>Professor to receive spiritual renewal medal
LEWISTON -- Criminal-justice professor David B. Taylor will receive Niagara University's Caritas Medal at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at a Mass marking the start of the university's Vincentian Spiritual Renewal program.
The Vincentian order of priests sponsors the university, and the renewal program is part of a series of programs marking Niagara's 150th anniversary.
Taylor, who has taught at Niagara since 1999, is director of two grant-funded programs at the university, Border Community Service and ReNU Niagara. He also coordinates an anti-crime program in Niagara Falls called Weed and Seed, and is co-chairman of the university's Committee to Assist in the Revitalization of Niagara Falls.
The Spiritual Renewal, which runs through next Tuesday, will include lunchtime seminars for students and staff focusing on Catholic social teaching. Patrick McCormick, associate professor of Christian ethics at Gonzaga University, will be featured Monday in seminars on "Building the Righteous Community."
>Patients to discuss their weight-loss surgery
Patients who have successfully undergone minimally invasive bariatric surgery will discuss their experiences at 6 p.m. Wednesday when Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center hosts a seminar entitled, "Weighing in on Bariatric Surgery."
Presented by Dr. Venkat R. Kolli and his staff, the program will allow people contemplating weight-loss surgery to learn about its risks and benefits, the procedure itself, eligibility criteria, post-operative care and follow-up group support. The program will be held in the Medical Center Auditorium. To register, call 278-4523.