2015-2016 PSS Meeting Dates

Joint General Membership/Senate Meetings All members of the professional staff are invited to attend. Senators or their alternates are required to attend.

Meetings held in the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

  • December 17
    President Tripathi
  • February 25
    Provost Zukoski
  • March 24
  • April 28

Executive Committee Meetings
All members of the Executive Committee or their alternates are required to attend. Meetings held in 567 Capen, North Campus, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • December 3
  • February 4
  • March 3
  • April 7
  • May 12
  • June 2

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What do you think would be a good UB themed topic for a presentation at a PSS meeting? Tell us here.

What PSS Committees Are Working On

PSS in the News

2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2015 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service winners!

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

Congratulations to the 2015 Outstanding Service Award Winners:

  • Anna Sotelo-Peryea
  • Samantha Calabrese

UB Reporter talks about PSS

  • PSS Members enjoying the 2015 Sustainable Living Fair

  • PSS Members enjoying the 2015 Sustainable Living Fair

  • PSS Members enjoying the 2015 Sustainable Living Fair.

  • PSS Members enjoying the 2015 Sustainable Living Fair

  • PSS Members enjoying the 2015 Sustainable Living Fair

  • PSS Officers Domenic Licata, Sarah Piraino, and David Love (left to right).

Announcements and Events

Annual PSS Inclusion & Diversity Committee End-of-Semester Potluck Extravaganza!

Wed., Dec. 9 • 12 to 1:30 p.m. • 210 Student Union

This is a wonderful opportunity to step away from the computer and enjoy good food and conversation with colleagues from across campus. Don’t feel like cooking? No problem, pick up a dish at the local market. Don’t feel like picking up a dish at the local market? Still no problem. This event is open to all UB staff members, with or without food. Of course, we would love some of that home cooking.

New this year! PSS will be providing special shuttle service from several points on South Campus at approximately 11:30am (depending on the number of hungry participants). Riders will be dropped off at the Student Union by 12:00pm. The shuttle will return participants, now stuffed with home cooking, to South Campus at 1 p.m. and again at 1:30 p.m.

RSVP online today!

Staff Recognition Initiative

The Office of the Professional Staff Senate would like to introduce to you a new Staff Recognition initiative. During the monthly PSS Senate/General Membership meetings, we will recognize a UB professional staff member who has achieved a notable accomplishment. It is our aim to highlight and celebrate some of the amazing work that UB staff are involved in on and around campus. If you are a supervisor, colleague or friend of a UB professional staff member that you would like the PSS to recognize for their achievements, please consider submitting a nomination on their behalf.

Nominations may be submitted at any time. Please submit your nominations to Domenic Licata, PSS chair by including the following information:

  • Name of Nominee
  • Title
  • Contact Information
  • Qualifications: Why you feel this staff person should be recognized by the PSS

Please note that, if selected, this person will be recognized at an upcoming PSS Senate/General Membership meeting. You may be asked to offer a brief introduction of the selected staff member to attendees at this meeting. The recognized staff will receive a certificate, small gift and their picture may be featured on the PSS website. We will continue to recognize a new staff member each month. Nominations will be collected throughout the duration of the academic year.

Congratulations to our first award recipient, Lani Jendrowski, EOP Senior Counselor, who was recognized at our October 2015 PSS General Membership/Senate meeting for her continued work and dedication to our foster care student population!

Holidays can be Greener

The PSS Sustainability Committee is offering recommendations to promote sustainability (PDF) as you prepare for your Thanksgiving dinner and the upcoming holidays.

NYS-Ride Transit Pass Program

UB faculty and staff may be eligible to take part in NYS-Ride, a program that allows state employees to pay for certain work-related transportation expenses — including mass transit — on a pre-tax basis.

NYS-Ride allows employees to save money by purchasing their transit passes — including NFTA passes serving all Metro bus and Metro Rail lines in Erie and Niagara counties — through pre-tax payroll deductions.

You can determine your eligibility and sign up for the program at the NYS-Ride website.


On behalf of the Professional Staff Senate Elections Committee, we are pleased to announce and congratulate our new PSS Officers who will begin their terms on July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2017!

  • Chair: Domenic Licata, Instructional Support Technician for the Center of the Arts
  • Vice Chair: David Love, Staff Assistant in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Secretary: Sarah Piraino, Academic Advisor, Access to College Excellence

President Tripathi approves New Undergraduate Education Program

The design of this new General Education Program, which represents a vital component of our undergraduate students’ academic experience at UB, reflects the collaborative efforts and insights of more than 140 faculty, staff, and students working together across the university community over several years. You can see the New General Education Program here.

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.

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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.

SUNY Plenary

Read the reports from the SUNY 2015 Winter Plenary:

Last updated: 26 November 2015