Galen Abdur-Razzaq playing the flute

A Look Ahead: This Week at Buffalo State


Happy February, Bengals! It’s African American History Month, and renowned flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq kicks off a monthlong series of special events with the lecture and performance “Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement” on Wednesday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Tower Auditorium. Abdur-Razzaq is an accomplished musician, arranger, composer, and director who studied at the Berklee College of Music and earned a master’s degree in education from Rutgers University. The event is free and open to the public. Here’s a look at some of the other things happening this week on campus. Remember to stay connected all semester long with Life at Buff State on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And don’t forget the many professional development opportunities (PDF, 132 KB) for Buffalo State faculty and staff members.



Buffalo State Pom Dance Team Tryouts
Houston Gymnasium
7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
The Pom Dance Team is looking for experienced dancers who work well in a team environment. Come and try out for the team.



Alternative Break Spring and Summer Trips: General Interest Meetings
Classroom Building B106
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Thinking about your spring break or summer break plans? Consider joining the Alternative Break program for a weeklong service trip experience to gain leadership skills, take action, and make a difference. Come and learn what to expect if you participate, including types of service projects, housing accommodations, transportation details, and more. This meeting will be repeated Thursday, February 6, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Classroom Building B106.

Casting Hall Productions General Interest Meeting
Savage Theater and Communication Building Flexible Theatre
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
This theater arts group sponsors and stages several major and minor plays during the year—including dramas, comedies, and musicals. Opportunities for all students in all aspects of theater, including acting, directing, writing, set design and construction, stage crews, and publicity. Come and learn more. (Many student clubs and organizations hold events on a regular basis. Check Bengal Connect for more details.)

Women’s Basketball
Sports Arena
5:30 p.m.
The women’s basketball team takes on the Geneseo Knights.

Men’s Basketball
Sports Arena
7:30 p.m.
The men’s basketball team takes on the Geneseo Knights.



Restorative Justice Community Circles
Residence Halls
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The theme is Grief/Justice. Held monthly, Community Circles are sponsored by the Student Conduct and Community Standards Office (SCCS) in collaboration with the Residence Life Office. This week’s schedule is posted on the SCCS website. For more information, call (716) 878-3051.



Diaspora Dialogue: Africana Diaspora Project
Campbell Student Union Social Hall
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Student Leadership and Engagement Office, this project will introduce students to the topics that surround the African diaspora and its connection to a global society. This dialogue provides a platform for students to speak about their proud moments and concerns like equity, colorism, and advancement that occur within the diasporic communities. The project will also discuss topics surrounding the New York Times 1619 Project to commemorate 400 years of perseverance.

Film Screening: The Green Book: Guide to Freedom
Burchfield Penney Art Center
7:00 p.m.
Part of the Beyond Boundaries: Dare to Be Diverse screening and discussion series, this documentary takes a different look at the Green Book presented in the Oscar award–winning movie. Combining archival footage of everyday black life with interviews with contemporary African American scholars and activists, this 51-minute film tells the story of Victor Hugo Green’s guide created by and for black Americans to support safe travel in the United States in the early and mid-twentieth century. The screening is free and open to the public.



Men’s Ice Hockey
Ice Arena
7:00 p.m.
The men’s hockey team takes on the Potsdam Bears.



American Mock Trial Association 2020 Great Lakes Regional Tournament
Science and Mathematics Complex
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Buffalo State College hosts the American Mock Trial Association 2020 Great Lakes Regional Tournament for the 10th straight year. Close to 300 guests representing 22 teams from 16 colleges and universities throughout the Northeast will compete in two trial sessions each day, with local attorneys presiding as judges. Mock Trial fosters the development of undergraduate students in the areas of leadership, public speaking, rhetoric, and persuasion through a legal forum.