Meet Our Students and Alumni

Classics students in Sperlonga.

Classics students and faculty visit Sperlonga, Italy

Meet Jake, the Department of Classics undergraduate Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences. College Ambassadors are student volunteers who have been nominated by faculty and staff after demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and community engagement. 

Jake Pawlush.
Jake Pawlush

What's your best advice for new students?
My advice for new students is no matter the class, study hard and work harder, it will pay off in the end. I would advise against, however, all-nighters. They are never worth it. Learning proper time management is key in order to avoid them.

Alumni Testimonials

A heartfelt thank you to these amazing alums for sharing their stories with us!

William Duffy.
William Duffy, PhD '11

After finishing my PhD this past spring, I am about to cast off from fair Buffalo for San Antonio, Texas, where I will be a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Classics and Philosophy at the University of Texas San Antonio. My six years at UB were the best of my life, and I will always remember the professors, staff, and fellow graduate students who helped me get to where I am today. When I arrived at UB in 2005, I was an eager, but very raw, young BA who had minimal knowledge of Ancient History and Archaeology. The UB Classics Department’s curriculum gave me the chance to create a foundation in these areas while developing my primary research interest of Ancient Greek Epic. As a result, I acquired the multifaceted expertise in the ancient world needed to call myself a true classicist. This varied background, along with the help of Carolyn Higbie and my peerless thesis committee, proved vital in the writing of my dissertation, which included elements from throughout the Greek and Roman literary tradition. While my time at Buffalo may be finished for now, the knowledge and memories I’ve gained will keep me tethered to 338 Fillmore (the coolest department office at UB) forever. Thanks, and go Bulls!