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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Two Niagara University students were presented awards for presentations they made at the Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication, held April 18 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Seniors Lauren Merrick and Molliann Zahm were recognized for posters that resulted from research they conducted as part of their communication studies classes at Niagara. Merrick's presentation was titled "Magazine Cover Images as Social Representations for Male and Female Business Leaders," while Zahm focused on "Conducting International Investigative Journalism for Project Censored."

The Conference for Undergraduate Research in Communication, which began in 2004 as a gathering of communication students from Western New York, has grown into a regional conference. Sponsored by RIT's department of communication, the conference has drawn nearly 250 undergraduate scholars from colleges and universities in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Virginia.

Army Reserve Pvt. Eddie T. Lewis has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Lewis is the son of Sherita Heflin of 21st Street, Niagara Falls. He is a 2010 graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

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Air Force Reserve Airman Dustin M. Ellnor graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. Ellnor is the son of Annette Lamb of North Transit Street, and grandson of Sharon Killion of Chestnut Drive, both of Lockport. He is a 2009 graduate of Lockport High School.

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Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Nicholas M. Manfredi graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Manfredi is the son of Christian Manfredi of Wingate Place, Youngstown. He is a 2011 graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School.

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More than 220 volunteers from Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center and Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence were recognized at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held April 27 at the Niagara Falls Country Club.

During 2011, more than 62,000 hours of service were given by volunteers at the hospital and nursing care residence to improve the lives of others. Volunteers represent the American Red Cross, Our Lady of Peace, Mount St. Mary's Hospital, VanGo Drivers, St. Francis Guild, Board of Associates and the Senior Companion Program.

The first Outstanding Volunteer Award in Honor of Ruth Woolery was presented to Margaret "Marge" Destino, who has more than 27 years of service and was selected by her peers.

Individuals recognized for more than 1,000 hours of service include: Ed Page and Lucille Rice from Mount St. Mary's; Dolores Borowski, Marilyn Keenan and Faustina Muzzillo, foster grandparents at the Child Care Center; and Dr. Salvatore Chiappone and Fay Willard of Our Lady of Peace.

Individuals recognized for more than 500 hours of service include: Philo Brooks, VanGo; Nick D'Aloise, Info Desk and Coffee Cart; Rosemary Dann, Gift Shop; Jessica Freeman, Gift Shop; Judith Ellman, EmStar; Ann Gallagher, Info Desk; Lois Grauerholz, Gift Shop; Stephen LaBarber, Info Desk, Doug Reading, VanGo; Dolores Scarfone, EmStar; and Greta Thompson, Gift Shop.

Individuals recognized also included those who have served 20 or more years from Mount St. Mary's: Elsie Bateman (24 years), Lucille Borget (28 years), Marilyn D'Angelo (21 years), Margaret Destino (27 years), Josephine Deweese (24 years), Shirley Elia (40 years), Jane Finn (24 years), Janet Furlong (24 years), Phyllis Fyfe (44 years), Frances Horning (25 years), Dennis Horvath (24 years), Pat Irish (24 years), Mary Lou Lanphear (34 years), Nila Lee (24 years), Milt Lindsay (26 years), Marilyn Lojek (22 years), Arline Loughrey (23 years), Mary Jane Lynch (42 years), Ed Page (27 years), Eileen Payne (21 years), Marianne Rampado (26 years), Cecilia Ryan (30 years), Sheila Spatar (26 years), Joyce Switzer (23 years), Agnes Wakeman (22 years), Ruth Woolery (deceased) (43 years) and Eleanor Zelinski (23 years).

Individuals who reached 20 years of service this year are: Mary Lou Brennan, Peter Fatouros and Mary Judson.