Next General Membership Meeting


Join us at the next General Membership meeting on Thurs., Dec. 18, 2014 3:00 p.m. at the Center for Tomorrow, North Campus

Guest Speakers:

  • Heart of the Campus presented by Kelly M Hayes Mcalonie – Interim Associate Vice Provost for Capital Planning Group
  • Kickoff of PSS Mentoring Program – Joseph Mantione - Assistant Vice Provost for Institutional Research and PSS Mentoring Committee chair

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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

Read the reports from the SUNY 2014 Fall 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


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.


Awarding Excellence and Outstanding Service

The Awards Committee of the Professional Staff Senate is pleased to announce this year’s call for nominations for three awards:

For information, email Ellen Dussourd at dussourd@buffalo.edu or Letitia Thomas at lthomas@buffalo.edu.

All recipients will be recognized at the PSS Awards Luncheon in the spring of 2015.


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.


PSS Professional Development Conference: Strengthening your Professional Core

Conference recap:



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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: 21 December 2014