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Benefit card program supports alumni

By Joseph Losito
On March 8, 2012

 

For seniors looking toward graduation, a Buffalo State alumni ID card allows them
to continue to benefit from the college long after they finish their final class.
 
"It's actually very easy," said Landrum Beard, assistant director of the Buffalo State
alumni office. "Typically we set up an area at commencement where graduating
seniors can fill out their information and receive their alumni ID card. After filling
out a simple form we have the ability to print out the ID cards right there."
 
The alumni ID card allows a graduate to access alumni benefits, including discounts
both on and off campus.
 
The ID allows alumni to purchase a Buffalo State parking pass for only $3.26 each
semester. At the E.H. Butler Library, alumni can be able to use the computers and
printers. If an alumnus would wish to take out books from Butler Library, they
would have to pay a separate $50 fee.
 
If shopping online, alumni can receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases of $20
or more at New Buffalo Graphics on their website, www.newbuffalographics.com.
 
The site sells Buffalo-related clothing and products such as coffee mugs, clocks and
greeting cards.
 
Alumni will also receive a 15 percent discount for any purchase of Buffalo
themed paintings and drawings with Michael S. Smith Pen & Ink Prints at
www.mssgraphics.com.
 
These online offers are obtained by entering Buffalo State alumni codes. These can
be found at wwww.alumni.buffalostate.edu by clicking on the "Resources" tab and
selecting "Alumni Benefits."
 
"You can pick up your alumni ID at graduation, or we have the ability to print it out
here in the office upon request," Beard said. "We just have to verify that you have
graduated from Buffalo State."

 
Buffalo State's alumni association is not membership-based like some other schools,
making it easier to pass benefits onto graduates, Beard said. Where some schools
demand yearly dues to continue using alumni benefits, Buffalo State does not,
keeping the card free for alumni.
 
"This is another way where we try to simplify the alumni benefits process," said
Beard.
 
Graduating students can pick up their cards at commencement or the Alumni Affairs
Office in Cleveland Hall room 319. They can also request a card be mailed to them at
www.surveymonkey.com/s/GSFFLLK.
 
"We keep striving for ease of use and automation," said Mary Jo Jagord, the business
manager of the Buffalo State alumni office. "We want to make it easy for our
members to use these benefits. This can mean setting up at graduation, and also
having the option of registering on our website to receive benefits."

 
When asked about his experience with these benefits, one alumnus said he was
pleased with the way it worked.
 
"The alumni card was easy," said Adam Thurlow, a 2004 graduate in secondary
education. "I filled out the paperwork at graduation and got my card right there. I
can't think of any way they can make the process easier."
 
For comments on the story contact bscrecord@gmail.com.

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