Next General Membership Meeting


Join us at the next General Membership meeting on Thurs., Nov. 20, 2014 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus

Guest Speaker:

  • Satish Tripathi, President of the University at Buffalo

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PSS in the News

2014 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service winners!

  • Bárbara I. Avila-Shah
  • Scott A. Hollander
  • Joseph O. Kerr
  • Cynthia M. Shore
  • Kurt F. Winter

This award recognizes individuals who have repeatedly sought improvement of themselves, their campuses, and ultimately the State University of New York and, in so doing, have transcended the normal definitions of excellence. Read about the awardees in the UB Reporter.

UB Reporter talks about PSS

SUNY Plenary

SUNY SPRING Plenary Reports

Read the reports from the SUNY 2014 Winter Plenary:

  • We had a fantastic turnout at the Welcome Event for new UB employees! So much so that the group photo had to be split in two! Welcome everyone!

  • Photo 2 of 2 of the 2014 Welcome Event.

  • 2014 SUNY Chancellor’s Award Winners with President Tripathi: Scott Hollander, Barbara Avila-Shah, Frank Scannapieco (accepted award on behalf of Kurt Winter), Cynthia Shore, Joseph Kerr

  • Nature walk around Lake Lasalle with members of the Professional Staff Senate, led by environmental studies professor Sandy Geffner. (May 2014)

  • PSS Officers Laura Barnum, Ann Marie Landel, and Kathleen Kielar (left to right).

Announcements and Events


PSS Surveys Staff

The Professional Staff Senate conducted a survey to its over 2900 staff members during the month of October. Here is a glimpse of the preliminary results (PDF). We will share more detailed information after the data is further analyzed.


Professional Clothing Drive

Please join us in making a difference in the life of someone else by donating new and gently used women’s and men’s professional clothing on behalf of many Buffalo organizations.

Drop off your donations through Fri., Oct. 31 at these locations:

  • North Campus: 549 Capen Hall (Office of Resource Planning)
  • South Campus: 101 Allen Hall (Office of Community Relations)
  • Sowntown Campus: 77 Goodell St., Ste. 201 (Office of Community Relations)

See the flyer (PDF) for additional information.


From Combat to Classroom: Helping Veterans Transition to Life on Campus

Presented by the PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee
Tuesday, Oct. 28 • 12 - 1 p.m.
107 Capen Hall, North Campus

In honor of our Veterans, the Education & Advocacy Series continues with a panel of student and staff veterans sharing their experiences finding balance between life as a soldier and student. Panelists will discuss the challenges of adjusting to the university community after having served in the military. Attendees will develop a richer understanding of the issues veterans encounter, learn tips about how to help veterans achieve success, and become familiar with resources available both on and off-campus.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend.


Save the date! Annual Potluck Luncheon

Presented by the PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee
Wed., Dec. 10, 2014 • 12 - 1:30 p.m.
210 Student Union, North Campus

Pre-heat the oven and get out the mixing bowls! It’s time to cook, bake, or purchase your favorite dish to share with colleagues at our annual holiday potluck luncheon. Join us for music, student photos, good conversation and great food. More details to come!


A Huge Success! Sustainable Living Fair

The 2014 Sustainable Living Fair held on Sept. 16th was a resounding success!

Attendance was more than 1,100, up 60% over last year. When asked, "Are you interested in participating in the UB Sustainable Living Fair next year?” 100% of the vendors responded, "Yes!"

The UB Sustainable Living Fair is designed to raise awareness of environmental stewardship and provide UB students, faculty and staff an opportunity to visit with vendor representatives.

Learn more about the fair, check out the list of vendors who attended, and view a gallery of pictures of the event»


PSS Professional Development Conference: Strengthening your Professional Core

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PSS Mission

The Professional Staff Senate serves the interests of all professional staff not holding academic rank who work at UB, including exempt staff of the Research Foundation, the Faculty Student Association, and UB Foundation.


Last updated: 24 October 2014