Buffalo State College

Buffalo State College

It is a problem across public higher education, traditionally financed by state governments to keep tuition and costs low. Across the country, states are cutting back on support, prompting schools to get seriously into fundraising to close the gap. Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner says her school is no exception.

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Students at Buffalo State College are spending the weekend bringing Iron Age technology to life.


Niagara SPCA has a new Executive Director. He is North Tonawanda native and nonprofit executive Tim Brennan, and he plans to start work September 1.


Organized labor across the nation suffered a major blow Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. With the decision, public employees are no longer required to pay union dues, though they may still benefit from union-bargained contracts. "This has an impact on New York more than any other state," said Peter Yacobucci, professor of political science at Buffalo State College. "It will be devastating for public sector unions."

The prospect of going to college for little or no money is paying off for SUNY and CUNY, with statewide applications up - a lot.

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Buffalo State College broke ground Tuesday on its new LoRusso Alumni & Visitor Center. The center, located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street, is scheduled to open a year from now.

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Greenleaf Development has a less-than-stellar reputation as a landlord. But that didn’t stop SUNY Buffalo State from entering into an exclusive agreement that helped the company build off-campus housing to accommodate students. The deal prohibits seniors from living in the college's dorms in an effort to fill Greenleaf’s development. One good government advocate says the deal raises red flags.

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Buffalo State College has received a $4 million gift from the Richard and Patricia Garman family of East Aurora to support the college’s Art Conservation Department. The family’s gift marks the largest one-time gift to the college and will result in continuous support for students who enter this competitive graduate program, one of only four such art conservation programs in the country.

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Local students will benefit from the generosity of a First Niagara Foundation grant that will provide them with a bird’s eye view of arts education at The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. The grant has a huge payoff for local education—this school year it will sponsor guided tours free of charge to K-12 groups from across the region.

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Buffalo State College has sent out a suspicious person warning to all students. Police are looking for 51-year-old Willie Caldwell in an attempted burglary and stalking that occurred Wednesday morning at the off-campus residence of a female student.

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SUNY Buffalo State welcomed another large class of freshman for 'move-in-day' on Tuesday.  It is the third largest class in 25 years with 1,700 freshman are enrolled. The campus was buzzing as everyone moved into the dorms, but not all of the students were from out-of-town.

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The Buffalo State campus will be the site of the annual Sleep Out - a night when students, activist groups and the community come together to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness in Western New York.

The State University of New York is hoping a new remedial math course for entering students will save money and help 20,000 at-risk students graduate.

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A local college is offering a guarantee for students. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says  SUNY Buffalo State promises students will graduate in four-years as announces the 'Roar in 4' program.

We have two musicals with somewhat different target audiences this week - PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL and MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market

Farmers markets are generally thought of as an outdoor activity only for the warmer months of the year. For one of the area’s largest, that’s about to change.

SUNY schools second guess emergency tactics

Oct 10, 2015
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Its been 10 days since the tragic campus shooting that left nine people dead at Oregon's Umpqua Community College and SUNY campuses are rethinking if their planned emergency tactics are sustainable.

Best-selling author Jill Lepore will appear Friday at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery as the keynote speaker of the Buffalo Humanities Festival. The four-day festival runs tonight through Saturday.

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On February 22, 2016, the Erie County District Attorney informed 1 7-year-old Elijah Bethel of Troy, New York, that a grand jury "dismissed the charges" against him in an alleged sexual assault case on SUNY Buffalo State's campus. 

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A stretch of undeveloped land along the Niagara River in Lewiston is about $100,000 away from having a new owner. The Western New York Land Conservancy has nearly the full amount required to buy 29 acres from the Sister of St. Francis, to be maintained as a nature preserve.

Ram Rai, Associate Professor of Physics at Buffalo State College

As Nepal continues to be dug out from the aftermath of an earthquake, some of its natives are gathering in Buffalo to help combat the devastation.

Our western tradition of theater began with the Greeks, and for them, theater was community theater.  When Sophocles, Euripides, or Aeschylus saw their plays, it was a community  effort.  To this day, Greek philosophy, politics, religion, ethics, medicine, and, of course, community theater, are an integral part of who we are.  This week Theater Talk notes several community offerings including "The Boys Next Door" presented by both the Lancaster Regional Players at the Lancaster Opera House and The Western Door Playhouse at the Woodbox Theatre in Niagara Falls,  "The Odd Couple" presented by

The play has been blocked, lit, rehearsed and now all we need is an audience this coming Thursday, March 12th for the opening of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Buff State where Theater Talk co-host reverses roles in more ways than one. Now Anthony Chase will be on stage, not in the audience, playing "Lady Bracknell" in high heels, wig, and very stylish clothes.  "Arrivals and Departures" by Alan Ayckbourn opened at the Kavinoky, and the other two openings were Nobel prize winning playwright Eugene O'Neill's "The Hairy Ape" at Torn Space and Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at ART In The Box on Linwood Avenue.

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A Friday night shooting that occurred on Grant Street near the Buffalo State College campus has taken a life.

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Buffalo State College held an inauguration ceremony for its ninth president Tuesday. Dr. Katherine Conway-Turner is college’s the ninth president since it was founded in 1871.

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With a record number of new students enrolled this semester at Buffalo State, some students are being housed at the Canisius College campus on Main Street. In this Focus on Education report, WBFO's Eileen Buckley says both schools are working to respond to complaints of poor dorm conditions.

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Improvements are on the way for a facility used by researchers who track the health of local waterways.

Next week the SUNY Board of Trustees is expected to approve the appointment of a new president for Buffalo State.  SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is recommending the hire of Katherine Conway-Turner.  She was selected following an extensive search by Presidential Search Advisory Committee led by chair Howard Zemsky.  In this Focus on Education interview WBFO'S Eileen Buckley was granted an interview with Conway-Turner to discuss her pending position and her goals as Buffalo State's new leader.


An educator from a small college in Maryland has been chosen to be the next president of Buffalo State College.

The search for a new president of Buffalo State College is down to the finalists and the first will be on campus Monday for a tour and questions.