Annual Report 2016-2017 - 6
01 Garman Family Gives $4 Million to
6 Buffalo State College 2016-2017 Annual Report
Art Conservation Department.
Buffalo State received $4 million-the largest
one-time gift in the college's history-from the
Richard and Patricia Garman family in December
2016 to support the college's Art Conservation
Department. The gift also completes the challenge
grant established by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation in 2014. The college named the
department the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman
Art Conservation Department in recognition of
the extraordinary gift. Richard Garman was the
former president and CEO of Buffalo Crushed
Stone and ABC Paving Company. Patricia Garman
taught psychiatric nursing at D'Youville College and
operated a private practice. The couple, who passed
away in 2017 and 2014, respectively, have three
adult daughters. Founded in 1970, the Garman Art
Conservation Department is recognized internationally
as a center of excellence in the conservation of fine
art, cultural heritage, and historic objects.
Zemsky Appointed to College Council.
Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Leslie Zemsky
to the Buffalo State College Council in July 2016.
A prominent advocate for the city of Buffalo,
Zemsky is a partner in the Larkin Development Group,
which has led the revival of the city's historic Larkin
District. She currently serves as a member of the
board of Visit Buffalo Niagara and is the former
president of the board of the Albright-Knox Art
Gallery. Zemsky fills a vacancy left by Gary Brost,
chairman and CEO of Strategic Investments &
Holdings Inc., who stepped down from the position
earlier in the year. The College Council serves as
the primary oversight and advisory body to the
college, its president, and senior officers with
respect to the operations and affairs of Buffalo
State. Zemsky's term expires June 30, 2018.
02 Great Lakes Center Receives
$2.7 Million Grant for EPA Project.
The Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State has been
awarded $2.7 million from the Environmental
Protection Agency for the project "Great Lakes
Long-Term Biological Monitoring Program:
Zooplankton, Benthos, Mysis, and Chlorophyll-a
Components for 2017-2022." Awarded via
sub-contract through a collaboration with Cornell
University, the grant continues a monitoring
program in the open waters of all five Great Lakes.
Lyubov Burlakova, senior research scientist, and
Alexander Karatayev, director of the Great Lakes
Center, are co-principal investigators of Buffalo
State's subcontract, responsible for benthos
collection and identification, and analysis of
long-term trends in the benthic community.