Orientation, Transition & Parent Programs

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UB's Transition Specialists

"Our number one priority is to help you define and achieve your success here at the University at Buffalo. Success can mean a lot of things, and we're here to help you figure out what it means for you."

Transitioning into a new place can be difficult. At such a large university, it's hard to know where to start when you have questions. As Transition Specialists, we want to be your first stop when you need help. We can help you problem-solve, find resources around campus, and whatever else you may need. We would love to connect with you. Please use the form below to ask a question or make an appointment. We look forward to meeting you!

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And, of course, if you just need to talk to someone, we're here for that, too.

If you are a faculty or staff member, please call us at 716-645-6125.

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Courtney Witherspoon
I am a very proud Buffalo native, and I'm excited to be back home. I completed my bachelor's degree in Journalism Studies-Broadcast with a minor in Spanish at Utica College and I have a masters degree in higher education from Syracuse University. I discovered my passion for helping others very early in life, and I feel extremely fortunate to do it every day. I had an awesome undergraduate experience and I want everyone to have their own version of the best experience possible.

I am active in my sorority, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc., and I love spending time with my friends and family, cooking, eating, reading, playing and watching basketball, and dancing--always dancing. I can't wait to meet you!

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Chrissy Daniel
I am from a small-town in Ohio and went to another MAC-school, Bowling Green State University in Ohio for a B.S. in Business. I was drawn very quickly to supporting and connecting new students at the beginning of their college career; I have spent many summers helping new students during orientation programs. After completing my master's work in Georgia where I studied college student affairs, I began working at UB and have come to love both the Buffalo and UB communities! When I'm not at UB, you can find me running, exploring Elmwood Village, or watching great television. I look forward to connecting with YOU to help you make the University at Buffalo a new home.

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Matt Ardila-Weigand
I started at UB as a first-year student hailing from Horseheads, NY, and after a few hesitant and uncomfortable weeks, I realized that my college experience was going to be as good (or as bad) as I made it. While it's different for everybody, for me that meant trying out a few student clubs, talking to my advisor about undergraduate research opportunities, and learning as much as possible from the classes I enjoyed the most. Four years later, I graduated with not just a degree but with a true education - about myself, other people, and the world. Because of that transformative experience at UB, I stayed here for my master's and PhD degrees, and have committed myself professionally to help all students get the most out of their college experience. I can't wait to meet you and talk about what you're hoping for out of your time at UB - and how we can help make sure you achieve that.

Away from UB, I love to travel as often as possible - visiting family and friends around the country and the world, or just exploring new places. When I'm at home, I enjoy cooking, taking on some new challenge, working with local community organizations, and relaxing with a book or binge-watching an occasional TV series.

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Orientation, Transition & Parent Programs | Suite 112, Student Union | University at Buffalo | Buffalo, NY 14260-2100 | Tel: (716) 645-6125 | Toll-free: (877) 434-0665 | Fax: (716) 645-3351 | Director: Matthew Ardila-Weigand | E-Mail: General