We are pleased to announce that Theresa LeClerc and Sarah Machajewski joined our academic affairs marketing and communications staff as senior writer/editor on June 6.
Theresa is a UB graduate in communications and has an extensive and impressive private industry employment record in advertising, public relations, marketing and development. She is joining us directly from Erie 1 BOCES where she supported the internal and external communication needs of superintendents in four area school districts. This post required her to build solid relationships with diverse educational communities while managing crisis communications, brand development, strategic planning and print and digital product development. In order to meet her concurrent commitments to her district clients, Theresa rotated from one school to another throughout each week. All of her contacts in these districts praised her ability to meet each superintendent’s rigorous performance requirements.
Sarah, a western New York native, is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she earned a BA in English Literature and History. She also served as editor-in-chief of HerCampus online magazine. She is comfortable in many work settings – on-site and as a remote contributor – performing research, developing content, performing interviews, providing editorial review and developing and managing social media. Her most recent position was with Rosen Publishing, in Buffalo, as associate editor. In that role she developed curricular books for pre-K through 12 audiences – taking them from concept to publication. Her scope of responsibilities included collaborating with authors, editors, designers, freelancers and company executives to ensure products which maintained high quality standards and enforced the Rosen Publishing brand.
Both Theresa and Sarah are located in the Marketing and Communications suite in 214 Talbert Hall.
The Academic Affairs Annual Picnic will be held on Wed., July 20, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Details will be added regularly.
RSVP and learn about the contests and events at this year’s picnic.
Join Lee H. Melvin, John Gottardy and Teresa Miller to learn insider tips on helping your child navigate the final decision in the college choice process. Our panel will present on topics and concerns that parents and students need to resolve by the May 1 enrollment deposit date. Select from the remaining dates on South Campus (April 5 or April 12) and get all of your questions answered.
The Office of the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management is coordinating promotional events to encourage students to register for classes at UB over the summer. Our next event, Hit a Home run with UBThisSummer, will take place on Monday, April 18th in the Student Union from 11:00am – 3:00pm. We will be serving up hotdogs while giving students an opportunity to win some great prizes.
Volunteers are needed between the hours of 11:00am – 4:00pm to help by serving hotdogs, asking summer trivia questions, handing out prizes, and assisting with clean-up. If you or a colleague are interested in volunteering, please email Jennifer Markee at firstname.lastname@example.org with the hours you would be available to assist.
I write to inform you that as of March 14th, Letitia Thomas, PhD, Assistant Vice Provost of Cora P. Maloney College (CPMC), will be taking a new position working with STEM diversity programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Letitia has been with CPMC since 1993, where she has been the Advising Administrator for the Access to College Excellence program, the Daniel Acker Scholarship Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). She has been the Principal Investigator on a series of important NSF grants, as well as taught courses in Social Justice and Public Service. Throughout her career, Letitia has worked tirelessly to increase access and opportunity for underrepresented, first generation and low income students, and has been especially successful mentoring students in the STEM fields, work for which she has received national recognition from organizations such as NACADA and the Western New York Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education. In 2011, she received a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service.
Letitia’s wealth of experience and advocacy for minority STEM students is what led to her being recruited into SEAS, where she will oversee efforts to diversify the school by working to increase equity and inclusion in student and faculty recruitment through pipeline programs and liaison with the UB STEM Collaborative. In addition, Letitia will continue her work with LSAMP, serve as a resource for grant writing and STEM outreach, and continue to use her network of state and national contacts to provide greater paths to success for minority participation in STEM.
This is a wonderful new direction for SEAS and a fantastic opportunity for UB show proactive leadership in this important area of national need. Letitia is the perfect fit for this position, and while she will be much missed in CPMC and by all those who have worked closely with her, we look forward to continuing our collaborations with her in her new role. Please join me in congratulating Letitia on this exciting new job.
All the best,
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,
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.
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.
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!