2014 - 15 Academic Year
Women in STEM
The University at Buffalo is excited to host an inaugural Women in STEM Summit on April 23, 2015. The program featured a keynote address and informative panel discussions with local thought leaders representing various STEM disciplines on negotiating power and building your professional network. The event was a collaboration between the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Undergraduate Academies, UB STEM, Academic Affairs, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership, Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender, Intercultural and Diversity Center, Office of Student Engagement, Computing and Information Technology, and the Professional Staff Senate.
PSS Plant Exchange Lunch and Learn Seminar
Fri., March 20 • Noon – 1 p.m.
Kapoor Hall, South Campus
The PSS Plant Exchange committee hosted a Lunch and Learn session with Linda Mayer, CCE Erie County Master Gardener who presented a talk on perennials.
Tour of Athletics Facilities
Tues., Dec. 16 • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Alumni Arena, North Campus
The PSS Staff Development Committee and UB Athletics offered a tour of the athletics facilities on Tuesday, December 16th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Attendees visited the main gym, natatorium, Reilly Training Room, basketball locker room, media center, equipment room, video board control room, Ed Michael Wrestling Room and Practice Facility, academic wing, fitness center and Bulls Team Shop.
The PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee again celebrated the holiday season with a potluck lunch on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in the Student Union, room 210. Colleagues embraced UB’s rich diversity, made real-time connections with fellow professional staff members and enjoyed homemade (or store-bought) dishes representing their unique culture, family history or personal life story.
The PSS partnered with local chariable organizations to collect professional clothing for those in need. New and gently used clothes were collected at three locations through October 31st and at the October 16th General Membership Meeting.
On October 28th, 2014, the PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee continued their Education & Advocacy Series with a panel discussion about returning veterans in the university community. Attendees learned about resources veterans, tips for helping returning veterans achive success, and an understanding of the issues veterans face.
Held Sept. 16, 2014 on UB’s North Campus, the 6th annual free event featured vendors offering ways to green our homes, yards and offices while reducing our environmental footprint. More than 1,100 visitors attended.Learn how to make our community sustainable by reducing your personal environmental footprint. Learn more »
2013 - 14 Academic Year
On August 5, 2014, colleagues shared their favorite desserts at the Sweetly Celebrating Summer at UB dessert social sponosored by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Pot Luck BBQ Luncheon
Staff enjoyed good food and great conversation at the BBQ luncheon on June 25, 2014.
North Campus Nature Walk
The PSS Sustainable Living Committee hosted a North Campus Nature Walk around Lake LaSalle led by Professor of Environmental Studies Sandy Geffner on May 6, 2014.
Breaking Misconceptions About Accessibility: How You Can Become an Advocate for Access
On April 9, 2014, the Inclusion and Diversity Committee presented a seminar entitled "Breaking Misconceptions About Accessibility: How You Can Become an Advocate for Access." Kristin Harte, Associate Director, and Emily Tennant-Koller, Exam & Classroom Support Coordinator for the UB’s Office of Accessibility Resources were the presenters. This was the first installment of their Education and Advocacy Series. They explored common misconceptions about accessibility, highlighted resources available for students and professional staff, and provided advice on how you can become an advocate for access and success!
Using Data to Inform Decision-Making
On April 9, 2014 the Continuous Improvement Committee co-sponsored a Supervisor’s Learning Forum with the Office of Organizational Development and Training. Dr. Kimberly Yousey-Elsener, the Coordinator of Assessment and Evaluation for the Division of Student Affairs, discussed data-driven leadership. Elements and best practices for developing data-driven leadership in various units were shared.
PSS Inclusion and Diversity Committee Presents Connecting Different Worlds
On March 19th Deborah Watkins, Deputy Superintendent of NYS Programs, spoke about her experiences working with the diverse populations of the NYS prison system. She presented a number of useful tools for engaging our increasing diverse community. The committee provided a pizza lunch for attendees.
The University at Buffalo Sit With Me Celebration
On March 4th the Professional Staff Senate sponsored Sit With Me. The UB community joined in recognizing the important role women play in creating technology. This conversation included diversity, the challenges women face in IT, opportunities, and the future.
The celebration featured an information fair and networking hour, keynote address by Dr. Liesl Folks, Dean of UB’s School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and a panel discussion with distinguished women in technology.
To find out more visit the Sit With Me website.
Check out some photos from the event here.
Explore the basics of Continuous Improvement
On February 25th the United Way and the PSS sponored an event on how to use the Six Sigma process to make improvements in an organization, department or unit. Professionals got a first-hand look at the benefits of Six Sigma, and heard from several nonprofits already using Six Sigma, including William J. Hill, PhD. Bill who was formerly a director of Six Sigma at Honeywell, and the director for the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at the University of Wisconsin. In his retirement, Bill now volunteers through the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, to help nonprofits implement Six Sigma projects.
On December 3, 2013 the PSS toured the Behling Simulation Center at the State University of New York at Buffalo is a center of excellence with a mission to serve in a position of leadership to foster highly collaborative, interprofessional health sciences education between the students and faculty of the UB Academic Health Sciences Center Schools in the application and use of simulation technologies for the improvement of health care education.
On October 19, 2013 the PSS held its third annual tailgating event. Attendees enjoyed a short concert by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy before the game where the Bulls beat the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, 32-3.
The Diversity Committee hosted a brown bag session on October 18th. Speakers included Diane Bessel from the United Way and Joyelle Tedeschi from Matt Urban Hope Center. Ways that UB and its staff can help address the needs of the wider community were discussed. To learn more you can read Joyelle Tedeschi’s presentation and Diane Bessel’s presentation.
October 17th the Welcome Committee held a gathering for all recently hired professional staff. The new staff members mingled with PSS officers and committee members before a short speech by President Tripathi and lunch.
On September 18th, 2013 the UB Sustainable Living Fair was designed to raise awareness of environmental stewardship and provide UB students, faculty and staff an opportunity to visit with vendor representatives. Learn how to make our community sustainable by reducing your personal environmental footprint. Learn more »
2012 - 13 Academic Year
On June 26, 2013 the PSS held its fourth Annual Potluck Picnic. Professionals from across the university gathered at the Student Union for good food and good company. This year the picnic was partnered with the professional clothing drive and donations went to Every Woman Opportunity Center, Inc., Center for Employment Opportunities, and Back to Basics Group Ministries.
On June 13, 2013 the PSS Diversity Committee sponsored a dessert social in the Honors College. Staff shared a variety of sweet treats and shared personal anecdotes about diversity in their lives.
On December 6 and December 13 of 2012 the PSS toured the new Crossroads Culinary Center in the Ellicott Complex. The tour included a peek behind the scenes at the university’s newest dining facility and lunch.
On December 4, 2012 the PSS held its annual diveristy pot luck luncheon. Delicious food and interaction among staff was enjoyed by all.
On October 20, 2012 the PSS held its second annual tailgating event. The Homecoming event was followed by the UB Bulls game against the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.
The Diversity Committee sponsored an informative brown bag luncheon on October 9, 2012. Dr. Athena Mutua, UB Law School professor, discussed the “Commission on Academic Excellence and Equity Report.”
On September 6, 2012 past and present PSS members gathered in the Center for Tomorrow. Former officiers reflected on the PSS including Waler Kuntz, Pam Rose, Janiece Jankowski, and Ken O'Brien. President Tripathi and Provost Zukoski also spoke. Food and entertainment were provided.
PSS held this 4th annual environmental event on September 18, 2012 to raise awareness of environmental stewardship and help faculty, staff and students "green" their homes and their lives. Check out photos from the event!
2011 - 12 Academic Year
Around 50 people attended the 3rd Annual Plant Exchange Luncheon on June 12, 2012 in the Student Union. Attendees participated in a one-for-one plant exchange and went home with some new plants to beautify their gardens.
This one-day conference held on June 1, 2012, promoted staff development, job satisfaction and tools to improve professional and personal communication styles. Bestselling author, keynote speaker, and internationally recognized communication expert, Debra Fine, a 15+ year member of the National Speakers Association presented her programs to hundreds of audiences around the world. Breakout session topics included: Understanding Emerging Web Technologies, Making a Name for Yourself Every Time You Lead or Attend a Meeting, Stress Busters!, Are You Emotionally Intelligent?, Are you LinkedIn?, Speed Up Your Reading, How to Get Published: Personally and Professionally and How Does Your VOICE Speak for You? Dr. Catherine Ansuini provided the Last Laugh and we finished the day with a boat cruise on the Grand Lady.
Supervisors’ Learning Forum:
Toolbox for Continuous Improvement—How This Can Help Me and My Department?
PSS partnered with the department of Organization, Development and Training (OD&T) to offer this learning opportunity on May 22, 2012. Attendees learned about continuous improvement and what it really means, especially in a workplace as complex as UB. Continuous improvement takes a holistic view of processes, products and people, creating an enthusiastic workforce trained to remove barriers and make an impact. Attendees also learned about how using a structured project method can help managers and staff make informed decisions, leading to more efficiencies and cost savings. This thinking ties in directly with the 3Es of UB’s strategic plan—efficiency, engagement and excellence.
In the season of giving thanks, PSS organized a professional clothing drive to help those in need to join/rejoin the workforce. We welcomed donations of women’s and men’s new and gently used professional clothing on behalf of Haven House, YWCA, Every Woman Opportunity Center, Inc, and Workforce New York. Collections were taken at the November 17, 2011 General Membership meeting and at drop locations throughout both campuses.
On June 29, 2011, PSS hosted the 2nd Annual PSS Summer Potluck Picnic where they provided hot dogs and hamburgers for over 70 people. Amazing dishes were shared among all who attended.
2010 - 11 Academic Year
Around 50 people attended the 2nd Annual Plant Exchange Luncheon on June 6, 2011 in the Student Union. Attendees participated in a one-for-one plant exchange and went home with some new plants to beautify their gardens.
The Diversity Committee sponsored a brown bag workshop with Dr. Raechele Pope of the Educational Leadership and Policy department on April 6, 2011 in the Student Union. Dr. Pope’s research interests and publications fall under the general rubric of multicultural education. Her research examines the components of a multicultural environment and the necessary, concrete strategies, competencies, and practices to create and maintain such campus environments. Specifically she has focused on multicultural organization development in higher education, multicultural competence for student affairs administrators, and psychosocial development of college students of color.
The PSS Staff Development Committee hosted a two-part brown bag lunch workshop in Spring 2011. Ed Brodka, career counselor at UB Career Services presented on a variety of topics related to career development.
- Part 1: Resumes: What Every Professional Should Know: Make sure that your resume is up to date and effective if a new job opportunity arises. Learn what to look for on a resume when hiring new professionals or student assistants. Check out the handout (PDF).
- Part 2: Interviewing: What Every Professional Should Know: Attendees learned how to enhance their interviewing skills to be better prepared if a new job opportunity arises. They also learned how to effectively interview candidates for professional or student assistant positions.
If you couldn’t make it but are interested in learning more, check out these links:
- Resume and Cover Letter writing
- Interviewing Tips
- Introduction to Critical Behavioral Interviewing - A one day course offered by HR Learning and Development
The PSS Staff Development committee hosted two financial sessions called "Has Anyone Seen My Identity?" on November 16th and "Financially Safe" on December 9, 2010. Participants of this workshop were encouraged to access and print their credit reports by visiting www.annualcreditreport.com.
PSS members brought a dish to pass while they attended A Taste of UB: Celebrating Diversity on November 4, 2010 in the Student Union. The event included a talk about "Opening the Conversation: Exploring Diversity and Self-Awareness, facilitated by Henderson Woods, LLC – Building Workplace Relationships/Improving Outcomes Consultants. A potluck lunch and networking followed as music was provided by The Bryant Cullins Jazz Quintet from the Historic Colored Musicians Club. Check out the recipes from the event.
Last updated: 27 May 2015