BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo State College has 137 students living downtown as it begins its seven-year renovation project for four dorm towers on campus, college spokesman Jerod Dahlgren said. The students are staying at Lofts, a student housing unit at 136 N. Division St.
Buff State has housed students at downtown hotels for many years because it lacked necessary dorm space on campus. It opened a new, 500-bed apartment complex in the fall of 2011, but then lost the dorm capacity this year at Tower 4 because of renovations.
The renovations will be staggered throughout the years, with nothing in the 2013-14 academic year and then another tower being renovated through 2014-15.
• In other Buff State news, College President Aaron Podolefsky is scheduled to deliver his annual state of the college address at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center.
No word yet on Podolefsky's subject, though he's already announced 2012-13 as the "Year of the City" at Buff State, with a service and programmatic emphasis on Buffalo. Buffalo State has had a Buffalo campus for 141 years.
• In case you missed it, Buff State's football team knocked off the country's top-ranked team, UW-Whitewater, on Saturday. On the road and down by six, Buff State pulled off a crazy hook-and-ladder on a fourth-and-19, leading to a touchdown and extra point with just second left. Buffalo State (2-1) finds itself ranked 24th in the country after the win.