Gym/Recreation Facility Access – New UB Fee

Dear Graduate Students:

The GSA would like to inform you of a new fee being charged to graduate students by the Department of Recreation and Intramurals. This fee is voluntary and will only impact you if you want to use recreation facilities. Currently, graduate students do not pay the athletic fee component of the comprehensive fee for the use of UB recreation facilities. This was done to try to keep grad student fees as low as possible. Please be advised that as of June 1st you will not be able to enter gym/recreation facilities unless you pay the new fee. The following message explains the new fee and was received from UB Recreation yesterday:

The Recreation and Intramurals department has implemented a graduate student membership rate for graduate students who use our recreation facilities. The graduate student membership rate will only be required for those graduate students who use our facilities and services. The membership rates for graduate students are as follows: annual membership $169, semester membership $74 and monthly membership $20. For a complete list of our membership rates:

As you know, graduate students do not pay the athletic fee component in the comprehensive fee accessed to all students enrolled at the University. A portion of the comprehensive athletic fee helps to fund Recreation and Intramurals. See comprehensive fee breakdown. In the past we have extended a courtesy to graduate students to use our facilities. However, we have had to make tough financial decisions such as implementing this membership rate.

Graduate students can purchase memberships at the member services offices at Clark Hall on South Campus or Alumni Arena on North Campus. All memberships include access to both Alumni Arena and Clark Hall. These facilities include the fitness centers, pools, racquetball courts, gymnasiums, Alumni Arena jogging track, and Clark Hall cardio room.

I appreciate your assistance in sharing this information GSA. If you have questions, feel free to give me a call at 645-2307.

Thanks and have a great day!

Sharon S. Sanford |Associate AD for Recreation and Sport Management
University at Buffalo | Division of Athletics
154 Alumni Arena | Buffalo, NY | 14260-5000
O: 716.645.2307 | F: 716.645.6329

GSA Election and Referendum Results

The GSA Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2015-2016 GSA Officer Elections and Referendum:


Christopher Atkinson: 299 votes
Kristin Slonsky: 241 votes
(89 abstentions)

Vice President:

Amy Miu: 498 votes (131 abstentions)


Karl Reza Sarvestani: 515 votes (114 abstentions)

These elected candidates will officially take office as of June 1, 2015.

Referendum Results:

Mandatory: 415

Voluntary: 214

Thank you to all of the students who voted!


GSA Election Committee

Kevin Stout (EC Chair)
Joshua Flaccavento (EC)
Alison Vitale (EC)
Juhi Roy (EC)
Luis Ulloa (EC)

GSA Officer Elections and Referendum Vote- April 6th-9th

A “Mandatory” vote will maintain all GSA funding and services for graduate students.
A “Voluntary” vote will end all funding and services- GSA will no longer exist!

Have you ever applied for GSA conference funding? Has your student or department club held an event you enjoyed? Have you received free help from the Editorial Assistance program? Been to SBI Legal Assistance or the Student Medical Insurance office? Then you have benefited from the Graduate Mandatory Student Activity Fee! This fee funds GSA and Sub Board I services.

The State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees Guidelines requires all student governments to hold a referendum bi-annually for students to decide whether to continue the Mandatory Student Activity Fee, or to switch to a voluntary fee. A voluntary fee will mean that there isn’t enough money to fund these essential student services.

On April 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graduate students can vote “mandatory” to keep these services alive. The mandatory student activity fee is collected from graduate students and then distributed to graduate students in the form of club funding, academic support, social events and other services. The GSA is currently funding more than 60 Departmental clubs, 10 International clubs and 15 Special Interest clubs. The current fee will not be raised as done in the past.

Please, help us to keep a well inter-connected graduate student community at UB by ensuring our future with your “MANDATORY” vote.


Voting will take place online via a link on the GSA website from 12:00am on Monday, April 6th through 11:59pm on Thursday, April 9th. You will just need your UB-IT name and password in order to log-in. Please cast your vote!

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GSA Winter Break Schedule

Please note the GSA Office’s Schedule for the Winter Break:

December 8th – 12th: Regular Business Hours (Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm)

December 15th – 18th: Summer Hours (Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm)

GSA Office will be closed from December 19th until January 12th

January 12th – 22nd: Summer Hours (Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm)

GSA Office will be closed on Monday, January 19th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance

Regular Business Hours resume on January 26th




Jingle Jangle Jam this Friday!

11th Annual Jingle Jangle Jam Semi-Formal


Holiday Martini

WHEN: Friday, December 5th from 8pm to 12am

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel (200 Delaware Ave. in Downtown Buffalo)


Tickets on sale now at the SBI Ticket Offices (221 Student Union and 350 Harriman Hall) for $25 each/$30 at the door (if tickets are still available). 2 per UB ID. Limited quantity available. First come, first served

The first 50 people to buy tickets will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win two Sabres tickets! Additional prizes will be raffled off throughout the night.

*Please remember to bring photo ID as proof of age to the event. EVERYONE WILL BE CARDED AT THE DOOR!