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Art and Diverse Cultural Landscapes Program

Posted by Tim on February 27, 2021 in Event, Networking, New Programs

How Can Art Museums Model the Future of Diverse Cultural Landscapes?
Wednesday, March 10
5:30-6:30 pm
What role does art play in times of need? In this moment of upheaval, reckoning, and change, what responsibilities do museums have in representing cultures, past and present, as well as modeling the future of diverse cultural landscapes? UB Art Galleries Curator Liz Park moderates a roundtable discussion with Candice Hopkins and Yesomi Umolu, two leading thinkers and curators in the field of contemporary art. They will share frank reflections on the limits of museums as sites of knowledge and explore the potentials of creating a just and open space in which art can amplify voices and broaden views.
About the Program
UB President Satish K. Tripathi will offer introductory remarks. Hopkins is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her writing and curatorial practice explores the intersections of history, contemporary art, and indigeneity. She has served as senior curator for the 2019 and 2021 editions of the Toronto Biennial of Art and was part of the curatorial team for the Canadian Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale, featuring the work of the media art collective Isuma. She is co-curator of notable exhibitions including Art for New Understanding: Native Voices 1950s to Now; the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada; documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany; Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada; and Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her recent essays and presentations include “The Gilded Gaze: Wealth and Economies on the Colonial Frontier,” for the documenta 14 Reader, and “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind. Umolu is recently appointed Director of Curatorial Affairs and Public Practice at the Serpentine Galleries, London. She was previously Director and Curator, Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago where she also taught courses in visual art and spatial practices as a lecturer in the humanities division. Prior to joining the Logan, Umolu held curatorial positions at the MSU Broad Museum, East Lansing, Michigan; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Manifesta 8, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. As Artistic Director of the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Umolu oversaw a critically acclaimed curatorial program featuring new commissions, off-site installations and a host of performances, talks, workshops and community engagements with over 80 international contributors. Umolu is a 2016 recipient of the prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts Curatorial Fellowship. She served on the curatorial advisory board for the United States Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale. She is a trustee of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago. Park is Curator of Exhibitions at the University at Buffalo Art Galleries, the State University of New York. She was most recently the associate curator of the 2018 Carnegie International at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. She has curated exhibitions at a wide range of institutions including the Western Front, Vancouver; the Kitchen, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; and Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, South Korea. Her writing has been published by Afterall OnlineAfterimageArtAsiaPacificPerforma MagazineFillipYishu: A Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Pluto Press, and Ryerson University Press, among others. She was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2011–12 and Whitney-Lauder Curatorial Fellow at ICA Philadelphia in 2013–15. Her research interests have revolved around mobility and migration as well as representations of violence in the colonial present.

Fulbright Scholars Panel

Posted by Tim on February 27, 2021 in Event, Fellowships, Information Session, Networking, Scholarship Opportunities

Friday, March 19, 3-4 p.m. (via Zoom)

Have you ever considered teaching, researching or earning a graduate degree abroad? The Fulbright Program offers opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

Join us for a Fulbright panel discussion to hear personal stories from two of UB’s previous Fulbright recipients: Ashley Cercone (research grant to Turkey) and Paige Melin (English teaching assistant in Senegal). You will hear more about the possibilities of Fulbright and what it takes to be a Fulbright Scholar.

Registration is required. Confirmation will include Zoom details. For more information about this event contact Visit the Fulbright Program website to learn about their programs.


2021 Summer and Fall Virtual Study Abroad Opportunities

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad

UB Study Abroad Programs is offering the following virtual international learning programs during the Summer & Fall 2021 terms:

**The Korea University (KU) International Summer Campus (ISC) Course Catalogue can be viewed here. Additionally, existing KU-UB course articulations can be viewed here. Please note that this list is continually growing. If a student would like additional courses reviewed for UB equivalents and/or Global Pathway requirement(s), please contact our office for further assistance.

Additional virtual SUNY programs can be found on our Virtual Study Abroad Program webpage. We will continue to update this webpage as more remote opportunities become available through UB & SUNY.

Interested students are encouraged to contact our office by email ( or during our Virtual Office Hours via Zoom M – F, 8:30AM – 4:30PM with any questions they may have regarding these programs!


UB Communications Office Seeks an Edit Assistant

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Student Job Opportunities

UB Division: University Communications

Address: 330 Crofts Hall, North Campus Telephone: 716-645-6969 Website:

Job Title: Editorial Assistant Hours: 8 hours/week Compensation: $12.50/hour Requirements: Must be currently enrolled or registered for class in Spring 2021

Supervisor: Laura Silverman, Director of Content Strategy,

Office Profile

The Division of University Communications supports UB’s academic mission by providing leadership for communications that deepen understanding, build trust and enhance relationships between the university and its internal and external publics. Our award-winning work helps support and build UB’s reputation as a leading public research university; markets and promotes the university’s schools, departments and units; and engages target audiences in two-way communication through evolving media channels. Employees within the division include professionals experienced in writing, editing, brand and marketing strategy, social media, media relations, website development, graphic design, photography, video and measurement and analysis.

Scope of Activities:

  • Managing and updating calendar and trending video on university home page
  • Uploading and captioning Youtube videos
  • Uploading UB Forward newsletter content into the UB Content Management System (UBCMS)
  • Organizing the storygrid and trending sections of the UBCMS
  • Tagging content within the UBCMS
  • Placing and styling copy in email management software
  • Serving on Editorial Standards subcommittee of UC Antiracism and Equity Working Group
  • Helping to steward and update websites in the UBCMS as needed
  • Writing/factchecking communications material for print and the Web as needed
  • Other editorial/administrative duties as needed

Desired Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Careful attention to detail
  • High level of digital literacy; experience working in a content management system
  • Ability to multitask among various assignments and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work productively on a team
  • Experience as a writer or editor for a print or digital publication is preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with AP style is preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with Mailchimp is preferred but not required
  • Familiarity with UBCMS is preferred but not required

Learning Objectives

• Understand the steps taken in developing content to achieve organizational communication goals

• Become aware of the many collaborative roles involved in an organizational communication setting

• Understand the importance of communication research, planning and evaluation

• Increase proficiency in job-readiness skills including resume writing, interviewing and networking

Leadership Competencies to Be Developed

• Results Orientation

• Self-Management

• Adaptability

• Communication

• Interpersonal relations

• Strategic Thinking

To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to

Laura Silverman

Director of Content StrategyDivision of University Communications


UB Asian Studies Study Abroad Award/Rustgi South Asian Language Award (deadline March 29, 2021)

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Academics, Scholarship Opportunities, Study Abroad

The Rustgi South Asian Language Award

Current UB undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply for funding to attend intensive summer language programs such as those offered by

·       The American Institute of Indian Studies

·       University of Wisconsin South Asia Summer Language Institute

·       University of Washington Summer Nepali Language Course

·       University of Texas at Austin Summer Language Courses in Malayalam, Telugu, or Kannada

Applications for funding will be evaluated by UB Asian Studies Program faculty and staff. The Rustgi South Asian Language Award provides partial tuition subventions. Additional funds for living expenses incurred during the summer program may also be available. It is anticipated that the average award will be approximately $1,000 per student.


  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Buffalo in good academic standing at the time of application.
  • At the time of application for this award, applicants must demonstrate that they have already applied to a summer language program. 
  • Awards are contingent upon the applicant’s acceptance into an appropriate South Asian summer language program

Criteria for Selection:

  • Awards will be based on academic merit and seriousness of purpose
  • The applicant agrees to be an ambassador for Asian Studies at UB by sending occasional posts and photos of their experiences for use on the Asian Studies Program’s social media and website. The applicant must also be willing to talk with other students about their experience upon returning to UB.
  • The applicant’s prior South Asian coursework or plans to enroll in additional South Asia-related courses at UB.
  • Preference shall be given to students seeking to learn “critical need” languages (Bangla, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu).
  • Preference shall be given to students who can demonstrate that they have also applied for the Critical Language ScholarshipBoren Awards, and/or  Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships.

Required Application Materials:

Applicants should send the following components in a single PDF file:

1)    Completed language program application form
2)    one-page (less than 500-word) statement of purpose describing your academic reasons for selecting a particular program, detailing how the study abroad program will fit into your overall academic program and goals, and how the program benefits you
3)    Transcripts: Applicants should scan their undergraduate and graduate transcripts (from U.S. or Canadian universities only) and include them in the single pdf file.
4)    Confirmation (email or scanned document) from AIIS, SAFLI, etc. indicating receipt of complete summer language program application.
5)    A simple budget indicating anticipated expenses and other sources of funding to which the applicant has applied.
6)    Recommended: documentation confirming submission of completed applications for the Critical Language Scholarship and/or Boren Scholarship
7)    Applicants should also submit one (1) letter of recommendation emailed as an attachment directly from their professor or instructor. Instructors may also mail their recommendations in a sealed envelope signed by the instructor to Asian Studies Program, 412 Clemens Hall, Buffalo NY 14260.

*Application deadline is March 29, 2021

Please contact the Asian Studies Program at if you have any questions.


The Asian Studies 2020-2021 Study Abroad Award

The 2020-2021 study abroad award supports study abroad for Fall 2021, AY 2021-2022, or Spring 2022. The deadline for applications is March 29, 2021.

The awards will range between $500 and $1000. All UB undergraduate students who are studying abroad in Asia are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in the Asian Studies Program and/or minoring in Korean.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate at the University of Buffalo in good academic standing at the time of your application
  • At the time of applying for this award, you must already have applied to a study abroad program in Asia through the UB Study Abroad office. Exceptions will be considered with prior approval from the Asian Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Walter Hakala.


  • Foreign language study is a component of the program
  • Participation in an established, credit-bearing study abroad or exchange program
  • Preference shall be given to applicants who are studying abroad for the first time or in a country or region to which they have never before traveled
  • Awards are based on academic merit and seriousness of purpose
  • The applicant agrees to be an ambassador for Asian Studies at UB by sending occasional posts and photos of their experiences while in-country for use on the Asian Studies Program’s social media and website. The applicant must also be willing to talk with other students about their study abroad experience upon returning to UB.

Application Materials and Guidelines:

Please submit the following 4 items:

  1. The application form.
  2. A personal statement no longer than 3 pages double-spaced, 11 or 12 point font following the outline below:
    1. The Program. Describe the program: what is the length of the program, the course of intended study, and the language focus? You may include a program info sheet or brochure as supporting paperwork if one exists.
    1. The Language. What language training have you acquired prior to the study abroad program? What is your expected proficiency at the end of the study abroad program? What is your goal in learning this language?
    1. Academic Purpose. Describe your academic reasons for selecting a particular program and explain in detail how the study abroad program will fit into your overall academic program and goals.
    1. Development. Describe how the program benefits your personal, academic, and professional development.
    1. Candidacy. Why are you a particularly strong candidate for this award?
  3. One letter of recommendation from a professor who has taught you in an Asian Studies-related course. The letter of recommendation must be emailed as an attachment directly from the professor.
  4. A current copy of your unofficial transcript.

All application materials must be submitted no later than 4pm on Monday, March 29, 2021. 

Submission Guidelines: 

Email with “Study Abroad Award Application: [your name]” in the subject line. Attach the completed application form, your personal statement, and your transcripts. Ask your professor to email their letter of recommendation as an attachment to with “Study Abroad Recommendation: [your name]” in the subject line.

Please contact the Asian Studies Program at if you have any questions.


Applications for spring 2022 Honors Colloquium Teaching Assistants are now open! Deadline Monday, March 15…Info Session February 25

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Teaching Opportunities, Workshops

Applications for spring 2022 Honors Colloquium Teaching Assistants are now open! Deadline Monday, March , 15, 2021 at 12 noon.

A virtual information session will be held on Thursday, February 25th from 3:00-3:45pm to answer your questions!

RSVP here: Zoom details for the information session will be sent the morning of Thursday February 25th.

What an exciting time to become an Honors Colloquium TA! Spring 2022 Honors Colloquium will again consist of approximately 15-17 sections (with roughly 24 students), each led by an upper-class Honors Colloquium Teaching Assistant.  The course will continue to provide an opportunity for students to delve into the city of Buffalo through research, community engagement, and small group projects. All students enrolled will also earn a Community Engagement digital badge for their work in the course. TAs will enroll in a one credit hour training course in the fall semester (first-time TAs will also complete a digital badge for an additional Honors experience credit), and earn three credits for teaching their section in the spring semester. This is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching and leadership skills while completing up to five Honors College experience credits!

Teaching Assistant Minimum Qualifications:

  • Successful completion of HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium with an A- or better.
  • Good standing in the Honors College.
  • Be able to enroll in HON 495 in the fall (one credit – Pass/Fail) and spring (three credits – Pass/Fail).
  • Have completed at least 60 academic credit hours by the end of summer 2021 (this includes AP, IB, and transfer work).
  • Be available to facilitate one section of HON 102 in the spring 2022 semester.

For more information about becoming an Honors Colloquium Teaching Assistant, and to complete an application, please visit:


10th Annual Honors College Life Raft Debate to be Held Virtually March 3rd

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Academics, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief

The 10th Annual Honors College “LIFE RAFT DEBATE” will be on Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:15 pm live on Zoom! Join us for this annual tradition as some of your favorite Professors comically debate for your vote to “rebuild” society!

What is a Life Raft Debate you ask? A fictitious nuclear event has occurred and we the audience are on a life raft preparing to float away to safety but we have room for one more person…an academic! Watch as faculty from multiple disciplines argue in intense and sometimes hilarious, fashion for your vote.

Be sure to RSVP to save your seat, as you then vote for who gets the final seat on the Life Raft.  RSVP here before Monday, March 1st to join us:


Honors Student Council to Host Game Night Thursday, February 25th

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements

Welcome back to another semester at UB! On Thursday, February 25th at 8:00pm EST, Honors Student Council will be hosting a Game Night over Zoom. We are super excited to hang out with all of you and we will have many games to choose from! Please make sure to sign up on the google sheet at this link: . 


Getting Involved Using UB Technology Workshop

Posted by Tim on February 21, 2021 in Information Session, Networking, Student Clubs, Student experience, Student Job Opportunities, Workshops

Learn about the many ways you can get involved within Student Engagement from leadership certificates, to fraternity & sorority life, the marching band, community & civic engagement, and more!

*This workshop will give you credit towards completing your UB SELECT certificates. 

Register on UBLinked 


2021 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted by Tim on February 18, 2021 in Event, Information Session, Networking, Registration and Seminar Information

SUNY Old Westbury is the host institution for the 2021 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, which will be held virtually on Friday April 16, 2021.

Abstracts and Registration Now Open.  

Important Deadlines:

Abstracts Due: March 12, 2021

Registration Due: April 9, 2021

Keynote Speaker:  Robert Muscil Ph.D., M.P.H.

Robert K. Musil, PhD, MPH is the President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, the legacy organization envisioned by Rachel Carson and founded in 1965 by her closest friends and colleagues. 

Dr. Musil was named President and CEO in February 2014 and is only the third head of this historic environmental group.

For more SURC resources, including abstract submission, registration, etc., please visit as up-to-date information will be posted there.

The SURC 2020 Organizing Committee

–          Cristina Notaro, SUNY Old Westbury

–          Michaela Rehm, SUNY Center for Professional Development

–          Phillip Ortiz, SUNY System Administration