University Honors College - The Honorable mention
Friday
09/04/20

Accessibility Resources Seeks Peer Notetakers!

Posted by Tim on September 4, 2020 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Accessibility Resources is looking for Peer Notetakers! Peer Notetakers provide an essential service that helps ensure equal access to education for students who receive accommodations. Students often find volunteering to be a Peer Notetaker enhances the classroom experience by encouraging more thorough, quality notes.  If all notes are submitted, notetakers will receive a letter of service for their volunteer hours, or if they qualify, a small honoraria.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Notetaker, please send your class schedule, including class sections, to stu-notes@buffalo.edu. We are able to accept Notetakers on a first come, first serve basis.

Monday
08/24/20

Volunteer for the University Heights Tool Library “Mulchmania” August 29

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2020 in Buffalo Bits, Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

You would be working under direction, alone or in a “family” pod. The safety protocols are attached.  Bring your own masks, garden gloves if you have them, and bottled water (but there will be no bathrooms en route); we supply the tools and all other necessary materials.

Register for the event at http://www.thetoollibrary.org/service/ which will also ensure that you get updates and more detailed instructions.

The Tool Library has been safely opened for limited service since May 1st. It has always organized spring, summer, and fall Service Days in the University District, powered by neighborhood and student volunteers. I’m a Tool Library Board member, and will be co-captaining this particular event with fellow Board member, Marty Seeger (the muscle!).

We could use about 20-25 additional volunteers for the morning, and I thought it might be good, dirty, fun for you and/or some people of your acquaintance. (Feel free to forward this post.)

Friday
06/12/20

Virtual Public Service Weekend Applications Now open! July 17-19, 2020

Posted by Tim on June 12, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Public Service Weekend 2020 – July 17 – 19, 2020

Public Interest Technology and The Promise For Greater Equity: A Virtual Conference For Future Public Interest Leaders

WHAT IS PUBLIC INTEREST TECHNOLOGY?
Public Interest Technology (PIT) is a rapidly growing and essentially important field where technology and public policy overlap. Carnegie Mellon University has been a leader in this space for over 50 years, promoting the use of technology to advance the public interest.

Our 2020 Public Service Weekend virtual conference will highlight the rising prominence of PIT and bring together a diverse group of practitioners from across the field—including policymakers, technologists, designers, and leaders—to develop innovative solutions to pressing issues in public policy and equity. This interactive weekend will introduce undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds to careers and opportunities for graduate-level education in PIT.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  • Rising college juniors and seniors interested in public policy, public interest technology, policy analytics, and related fields, who are strongly considering graduate education and/or careers in these fields.
  • Students can apply from ANY undergraduate major, including political science, government, the liberal arts, fine arts, and STEM fields. Successful applicants will share a passion for solving complex problems and working together with others from a diversity of fields, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Preference will be given to students representing underserved communities from across the United States and/or working towards equity issues.

The conference will be 100% online and will include a diverse mix of activities – both synchronous and asynchronous — designed to teach students about Public Interest Technology and give them a taste of what graduate public policy school is like.

Application Link
Deadline: June 26, 2020

Monday
04/06/20

ESW Solar District Cup Competition Team Seeks Help

Posted by Tim on April 6, 2020 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The ESW Solar District Cup competition team is looking for some last minute help with their final report due on 4/14! If you have a few hours of free time this week and want to help them out with either some visual, electrical, or financial modeling or the construction plan of solar energy systems, please email Clayton at cjmarkha@buffalo.edu! This experience is a great look into the world of renewable energy consulting!

Friday
03/27/20

Apply to be a Diversity Advocate in the Interculure and Diversity Center Deadline April 2nd

Posted by Tim on March 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Diversity Advocate Applications are already open!

Being a Diversity Advocate is a life-impacting 10-hour a week paid position where you develop multicultural, facilitation, and leadership experiences and skills. Come see us at SU 240 to learn more, and apply now! To apply, click on this link.Deadline to apply is Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Tuesday
02/25/20

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: Life Below Water Volunteer Opportunity

Posted by Tim on February 25, 2020 in Buffalo Bits, Event, Sustainability, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

UB Sustainability and the UB Great Lakes Program is assembling a working group of students to help create a game that explains water pollution and the WNY Watershed to local school students. It is based off of a curriculum developed in Cleveland and adapted for Erie PA. This informal working group of students would help us by:

1.  Drafting 40 facts that pertain to Buffalo’s watershed (based on the past 50 years)

2.  Launching and leading the game at UB’s STEP program with 12-20 middle school students on April 3rd from 4-5pm on South Campus

 
Your time commitment would be about 5 hours of work. The facts for the board game can be created through a shared document online, and then we’d just need volunteers to administer the game in April.
 
We are planning on launching a kickoff meeting next Wednesday, February 26th from 11-12pm in 101 Statler to explain the scope of the project. We can create a web meeting as well for people that cannot attend in person.
 
If you’re interested in volunteering, please RSVP here.

Monday
02/10/20

Apply to be a Diversity Advocate

Posted by Tim on February 10, 2020 in Community Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Diversity Advocate Applications are already open!Being a Diversity Advocate is a life-impacting 10-hour a week paid internship where you develop multicultural, facilitation, and leadership experiences and skills. Come see us at SU 240 to learn more, and apply now! 

Tuesday
01/07/20

Volunteers Needed for Running Program at Maple West Elementary School in Williamsville

Posted by Tim on January 7, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for running programs at Maple West. The ask is to have volunteers 16 and older (male or female) that would be available two days a week from 7:15-8:45am. The potential program would run in the fall and spring for 9 weeks during each season concluding with a 5K. The volunteers could count this work as credits if needed. Please let me know if this is of any interest to anyone in your program.
For more information, please contact
Jennifer Weinstein 
716-445-4679

jweinstein0523@icloud.com

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
Thursday
08/22/19

Become a Stressbuster, Make a Difference

Posted by Tim on August 22, 2019 in Community Announcements, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Provide free five-minute backrubs and wellness info to students at campus events, residence halls, organization meetings, libraries and other campus locations. Endless Benefits and Instant Connections:

Learn effective backrub and other stress reduction techniques

Meet and team with others committed to helping students feel better

Participate when and where you want

Get experience working on a high-profile health promotion initiative

Fulfill volunteer hours needed for a class, a student club, or other program

Have a great time, make friends, and relax!The Stressbusters Program is an incredibly fun program for undergrad and grad students. Volunteer commitment is less than 10 hours a semester. A Volunteer Training will be offered at the start of each semester for new volunteers and the outreach events will begin the weeks following.Stressbusters is a program of Health Promotion. If you are interested, please complete a Stressbusters Volunteer Application under the Forms section on UBLinked here: https://buffalo.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/wes. For more information, please contact Sharlynn Daun-Barnett at sd62@buffalo.edu