University at Buffalo The State University of New York

Hadar Borden

Posted by Marketing & Communications on January 21, 2016 in Academic Affairs Staff

It is with mixed emotion that I write to inform you that effective February 1, Hadar Borden will be stepping down from the Undergraduate Academies to take on a new role as the Program Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad, an exciting new enterprise established by the Blackstone charitable foundation to foster entrepreneurship among UB students.

As administrative director of the Undergraduate Academies, Hadar has worked tirelessly to create a unique living-learning community that has had a profound impact on the undergraduate experience. Under her leadership, the Academies has grown from its three initial foci to its current five, touching more than two thousand students along the way. Thanks to Hadar’s vision, the Academies is recognized as an incubator for educational innovation across campus, and a space where new ideas can be tested before being brought to scale. In addition, she has done an enormous amount of work engaging UB students in the community, fostering relationships with external partners and providing opportunities for experiential learning. Through her work with donors such as the Prentice Foundation, we have seen the Western New York Prosperity Fellowship flourish with each passing year thanks to Hadar’s integrity, careful stewardship and selfless attention to students.

Hadar will be much missed by the Academies students, by the faculty directors, and by all of us in Undergraduate Education who know her as a fearless, dynamic and supportive colleague and friend. Mara Huber, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, will oversee the Academies in the interim, and in conjunction with Assistant Administrative Director Christina Giunta and faculty directors Profs. Barbara Bono, Colleen Culleton, Peter Horvath, Robert Neubert, and Ken Shockley, will work to ensure its continued success at this transitional time.

Blackstone is a fantastic new partnership for UB, and I can think of no one better to ensure its success than Hadar. Please join me in wishing her the very best of luck.

With all best,
Andy Stott


Welcome Dawn Reed

Posted by Marketing & Communications on December 9, 2015 in Academic Affairs Staff

We are pleased to welcome Dawn Reed to the Academic Affairs family. She has accepted the position of Director of Academic Affairs Marketing and Communications and will begin in that role on December 14.  In this newly created position Dawn will serve as a visionary leader for marketing academic affairs academic programs and services and will directly manage the day-to-day functions of our department.

Dawn most recently served as associate athletics director for external relations at Daemen College and as a media relations consultant and brand strategist for CoachMePlus.  Many of you may recall her as a former UB professional during the fourteen years that she was a member of UB’s Division of Athletics. During that time she worked in support of women’s athletics and held a number of roles in development (her last post was as director of development programs).  She has extensive experience in print and digital communications and manages with an inclusive and energetic style.  She is active in the Buffalo community and eager to engage in the full spectrum of marketing and communication challenges that our division affords.


Inside VPUE Shutting Down in December

Posted by Marketing & Communications on November 17, 2015 in News

The Division of Academic Affairs website has been recently updated. Now that this site is current and the most recent information is here, Inside VPUE site will be shut down on December 22, 2015.  Thank you for using Inside VPUE.

Thanks to all of the liaisons who have been helping maintain the site. If you need content updated or added to the site, please reach out to your site liaison.

  • Academic Affairs Policy and Blog: Lisa Bolt
  • Admissions: Jessica Clark
  • Center for Educational Innovation: Don Trainor
  • Data Analytics: Holly Klick
  • Financial Aid: Stacy Krygier
  • GEMS: Holly Acito
  • Graduate School: Brittany Iannucci
  • HUB: Marisha Handzel
  • Registrar: Sarah Mack
  • Scholarship: Debra Palka
  • SAS: Lisa Sandquist
  • Student Accounts: Laura Stevens
  • Student Response Center: Natalie Douglas
  • Student Success: Kristina Constanzo
  • Summer/Winter Sessions: Matt Blum
  • Transfer: Kira Love
  • Undergraduate Education: Elaine Cusker
  • VPEM: Jennifer Markee

New Associate Dean of the Graduate School

Posted by Marketing & Communications on November 12, 2015 in Academic Affairs Staff, Departments, New Staff Announcements

We are pleased to announce that Sandy Flash will be joining the Graduate School as a new Associate Dean, effective November 30th of this year.

Sandy is coming to the Graduate School with 22 years of service to UB. After working for two years as an advisor for international students, Sandy served for eleven years as Director of Study Abroad Programs. During that time, she coordinated administration, marketing, recruitment, advising, and admissions for more than 60 overseas programs. Under Sandy’s leadership, UB achieved study abroad participation rates that were three times the national average.

Since 2006, Sandy has served as Executive Director of Academic and Student Affairs for the School of Dental Medicine, where she has worked on new program development as well as many aspects of student services. Sandy was instrumental in designing an admissions system that enabled holistic application review to increase diversity among incoming students in Dental Medicine. She has also been a national leader in graduate admissions. For the past three years, Sandy has chaired a national task force on application services for the American Dental Education Association.

Sandy received her PhD in Comparative and Global Studies in Education from UB. She received her BA and EdM from UB as well.


UB Scholarship Gala 2015

Posted by Marketing & Communications on November 3, 2015 in Events

The annual UB Scholarship Gala 2015 will take place on Friday, November 6 from 6-11 p.m. at the Edward Wright Practice Facility, Alumni Arena. If you are unable to attend, you can still make a donation to help students succeed!

You can view photos from the 2014 Gala shared by UB Supporters.


Happy Halloween

Posted by Marketing & Communications on November 2, 2015 in Events

The VPEM team gathered together on Friday, October 30 for their all-staff meeting. Taking place at 112 Norton Hall from 8:30-9:50am meant that all the creative costumes were still fresh! Check out the creativity of the team.

1-300x201 2-300x201 3-250x300 4-201x300 5-233x300 6-201x300 7-242x300 8-201x300 9-201x300 10-201x300 11-245x300


Luis Colón wins award from American Chemical Society

Posted by Marketing & Communications on September 22, 2015 in Academic Affairs Staff, Awards

Luis Colón, Associate Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, recently received the 2016 Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

This honor marks the second time this year that Dr. Colón has won a mentoring award.  Dr. Colón was named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in April 2015.  Dr. Colón’s strong commitment to mentoring has led him to advise 27 PhD students, 14 Master’s students and more than 35 undergraduates.  Many of his advisees are from underrepresented groups.

Please congratulate Dr. Colón!


Graham Hammill named Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School

Posted by Marketing & Communications on September 19, 2015 in Academic Affairs Staff, New Staff Announcements

Graham Hammill, former Chair of the Department of English, began his appointment as Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School on August 1st.  

In his new position, Dr. Hammill will provide leadership to the Graduate School and a vision for graduate and professional education at UB.  Among his responsibilities will be promoting the development of innovative graduate and professional programs and coordination of the approval process for new academic degree programs.

Please congratulate and welcome Dean Hammill.


Student Support Services (SSS) Program Awarded Funding

Posted by Marketing & Communications on September 8, 2015 in Departments, News

UB’s Student Support Services (SSS) program was recently awarded five years of funding from the United States Department of Education, so that SSS can continue to serve 275 students annually through August of 2020.

SSS is a retention and graduation program that supports first-generation and lower-income undergraduates by providing holistic advising, tutoring, mentoring, workshops, and cultural programming. In continuous operation at UB since 1989, SSS has helped hundreds of students at UB achieve their goals while at UB and after graduation.

Learn more about UB’s SSS program at their web site:


Honors College Administrative Director Appointed

Posted by Marketing & Communications on August 31, 2015 in Academic Affairs Staff, New Staff Announcements

The Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education is pleased to announce Karyn St. George as the new Administrative Director of the Honors College.

Karyn was doing an excellent job as the interim administrative director, and was always going to be a top candidate for the permanent job — a fact we confirmed through the course of a nationwide search led by Professor Barbara Bono of the English department. This search presented many wonderfully qualified and committed individuals for consideration. In the end, Karyn emerged as a unanimous choice. Please congratulate Karyn and welcome her to her new role.