BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo and Buffalo Common
Council Member Bonnie E. Russell powered up 10 computer terminals
at New Testament Revival Cathedral on Buffalo's East Side today as
part of a joint effort to provide much-needed computing resources
for families in the neighborhood.
The computers, complete with software, make up the new Phoenix
Community Computer Lab in the church, which is now open to members
of the community. UB loaned the computers and Council Member
Russell provided $3,500 to the computer lab, to cover equipment
maintenance and purchase of additional computers.
"UB is dedicated to the advancement of our surrounding
communities," said Marsha Henderson, UB's vice president for
external affairs. "The development of this community computer site,
in partnership with Council Member Russell, is consistent with our
institutional goals and the needs of the community."
Neighborhood residents were on hand to try out the new computers
during an open house at the church, located at 987 Kensington
"I am pleased to help New Testament Revival Cathedral with
funding sources needed to open their brand new computer lab," said
Russell. "Working with UB in a joint effort to make this endeavor
possible has been a rewarding experience. I look forward to future
collaboration with UB."
UB officials and Russell selected New Testament Revival
Cathedral as the site for the computers as part of an ongoing
effort to improve the quality of life and build better
relationships with community members who reside near UB's South
(Main Street) Campus. New Testament
has a well-established track record as a multi-purpose community
center and sponsor of numerous community outreach programs,
including government food distribution, maintaining a food pantry,
youth programs and activities to help strengthen the families.
Not all parts of the Greater Buffalo community have easy access
to computer technology, Henderson noted, adding that UB has helped
to meet demand by providing public access to computers in its
Unfortunately, UB's ability to provide on-campus computing
resources for neighborhood residents cannot keep pace with the
In response, the university has developed a plan that calls for
working within neighborhood "hubs," including community centers and
churches, to build computing capacity and meet the demand for
technology. This effort will initially focus on neighborhoods
closest to the UB South Campus and Downtown Campus.
UB's IT Computer Services Department provided volunteer
technical support for the new community computer lab.
"These computers will give neighborhood residents an opportunity
to connect with friends and family, access vast sources of
information and develop their skills as they try to compete in the
new 21st-century economy," said Kandice Drayton, computer-site
The university, through its UB 2020 plan, hopes to serve as a
catalyst for the emerging science and technology-based economy in
Buffalo, said Henderson. "Creation of community computer labs is
critical for the development of skills that will help Buffalo
residents contribute to and benefit from this new economy," she
The New Testament Revival Cathedral recently became the
distribution site for East Buffalo and surrounding areas for Angel
Food Ministries - a grocery relief program that allows anyone of
any income status to participate in saving money on groceries.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.