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TH 235 Stage Crew Practicum Open Seats (Counts for Honors Experience)

Posted by Tim on August 20, 2019 in Academics, Honors Experiences

The UB Department of Theatre and Dance is seeking deck(stage) crew, fly crew, and dressers for their productions this semester.  This is a 1- to 2-credit opportunity in the 7-week course TH235, so the add/drop date is not until mid-October.  It also counts as an Honors experience, and it is a fulfilling way to potentially give your GPA a boost. 

The pre/co-requisites are:

TH106 (Intro to Technical Theatre) or significant prior theatrical experience (like high school stage crew or CFA stagehand work)

Attendance is 100% mandatory for this course, so you will need to check your schedules meticulously to ensure you are fully available for at least 1 full show’s set of rehearsals and performances. “Guys and Dolls” has one “on school time” performance in the mid-morning, but you will receive as many excusal letters as needed for that morning.  The full schedule of dates and times for each show can be found at

Please let me know if you have any questions about registration, scheduling, responsibilities, or anything else you may think of.  If you are interested, please email me at with your name, major, and a brief description of any prior theatre experience you have, including whether you’ve taken TH106.


New Minor in Nonprofit Leadership

Posted by Tim on August 14, 2019 in Academics, New Programs

The Social Sciences Interdisciplinary program (IDP) is pleased to offer a new Minor in Nonprofit Leadership, open to all UB undergraduates!

The Minor in Nonprofit Leadership provides students with an understanding of how nonprofit organizations differ from corporations and government entities in their structure and function, as well as exposure to practical skills (e.g., development, grantwriting, program evaluation) and topics related to working in nonprofit organizations. The minor is ideal for students who are interested in social or public service, who care about advancing a cause, or who want to have a social or civic impact on their communities. Students may use a limited number of approved courses from multiple UB departments to fulfill the minor, making it an excellent complement to a wide range of undergraduate majors.

The minor consists of 18 credit hours, including two required courses (SSC 103 and SSC 235) and a variety of elective options. Interested students are encouraged to review the program requirements. Questions may be directed to the IDP office in 203 Clemens or at 716-645-2245 x0.


New Fall CL2 Course: ENG 204 Writing About the Environment

Posted by Tim on August 8, 2019 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

ENG 204 Writing about the Environment

Prof. Elizabeth Mazzolini

TR 8-9:20am

This course will explore kinds of writing related to environmentalist expression and action, both activist and professional. Students will develop a rhetorical understanding of what makes various forms of communication effective, to be able to produce their own environmentalist communication and respond to that of others. We will consider film representations of responses to climate change, and analyze visual culture’s capacity to induce social change. Finally, students will produce a paper in a genre and on a topic of their own choosing. Engaging and effective writing is possible for anyone willing and able to devote work and attention to it; good writing about the environment is the result of curiosity, research, passion, and logical, critical thinking based on trustworthy evidence and expertise. These are the principles on which the class is based.


New Minor in Addiction Studies

Posted by Tim on August 5, 2019 in Academics, New Programs

The Minor in Addiction Studies is unique in drawing from experts from many different disciplines—medical, humanities, legal, social sciences, and more—to provide multi-perspective training in addiction and related issues. The program is designed for students whose interests and career goals involve addiction at any level.


Native American Courses Offered Fall 2019

Posted by Tim on July 10, 2019 in Academics, New Programs

For students interested in language learning while fulfilling some of their Gen Ed, Diversity, and UB Curriculum-Global Pathway requirements, why not consider learning about the languages of the original Indigenous peoples of this region! The Department of Transnational Studies is currently offering TWO Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Language courses at UB in the Fall 2019 semester! Please make note of the following course information:

AMS 100: Indian Image on Film

Tuesdays 4:10pm-6:50pm

Fulfills Arts, Humanities, Civilization & History and Diversity Learning UB Pathway areas and is in Three UB Curriculum Thematic Pathways

Instructor: Professor Demchak

AMS 179: Introduction to Native American History

Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00pm-3:20pm

Surveys divers experiences of Indigenous peopls of North America from ancient societies to the present day.

Instructor: Professor Grinde

AMS 197: Introduction to Seneca Language

248 Cooke Hall, North Campus

Wednesday evenings 6pm-8:40pm

Instructor: Jacky Snyder

AMS 276: Languages and Cultures of Native North America – Introduction to Mohawk Language

248 Cooke Hall, North Campus

Thursday evenings 6pm-8:40pm

Fulfills Humanities, Language and Social Sciences ares in the pathways and is in the Global Cultures and Expressions pathway area.

Instructor: Jodi L Maracle 

AMS 281: Native Americans & the Colonial Problem

Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30pm-4:50pm

Fulfills Humanities and Diversity Learning UB Pathway areas and is in three UB Curriculum Thematic Pathways

Instructor: Professor Mt. Pleasant

AMS 301: Introduction to Native American Women

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12 noon-1:20pm

Fulfills Humanities, Civilization and History, and Diversity Learning UB Pathway areas and is in two UB Curriculum Thematic Pathways

Instructor: Professor T. McCarthy


New Sustainability Class and Advanced Certificate

Posted by Tim on July 10, 2019 in Academics, New Programs

SSC433 SEM: Sustainability and American Culture

Craig Thomas, PhD, MLA, MFA

Tues/Thurs 2-3:20PM: Baldy 110

How have the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, politics, economics, and public policy) and the humanities (literature, religion, history, film, critical theory, ethics, philosophy and educational theory) shaped, and been shaped by, the growing field of sustainability? How do these disciplines integrate with the natural sciences to help solve complex sustainability problems today? This class features guest speakers, field trips and historical and contemporary work by important American authors, artists, thinkers and educators who continue to influence our understanding and application of knowledge in sustainability discourse.

*Graduate Students: Students will be able to apply this course as graduate credit for the Advanced Sustainability Certificate and can apply for consideration to other graduate programs.

**Undergraduates: This course can satisfy requirements for both tracks of an Environmental Studies Major (Both Environmental Education and Policy; Environmental Resources and Management Tracks)


2019 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia November 2, 2019

Posted by Tim on June 24, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

2019 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia

Exploring Culture, Climate, and Connections

November 2, 2019

University at Buffalo, SUNY

We present the second annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia by reflecting upon the rich history of South Asia, and its connection to present day conditions regarding culture and climate. We invite papers on the theme of “Exploring Culture, Climate, and Connections,” where climate may be interpreted broadly, whether in its social, political, or environmental sense. The conference will feature a keynote lecture from Suraj Yengde, award-winning scholar and activist from India.

Undergraduate participants from all disciplines, working on any topic relating to the region, are welcome to submit proposals. Possible topics of discussion include:

  • Social issues, human rights issues, LGBTQ issues, gender and caste concerns in present-day Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • Literary genres, artistic movements, new and old technologies, trends in South Asian cinema and pop culture.
  • Sustainability and environmental revitalization efforts.
  • Human migration, population shifts, and related environmental issues.
  • Modern social movements.
  • The ebb and flow of religious factions and fundamentalisms within Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.   
  • Trends in domestic and international law, including NGO and INGO work.
  • The impact, or lack thereof, regarding education and the spread of accurate information.
  • Wars, genocides, ethnic or political violence, and refugee issues (in recent or long-standing conflicts).

While this list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive, we encourage papers that address less commonly researched sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories. We hope to organize panels with presenters addressing similar issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Please click to submit proposals. Accepted applicants who submit complete proposals by August 1, 2019 may be eligible for a travel subvention of up to $400, with several options for reimbursement of accommodations. Applicants should also seek funding from their home institutions. The conference organizers will assist participants in seeking affordable accommodations in Buffalo.


The conference will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the University at Buffalo. Students participants should plan for 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion.


Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal ( Those seeking travel subventions must submit their complete application (including a brief justification of expenses and efforts to seek supplemental funding) no later than August 1, 2019. Submissions will be accepted after this date on a rolling basis, space permitting, until September 7, 2019. Applicants will be notified about the status of their submissions and the availability of travel subventions beginning in late August 2019.

When submitting abstracts, applicants must affirm that they will be enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of the conference. Those in graduate programs or not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program will not be permitted to present. The organizers reserve the right to confirm student status with their advisor and home institution. The organizers regret that they are unable to assist international applicants who require visas to enter the United States.


Please contact for more information about the conference.

The second annual Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Vinod Rustgi and his family.


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.


UB Scientista Presents STEM DivCon 2019

Posted by Tim on April 24, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Panel of academic and industry professionals in STEM sectors, Networking and Lunch!

Saturday, April 27, 2019

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

104 Knox Hal

To register, visit:


Research Opportunity in the UB Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB)

Posted by Tim on April 15, 2019 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

The Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB) at the University of Buffalo is looking for undergraduate students to assist with research studies during Fall 2019 & Spring 2020. These research experiences would be under the leadership of Dr. Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, who conducts laboratory- and community-based studies in the area of children’s eating behavior and obesity prevention. More information about Dr. Anzman-Frasca’s work is available here:

Responsibilities of student research assistants include: assisting with material preparation, entering data, and helping staff in the implementation of the study design. It is anticipated that students will have the opportunity to work directly with study participants, including parents and children, in laboratory and/or community studies. All incoming research assistants must be able to commit to at least 10 hours of research per week, with preference given to students who can commit to at least two semesters. Students may be asked to commit to evenings or weekends to work with participants.

Interested students can apply by submitting an application and a resume to, using “Student research assistant application 2019” as the subject of the email. Applications may be downloaded at We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with our next round of interviews planned for late Spring 2019.