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.

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150th Anniversary Events

Civic and Community Engagement Panel Discussion and Community Service Challenge August 16

First-Year Convocation August 27

Bengal Bound August 27

Weeks of Welcome

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

150th Celebration: School of Education Month

Weeks of Welcome


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

E. H. Butler Library Open House and Ribbon Cutting October 1

Alumni Award Recipient Dinner 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

Weeks of Welcome

150th Celebration: School of Arts and Sciences

Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse TBD

Arboretum Big Dig November 6

Legacy Dance November 11

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

Weeks of Welcome

"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

Weeks of Welcome

150th Celebration: Winterim January 18-22

Weeks of Welcome

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

Weeks of Welcome

150th Anniversary Celebration: Graduate School March 1

75th Anniversary of Graduate School Week of Celebration March 7-11

Pi Day March 14

Day of Giving March 16-17

Weeks of Welcome

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

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

Weeks of Welcome

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

President Conway-Turner addressing the 150th Celebration crowd

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. 

Read the President's Remarks

"I made what turned out to be one of the smartest decisions of my life and transferred to Buffalo State."

- Doug Carpenter, '77

"I still have my Buffalo State sweatshirt, and I wear it to this day. Thank you!"

- Todd L. Borsa, '99

"Buffalo State was like a community where you could move around, have a good time, and succeed."

- Dr. James P. Williams, '62

"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."

- Heidy Galan-Honrado, '01, '05

"Many friendships that I made in college lasted for a lifetime."

- Carol Ann (Bettcher) Lawton, 56 
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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

Department Histories


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
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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