CPMC News
Thursday
04/28/16

New to EOP, Sarah Piraino

Posted by CPMC Staff on April 28, 2016 in Program Highlights, Staff Highlights, Uncategorized

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.

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Sarah Piraino

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.

Thursday
04/14/16

One of Our Own – Charleston Joseph

Posted by CPMC Staff on April 14, 2016 in Student Highlights, Uncategorized

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”.
Read the News and Events at Buffalo State article:  https://newsandevents.buffalostate.edu/news/graduate-intern-helps-eop-students-reach-finish-lineVisit
Checkout Charleston’s Facebook page for more information about the trip to Haiti.
Wednesday
04/06/16

Garfield Walker to Participate in CLIMB UP

Posted by CPMC Staff on April 6, 2016 in Student Highlights

garfield33The 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.

Tuesday
04/05/16

Letitia Thomas moving to Engineering and Applied Sciences

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.