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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

* Carlos Tejada has been named associate dean for graduate recruitment at Niagara University. The Los Angeles native is a 1983 graduate of Gonzaga University.

Tejada, who received his master's degree from Ohio State University in 1985, has worked as a career counselor at the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College. Most recently, he was the director of academic advisement at Niagara County Community College.

He lives in Williamsville with his two daughters.

* Dorothy Stahlnecker of M.J. Peterson Cos. has been named leasing consultant to assist in leasing efforts at The Summit.

Stahlnecker said, "I grew up here and in the Summit Park Mall. I am privileged to be part of the great team that is assembling for the resurrection of The Summit. We are working on a lot of great tenants to fill up the mall and bring back the energy the community wants."

The Summit has over 800,000 square feet of floor space on 82 acres and is undergoing a $15 million redevelopment with a mix of businesses, shops, restaurants, services and entertainment. It will be the only mall in Western New York to offer "weather proof" drop-offs and entries, and free WiFi Internet throughout the concourse.

* Dawn M. Suitor has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. Suitor, an individual mobilization augmentee program manager with 20 years of military service, is assigned to the Readiness Management Group, Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu.

She is the daughter of William and Cheryl Suitor of Youngstown.

The lieutenant colonel graduated in 1985 from Lewiston Porter High School and received a bachelor's degree in 1989 from the University at Buffalo. She earned a master's degree in 2002 from Embry-Riddle University through the military extension program.

* Air Force Airman Eric M. Graca has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches; and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations.

In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Graca is the son of Sue Wienke and Chris Pyjas of North Tonawanda and a 2005 graduate of North Tonawanda High School.

* Army Private Joseph A. Langman Jr. has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The training included completion of basic military training and advanced training. Langman is the son of Joseph Sr. of Carrington, N.D., and Freda of Niagara Falls.

He is a 2003 graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

Three area high school students were nominated for U.S. service academies.

The nominees are: Adam Harris and Jonathan A. Lewczyk, both of North Tonawanda, and Nicholas M. Crider of Wheatfield. Crider and Lewczyk were both nominated for an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, and Harris was nominated to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, said the three students represent the best and brightest who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics and community service.

Students who are accepted will be able to enroll next summer.

* Patti Wrobel has been named assistant dean for external relations in the College of Education at Niagara University. She will be responsible for coordinating professional development initiatives with school districts and the general education community.

Wrobel received her master's degree in educational administration and supervision from Niagara in 2000. She previously attended Empire State College, graduating with a bachelor's degree in professional studies. She began working at NU in 1996 as Learn and Serve Niagara's tutor coordinator. Most recently, she was the assistant to the dean in the College of Education.

Wrobel will direct the new Institute of Applied Learning and be responsible for partnerships to extend the work of the university as a provider of professional development to paraprofessionals, parents, teachers, counselors and educational leaders.

Wrobel lives in Niagara Falls with her husband, Walter, and two daughters, Jennifer and Kristen.

* Seven theater students from Niagara County Community College were nominated by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to take part in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition and the Barbizon Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence.

Nominated in the acting category were Jimmie Byrd of Amherst, Tim Allman of Tonawanda, Jenna Clark of Lockport and Rebecca Braun of North Tonawanda. Nominated as an alternate was Ashley Jankowski. Tim Moran, a graduate of NCCC, was nominated for lighting design; Christopher Ark of Gasport, for sound design; and Stephanie Smith of Lockport, for stage management.

The goals of the Kennedy Center ACTF are to encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs; to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills; and encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students, the classics, revitalized or newly conceived and experimental works.

* Harry Gong has been named Niagara University's new director of admissions. He replaces Mike Konopski, who was appointed dean of enrollment management.

Gong, a native of Williamsville, had been director of admissions at Hilbert College since 2000. Gong is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, where he received his bachelor's degree in English literature and master's degree in higher education administration. He earned his teacher certification from Wingate University in North Carolina.

Gong and his wife, Danelle, have a 2-year-old daughter and live in Kenmore.

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