University Honors College - The Honorable mention

Statement to the Honors College Community

Posted by Tim on May 16, 2022 in Uncategorized

Dear Honors Scholars, 

The Honors College is both saddened and outraged by the mass shooting at the Tops Market on Saturday. While an attack on any in our community is an attack on us all, we recognize that the specific targeting of the Black community makes this event particularly traumatic for our students and neighbors of color. 

We encourage all students who have been affected to utilize the many resources UB offers, including UB’s Counseling Services. Please reach out to us if you would like guidance on these resources. 

The Honors College is an intellectual community dedicated to producing engaged leaders who will make the world a better place. The hateful and racist ideology embraced by the shooter is antithetical to all that we stand for and believe in. As President Tripathi stated, it is our obligation to combat hate. So, as we begin to heal, let us also reflect on how we can contribute to making this a more just world, where we all can pursue our lives in safety and free from fear. 

Statements of principles are only a first step. We believe that we have an important role to play in the work that needs to be done as we strive toward a more equitable and anti-racist society. 

On behalf of the Honors College staff,

Patrick F. McDevitt


What Makes Neuropeptide Social? Honors Faculty Fellow Presentation with Professor Matthew Paul April 8

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2022 in Uncategorized

Join us for a special faculty fellow presentation with Professor Matthew Paul Friday, April 8, 2022 at 2:00pm in the Don Schack Student Lounge!

What makes a neuropeptide social? Investigating how the Brain Regulates Social Development.

All are welcome!


Undergraduate Spring 2022 Social Work Courses Open Seats

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2022 in Uncategorized

SW130LEC Dismantling Anti-Blackness: On Becoming Antiracist

T/R 2:00-3:20 PM           Instructor J. Diebold

This foundational course examines historic and contemporary anti-Black racism and white supremacy in the United States. Students will analyze policies and strategies to identify, challenge, and transform the values, structures, and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism, white supremacy, and anti-blackness. Students will also engage in self-reflection, develop self-awareness, and participate in critical analysis of systems of privilege and oppression, as well as develop personal strategies for becoming antiracist and facilitating change in communities and society.

SW140LEC Power to the People: Intro to Organizing & Advocacy Strategies  

T/R 11:00 AM – 12:20PM              Instructor L. Merriman

This course focuses on the nuts and bolts of organizing and the strategies that inform advocacy with an emphasis on the roles social capital has on networking effectively across groups and systems. Because the skills and tasks of organizing and advocacy are predominately to catalyze and agitate for change, students will examine relevant policies and learn how to identify and map the distribution of power they promote particularly as they influence access to service and support in neighborhoods and communities.

SW150LEC Social Media in Social Change

T/R 6:00-7:20 PM           Instructor M. Schwartz

This course will familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change. Specifically, students will be introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools, and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change and development. Students will also explore existing scholarship and best practices, as well as issues of social justice, trauma and adversity, social disadvantage, and human rights as they apply to the democratization of technology.

SW230LEC Theories & Policies of Community Organizing

M/W 10:00-11:20 AM       Instructor L. Lewis                        

This course will provide students with an understanding of the ways in which the history of community organizing and development informs community theory and policy across urban and rural settings. With an emphasis on group development theory, students will be introduced to the major theories and policies that impact neighborhood/community capacity. 

SW309LEC Developing Leadership in Communities

M/W 6:00-7:20 PM          Instructor J. Bieron

This course focuses on development of leadership skills and strategies that foster community engagement and strengthen the natural leadership of residents within communities. Students will examine theories of leadership and the ways in which they influence organizational structures that promote community well-being. This course will explore the mechanisms that support opportunities for collaboration across social, political, legal, and financial systems and the communication patterns that influence success.

SW380LEC Mediating Conflict through Negotiation

T/R 5:30-6:30 PM           Instructor K. Heim

This course is designed to provide students with practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for addressing and resolving conflict through the use of mediation and negotiation strategies and tactics. Students will explore the ways in which power operates in a variety of approaches, theories, and perspectives, including conflict theories and styles, strategies for empowering relevant parties in managing conflict through negotiation, and techniques and frameworks for third party intervention.


ES 122 Body Weight Based Exercise Techniques Open Seats Spring 2022

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2022 in Uncategorized

ES 122 is a hands-on course that will teach proper techniques for performing, programming and coaching bodyweight exercises.  Seats are currently available in this 1 credit course. ES 122 is open to all students.

ES 122 Bodyweight Based Exercise Techniques

1 credit

Tuesdays 10-10:50am in Kimball 125

Class #: 23462


Office of Admissions Seeks Tour Guides Spring 2022

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2022 in Uncategorized

As we enter the Spring Semester, the office of Admissions is looking to recruit more tour guides. Honors students have been a great help in the past with Office of Admissions events, and we would be happy to have any of them as official tour guides!

Please complete the attached application to apply.

Feel free to contact Sarah Hale with questions:


11th Annual Life Raft Debate is Tuesday, February 15

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2022 in Uncategorized

Join us for an Honors Tradition, the 11th Annual Life Raft Debate

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
6:15pm to 7:45pm
Student Union Theater

Master of Ceremonies: Honorable Henry J. Nowak, Jr., Honors Alumnus and Seminar Instructor


Kevin Burke, PhD
Electrical Engineering

Cari Casteel, PhD

Joseph A. Costa, PhD
Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Shawn J. Donahue, PhD
Political Science

David Gray, PhD

Paul Linden-Retek, PhD

Devil’s Advocate and
2021 Reigning Champion
John D. Atkinson, PhD
Engineering Sustainability

RSVP at:


Application Now Open for the Fully Funded US-UK Summer Fulbright Deadline February 21, 2022

Posted by Tim on January 3, 2022 in Uncategorized

U.S. – U.K. Summer Fulbright Institutes
Do you want to spend the summer in the United Kingdom? Then this is the award for you! Join a cohort of amazing students for a summer of learning, engagement and fun. 
Apply this winter!
Application due: Feb. 21, 2022
Click here to learn more and apply
“Never be afraid to apply. Always, always apply. Take the time, it’s worth it in the end.” —Jonathan Bessette, U.S.-U.K. Fulbright recipient, 2017. Hear more about Jon’s story here. 
Requirements: Minimum GPA of 3.7. U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. passport. At least 18 years of age. Have at least two years of study left to complete.
Reach out to us at if you have questions about this award. 

Distinguished UB Visiting Scholars available for formal informal and formal Chats with Honors Scholars

Posted by Tim on December 6, 2021 in Uncategorized

I wanted to highlight that the scholars are available to do coffee hours/informal or formal chats with Honors College students, and the mentoring circles remain open. Here’s a link to bios for all of the scholars: and a link to the mentoring circle short survey (for students to indicate their interest in particular scholars) should students want to participate in spring semester and possibly get to engage a bit before the semester break (the mentoring circles are NOT a major time commitment):


Here to Career Student and Supervisor Employee of the Month

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2021 in Uncategorized

Do you know a student employee that deserves special recognition? Nominate a friend, co-worker, or yourself for the Here to Career Student Employee of the Month Award. 

To nominate someone:

*RSVP to this event on UB Linked, answer the questions and click submit

Location: Join Event OnlineDate and Time: 
Fri., Dec. 10 at 12:00 p.m.

From My Kitchen to Your Table

Posted by Tim on November 30, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Uncategorized

From My Kitchen to Your Table is a cookbook project created by Alex Otero and Mara Huber as a way to support Blue Table while creating a resource for students who want to cook homemade meals in college. A group of UB students and staff are designing and assembling a cookbook and need your help to fill it with recipes that are meaningful to you and your family! We want to use recipes from all parts of the UB community in order to represent what “comfort food” means to different people. As a member of the UB community, we would love to include one of your recipes! Please submit your favorite recipe(s) and a related story or memory and share this opportunity with other UB students, faculty and staff.