: Michele Shanahan Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12054

This course is designed to engage students in a meaningful exploration of human development from prenatal experience through adolescence. The central questions of developmental psychology concerning the nature and sources of development as well as the importance of the cultural contexts in which development occurs will be considered throughout. Special attention will also be given to contemporary themes, such as the meaning of childhood, cognitive development and schooling, identity formation, and cultural influences on development. This course is especially useful for professionals who work with children in a variety of settings, such as schools, daycare centers, or child service agencies.


CEP 616: Grief Counseling

Instructor: Jenifer Lawrence  Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12056

Grief is the most common and painful experience known to men and women. It affects everyone and at times it affects everyone profoundly. We are born with innate ways of healing from the pain of loss, but our society extinguishes many of these coping mechanisms by adolescence. Unresolved grief is the major reason people seek counseling and a significant cause of health problems, yet it is often unrecognized as source of the problem. The purpose of this course is to discuss how you can respond in helpful and comforting ways to people who are grieving by understanding your own grief, the nature of grief and healing, and the things that seem to help people who are hurting. This course is more personal than academic, more practical than theoretical, yet focuses on the underlying scientific grieving principles to explain why some things help and other things don’t. To help grieving people we need to learn a set of behaviors based on these principles. We also have to unlearn typical ways of responding to people who are hurting. The class is intended to be relatively informal and our time will be spent talking about grief, listening to some tapes, in discussion with questions and answers, and in personal discussion of some of our own experiences. We will focus on counseling grieving people, the aftermath of murder and suicide, crisis interventions in schools, suicide prevention, and the spiritual aspects of death and loss.


CEP 672: Family, School, & Community Partnerships for the Military Family

Instructor: Luis Tosado Dates:  5/20 – 6/28

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12631

An introduction to military culture and military lifestyle, and to the unique experiences of family members, active duty service members, and veterans. Students will develop awareness, knowledge, and skills to effectively work with these individuals and establish partnerships with military families, schools, and communities. The course covers research, theories, policies, and programs relevant to military families. Topics include but are not limited to: deployment, separation, reunion, reintegration, military acronyms and terminology, military rank structure, customs and courtesies, military demographics, differences between active and reserve components, parenting, roles of military spouses, the military child, health, mental health, substance abuse, housing, education and employment training, income support, and family services. Perfect for educators, counselors, health care providers, social workers, mental health professionals, business professionals, and others interested in working with the military or military families.


LAI 576: Literacy and Technology

Instructor: Andrea Tochelli Dates:  5/20 – 7/19

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12203

This course mixes engaging with various forms of technology and reading research about these practices. We will explore emerging and established technologies (e.g., Internet, digital audio & video capability, computer software) that are increasingly important in the lives of teachers and students. However, literacy has become a contested ground in the U.S., especially in regards to how this is taught in schools. There are those who argue that technology is one key in improving children’s literacy skills; some would argue that technology is the key. Other educators feel that technology is but another useful tool to help teachers meet ever higher standards of accountability, testing mandates, and parental and government calls for better schools. As this course gets underway, we will explore some of these larger issues surrounding technology, but we will also look at more personal issues related to technology and literacy and your experiences in creating projects. We will focus on the New Literacies Studies and where these may fit in your classroom.

LAI 577: Technology & Special Education

Instructor: D. DiCesare; E. Schaal Dates:  5/20 – 8/2

Credit Hours: 3  Reg. Number: 12470

This course will provide an overview of computer-based technologies including legislative mandates as they relate to the teaching and learning of all students as well as the use of assistive technology and concepts of universal design for learning to facilitate the successful integration of individuals with disabilities.