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Black History Month Movie Night: “Harriet” February 24

Posted by Tim on February 24, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Stress Relief

Movie Night!

Monday, February 24th

240 Student Union

6 p.m.-9 p.m.In honor of Black History Month, come join us to learn the untold story of a strong, courageous African-American woman who helped shape our country.


African Jeopardy Night February 13

Posted by Tim on February 10, 2020 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Networking, Stress Relief


February 13th, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. 

SU 240  In Honor of Black History Month, join the IDC in our African Jeopardy Night to show your knowledge about Africa while enjoying some free food and having fun!


Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Tour February 15

Posted by Tim on February 10, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Stress Relief

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Tour

**Applications close tomorrow, 2/10!** 

February 15, 2020

9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.

240 Student Union

Take a guided tour along the Erie Canal. On our way to Lewiston, we will stop at a Farm that was used for protection and go to the Lewiston Crossing to see the path that the slaves took, and then go to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center for the museum tour.

Stop by 240 Student Union for an application and more information.


Financial Aid Workshop for Honors Scholars (Multiple Dates)

Posted by Tim on February 7, 2020 in Event, Financial Aid, Information Session, Stress Relief, Workshops

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the Office of Financial Aid to offer three workshops on New York State financial aid. If you are a TAP, STEM, or Excelsior recipient I strongly encourage you to attend one of these 50 minute sessions to learn more about these awards and how to maintain your eligibility. You may RSVP here

  • Tuesday, February 11 at 11 am in 107 Capen
  • Wednesday, February 12 at 3 pm in  107 Capen
  • Friday, February 14 at 11 am in 107 Capen


Phi Alpha Delta – 2020

Posted by Tim on February 5, 2020 in Event, Information Session, Networking, Stress Relief, Student experience

Are you interested in a career based in legal studies, politics, justice, criminology, or another field of law? UB’s chapter of the international pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta can provide insight, guidance and networking into these examples and more! 

Phi Alpha Delta is a coed professional fraternity open to any major! We offer connection into law related fields along with countless professional workshops such as how to build a resume, proficiency in public speaking, etc., guest speakers ranging from law professors to local judges, upwards of $2,500 LSAT prep and study materials, and more! Altogether, it is a rare opportunity to connect with likeminded, ambitious students interested in expanding their professional skills and assets. 

If you are interested in joining or would like to receive more information, they are hosting a law student panel with free pizza TONIGHT (February 5) at 8pm in NSC201, anyone welcome! A flyer is also attached including their social media information and other events this week!


Class of 2020 Graduation Event Series: Open Skate & Social w/ Young Alumni

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2020 in Alumni, Stress Relief

Saturday, Feb.8 is the first event for the Class of 2020, an ice-skating event at Northtown Center at Amherst, where students can enjoy fun, casual ice-skating and socializing with area young alumni while learning about the UB Alumni Association, Senior Class Campaign, programs, and services available to them as alumni. More info and registration located at and our deadline to register is next Monday 2/3! 

Class of 2020 Graduation Event Series:

–       2/29 Young Alumni Night at the Bandits

–       4/21 Senior Expo @ Bookstore Cap and Gown Pickup

–   (Currently seeking partners! Past partners include UBIT, Graduate programs, Career Services, etc.)

–       4/28 Trick Out Your Tassel – Cap Decorating @ SU, 11-3PM

–       5/6 Senior Brunch (Coordinated by Student Experience Office)

–       5/TBD Young Alumni Welcome Party


Stress Reduction Program Events: Weekly Meditation, Koru Midfulness and Meditation

Posted by Tim on February 3, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Workshops

  • Weekly Meditation Group time change to 3:30-4:30pm (from 12-1pm) on Fridays in SU 228.  Students told us that more of them could make it if we offered it later in the day on Fridays, so we hope more students can join us at the new time.  This drop-in group teaches the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation, and provides students with a variety of meditation techniques.  Meditation props provided.  No experience necessary. 
  • We are offering three 4-session Koru Mindfulness & Meditation classes at the following times this semester—
  •  Wednesdays:  4-5:30pm—2/19, 2/26, 3/4 & 3/11 OR   2)  Thursdays:    3:30-5pm—2/20, 2/27, 3/5 & 3/12 OR   3)  Wednesdays:  3-4:30pm—4/1, 4/8, 4/15 & 4/22.  These classes help students to develop their own daily meditation practice for just a few minutes a day, and offer the opportunity to share and get support from the same group over the course of a month.  No experience necessary.  We provide the book and app for the class.  Registration is required on UBLinked or by emailing (see attached ad and registration form).
  • We are offering a 4-hour silent Koru Mindfulness Retreat on Friday 4/3 from 1-5pm in the Richmond Aerobics Studio in the Ellicott Complex.  At this silent retreat we will experiment with slowing down our thinking minds, stepping away from our SmartPhones and focusing on gratitude. The retreat will include mindfulness skill building, meditation instruction and practice time, yoga, snacks and plenty of quiet time.  All experience levels welcome.  Meditation props provided.  Pre-register on UBLinked so we know how much food to bring (see attached registration form).

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.


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!


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, 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.