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Jay Tokasz, who covers higher education for The Buffalo News, has spent 24 years in newspapers, writing on a wide range of subjects, from evidence-tampering cops to papal elections. He previously worked for the Ithaca Journal and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Men's ice hockey and baseball are the most likely sports programs at Erie Community College to be suspended or eliminated if college officials can't find additional funds to support the athletics department. Cutting the two sports would affect about 60 students but could save as much as $134,000. College trustees this week again rejected a proposal to increase the s…

The University at Buffalo has named Suzanne Rosenblith as the new dean for its Graduate School of Education. She's currently associate dean of undergraduate programs and professor of educational foundations at Clemson University. Provost Charles F. Zukoski announced the appointment Wednesday morning by email. Rosenblith will start July 1. She succeeds Jaekyung Le…

The search for a new president of Erie Community College is winding down. Four finalists for the job will be on campus beginning next week to give public presentations and meet with members of the ECC Board of Trustees. The board has scheduled a special meeting for June 7 to vote on a new president. "These four are immensely qualified," said Dennis A. Murphy, chai…

The University at Buffalo's chief fundraiser will step down in July. UB President Satish K. Tripathi announced the departure of Nancy Wells, who spent five years as vice president of philanthropy and alumni engagement. University officials credited Wells with strengthening UB’s fundraising and alumni outreach efforts by implementing major organizational changes in …

A German clothing designer who operated a fabric store chain has donated $4.1 million to Niagara University. The bequest comes from the estate of the late Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko. It will be used to fund a new Center for Race and Equality, an endowed chair in professional ethics and a new post, associate director of equity and inclusion. Some of the money will be used …

Dwight Eagan alternated between sips of Tim Hortons and a cup of water. The agenda for the Orchard Park School Board was short and mostly mundane on a Tuesday evening in April: a bond anticipation note, a handful of substitute teacher appointments, a $2,511 donation to the Middle School. But there also was the substantial matter of approving a 2017-18 district budget to…

University at Buffalo officials anticipate attracting as many as 850 students into three new degree programs that will be offered through the School of Public Health and Health Professions beginning this August. The State University of New York and the state Education Department have approved bachelor's degree programs in public health and in statistics, as well as a co…

Oct. 4, 1925 – May 2, 2017 A World War II battle with German machine gunners landed Daniel F. Stackpoole in a military hospital for four months in 1945. Pvt. Stackpoole of the Ninth Infantry Division, eventually healed from the wound to his upper thigh. But many other young men perished in the battle, and Mr. Stackpoole struggled with guilt over his own survival. H…

Warren Sutton never blamed Alfred University. Sutton was a solid student, a star basketball player and one of just six black students at the university in 1959. He also was secretly dating the white daughter of a high-ranking university administrator. When the administrator discovered the relationship, he wanted it broken up. Sutton refused. But rather than risk expu…

The cost of operating a successful intercollegiate athletics program at Erie Community College is going up, and college administrators are trying to figure out a way to pay for it, while at the same time responding to a federal civil rights investigation into whether it offers women enough access to sports. One proposal was to create a new athletics and wellness fee, se…

When Daemen College student Andrea D'Sa, a soccer player, asked NCAA President Mark Emmert how he managed to lead an organization made up of such a diverse group of institutions, Emmert's answer showed just how large the gaps between intercollegiate athletics programs  can be from campus to campus. Emmert tried to make the point that finding overall policies to fit "ev…

Tuition at Erie County Community College will increase to $4,900 in 2017-18 -- 3.5 percent more than the current tuition of $4,733. Trustees voted unanimously Thursday morning to approve a $110.8 million budget that includes a tuition hike for the seventh straight year. Tuition has grown by 43 percent since 2010, which is the last time that ECC students did not see a…

It wasn't Berkeley or Middlebury, by any stretch. But controversial speaker Robert Spencer was repeatedly shouted down and heckled at the podium Monday inside a University at Buffalo lecture room, as he tried to give a talk on "Exposing Radical Islam: The Dangers of Jihad in Today's World." Two hundred people, most of them clearly opposed to Spencer's point of view o…

Environmental studies major Vanessa Dwyer last year started prodding University at Buffalo officials to divest endowment funds from fossil fuel companies, as several universities around the country already have done. This year, a full-throated campaign has taken hold at UB. And even though she will be graduating later this month, Dwyer expects it to grow louder and stro…

Erie Community College appears headed toward a seventh consecutive year of tuition increases. Faced with a budget gap of $3.7 million in 2017-18, college trustees are weighing a tuition hike of 3 percent, a move administrators said would raise about $1.3 million toward closing the gap. Tuition currently is $4,733 per year – 43 percent more than in 2010, which is th…