Campaign Priorities

The overarching goal of Transforming Lives is to ensure the best education and experience for Buffalo State students. The campaign will provide scholarships and other funding to enhance the student experience, enhance the campus, and contribute to excellence in faculty teaching and service. There are five categories in which you can assist during this campaign:

Student Scholarship Support ($10 million) | Enhancing the Student Experience ($2 million) | Enhancing the Campus ($3 million) | Excellence in Faculty Teaching, Research and Service ($2 million) | The Fund for Buffalo State ($3 million)

Student Scholarship Support ($10 million)

Scholarships and fellowships. Donors can create or contribute to scholarships or fellowships for specific schools, programs, majors, or financial need, along with contributing to a general scholarship fund to help students cover tuition.

Emergency Scholarship Fund. This fund pays for unexpected expenses students may face— expenses that could prevent them from continuing their education.

Meeting the Gap Fund. This fund pays for textbooks, fees and other expenses outside tuition that often pose a barrier for students.

Enhancing the Student Experience ($2 million)

Undergraduate and graduate research. Buffalo State has long offered undergraduate research opportunities to its students and has garnered a national reputation as a model institution for undergraduate research. Donors can help Buffalo State continue in this vein by providing small grants to support academic-year research; undergraduate summer research fellowship; an undergraduate travel program to support students performing at professional conferences; and support for faculty members to develop new courses that have significant research components.

Global Learning Experiences. Buffalo State sponsors exchange and study abroad programs in Australia, Canada, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Spain. Our students also have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of international programs sponsored by other State University of New York and National Student Exchange campuses.

Internships. From teaching on a Native American reservation in Western New York to monitoring water quality on one of the Great Lake Center’s research vessels, Buffalo State students gain hands-on experience, networking opportunities and the important first chance to prove themselves in their chosen field through internships. The Buffalo State Career Development Center helps organizations connect with qualified applicants for internships, as well as permanent full-time employment.

NCAA Athletics. Buffalo State’s intercollegiate athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division III philosophy and the overall educational mission of Buffalo State. Donors can contribute to a program that emphasizes the positive value of physical activity, learned skills, competition, good sportsmanship, and teamwork with a diverse population of student-athletes and assist Buffalo State in its commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse population of highly motivated student-athletes.

Volunteer and Service-Learning. This form of experiential learning links classroom learning with activities that address the needs of the surrounding community. The VSLC was an outgrowth of Buffalo State’s work with the West Side Community Collaborative, comprising about 30 community, faith-based, and non-profit organizations within a 55-block area on Buffalo’s West Side—one of the city’s most economically depressed areas. During the 2010-2011 academic year, 1,688 students participated in service-learning activities directly connected to academic courses, which provided 37,465 hours of service to 122 community partners.

Enhancing the Campus
($3 million)

Specialized Learning Spaces and Equipment. For the next five years, Buffalo State will experience an unprecedented building boom due to the help of a previous capital construction funding and planning. While the construction of key buildings already has been funded, each of the new facilities will need equipment and technological devices when they open. The capital projects include:

Science and Mathematics Complex.  The three-level 222,000-square-foot complex will be home to the Chemistry, Biology, Earth Sciences, and Science Education, Mathematics, and Physics departments, as well as a new planetarium.   

Technology Center. This new building will house the Computer Information Systems and Technology departments and include computer labs and research space.

Campus student housing. This apartment-style dormitory features 507 beds situated in four-bed apartments, each with single rooms and full kitchens.

Athletic stadium. A planned 4,000-seat stadium and parking ramp will be used in partnership with the Buffalo Public Schools.

Campbell Student Union. The updated student union will provide more meeting, eating, and socializing space for both commuter and residential students.

Rockwell Hall renovations. Includes the construction of a 194-seat music recital hall and the expansion of the Art Conservation Department on the third floor of the historic Rockwell Hall.  

E. H. Butler Library

The E. H. Butler Library serves Buffalo State students, faculty and staff with more than 1 million research materials, including more than 675,000 printed books, more than 174,000 electronic books, and access to full-text articles from more than 57,000 unique print and electronic journals.

The Archives and Special Collections houses more than 100 valuable collections for use by students, faculty, and the public. One of the most popular is the complete archives of the Buffalo Courier-Express, consisting of approximately 1 million news clippings and 100,000 photographs that were donated to the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and Buffalo State. This prize collection includes digitalized versions of the issues published when Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) served as editor from 1869-1871. Other notable collections include the Lester Glassner African American Experience Collection, the Tom Fontana Collection, the Madeline Davis GLBT Collection, and the Charles Rand Penney Art Library.

Additionally, the library houses the Writing Help Center, which provides assistance to students throughout all stages of the writing process.

In 2011, the library unveiled its new QuietQuad lab and StudyQuad lounge – facilities that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include additional computers and printers for student use, an assistive technology center, and a presentation room.

Alumni Facilities

Alumni of Buffalo State are eligible to join the E. H. Butler Library at a special alumni rate in order to receive library borrowing privileges.  

Alumni have access to a Campus House membership for $100 a year (in addition to a $100 initiation fee.) Established in 2001, this beautiful facility serves as a teaching laboratory for Hospitality and Tourism students, as well as a social dining club for the Buffalo State community.

Buffalo State Fitness Center memberships are available to alumni and their spouses for $160 for a 12-month membership, which includes the use of other facilities such as the pool, ice rink, and racquetball courts.

Alumni can attend one or more of the Casting Hall’s four live theater shows annually for $10 a ticket, which is $5 off the general admission price.

Hospitality Laboratory

The Hospitality and Tourism Department uses three training laboratories as part of its academic program.

The Statler Computer Laboratory, which is equipped with 24 computers and two laser printers.

The Food Laboratory, a culinary training facility for coursework and catering activities throughout the year.

Campus House, the former residence of the first three Buffalo State College presidents, provides an innovative, hands-on teaching and research laboratory for hospitality students who earn academic credit as they create original menus, manage and market the club, and conduct hospitality and tourism-related research.

Excellence in Faculty Teaching, Research and Service ($2 million)

Endowed Chairs and Professorships. Endowed chairs are professorships created with funds donated by individuals interested in furthering academic research and excellence in a particular area. Two examples:

Eleanore Woods Beals, '50, and her husband, Vaughn L. Beals, established the Woods-Beals Endowed Chair in Urban and Rural Education as a way to honor their parents, people who believed in the value of education.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provided a $2.65 million grant, part of which funds an endowed chair in conservation science for the Buffalo State Art Conservation Department.

Economic Development

The total annual economic impact of Buffalo State on Western New York is $772 million. The new construction phase at Buffalo State is expected to create an additional 1,593 full-time jobs in Western New York. The total annual contribution by employees associated with Buffalo State to the Western New York economy is $398 million.

The Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo State brings in more than $50 million to the campus annually, outranking the other 12 SUNY university colleges combined in terms of sponsored program support. With nearly 500 employees, the Research Foundation at Buffalo State funds research activities that make a direct and immediate impact in the Buffalo Niagara community.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher recently partnered with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to position SUNY as an economic driver for the state. To revitalize the New York economy, SUNY has committed to the realization of “Six Big Ideas.” The first, “SUNY and the Entrepreneurial Century,” includes the establishment of a research, development, and industrial testing center to help make manufacturing processes in New York more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly, and economical. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and RadTech International jointly announced the center in May 2011.

Also in 2011, Chancellor Zimpher launched the SUNY Report Card, an exclusive evaluation tool that will publicly track the university’s system-wide work as an educator, job creator, community partner, and generator of boundary-breaking research.

Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer

Buffalo State offers Western New York an invaluable resource in the form of the Small Business Development Center. Partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and administered through SUNY, its mission is to assist small businesses in developing solutions to their problems, which lead to increased productivity and profitability.

Through direct counseling,the SBDC provides a wide range of free services to help entrepreneurs succeed throughout Erie County and the Niagara Frontier. Since 1984, the SBDC has helped more than 14,000 businesses invest more than $131 million in the Western New York economic. Those businesses have created or saved nearly 8,000 jobs.

Presidential Innovation Fund. As another tool to spur economic development,Buffalo State is looking to help campus participants and small businesses realize innovative ideas. Possible programs would include a business incubator, which supports entrepreneurship and the development of new, innovative, technology-based companies into successful business ventures. Business incubators partner with state and local government, area businesses and the community to make available a variety of business and education services, mentoring, professional consulting, access to capital and work-ready space.

Deans Fund for Excellence. These are discretionary funds that are awarded to the deans of the schools within Buffalo State, i.e. School of Education, School of Arts and Humanities, School of Professions, School of Natural and Social Sciences, who then disseminate it to fund and assist programs, faculty projects, and students.

The Fund for Buffalo State ($3 million)

The Fund for Buffalo State, formerly known as the Annual Fund, is used to meet key funding needs as we carry out our academic mission. You may give unrestricted funds to The Fund for Buffalo State and be confident that your gift will be applied to the campus’s greatest needs. The fund supports:

Hundreds of scholarships for deserving students.

Unique learning experiences, such as hosting nationally known speakers on campus.

Technology updates to classrooms and labs.

Improvements to campus facilities and grounds.

$20 Million Goal