From the Vice President for Institutional AdvancementPosted: Monday, October 31, 2016
Philanthropy at Work
Increasing retention is a key focus of the colleges 20162021 Strategic Plan. We know how crucial it is. After all, attracting students to our campus is one thing; making sure they have the tools they need to succeed is another.
One way to achieve this is by offering students more academic support services. This is where the new Academic Achievement Center (AAC) comes in. The AAC will serve as a one-stop center for a range of student services, all housed within Butler Library.
Although the completed facility wont open until 2020, a $75,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation made it possible to begin the first phase this fall. The grant allowed the college to hire AAC director Aimee Woznick in August. Shell be the guiding force during execution of the subsequent AAC phases.
Another element of phase one, a new Drop-in Advising Center located within the librarys Information Commons, also opened this fall, thanks to Millington Lockwood Business Interiors. The Advising Centers cubicle has been outfitted with sleek furniture that Millington Lockwoods president, Michael Bonitatibus, 79, provided to us at a special rate.
The Oishei Foundation and Millington Lockwood helped us launch an exciting and forward-thinking project that should result in better service for our students and higher graduation rates. What a terrific example of individual gifts contributing to Buffalo States overall mission of empowering students to succeed and inspiring a lifelong passion for learning.