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UB’s LaunchPad Presents: how to Start & Scale a Consulting Business Wednesdays through December 1

Posted by Tim on October 18, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

How to Start & Scale a Consulting Business

Facilitated by Terry Rice, UB Alumnus and Entrepreneur Magazine Business Development Expert-in-Residence

Virtual – Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. EST starting October 27th through December 1st

Register to participate:

Starting your own consulting business can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be confusing. 

  • Clarity: We’ll nail down the services you offer, how much to charge, who you offer them to, and why you’re their obvious choice 
  • Process: Focus on doing what you love by implementing routines, apps and services to streamline your business process 
  • Branding & Marketing: You’ll learn how to position yourself, provide value to your audience and perform “passive prospecting” through in-person events & podcasts 
  • Pitching & Proposals: I’ll supply you with training and templates to make this part simple, pain-free and predictable 
  • Fulfillment: From onboarding to relationship management, I’ll teach you how to deliver on the promises you made to your client, and yourself. 

You’ll walk away with a brand and business that will provide you with the lifestyle, time and financial freedom that comes from designing your career on your own terms.


UB Kind Presents: The Hunger Banquet October 20

Posted by Tim on October 18, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Join this interactive activity in which participants will experience different levels of hunger and learn about the statistics regarding worldwide hunger. 

Participants will walk away having a greater understanding of food shortage issues and what they can do to help raise awareness of this global problem. 

Perks: There will be free food at this event!

RSVP HERE for this FREE event!

Student Union Room 210
Wednesday, October 20 5:30-6:30pm

Global Film Series: What Disney (and the Rest of Us) Can Learn from the Earliest Surviving Mulan Film October 21

Posted by Tim on October 18, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

October 21, 4PM   

Prof. Christopher Rea, University of British Columbia, Department of Asian Studies   

Lecture: “What Disney (and the Rest of Us) Can Learn from the Earliest Surviving Mulan Film”   

Film to preview: Hua Mu Lan (Mulan Joins the Army, 木蘭從軍, 1939), directed by Richard Poh (Bu Wancang) 

    Recommended film: Mulan (2020), directed by Niki Caro  

To register please contact the Confucius Institute 

About the speaker:  

Christopher Rea is Professor of Asian Studies and former Director of the Centre for Chinese Research at the University of British Columbia. His latest book, Chinese Film Classics, 1922-1949 (Columbia, 2021), discusses fourteen cinematic masterpieces.  In addition to the book, Rea created a series of online film resources, including and the YouTube channel Modern Chinese Cultural Studies, which features 25+ subtitled films and an online course on Chinese film history. His other books include the Levenson Prize-winning The Age of Irreverence: A New History of Laughter in China (California, 2015), The Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection (co-translated with Bruce Rusk; Columbia, 2017), and Where Research Begins (co-authored with Tom Mullaney; Chicago, 2022).   

Abstract:  Critics gave Disney’s Mulan (2020) mixed reviews, but they didn’t burn it in the streets. That was the fate of not one, but two prints of the live-action Hua Mu Lan (1939) in wartime Chungking. Released during war against Japan, the film’s resistance allegory failed to mollify viewers who considered the filmmakers to be collaborationist traitors. Yet despite the controversy, the Mandarin-language film became a box-office hit across war-torn Asia, and was soon competing in theaters against a Cantonese remake.   

This talk discusses the history, aesthetics, and politics of Hua Mu Lan, the earliest-known surviving Mulan film. Christopher Rea argues that the film’s charismatic star and its mix of genre elements, such as comedy, singing, and romance, won over audiences and censors alike. Hua Mu Lan’s reception is a story of artistic talent, political savvy, and producer resourcefulness re-packaging a legend to suit desperate times. Rea will further explore how heritage figures like Mulan are repurposed to suit present commercial and societal/ideological needs, from recent Disney iterations back a century to the 1920s, when the woman warrior was played by both China’s most famous female impersonator (a man playing a woman playing a man), and its first licensed aviatrix.

Global film series to focus on Chinese-language cinema – UB Now: News and views for UB faculty and staff – University at Buffalo Chinese-language cinema will be the focus of an upcoming series of virtual lectures and films co-sponsored by the Center for Global Film in the Department of English and the Confucius Institute. The series will kick off at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 with a Zoom lecture by Christopher Rea, professor of modern …

LGBTQ FSA Brown Bag Conversation with Black Love Resists in the Rust and Buffalo’s Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice October 20

Posted by Tim on October 11, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 1:00-2:30pm | Register on Zoom

Gather with members of the LGBTQ FSA on Zoom for a panel conversation with guests from two local organizations about accountability partnership towards abolition and the movement for multiracial justice.

  • Josie Diebold MSW ’18, PhD Candidate, School of Social Work
  • Erin Heaney, National Director, Showing Up for Racial Justice
  • Natalia Marte JD ’20, Advisory Board Chair, Black Love Resists in the Rust
  • Athena Matua, Professor, School of Law

About BLRR and SURJ:

Black Love Resists in the Rust (BLRR) is a member-led, abolitionist organization of Black folks and POC that believes – through leadership development, a shared politic, and community organizing – we will build safe and flourishing communities that resist the ills of white supremacist, cis-heteropatriarchal, capitalism; including policing.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is a national network organizing white people against white supremacy. At SURJ, we’re working towards a world where every community has what they need to not just survive, but to thrive. We believe we get there by working together and following the leadership of communities that directly experience racism and economic injustices. And we believe white people have an important role to play. The local SURJ chapter is SURJ Buffalo.

The Brown Bag Conversation series are casual opportunities to learn and engage, open to members of the UB community. This specific event is also open to the public and is in collaboration with the Professional Staff Senate Inclusion and Diversity Committee, Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Minority Faculty and Staff Association.


Sigma Gamma Rho Informational

Posted by Tim on September 30, 2021 in Honors Program Announcements, Networking

Join UB Fraternity and Sorority life for a informational session on Sigma Gamma Rho for potential new members.

This event will take place on the South Campus.

Location: 202 Diefendorf Hall 
Date and Time: 
Thurs., Oct. 7 from 6 – 9 p.m.


Opportunity for Honors College students to be mentored by the Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Posted by Tim on September 23, 2021 in Academics, Alumni, Networking

Students who participated in the circles last year reported receiving much needed personal, academic, and professional support and enjoying their (virtual) interactions with both their scholar-mentor and peers during an unprecedented time. Many of the bonds formed have endured. This year, we expect the value of the scholars’ mentoring to be even greater as we are afforded in-person, as well as virtual, opportunities to interact.


Any UB-enrolled undergraduate (or graduate) student, including those studying remotely, regardless of field of study. Students can choose a preferred mentor who is in any field; the student need not be in the scholar’s discipline or field.


Each scholar will lead a 10-student graduate mentoring circle and a 10-student undergraduate circle. Each circle will meet (virtually and in-person, following COVID protocols) at least three times/semester as a group. (Scholars will meet individually with student mentees as the scholars and students choose.) The circles will be in place for the full academic year, although students expecting to graduate in December are welcome to participate while enrolled.


Scholars and their mentees will determine the events of interest to their group, but the aim is to engage in activities that support students in their personal, academic, and professional lives and are (for lack of a better word) fun as well as edifying. Virtual participation will be possible in many if not all events/activities.

Examples: film watch parties; attending live and virtual performances; outdoor gatherings; tours of historic and culturally significant sites in Buffalo; gallery and museum visits (virtually and/or in person); readings and discussions; group attendance at UB events; and virtual networking and professional conference attendance.

We are particularly attentive to the potential benefits to minoritized students at UB of connecting with the scholars who are themselves from historically underrepresented groups in academia and deeply invested in contributing to all students’ sense of belonging at UB.

How Students Can Sign Up:

Students complete a brief survey about themselves and rank order their preferred mentors. The preliminary deadline is Monday, October 11th but as new surveys are received, students will continue to be “matched” to mentors until circles are full. The survey also provides students with a link to a box folder where student can entirely optionally submit a more detailed statement regarding their personal goals/interests to any of the preferred mentors they selected.

Here is the mentoring circle webpage you can direct students to:  That webpage also contains the link to the survey application ( ) and a link to the scholar bios ( ). Here is a link to a PDF flyer (with QR and other means to access the webpage) which (should you choose) you can print and post or distribute in other form: .

Thank you for your support of the DVS program and these mentoring opportunities for students. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me at:, stop by Clemens 638a, or call 645-6038.


Fellowships and Scholarships Roundup: STEM Edition

Posted by Tim on September 17, 2021 in Community Announcements, Fellowships, Information Session, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Scholarship Opportunities, Summer Research

Fellowships and Scholarships Banner   Fellowships and Scholarships Roundup: STEM Edition    

Undergraduate Opportunities  
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship What: Students who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Who: Sophomores and juniors planning to pursue a PhD in STEM, have research experience, and a 3.8 or higher GPA. Students must be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident. 
Deadline: November Learn more about the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.  

Morris K. Udall Scholarship What: This scholarship is for students who intend to become leaders in any field related to the environment, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice and economics. The foundation particularly seeks to support future Native American and Alaskan Native leaders.
Who: Full-time sophomore or junior with at least a 3.0 GPA and is involved in an area of study related to the Udall Scholarship. Deadline: December
Learn more about the Morris K. Udall Scholarship.    

Open to Undergraduates and Graduates  
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program (NSF GRFP) What: Funding for students pursuing graduate degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, behavioral and social sciences. There are various award types available, see program website for all availabilities. 
Who: Graduating seniors or students in their first or second year of graduate school. Applicants must also have a high GPA and past research experience. 
Deadline: October Learn more about NSF GRFP.    

Graduate Opportunities  
National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31—Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowships What: Provides predoctoral individuals with supervised research training in specified health and health-related areas, with the intent of leading to a research doctoral degree (PhD). This award is also intended to promote diversity in the health-related research workforce.
Who: Students must be enrolled in a research doctoral degree program and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Deadline: Various Learn more about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31—Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellowships    

Other STEM Funding Opportunities  
Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow

Hertz Foundation

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program     Tip of the Day   The editing process is crucial. First drafts usually aren’t perfect, give yourself the time and utilize available resources to polish your application. The Office of Fellowships and Scholarships is always willing to review applications with students, and the Center for Excellence in Writing has an amazing staff that can help as well. 

Fraternity & Sorority Info Sessions

Posted by Tim on September 16, 2021 in Alumni, Honors Program Announcements, Networking

Join Student Engagement for our Fall Information Sessions where you will learn all about Greek Life at UB and how you can get involved! Individual Chapters will be there tabling for more information!

Student Union Landmark Room 210

Dates and Times:
Sat., Sept. 18 from 2 – 3 p.m.


Meet the Honors College Faculty Fellows October 6

Posted by Tim on September 13, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Networking

Meet the Honors College Faculty Fellows!

Wednesday, October 6th 3-3:50pm 107 Capen Hall

Honors College Faculty Fellows Craig Centre, Africana and American Studies, Maya Chilbert, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Debbie Grossman, School of Management, Chad Lavin, English, Melinda Lemke, Educational Leadership and Policy, Heather Ochs-Balcom, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Matthew Paul, Psychology and Chi Zhou, Engineering  will be on hand to share their stories, offer advice, and answer questions.

RSVP here:


Beyond “Him/Her” in the Hispanic Community September 20

Posted by Tim on September 13, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Online Location Instructions

Zoom Link for IDC Program


Come and learn the complex relationships and hardships of identifying in both the LGBTQ+ and Hispanic communities and see how language can impact people.

September 20, 2021 6:00pm to 7:00pm on zoom

Visit the following site to RSVP and for zoom information: