Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to six people Saturday by the Canisius College Alumni Association during a ceremony in the college's Montante Cultural Center.
The awards honor Canisius College alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers.
Recipients this year include Terrence M. Connors, a member of the Class of 1968 and a senior partner with Connors & Vilardo LLP; Cherylyn Harley LeBon, Class of 1988, senior counsel for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; and Michael P. Healy, Class of 1970, vice president of original movies, Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group.
Also Paul J. Kolkmeyer, Class of 1975, executive vice president and CEO, First Niagara Financial Group Inc.; Andrew J. Shaevel, Class of 1968, MBA 1989, president and CEO, RSA Solutions, and Nancy Wutz Ware, Class of 1978, MBA 1985, president of EduKids Inc.
THE HONORABLE ANN T. MIKOLL, THE FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO SERVE ON A NEW YORK STATE APPELLATE COURT AND A LIFELONG ADVOCATE FOR THE CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL TRAINING OF YOUNG PEOPLE, HAS RECEIVED THE 2004 EDWIN F. JAECKLE AWARD FROM THE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO LAW SCHOOL AND THE UB LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
Named for a UB Law alumnus of the Class of 1915, the award is the highest honor bestowed by the Law School and the UB Law Alumni Association. It is given annually to an individual who has distinguished herself or himself and has made significant contributions to the Law School and to the legal profession.
Prior to becoming the first woman elected to a state appellate court, Mikoll was assistant corporation counsel for the City of Buffalo and a Buffalo City Court Judge for 14 years. She was elected to the high court in 1971 and re-elected in 1985. She retired in 1999 as senior associate justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department.
The 1954 graduate of the UB Law School for 21 yewars planned, supervised and executed youth programs for fraternal and cultural organizations prior to her entry into public life. She taught literature, poetry, music, singing and dancing.
Mikoll was honored Oct. 30 at a luncheon following the UB Law Alumni Convocation.
Nils Olsen, Law School dean and professor, praised her, noting that "throughout her illustrious career, Ann Mikoll has brought honor to the Law School and to the legal profession. She has long served as a distinguished and respected jurist and has provided guidance to the school through her active and continuing membership on the Dean's Advisory Council."
SANJAY CHADHA, DIRECTOR OF OUTPATIENT SERVICES AT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER, HAS BEEN ELECTED PRESIDENT FOR 2005 OF THE INDIA ASSOCIATION OF BUFFALO. HE WAS GENERAL SECRETARY THIS YEAR.
Other officeres and board members include the vice president, Dinesh Sukumaran; general secretary, Vinod Chahal; treasurer, Neeru Mehta; central and youth activities, Akruti Shastri; membership and fund raising, Anita Sasankan, and public relations, Raiput Jagtar Singh.
The IAB represents thousands of people of Indian sub-continent origin living in Western New York. It sponsors many activities and celebrations, including India Day and Republic Day, an annual golf tournament and Hands Across India.
THE CENTER FOR HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE IN CHEEKTOWAGA HAS PRESENTED HOPE, CARE AND DIGNITY AWARDS TO WEGMANS, CIMINELLI DEVELOPMENT AND MIKE AND DONA KING.
Ann McCarthy, consumer affairs manager for Wegmans; Paul Ciminelli, CEO of Ciminelli Development, and the Kings received the awards Nov. 12 at the 4th annual Harvest Festival for Hospice presented by the Buffalo Bills.
The awards recognize their "extraordinary" work and support to Hospice Buffalo, which provides medical care, emotional and spiritual support to people with serious illness and to their families. The agency began caring for patients in 1978 and today cares for more than 2,400 patients a year in homes, hospitals, area nursing facilities and the Mitchell Campus in Cheektowaga.
More than 800 people attended the festival, which included wine tasting and a live auction by Cash Cunningham.
JEFFREY O. DANN, CPA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DENT NEUROLOGIC INSTITUTE IN AMHERST, HAS ACHIEVED FELLOW STATUS IN THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF MEDICAL PRACTICE EXECUTIVES. FORMAL REC OGNITION WAS MADE LAST MONTH AT THE MEDICAL GROUP MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO.< Dann has been executive director of the Dent Neurologic Institute, a multiple sub-specialty neurology group and research center, since 1986.
Laurie Baker, a member of the Mental Health Association of Erie County Association board of directors, recently received the 2004 Benefactor Society Award.
She also serves on the MHA Foundation board and has been an advocate of the association's school-based programs.
The association provides numerous programs and services for children, adults and families throughout Erie County. Baker was instrumental in forging a partnership with WNED-TV that resulted in a one-hour program geared to young persons. The program is available to the public.