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Moving in day at Buffalo State College

The year 2025 is displayed at Buffalo State College.
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A heat advisory greeted incoming freshman and returning students for Moving in Day on the SUNY Buffalo State campus Thursday.

While unloading bags outside of Cleveland Hall, incoming Freshman Devon Pernell wiped the sleep from his eyes after the drive from Long Island.

Devon Pernell
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“That drive was long, I’m not even gonna lie, but it felt good,” he said.

The Biology major was excited to meet his new roommate, but Devon’s mother worried about the winter months despite the August heat.

“I don’t like the cold so hopefully he can handle it,” she said.

Incoming freshman Sydney is studying speech pathology and playing softball and is ready for the new challenges college will bring:

“A little nervous, but once I get up there I should be good,” she said.

Sydney and father
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Buffalo State College President Dr. Katherine Conway Turner is excited to have a full campus for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Well, for this semester, I am personally so excited to be back engaged with people,” she said. “Every time I see folks I haven't seen for a long time. I have people on my own campus that we have been in Zoom mode for so long that I really haven't seen them for maybe a full year or more. So I'm personally very excited to have these in-person, one-on-one conversations or meetings with individuals that we can fully discuss things in person.”

This year also marks the 150th anniversary of Buffalo State. Special events in honor of the anniversary have been planned throughout the academic year.

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Thomas moved to Western New York at the age of 14. A graduate of Buffalo State College, he majored in Communications Studies and was part of the sports staff for WBNY. When not following his beloved University of Kentucky Wildcats and Boston Red Sox, Thomas enjoys coaching youth basketball, reading Tolkien novels and seeing live music.