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A chance to offer formal comment on a statewide eligibility change sought by many parents, coaches and players involved with Unified high school sports teams is down to its final days. Unified basketball and bowling teams are varsity sports in which student-athletes with developmental disabilities play side-by-side with general education teammates. The initiative is …

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

We might be a little biased, but there’s no better place to experience college than Buffalo. There are countless reasons why you should stay in the city for school, from food and nightlife to affordable living and the community of people. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of why you should think about staying in the Queen City for the next chapter of your life! The options…

Buffalo Magazine: BufFYI

Gaining real-world experience in your field of study as part of your college experience is one huge benefit of internships—think of it as “trying on” your career to make sure it’ll fit. Internships are a smart move for many reasons, including providing an opportunity to learn new skills, enhance existing skills, network within your desired field, gain confidence and leader…

When it’s time to seriously start thinking about where to go to college, the number of options can become easily overwhelming. Thankfully, students and parents who have recently been through the process have some tips for vetting colleges to come up with a manageable short list of schools to look into. The biggest things to consider when selecting where to go to college…

Student loan debt has become the second highest category of consumer debt in the United States, behind mortgage loans. According to Forbes, more than 40 million borrowers in the United States owe, collectively, $1.5 trillion in student loans. Debt of any kind is scary, but for many, student loans are the only way the dream of attending college can become a reality. That…

There are more options than ever when it comes to passions to pursue in college as well as ways to earn a degree and other credentials. The most popular areas of study tend to include the same things each year, such as business, nursing, engineering, accounting, education, criminal justice, humanities, biology and trades/personal services. But for someone who has a m…

Education

A nonprofit alliance of funding organizations focused on improving early childhood education in Western New York will host a presentation next month about the role of New York State's Medicaid program in investing in the early years of life. Kate Breslin, president and CEO of the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, will keynote a Dec. 3 event hosted by Liftoff: W…

Business

Gary M. Crosby didn't see it coming. The president of the First Niagara Foundation was stunned to learn the foundation, in conjunction with KeyBank, was donating $2 million in his honor to Say Yes Buffalo. His fellow board members sprung the news on him a couple of weeks ago, culminating in Tuesday's formal announcement. Crosby served as president and CEO of First Ni…

Education

Picture what you will what someone in the science, technology, engineering and math fields must be like – and understand that the Western New York STEM Hub looks to break open these fields to all. "For a long time, people thought STEM meant only engineering jobs that required six years of college and $60,000 worth of post-collegiate debt, but more and more people are ac…

Cheektowaga

It was only a dollar. Dylan Belscher noticed it on the floor a few weeks ago as he sat at the back of English class in room 141 of John F. Kennedy High School, in Cheektowaga. Someone had dropped it, an old wrinkled bill, near the hanging caddie where students place their mobile phones during class. When the school day ended, Belscher watched his classmates descend upon…

Local News

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda parents have for years been able to enroll their children in any district school, a practice known as open enrollment. That practice is about to end. The School Board said it plans to end open enrollment for children in grades kindergarten through seven. Students already enrolled would be allowed to remain in place. The board must have two r…

Education

Lori Richmond has been a children's book author and illustrator for only about three years, but the job always intrigued her. "My parents say I was drawing pictures before I could even speak," the Long Island native said this week during a telephone interview. "Through high school and middle school, I was always the one that people would commission to make posters for t…

Business

St. Bonaventure University Provost Joseph Zimmer likes to say that if the university had been founded by nuns instead of friars, it would have had a nursing school since its beginnings. Catholic nuns, of course, were once the bedrock of health care delivery and education in Western New York. Now, in turbulent times for higher education, those colleges and universities w…