University Honors College - The Honorable mention
Wednesday
05/22/19

Summer Camp Student STEM Instructors Needed-Paid Position

Posted by Tim on May 22, 2019 in Event, Job Opportunity, Student Job Opportunities

I’m reaching out to you to see if you might be able to help Gloria J. Parks Community Center recruit some STEM instructors for their Summer Camp, which runs July 8 to August 16.  They have a budget to support purchasing materials and equipment, and to hire 6 instructors for $18/hour for 10 hours per week, plus a week of preparation before the camp begins.

They acquired 4 sets of 12 Chromebook laptops this spring to help our youth program integrate more on-line curricula.  And we now have a Smart Board on a portable cart.  But we will purchase more equipment and supplies given the plans and needs of the new instructors.

I’m wondering if any of you know undergraduate and/or graduate students who might be interested.

I’ve attached a flyer that you could forward out to your groups’ social media and email lists.  We’d like to get resumes by June 3, and start interviews the following week so people can plan their summers, as well for us to meet and organize the supply and equipment orders once we have the team of 6 instructors.

This will be a great experience in translating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts into hands-on activities with children ages 5 to 14 years old.  Even if you are never planning to teach for a living, this kind of experience may influence and inspire your work and volunteer life for many years to come.

Thanks so much for the help.

Michael A. Tritto Jr.

Associate Director of Operations and Human Services

University District Community Development Association, Inc.

Gloria Parks Community Center

3242 Main Street

Buffalo, New York 14214

(716)832-5085

Monday
05/13/19

Explore Buffalo Job Opportunity: Education Coordinator

Posted by Tim on May 13, 2019 in Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Job Opportunity, Student Job Opportunities

Explore Buffalo is seeking a full-time Education Coordinator with an engaging and enthusiastic personality to join our energetic and professional team in support of the organization’s mission of promoting Buffalo and Western New York history, architecture and neighborhoods through quality education to learners of all ages.
Responsibilities: Youth Education Programming
Manage Explore Buffalo’s youth education programs, including but not limited to:
• Coordinate tours for K-12 schools and colleges:
o Act as primary point of contact for groups planning their tour, including confirming tour
details, arranging payment, scheduling docents for the tour, communicating tour details to
docents, coordinating Activity Book distribution to schools (if applicable), thanking
groups after the tour, and requesting tour feedback.
o Work with Education Committee to develop School Tours and associated supplementary
materials.
o Maintain an awareness of current school curriculum and learning standards to ensure
School Tours and materials connect with requirements. Distribute continuing education
opportunities and reading materials to School Docents as appropriate.
o Cultivate new relationships with college programs, school districts, and other youth
programs to expand the Education Program’s impact.
• Oversee Explore Buffalo youth educational programs, including the Scouts BSA Architecture
Merit Badge Workshop, Explore the Summer, Architecture & Use Workshop, and Junior
Explorers Workshop.
o Work with community partners and the Education Committee to schedule and deliver all
aspects of the programs, including but not limited to developing promotional materials
and program content, scheduling volunteers, training new volunteers, etc.
Docent Training
Primary staff support for Explore Buffalo’s Docent Training programs, which include three new docent
classes per year and a continuing education program (Explore Buffalo University):
• Participate in the Docent Training Committee’s planning process for each training program.
• Work with other staff to facilitate promotion of docent training and recruitment of new docents.
• Attend each training class, providing administrative and logistical support.
• Be the primary staff liaison for trainees in the docent training program.
• Supervise the School Docent Certification program, working with the Education Committee.
o Recruit school docents to ensure Education Program docent needs are met
o Review all school docents annually to ensure a high-quality experience for schools.
Adult Education Programming
Manage Explore Buffalo’s non-tour adult educational programs, including but not limited to:
• Manage the Speaker Series, History/Architecture Courses, and Teacher Center Courses:
o Work with volunteers, and community partners where applicable, to coordinate program
schedules, content, and implementation.
• Manage the Guest Speaker program:
o Act as primary point of contact for groups booking Guest Speaker engagements,
including confirming program details, arranging payment, scheduling docents,
communicating program details to docents, thanking groups after their program, and
maintaining an active database of available talks.
• Facilitate training and feedback for docents preparing new presentations.
• Innovate other educational programs as applicable and oversee their development and
implementation.
Development Support
Support education-focused fundraising efforts:
• Administer use of the Education Fund, tracking the use of available funds.
• Administer grant funding, maintaining records as required by funders for accountability.
• Develop and maintain relationships with donors and other funders.
Other
• Establish and maintain good working relationships with other cultural, nonprofit, and historical
organizations in WNY.
• Represent Explore Buffalo in a professional, personable manner through tabling, speaking
engagements, attendance at community partner events and Explore Buffalo events, etc.
• Assist with general office tasks and major events as needed, and other duties as they may
develop.
Qualifications:
• Enthusiastic and energetic personality
• Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced work environment
• Strong organizational skills
• Ability to work independently and with a team, depending on the task
• Attention to detail; ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Comfortable speaking in front of groups at all age levels (youth, adult, senior)
• Bachelor’s Degree (Education degree is encouraged, but not required)
• Non-profit experience is encouraged, particularly with a cultural organization and/or in an
educational setting
• Experience working with youth is strongly encouraged
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
• Primarily regular office hours, with various evenings and weekends required
• Must have reliable transportation

To apply, please contact Executive Director and Honors Alum, Brad Hahn: brad@explorebuffalo.org

Monday
05/13/19

New Minor in Community Organizing and Development

Posted by Tim on May 13, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements

The UB School of Social Work is pleased to now offer a Minor in Community Organizing and Development, open to all undergraduates. Become a community change agent – help build economically and socially just communities and work in unity with others to find solutions that empower citizens. 18 credit hours are required for completion.

Graduates of this minor will be well-positioned to work with people engaged in community and neighborhood capacity building efforts. Because of growing income inequality and its consequences for under-resourced communities, there is an increased need for persons with expertise in these areas. Students acquire knowledge of innovative means of alleviating and rectifying social problems and injustices and develop essential skills that are transferrable in many professional settings. Careers can range from lead organizer to community outreach worker, healthcare policy advocate, canvasser, labor relations representative and much more.

Required Courses (6 credits)

SW 220 Introduction to Community Organizing (offered Fall 2019)

SW 230 Theories and Politics of Community Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2020)

Elective Courses (12 credits, must include four 300-400 courses from approved list)

SW 309 Developing Leadership in Communities (offered Fall 2019)

SW 380 Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution (offered Spring 2020)

SW 430 Grassroots Economic Development (offered Fall 2020)

SW 460 Strategy and Practice in Organizing and Development (offered Spring 2021)

Other department courses are available to complete the electives.

Students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA. There are no prerequisite course requirements for enrollment in the minor. Students are encouraged to have a declared major. By doing so, coursework in the minor will be more effectively focused.

Questions about the minor? Contact Associate Professor and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator Dr. Filomena Critelli.

Monday
05/06/19

Center for Cognitive Science Distinguished Speaker Talk

Posted by Tim on May 6, 2019 in Event

The Center for Cognitive Science and Department of Psychology Dr. Donahue Tremaine Memorial Lecture Fund presents

Robert Goldstone
Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

“Patterns of imitation and innovation in collective behavior​”

Thursday, 9 May 2019, at the Student Union Theater (Student Union Theater; room 201), at 3:30-5:30.​