University Honors College - The Honorable mention

UB Relay for Life is April 12, 2019

Posted by Tim on December 19, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Relay for Life is the largest on campus fundraising event that raises money for the American Cancer Society throughout the year.

We’re reaching out to you to ask if you’d join us at this year’s Relay for Life which is April 12, 2019 at 6 PM on UB’s North Campus. The theme for this year’s relay is superhero, where we’re IncrediBULL and fighting cancer like superheros. We’d love it for your club to join Relay for Life and raise money throughout the year for this great cause. I’ve attached the link for registering a team below and after registering your team, your club members can register under your team name. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach out to me (contact information below) or to our club email We look forward to seeing you at Relay for Life this year where we’ll all be fighting cancer!



UNYTS: WNY”s Organ, Eye, Tissue and Blood Donation Center Seeks Volunteers

Posted by Tim on November 26, 2018 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Unyts is Western New York’s only organ, eye, tissue, and community blood center. Educate the UB and Buffalo community on the benefits of organ and blood donation by participating in easy and fun events around WNY and UB. Help serve local patients in local hospitals and advance the Donate Life mission! For more information and training, contact Maureen Hector at, subject line: UB Volunteer


UB’s #SpiritDay at Sip and Chat Wednesday, October 17

Posted by Tim on October 15, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed, Workshops

Join us at this week’s Sip and Chat for coffee, baked goods and the opportunity to learn more about UB’s #SPIRITDAY public art project hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence. The non-partisan public art project is based on the For Freedoms nationwide project and provides UB students with the opportunity to make their own yard sign to stand with LGBTQ+ youth against bullying. During Sip and Chat on Wednesday, October 17th from 11:30am-12:30pm, Honors Scholars can create their yard sign which will be included in a public art installation the next day outside of the Student Union.



More Ways to Get Involved:


Through a partnership with the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the Intercultural and Diversity Center, The LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association, and LGBTQ student organizations, the University has commissioned artist, queer activist, and UB alumni Dana Tyrrell to install the public art project.  The project is through For Freedoms, an artist-run platform for civic engagement, discourse, and direct action for artists in the United States.

> Learn more about For Freedoms

In 2010 the first Spirt Day was recognized.  Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

> Learn more about Spirit Day

On October 18 from 10am-3pm in the Student Union Lobby, students, faculty and staff will see the lawn sign installation and get to make a sign if they haven’t already.  At 12pm pizza will be served and brief remarks will be shared by the artist and members of the UB community.

Spirit Day will also be recognized at UB on October 20 at the UB Volleyball vs. Central Michigan match in Alumni Arena at 6pm.  The first 225 guests will get a free purple #SPIRITDAY t-shirt!

Hope to see you there!


UB’s #SpiritDay Public Art Project October 18 FREE Pizza at Noon!

Posted by Tim on October 12, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Join UB’s #SPIRITDAY public art project hosted by the Office of Inclusive Excellence on October 18, 2018 between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby and make your own yard sign to stand with LGBTQ+ youth against bullying that will be displayed on the lawn outside of the Student Union. Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pizza lunch served at noon!


We (Let Them LOL) Water Gala Fundraiser Call for Volunteers

Posted by Tim on October 12, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

We (Let Them LOL) has their biggest fundraising event of the year – the Water Gala – coming up next Saturday, October 20th and we still need volunteers!

The basic info is: Saturday October 20th at Buffalo Riverworks starting at 3pm and going until 10 or 11pm. We will sign any and all service requirement papers. There will be an informational meeting Thursday the 18th at 7pm at our volunteer center (5205 Harris Hill Road, Willamsville), the meeting isn’t mandatory but we really encourage people to come and it will count towards service hours too!

For more information, contact Hannah Griffith at if interested ASAP!


SEAS- Health Sciences Charter School After School Program

Posted by Tim on October 5, 2018 in Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Do you enjoy sharing the joy of hands-on STEM projects
or maybe need more community service hours?

Sign up to become an after school program mentor at Health Sciences Charter School for students 9th – 12th grade.

Mentors will meet from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, once a week at Health Sciences Charter School (HSCS). We are looking for
a group of seven to ten dedicated mentors who would be willing to participate throughout the school year. Only 3 to
4 mentors need be present each week but more are always welcome. The curriculum and schedule are open for
discussion if anyone would like to implement their open ideas. The current curriculum for the after school program is
to assist students in local and state STEM competitions.

This is a great opportunity for clubs, Greek life, and other student run organizations to create their own outreach
programs with the advisement of SEAS Outreach staff.


Fall Schedule
Introductory meeting for mentors to discus facilitation of the program
(Date&Time TBD by doodle poll)
– Start the week of Oct. 15th- Nov. 9th
– November 12th – December 14th: midterms, exams, and holidays for UB students, so we do not
plan on meeting these weeks unless volunteers are available
Winter/Spring Schedule
– Resume week of January 30th – March 8th
– Midterms/Spring Break for UB from March 11th – 22nd: program will not meet
– Resume program March 26th – 18th
– Spring Recess for Health Sciences/exams for UB April 19th – May 17th, program will not meet
Summer Schedule (for UB Students)
– Resume program May 20th – June 14th if volunteers are still in town
List of Potential Projects/Competitions
– Science Olympiad
– First Robotics (builds a robot which competes in games against other robots)
– Imagine Cup (Computer Science competition)
– USA Mathematical talent search
– Rube Goldberg machine contest
– Future Engineers (Design and create 3-D models for space)

Our aim is to bring interactive STEM to this school in a fun yet challenging way, and help everyone who wants to,
learn something. But we can’t do it without you, in order to make sure everyone gets as much out of their time and
efforts as possible, we need individuals to help guide and lead.

Get Started: Contact Outreach Coordinator Steven Pilat,, to register as a mentor or inquire
about the program. The first meeting to discuss the program will be in 208 Davis Hall. A Doodle poll will be sent out
to schedule the time and date after a sufficient number of mentors have registered.



Planta-A-Thon Volunteers Needed Saturday, September 29

Posted by Tim on September 17, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Plant-A-Thon to Benefit Erie County Tribute Garden: Honors Lives Affected by Domestic Violence

Saturday, September 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Isle View Park, 796 Niagara Street, Tonawanda, NY

Help our garden grow and break the cycle of domestic violence.

For more information, contact Karen King at


Come volunteer with Science is Elementary!

Posted by Tim on September 14, 2018 in Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

**No experience required**
**Transportation available**

***Share the fun of Science, Math, and Engineering with children through Science is Elementary***

Want to learn more or volunteer???
Email Steve Pilat at to sign up.Please include:

– the grade you would like to participate
-the date you would like to participate
-if you require transportation
-if you are willing to provide transportation

Fall Semester Dates

Experiments at Westminster
Time                      Wednesdays             Thursdays
9:00 – 10:30          1st and 3rd                K and 5th
1:30 – 3:00             4th                              2nd

September 19th and 20th (W/R)
October 10th and 11th (W/R)
October 24th and 25th (W/R)
November 7th and 8th (W/R)
November 27th and 28th (T/W)

Spring Semester Dates

Training             Mondays           Tuesdays
8:30 – 9:30        1st                        K
9:30 – 10:30      3rd                       5th
1:00 – 2:00        4th                       2nd

January 30th and 31st (W/R)
February 13th and 14th (W/R)
February 27th and 28th (W/R)
March 27th and 28th (W/R)
April 17th and 18th (W/R)

Please note, training will always operate on the Monday and Tuesday immediately
before the Wednesday and Thursday of the visit. Ex: 5th grade training for Thursday
September 20th will be on Monday the 17th . Visits to Westminster operating on Tuesdays
will operate under Thursday’s schedule.


Cultural partners (mentors) needed for the International Student Mentoring Program

Posted by Tim on September 4, 2018 in Honors Experiences, Student Job Opportunities, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in learning about other cultures?  Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge of UB and Buffalo?  Do you want to help newly arrived international students?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we need your help! 

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) and UB Counseling Services invite you to participate as a Cultural Partner in the International Student Mentoring Program (ISMP). We are recruiting UB staff, alumni and domestic students to serve as Cultural Partners for newly arrived international students during the Fall 2018 semester.  You don’t have to know about other cultures, speak other languages or have traveled overseas.  All you need is a sincere desire to help others and an interest in people from other cultural backgrounds.

Here is an overview of the program:

  • Each Cultural Partner will be paired with two newly arrived international students.
  • The commitment is for one semester.
  • You must be available to meet with your students for one hour every two weeks.  You choose the activities! It can be as simple as having lunch together, going for coffee or taking a walk, or as elaborate as visiting a local tourist attraction, going to a sporting event or having a family dinner in your home.
  • There will be a half-day orientation session (including lunch) for all participants on Saturday, September 15.  You will learn about your student’s culture(s), receive valuable information about campus resources available to them, and learn tips on how to interact with someone from another country.

It doesn’t take more than one hour to make a difference and learn something new!  If you are interested in joining the International Student Mentoring Program, please complete an application.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact .


LAI 410 Literacy, Access and Equity: Embracing Diversity to Enrich Our Community Open Seats Fall 2018

Posted by Tim on August 17, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Tutoring, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

This new literacy and culture mentorship course was featured in UB Now and WBFO radio! This experimental learning course provides UB students with an opportunity to engage with school aged children in grades


This hands-on mentorship course is designed to have UB students participate in supporting basic reading and writing skills within the learning domains of multilingual newcomer students in the Buffalo Public School District. The practicum experience is built in one-on-one or small group intervention sessions.

The course is designed to meet intermittingly on-campus and off-site in an elementary Buffalo public school on a weekly basis.

Earn course credit while embracing an on-site mentorship in reading, writing, and speaking with multicultural and multilingual students!

Why Take this Course?

UB students will find this mentorship practicum course to be a very rewarding experience.

“I love working with them,” says Amanda Lomber in UB Now, a UB student in the culture and literacy course, who explained that she wanted something in her UB coursework that went beyond the routine university classroom setting.

Who Can Take this Course?

This course is most appropriate for undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines.

Course Reg. # 24642

Semester: Fall, 2018

Days and Times

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:50 AM

Location: Park 152Course Delivery

  • On and off campus

This course meets on-campus and off- campus at Buffalo Elementary School of Technology.


Christiana Kfouri


Contact Information

LAI Department

Baldy Hall
North Campus