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New Graduate School Website

Posted by Marketing & Communications on March 29, 2016 in Departments, News

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Graduate School’s new website, located at The new Graduate School website was created collaboratively by Graduate Enrollment Management Services (GEMS), the Graduate School, and the Office of International Admissions with assistance from University Communications. This website is designed to attract new students, retain current students, and support alumni on a global scale. Our new site fully integrates the needs of international graduate students and also includes a revitalized intranet, which is designed to improve graduate and professional processing and operations across UB.

Over the last few weeks, many of you were able to preview the new website and provide feedback. The Graduate Web Team received numerous helpful suggestions, many of which have been implemented. We thank you for your valuable input.

Website Highlights:

  • Dynamic and flexible homepage featuring student, faculty and alumni stories from each academic unit, with three stories that will rotate from among the academic units. The homepage may also be used for major announcements or events.
  • New top navigation based on the student lifecycle with dynamic calls to action for each major step in graduate education, from recruitment to graduation and beyond.
  • Integrated international student content, which is reinforced with a blue background and globe icon throughout the website.
  • Updated and mobile-optimized list of academic programs which are directly connected to department websites and maintained through GrAdMIT.
  • Step-by-step instructions for applying to UB as a graduate or professional student.
  • Step-by-step instructions for new graduate or professional students getting started at UB.
  • Graduate policies and procedures now completely maintained within the CMS.
  • A completely mobile friendly interface.

Intranet Highlights:

  • New top navigation based on the needs of internal audiences, with calls to action for each major section.
  • Quick links to regularly used tools and resources.
  • Operational admissions reports including application activity, demographic and geographic data, completion and yield rates, and historical GRE, GPA and TOEFL trends of graduate students at UB.
  • New and improved graduate toolbox which includes extensive resources and how-to guides to help our internal audiences navigate through various graduate processes.
  • New page called “Programs in the Hopper” with up-to-date information on the status of graduate and professional program proposals under review at SUNY and SED.
  • Information and meeting minutes for operational leadership meetings at the graduate level (faculty and staff only)

We would especially like to thank Holly Acito, Brittany Iannucci and Jessica Kane, who lead this complex and exciting project, for their excellent work and long hours.

Lee Melvin, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, and
Graham Hammill, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School


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.


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: