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HMN 380: Writing Center Theory and Practice Fall 2021

Posted by Tim on April 26, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Student Job Opportunities

Are you a strong, confident writer in your major?  Do you enjoy helping and mentoring fellow students?  If so, I invite you to take HMN 380:  Writing Center Theory and Practice in the Fall of 2021.  In addition to strengthening writing and teaching skills, this course is the pre-requisite for applying to work in the Center for Excellence in Writing as a peer writing consultant. This small, experiential seminar is fun, engaging and interactive.  We need writing consultants across different disciplines and we value diversity.  Email with any questions. 


Welcome Weekend Leaders Needed!

Posted by Tim on April 12, 2021 in Job Opportunity, Student Job Opportunities

2021 Welcome Weekend Leader Applications are now OPEN!

Want to spend the week before classes giving back to your university, supporting a new incoming class of UB Bulls, and developing your leadership skills – all while getting paid? Apply to become a 2021 Welcome Weekend Leader (WWL)!

WWLs are undergraduate students who work for Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs (OTPP), and play an integral role in assisting new students during their initial fall semester experiences. The group of 80-90 WWLs will guide over 4,000 new students, facilitate small group conversations, and assist with key programs during the days following new student move in and through the first week of the semester. Through this experience, you will grow your leadership skills, build connections and community, and make unforgettable memories!

Important dates to consider while applying:

  • Welcome Weekend Leader Move- in: August 18
  • Welcome Weekend Leader Training Start Date: Aug 19
  • New Student Move In: August 24 – 25
  • Welcome Weekend: August 26 – 29
  • First Week of Classes: August 30 – September 3

Compensation: WWLs will receive financial compensation up to $435. Pay rate: $15.00 for up to 29 hours (note: this is a pre-tax amount. Taxes will be taken out of this total). Money will be disbursed in paycheck(s) during the first half of the fall semester, pending submitted time sheet.

Time commitment: WWLs will move in on August 18 to begin training on August 19. You should expect to spend 20-29 hours working key Welcome Weekend events between August 19 – September 29, with an opportunity to pick up more hours the first week of class (August 30 – September 5).

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on May 7. Please note: students who will be paraprofessionals (RA, AA, CA) for the 2021-2022 academic year are not eligible to apply.

You can review a full position description on our UBLinked page. You can apply by completing this application on UB Linked, which includes a Big Interview activity so don’t wait until last minute to apply because you will need to record part of your application!

Have you been an OL or WWL before? You can apply by completing this returner application on UBLinked.  

Have questions? Need help? You can contact Val Luutran ( or Sophia Wilson (


Paid Student Job Opportunity in the UB Libraries

Posted by Tim on March 15, 2021 in Community Announcements, Job Opportunity, Student Job Opportunities

A colleague of mine asked me to spread the word about a temporary student assistant position that opened up recently. If it wouldn’t be too much trouble, could the position be advertised in the Honors College Highlights?

I’ve been told the position is open to students of any major and work will begin as soon as the position is filled. Karlen Chase (, 228B Capen Hall) is currently accepting applications. If you’d like more information, please contact her and see the following link for specifics related to the position:


UB Hillel 8 Week PAID Summer Internship

Posted by Tim on March 15, 2021 in Honors Experiences, Internships, Student Job Opportunities

Hillel Summer Internship Program

Need a job this summer that will enhance your resume? The Hillel Summer Internship Program is an 8-week paid internship and cohort experience open to incoming Jewish sophomores, juniors and seniors who are either enrolled in a Buffalo area university or who are from Buffalo and attend schools out of town. Students will be placed in internships across Buffalo that match their professional goals and that will provide them with relevant, hands-on experience and mentorship. On Fridays students will participate in professional development and immersive learning experiences, such as a networking power lunch with local Jewish professionals, volunteering with local non-profits, and exploring Buffalo’s start-up scene. Internships are available in a variety of fields in both the non-profit and business sectors. Applications are due Wednesday, March 31st. Visit for more info and to apply.


Now Hiring Orientation Leaders for Summer 2021

Posted by Tim on March 8, 2021 in Community Announcements, Job Opportunity, Networking, Student Job Opportunities

OTPP is currently accepting applications for Orientation Leaders (OLs). I’m hoping you will send the included message/attachment to your colleagues, to students/student groups with whom you work, and/or over student listservs you manage to help us recruit great students for the position. This announcement on UBLinked provides all of the information in a condensed, easy to share format. Below, I’ve also included a longer message that you can edit to share through your channels.

In addition to any group communications, please consider individually reaching out to any stellar honors students that you know and could see as a good fit for the role. Your personal encouragement could make the difference in a student choosing to apply and helping us have a staff that can speak on a breadth of resources on campus. If you’d like to nominate a student to apply for OTPP to directly reach out to, you can fill out this Google form for some additional encouragement!

Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks in advance for your support and assistance in recruitment! 

Happy Wednesday!


Val Luutran (she/her) What is this?

Coordinator of Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs

Student Life, University at Buffalo

112 Student Union, Buffalo, NY 14260-2100 | 716-645-6125 |


EOP Virtual Summer Bridge Program Now Hiring Student Staff!

Posted by Tim on March 8, 2021 in Community Announcements, Job Opportunity, Networking, Student Job Opportunities

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is currently hiring students for our upcoming 2021 Virtual Summer Bridge Program. The student staff application is live and available to download on our website.  The Summer Bridge Program is an intensive five-week academic and growth development program designed to facilitate the transition of students from high school to college. The program’s goals are to give new incoming students a head start towards a successful college experience and the opportunity to begin building community with other students.

Summer Staff Position Expectations

•                     Must be in good standing with the College

•                     Exhibit a positive attitude and ability to motivate others

•                     Strong interpersonal and communication skills

•                     Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse groups of people

•                     Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to assist others

•                     Serve as a role model for incoming students

•                     Answer questions about both social and academic aspects of college life

•                     Promote interaction among groups of new students during small group discussions, icebreakers and activities

•                     Uphold all program and university policies and procedures

•                     Complete staff training for final appointment

Position Salary

•                     Counselor Assistant (CA)

•                     $2,000 Stipend

For more information on the application process, please click here.


Orientation Leader applications are now being accepted!

Posted by Tim on March 6, 2021 in Job Opportunity, Paid Student Experience, Student experience, Student Job Opportunities

Want to spend your summer:

  • Assisting new students in their transition to college at UB?
  • Building connections with peers and staff across campus?
  • Growing your individual leadership skills?
  • Making unforgettable memories?

Apply to join the 2021 Orientation Leader team! Orientation Leaders have the opportunity to share their unique UB stories with the incoming class and make an impact at the start of their journey by showing new students that they are supported; they can find others who share their identities, goals, and passions; and they matter and belong.

Summer Orientation 2021 will be a virtual program. Orientation Leaders will live on campus with their teammates this summer in order to have equal access to the technology/resources they need to successfully facilitate the program, as well as have opportunities to form connections with peers and staff!

The position is paid at a rate of $15.00 per hour for a total ranging approximately from $2,000 to $3,000, paid throughout Summer Orientation and Welcome Weekend. Please note: this is a pre-tax amount.

You will find detailed information about the position on UBLinked. You can apply by completing this application on UB Linked, which includes a Big Interview video activity — so don’t wait until the last minute because you will need to film part of your application!

We’ll be accepting applications through March 17 at 11:59 p.m. We welcome all undergraduate students, from all majors and backgrounds to apply.

For questions, please contact Val Luutran in Orientation, Transition and Parent Programs,


Apply to be a part of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa

Posted by Tim on February 27, 2021 in Career Opportunities, Internships, Job Opportunity, Networking, New Programs, Student Job Opportunities

The Summer Institute (SI) is a two-week creative writing and cultural exchange program for participants age 18-22 from Pakistan, India, and the U.S.

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the SI will be held virtually in 2021. Students from all disciplines – the arts, humanities, sciences, and everything in between – are welcome to apply! This program is free for accepted applicants and will focus on creative writing and the power of narrative. 

Attendees take part in collaborative workshops focused on their creative work, in seminars to expand literary knowledge of diverse global literatures, in special seminars on the craft of writing, and in activities designed to forge new lines of understanding and shared purpose among its community of writers. The SI is an opportunity to see writing as a form of action – a personally-empowering skill that can be employed for social change.

The Summer Institute is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad.

For more information, go to:


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


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