Welcoming New Students

First-year students formally joined the Buffalo State community at yesterday’s First-Year Convocation, held in the Sports Arena—the site of their commencement in May 2013. Interim president Dennis Ponton and interim provost Kevin Railey welcomed the students and introduced the deans of each school.

First-Year Awards were presented to Charles Mancuso, professor of music, who received the award for Outstanding Faculty/Staff Contribution to First-Year Student Success, and to student Stephanie Tobar. Tobar was independently nominated for two awards, and she received both the Outstanding First-Year Student Scholarly or Creative Achievement Award and the Outstanding First-Year Student Contribution to Campus Life Award.

Events are scheduled through Sunday as part this year’s orientation for first-year students. This event, currently taking place, seeks to provide students with the information they need to succeed immediately before they begin college classes.

A podcast of the First-Year Convocation ceremony is available.