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Call for Volunteers–AAUW Tech Savvy Program

Posted by Tim on February 13, 2017 in Academics, Volunteering

Call for Volunteers – AAUW Tech Savvy Program –Saturday, March 18

Register to volunteer by Feb 24.

AAUW, the American Association of University Women, is a national organization advocating for equity and education for women and girls.  Locally, the Buffalo branch – sixth oldest branch in the country—provides scholarship and interest-free loans for women and men.

The branch will host its tenth anniversary Tech Savvy conference on Saturday, March 18, at the University at Buffalo North (Amherst) campus.  Tech Savvy inspires middle school girls to pursue careers in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) areas through fun workshops.  The on a roll program provides follow-through sessions for high school girls.  And, adult sessions feature topics for parents, teachers, and other adults.   This year’s theme involves the uniqueness each individual lends to solving future problems: Tech Savvy Girls: Absolutely, Amazingly, Authentically YOU!

Tech Savvy Buffalo is the flagship program for the national Tech Savvy program, with new sites nationwide since 2014.

Along with support from AAUW, the conference is made possible due to support from Praxair, Baxter, and UB’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences.

The program is run by approximately 100+ volunteers.   Volunteers are needed to help with set up, registration, room monitoring, ushering, and snack services.  Volunteers are needed for the full conference (7AM – 5pm)  or for morning (7 AM – 1pm) or afternoon (noon – 5pm) shifts.

We are looking for at least one student in a STEM field – can be a man or woman—who would like to speak on a panel discussion for parents and teachers, to talk about how men and women can cooperatively work together to eradicate differences in experiences between the genders in engineering or other STEM fields.  If this is of interest to you, please indicate on your response form and tell why you would like to participate (a couple of sentences).

Volunteers will receive continental breakfast, lunch, and t-shirt.  Volunteers are also invited to the pre-Tech Savvy reception on Friday, March 17.

Recent college graduates (within last two years) who volunteer can receive a complimentary first year national AAUW membership.

Volunteers are asked to sign up and provide the information below at

Information Requested from all  Volunteers

  • Name
  • School
  • Grade Level & Major
  • Phone Number
  • Email address
  • Mailing Address
  • T shirt size (generic adult sizes)
  • Any preference for type of assignment – or any restrictions
  • Preference for shift (morning, afternoon, or all day)
  • Please also let us know how you heard about this conference / volunteering.
  • If you will graduate within the next year or graduated in the last two years, are you interested in AAUW national membership? (yes/no)

o   If yes, please indicate Degree & Graduation Date

 Additional Questions? Email us at   


Honors College Research/Creativity Project Posters at Open House April 8 and 23

Posted by Tim on February 6, 2017 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed, Workshops

This spring the Honors College has opportunities for students to present their research/creativity project poster at the following recruitment events:

UB 360° Accepted Students Day:     Saturday, April 8th (10:30am-2:30 pm in 106 Capen Hall)


UB 360° Accepted Students Day:     Sunday, April 23rd (10:30am-2:30 pm in 106 Capen Hall)

We also strongly encourage you to participate in the university-wide Celebration of Excellence symposium on Thursday, April 20th in the CFA atrium. More details can be found at  You will present the same project/poster for this event and the Honors symposium.

Important Notes:

•The Honors College will arrange for you to have your poster printed free of charge.

•Paintings, video recordings, or live performances can be presented instead of a traditional poster. 

•For Advanced Honors Scholars, participation in a poster event will fulfill your thesis/project presentation requirement.

If interested, please complete the attached submission form and email it to Jessica Seabury at by Wednesday, March 1st. Students who also participate in the Celebration of Excellence will be given priority to participate in an Honors event.

VERY IMPORTANT****Please indicate the following when you e-mail the submission form****:

1.         If you are interested in the Honors College April 8 or April 23 event (or both)

2.         If you are also interested in participating in the Celebration of Excellence on April 20th in addition to an Honors College event.

Please contact Jessica Seabury at or at 716-645-3020 with any questions.


3rd Annual Genome Day Volunteers Needed

Posted by Tim on January 19, 2017 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The third annual “Genome Day” will be held on March 9, 2017!  I am currently recruiting UB students, faculty and staff interested in volunteering for this event.

Logistical Details for volunteers:

  • 400 8th grade students from Buffalo Public Schools visit UB’s Center of Excellence and Roswell Park to learn about DNA, genetics, careers, and extract their own DNA from cheek cells.
  • Volunteers lead groups of 10 students and a chaperone through the DNA extraction and conversation
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “Genome Day”
    • Volunteer time commitment is 8:45am – 1pm, and involves the following:
      • Setting up work stations before students arrive
      • Walk students to the work stations from the Auditorium
      • Leading students through extracting DNA from their own cheek cells
      • Discussing genetics, DNA sequencing, working in science, careers, etc with the students to inspire them and break stereotypes they might have about what it means to be a scientist.  This is all covered in the training.
    • New volunteers, or those seeking a refresher must attend a one hour training session at the Center of Excellence (701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY)
      • Option 1 – Tuesday, February 21 at 3pm
      • Option 2 – Wednesday, February 22, 9am
      • Option 3 – Wednesday, March 1, 3pm
      • If these options do not work for you, but you are still interested in volunteering, contact me and we will work something out!
    • Breakfast (and coffee!) and a pizza lunch will be available for volunteers.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Please respond by Wednesday, January 11th, if you are interested in volunteering!  Spread the word to anyone else that you think may be interested!

Thank you,


Sandra Small, Ph.D.

Science Education Manager

Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence


Service Opportunity: Bulb Planting October 30

Posted by Tim on October 25, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Uncategorized, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

University Blooms: Help us plant over 1,000 tulips and daffodil bulbs across University on Sunday, October 30th.

Meet at 10AM at the Tool Library for planting on the west side of Main Street.

Meet at 1PM at the Varsity Theatre for planting on the east side of Main Street.



Mural Project in the University Heights Help Needed

Posted by Tim on October 17, 2016 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Mural Project in University Heights

The University Heights Collaborative is seeking interested students to create an outdoor mural at Linear Park in the University Heights neighborhood. Students are invited to submit designs to the UHC, and will be able to paint the mural with assistance, volunteers and funding from the UHC in the spring. This is a great opportunity to contribute to the growing public art scene in Buffalo and make a positive impact on the University Heights neighborhood. For more information please contact Tess Morrissey, UB Director of Community Relations, at or 716 645 4096.


Dig up the Dead with ReTree the District September 24 and October 1

Posted by Tim on September 21, 2016 in Buffalo Bits, Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Dig up the dead!
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
Meet at the University Heights Tool Library
5 West Northrup Place, Buffalo, NY  14214

Help ReTree the District remove dead tress across the University District in preparation for replacement on the upcoming November 5th planting day.

Gloves and tools will be provided.  Please meet at the Tool library at 9:00 a.m.  Refreshments will be provided.

Ceremonial bonfire to be scheduled at a later date.

ReTree the District is a collaborative project of community partners in Buffalo’s University District working to plant 1,000 trees across the community.  The project is reinvesting in our urban tree canopy, strengthening ties among neighbors, and encouraging volunteerism.  To sign up, learn more, or donate, visit:


ReTree the District November 5

Posted by Tim on September 21, 2016 in Buffalo Bits, Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

ReTree the District!
Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Meet at Diefendorf Hall on UB South Campus

Join your friends, neighbors, teachers and classmates for ReTree the District’s last planting day! Help us plant another 215 trees across Buffalo’s University District.  Trees will be planted to the east and west of Main Street.

ReTree the District is a collaborative project of community partners in Buffalo’s University District working to plant 1,000 trees across the community.  The project is reinvesting in our urban tree canopy, strengthening ties among neighbors, and encouraging volunteerism.  To sign up, learn more, or donate, visit:


Volunteers Needed for Linda Yalem Safety Run September 25

Posted by Tim on September 16, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The Linda Yalem Safety Run on Sunday, September 25, 2016 is looking for volunteers to help on race day.  If you are interested, please sign up on UB Linked here:

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to Rachel Di Domizio at:


Your Invited…UB Community Partner Panel Presentation September 29

Posted by Tim on September 2, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Internships, Networking, Uncategorized, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed, Workshops

UB Community Partner Panel Presentation
Thursday, September 29, 2016
107 Capen Hall (Colloquium Room)4:00-5:00 p.m.
RSVP to by September 26, 2016

Come hear first-hand from community partners in the City of Buffalo about their experiences and how UB can support them through building effective partnerships.  Our panelists will discuss community partner’s needs, social issues impacting the community, how to reduce bias, student engagement, and the differences between the “collaboration with” vs. “service to” models of service.

Panelists include:

Mr. W. Charles Brandy
Director Social Studies, Buffalo Public Schools

Dr. Aaron Krolikowski
Principal, Loop Analytics

Ms. Kimberly Luce
Child & Adolescent Treatment Services

Ms. Marie Moy
Volunteer Coordinator, Jericho Road Community Health Center

Ms. Suzette O’Brien
Volunteer Services Manager, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

Moderator: Dr. Mara Huber
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education Research and Experiential Learning, Director of Academies

For more information, contact Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah: or 716-645-3020


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.