A Year-Long Celebration
SUNY Buffalo State College is celebrating an amazing milestone in the college’s history: its sesquicentennial anniversary!
Join us for 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
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150th Anniversary Events
School of Education Bengal Teachers Reunion September 9
Buffalo State College Day September 17
Peterson Society Lunch September 17
150 Years of Teacher Education at Buffalo State September 24
Professional Development Schools Consortium Conference September 24
Bengals Dare to Care Day September 25
Buffalo State Foundation Golf and Tennis Scholarship Classic September 27
Homecoming Week September 27-October 3
Bengal Birthday Bash on the Plaza September 28
Alumni Open House September 30
Equity and Diversity/EOP Beyond Boundaries Programming Kicks Off
Salsa Dance Demonstration hosted by Modern and Classical Languages, October 1, 2:00 p.m., Student Union Assembly Hall
Homecoming Weekend October 1-3
Science and Mathematics Complex Ribbon Cutting October 1
Scholar Donor Breakfast October 2
Alumni Tailgate Brunch October 2
Alumni 50th Dinner October 2
Sunday Family Bengal Kitchen Brunch October 3
Elm Leaves Journal Anniversary Launch October 8
Trey Kennedy the "Are You for Real?" Tour October 9
Anne Frank Social Justice Festival October 13-15
Faculty/Staff Research and Creativity Day Fall Forum October 14
Undergraduate Admissions Fall Open House October 17
Africana Studies and its Importance in Academics, Occupations, and Communities October 20
Distinguished Alumni Deborah Oppenheimer Presents Foster Documentary October 21
Heathers the Musical October 22
TFA Students 360 Degree Suspense/Horror Film Series October 22-31
Hudders TR Inaugural Site Master Fellowship Launch October 26
Graduate Fair TBD
Oktoberfest Farmers Market TBD
Computer Science Conference TBD
150th Celebration: School of Arts and Sciences
Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse TBD
Arboretum Big Dig November 6
Communication Department's Hall of Fame Award Recipient Lecture: "Communications Careers: A Conversation with the NCAA's Bob Williams" November 12
“Resilience: Art & Design, Past + Present" Art and Design Exhibit, Czurles-Nelson Gallery Reception November 18
PRISM Concert November 18
Dealing with Disasters and Emergencies in WNY November 29
Elm Leaves Journal Anniversary Edition TBD
"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. All are welcome to this free speaker event. Reception to follow.
Bengal Study Nights December 6-10
Burchfield Penney Art Sale December 3-5
Student Art Sale December 8-9
150th Celebration: Leading Education, Change, Social Responsibility, and Justice
MLK Speaker: Trini Ross February 2, 6:00 p.m., Burchfield Penney Art Center
Trini E. Ross, U.S. attorney for the Western District of New York, will deliver a talk as the college's 2022 MLK speaker. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for in-person attendance. An online viewing option will also be available.
Buffalo State Basketball: Community Night February 4, 6:30 p.m., Houston Arena
Civic and Community Engagement and Buffalo State Athletics invite community partners to men’s and women’s basketball with a reception and halftime program.
Civic Engagement Series February 10, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campbell Student Union
An opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about social justice issues on a local and national level, engage in on-campus service projects, and become aware of volunteer opportunities. At this event, attendees will learn about racial and economic inequities in the healthcare system. After some discussion, we will make Valentine’s Day cards for the children at Roswell to bring them joy during a very tough time.
Voter Friendly Campus Conversation February 17, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Caudell Hall 209
Learn about the efforts being made across the campus on voter engagement and discuss how you might integrate civic and voter engagement into your curricular and co-curricular experiences
Civic Engagement Series February 24, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campbell Student Union
An opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about social justice issues on a local and national level, engage in on-campus service projects, and become aware of volunteer opportunities. At this event we will begin by defining and discussing the concept of ableism. Participants will learn about historic and systemic problems and then will be able to connect those to current events within the context of the pandemic as well as other areas they may not have realized were influenced by ableism before. After some discussion, we will make laundry soap to share with the senior citizens connected to None Like You/We Care Community Outreach group.
150th Celebration: The Professions April 1
Take Back the Night April 6
Buffalo State Hosts SUNY Model European Union April 7-9
Decade Celebration of the Center for China Studies April 8
Undergraduate Admissions Spring Open House April 9
Alumni Legacy Family Tree Celebration April 18-22
Legacy in Dance April 21, 6:00 p.m., Upton Hall
Hosted by the Buffalo State Theater Department
Honors Convocation April 22
Buffalo State Hosts SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC West) April 23
Campus Diversity and Student Leadership Awards April 26
Professional Development CelebrationApril 27
Public Service Recognition Conference and Award Ceremony (PSRW) April 30
Runway 2022 April 30
150th Anniversary “Cake” Decorating Contest TBA
Internship Appreciation Recognition Event TBA
Creativity and Change Leadership Panel Discussion 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
School of the Professions Panel: Business, Criminal Justice, and More TBA
Celebration of Community Engagement May 3
EOP Convocation May 5
24th Student Research and Creativity Conference May 5-7
Alumni '70s Group Record Reunion Campus Tour and Reception May 6
Alumni '70s Group Record Reunion Dinner May 7
Bengala: Celebrating 150 Years May 7
Research Fair and Ceremony May 13
Commencement May 21
Graduate School Awards TBD
Burchfield Penney Art Center Gala TBD
From the President
Buffalo State College Day Remarks
On September 17, Buffalo State College Day officially kicked off the college’s 150th-anniversary celebration.
President Conway-Turner's inspiring speech, Building JEDI Excellence through 2041 and Beyond, celebrated the college's past while outlining its goals for the next 20 years.
"I made what turned out to be one of the smartest decisions of my life and transferred to Buffalo State."
"I still have my Buffalo State sweatshirt, and I wear it to this day. Thank you!"
"Buffalo State was like a community where you could move around, have a good time, and succeed."
"Buffalo State College was a great choice for me. It was a smaller school, and I was able to receive one-on-one instruction with my teachers."
"Many friendships that I made in college lasted for a lifetime."
Commitment to Education
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.
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
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.
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
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