The Buffalo State Alumni Association was incorporated in the state of New York 80 years ago. During that time, we have worked diligently to connect alumni to each other and to the college. As the current president of the association, I am proud to represent more than 100,000 of my fellow alumni. As students, we walked the campus, engaged in learning, and made lasting friendships. We called Buffalo State home. Now, for the first time, we will have a special place on campus to truly call our own.
In May, we broke ground on the new Jacqueline Vito LoRusso Alumni and Visitor Center, beginning the process of building our future while remembering our past. This center will establish and sustain a home for alumni of Buffalo State that celebrates campus life and honors the rich history of our institution.
The LoRusso Alumni and Visitor Center will serve as the gateway to campus for visitors, returning alumni, and prospective students and their families. It will demonstrate our strong commitment to provide a welcoming home that recognizes and
embraces the diversity within our alumni community and delivers quality programming, mentoring, and engagement opportunities for alumni and students. By creating an on-campus center, the Alumni Association will be more visible to current Buffalo State students—our alumni of tomorrow.
On behalf of all Buffalo State alumni, I want to personally thank Jacqueline LoRusso, ’62, ’64; Helen Costello, ’50; Karen, ’69, and Richard Penfold; Howard and Leslie Zemsky; Robert, ’72, and Teresa Lamendola; Michael, ’79, and Madonna, ’80, Bonitatibus; Paul, ’82, and Martha, ’84, ’90, Lamparelli; Gerald, ’90, and Michelle, ’91, Cornish; and the many alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who generously contributed to this project. I would also like to thank President Katherine Conway-Turner for her steadfast support. And I would be remiss if I didn’t also recognize Susanne P. Bair, vice president for institutional advancement. Back in 2013, Dr. Bair had a dream to establish a place for alumni to call home. Without her vision, leadership, and determination, the LoRusso Alumni and Visitor Center would not have happened.