Past Events

2012 - 13 Academic Year

Annual Potluck Picnic & Summer Clothing Drive

On June 26, 2013 the PSS held it's 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 Committe 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 University at Buffalo 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.”

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.

2009 - 10 Academic Year

Plant Exchange at UB

This past spring, 35 participants donated perennials, small trees and even raspberry bushes for the UB Plant Exchange. For each plant donated, participants selected a plant to take home. Plus, a car-load of plants were donated to UB Community Gardens. Donna Banach organized the event. Co-hosts were Liz Felmet, Amy Hothow and PSS members Janiece Kiedrowski (Chair) and Ann Marie Landel (Vice Chair). See photos of the Plant Exchange.

Behind the Scenes at UB Tours

During the spring 2010 semester the Staff Development and Services Committee conducted a series of tours around UB’s various units. See the flyer (PDF) for the full details.

Advocacy Briefing

Ryan McPhearson provided an overview of reform efforts taking place in Albany at the PSS General Membership meeting held on January 21, 2010. His presentation (PDF) outlined the key players and advantages for UB. More information on the Public Higher Education Empowerment Innovation Act can be found on the NYS Department of the Budget website.

ISSS Cross-Cultural Workshops

The office of International Student and Scholar Services offers Cross-Cultural Workshops. Check out their website for details.

Behind the Scenes at UB!

On October 30, 2009 PSS offered a tour of UB’s Downtown Campus. | Tour details | Map | map key (PDF).

Last updated: 25 July 2016