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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


Honors College Young Alumni Panel November 16, 2022 on Zoom

Posted by Tim on November 8, 2022 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Networking


Honors College Scholarships for Juniors Deadline to apply October 1, 2022

Posted by Tim on September 6, 2022 in Fellowships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities

The Honors College is the proud beneficiary of two scholarships given annually to recognize honors students with outstanding leadership potential – the Aaron N. Bloch Memorial Scholarship and the Gino Calvi Memorial Scholarship.  The Bloch Scholarship was established by his family after his untimely death while serving as Provost at UB.  The Calvi Scholarship was created by his family and friends after Mr. Calvi’s untimely death in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11.  Mr. Calvi and his wife were undergraduates at UB. 

Both scholarships have been made available to Honors Scholars in good standing who have recently finished their sophomore year/four semesters of study at UB (current juniors). If you wish to apply for either or both scholarships you may do so by logging into UB’s Scholarship Portal and submitting your application by the deadlines below.

Aaron N. Bloch Memorial Fund—deadline October 1, 2022

The Bloch Scholarship states that:  “Specifically the award shall be given annually to a student in the University Honors College who demonstrates unusual creativity and independence of mind, and who shares promise of benefiting humanity within his or her lifetime.”  The value of the award for the 2022 cycle is $600.00.

Gino Calvi Memorial Fund—deadline October 1, 2022

The Calvi Scholarship states that:  “The award shall be given annually to a student in the University Honors College who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities and who shows promise of benefiting humanity within his or her lifetime.”  The value of this award for the 2022 cycle is $3,000.00.

If you have any questions, please contact the Honors College at


Graduate School Funding Workshop April 26 in 107 Capen

Posted by Tim on April 8, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Fellowships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

How to fund graduate school workshop Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 1:00pm in the Colloquium Room (107 Capen Hall)

Thinking about graduate school, but don’t know how you’re going to pay for it? Now is the time to start figuring it out. Come hear Elizabeth A. Colucci, Assistant Dean for Graduate Professional Development, discuss funding opportunities. April 26 @ 1:00 in Capen 107 Register here:


HSC Open Mic Night April 16

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2022 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Stress Relief

HSC is excited to be hosting an ✨🎤Open Mic Night 🎤 on April 16th at 5:00pm in the Don Schack student lounge. Showcase your talents, or stop by to support your friends and peers! Any sort of performance is welcome. Also, food and snacks will be served 🙂

To sign-up, use the google form below!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Milagros Buschfrers at


See how Sydné Jackson, Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholar, is achieving her dreams at UB

Posted by Tim on March 16, 2022 in Academics, Honors Program Announcements

Sydné Jackson’s passion for performance shines on stage and behind the scenes, two important artistic spaces that serve as real-life classrooms for the senior theatre performance major. 

Jackson’s talents have been recognized across UB, where she holds the distinction of being an Honors College Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholar, an award given to an Honors student in the creative or performing arts. Jackson points to her work as proof of her accomplishments. “[My friends and family] see the work I’m doing, and they know I’m doing well. That’s how you can feel the excellence at this school—your work does the talking for you.”

In her time at UB, Jackson has acted in front of live and virtual audiences, co-directed Dominique Morrisseau’s Pipeline, a play about the school-to-prison pipeline, written TV episodes for class and worked as an extra on popular TV shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Gossip Girl.” In fall 2021, Jackson was part of a select group of students who participated in Grandmaster Flash’s Artist-in-Residence program, an experience she describes as a “top moment” for her at UB. She credits the support she has received at UB as the key to making these experiences possible.

“I’ve made my goals bigger because I know I have friends at UB who will help me take risks and support me in my journey,” she says.

Originally from Queens, NY, Jackson has found community in every corner of UB, from her supportive professors to the tight-knit Honors College and friends she affectionately describes as “her type of weird.” She especially notes the strong connection she has with Black students in the theatre and dance department and within the Honors College: “Our shared experiences have made it very easy to lean on each other.”

This sense of belonging has allowed Jackson to carve out the space needed to cultivate her identity as a performer, writer, director and leader at UB. In 2020, Jackson started Dreams Affirmed, a group formed to address and acknowledge the experiences of students of color within UB’s theatre and dance department.

Now an officially recognized student club, Dreams Affirmed provides a space for performers of color to create and share experiences. “Being able to talk and work freely and have community is something my friends and I have wanted for a long time,” Jackson, who now serves as the club’s president, says of its impact. “Being able to have it now and for future students is priceless.”


Become an HON 102: Honors Colloquium Teaching Assistant! Deadline to apply is February 28th

Posted by Tim on February 7, 2022 in Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Teaching Opportunities

Applications for spring 2023 Honors Colloquium Teaching Assistants are now open! Deadline to apply is Monday, February 28, 2022 at noon.

A virtual information session will be held on Friday, February 11th from 2:00-2:45pm to provide more information and answer your questions.

RSVP for the information session here: Zoom details will be sent the morning of February 11th.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain teaching and leadership skills while completing up to five Honors College experience credits! Spring 2023 HON 102: Honors Colloquium will again consist of approximately 16-18 sections (with roughly 20-24 students in 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. 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.

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 fall 2022 (one credit – Pass/Fail) and spring 2023 (three credits – Pass/Fail).
  • Have completed at least 60 academic credit hours by the end of summer 2022 (this includes AP, IB, and transfer work).
  • Be available to facilitate one section of HON 102 in the spring 2023 semester.

For information and to complete an application visit:


Spring 2022 Faculty Fellows Office Hours

Posted by Tim on January 31, 2022 in Honors Program Announcements, Networking

Looking to connect with one of our faculty fellows? Here is their office hour schedule for the spring. Office hours will be held in the faculty fellows lounge next to the Don Schack Student Lounge in the Honors College Suite.


Tuesday February 8th  NOON – 1:30pm  Centrie & Lemke

Tuesday February 8th  2 – 3:30pm           Lavin, Chilbert, Zhou

Friday     February 11th 2 – 3:30pm          Ochs-Balcom, Paul, Grossman


Tuesday, March 1st    NOON – 1:30pm    Centrie, Lemke

Tuesday, March 1st    2 -3:30pm               Lavin, Chilbert, Zhou

Friday,     March 4th  2 -3:30pm                 Ochs-Balcom, Paul, Grossman


Tuesday, April 5th    NOON – 1:30pm    Centrie, Lemke

Tuesday, April 5th    2 -3:30pm               Lavin, Chilbert, Zhou

Friday,     April 8th     2 -3:30pm                 Ochs-Balcom, Paul, Grossman


Tuesday, May 3rd    NOON – 1:30pm    Centrie, Lemke

Tuesday, May 3rd    2 -3:30pm               Lavin, Chilbert, Zhou

Friday,     May 6th     2 -3:30pm                 Ochs-Balcom, Paul, Grossman


Thomas and Jessica Occhino Honors College Experiential Learning Fund Application Deadline March 10

Posted by Tim on December 28, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities

Applications available from January 31 through March 10: Thomas and Jessica Occhino Honors College Experiential Learning Fund

Established in 2021 by Thomas Occhino (BS’07) and Jessica Occhino to promote inclusive excellence, equity and diversity by supporting undergraduate students who wish to participate in an experiential learning opportunity (including but not limited to unpaid internships). Students should be enrolled in the Honors College, accepted into a major in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and be a member of a group underrepresented in engineering and computer science (examples include, but are not limited to, students who are female, LGBTQ, Black, Latinx, Native American, a veteran, or have a disability). If a student who is in both the Honors College and SEAS cannot be identified, the award will be given to students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who meet the other fund criteria.

For more details and to submit an application between 1/31 and 2/28  visit:


Citi Group Information Session…Internships and Career Opportunities November 16

Posted by Tim on November 15, 2021 in Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements

An Honors alum will be visiting on Tuesday, November 16th at 12 noon in the Honors College meeting room to talk about internship and career opportunities with Citi Group.  Join us for this in-person presentation and learn about the great opportunities available.

Attached are the descriptions for their current opportunities.

Please RSVP to Tim Matthews: by Monday, November 15 at 3:00pm to reserve your spot.

Unable to attend but want to learn more?  Let me know and I can connect you with Nicolas Sciandra directly.