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Social Media Campaign Highlights 'Faces of Buffalo State'


If you’re in tune with Buffalo State College’s Facebook and Instagram pages, there’s a good chance you’ve seen the “Faces of Buffalo State” series. 

What started out as a way to highlight the college’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni and how they were adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic has morphed into a way to spotlight our amazing community members for the day-to-day work they’re doing. 

Instagram screen shot of Barish Ali and a student

The series has featured faculty members like Barish Ali, associate professor of English, and Robert Warren, associate professor of biology; alumni like Lou Michel, ’77, Buffalo News reporter, and Kimberly Evering, ’94, project manager for Deloitte; and numerous students. 

Faces of Buffalo State asks participants to explain how they chose to come to Buffalo State, and why they love being a part of the campus community. For instance, alumna Nicole Cooke, now the director of communications at FeedMore WNY, said Buffalo State provided her with the experience and classes necessary for success.

“Hands-on experience is so important in creative industries, and while I had no idea I’d have the great fortune to find myself in nonprofit leadership, I am confident that this unique mix of qualifications gave me a competitive edge on an unusual career path,” she said. 

Chris Jackson, a junior studying psychology and theater, said he chose Buffalo State for its location and its diversity. 

“As someone who went to a small high school, having the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people from different walks of life is something I have always wanted to do,” he said. 

Osa Agbontaen, ’20, came to Buffalo State from the Bronx. He said coming to Buffalo State, where he studied media production, provided him with a challenge.

“Buffalo State has shaped me to become more of a hard worker,” he said. “You’re going to have to work hard for the goals you set to accomplish for yourself.”

Faces of Buffalo State aims to show off our incredible campus community, and the amazing things we’re doing. If you’d like to be a featured “face” of Buffalo State, or know someone who should be, please email Michael Canfield, communications specialist.

New features post every two weeks.

Photo by Bruce Fox, campus photographer.