A Year-Long Celebration

SUNY Buffalo State College is celebrating an amazing milestone in the college’s history: its sesquicentennial anniversary! 

In September 2021, we will begin a year-long celebration featuring special events, speakers, performances, athletic competitions, and more.

As we look ahead to our next 150 years, we want you with us as we continue to believe, inspire, and achieve.

150th Anniversary Toolkit

150th logo in four colors

Add the college's 150th anniversary logo to your events, activities, programs, and promotional items.

150th Anniversary invitation
Invitation Templates
Invitation Templates

Promote official college sesquicentennial events.

Use Adobe Acrobat Pro's text edit function to customize. Print invitations at the campus Copy Center.

150th Anniversary Powerpoint templates
PowerPoint Templates
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Zoom Backgrounds
150th Anniversary e-mail signature
Email Signatures
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Phone Wallpapers
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Social Media Filters
Social Media Filters

150th Anniversary Events

Convocation TBA

Weeks of Welcome

School of Education Bengal Teachers Reunion September 9

Bengal Birthday Bash on the Plaza September 16

Buffalo State College Day September 17

Professional Development Schools Consortium Conference September 24

Bengals Dare to Care Day September 25

Buffalo State Foundation Golf and Tennis Scholarship Classic TBA

Homecoming Week September 27-October 3

Weeks of Welcome


Homecoming Week September 27-October 3

Homecoming Weekend October 1-3

Anne Frank Social Justice Festival October 13-15

Undergraduate Admissions Fall Open House October 17

150th Celebration: Science

150th Celebration: Multicultural Food with Dining Services 

Graduate Fair TBD

President's State of the College Address

Weeks of Welcome

150th Celebration: The Arts

Arboretum Big Dig TBD

Student Art Sale TBA

Weeks of Welcome

Burchfield Penney Art Sale TBA

"The Way We Were" Celebrating the Art and History of Buffalo State at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Thursday December 2, 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Reception to follow.

Weeks of Welcome

150th Celebration: Lifelong Learning and Winterim

Weeks of Welcome

150th Celebration: Leading Education, Change, Social Responsibility, and Justice

Evolution of Buffalo State's Architecture at the Burchfield Penney Art Center

Weeks of Welcome

150th Celebration: Community Engagement and Professional Work

Weeks of Welcome

Bengala: Celebrating 150 Years TBA

Runway 2022 TBA

150th Anniversary “Cake” Decorating Contest TBA

Undergraduate Admissions Spring Open House TBA

Creativity and Change Leadership Panel Discussion TBA

Honors Convocation TBA

Hospitality and Tourism Panel Discussion | 150 years: Cultural Attractions, Tourism and Hospitality in Buffalo TBA

Mini-Baha Vehicle Display and Smart Grid Energy Labs TBA

Professional Development Celebration TBA

School of the Professions Panel: Business, Criminal Justice, and More TBA

Student Research and Creativity Conference TBA

Take Back the Night TBA

Weeks of Welcome

EOP Convocation TBA

Teachers Week May 3-10

Commencement TBA

Burchfield Penney Art Center Gala TBD

Historical images of students at a table

Commitment to Education

Our History

Established in 1871, SUNY Buffalo State College’s long history and commitment to education are the cornerstones of our respected reputation. Learn about our excellence in teaching, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment which has shaped Buffalo State into the college community we know today.

Our History 1871-Present


Home Economic Department forms


Anniversary of the Great Lakes Center


First lab and courses using computers in the arts


Psychology Department established


Years of services from the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Giving Back

Buffalo State's commitment to excellence in education, research, service, scholarship, creative activity, and cultural enrichment has shaped the college community we know and love today.

We need your help to strengthen the institution's future.

Give to Buffalo State
Students posing outside Bulger
Chorus singing in a group

Our Alma Mater

A competition to update the lyrics of Buffalo State's alma mater is happening during this important milestone. Submissions from faculty, staff, students, emeriti faculty, and alumni were accepted through February 28, 2021. Entries are currently being evaluated by our review committee. 

The winner will receive a $2,500 stipend and be recognized during the opening ceremonies of the 150th Anniversary Celebration in September 2021. 

150th Anniversary Committees


Timothy W. Gordon – Vice President for Student Affairs
George T. Hole – SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus


Munirah Ali – Student
William J. Benfanti – Associate Vice President for Government Relations
Levearn Burks – Student
R. Scott Burns – Associate Vice President for Development
Renee Carlineo – Director of Athletics, Intercollegiate Athletics
Rebecca Catalano – Professional Development Center
Shantel Coleman – Student
David W. Cox – Assistant Dean, Student Leadership and Engagement
Daniel M. DiLandro – Head of Archives and Special Collections
Rebecca M. Eggleston – Professional Development Center
James M. Finnerty Sr. – Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Ricky L. Fleming – Professor, Music
Maria C. Garrity – Senior Systems Programmer, Information Technology Services
M. Scott Goodman – Interim Dean, School of Natural and Social Sciences
Gaelle Jean-Baptiste – Student, USG President
Carlos R. A. Jones – Interim Dean, School of Arts and Humanities
Brian C. Kantz – Director, Creative Services
Lisa H. Krieger – Associate Vice President for Administrative Services
Richard Lee – Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Applied Science and Education
Katie Malik – Executive Assistant to Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
Joseph J. Marren Jr. – Professor, Communication Department
Amanda M. Marzolf – Student Affairs Office, Administrative Support
James Mayrose – Provost
Kevin J. Miller – Dean, Graduate School
Carolyn A. Morris-Hunt – Chief Operating Officer, Burchfield Penney Art Center
Jazmene Mosley – Student, GSA President
Latrese N. Myers – Lecturer, Communication Department
Jen-Alyn O’Harra – Student
Wendy A. Paterson – Dean, School of Education
Douglas G. Reid – Lecturer, International Center for Studies in Creativity
Howard M. Reid – Professor, Psychology Department
Dean J. Reinhart – Associate Director, Admissions
Samantha Rzeszut – Student Affairs Operations Assistant, Student Affairs Office
Crystal J. Rodriguez – Chief of Staff, President’s Office
Jamie Sutter – Student
Pamela M. Voyer – Alumni Center Coordinator, Alumni Engagement Office
Rita M. Zientek – Interim Dean, School of the Professions


David Ben-Merre – Associate Professor, English
Anthony Chase – Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Humanities
Vicky Furby – Chair and Associate Professor, Music Department
George Hole – Distinguished Teaching Professor, Philosophy
Crystal Rodriguez – Chief Diversity Officer and President’s Chief of Staff