University Honors College - The Honorable mention
Monday
01/27/20

Safe Zone Training February 11

Posted by Tim on January 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Safe Zone Training

February 11, 2020

12 noon-2 p.m.

240 Student UnionLearn more about gender and sexual identities and issues facing and within the LGBTQ communities.  Learn to be better allies and increase awareness of resources on our campus and in Buffalo.  The goal of this workshop is to inspire others to create safe and affirming environments for all members of our community.

Monday
01/27/20

Topic Of the Week: OK Boomer February 5

Posted by Tim on January 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

TOPIC OF THE WEEK:

OK BOOMER

Wednesday, February 5th

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

240 Student Union

Where did the retort “OK BOOMER” come from and what does it mean to you? 

Does this mark the “end of friendly generational relations”? Is it a slur?  What trends in culture built up to this deflationary remark?

Monday
01/27/20

LGBTQ Dinner Crew February 3

Posted by Tim on January 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Stress Relief, Uncategorized, Workshops

LGBTQ Dinner Crew

Monday, February 3, 2020

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

240 Student UnionWe will be viewing, Moonlight, a movie about a young, black man growing up gay in an impoverished part of Miami.  His journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Discussion will follow.

Wednesday
01/22/20

Apply for the SPARK Program by January 29

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Fellowships, Networking, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief, Workshops

Are you looking for ways to go beyond the classroom and get the most out of your UB experience?
Based on your outstanding academic achievements, you are invited to apply for the Office of Fellowships and Scholarship’s Spark Program. Spark is an eight-week development program for freshmen and sophomores designed to give students the opportunity to assess their strengths, envision their futures and create plans to become competitive for major fellowships and scholarships. Plus, there’s free food!
Spark will take place on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall, starting Feb. 6 and ending April 2.

Topics covered will be:
Week 1: Introduction to the Spark program and meet a fellowship recipient Week 2: What are my strengths? Clifton Strengths assessment Week 3: Networking Night Week 4: Research dinner with faculty Week 5: Internationalizing your undergraduate experience Week 6: Community and civic engagement Week 7: Developing a personal statement with the Center for Excellence in Writing Week 8: Searching for fellowships and scholarships
Hear from Spark Alumni!
“The point of the program is to spark interest in something…the path you choose as a high schooler doesn’t have to be your permanent path.”   – Spark program participant

This program is open to freshmen and sophomores.

These fellowships and scholarships do not cover the expenses of medical school, dental school or pharmacy but students in these disciplines are encouraged to meet with Fellowships advisor Megan Stewart to think about possibilities for a bridge year experience. 

Additionally, all of the competitive awards covered in this program are only available to U.S. citizens. 

Learn more and apply! https://www.buffalo.edu/fellowships/start/spark.html

Wednesday
01/22/20

Start Up Your Spring ’20 Semester with Startup Boot Camp January 23 and 24

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Start  Up Your Spring ’20 Semester:

You have a product or an idea that could ignite. What if you just start selling? When can you stop listening and just build? Surely your customers are just like you and they’ll buy the first time… but what if they don’t?

Learn to avoid the mistakes that stop so many founders short, and ask for help in a way that gets you the access you need. Validate your riskiest hidden assumptions!

Apply Now! Winter 2020 Boot Camp is January 23rd and 24th. Seats are limited – students accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

How Does it Work?

Join us for 2 full days before the fall or spring semester begins. We’ll provide food and any necessary off-campus transportation for program related activities. If you live on campus, early dorm check-in is available.

Wednesday
01/22/20

Experiential Learning Network Sophomore Living Learning Community

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Networking, Workshops

A project-based learning experience.

Connect

  • Collaborate on team projects with tangible impacts.
  • Live with other engaged students who are eager to make a difference.
  • Build strong connections with faculty members and community leaders.

Challenge
• Design and implement a team project under
the guidance of a mentor.
• Receive funding support for your project
implementation.
• Participate in a 1-credit fall and 1-credit spring
course.

Enjoy
• Experience UB’s premier housing,
Greiner Hall.
• Attend early move-in and communitybuilding
orientation.
• Receive access to special trips and
events.

Information Session in 24 Capen Hall, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12 noon.

Applications are due by February 14, 2020

Apply at tinyurl.com/UBELN20

Wednesday
01/22/20

Informal Shakespeare Reading Group Spring 2020

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Stress Relief

Spring 2020 marks the eighth year of our informal non-credit Shakespeare Reading Group, first convened by UB Honors College Director Andy Stott at the behest of several bright STEM students, mentored since then by me, convened for the last four years by English Department BA/MA Shaun Nowicki.  Together we’ve managed to read around the room and “play” through almost the entire canon and also a number of other great plays from the early modern period, as well as occasionally screen or attend live performances.  It’s been a great corollary to formal course work, and a great source of camaraderie and fun. With Shaun’s graduation this coming May and my retirement this coming August we’ll be looking for new leadership and continuity.

Here’s Shaun’s preliminary announcement of the tentative line-up for this coming spring semester.  If you are interested, please let him know at shaunnow@buffalo.edu, and he will in turn let you know about the time and place for our weekly one-hour meetings.  Then all you need to do is show up with your printed text or your laptop.  These days most of us just plug in and read out loud—at the rate of about one Act a week, or three full-length plays over the course of the semester—moving around the room and taking new parts at each change of scene.

Friday
01/10/20

EOP Summer Program Staff Application

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2020 in Job Opportunity, Networking, Uncategorized, Workshops

Dear Summer Staff Applicant:
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Summer Bridge Program at the University at Buffalo is an intensive four-week academic and residential program designed to facilitate the transition of students from high school to college. The program’s goals are to give students a head start towards a successful college experience and the opportunity to begin building community with other students. The EOP Summer Bridge Program has been proven to be successful in assisting students with the academic, social, personal and economic adjustment to the university.
Residential staff are live-in members responsible for the student’s total residential experience and are an integral part of the program.
Applicants must:
Be committed to serving the needs of a diverse student population.
Be in good academic standing.
Have good communication and critical thinking skills.
Build rapport with students and program staff.
Be able to work both independently and as a team.
Demonstrate maturity, responsibility and reliability.
Be flexible and able to adapt to complex situations.
Abide by and enforce all program and university policies and procedures.
Complete staff training for final appointment.
A detailed selection process is outlined in the attached application materials. Make sure you carefully read all of the instructions before completing this packet. Please include all of the following parts (stapled together) in this order:
1.Application.
2.Program proposal (attached you will find a sample program proposal. Please provide a programproposal with your application that you would like to facilitate for the summer program residents).
3.Completed essay section.
4.One completed reference form.
5.Unofficial transcript.
If you are applying for more than one position, you only need to complete ONE application. Note the dates and times of the selection calendar for the position. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the EOP Office at 716-645-3072. Good luck!Sincerely, Richard HarrisSenior CounselorEOP Living Learning Community Coordinator

https://blogs.honors.buffalo.edu/honorablemention/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2020/01/EOP-SUMMER-APPLICATION-PACKET-2020.pdf

Friday
01/10/20

Startup Boot Camp…Start Up Your Spring ’20 Semester

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2020 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Networking, Workshops

Start  Up Your Spring ’20 Semester:

You have a product or an idea that could ignite. What if you just start selling? When can you stop listening and just build? Surely your customers are just like you and they’ll buy the first time… but what if they don’t?

Learn to avoid the mistakes that stop so many founders short, and ask for help in a way that gets you the access you need. Validate your riskiest hidden assumptions!

Apply Now! Winter 2020 Boot Camp is January 23rd and 24th. Seats are limited – students accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

How Does it Work?

Join us for 2 full days before the fall or spring semester begins. We’ll provide food and any necessary off-campus transportation for program related activities. If you live on campus, early dorm check-in is available.

Friday
12/20/19

First Generation Peer Mentors Needed

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2019 in Community Announcements, Networking, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

A peer mentor is an experienced first-gen upper-class student at UB who will mentor a small group (up to 10) new to UB first-gen freshmen. Mentors are committed to supporting the holistic development of our first-gen students and preparing them to make a successful transition to college. Mentors will contribute to the success of their mentees by building community and as sense of belonging. Mentors will also challenge the student to think more critically and have an increased level of self- awareness and reflection. Mentors will serve as a buddy, a coach, an advocate and a role model for their mentee.

Peer Mentor Primary Responsibilities

  • Participate in required mentor training sessions (approx. 2 hours in person, there may be more training opportunities online; times TBD)
  • Attend fall “Welcome (Back) Bulls  Social” in September to welcome all incoming first generation students
  • Reach out to your assigned mentees at the start of classes and each month; be available to your mentee via text, email, phone, or in person
  • Attend First Gen Connect monthly events with your mentee(s)
  • Participate in mentor workshops offered on a variety of leadership, wellness, and personal/professional development topics
  • Estimated time commitment of the program:
    • approximately 2 hours in mentor training (times TBD)
    • Additional online training modules will be required as ongoing training
    • approximately 4 hours a week working with mentee(s), which includes related activities–workshops, mentor journal, required survey/assessments)

Peer Mentor Required Qualifications

  • Enrolled in Spring 2020 and will have sophomore, junior, or senior status in Fall 2020
  • Must be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing
  • First-generation college student (neither parent received a four-year degree in the United States)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Genuine desire to help their first-generation peers succeed
  • Self-motivated with a positive attitude
  • Willing to learn and share information about the University at Buffalo community, student life and campus resources
  • First gen students at UB come from across the globe and represent a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, geographical, and political perspectives–prospective mentors should embrace and celebrate this diversity
  • Interest in developing leadership and mentoring experience

Benefits for Peer Mentors

  • Workshops and training on a wide variety of UB resources that support student success–including career, professional, wellness, and leadership topics
  • Enhance your skills in coaching and guiding others
  • Opportunities to connect with a wide network of faculty and staff dedicated to the success of our first gen Bulls community
  • Stay up to date on new events and resources on campus
  • Make a difference and positively impact a first-year student’s UB experience!
  • $ 13 an hour

How to apply?

Please submit to Vivian Jimenez @ vjimenez@buffalo.edu by February 3, 2020

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Contact information for 2 professional references