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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


Aloma D. Johnson Charter School Volunteers Needed with After School Program

Posted by Tim on December 21, 2017 in Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Aloma D. Johnson Charter School (in North Buffalo) is interested in having some UB students engage with their students through their after-school program between 4:00 and 5:00 during the week. They are looking for a consistent commitment but are flexible in terms of what days students or groups of students come. They are interested in having students engage around basic literacy activities- they have the materials and will go over everything with the students.

If interested or for more information, please email Tim Matthews:



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.


Techne Event: Open Call for Readers for event, Finnegans Waves

Posted by Tim on October 26, 2017 in Volunteering

A Reading Machine

Finnegans Waves is an artistic and social experiment in reading James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake out loud. This event will feature two spaces, where the audience can choose to be a reader, a listener or both.

Finnegans Waves will be read in twelve uninterrupted hours, each person reading in fifteen minute segments.

The Techne Institute is continuing to search for volunteers of all backgrounds and ages to be a part of the major event, Finnegans Waves: A Reading Machine, on November 1, 2017 at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. They are looking for volunteer readers. Readers are asked to register and participate in 15 minutes slots, during which they will read a passage from Finnegans Wake, out loud, in one of many offered languages.  The reading space is private, and can only be accessed by registered readers.  The public programming space, our Recirculation Café, is open to the public for the duration of the program and features workshops, concerts, and a closed circuit feed of the reader space at the 9th Ward at Babeville. You may register as a reader at our eventbrite here. Please note, you do not have to bring your ticket, this is so you can reserve whichever 15 minute time slot if best for you. All readers will receive a free limited edition t-shirt, and the ability to say they were an active participant in this unique, performative event!

Attached is the event poster, which includes all details on the event, including the programming details for the Recirculation Café. This event is currently featured on the SUNY Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences website and in an interview with UBNow. The video teaser can be found on the website.


Service Opportunity: Inner-City School Tutoring

Posted by Tim on October 25, 2017 in Volunteering

The B.E.S.T. Tutoring Program is an initiative designed to assist at-risk and refugee students at Buffalo Public School #6 (Buffalo Elementary School of Technology). This semester, students will work with English as a New Language (ENL) students from 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grade. Tutoring sessions will be held from 3:15-5:15PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Once you sign up, you will be contacted about orientation. We are also looking for student volunteers who can commit at least 10 tutoring sessions (20 hours) this semester, although it is not required to volunteer. 

As a city, Buffalo has the privilege of accepting and nurturing refugees from all over the world and provide for them the opportunity of a better future. This program provides us as citizens of Buffalo to participate in this wonderful tradition by helping to build and strengthen the academic foundations of these vibrant young students. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the sign-up sheet using the link:

Feel free to contact the BEST Tutoring Advisory Committee with any questions at


Apply Now! CSTEP Community Health Educator (CHE) Service Learning Course

Posted by Tim on October 23, 2017 in Academics, Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Are you interested an impactful service learning or leadership experience?  Are (you or someone you know) pursuing one of the allied health professions (medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, OT/PT, psychology, social work, biological sciences etc.).  Applications for the  Spring  2018 Campus Health Educator (CHE) cohort are available! This is a unique opportunity for students majoring in the allied health and science fields to engage in service learning, and educate their peers on a critically important health issue (see attached and below for more information).

The mission of the CSTEP Community Health Educator (CHE) Program is to increase the number of individuals participating in the blood donation as well as the organ donor registry through engagement in service learning.  Our commitment is to enhance and save lives through organ, tissue, eye, and blood donation, while maintaining respect for those who give the gift of life.  Allied health and science majors are charged with creating awareness and educating campus peers and the Buffalo community regarding the importance of organ donation – via a service learning partnership with Upstate New York Transplant Services.

Past CHE Student Testimonials

  • Reflecting on this experience, the service learning project allowed me to build on my communication, team building, advocacy and organizational skills.
  • Starting from the first day of orientation, throughout the end of the project, CHE was very exciting and an eye opening experience.
  • The opportunity to become a campus health educator was one of my best experiences. I had the chance to meet many great people who are full of ambition.


  • Earn 3.0 credit hours (this is a service learning course)
  • Develop communication, public speaking and team building skills
  • Networking with Healthcare professionals
  • Positively impacting a critical health issue – with our community partner Unyts

The CHE application is in the CSTEP office 222 Norton. Take advantage of this impactful experience! Applications are due by Thursday, November 16, 2017. 


Community Engagement Fair

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2017 in Community Announcements, Volunteering

When: October 10th from 11am-1pm

Where: Student Union Lobby

Head to the Student Union for the annual Community Engagement fair, where you can meet with local community organizations and learn how to get more involved on campus and in Buffalo. Agency representatives are excited to talk to you about their volunteer opportunities and help you find one that is just right for you!

Email Rachel DiDomizio, Community Engagement Coordinator, at with any questions.


Saturday of Service with the American Red Cross

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2017 in Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

When: October 14th (Times TBD)

Where: Meet up in the SU Lobby (Transportation is provided)

Help the American Red Cross with their Fire Safety Campaign to save lives here in Western New York! RSVP on UBLinked here: 


Alternate Spring Break Opportunities

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2017 in Honors Program Announcements, Research Information and Opportunities, Study Abroad, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Alternative Break Program: The Alternative Break program lets you volunteer, perform community service and have unique learning opportunities during your fall break (Thanksgiving), winter break or spring break. By spending time immersed in a new community, you’ll learn about your role as a global citizen, make new friends and connections, and discover how you can become an agent of change.

2017-18 Trip Descriptions:

Alternative Fall Break – Working with the Cleveland Leadership Center in Cleveland, OH (Nov 24-26)

The Cleveland Leadership Center is the premier center in the Cleveland community for building and engaging civic leadership capital.  They offer a variety of civic leadership programs and engagement opportunities designed to foster civic responsibility; create a culture of leadership that is inclusive, collaborative, and progressive; and make a dynamic impact on the community. Participants on this trip will be working with a variety of community organizations. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $250)


Alternative Winter Break – Environmental Sustainability in the Louisiana Wetlands (Jan 21-27)

Participants of this trip will travel to the Louisiana wetlands to discover the beauty of the bayou and the rich and vibrant culture of those that call it home. The group will learn about the cultural and ecological history of southern Louisiana and complete community service projects that will increase the long-term sustainability of this important region. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $825)


Alternative Spring Break – Women’s Rights History in Seneca Falls (March 17-19)

On this exciting alternative break trip, students will explore the rich history of the women’s rights movement. Participants will travel to Seneca Falls, NY and visit several of the sites that are integral to this movement. They will also perform dynamic service, making an impact within the visited communities. (Estimated Trip Cost For Students – TBD)


Alternative Spring Break – Give Where You Live in Buffalo, NY (March 19-23)

While staying in Buffalo, students participating in this trip will explore a variety of social issues affecting the Buffalo area. Students will volunteer with various community organizations and get a broader sense of the city. It is our hope that students will be left with an appreciation of our city and a passion to continue to volunteer and make change in our own backyard. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $155)


Alternative Spring Break – Educational Programs in the Dominican Republic (March 17-24)

Working with Outreach360, students will help teach English to the kids in Santiago, DR. Students will live out Outreach 360’s vision (to transform the world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or to be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, enabling them to live a life of choice) while learning about the history of the Dominican Republic, exploring the culture and discuss what it really means to “make change” happen in a community. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students- $1600)

Application Link for Students: 

Application Link for Staff Advisers:  


Premeds With Borders (PMWB) Spring Break Travel Announcement

Posted by Tim on September 12, 2017 in Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

PMWB hosts yearly Spring Break volunteer trips to Central America, and this year they will be traveling to Nicaragua.

In order to express interest in “brigading” (volunteering), PMWB asks that you fill out the Brigader Application attached on Google Drive. In the application, many different questions you might have are addressed: what they’ll be doing, how much it’ll cost, and what you’ll need in order to brigade with them: