Welcome Weekend is the official kick-off to the fall semester for new students. During Welcome Weekend, you will prepare for academics at UB, explore resources and connect with other students.
The College's Academics Day program for new students will begin at 10 a.m. in the UB Center for the Arts (CFA). Be sure to attend and participate in order to start off strong with your academic department!
Take it from UB’s mascot, Victor E. Bull – there’s a lot to talk about in the College of Arts and Sciences! You can choose your own adventure by selecting which VicTalk sessions you’d like to attend and explore everything that the College has to offer.
Lance Rintamaki • Communication
Melanie Aceto • Theatre and Dance
Want to be productive, maximize your learning potential, and do great things while you are here at UB? In this dance performance and talk, Professor Melanie Aceto will embody breath, slumber and physical practice in her solo “Vent”, and share thoughts on how your physical well-being informs your academic success.
Julia Shapiro • Mathematics
Student Julia Shapiro will share the inside scoop on the where to eat and study on campus, fun activities and more!
Allison Dwyer Emory • Sociology
Nearly 65 million Americans have criminal records that make it difficult for them to find work, undermining their ability to support themselves and their families. Frustratingly, many of the policies meant to improve access to employment have failed to increase employment levels. Instead, policies like ban-the-box, employment discrimination laws, and limited criminal record access have been found to decrease employment among young men from racial minorities even if they haven’t come into contact with the criminal justice system personally. This research ultimately demonstrates that ignoring the correlation between racial discrimination and criminal record discrimination makes it hard to solve either social problem.
Meghan Sullivan • Chemistry
Meghan Sullivan, an undergraduate researcher in the inorganic chemistry laboratory of Professor Timothy Cook, will present a taste of the UB Chemistry Department from an undergraduate viewpoint. She hopes a cinematic experience may just open your eyes to how exciting chemistry can be at the University at Buffalo! The field is full of opportunity and UB is the right place for exploration and research. So, “keep your ion the prize," and become part of UB Chemistry!
Michelle Benson-Saxton • Political Science
Professor Michelle Benson-Saxton will discuss if it might ever be in a country's interest to have less power or control over global affairs. Is it best for powerful states (like the U.S.) to call of all the shots in international interactions? Or, is it sometimes in every state's interest to pursue consensus and collaboration?
Mary Dixon • Anthropology
What is archaeology really? Is Indiana Jones the painted picture of what it truly means to be an explorer, or is he an actual archaeologist? To put it into simple terms, it is a bit of both. Student Mary Dixon will break down what archaeology truly is when comparing it to the famous Indiana Jones and also explain the importance of archaeology in understanding how we, as a culture and society, work.
Wendy Quinton • Psychology
Professor Wendy Quinton will showcase the breadth and versatility of the field of psychology, illustrate how psychological science is critical to our understanding and response to challenges we face in the 21st century and highlight the work of UB psychologists in these efforts.
Rachel Jennetti • Media Study
Rachel Jennetti, a fourth-year film student, will teach newcomers how to navigate the world of film through the lens of the new student.
Julia Shapiro • Mathematics
Emma Correia • Romance Languages and Literatures
This presentation will focus on experiential learning opportunities available to undergraduate students of all majors. Students Julia Shapiro and Emma Correia will highlight how to find and apply for experiences that will enrich your academic journey. Early involvement in these opportunities increases your hands-on experience in your field of interest and enhances your professional profile.
John Opera • Art
Photography as a medium is often interpreted as a kind of symbolic reflector, duplicating and transmitting faithful appearances of the world. But what’s behind it all? By taking a closer look at the natural phenomena that underlie photography, we can perhaps better understand the profound connections between ourselves, the planet, and the non-human world.
Mike Rembis • History
What do Darth Vader, Harriet Tubman and Franklin D. Roosevelt have in common? They all have different types of disabilities. Disability is everywhere in history and culture. The UB Center for Disability Studies, which has its administrative home in the Department of History, but draws on the work of faculty from across campus, is part of a growing global network of scholars, artists, and community leaders dedicated to studying disability and disabled people in their social, cultural, and historical contexts – from ancient times to the present, in the United States and the world.
David Castillo • Romance Languages and Literatures
While disinformation may be as old as humanity, spreading lies is exponentially easier in our media environment. At its core, the vulnerability of the “information market” stems from the blind trust that the market itself enjoys as the neutral guarantor of democratic freedoms, particularly at a time when “market values” have come to govern just about every aspect of our lives. The very notion that the market (whether the market of goods or the market of information) is a level playing field has proven to be a dangerous liability.
Alexis Harrell • Sociology
This presentation will discuss the recent social justice focus of society, delving into university-wide and sociology-specific initiatives, including programming, committees, clubs, and courses that address inequalities. You will learn how to create a safer, more inclusive environment for minoritized groups while also prioritizing your mental health.
Kristin Poinar • Geology
For all of human existence, glaciers have sat in Antarctica, Greenland and sometimes Canada and Europe. Long before humans, planet Earth got stuck in a strange situation: glaciers entirely covered it, from the poles all the way to the equator. From space, Earth looked like a giant white snowball, completely unrecognizable. Professor Kristin Poinar will share what Earth was like during this extreme climate, how it got there, and how our planet eventually broke free of Snowball Earth.
Susan Clark • Environment and Sustainability
Many sources have documented a steady increase in the occurrence of natural disasters as well as an even larger increase in associated economic losses and people impacted. Recent cases of extreme heat, wildfire, hurricanes, ice storms and even the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the urgency and importance of helping vulnerable communities prepare and adapt to future hazards and risks. In her talk, Professor Susan Clark will provide an overview of her research that brings together important issues of sustainability in the context of community resilience. She will discuss some of her local work on climate vulnerability in Erie County, N.Y. as well as her current research that is investigating the impacts of power outages in Puerto Rico, following Hurricane Maria in 2017, as well as the aftermath of Winter Strom Uri in Texas earlier this year.
In the afternoon you’ll have the opportunity to eat lunch in any of the campus dining facilities and then either attend a department event, visit our tabling session again or participate in a scavenger hunt for fun prizes.
Complete our photo scavenger hunt and recieve a bundle of College of Arts and Sciences swag! Scavenger hunt teams may be comprised of 1-5 people. Here’s how to enter:
1. Follow @UB_artsandsciences on Instagram
2. Snap all ten challenge photos (list below)
3. Post them to Instagram in a multi-photo timeline post and tag us @UB_artsandsciences. Make sure your account is public or we won't be able to see your post!
The scavenger hunt will run until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 29. We will randomly select the winners and contact them via direct message sometime the week of August 30.
Scavenger Hunt Photos:
Extra credit: Bring It On: Bulls Edition! Film a cheer routine TikTok-style outside the UB Stadium.
Noon and 1 p.m.
|Tours departing from table in the Center for the Arts atrium|
|Biological Sciences||1-1:55 p.m.||215 Natural Sciences Complex|
|Communication||1-3 p.m.||3rd floor walkway, Baldy Hall|
|Economics||1-2:30 p.m.||408 and 454 Fronczak Hall|
|Mathematics||2 p.m.||Tour departing from table in the Center for the Arts atrium|
|Media Study||1 p.m.||Tour departing from the top of the main stairs in the Center for the Arts|
|Music||1-1:30 p.m.||Lippes Concert Hall, Slee Hall|
|Physics||12:30 p.m.||Fronczak Hall tunnel|
|Psychology||12:30-3 p.m.||Walkway between Park Hall and Jacobs Hall|
|Sociology||1-3 p.m.||427 Park Hall|
Face coverings will be required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals at these events. Review the latest UB Health and Safety Guidelines for the most up-to-date information.