An article in The Wall Street Journal listing “The Best Architecture of 2014” includes UB’s Solar Strand, calling the 3,200-panel, ground-mounted photovoltaic array a “small but telling model of landscape architecture at its most forward-thinking.”
Envisioning energy as part of the cultural and built landscape, the Solar Strand stands at the main entrance to UB’s North Campus and provides a striking but practical campus gateway. The 750-kilowatt array generates enough energy to power hundreds of student apartments while offsetting the emission of nearly 400 tons of greenhouse gases annually.
“At a time when fields of PV panels and wind turbine ‘farms’ are a reality, planted in vast undifferentiated arrays that assault the eye, not to mention birds and other animals, Solar Strand offers a thoughtful alternative,” writes Julie V. Iovine, the Journal’s architecture critic.
The array was designed by the celebrated landscape architect, artist and educator Walter Hood, who was selected through an international design competition sponsored by UB.
The design competition, which attracted an initial field of 23 artists and landscape architects from around the world, called for a solar array that would be integrated into the campus landscape, accessible to students and the community, and representative of a new design vocabulary for solar installations around the world.
José Aviles, director of admissions at the University of Delaware, has been named associate vice provost and director of admissions at UB.
The announcement was made on Monday by Lee H. Melvin, UB vice provost for enrollment management.
In his new position, Aviles will oversee development of proactive student recruitment initiatives and innovative strategies to promote recognition of the UB brand, as well as increase contacts with prospective students through various media and technologies. He also will be responsible for the strategic development and leadership of domestic undergraduate recruitment programs.
“I am very excited to have José Aviles joining UB,” said A. Scott Weber, senior vice provost for academic affairs. “He has had great success at the University of Delaware and his vision for further elevating UB’s undergraduate admissions was broad-based, stimulating and will be exciting to see implemented.
“We are truly fortunate to have such a nationally recognized figure in the admission community lead UB’s efforts to recruit the very best undergraduates to our institution,” Weber said.
Aviles began his career in 1998 as an admissions counselor at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He then served as an admissions recruiter at Mercer County Community College in Trenton, New Jersey; assistant dean of admissions at Swarthmore College; assistant director of admissions and assistant director of education opportunity fund/maximizing academic potential (EOF/MAP) at Rowan University; and associate director and director of admissions at Millersville University.
He joined the University of Delaware as director of admissions in 2012.
The University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s online bachelor’s degree (RN – BS) has been named a “2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program.”
The nursing school has also been designated to use the U.S. News and World Report badge: “Best Online Program.”
The UB online RN – BS program, which can be completed in a 1-year or 2-year sequence, is designed for nurses who have already successfully completed a community college (associate’s degree) or hospital-based (diploma) nursing program and passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) for registered nurses.
It is offered in a user-friendly distance learning, asynchronous format that allows practicing nurses to attend school while maintaining employment.
The School of Nursing admitted its first class to the new online program in 2012 – 2013 and this is the first year the school has had the data to report.
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The holidays are over, but there’s still plenty of winter cheer to go around. This Saturday, the UBThisWinter Carnival will treat students, faculty, staff, alumni and their families to hot cocoa, prize giveaways, ice skating and all manner of winter fun.
What: UBThisWinter Carnival
When: Saturday, Jan. 10, from 1-4 p.m.
Where: The Student Union on UB’s North Campus in Amherst (see building No. 28 on this map). An outdoor Student Activities ice rink will be in operation nearby, weather permitting.
Why: The UBThisWinter Carnival is one way that the UB community — including students from outside the state and the country — is embracing the Buffalo winter.
Activities are expected to include carnival games, miniature golf, arts and crafts, basketball free throws, window painting, ice skating and more.
The carnival is part of UB’s winter session, which runs Jan. 5-23 and offers courses, study abroad programs and volunteer, community service and other activities to engage the UB community in the weeks between fall and spring semesters.
Roseanne C. Berger, MD, senior associate dean for graduate medical education in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is one of three leaders nationwide to be honored with a 2015 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Lead Award.
The honor, presented by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership, management, innovation and improvement of residency and medical fellowship programs.
Berger will receive her award Feb. 27 during the 2015 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in San Diego, Calif.
“This award is an honor because the nomination came from colleagues and residents,” says Berger, also an associate professor of family medicine and a geriatric medicine specialist.
UB’s Office of Admissions will be closed to the public from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2, in order for us to prepare for application review. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015.
Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!
The University at Buffalo’s engagement with partner organizations to restore and preserve Western New York’s natural environment has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The council’s Center for Green Schools named UB one of the 2014 “Best of Green Schools” recipients. The awards recognize 10 individuals, institutions, projects and events representing national leaders and innovators in school sustainability.
UB received its award under the “collaboration” category for work that began nearly 10 years ago and continues today to build cohesion among Western New York’s environmental organizations.
“The students, faculty and staff at the University at Buffalo are committed to promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship on and off campus. We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for our collective efforts,” said Dennis Black, vice president for university life and services.
The council cited UB’s work with the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (CFGB) on a host of initiatives including developing “Our Shared Agenda for Action,” a 485-page document that emphasizes collaboration while promoting smart growth policies, energy and climate change initiatives, the protection and preservation of natural resources and other environmental issues in Western New York.
The University at Buffalo was named a “Best College Value” for 2015 in rankings released by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in December.
The rankings are intended to show which schools are providing a quality education at an affordable price.
UB ranked 45th among public colleges nationwide, when considering the school’s in-state tuition, and 62nd when considering out-of-state tuition. The in-state ranking was an improvement of six spaces over 2014.
To see the rankings and learn more about the methodology, visit http://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/index.php.