Past Events

2015 - 16 Academic Year

Professional Development Conference: Change Your Game

On June 2, 2016, the PSS Staff Development and Services Committee presented this day long conference at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center. The keynote speaker was Cindy Miller, 2010 National LPGA Teacher of the Year Golf Pro, player in five Women's U.S. Opens, and motivational speaker. Breakout sessions and door prizes were also offered. See the links below to pdfs from many of the presentations.

Sustainability Walking Tour

On June 1 the Sustainabile Living Committee sponsored a tour of Griener Hall, UB BikeShare, Lake LaSalle, Grace Plaza Rain Garden, sustainability features of the student Union, and a tour of the Campus Garden. Check out the UB Reporter article

Education and Advocacy Series

On March 15 the Diversity & Inclusion Committee hosted a panel discussion on transgender identities as part of their Education & Advocacy Series of events. The panel featured both UB staff and community members sharing insights, tips, and resources. As policies and attitudes change nationally to better reflect transgender individuals, including here at UB and SUNY-wide, it becomes increasingly important that we engage in open and informative conversations about what it means to be part of an inclusive and equitable learning community. See Time Warner News's report on the panel.

Day of Shared Governance

On March 1 the Faculty and Professional Staff Senates celebrated the first annual “UB Day of Shared Governance.” Positioning UB as a leader in SUNY shared governance, the two Senates declared that the first Tuesday of March be known as “University at Buffalo Day of Shared Governance” and it was observed together by the five pillars of shared governance, including faculty, staff, students, administration and councils, as well as our alumni associations, through a series of informative, collegial, and celebratory events. Learn the specifics.

Using LinkedIn as a Career Success Tool

On January 6 the Staff Development & Services Committee in connection with UB Alumni Relations hosted a FREE Lunch Time Webinar on LinkedIn. This Webinar was the second in a two part series. A recording of the first part about "Creating a Great Linkedin Profile" can be viewed here by logging in with your UB email to access this free recording. The recording for "Using LinkedIn as a Career Success Tool" can be found here.

Ed has also made a brief article on the topic available.

PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee End-of-Semester Potluck

On December 9, 2015 the Inclusion and Diversity Committee hosted their annual potluck in the Student Union. This year PSS arranged a special shuttle service to bring staff members on the Main Street Campus to the event. Colleagues learned about UB's diverse communities while enjoying excellent food and networking oppurtunities.

UB Downtown Campus Mini-Tour and Brown Bag/Linkedin Overview

Thursday, October 15, 2015 PSS members too a UB Stampede bus for a narrated tour of the downtown Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. First Stop was Educational Opportunity Center on Ellicott Street for a brown-bag lunch presentation. A brief 30 minute overview of LinkedIn was provided by Ed Brodka from UB Career Services teaching the basics and a few tricks that you may not already know.

7th annual UB Sustainable Living Fair

Was held Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at UB's Student Union. This free event featured dozens of vendors offering ways to green our homes, yards, and offices while reducing our environmental footprint. Door prizes and free samples given away. Goodwill's truck was be located on the roadway in front of the Student Union to recycle gently used clothing, household goods, furniture, electronics and books to donate to their great cause. Free paddle boats were available on Lake LaSalle thanks to UB's Buffalo Outdoor Pursuits.

Title IX Panel Discussion

As part of their Education & Advocacy Series, the Professional Staff Senate Diversity & Inclusion Committee is hosting a Title IX panel discussion focusing on campus sexual assault prevention, reporting and response on 9th. It featured Barbara Ricotta (Associate Vice President for Student Affairs), Sharon Nolan-Weiss (Title IX Coordinator/Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion), Elizabeth Lidano (Director of Judicial Affairs & Student Advocacy), Anna Sotelo-Peryea (Violence Prevention Coordinator, Wellness Education Services), and Joshua Sticht (Deputy Chief, University Police). Speakers discussed what Title IX is and what affect it as on campus.

Tailgate with PSS

On September 5th, the PSS gathered in Stampede Square for tailgating and the live music of Thompson Square. After the party PSS cheered on the Bulls home opener. Buffalo got off to a good start defeating Albany by 51 to 14.

2014 - 15 Academic Year

Summer Dessert Social

The Inclusion and Diversity Committee hosted a social Wednesday, July 22 from 12:00 to 1:30 PM in 107 Capen Hall. PSS members brought desserts to share while mingling with co-workers.

2015 Award Winners

2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service:

  • Beth A. Corry
  • Elaine R. Cusker
  • John DellaContrada
  • Dr. Valerie Frerichs
  • Jacqueline Molik Ghosen
  • Krista L. Hanypsiak
  • Kevin Leary
  • Patricia Shyhalla

2015 Outstanding Service Award Winners:

  • Anna Sotelo-Peryea
  • Samantha Calabrese

Women in STEM

Thurs., April 23 • 8:30 – 12 p.m.
Student Union, North Campus

Women in Stem Website

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.

End of Semester Potluck Luncheon

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.

PSS Clothing Drive

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.

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

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.

UB Sustainable Living Fair

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

Dessert Social

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.

PSS Professional Development Conference: Strengthening your Professional Core

On May 21, 2014 the PSS hosted a full day training with a keynote speech from Barbara Lang

Conference recap:

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.

Tour of the Behling Simulation Center

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.

PSS Day with UB Football

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.

Diversity Brown Bag: Findings from the United Way Community Needs Assessment

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.

Welcome Event

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.

UB Sustainable Living Fair

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

Annual Potluck Picnic & Summer Clothing Drive

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.

Dessert Social: Sweetly Celebrating Our Individual Stories

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.

Crossroads Culinary Tour

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.

Diversity Committee Pot Luck Luncheon

On December 4, 2012 the PSS held its annual diveristy pot luck luncheon. Delicious food and interaction among staff was enjoyed by all.

PSS Day with UB Football

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.

Diversity Brown Bag Workshop: Lunch and Learn

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.”

PSS 40th Anniversary Celebration

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.

Sustainable Living Fair

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

Plant Exchange Luncheon

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.

Staff Development Conference:
Are you Up to Speed? Every Conversation is an Opportunity for Success

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.

PSS Clothing Drive

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.

2nd Annual PSS Summer Potluck Picnic

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

Plant Exchange Luncheon

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.

Diversity Brown Bag Workshop: Valuing and Respecting Diversity

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.

Staff Development Committee presented Brown Bag Lunch Workshops

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:

Financially Safe

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

A Taste of UB: Celebrating our Diversity: Festive Potluck Luncheon

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: 28 July 2016