Important Dates: Spring 2015

  • February 1                  Deadline to Apply for May/August 2015 Graduation
  • February 6                  HESAA Orientation - For New Spring Students/GASPA Meet and Greet - For All Students
  • February 27                Internship Fair
  • March 2                      Student Review Session with Faculty for the Comprehensive Exam
  • March 5-8                   ACPA Conference – Tampa, Florida
  • March 21-25               NASPA Conference – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • March 30                    Internship and Open Advising Night
  • April 3                        Removal of Incomplete Grades (from previous Fall 2014 semester)
  • April 8                        Beginning of Summer/Fall 2015 Registration
  • April 10                      Comprehensive Exam
  • April 16-20                 AERA Conference – Philadelphia, PA
  • May 15                       HEA Awards Banquet
  • May 16                       Commencement


Student Highlight: April 2014

Dan Frontera


Dan Frontera is the Assistant Coordinator for Veterans Services at Erie Community College. His position at ECC allows him to work one on one with returning veterans and currently serving military, implementing ideas and services developed with the guidance of the faculty of the HESAA program. A Buffalo native, Dan served 21 years in the military, serves on multiple community initiatives including a memorial honoring the WNY residents who have fallen since 9/11, and as a volunteer coach for his two daughter’s soccer teams. We as a department would like to recognize Dan for his outstanding achievement in earning the SUNY Chancellor’sAward and his contribution to the field of higher education.



Hometown: West Seneca, New York

Undergraduate Degree: Financial Services from Medaille College

10 Year Professional Goal: To be a Dean of Students, have created a functional and successful Leadership Transition program for student veterans, to have completed a PhD, to still have muddy boots.

Leadership Roles: In the community I have been fortunate to be a Volunteer Fire Chief, creator of the WNY Iraq Afghanistan Memorial effort, and served on many community based veterans’ programs.

Favorite Class: Possibly Counseling and Interviewing

Advice to large group of people: Find your passion, keep your boots and hands muddy, lead a life where people say that you are someone who always delivered and always took time to be genuine and friendly. Never forget that you were once that wide eyed young student sitting on the other side of the desk, so extend your hand and help them find their passion.


The Graduate Association of Student Personnel Administrators (GASPA) is a graduate student organization for the Higher Education Administration (formerly Student Personnel Administration, SPA) program at Buffalo State. GASPA offers opportunities for its members to be on a committee, to help other students or to show leadership to the students in the higher education administration and student affairs program through being elected to the executive board. 



The job outlook for graduates is positive, according to the Association of College Administration Professionals. Our graduates also work in non-profit organizations in areas including human resources, public administration, and teaching. Many of our graduates continue on to doctoral level studies.



Internships offer students the chance to apply their knowledge to real-world situations. All students must complete two (2) one hundred and fifty (150) hour internships to qualify for graduation. These internships are recommended to be in different fields of higher education administration and to be at different institutions so that the student has the highest potential of learning about different colleges and universities and how they run. Here are the necessary forms for completing an internship:


Internships and the Workforce

There are a lot of positions that make up the field of higher education administration and student affairs. Through their internships our alumni have been able to obtain and excell in their higher education administration and student affairs career. Here is a list of career titles that some of our alumni individuals currently hold:

• Web/Social Media Editor
• Vice President for Development
• Director of First Year Advisement
• Director of Admissions
• Senior Financial Aid Advisor
• Assistant Dean of Students
• Residence Director
• Associate Events Manager
• Coordinator of Student Service
• EOP Coordinator
• Director of the Student Union
• Counselor
• TRiO Specialist
• Director of Campus Life
• Study Abroad Advisor
• Director, Multicultural Affairs
• Assistant Director of Assessment Programs
• Assistant Commissioner- NCAA III Athletic Conference Office

Higher Education Administration

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Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-3789 •  Fax: (716) 878-4856