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New Date Coming Soon for All '80s Reunion
Relive your college years in the ‘80s at the All ‘80s Reunion, presented by the Buffalo State Alumni Association! A new date and registration details will be announced soon.

Job and Internship Fair at Buffalo State on April 7
Looking for a new full-time job or internship? You’re invited to meet with hiring managers from nearly 50 local companies at the Buffalo State Career Development Center’s Job & Internship Fair!

Students Thank Alumni, Faculty, and Others During Student Philanthropy Week
For Bengal alumni, whether you spoke in a class at Buffalo State, attended the Scholarship Gala, or encouraged a high school student to attend Buffalo State, your efforts as an alum are appreciated!

Winner Announced for Bengal Sweethearts Contest
Congratulations to the winner of our Bengal Sweethearts contest, and thank you to everyone who submitted updates!

Vote Now for the Official Bengal Plaid
Help select the official Bengal plaid! Buffalo State alumni, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to vote in the "Bengal Plaid" contest.

Creative Studies Department Offers Complimentary Online Course
Do you want to learn more about creativity? You’re invited to take part in a free six-week online course on the topic of everyday creativity as part of Buffalo State's Year of the Innovator.

Career Development Resources for Buffalo State Alumni
Want to take your career to the next level in 2015? Great career resources are available to Buffalo State alumni, including live and on-demand webinars.

Students Volunteer During Alternative Winter Break Program
Students at Buffalo State kicked off their winter break by giving back to their community as part of the Alternative Winter Break program.

Alumni Reunions in Spring and Summer 2015
Several great reunions are scheduled during the spring and summer in 2015, and alumni are invited to attend!

Call For Class Notes and Request Your Free Alumni ID Card
Send us your class notes for an upcoming edition of 1300 Elmwood, and request your free Alumni ID Card today!

Alumni Elf on the Shelf Doll Returns to Buffalo State December 15
He’s back! Cleveland, the Buffalo State Alumni Association’s Elf on the Shelf doll, will once again be helping alumni stay connected with Buffalo State.

"Bengal Plaid" Contest to Feature Student Designs
You’ll be able to vote on a design for Buffalo State’s new official plaid in a few weeks!

Interior Design Department Alumni Reception Canceled
Due to inclement weather, the Interior Design Department’s Alumni Reception on Thursday, November 20, 2014 is canceled. 

Inauguration of Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D. Held on October 21
The inauguration of Buffalo State's ninth president, Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D., was held on Tuesday, October 21.

Medical Researcher Receives Young Alumnus Achievement Award
Mark T. Miller, Ph.D., ’94, has been named as a recipient of Buffalo State’s 2014 Young Alumnus Achievement Award.

English Journal Co-Editors to Speak at English Department Events
Drs. Julie and David Gorlewski, co-editors of the internationally-renowned English Journal, will speak at two English Education events next week.

Siena Alumni Events Held in September
Siena Program alumni attended two great events in September! Daniela Perozzi, the much-loved on-site director for the program, joined alumni for both events during her visit to Buffalo.

Celebrate Homecoming 2014
You’re invited to join the Buffalo State College Community in celebrating Homecoming 2014! Several great events will take place throughout Homecoming, with a few big events to be held September 19 - 21.

Communication Alumni to Reunite in September
Graduates of Buffalo State’s Communication Department are invited to catch up with each other at the department’s reunion! The informal networking event will be held on Friday, September 19.

K.I.A. Memorial Road March to Honor Fallen Military Members
Vets for Vets is hosting the second annual K.I.A. Memorial Road March on Saturday, August 23. Join March Executive Director Msg. Jason Jaskula, '96, at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, NY.

Reunion Weekend Celebrates Alumni from Classes of 1954, 1964 and 50-Plus Club Members
Buffalo State alumni from the Classes of 1954, 1964, and those from class years 50 or more years ago who belong to the Alumni Association’s 50-Plus Club took part in Reunion Weekend 2014, which was held July 18 – 20.

From Buffalo State to Hollywood: Danni Lang, ‘07
Danni Lang, B.A. ’07, embraced her Chinese American heritage while growing up in Buffalo. Now as a successful Hollywood film actress, she gracefully walks the bridge between East and West through her work.

Submit Your Alumni Class Notes
Did you land a new job or get a promotion? Have you gotten married or had a baby? Share your news with us for publication in 1300 Elmwood, your alumni magazine, by Monday, July 14!

Allison Butler, B.S. ’06, Receives $25,000 Grant
Allison Butler, B.S. ’06, could hardly believe it. At a ceremony held on October 3, 2013, her name was announced as the first-place winner of ING’s national Unsung Heroes Award.

Three Alumni to Receive Honors at Commencement
Three distinguished Buffalo State alumni will be honored at Buffalo State’s 142nd Commencement on Saturday, May 17 in the Sports Arena.

Alum Tom Fontana Talks About TV Series

Tom Fontana, ’73, joined Chris Long, executive producer of The Mentalist, to discuss developing “successful, long-running drama series,” according to, which covers the international media business.

Communication Alumnus Places at SUNYwide Film Festival
Congratulations to Gabe Simon, '11! The Media Production graduate won an Honorable Mention and $100 gift certificate to B&H Photo for his film, Siren, at the 2014 SUNYwide Film Festival.

Film Student and Alumnus Premiere ‘All in the Sauce’
Lights! Camera! Action! All in the Sauce, a short film produced by Simon O'Keefe, a junior in Buffalo State's Television and Film Arts Program, and Joseph Wackowski, ’12, premiered on April 3 at the "Rockwell Off Elmwood Film Stock."

Celebrated Contemporary Artist’s New Exhibit Now on Display at Local Museum
Cindy Sherman was on the path to becoming an international art star during her days as a student at SUNY Buffalo State in the mid-1970s. This celebrated contemporary artist has an exhibit on display now until July 20 at the Castellani Art Museum.

Alumna Appears on "Days of Our Lives"
Congratulations to LaToya Codner, ’08! The Buffalo State Theater graduate appeared on two episodes of “Days of Our Lives” this week, and played the character of Dr. Garcia.

Alumnus Publishes Steel Industry History Book
Spencer Morgan, ’11, offers readers a glimpse of the history of the steel industry in his recently released book, “Western New York Steel.”

Douglas Bathke, ’85, Keeps Art of Woodcarving Alive at the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
Douglas Bathke, ’85, is one of the historic Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda’s founders. He has been a woodcarver for 51 years, and teaching the art for 38 years to both beginners and those with advanced skills.

SUNY Buffalo State Alumnus Receives Award From National Weather Service

Jack Kanack, ’83, was recently honored as the recipient of an award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service. 

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