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>Bielecki gets promotion to post of vice president

LEWISTON -- Niagara University has named Donald P. Bielecki as its new vice president for institutional advancement.

It is a promotion for Bielecki, who started in September 2002 as the university's associate vice president for advancement. Before returning to Western New York, Bielecki, a City of Tonawanda native who lives in Clarence Center, worked for 10 years in fundraising posts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Bielecki succeeds Patrick A. Hanley, who left Niagara to take a similar post at Colgate Rochester Crozercq Divinity School in Rochester.


>Hockey couple speaks out against animal cruelty

Buffalo Sabres forward Adam Mair and his wife, Ali, are both scoring an assist with the SPCA serving Erie County's campaign to prevent cruelty to animals.

Mair can be heard in two SPCA public service announcements being broadcast on local radio stations -- one in which he talks about the number of animal cruelty cases the SPCA investigates annually and the other in which he talks about the various programs the SPCA has in schools. He will appear in more cruelty-prevention programs later this year.

Ali Mair works with the SPCA's 2007 TLC Teaching Love and Compassion program with 11- to 13-year-old city youth. The program pairs youngsters with dogs that may be facing extended shelter stays and shows them training techniques.


>Workshop offered on care of trees

A workshop on how to conduct a tree inventory and respond to storm damage will be offered in February.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Western Finger Lakes Releaf and Region 9 of the state Department of Environmental Conservation will team up to present "Urban Tree Inventory and Assessment" at 8:15 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Erie County Fire Training Center in Cheektowaga.

To register, call Mark Gooding, DEC Region 8, (585) 226-5466 or e-mail


>CIA veteran to speak on threat of terrorism

Canisius College alumnus Michael P. Scheuer, CBS News terrorism analyst and a former senior CIA officer, will return to his alma mater to speak at 8 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Montante Cultural Center.

His lecture, "America, Osama bin Laden and the War That Has Barely Begun," is free and open to the public.

A 1974 graduate of Canisius, Scheuer was a 22-year veteran of the CIA. He ran its Osama bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and served as the unit's senior adviser from 2001 to 2004. He is an adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University.

He is the author of "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on Terror" and "Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam and the Future of America," both originally published anonymously because of CIA regulations.

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