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Join the Top 1% of Leaders on Campus and Apply to NRHH!

Posted by Tim on February 19, 2018 in Community Announcements, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Join the top 1% of leaders on campus and apply to the NRHH!

Are you an active leader in your on-campus residence hall or apartment? Do you love community service? We want to recognize and develop your leadership skills! Join the top 1% of leaders on campus and apply to join the National Residence Hall Honorary! We accept applications on a rolling basis. Apply online here:


AAUW Tech Savvy Program Volunteers Needed March 17

Posted by Tim on February 12, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Call for Volunteers – AAUW Tech Savvy Program –Saturday, March 17

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 thirteenth anniversary Tech Savvy conference on Saturday, March 17, 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 : I am a Tech Savvy Girl: Ingenious, Innovative, Insightful!

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.

Volunteers will receive continental breakfast, lunch, and t-shirt.  Volunteers are also invited to the pre-Tech Savvy reception on Friday, March 16.

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



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)

If yes, please indicate Degree & Graduation Date


Additional Questions? Email us at              

Thank you!!!


Volunteers Needed to Help with Tag Week Events

Posted by Tim on January 29, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help with the following three tasks:

Monday, February 26, “tagging” signs on north campus at 8am

Tuesday, February 27, stations between 10am-2pm

Thursday, March 1, stations between 10am-2pm

Students should email Allison Suflita in the Honors College at and include their first and last names, email address, availability on Tuesday/Thursday and preference for North or South Campus, and tee shirt size (S,M,L,XL,XXL,XXXL).

More information on TAG Week can be found here:


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.