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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Dr. Timothy G. Murphy has been appointed director of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's osteopathic family medicine residency program, the hospital announced.

Murphy, a graduate of Buffalo State College, will take over the post June 18. He served a family practice residency at Niagara Falls Memorial before moving to North Carolina.

Murphy returned to Western New York in 2010 to become director of a program for the care of the frail elderly at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. He is fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language.

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Niagara University's College of Business Administration presented awards to six area business leaders, alumni and students during its 22nd annual Business Appreciation and Accounting Banquet, held April 24 in the Conference Center Niagara Falls.

The Basil Family of Dealerships took home the award for 2012 Family Business of the Year. Since being founded by Joseph Basil Sr. in 1967, Basil's six sons have become the owner of eight separate auto dealerships.

Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, an accounting firm that features the surnames of three Niagara alumni in its title (Charles Chiampou, '76, Robert Travis, '77, and Kelly Besaw, '83), was recognized as this year's Distinguished Accounting Firm. (Eugene Kershner earned his undergraduate degree from Elmira College.) Since it launched in 1994, the Amherst-based firm has grown to include a management team of 11 partners and six principals who oversee more than 90 associates.

Donald T. Denz, '80, CEO of Tara Cares, was the recipient of this year's Corporate Leadership Award. Tara Cares is a patient care-centric organization that provides support services to numerous nursing, senior-living and assisted-living centers.

Len Crispino, recognized as the 2012 Canadian Business Leader of the Year, retired in January after spending nearly a decade leading the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

The Outstanding MBA Student for 2012 was Mythily Sasiharan, who works as a senior financial analyst for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters while studying for an MBA.

David Lemieux-Sarrasin, who graduated this May with a bachelor's degree in finance and a minor in economics, earned the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student. Lemieux-Sarrasin has achieved a 4.20 grade point average and made the dean's list six times while at Niagara.

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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.

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Four Niagara University alumni were honored with the Spirit of Niagara University Theatre Awards during the 27th annual Friends of Niagara University Theatre Gala.

The award is given to individuals or couples each year who have been generous to the theater with their time and contributions, according to Steven Braddock, director of NU Theatre.

This year's honorees were Kathleen Gormley, '63, and Patricia Nowak Orzetti, '63, both of Lewiston; John T. Overbeck, '75, of Youngstown; and Barbara Neubert Pascua, '66, of Portland, Ore.

Gormley was a member of the board of the Friends of Niagara University Theatre from 2000 through 2011. While she served on the Friends board, she was active on many committees, and she and Orzetti were the dinner co-chairwomen for the Friends' 25th anniversary gala in 2010. Gormley was a history teacher in the Niagara Falls school system for 40 years and spent the last 10 years serving as an adjunct history professor at Niagara University. She volunteers at the Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry in Niagara Falls.

As a member of the Friends of Niagara University Theatre board for more than three decades, Orzetti served for a time as the Friends' secretary and president and was the co-chairwoman of the Friends' annual gala several times. Recently retired from the Friends board, she is a volunteer at the Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry in Niagara Falls and a lector at St. Peter Catholic Church in Lewiston.

Overbeck, visiting professor of marketing in Niagara's College of Business Administration, worked in a number of executive sales positions for IBM for more than 30 years. A major contributor to Niagara's recent theater renovation, Overbeck has been a member of the Friends of Niagara University Theatre board for several years.

As a graduate of Niagara's College of Nursing, Barbara Neubert Pascua enjoyed a multifaceted career in health care for a number of hospitals and the U.S. Air Force. Now retired, she volunteers on the Oregon State Advisory Council regarding the development and maintenance of the state's database for childhood and adult immunizations. While a student at Niagara, Pascua became involved with its theatrical productions. She named the theater studies program as a recipient of her godparents' charitable trust, the Rees Charitable Trust, which will earmark $22,500 annually for scholarships for theater studies students.

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New York State Parks and Parks Police honored a crew of the Whirlpool Jet Boat and two of their passengers for their "selfless actions" in rescuing a woman who had fallen into the lower Niagara River rapids last summer.

On July 18, Lindsay Burgess had been hiking along the gorge and fell in near the Whirlpool Rapids. Her fiance was able to flag down help from the Whirlpool Jet Boat as Burgess was swept into the current and underwater.

Whirlpool Jet Boat crew Corey Ziraldo and Brittany Thompson maneuvered their boat into place and with the help of passengers Lori Pickette and Michael Pickette were able to pull the unconscious woman into the boat. She was taken to the Lewiston dock for medical assistance and fully recovered from her injuries.

The four were presented the New York State Parks Police Civilian Lifesaving Award for their quick action in coming to a person in distress.