Newsletter 8/30/16

Welcome (back!) to the School of Social Work at UB. This is your weekly GSA newsletter (mailed out every Monday in future weeks, excepting holidays), also available at (website access is a preferred reading style for people who use plaintext email). Here is the latest news from the Graduate Student Association of the School of Social Work:

Seeking Input:

The GSA each year has the responsibility of organizing the speaker at the commencement ceremony in May. We are collecting suggestions before the end of this week so that we may provide the student body with a pool to vote from and be finished with the selection process entirely by December. The commencement speaker should be someone who has worked in advancing social justice (whether as a formal social worker or not) and who has some experience speaking in front of large crowds. Please send suggestions to

The GSA still has a position available for Secretary (an elected office), and multiple openings for senators (an appointed office) this year. Application, position and voting details will be discussed at the year’s first meeting, on September 19th from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Students who cannot make that meeting but are interested in applying for the positions should contact Instructions on voting will also be included in the GSA newsletter during the week when voting begins.

The collective GSA has requested the following email be forwarded to all graduate students. It regards the Mark Diamond Research Fund, a grant for thesis and dissertation funding.

“Dear Current or Former UB Graduate Student,

The Graduate Student Senate commissioned an ad hoc committee to review the policies and procedures of the Mark Diamond Research Fund (“MDRF”) during the summer months of 2016.  The Committee has constructed the following survey to obtain data and feedback from current and past graduate students who have applied for MDRF funds, were awarded MDRF funds, or served on an MDRF Review Council.  

This anonymous survey should take five (5) minutes or less to complete, but will provide valuable data and a wide range of student perspectives to enhance the utility of the MDRF for the benefit of the graduate student population as a whole.  The survey can be accessed via this link:  

On behalf of the Graduate Student Association and Senate, thank you for your time and survey response.

Michael Charles Cimasi, Esq.
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Chair, Mark Diamond Research Fund Policy Committee
Graduate Student Association
310 Student Union
SUNY at Buffalo – North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260
Tel:  (716) 560-1171
Fax: (716) 833-6208


The first meeting of the SSW GSA will be held on 9/19 from 12:30 to 1:30PM in Baldy Hall. Exact location details will be provided as the event approaches. The SSWGSA is currently working on alternatives including recorded or online broadcast meetings, or even potentially having meetings at multiple times to allow great input from varying schedules and online students. Please contact with suggestions.

Conversation Project

If you are interested in the Conversation Project but cannot attend one of these sessions, please contact Rob Brandon.

The collective Graduate Student Association is sponsoring the following events this month:


We hope your first week is going smoothly!

Your SSWGSA Officers


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