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Product Manager Information Session with Honors Faculty fellow Professor Debora Grossman November 29

Posted by Tim on November 22, 2022 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Workshops

When you get home after work/school today, you will be ready to unwind and relax. Will you sit down to a delicious Colgate meal? How about a bedtime snack of Lay’s WOW chips? When you are getting ready for bed, will you remove the Google glasses that you wore during the day? I am confident that your answers to these questions is no.
The products mentioned above failed in the marketplace. Why do some products fail, and others succeed? What does it take to create a successful product? As a former product manager for GE consumer electronic products, I have seen a lot of products come and go. I will walk through some famous (and not so famous) product failures, including one of mine.
Failed products are not a complete waste of time and money. They have valuable lessons that can teach us how to best avoid product failures in the future.

DATE: November 29, 2022 TIME: 9:30-10:50 a.m. LOCATION: Capen 108
This class session is open to ANY/ALL Honors College students. Please come join my class for this one off-session on Marketing & Brands


Rebrand of Blackstone LaunchPad Brainstorm Session November 30

Posted by Tim on November 21, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Brainstorm a new name for UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad

Wednesday, November 30th, 6-9pm in 107 Capen Hall

Put your mark on campus by helping to brainstorm a new name for UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad. You will work in a team to develop a pitch to rebrand our campus-based entrepreneurship and innovation center.

We’ll provide dinner, swag, and prizes up to $100 of campus cash for members of the winning team. Sign up to participate and contribute your ideas:


Transgender Day of Remembrance November 21

Posted by Tim on November 21, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event

Transgender Day of Remembrance (New Date and Time: Today, Monday November 21 at 12pm via zoom)

This workshop will provide members of the UB community an opportunity to celebrate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Topics include a brief history of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, definitions of gender-related terms, contextual barriers faced by transgender individuals, examples of advocacy and resilience, and tips for allies. Additionally, this workshop will provide resources for identity exploration, and mental and physical health support.

Zoom link:


2023 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia

Posted by Tim on November 16, 2022 in Event

Identity and Cultural Dissonance 
March 31 and April 1, 2023
University at Buffalo, SUNY

The University at Buffalo, SUNY, is proud to hold its fifth annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia. We invite papers on the theme of “Identity and Cultural Dissonance,” which may be interpreted broadly in its social or political sense. The quintessential struggle with identity that the South Asian diaspora experience correlates to the importance of seeking out and understanding one’s origins. The 2023 Rustgi conference will feature a keynote lecture from Council Member Shahana Hanif, a Bangladeshi American serving on the New York City Council for the 39th District, representing the divisions of Kensington, Borough Park, Windsor Terrace, and more. Her work in the community extends beyond her career as a council member: she has contributed to Participatory Budgeting and served as a tenants’ rights organizer and advocate for gender justice. 

We welcome undergraduate participants studying South Asia from all disciplines to submit proposals, preferably but not necessarily working on any topic relating to the theme. Possible topics of discussion include: 
– Identities in the diaspora
– Identity in religion
– Gender and identity
– Fashion in identity
– Identity and public health
– Identity and politics
– Online and offline identities
– Names and identity
– Burdens of representation
– Appropriation
– Intersectionality 

This list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive. We encourage papers that explore sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories stemming from under-represented perspectives. We shall organize panels around presentations addressing similar issues that draw from various disciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, management, humanities, fine arts, and others. 

Please visit to submit proposals.

The conference will be held on Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2023. Student presenters should plan 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion. Though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may require the conference organizers to shift the conference online, we have every hope of holding the event in person.  

Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submission portal ( by Sunday, January 8, 2023.

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.

Funding and Accommodations:
We are able to provide a limited number of presenters with a travel subvention of up to US$300. Accepted participants who attend in person will also be provided with individual hotel accommodations. The University at Buffalo cannot provide any additional assistance or guidance to international applicants seeking entry into the United States. 

Please contact for more information about the conference.

To view past conference programs, please visit​​ 

The fourth annual Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by a generous gift from the families of Dr. Vinod Rustgi and Dr. Anil Rustgi as well as funding from the University at Buffalo Office of International Education.


Transgender Day of Remembrance November 18

Posted by Tim on November 14, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday, November 18
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Union Lobby

The Transgender Day of Remembrance has been observed annually on November 20 as a day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia.  The day was founded to draw attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people.  Join us in the lobby to remember those lost, but also to show support to transgender people.


CSTEP Summer Opportunities Information Session November 17

Posted by Tim on November 14, 2022 in Academics, Event, Internships, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research, Workshops

Join us for our “Summer Opportunities Information Session” next Thursday, November 17 at 4:00pm in 107 Capen (Honors Colloquium Room), in collaboration with the University Honors College, to learn about how to make the most of your summer! It is never too early to start planning for next summer! It is beneficial to think about what programs you want to apply for now so you can begin preparing your application materials. Food will be provided at the meeting. Please RSVP below.

Find out about the benefits and requirements of our CSTEP Summer Research Program, Roswell Park Summer Research Experience Program, CLIMB UP for Summer Research, Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program, McNair Scholars Program, LSAMP Summer Research Program and InRoads Inc., an organization that creates pathways to careers for diverse college students through internship opportunities.

Stipends range from $2,800-$5,000 for summer experiences. These summer programs are a great way to get paid while gaining valuable experience for your resume such as team building, leadership, communication and research skills. Summer programs make you a more competitive candidate for graduate and professional school and allow you to determine if research is right for you and what topics you are interested in pursuing in the future!

RSVP by Monday, November 14 at


AAF Buffalo’s Portfolio Seminar

Posted by Tim on November 11, 2022 in Career Opportunities, Event

November 19, 2022 from 10:00am-12:30pm @ UB Center for the Arts

Want to work in advertising, art and marketing? Check out AAF Buffalo’s Portfolio Seminar. UB students who sign up and attend will get a free ’22-23 Student Membership worth $15. So, make sure to register as a Student Member and the event will be free.

Creating a portfolio you can be proud of is just as hard as creating the work that’s in it. What work will resonate, how many pieces should be included and what medium you should present that work in are tough questions to answer on your own. Katie Hazel (Ground Creative Director of Crowley Webb/Praxis), Brittney Sikora (Freelance Designer & Art Director) and Jennifer Leising (2022 Portfolio Review finalist) will be answering these questions and more to get you prepared for entering the creative job market.

To get your ticket, click here.


Reimagining International Education in/through the Global Pandemic

Posted by Tim on November 11, 2022 in Event, Graduate School Programs

November 14th, 2022, 9:00am-12:00pm, 107 Capen. 

Please join us for the Symposium on Reimagining International Education in/through the Global Pandemic, co-sponsored by the UB Vice Provost’s Office for International Education, Graduate School of Education, Asian Studies Program, and the Department of Indigenous Studies.

Symposium theme: The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted, upended, and transformed the meaning and praxis of international education. How have scholars and practitioners in international and comparative education engaged with the global education emergency? What new questions are being asked to understand, challenge, and address the myriad, shifting educational challenges? How has the pandemic compounded the existing knowledge paradigms, methodological assumptions, and research imaginations in international and comparative education?  This symposium hopes to bring a group of multidisciplinary education scholars to shed light on the future(s) of international education post-COVID. 

Refreshments will be provided.


Buffalo Startup Week 2022

Posted by Tim on November 10, 2022 in Buffalo Bits, Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Event, Networking

November 14-18, 2022
Seneca One

Buffalo Startup Week is a thought-provoking slate of programming powered by Bootsector to celebrate the diverse array of entrepreneurship flourishing in WNY. The week provides a wide range of experiences to educate, inspire, and connect Buffalo’s community of dreamers, doers, and makers with the community at large.

For one week, Buffalo businesses, entrepreneurs, and community members gather together in-person to learn, share, and celebrate WNY’s thriving innovation economy!

Get your free ticket at


Clinton Global Initiative University hosted by Vanderbilt University March 3-5, 2023

Posted by Tim on November 8, 2022 in Academics, Event, Networking, Workshops

We are writing to share the exciting news that Vanderbilt University is hosting the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) annual meeting March 3-5, 2023. I am reaching out to ask for your assistance in sharing the application information with your students.   

CGI U recruits a student cohort of young leaders who are committed to developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Each year, undergraduate and graduate students from around the world apply to participate in CGI U’s year-round community of learning, leadership and action. The program’s year-round engagement model includes a social impact curriculum, training and mentorship opportunities and a wide range of networking opportunities with CGI U partners, peers, alumni, staff and leaders in the field. President Bill Clinton founded CGI U in 2007, and more than 11,800 students from over 1,800 schools, over 160 countries and all 50 states have participated. 

Applications are open now, and the deadline to apply is Friday, December 16. Students pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree at the time of application are eligible to apply, and student teams of three or fewer are also welcome.  

We are asking for your help to encourage your students to apply and to assist us in spreading the word about this wonderful opportunity.  We have included some additional resources below, and please contact Jill Stratton with any questions you may have about CGI U:  jill.a.stratton@Vanderbilt.Edu.

·        Host campus launch announcement  

·        Call for student applicants myVU story 

·        Last year’s student cohort video 

·        Application link 

·        Twitter partnership announcement