A Year-Long Celebration

This year, SUNY Buffalo State College will celebrate an amazing milestone in the college’s history: its sesquicentennial anniversary! 

On September 13, 1871, we began teaching students and changing lives.

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 at Buffalo State.

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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

Sharing Stories

Oral History Project

Share your personal experiences and tell the world how Buffalo State College has helped shape your life.

Buffalo State and the Alumni Association have partnered with Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) to produce the Buffalo State College Oral History Project, which will reflect on 150 years of stories, memories, and accomplishments of our cherished graduates.

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Be Part of the Oral History Project

  • A legacy that will preserve the history of our alma mater for generations to come.
  • Updated contact information that will allow the college to effectively communicate with and engage with you, our alumni.
  • Stronger Bengal Pride through the availability of apparel and other merchandise that shows support for our beloved Buffalo State.
  • Revenue for alumni programs to strengthen connections and preserve the memories.


  • If you have received a postcard or an e-mail with a telephone number, you may call the number to speak with a dedicated representative for the Buffalo State College Oral History Project. The representative will verify all the contact information we have on file for you, make updates as needed, and ask you to share your story about your time at Buffalo State College. Your story will be recorded, and the sound clip will be provided to Buffalo State at the conclusion of the project.

  • If you have received an e-mail with an embedded link, you may go online to review your information and submit a story.

  • If you did not receive a postcard or an e-mail, you may call the dedicated Buffalo State College update line at (888) 832-0716.

The total duration of the Buffalo State College Oral History Project is about 12 months.The project began in October 2020 and books will be distributed in October-November 2021.

Contact PCI’s customer service help desk

Call:  (800) 982-1590 

Email:  customerservice@publishingconcepts.com

Contact the Alumni Engagement Office

Call:  (716) 878-6001or  (800) 672-2722 

Email:   alumni@buffalostate.edu

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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.

Our annual Day of Giving returns March 30-31. This 24-hour crowdfunding event directly supports students through scholarships, emergency funding, and other programs.

Day of Giving

150th Anniversary Events (Tentative Schedule)

Convocation TBA

Weeks of Welcome

Bengal Birthday Bash on the Plaza September 16

Buffalo State College Day September 17

ICOGNITO Concert at the Performing Arts Center September 19

Bengals Dare to Care Day September 25

School of Education Celebration of Teachers TBA

Professional Development School Consorium Conference TBA

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 12-14

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

Weeks of Welcome

Burchfield Penney Art Sale TBA

Student Art Sale TBA

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

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. 

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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
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
Thomas C. Koller – Senior Associate Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Lisa H. Krieger – Associate Vice President for Administrative Services
Richard Lee – Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Applied Science and Education
Christina M. Luke-Grace – Administrative Assistant, Institutional Research Office
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
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
Tom Koller – Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
Crystal Rodriguez – Chief Diversity Officer and President’s Chief of Staff