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Companies to interview job seekers on Feb. 22

The Erie Community College Workforce Development One-Stop Center will host a customer service and office support job fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 22 in its offices at 3176 Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

Geico, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Independent Health and Buffalo Medical Group are some of the companies that will be represented at the event, which is free. Employers are looking to fill full-time and part-time positions.

Job seekers should bring several copies of their resumes and dress as if they were going to a job interview. They also can participate in a 9 a.m. workshop on modern interviewing techniques.

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Seneca Diabetes Foundation plans black-tie gala

The Seneca Diabetes Foundation will hold a black-tie gala Feb. 9 in the Seneca Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls to fund an endowment at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

The purpose of the endowment is to fund critical research in the prevention of diabetes, recruit a top-notch endocrinologist to the hospital and offer mentoring and internship opportunities for Seneca Nation members interested in a career in medicine.

The funds also will help provide direct patient care for Seneca Nation members on the reservations. The Seneca Diabetes Foundation will invest $1.5 million over the next three to five years to fund the endowment.

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Festival sponsor offers four art scholarships

Applications for four $2,000 art scholarships that will be awarded to high school seniors during the 2007 Allentown Art Festival are available at the Allentown Village Society, sponsor of the annual outdoor show.

Seniors in Buffalo and Erie County are eligible. Applications can be obtained from high school art teachers or by calling the society, 881-4269. Two scholarships for college sophomores also will be granted during the festival artists reception June 9. Information on those is available in the fine arts departments of local colleges and universities.

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Dual diploma program earns recognition

A dual diploma program between the State University of New York and institutions in Turkey has earned recognition.

The Institute of International Education, a nonprofit organization that administers exchange programs for students around the world, awarded SUNY its Andrew Heiskell Award for developing the international partnership program.

Students usually spend freshman and junior years at home, and sophomore and senior years abroad. This year, for example, more than 330 Turkish students enrolled at the universities at Buffalo and Binghamton, and colleges at Cortland, New Paltz, Maritime College, Fashion Institute of Technology and Empire State College.

The students receive a diploma from both their SUNY and Turkish schools upon fulfilling academic requirements of both.

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