Tony Buffo Memorial Fund eclipses $10,000
Honoring former Cowley College instructor Tony Buffo for the numerous
lives he had an impact on, the Tony Buffo Memorial has raised more than
$10,100 since being established in 2010.
The scholarship will be endowed in Mr. Buffo’s name and the interest earned off the funds will be used to scholarship a student in either the Career Technical Education or Education field of study.
“We are so pleased and appreciative for the gifts that have been given in Tony’s name,” Shannon Massey, executive director of alumni and development said. “I think this is a testament to the wonderful education Tony provided his students.”
Buffo, who passed away in January 2010, was passionate about teaching.
Ask any of his former students at what was then Arkansas City Junior College (ACJC), and
they’d probably tell you that he instilled in them a foundation for a strong work ethic, respect for their fellow student, and the desire to do what’s right. Buffo prepared students for real-life experiences, real jobs that paid real money.
Buffo earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State College in 1944 and a Master of Science from Kansas State College in 1947. He earned additional graduate credits at Kansas State College, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and Wichita State University.
Prior to teaching at ACJC, he was a teacher at the Arkansas City High School/Junior High from 1947-1956, and served as the Director of Industrial-Vocational Education for USD 470 from 1956-
In 1966, Buffo was hired by the college as dean of vocational technical education and director of the area vocational-technical school, a position he held until 1970. From 1970 to 1973, Buffo served as dean of general education and occupational education. And from 1973 until his retirement in 1985, Buffo served as dean of instruction.
Buffo had considerable expertise in vocational education. He was brought to Washington, D.C., by then-President Lyndon Johnson as a consultant to a presidential commission charged with studying and recommending changes to the advisory committee responsible for developing the new Vocational Education Act of 1968.
He was one of only eight vocational education directors from across the U.S. selected for this duty in June 1967.
He also served as president and held other offices for several local and state-wide professional organizations, while also serving on the North Central Association accreditation team, which evaluated community colleges in North Dakota Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado.
Buffo was actively involved in the Arkansas City community and received a Community Leaders of America award in 1974 and Outstanding Educator of America award in 1975. His community work involved serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce from 1970-1972; Board of Directors member for the Rotary Club from 1973-1976, while serving as Rotary Club president from 1974-1975; consultant for the Kansas State Association of Commerce and Industry in 1968; chairman for the Evaluation Team for the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce in 1974; served on the Board for the Sacred Heart Church in 1972; was a member of the American Legion Boy’s State committee; counselor for Boy Scouts of America; was a recipient of a summer study scholarship awarded by the Arkansas City Academy of Medicine; and was a member of the Kansas State Manpower Planning Division Task Force, Area II, in 1975. He also contributed to several professional journals and newspapers, while serving one year as a moderator for a series of weekly radio panel shows.
Many of Tony Buffo’s former students have contributed to his memorial fund. Buffo made an impact on numerous students’ lives during his time as an instructor at ACJC. Several students of Buffo’s went on to successful careers in the printing business, while many others formed lucrative careers thanks to the instruction they received from Buffo.
To make a contribution to the A.F. Tony Buffo Endowed Memorial Scholarship, contact Shannon Massey at 620-441-5319, or Ben Schears at 620-441-5245.