University at Buffalo The State University of New York

2015-2016 Campus Life Fee Report


The Campus Life component of the Comprehensive Fee was instituted in 1998. The Campus Life Fee supports programs and facilities that enhance the student experience and promote the quality of campus life. The University is dedicated to providing quality campus life programs and services that support student academic success and personal development. Service and program excellence in the campus life area assists UB in recruiting and retaining top students, positioning them for life success after graduation and nurturing a connectedness to UB, resulting in enhanced alumni relations.

Student Benefits/Impacts
  • Improves student retention
  • Increases sense of community and campus pride
  • Builds and improves campus traditions
  • Teaches student responsibility and citizenship
  • Provides diversity education
  • Efficient cost effective services and programs
  • Support for enhanced student involvement
  • Quality response and service for students experiencing difficulty
  • Programs and services to support commuter students, off-campus students and veterans
  • Broad support for and involvement in campus-wide programs
  • High quality facilities, which serve as the center for the student community
  • Increase student participation in mentored academic research and creative activities as a means to deepen and extend learning beyond the classroom
  • Enhanced preparation of undergraduate and graduate students for post-graduate opportunities and success
  • Increase student access to senior faculty
  • Co-curricular program opportunities
  • Major choice and career path opportunities
  • Capacity for making connections with field of study and industry experts including alumni.
Student Access
  • Student Union Communication Committee
  • Campus wide programming boards
  • Individual and group services
  • Multi-location programs and services
  • Host over 7,000 programs annually
  • Web-enabled programming
Contact Information

Student Life: Fraternities and Sororities, Marching Band, Student Activities & Organizations, Outdoor Pursuits, Student Union
150 Student Union
Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Unions
150 Student Union
Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Open until 2:00 a.m. on select event nights
Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Student Engagement
235 Student Union
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

223 Student Union
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Intercultural and Diversity Center
240 Student Union
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Orientation, Transition & Parent Programs
112 Student Union
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Judicial Affairs and Student Advocacy
9 Norton Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Career Services
259 Capen Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Off Campus Student Services
101 Allen Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Veteran Services
101 Allen Hall
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
24 Capen Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Academies
17 Norton Hall
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Actual Expenditures
Campus Life budget graph by functional area Campus Life budget graph by initiative area

Academic and Co-Curricular Personal Development: $1,643,904

Student Engagement

Student Engagement develops the student understanding and appreciation of self, others, and community by inspiring them to explore a life of active citizenship. Through our programs, services, and the process of leadership development, students cultivate a personal philosophy to make a positive change within a group, community, or global society.

  • Leadership Certificate Program (co-curricular)
  • Leadership development programs and activities
  • Leadership conferences and workshops
  • Leadership development resource library
  • Student organization leadership training
  • Leadership courses (credit bearing)
  • Leadership House (living learning community)
  • Leadership mentoring programs
  • Community service and volunteer coordination
  • Community engagement programs
  • Alternate Break programs
  • Campus involvement portal system (UBLinked)
  • Student Leadership International Dialogue Exchange (SLIDE) program
  • Advisement of Mortar Board, Phi Eta Sigma, Circle K, The National Society of Leadership and Success and American Association of University Women

Fast Facts

  • 1,200 plus students participated in leadership programs
  • Presented in 50 academic classrooms
  • 450 individuals enrolled in the Leadership Certificate Program (TORCH and PEAK)
  • Approximately 50 students participated in three leadership courses
  • 30 Leadership House members, 10 Leadership House mentors
  • 30 annual Pillars of Leadership Awards
  • Eight students participated in the UB Yard Sale event to raise $900 for Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
  • Over 1,000 students participated in community service programs
  • 68 students and 14 staff members participated in seven Alternative Spring Break programs
  • 18 students participated in the UB Student Leadership and International Dialogue Exchange (SLIDE) Program, which travelled to Spain and Portugal in May 2016
  • From 09/2015-09/2016 there have been 37 new organizations to have a presence on UBLinked
  • Over the course of 15-16, there was a 4% increase of mobile usage of UBLinked

Academic Engagement Support

Programs that bring outside subject matter expertise to UB to support the linkage between UB academic programs and student lifelong learning, and to build UB pride among students and their families.

  • Distinguished Speaker Series
  • Life & Learning Workshops
  • Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring (REALM) Mentor Program
  • University Welcome
  • UB Reads

Fast Facts

  • Distinguished Speaker Series presents six lectures annually and over 13,000 tickets were made available to UB undergraduate students
  • Rated #1 in the 2015 Student Opinion Survey for guest speakers outside of class
  • Attendance at Life & Learning Workshops was over 5,250
  • Over 230 individual Life & Learning Workshops were scheduled
  • 4,200 UB Reads books distributed

UB 101

One credit hour weekly seminar designed to assist first-year students in making the transition to UB, providing a framework for their success as students. Through a small, interactive classroom environment intended to engage students in learning, the course focuses on providing resources, fostering important relationships, and helping students understand their responsibilities and privileges within the UB community. Approximately 80 sections offered annually, topics include:

  • Time management
  • Academic success skills
  • Planning for the future
  • Registration and advisor relationship
  • Personal wellness
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Appreciating cultural diversity
  • Values exploration

Fast Facts

  • Nearly 1,600 students completed UB 101 in Fall 2015
  • 76 UB 101 sections taught by 99 instructors in Fall 2015
  • First- to second-year retention rate is 5% higher for students who passed UB 101 compared to first-year students who did not take the course


Comprehensive programs designed to welcome students to and encourage active engagement with the intellectual, social, and cultural aspects of the UB community.

  • Eight two-day summer programs for first-year students
  • Six one-day summer programs for transfer students
  • Three one-day winter programs for students
  • Optional online orientation program for transfer students

Fast Facts

  • Nearly 2,900 first-year students attended orientation in Summer 2015
  • Nearly 1,000 transfer students attended an on-campus orientation and nearly 600 more participated in online orientation in Summer 2015
  • Immediately after attending, 85% of students surveyed reported that orientation was a valuable experience (Summer 2015), and six weeks into the first semester over ¾ of students surveyed rated the orientation program as valuable (Fall 2015)

Career Services

Helps students achieve lifelong career fulfillment through self-assessment, career exploration, and job search techniques. The mission of Career Services is to “empower you to discover, develop, and achieve your strengths, your career, your future.”

  • Career counseling and advisement
  • Career and individual assessments
  • Comprehensive website and online career development services (BullsEye)
  • Career resource library
  • Career development courses (UBE 101, UBE 202, UBE 302)
  • UB Career Advice Group on LinkedIn
  • UB Career Connector Network
  • Career, job and internship fairs
  • Networking programs
  • On-campus interviewing
  • Employer information sessions on individual companies/organizations
  • Practice interviews (InterviewStream)
  • Standardized testing

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 6,000 individual student appointments
  • 2,783 workshop/group learning participants
  • 36 students enrolled in UBE 202 (career development course)
  • 22 students enrolled in UBE 302 winter session online job searching course
  • 16,199 students utilized Bullseye (online career development system)
  • 9,016 full-time and part-time jobs and internships posted in Bullseye powered by Handshake
  • 2,247 approved employers in Bullseye powered by Handshake (600 additional new employers being approved each month)
  • 5,806 current students and alumni attended career and job and internships fairs
  • 523 students interviewed through on-campus interviewing
  • 1,794 students attended employer meet and greet sessions
  • 338 organizations/companies attended networking, job, and internships fairs
  • 109 employer campus visits
  • 90 student to alumni consultations in the UB Career Connector Network
  • 1,794 standardized testing program participants
  • 646 assessments completed with students
  • 1,874 students attended the STEM UP Fair
  • 1,412 students attended CareerFest
  • 122 students participated in the Virtual Fair
  • 300 students attended the Internship Day
  • 89 students attended the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Networking Reception
  • 457 students attended Career Conversations programs in NYC, Buffalo, and virtually
  • 211 students attended NYC Road Trip events

Student Readership Program

The Collegiate Readership Program, managed by USA Today, provides students with access to 1,100 papers a day on campus. It is intended to enhance the learning environment on university campuses by providing students with an opportunity to be more informed about the events shaping their lives. Promotes a lifelong newspaper readership habit that may increase students’ knowledge of local, national and international events.

Fast Facts

  • 20 distribution locations on both North and South Campuses
  • 605 USA Today distributed each weekday morning
  • 495 New York Times distributed each weekday morning
  • 90% of students surveyed said program contributes to habit of reading a newspaper regularly
  • Over 90% of students surveyed said that reading newspapers is important to their education

Marching Band

A visible music performance ensemble band that performs at every home football game as well as select away games, community events, and high school marching band exhibitions and competitions. The mission of the UB Marching Band is to provide a venue for artistic expression while supporting the regional community, the University, music education, and the performing arts.

  • Uniforms
  • Equipment
  • Music
  • Training
  • Staff
  • Social events
  • Event Travel
  • Three credit music course

Fast Facts

  • 120 Marching Band student members (time commitment-300 hrs/student/semester)
  • 74 Pep Band student members (time commitment-190 hrs/student/semester)
  • Performed at seven football games, 30 basketball games, 23 campus and community events
  • 125 students registered for three academic credit hours for the course
  • One of only two marching bands in SUNY system

Standards and Safety: 469,153

Off-Campus Student Services

Proactive effort between Student Affairs and community members, community leaders, and organizations to improve the quality of life, safety, and security of our off-campus students and residents in surrounding neighborhoods providing for a positive experience for our students and the residents of the neighborhoods surrounding our campuses. Comprehensive information designed to offer advice and resources to UB students who currently live off-campus or who are considering living off-campus.

  • Outreach meetings
  • Community support
  • Finding off campus housing
  • Encouraging housing inspections
  • Listing of inspected properties
  • Staying safe off campus (in your apartment and neighborhood)
  • Serve as liaison between students and neighbors if necessary

Fast Facts

  • Annual Block Party and Safety Fair to welcome students back to campus and encourage interaction with lifelong residents as well as business owners
  • Along with City of Buffalo Office of Permits and Inspections, conducted over 500 apartment inspections resulting in citations of various code violations
  • Operation Door hanger distributed tips on safety to over 2,000 off-campus residences
  • Safety Fair on North Campus
  • Active participants in various community groups and block clubs
  • Expanded housing listing service to highlight properties that meet NY State Safety codes

Student Awareness and Mandated Programs

Outreach and implementation of programs critical to the health, accessibility and welfare of all students. These programs, most of which are unfunded by other sources, are either legislatively or administratively mandated. For most programs, student compliance is mandated.

  • Meningitis Awareness
  • Student Conduct Rules and Regulations
  • Voter Registration
  • Accessibility Resources awareness
  • Constitution Day
  • Title IX

Fast Facts

  • All new incoming students received meningitis and student conduct rules and regulation information
  • All new students affirm rules and regulations to promote awareness
  • All students new to Accessibility Resources are given the opportunity to register to vote in compliance with the National Voter Registrations Act
  • Snow policy awareness and accommodations for students with recognized mobility impairments
  • Annual celebratory programs in support of Constitution Day

Judicial Affairs and Student Advocacy

Provide just, safe, orderly, and positive campus climate through regulations, disciplinary processes, informational programming, and intervention effort.

  • Judicial system
  • Community service programs
  • Victim assistance
  • Student interventions for alcohol/drug overdose
  • Behavioral assessments for Students of Concern
  • Student Advocacy service

Fast Facts

  • Eight law student hearing representatives and four student justices to the Student-Wide Judiciary trained; nine student office assistants trained and working the phones, handling walk-ins, processing paperwork, etc.
  • 538 Student-Wide Judiciary and administrative hearings
  • 77 alcohol interventions
  • Approximately 10,000 community service hours assigned
  • 90 outreach presentations
  • 74 emergency fund requests administered
  • 102 Student Advocacy consultations
  • 374 Students of Concern behavioral assessments.
  • 4-6 campus-wide Student Death Notifications and an annual Memorial Service
  • 1377 career related background checks
  • 46 Title IX/VAWA hearings and victim accommodations

Student Engagement: $1,602,345

Late Night Programming

A series of late night programs that positively enhances the level of activity on campus during prime social hours and provides students with opportunities to develop responsible social interaction, connections to the University community, leadership and programming skills. The goals include:

  • Offering a variety of programs that will meet the interests of a diverse student body
  • Encouraging student involvement and campus outreach in planning and co-sponsoring programs
  • Providing quality programs
  • Providing students an outlet to manage stress

Fast Facts

  • 40 late night programs annually
  • An average of 300 students in attendance at each event
  • Programs are planned and implemented by students for students
  • 8-10 Students participate in the Student Mentorship Program
  • Off-campus trips throughout the Western New York area throughout the fall and spring
  • Over 5,000 followers on social media outlets

Intercultural and Diversity Center

Provides cultural enrichment programming and leadership experience that educate students about diversity and issues surrounding diversity and build a university climate that builds connections across similarities and differences.

  • Three credit diversity education course and internship each semester
  • Educational workshops and certificate programs
  • Diversity Zone training & network
  • Cultural programming, activities and events
  • Commencement/recognition celebrations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Internship programs
  • Intercultural Leadership Retreat
  • Coordinated advocacy opportunities/efforts
  • Collaboration efforts with various departments and organizations

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 4,000 students participate in various diversity activities and events
  • Over 1,800 participants in two cultural bazaars
  • 410 undergraduate and graduate student participants in the Annual ALANA Celebration of Achievement (with over 800 family/guests in attendance)
  • 25 students participate in the Lavender Celebration along with over 40 faculty and staff members
  • 12 students per academic year participate in the SAGE Internship Program (Success Through Access to Guidance and Experience) and Student Affairs Mentoring and Leadership Program
  • Over 1,000 students participate in various diversity workshops
  • 30 participants in Global Competency Certificate Series
  • Approximately 500 student leaders participate in diversity leadership training programs
  • 10 students serve as diversity advocates per academic year
  • Approximately 350 students in monthly social diversity events

Fraternities and Sororities

Provide a platform for leadership development, civic engagement, and philanthropic service as part of the academic and social advisement of the members of recognized Greek-letter social fraternal organizations at UB. Serves as a resource for the University community in regards to information and issues related to the UB Greek community.

  • Educational programs
  • Philanthropic programs
  • Leadership programs
  • Organizational advising
  • Academic recognition programs

Fast Facts

  • Serves 38 social fraternal student organizations that are affiliated with our campus with approximately 900 active participants including chapters of three national Greek honor societies: Gamma Sigma Alpha Order of Omega and Rho Lambda
  • 68 UB community workshops
  • 13 fund raising and community service events
  • 5,400 hours of community service
  • $25,000 raised for charitable organizations

Student Programming

Coordinates several major student programs designed to aid students in their emotional, social, and academic development. Programs are designed to enhance a sense of community and promote traditions on campus.

  • Student Programming Board
  • Opening Weekend
  • Family Weekend
  • Haunted Union
  • Oozefest
  • Senior Celebration
  • General student programming
  • “Fall Into UB” (semester welcome):
    • Opening Day activities
    • New Student Picnic
    • Student Services Fair
    • Human Interlocking UB
    • Student Meet up Groups
    • General student programs throughout the fall semester designed to assist in campus engagement

Fast Facts

  • 2,200 students participated in Haunted Union
  • 1,600 students participated in Senior Celebration
  • Over 5,000 students participated in various student programming activities
  • 26,709 students and family members participated in Opening Weekend activities
  • 2,000 students participated in welcome back events
  • 10 paid and unpaid students participate on the programming board

Veteran Services

    Helping student veterans balance college life with student life goals.

  • Ease transitions of veterans
  • Conduct veteran needs assessment
  • Centralized service center

Fast Facts

  • Achieved Yellow Ribbon Veteran School status
  • Achieved Veteran-Friendly School designation
  • Achieved “Best for Vets” Status
  • Veteran’s lounge

Student Union Operations

Serves as the “hearthstone” of the University providing a variety of social, cultural and educational programs, which work to support and enhance the mission of the University.

  • Club room and offices for student clubs and organizations
  • Meeting rooms, theater, social hall, assembly theater and classrooms
  • Building reservations operations and staff
  • Welcome Center
  • Building maintenance
  • Building furniture
  • Commuter Lounge space
  • UB Card Office
  • Dining and retail operations
  • Reflection room

Fast Facts

  • Houses over 75 clubs and organizations
  • Processed over 6,700 reservations
  • An estimated 200,000 in attendance at all events throughout the year
  • Average daily building traffic over 12,000

Outdoor Pursuits

Outdoor Pursuits offers a variety of programming and adventure opportunities for the students, faculty, staff and community. Programs listed below were created to offer critical “outdoor recreational release from the vigor’s of academic study and provide sustainable practices through connections and appreciation to the natural world.

  • Lake LaSalle Paddling
  • Ice skating rink
  • Firepit rentals
  • Outdoor workshops and clinics
  • Outdoor gear rental
  • Adventure trips
  • 9-hole Disc Golf course

Fast Facts

  • Over 7,000 students participated in Paddling on Campus including canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Opening weekend had over 1,000 students paddle on Lake LaSalle.
  • The outdoor ice skating rink had 150 participants in seven weeks of programming due to inclement weather limiting operations to only siz open days
  • Firepit reservations have grown to one each week
  • Outdoor workshops and clinics – 315 participants
  • Our outdoor gear rental program had 1,124 participant days of gear rentals that included; tents, sleeping bags, stoves and much more
  • Alaskan Sampler 2016 (15th year) had 14 student participants for a total of 154 days of programming activities
  • Outdoor Pursuits director advises UB Student Association’s Outdoor Adventure Club UB OAC
    • UB OAC has 3,493 members on OAC ListServ
    • 700 members participated on trips this year
    • Over 1,413 Facebook followers
    • Conducted 46 programs during Fall 2016 Including; nine camping trips with three in the Adirondacks

Strategic Investment Initiatives: $1,872,282

The Strategic Investment Fund (initiated by the University) allocates a portion of the Campus Life Fee for strategic investment areas that impact the entire student body. Strategic investment areas include disability accommodations, victim assistance, suicide prevention, alcohol awareness, student research, and civic engagement programs. These funds are used to support initiatives on behalf of the student experience identified through the UB 2020 strategic planning process.

1. Undergraduate Experience $1,094,121

A. Student Affairs Initiative: $490,275

Programs offered under the auspices of University Life and Services:

Victim’s Assistance provides greater support for UB students who are injured, ill, or harmed through crime or violence

  • Referral and checks on crime victims
  • Referral and checks on injured students
  • Faculty notification for hospitalizations
  • Substance abuse interventions
  • Single point of contact for parents
  • Ongoing campus point of contact for families of students who have died
  • Ongoing source of support for friends and roommates of students who have died
  • Annual Student Remembrance Program
  • Referrals and meetings for emergency funds
  • Checks on University Heights related concerns (i.e. housing issues, safety concerns)

Civic Engagement promotes student awareness of civic responsibilities and opportunities; engages students in service on behalf of others; and educates on role of citizens and community needs

  • Integrated learning opportunities
  • Support for Civic Engagement Academy
  • Community and civic engagement programming
  • Community Engagement Center
  • Community service coordination

Alcohol EDU has been at the heart of the Division of Student Affair’s coordinated effort to address campus alcohol use and abuse and supports UB’s strategic strength of Health and Wellness Through the Lifespan.

  • The pre-matriculation strategy reinforces UB expectations and standards with students, staff and parents, beginning at summer orientation
  • Educates the campus community about behavioral indicators, drinking rates, and students’ attitudes related to abstention, low-risk and high-risk alcohol use and related consequences
  • Assists with reduction of the rates of high-risk alcohol use and its consequences and increasing the levels of abstention and low risk drinking

Suicide Prevention provides greater support for all students, including at-risk students, by focusing on mental health and emotional wellness promotion

  • Offered 15 QPR (question, persuade, refer) suicide prevention training programs to the campus community (299 attendees)
  • Collaborated with the over 17 departments and student groups, for a highly attended Suicide Prevention Week (428 attendees)
  • Staff participated in and our Suicide Prevention Coordinator co-chaired the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Buffalo Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention and assisted in raising over $165,000 for suicide prevention research and education (1,500 attendees)
  • Provided wellness grants for residential life staff and campus organizations to put on 14 wellness related campus events

Accessibility Resources provides service/support to eligible students through staff specialists.

  • Individualized assessment of student-access needs
  • Adaptive classroom test administration
  • Accommodated course registration
  • Requests for course substitutions
  • Auxiliary aids and services
    • Course lecture notes
    • Accessible format textbooks
    • Sign interpreters and computer assisted real-time transcripts for course lectures
    • Read-Write Gold PC computer software
  • Faculty consultations
  • Loaner equipment
  • Physical access to classrooms
  • Consultations for campus participation by students with disabilities
  • Priority snow clearance

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 4,000 exams were administered by Accessibility Resources
  • Approximately 600 students served by Accessibility Resources
  • As of Fall 2015, over 26,000 students at the University at Buffalo have completed AlcoholEDU since 2007, translating to 78,000 hours of prevention education (2.5 hours per student
AlcoholEDU Fall 2016 UB Students
Non-drinkers 72%
Moderate drinkers 15%
High-risk drinkers 13%
  • Rates of drinking for men versus women reveal that women are drinking in similar ways to men and that education and outreach must address high risk drinking among women; programs have been developed to address the gender distribution of drinking rates and consequences
  • Drinking rates have shifted since our comprehensive prevention program was initiated: two-week abstention rates have increased from 51% of students in 2009 to 72% of students in 2015; and high-risk drinking has decreased from 31% to 13% in the same period
  • When asked where they drank in the last two weeks, rates of drinking on campus in residence halls was significantly lower for UB students (11%) compared with the national collegiate sample (25%)
  • Students reported that AlcoholEDU helped them establish a plan ahead of time to make responsible decisions about drinking’ (86%), ‘Prepared them to help someone who may have had alcohol poisoning’ (89%), and ‘changed my perceptions of others’ drinking-related behaviors’ (63%)
  • The course had a positive impact on those with the highest-risk drinking profiles. Among the 66% (235 students) of high risk drinkers who saw "no need to change the way they drink" before taking the course, 84% (193 students) indicated readiness to change after completing the course
  • After completing the course students' positive behavioral intentions increased across six protective behavior indicators, including: setting a limit (42% to 74%), pacing drinks (29% to 66%), reducing the frequency of drinking (27% to 58%) reducing the number of drinks (25% to 61%) and alternating alcohol and non-alcohol drinks (43% to 74%)
  • 280 victims assistance meetings
  • 450 students participated in Stay-Up UB dance marathon and raised over $7,500
  • Over 12,000 hours of community service was reported by students on UBLinked
  • 64,000 plus hours of community service were performed by UB students
  • 69 students participated in four Alternative Spring Break programs
  • Assisted thousands of students with obtaining voter registration forms
  • Relay for Life, a student-run event, raised over $55,000

B. Undergraduate Education Initiative: $603,846

New initiatives or enhancements to programs offered under the auspices of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education to improve the Undergraduate Experience:

Supporting Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities: Students from across all majors and programs of study are encouraged to participate in mentored research through the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA). As a comprehensive portal for undergraduate research, CURCA has emerged as a popular resource for opportunities and funding to support students’ research interests and experience. CURCA supports students in all phases of their research activities from identifying potential projects to applying, preparing findings through poster presentations, and submitting for up to $500 per semester to support research activities. CURCA also supports research by highlighting student projects at the annual Celebration for Student Academic Excellence, coordinating a campus-wide poster session and award selection, while also helping students access summer REU’s and opportunities to present at regional, national, and international forums. It should be noted that CURCA serves all students regardless of citizenship, area of focus, or program of study.

Other CURCA activities:

  • Focus on historically underrepresented units and disciplines to ensure meaningful opportunities and experiences for all students
  • Utilization of website for posting of research opportunities for students along with social media to encourage broad participation from students across disciplines and content areas
  • Student-focused research fairs and workshops that clarify process for engagement and communicate the benefits of research with regard to graduate school and career paths
  • Increased interest in CURCA awards with record number of students applying indicating growing interest in mentored research
  • Growing opportunities for students to participate in regional, national, and international research opportunities.
  • Promotes a culture of research and exploration through coordinating Celebration of Student Excellence poster session and awarding students with demonstrated excellence in research through award ceremony. Builds capacity among faculty and academic departments with regard to engaging undergraduates in research and creative activities.

The Academies— Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration, and Sustainability

  • Undergraduate blended in and out of class learning experiences
  • Attraction of distinguished speakers for undergraduate student-focused colloquia

Undergraduate Experience—Student Excellence and Stakeholder Recognition

  • Special events for national fellowship and scholarship candidates and recipients
  • University-wide Celebration of Student Academic Excellence event
  • Multi-media and multi-platform presentation of student and stakeholder accomplishments
  • Enhancement of Western New York Prosperity Scholars program (focus on development of student entrepreneurial skills/civic engagement)

Fast Facts

Undergraduate Research

  • Fall 2015 Research Fair included table displays, faculty and staff lectures and workshops on how student might best prepare for and access research opportunities. Over 150 students participated in the event which featured partnering offices and programs throughout the University.
  • Delivery of approximately 20 workshops annually to student groups on how to prepare for and access research opportunities (approximate student attendance of 230); staff presented at all orientation sessions and parent orientation reaching over 1,000 families.
  • The 12th annual Celebration of Academic Excellence includes a substantial student component. This year, the CAE featured 162 research projects presented by over 330 undergraduate students.
  • This year, 16 students from UB were accepted to present their research projects at SURC in Cobleskill.  This event featured more than 500 students and faculty from across the SUNY and CUNY systems.  CURCA provided transportation to and from SUNY Cobleskill, and covered the registration fee.
  • CURCA took two students to Albany to represent undergraduate research in a poster symposium presented to elected officials and to the greater SUNY and CUNY audiences.
  • CURCA provided funding to assist more than 20 students presenting at a number of national and international conferences

The Academies

  • The Academies census includes 313 new students in the fall 2015 cohort; 345 students either living in Academies residential community or completing an Academies seminar (or doing both) representing all four undergraduate years; and the event/listserv participation includes an additional 4,344 students, faculty and staff.
  • The Academies developed and hosted 78 thematic programs to introduce students to new ideas in the various theme areas (Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration, and Sustainability) that engaged over 700 university students. Programs included workshops, facilitated discussions, presentations, and excursions in the local community. In cooperation with University Partners, The Academies contributed to the Undergraduate Research Information Fair in September 2015 and International Education Week in November 2015 hosted the Entrepreneurship Elevator PITCH Competition in April 2016.  In February 2016, The Academies supported the second annual Elect Her training program through Association of American University Women (AAUW) at the University at Buffalo.
  • Academies Living Community: The Academies host programs in the residential community to help foster a community among students and faculty (i.e.faculty dinners, snack making programs with faculty and guests, game nights, and other social programming hosted by Shared Interest Housing (SIH) Floor Leaders).
  • Sophomore Initiative: This intentional sophomore year curriculum focuses on specific issues that commonly arise in the second year. Events range from a monthly staff or faculty-guided conversation around a relevant issue, faculty and alumni dinners and social programming in Greiner Hall.
  • Service learning through Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) in Buffalo Public Schools is a seminar course hosted by The Academies in cooperation with the University Honors College led by Professor Joseph A. Gardella Jr., John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry at UB. Students provide hands-on assistance in the Buffalo Public Schools while reflecting on and sharing their experiences in a classroom setting. 40 students enrolled in this course during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Global Cities in the Twenty-First Century is a new cluster of short-term study abroad programs intended to promote The Academies’ principles of experiential learning and community engagement. The programs will offer students the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs in various cities around the world, through a rotating offering of different study abroad destinations each year. The programs will share a common set of characteristics that will facilitate program development, academic advisement, and students’ long-term planning of a coherent academic program that integrates study abroad experiences with on-campus coursework and local community engagement. Professor Donald T. McGuire Jr. took students to explore Istanbul, Turkey. Through the Global Cities initiative, The Academies supports UB’s winter session programming.
  • Global CINEMAspectives: A monthly Friday night international film and discussion series, a joint venture with International Student and Scholar Services. Global CINEMAspectives hosted three movies in the fall, four in the spring, with an average attendance of 20 per film. The film screenings are followed by a talkback session led by UB faculty and international students.
  • Academies Keynote Lecture: Each annual spring keynote address, the highlight of The Academies programming, features a topic of particular concern to one of the five Academies. During April 2016, the Academies hosted a series of open lab studio tours culminating in a talk hosted by Andy Stott, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Vice Provost. An estimated 300 students, faculty and staff participated in related events.
  • The Academies’ weekly email of sponsored programs and opportunities available on and off-campus is distributed to the University community through a Student Association club listserv, University departmental contacts, faculty councils and through The Academies listserv.
  • ReTree the District - a major Civic Engagement Academy project engaging Academies students as volunteers and providing significant opportunities for leadership roles working with community organizations and leveraging the WNY region as a learning laboratory.  Approximately 300 students participated as team leaders and volunteers as part of the two semester project and planted 400 trees.
  • “Signature” co-curricular events include the Creative ReUse tour, WNY Sustainability Tour and Early Move –in program all dedicated to engage undergraduates in the WNY community through experiential learning opportunities.  A total of 150 undergraduate students participated in these offerings.
  • Entrepreneurship Pitch Competition: The Entrepreneurship Elevator Pitch Competition was held on April 21, 2016 in the Student Union. 42 undergraduate and graduate student teams participated; there were five judges from local industry and entrants had 90 seconds to make a pitch, approximately the amount of time they would have to make a pitch to someone with whom they were riding an elevator, and could not use any visual aids or props. This experience added to the landscape of engagement opportunities for students interested in entrepreneurship.

Undergraduate Experience — Student Excellence Recognition

  • Celebration of Student Academic Excellence
    • The Celebration continued as a signature UB event that celebrates and recognizes the breadth and depth of undergraduate student accomplishments related to research and creativity
    • This year’s Celebration focused on the integration of student experiences with academic learning and featured an original theatre performance honoring the Anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio and associated learning opportunities offered through the University and community.

2.Heart of the Campus Initiative: $778,161

The Heart of the Campus (HOTC) project is a university-wide initiative to build community and a sense of place at the center of UB’s campuses. Key elements of the project include:

  • Renew and upgrade building infrastructures and services
  • Selective renovation of Capen, Norton and Talbert Halls to expand and reorganize library services and consultation, integrate many student services, and provide flexible and technology-enriched classrooms and spaces for collaboration and group study, as well as galleries and cafes.
  • Transform central library and support space into a multi-use setting housing a 21st century library and a variety of formal and informal learning environments, IT and faculty support, one-stop shopping for student services and casual dining.
  • Capen Hall will provide “entry-to-exit” services for UB’s entire student population in one place.
  • Provide an identifiable entrance to UB’s north campus
  • Provide a learning landscape environment throughout the facility

What is “Student Life”?

The Mission of Student Life is to provide programs and services that encourage and inspire involvement, leadership, diversity, pride, tradition, learning, and self-development. From a student’s first step on campus, Student Life will assist them in becoming a force for positive change in the University community and the greater society.

Is there anything fun to do on campus?

Yes! Just walk through the Student Union any day of the week to experience involvement fairs, cultural celebrations, art displays, and much more. The Student Programming Board, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, provides a variety of Late Night programs throughout the year including: a free Haunted House, Scavenger Hunts, off-campus trips, a 100 Foot Banana Split, and a variety of events are held in the lobby of the Student Union two to three times per week.

What is UBLinked and how do I use it?

UBLinked is a one stop shop for all of UB’s clubs, organizations and departments. Find out what events are happening each day, which organizations you are interested in joining, track your service hours or advertise your group’s events. Any student, faculty or staff with a email address has an account; just log on with your UBIT information!

What is so different about the Student Union from other buildings on campus?

The Student Union is one of the most popular places on campus to hang out. On a typical day you are likely to find five student organization information tables in the lobby, vendors promoting services for students, music from the special event of the day, career fairs in the Social Hall, small concerts and movies in the theater and a variety of activities and meetings throughout the building. There is never a dull moment during the academic year.

How can I find out more about social justice and diversity issues on campus?

Stop by the Intercultural and Diversity Center and learn more about the Diversity Institute Certificate Program. It is designed to spark thought and engage students in conversations about the concepts of diversity, cultural identity and social justice in a safe, encouraging and challenging environment. This four-hour certificate workshop addresses specific areas of diversity that are geared to actively engage students in experiential learning via activities, team building exercises and guided dialogue. Students are encouraged to step outside of their “comfort zone” in order to probe more deeply the complexity of issues of oppression. Participants receive a certificate at the completion of Institute for use on their resumes and portfolios.

What is there to do on campus at night?

Stop by the Student Union for Late Night Programming on Friday night and there is sure to be something fun going on. Events include paint parties, scavenger hunts, bingo, Nerf wars, destress events, and more.

Do I have to be a Music major to join the Marching or Pep Band?

No. The Thunder of the East comprises students from all majors. This past fall, over 97% of students registered for band camp were non-music majors. The chosen academic field of study of band members ranges from Aerospace Engineering to Communication to English.

Why is it so important to develop my leadership skills?

Leadership is an important part of your life whether you are serving on a committee, participating in a classroom discussion, volunteering for a community service project, playing sports or working at a job. Your ability to lead and be a contributing member of a group plays a vital role in your success at UB and your future role in the community, a career, and family life. Many recent surveys show that one of the top things employers are looking for from prospective hires is leadership ability!

Do I have to be an underrepresented student to participate in the programs or use the services offered by the Intercultural and Diversity Center?

Absolutely not. Our programs are open to all students and we encourage students to stop by the Center at any time.

Is there any place on campus I can volunteer for community service activities?

Yes, there are hundreds of opportunities to become involved. The Community Engagement Coordinator in the Office of Student Engagement (235 Student Union) is here to help all students, individuals or groups, find and complete long-term, short-term and one-time community service projects. Whether students want to engage in community service for a class assignment, as part of a student organization requirement, because community service helps build leadership skills, or because doing community service enriches the lives of both the one serving as well as those who are served, the Office of Student Engagement is the place to visit for help getting started.

Why would I want to join a fraternity or sorority?

Greek-letter social organizations provide students with the opportunity to get involved in the campus and local communities, form lasting friendships and develop leadership skills.

When can I join a fraternity or sorority?

A student must be at least a second semester freshman (12 credits or more) and have a minimum 2.0 QPA in order to join a fraternity or sorority.

What if I want to explore a major or change my major?

In addition to your academic advisor, you can also seek guidance to explore your options through Career Services. You can consider completing assessments that can provide you information of your values, skills and interests that can be helpful in determining your options.

How can I get a job after graduation?

Your prospects for getting a job in your field after graduation are enhanced by building a strong resume of experience during your time at UB and building your network. Securing an internship or two and making connections with alumni contributes to your success. Career Services can provide support in these crucial areas.

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Last updated: April 18, 2017 12:12 pm EST