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Work/Study Opportunity: Peer Researchers

Posted by Tim on September 14, 2021 in Alumni, Honors Program Announcements, Research Information and Opportunities

The international research team is seeking undergraduate peer researchers for a study about the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ and/or racialized youths’ intimate lives. This position will be 5 hours weekly at $15 per hour.

Researchers will be conducting interviews, being trained, and will collaborate with colleagues here in Toronto and in Melbourne, Australia.

Students must be undergrads and have work/study OR be interested in receiving academic credit.


UB study abroad alumni spotlight: Dr.Julie Ficarra

Posted by Tim on September 13, 2021 in Alumni, Study Abroad

Meet Julie Ficarra, Ph.D., UB Study Abroad Alumna, and hear her speak about how studying abroad as a UB Honors College student helped shape her career as an Associate Director of Study Abroad in the International Programs Office at SUNY Cortland and now an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Global Development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Dr. Ficarra earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University, an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and International Studies from UB. She spent her summer after freshman year in Tanzania (SUNY Stony Brook), the fall semester of her junior year in England at the University of Oxford (SUNY Brockport), and the spring semester of her junior year at Charles University in Prague, the Czech Republic (SUNY New Paltz). She shares how impactful these experiences were and how they helped get her to where she is today!


UB Paint Night!

Posted by Tim on April 1, 2021 in Alumni, Event, Networking, Student experience

April 16 – 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Alumni and Student Engagement are excited to present UB Paint Night as part of Countdown to Commencement! Open to all current UB students, this program will allow students to participate, both in person and virtually, in a guided paint night by a professional artist to create a UB and Buffalo themed painting!
While this event is open to all current UB students, priority in-person seating will be given to 2021 graduating students! In-person seating is limited to 50 students.

Participating virtually? No problem! All virtual participants will be provided a shopping list, digital art template, and a Zoom link to participate from home! 

Trivia Night with Young Alumni

Posted by Tim on February 13, 2021 in Alumni, Event, Networking

I wanted to quickly share with you that we have the first event in our “Class of 2021 Graduation Event Series” coming up next Wednesday on February 17, 8PM. This event is geared towards 2021 undergrads and young alumni have been invited as well. All alumni and students are welcome to join. Feel free to share this event with anyone connecting with senior students, as I’m hoping to get more registrations from that core audience.

Class of 2021 Trivia Night with Young Alumni

Wednesday, February 17 – 8PM EST


Fall 2020 Honors Alumni Connections Events October 6, 9, 12 and 15. Meet Honors Alums Virtually!

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2020 in Alumni, Career Opportunities, Event, Networking, Workshops


STEM and Health Sciences: October 6 at 5 pm

John Assad

Professor of Neurobiology & Director, PhD Program in Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

Biological Sciences, 1985

Jackson Buss

Research Scientist, New England Biolabs

Biological Sciences, 2005

Ann Martin

Project manager of STEM education programs, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Physics & English, 2005

Christina White

Doctor of Physical Therapy student, University of Pittsburgh

Exercise Science & Dance 2018

Law, Management and Social Sciences: October 9 at 12 pm

Ben Cady

Counsel, Office of Regulations, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

English, 2005

Nate Carbrey

Associate Director, Accounting Policy and Special Projects, ACV Auctions Inc

Accounting & Business Administration, 2012

Samantha DeMart

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, Heritage Christian Services

Communication, 2005

Danny  Hatem

Doctoral Candidate in Politics University of Oxford

Political Science, 2007

Mackenzie Robinson

Intelligence Analyst, US Department of Justice

Political Science, 2017

Jennifer Thompson
Sales strategy and operations manager, Google EMEA

Management, 2008

Ryan Thorne   

Attorney, Desmarais LLP

Electrical Engineering, 2015

Architecture and Arts: October 12 at 5 pm

Laura Nasca

Graphics & User Experience Designer, Sports Basement

Dance and Graphic Design, 2017

David Sass

Senior Vice President, CannonDesign

Architecture, 1999

Ian Schwarzenberg

Urban planning data analyst, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Environmental Design, 2017

Linnea Spampinato

Marketing Project Manager, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Art History, 2013

Amy VanKirk

Associate Professor of Dance, Radford University

Psychology & Dance, 2005

SEAS October 15 at 12 pm

Devashish Agarwal

Cyber Risk Consultant, Deloitte & Touche

Computer Science, 2018

Justin Imiola

Energy Engineer, Wendel Companies

Economics & Environmental Geosciences, 2015

Christopher Palmer

Software Engineer

Computer Engineering, 2015

Thomas Piwtorak

Electrical Engineer, Sumitomo Rubber USA

Electrical Engineering, 2009


Class of 2020 Graduation Event Series: Open Skate & Social w/ Young Alumni

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2020 in Alumni, Stress Relief

Saturday, Feb.8 is the first event for the Class of 2020, an ice-skating event at Northtown Center at Amherst, where students can enjoy fun, casual ice-skating and socializing with area young alumni while learning about the UB Alumni Association, Senior Class Campaign, programs, and services available to them as alumni. More info and registration located at and our deadline to register is next Monday 2/3! 

Class of 2020 Graduation Event Series:

–       2/29 Young Alumni Night at the Bandits

–       4/21 Senior Expo @ Bookstore Cap and Gown Pickup

–   (Currently seeking partners! Past partners include UBIT, Graduate programs, Career Services, etc.)

–       4/28 Trick Out Your Tassel – Cap Decorating @ SU, 11-3PM

–       5/6 Senior Brunch (Coordinated by Student Experience Office)

–       5/TBD Young Alumni Welcome Party