Top: (left) Hank Nuwer; (right) Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Bottom: (left) Sylvia L. Rosen; (right) Edwin F. Rosinski.
The college is awarding Hank Nuwer and Ruben Santiago-Hudson the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.
Author, journalist, editor, and professor Hank Nuwer is a nationally recognized authority on hazing and binge drinking among high school and college students. His most recent book, The Hazing Reader, extended his research on hazing from high schools and colleges to society at large.
Nuwer graduated from Buffalo State with a bachelor’s degree in English secondary education in 1968. He has appeared on CBS, CNN, ESPN, NBC Nightly News, Fox on Education, and the ABC Home Show. He has also been interviewed by reporters for USA Today, Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other national and international publications. In 1993 he received the fraternal Order of Omega award for his work nationally with fraternities and sororities to try to end hazing and binge-drinking abuses. He was a panelist on a 1998 national videoconference about hazing sponsored by Black Issues in Higher Education, and has lectured on the topic of hazing at dozens of universities and colleges, including his alma mater. In 1999, he was an adviser to the Alfred University Presidential Commission on Athletics, which conducted a nationwide study of attitudes toward hazing among NCAA athletes.
Nuwer’s byline has appeared in many professional journals and magazines, including Human Behavior, Harper’s Magazine, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Equinox, the Nation, GQ, Sport, Inside Sports, Outside, Writer’s Digest, and American Legion Magazine. For his accomplishments as an author and social critic, Nuwer is included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in the Media and Communication.
A former journalism professor at Ball State University (where he was named the College Media Advisers national honor roll magazine adviser of the year) and Clemson University, he continues to teach journalism classes at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Franklin College.
Nuwer received the Buffalo State College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1999. Also in 1999, he established a special collection in E. H. Butler Library in honor of his mentor, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Fraser Drew, who first inspired him to write. The collection includes author–signed copies of The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer and Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut, as well as other signed books and letters from noted authors, photographs, his own manuscript drafts, and 11 of his more than 19 books.
Former Buffalo State student and native Western New Yorker Ruben Santiago-Hudson is a Tony and Obie Award–winning actor. He won the 2005 Humanitas Prize for Lackawanna Blues on HBO, for which he wrote the screenplay from his award-winning play of the same name. Lackawanna Blues, his writing debut, premiered at the Public Theater in New York and pays homage to the woman who raised him. He also served as its executive producer with Halle Berry and Vincent Cirrincione.
Santiago-Hudson starred opposite Berry in ABC’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. He is also starring in an upcoming PBS special on the life of famed African American chemist Dr. Percy Julian, and he stars with Judd Hirsch in Brother’s Shadow. Santiago-Hudson co-starred with John Travolta in Domestic Disturbance. He starred opposite Gregory Hines in Showtime Entertainment’s The Red Sneakers and played Christopher Darden in the CBS miniseries American Tragedy. For his starring role in the off-Broadway production of Deep Down and as Walter Lee Younger in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of A Raisin in the Sun, he received rave reviews. He also starred as Roma in the McCarter Theatre production of Glengarry Glen Ross.
In NBC’s Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, Santiago-Hudson starred with Tom Skerritt, and with Christopher Reeve in the ABC production of Rear Window. He appeared opposite Al Pacino in Devil’s Advocate, and co-starred in Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson. He can also be heard as the voice of the villain Jess Chapel in the HBO animated cartoon series Spawn.
Santiago-Hudson recently made his directorial debut with August Wilson’ Gem of the Ocean, starring Phylicia Rashad and John Amos. This summer, he will direct Wilson’s Seven Guitars in New York City.
Santiago-Hudson earned his bachelor’s degree in theater from Binghamton University and his master’ of fine arts from Wayne State University. A gifted and accomplished actor, he moves easily among the worlds of theater, film, and television. He welcomes the challenge of playing “strong, sensitive, intelligent men...who have great adversities and simple frailties.” He longs to play Richard III.
The college is awarding Sylvia Rosen and Edwin Rosinski the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Sylvia L. Rosen, ’71, is a renowned potter and educator who taught at Buffalo State College in the Design Department, Amherst Senior High School, and the Creative Craft Center at the University at Buffalo.
In 1987, Rosen and her late husband, Nathan, created the Sylvia L. Rosen Endowment for Fine Arts in the Craft Media. This generous endowment has made possible juried biennial craft art exhibitions with purchase awards and craft art lectures by field specialists. The first exhibition took place at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center in 1988. Since then, Craft Art Western New York has come to be recognized as a significant celebration of the diversity and richness of expression by the region’s craft artists who work with clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood.
Rosen graduated from Ohio State University. Her work has been included in many exhibitions over several decades, including the Cleveland Museum of Art (1943); the Buffalo Craftsmen Exhibition (1957 to 1970); the Albright–Knox Members Gallery (1962); Art Today 1967, New York State Council on the Arts, New York State Fair; the Buffalo State College 125th Anniversary Exhibition (1996); the Contemporary New York State Crafts Exhibition (1997); the Ohio State Alumni Reunion Exhibition (1999); New York Collects Buffalo State, Burchfield-Penney Art Center (2004); and Daemen College (2005). She is in the collections of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College; Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, Arthur E. Baggs Museum; and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. She continues to pursue ceramics study and work at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.
Rosen earned a master of science degree in art education from Buffalo State in 1971. She received the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award in 1991 and the Individual Philanthropic Leadership Award in 2000, both from the Buffalo State College Foundation. She has also received the Endowment Development Award from the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies and the National Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Rosen has directed her philanthropic support toward furthering education in the area of ceramic art at Florida Atlantic University, Ohio State University, and Buffalo State College. Most recently, she has generously donated to the capital campaign for the new Burchfield-Penney Art Center museum.
Edwin Rosinski, ’50, earned his bachelor of science degree in elementary education at Buffalo State before going on to earn his doctoral degree in education research and evaluation. He was the first educator ever hired by a medical school whose responsibility was to focus on the improvement of medical education. Today, there are more than 150 such medical education specialists.
Rosinski was the founding director of the Office of Research in Medical Education at the Medical College of Virginia. Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson asked him to serve as deputy assistant secretary for health manpower for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Later, Rosinski became a professor and head of the Department of Health Education Research at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
In California, Rosinski served as professor of medical education, executive vice chancellor, and director of the Office of Medical Education for the University of California, San Francisco. He was also a visiting professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and visiting scholar at Flinders University of South Australia.
Rosinski has published extensively regarding the health professions. His professional service activities have also revolved around his profession. He has served in numerous organizations, working on many committees to further issues related to medical education around the country and the world. He has also been involved with the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association. He has served as an adviser to the United States Agency for International Development; many organizations under the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; the World Health Organization; the Iranian Imperial Commission on Health and Medical Education; the Dominion of Fiji; and the Brazilian Ministry of Health. As an adviser, educator, and policymaker, Rosinski has promoted the improvement of medical education.
Rosinski maintains his connection with Buffalo State and is active in the college’s California activities.