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Scholarship is a
Buffalo State Partners with Zipcar to
Offer Car Sharing on Campus.
Buffalo State in August launched a new partnership with Zipcar, the world's leading car-sharing
network. Campus Zipcars are available 24 hours a
day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and
staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the
local community over the age of 21. Cars can be
reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days.
Zipcar has established relationships with more than
500 universities across North America.
Abadey Holds Master Drum Clinic
at Burchfield Penney.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center in partnership
with the Pappy Martin Legacy Jazz Society hosted
a master drum clinic with renowned drummer,
composer, and educator Nasar Abadey in July
2016. An instructor of jazz percussion at the
25 Dror Receives Distinguished
David Dror, '66, was recognized with the Buffalo
State Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumnus
Award for his humanitarian efforts during a ceremony
in September 2016. Dror is an acclaimed international expert in micro-insurance, widely recognized
for his research on ways to bring health insurance
to the poor. As the founder and managing director
of the Micro Insurance Academy (MIA) in New
Delhi, India, he has helped provide affordable health
insurance to more than 300,000 people in Africa
and Asia. He has published several books and more
than 60 articles in refereed journals, presented at
international conferences, and received many
honors and awards. Dror presented the lecture
"From Buffalo to Bihar, India: How Education in
the Richest Country Has Prepared Me to Work
in One of the Poorest" as part of the 2016
Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration.
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24 Cuomo Kicks Off Excelsior
Scholarship Tour at Buffalo State.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo chose Buffalo
State as the first stop on his Student Tuition
Initiative rally in early February 2017, promoting his
Excelsior Scholarship tuition-assistance proposal
for students in New York State. Cuomo unveiled
the Excelsior Scholarship in his 2017 State of the
State address in January. This first-in-the-nation
tuition-free program is designed to make SUNY
and CUNY colleges tuition free for New York's
middle-class families while promoting on-time
graduation and reducing student loan indebtedness.
Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University in
Baltimore, Maryland, Abadey also leads the group
SUPERNOVA, which blends world rhythms, bebop,
and fusion. Abadey has built a solid reputation as a
sideman and has recorded or performed with such
jazz legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Pharoah Sanders,
and Sun Ra.