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Planning under way at GCC for president's installation

BATAVIA -- Planning is under way for the most prestigious ceremony in the academic world -- the installation of a new president -- at Genesee Community College.

Some of the faculty, and most of the students, weren't born when the previous president was installed in 1975. Stuart Steiner resigned last year, and James M. Sunser took over in August.

The solemn academic procession -- led by Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York, will take place at 2 p.m. May 5 in the theater named for the previous president.

Debbie L. Sydow -- president of Onondaga Community College, where Sunser served as bursar and vice president for 22 years -- will be the principal speaker.

Richard G. Ensman Jr., spokesman for GCC, said a week of special activities will be held for the official welcome of the new president.

The college opened in 1966, and Sunser is the fourth president. The college library is named for the first in that role, Alfred C. O'Connell.


50th anniversary gala to celebrate sister city tie

A gala dinner and a theatrical performance this month will mark the 50th anniversary of Buffalo's Sister City relationship with Kanazawa, Japan.

A Peace Dinner at 6:30 p.m. April 15 in the Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave., will celebrate 50 years of friendship between the two cities and honor those who have championed the Buffalo-Kanazawa relationship. Tickets are $60. For information, call 636-5545.

On April 17, there will be a performance of Noh Japanese Classical Mask Theater and Shakuhachi, a bamboo flute duo, with musicians for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at 7 p.m. in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts on the North Campus in Amherst.


Opening ceremony Sunday for Dyngus Day Festival

The opening ceremony of the Dyngus Day Festival will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday in Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga.

Two 12-year-olds, Victoria Prusaczyk and Dominic Kucharski, students of the Polish Saturday School at St. John Gualbert Parish, will act as grand marshals.

Dyngus Day 2012 will be celebrated Monday at a number of locations and feature the Dyngus Day Buffalo Parade, which begins at 5 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church and continues to the Central Terminal. For information, go to


Movie studio seeks extras for sci-fi horror film

DefTone Pictures studio is seeking extras Saturday for a scene in its sci-fi horror movie "Ombis" -- about an alien slime virus infecting Earth.

The producers need to fill Cheektowaga Town Hall, 3301 Broadway, with men and women ages 18 and over.

Filmmakers need extras, who will not be paid, at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Participants are welcome to attend both sessions.

For more information, go to