Receives SUNY Chancellor's Award for Internationalization [more…]
Rebecca Geraghty, lecturer, interior design program, involves students in service learning [more…]
Buffalo State's Small Business Development Center [more…]
Three major grants to improve equipment, support visiting faculty, provide scholarships [more…]
A former Buffalo State track star and Educational Opportunity Program student was honored as the 2003 SPA Alumni of the Year. Douglas Samuels, Ed.D., '82/'84, is now vice provost for student affairs at Portland State University in Oregon. The award was presented November 15 at the eighth annual Professional Development Conference sponsored by the student personnel administration (SPA) program.
Samuels was hailed as a builder of innovative programs who demonstrates a strong commitment to underrepresented students.
He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policy from the University of Vermont in Burlington, where he also served as director of multicultural affairs. Among several other professional roles, he directed residence life at Johnson State College in Vermont, and was chief student affairs officer at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton. Samuels also has excelled as a teacher and national presenter, and has contributed articles to numerous publications.
In addition, he remains involved in community organizations, notably Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Portland House of Umoja, which supports African American males who are transitioning from gang life. The conference also featured a keynote panel discussion based on the theme "Today's Challenges, Tomorrow's Professionals: Contemporary Issues in Higher Education." Distinguished professionals, including Hal Payne, vice president for student affairs, participated.
Presenters included Buffalo State SPA faculty members Timothy Gallineau, associate professor and program coordinator; Richard Herdlein, assistant professor; and Carol Patitu, associate professor; Jean Gounard, director of International Student Affairs; and students.