Stephanie Rodriguez, an EOP student was just awarded the Diversity Abroad Honors Scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester. She will be studying in in Madrid, Spain this fall of 2016 at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Stephanie states, “I am very excited to study abroad next semester and it would not be possible without my advisor Kirkshinta Turnispeed whom will be deeply missed when she is gone “.
The EOP Program at UB welcomes their newest Senior Counselor, Sarah Piraino to the program. Ms. Piraino, although new to the EOP program is not new UB. Sarah has worked for Cora P. Maloney College for eleven years. In 2005 she was hired as an Academic Advisor with UB’s ACE (Access to College Excellence) program. As she transitioned to the EOP Program is a Senior Counselor in fall of 2015, she states “I will truly miss my ACE students, because I am close with so many of them over the years. I wish I could take them all with me into my new position!”
Sarah became interested in Higher Education after working as an Addictions Counselor for several years through Cazenovia Recovery Systems Inc. She received her Master’s Degree from Buffalo State College in 2005, around the same time she began working at UB. “I came to UB and just fell in love with Higher Education. After several stints of working in fields that were all wrong for me, Higher Education was the perfect fit. I knew it was my life’s work because it didn’t feel like work at all. I love what I do every day. I look forward to my job. I am blessed to be able to have a career that I love. I know that everyone does not have this privilege.”
In her free time Sarah stays busy with her ten year old boy/girl twins, Anthony and Adriana. “They are so much fun! Anthony wants to be a Podiatrist and Adriana wants to be a Teacher. They are so funny!” She enjoys writing, reading, shopping, playing piano, attending performances and being with family. A lot of people wouldn’t know that Sarah has her undergraduate degree in Theatre from UB! She is certainly a multi-faceted Counselor with many unique and strategic tools for helping students to be successful.
Among the many duties and responsibilities of her Counseling position, Sarah serves as the EOP Academic Intervention Program (AIP) Coordinator.
She works closely with students experiencing academic difficulties to ensure that they are offered tools for academic success and recovery. “If you are in academic difficulty, it is important to reach out to your assigned Counselor or Advisor promptly so they can help you to understand your options and work to get you back on track for academic success.”
The EOP program is pleased to have Sarah as the newest edition to the Counseling team. Be sure to stop in and introduce yourself if you have not yet met her. She will be happy to hear from you.
Charleston Joseph, a graduate of the University at Buffalo and an EOP student 2012, made the News and Events at Buffalo State. Charleston is a graduate intern helping students succeed at Buffalo State College. He is also fundraising to help send 9 Buffalo State students to Haiti. The purpose of their trip is to share and learn from the community of Borgne in Haiti. Charleston is helping to sell $20 t-shirts to raise money. Each t-shirt reads “Ayiti Cheri”, which means “my sweet Haiti”.
Checkout Charleston’s Facebook page for more information about the trip to Haiti.
Posted by CPMC Staff on April 6, 2016 in Student Highlights
The desire to become a physician was a conviction of mine from an early age. I entered UB knowing what I wanted to do and the sacrifices that I had to make in order to fulfill my dreams. I chose Biomedical Sciences as my major, and seeming as an act of providence, I was introduced to individuals who were in the position to point to and ajar doors that were beyond my perception. I have spent the past two summers after entering UB at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University participating in clinical research and learning fundamental aspects of clinical practices. Now, I am looking forward to what is in store for me from being a participant in the Summer 2016 CLIMB UP research program here at UB. The CLIMB UP programs has UB students working with UB physicians scientists and research faculty.
Congratulations Garfield Walker, an EOP, CSTEP, SSS and Honors student.
Posted by Marketing & Communications on April 5, 2016 in Staff Highlights
We want to congratulate Letitia Thomas, PhD on her new position working with STEM diversity programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Letitia worked with CPMC for 13 years managing the Access to College Excellence program, the Daniel Acker Scholarship Program and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). She will be much missed in CPMC but we look forward to continuing our collaborations with her in her new role.
Posted by CPMC Staff on February 24, 2015 in Staff Highlights
Dr. James L. Ramsey celebrates his 30 years at the University at Buffalo and at EOP!
Featured in the picture are Dr. Scott Weber, Dr. James L. Ramsey and Dr. Tracy Johnson
Posted by CPMC Staff on December 18, 2014 in Staff Highlights
Shanna Crump-Owens, Director of UB’s CSTEP, was selected by Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) to be recognized as the Hometown Hero of the Game this past Sunday for her volunteer work with Upstate New York Transplant Services during the past 4 years. In addition to being featured in a promo highlighting her volunteer work during the Bills game, she was also provided with pre-game access to sideline activities and to the heated and catered M & T suite. Shanna earned this honor, in part, due to winning a 3-year grant that funds a service learning program in CSTEP. Approximately a dozen CSTEP students at UB are trained to be community health educators, who then work in underrepresented communities to educate people about organ donation and to secure organ donation commitments.
Shanna Crump-Owens pictured center
Posted by CPMC Staff on February 28, 2014 in Student Highlights
Congratulations to Ms. Shante’ White on being accepted to the University at Buffalo School of Medicine this Fall 2014! Shante who is an Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program student and UB graduate has always been exceptional. She was the EOP Summer Bridge Program Highest Honor Scholar and immediately accepted in to the UB School of Nursing upon application with a 3.727. Ms. White’s was also awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence as well as graduating with high academic honors in Nursing (cumulative QPA of 3.774).
Photo depicts Shante White, Educational Opportunity Program Student Heading to Medical School
CSTEP students are in the news. Below you will read about Christ Ange receiving a scholarship and Ledum Nordee an alumnus of CSTEP. In additional, two CSTEP students Michael Singletary and Melissa Pierre-Louis talk about their amazing internship opportunities.
Scholar Profile: UBAA Willie R. Evans Legacy Scholarship
The Legacy Scholarship program was established by the University at Buffalo Alumni Association (UBAA) through its board of directors to assist currently enrolled students who are children or grandchildren of UB alumni. The Legacy Scholarship, which was instituted in 2008, was renamed the Willie R. Evans Legacy Scholarship in 2009. When we think of the word “legacy”, we think of an inheritance – something valuable handed down; the concept of connectedness – as in a family; and heritage – the traditions, pride, and spirit. Willie R. Evans, a 1960 UB graduate, embodies all of those principles. As a student, he was part of the UB family; in particular, Willie played UB football and was a member of the 1958 UB Bulls football team that turned down an invitation to appear in the Tangerine Bowl because Evans and another black teammate would not be allowed to play alongside white players. As an alumnus, he has maintained his involvement with the university for decades. Willie has been involved with the UBAA since 1972. He is a lifetime member of the association, past president of the UBAA Board of Directors, and can be found at most University events still lending his support.
This Fall, Christ Ange, or “Angel” to those who know her, was awarded the Legacy Scholarship for $3,000. She also participated in the 2013 CSTEP Summer Research Program where she worked as an intern with Dr. Rajendram Rajnarayanan of UB’s Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology. Angel is currently in the process of applying to UB’s School of Pharmacy and hopes to begin her studies in the Fall of 2014. Congratulations Angel!
CSTEP’s Outstanding Alumni
Ledum Nordee, Engineer
Degree(s) year of graduation: Electrical Engineering, B.S. 2008
Original City: New York, NY
Current City: Waltham, MA
Current Job Position: Power System Engineer, Eaton Corporation
Community Involvement: Active participant of United Way Corporate Partnership
Organizations And Affiliations: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Alumni, IEEE
One fond memory of UB and/or CSTEP: As a CSTEP undergraduate research scholarship recipient (2007-2008), I was privileged to participate in the many activities setup by CSTEP to enhance academic experiences at UB beyond the classroom. I had the opportunity to get involved for the first time with a focused group of students and faculty who shared a common interest in promoting excellence in the STEM fields and gave students hands-on innovative science projects to work on.
Who you would like to thank: Shanna Crump-Owens, for her leadership encouragement and advisory assistance. Patricia Greer and Mary Boateng for their continuous friendship and patronage. Lastly, I like to thank Dr. Kwang Oh, who served as my research faculty advisor and continues to mentor me through my career in engineering.
Research Intern Spotlights:
Summer Mentor: Dr. Jessica Zirnheld, Assistant Professor
Internship Placement: Energy Systems Institute
Michael Singletary, Electrical Engineering. My research topic is “Phase and Ground Distance Relay”. This research focuses on protective relays, devices used to monitor and protect power systems, cutting the power of a specific area in the system in an effort to isolate the issue preventing any major damage. This Summer, I was introduced to the SEL-321 Phase and Ground Distance Relay, a device lent to the lab from the company Megger. Our research assists in the development of simulation algorithms used in categorizing faults, ensuring that whatever situation arises the relay will perform at a high degree of efficiency. Currently, I am tasked with researching new modes of implementation for relay protection. The CSTEP Summer Research Program isn’t just a program that provides research opportunities; it gave me access to alumni, scholarships, fellowships, friendships and networking. I learned that with being given opportunities, and taking advantage of them, you should also give back. These experiences inspired and motivated me to do the same for others.
Future Plans: To obtain a master’s degree in the field of electrical engineering. My dream job would be to work at a company that’s innovative, unpredictable, and efficient. Excitement is what I’m looking for in a career which is partly why I joined the military. My military career goal would be to become an officer in the U.S. Army completing airborne, air assault, and ranger school. Also, I would also love to continue engaging in research that searches for a new form of power with the ability to sustain the global economy and ultimately replace fossil fuel completely.
Summer Mentor: Dr. Larry Hawk, Associate Professor
Internship Placement: Department of Pscyhology
Melissa Pierre-Louis, Psychology. My research this past summer was “A Literature Review of the Effect of Incentives on Working Memory (WM) among Children with ADHD.” Affecting approximately 5% of children worldwide, ADHD is characterized by symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity, demonstrated in multiple settings. Future investigations should examine additional schedules and levels of reinforcements, which may normalize WM for children with
ADHD. In addition, this review revealed that studies have only been conducted in school-aged children. It is critical to examine the effect of incentives on daily demands on WM that arise in the classroom and at home. I am still an intern in Dr. Hawk’s lab, helping recruit participants for a dissertation project. In addition, I have expanded the project I completed over the summer by adding new, relevant articles. I will also be looking at how methylphenidate (MPH) improves WM. This experience has been amazing because not only was it educational and informative, but it was uplifting and made me feel like the sky is the limit. The environment and workshops through the CSTEP Summer Research Program prepared and trained me to further any professional career. The internship has opened my mind to research and helped me to consider multiple career options. Most importantly, it was inspiring being around a great number of successful people. Overall, I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Future Plans: I would like to attend medical school and become an Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Advocacy Day was Wednesday, February 12, 2014. There were seven students from UB who traveled by bus along with Denise Hare an EOP Counselor, to Albany. The students were Lin Peng Gao, Dominique Case, Isaiah Davis, Ying San Leung, Emily Li, Dakwame Stewart, and Travis West. Along with the University at Buffalo students, there were also students from Fredonia, Geneseo, and the Buffalo Center.
Below is the press release for Assemblyman Ceretto where he is shown with three UB students and Tom Tucker, President of Buffalo Center Chapter of UUP.
Assemblyman John Ceretto (R,C,I-Lewiston) welcomed three students from the University of Buffalo to the Capitol to discuss the importance of education as it relates to the success of New York State’s next generation. The students, Travis West, Emily Li and Dakwame Stewart, talked with Ceretto about their college experience, college costs and student aid, how they can best prepare to enter the workforce, and the resources that higher education needs to deliver the best education possible.
“The New York we are creating now is the one that the next generation of New Yorkers will live in long after my generation is gone. Given the struggles that young adults are facing with debt and the lack of job opportunities, it was great to hear their perspective on what direction our state needs to take. I thank them for coming and sharing their thoughts,” said Ceretto.
Assemblyman John Ceretto pictured with University of Buffalo students Dekwame Stewart, Emily Li, Travis West, and United University Professions Chapter President Thomas Tucker at the Capitol.