Our Donors

Alice Stielow Wehrung Schmidt, '41

Alice Stielow Wehrung Schmidt, '41

Alice Stielow Wehrung Schmidt, a lifetime member of the Buffalo State Alumni Association, received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1941, a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York in 1947, and pursued extensive music studies at Nova University in...

Conestoga-Rovers and Associates

Conestoga-Rovers and Associates

A lifelong resident of Western New York, Dr. Kenneth C. Malinowski graduated first in his class from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1969. He continued his education at Yale University, earning a doctoral degree in marine biology. Dr....

Cynthia Steiger Beery

Cynthia Steiger Beery

A graduate of Buffalo State, Cynthia (Cindy) Steiger Beery completed her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders in 1974, a master’s degree in deaf education at Canisius College in 1975, and returned to Buffalo State for a master’s degree in Communication...

Daniel R. Idzik, '56, and Kathleen Osborne

Daniel R. Idzik, '56, and Kathleen Osborne

Recognizing the serious financial obstacles single parents frequently face in completing their education and that a degree can make a significant difference in their lives and the lives of their family, Mr. Idzik and Ms. Osborne established this scholarship to...

Dorris M. Closs

Dorris M. Closs

Dr. Dorris M. Closs, ’54, ’61, was an associate dean at Buffalo State College and president of the Erie County Cooperative Extension Service Association at the time of her death March 23, 1983. She is remembered as a dedicated teacher and a warm humane person,...

Dr. Éliane McKee

Dr. Éliane McKee

Dr. Éliane McKee came to Buffalo State College in 1980 upon the completion of her Ph.D. at The Ohio State University where she studied foreign language education and French literature. At Buffalo State College, she immediately perceived the advantage of having the...

Dr. Winifred H. Morrison,  '46, '64

Dr. Winifred H. Morrison, '46, '64

A lifelong teacher and educator, Dr. Winifred H. Morrison began her career in the classroom teaching kindergarten, pre-kindergarten and elementary students, later using these experiences as an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo Graduate School of...

Dr. Yung M. Kim

Dr. Yung M. Kim

Dr. Yung M. Kim was born in 1937, in Seoul, Korea and received his elementary, secondary, and college education in Seoul, Korea. After serving three years in South Korean Army, he came to the United States in 1961. He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics in 1971...

Eastman Foundation

Eastman Foundation

The Eastman Foundation was established in 2010 by the Stevenson family to provide financial and in-kind support for educational, recreational, and social services with emphasis on the youth and social service organizations in Western New York. The foundation...

Eunice Frisbee Mason

Eunice Frisbee Mason

Eunice Frisbee Mason graduated from Buffalo State College in 1928 with a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education. Following her graduation, she taught in Fredonia, NY. The Eunice Frisbee Mason Scholarship was established by Mrs. Mason through a planned gift...

Family and Friends of Beulah Sowden

Family and Friends of Beulah Sowden

Beulah A. Sowden, ‘90, was a non-traditional student who, following her daughter’s example, decided to earn a college degree. Leslie Anne Sowden, ’83, had attended Buffalo State as an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) student and earned a degree Criminal...

Family and Friends of Troy Lash

Family and Friends of Troy Lash

Troy Lash, the beloved son of Karen and Timmothy Lash, had a great zest for life, an inquisitive nature, and love for those around him. During his brief life, he befriended everyone he met and encouraged them to be the best person possible. Mrs. Zieziula first met...

Frederick A. Jacob

Frederick A. Jacob

Frederick A. Jacob attended Buffalo State in the late 1940s, completing his degree in industrial arts education in 1950. Following his graduation, Mr. Jacob worked for Stanley Aviation, developing B-47 bombers, then at Sylvania, working on the team that developed...

Gustave A. and Geraldine F. Werner Foundation

Gustave A. and Geraldine F. Werner Foundation

Born in Farnham, NY, Geraldine Wasmund graduated from Dunkirk High School. She later graduated from Fredonia Normal School, now Fredonia State College, in 1929. She married Henry C. Schrader and they had two children, Gayle A. Schrader and Donald Schrader, who was...

Horace Mann

Horace Mann

Horace “Hank” Mann, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of exceptional education, joined Buffalo State in 1953 as the director of the Exceptional Children Education Division and remained a vital part of the campus for the next 57 years. Following...

Irving M. Cowle, ‘42

Irving M. Cowle, ‘42

A native of Utica, New York, Irving (Irv) M. Cowle had few financial resources available to support his desire for an education. Determined to earn a college degree, he enrolled in Buffalo State Teachers College in 1938 as a full-time student and worked his way...

Joseph and Mary Jean Daly Varga

Joseph and Mary Jean Daly Varga

Joseph Varga and Mary Jean Daly Varga met at Buffalo State College and earned their degrees in Industrial Arts and Home Economics respectively in 1943. They have been active participants in alumni events from modeling in the annual Alumni Association Fashion Show to...

Judith A. Bondurant-Utz, Ed.D.

Judith A. Bondurant-Utz, Ed.D.

Dr. Judith Bondurant-Utz received her doctorate in special education with an emphasis in early childhood from the University of Cincinnati. She came to Buffalo State in 1977 as a faculty member with the Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD) Program in the...

Leonard and Irene Sikora

Leonard and Irene Sikora

Leonard Sikora received his bachelor’s degree in industrial arts education from Buffalo State College in 1950 and subsequently received a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo, graduating magna cum laude. He was an educator for over 40 years, teaching all...

Lois W. Pearson "51 '55 and Marion H. Benz '66 Scholarship Fund

Lois W. Pearson "51 '55 and Marion H. Benz '66 Scholarship Fund

Dr. Pearson was born in Buffalo. She graduated from Bennett High School and had bachelor and master of science degrees in education from Buffalo State College. Dr. Pearson taught at Herbert Hoover Elementary School in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District...

Marie M. Ferraro, '91, '97

Marie M. Ferraro, '91, '97

A proud alumna of Buffalo State College and the Educational Opportunity Program, Ms. Ferraro graduated from Buffalo State in 1991 with a BA in English and a BS in Social Work and six years later completed her MS in Student Personnel Administration. Ms. Ferraro...

Mildred M. Seegler

Mildred M. Seegler

Mildred M. Seegler was born in 1910 and received a 3 year diploma in General Elementary Education from the Rochester Normal School in 1931. Ten years later she enrolled at State Teachers College at Buffalo and completed her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1942. ...

Mohan Devgun and Kirpal K. Devgun

Mohan Devgun and Kirpal K. Devgun

Born and raised in India, Dr. Mohan S. Devgun received his education on three continents: a Bachelor of Science from Panjab University in India, a Master of Science from the University of Aston in Birmingham and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of...

Mothers’ Club of Central Park Methodist Church

Mothers’ Club of Central Park Methodist Church

Established in 1936 by Mrs. McClung, the wife of the pastor at Central Park Methodist Church, the Mothers’ Club gave young mothers a place to gather and talk about parenting, how to cope with their children, the Depression, and current issues of the day. The Club...

Mrs. C. Bhargavi Rao

Mrs. C. Bhargavi Rao

Her family in Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, feared that C. Bhargavi Rao would never get married. The second oldest of seven children and the only daughter, she defied her parents’ wishes and insisted on getting an education. At that time, school was...

Nancy Belfer

Nancy Belfer

A retired professor from the Design Department at SUNY Buffalo State, Nancy Belfer received her Master of Fine Arts in textiles from the School for American Craftsman at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She taught at Buffalo State for 36 years, initially in...

Pano Georgiadis

Pano Georgiadis

Panagioti Georgiadis, known as Pano, immigrated to the United States from Greece in 1969. He opened a fourteen seat hot dog stand on the day of the blizzard in 1977. Over 30 years later, through perseverance and hard work, he built Pano’s Restaurant on Elmwood...

Professional Staff Caucus

Professional Staff Caucus

Established in May 1992, the Buffalo State College Professional Staff Caucus (PSC) represents and unites those designated as “professional employees” as defined by the Policies of the Board of Trustees for the State University of New York. PSC provides an open forum...

Robert and Laurel Pokelwaldt

Robert and Laurel Pokelwaldt

A native of Western New York, Robert N. Pokelwaldt graduated from Buffalo State in 1960 with a BS in Industrial Arts Education. He spent his career in the refrigeration industry, ultimately serving as CEO of Frick Co., VP (1988-1990), COO (1990-1991), and CEO...

Ronald J. Peters, '59, and Lilia E. Peters

Ronald J. Peters, '59, and Lilia E. Peters

The son of a Buffalo brewery worker and union activist, Ronald (Ron) J. Peters graduated from Buffalo State in 1959 with a degree in elementary education and secondary social studies education. In response to President John F. Kennedy’s appeal in 1961 for young...