Not a day goes by that I don’t hear a story about a current student, an alumnus, a faculty or staff member, or a friend of the college that doesn’t take my breath away. So many amazing moments build the story of Buffalo State College.
Our current students often share with me their goals and their hopes of reaching new heights. They want to innovate, communicate, write books, care for children, solve scientific questions, elevate their communities, and just plain make the world a better place. The message made clear to students in every corner of campus is that with hard work, dedication, motivation, and persistence, you can reach and exceed your goals. You can make a difference in your world.
During his Commencement address in May, Ed Feibischoff, ’79, reinforced this message and spoke earnestly to graduating students and those in attendance. He recounted the personal physical challenges he faced and overcame as a child and his journey to succeed in his career. He described how he used adversity to motivate himself. The audience listened in rapt silence as he talked about not being able to walk, run, or play during his early years. Nothing stopped him from overcoming these issues; he let nothing steal his motivation to do all he could. His theme was that connection to others, hard work, and motivation can move mountains.
The alumni in this edition demonstrate the truth of this perception. These alums are representative of the Buffalo State graduates who have reached high goals but have not stopped challenging themselves or making a difference in their world.
The Buffalo State extended family bleeds orange. They are not only proud to be a part of this magnificent college but are also dedicated to ensuring that further generations reap the benefit of a Buffalo State education. Whether they are making transformational gifts, expanding their reach throughout the country and the world, or exploring ways to better understand how they can participate in the positive evolution of our communities, you will find Bengals behind amazing moments that transform lives.
The Buffalo State story is founded on a deep commitment to the education of current and future leaders through an excellent liberal arts education, engaging with our communities in ways that advance student learning and community involvement, and forging a dedication to an equitable and just world that elevates all members of society.
I hope you enjoy reading about these amazing moments that happen both on campus and when Bengals leap into our world.