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Media and Public Relations

Communications staff members provide direction for, plan, and implement internal and external communications initiatives to advance Buffalo State's mission, strategic plan, and brand. 

What We Do


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News Coverage

The communications staff is available to assist faculty and staff members in achieving news coverage for appropriate events, conferences, achievements, or grants through a variety of tactics such as press releases, media alerts, or informal pitches. 

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Working with the Media

Faculty, staff, and departments are not permitted to issue press releases or contact the media on their own as representatives of Buffalo State. All such efforts must be coordinated through a communications staff member in Marketing and Communications. 


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Interview Requests

All interview requests for Buffalo State’s administration, faculty, and staff must be coordinated through a member of the communications team.

In most cases, reporters will contact a communications staff member to identify a source and coordinate an interview. In advance of an interview, a member of the communications team will contact the requested faculty or staff member to discuss talking points and anticipated questions. 

If a reporter or journalist contacts you directly, please request that they contact a communications staff member to coordinate the interview before agreeing to an interview.

The Communications Team works with university administrators, faculty, and staff to prepare for interactions with the news media. Please contact a communications staff member if you would like to participate in a media training session.

Contact Our Team

Laurie A. Kaiser, Interim Media Relations Officer
Phone: (716) 878-3520

Colleen R. Callahan, Director of Digital Communications
Phone: (716) 878-6657

Sydney L. Pfeifer, Communications and Social Media Assistant
Phone: (716) 878-4201

Nancy B. Paschke, Editorial Director
Phone: (716) 878-4237

Internal Communications

Buff State Alert is the university's emergency notification system. 

Buff State Alert is used to convey messages regarding serious safety issues, utility failures, or weather-related campus wide closures and cancellations. Buff State Alert is capable of sending text messages, recorded voice messages, and e-mail messages to multiple addresses and phone numbers. In addition, the system is capable of immediately posting messages to the Buffalo State home page, social media sites, desktop notifications, and select digital message boards.

Students, faculty, and staff members who wish to enroll in Buff State Alert or modify their contact preferences (e.g., update a cell phone number) may do so by visiting the Buff State Alert website and logging in with their Buffalo State username and password. Anyone who does not have a Buffalo State username or password can still sign up for text messages only from Buff State Alert by texting the word “buffalostate” to 79516.

Personal data provided to Buff State Alert will not be used for any other purpose or for campus information broadcast. If you have questions about Buff State Alert, please call (716) 878-4357, email the IT Help Desk, or view How do I manage my Buff State Alert account?

Sign up for Buff State Alert

The Daily Bulletin is Buffalo State’s electronic newsletter containing official announcements, news and events, curricular items, faculty and staff achievements, and other information of importance to the campus community.

Providing a centralized source for campus information, the Daily Bulletin is designed primarily for faculty and staff members. Friends of the institution may also subscribe.

Read the Daily Bulletin

Subscribe to the Daily Bulletin

Editorial policy and additional guidelines

Buffalo State generally does not allow mass emailing to faculty and staff, and the distribution list for faculty and staff is not available for general use. The Daily Bulletin is the primary vehicle for mass communication to faculty and staff, such as emergency communications by the president, provost, and vice presidents or their designees to convey critical information to the campus, such as news about campus network or infrastructure issues, campus operations, or the death of a colleague. 

The Marketing and Communications Office works with the President’s Office and vice presidents and their staff members in determining email communication.

Death notices of retired faculty or staff members are included in the Daily Bulletin (In Memorium) when the Marketing and Communications Office is alerted in a timely* fashion that a retiree** has died.

* within three months of the death or memorial service
** official retirement, whether by choice or by reason of disability