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Thirteen faculty members at SUNY Buffalo State were honored at the annual faculty staff recognition ceremony for their dedication to excellence and professional contribution to the college.

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award was presented to:

Lynn K. Bennett, secretary in the philosophy and humanities department, Excellence in Classified Service; Joan L. McCool, director of the counseling center, Excellence in Professional Service; Lisa Berglund, chair and professor of English, Excellence in Faculty Service; Zhang Jie, professor of sociology, Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; and Pamela Schuetze-Pizarro, professor of psychology, Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

The President’s Award was presented to:

Lynne C. Sommerstein, lecturer in the exceptional education department, Excellence in the Advancement of Equity and Campus Diversity; Anthony J.W. Chase, assistant dean of the school of arts and humanities, Excellence in Academic Advisement; Awilda Ramos Zagarrigo, assistant professor of exceptional education, Excellence in Academic Advisement; Kelly M. Frothingham, associate professor of geography and planning, Excellence in Service; Jill M. Gradwell, associate professor of history and social studies education, Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity; Howard P. Riessen, professor of biology, Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity; Dwight A. Hennessy, associate professor of psychology, Excellence in Teaching; and Lisa A. Rafferty, associate professor of exceptional education, Excellence in Teaching.


Kathryn Bryk Friedman, director of international research at the University at Buffalo Regional Institute and a research associate professor of law and policy in the department of urban and regional planning, has been named a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

Friedman joins the center’s global network of scholars and experts, and will contribute to the center’s scholarship through research, analysis and publications. She will be part of the center’s Canada Institute, a nonpartisan program to build awareness and knowledge about Canada and U.S.-Canada relations among U.S. policymakers and opinion leaders.

A recent Fulbright Fellow and member of the Foreign Policy Association, Friedman serves as U.S. lead on several international research and engagement networks concerning border policy and the Great Lakes. Her appointment runs through August 2015.


State Sen. Mark Grisanti has been named the Boys and Girls Town of Italy 2013 Man of the Year. He was honored for his dedication to charitable causes and for his support of Boys and Girls Town of Italy Western New York Chapter at the organization’s 50th annual gala at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

Paula Feroleto, the district administrative judge for the 8th Judicial District of New York, was honored as the Boys and Girls Town of Italy 2013 Woman of the Year.


Several military personnel have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

Air Force Reserve Airman Chelsea M. Podsiadlo is the daughter of Sherri and Leon Podsiadlo of Cheektowaga. She is a 2012 graduate of West Seneca East Senior High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Pamela S. Stevens is the daughter of Paula and David Snickles of Lockport. She is a 2006 graduate of Lockport High School.

Air Force Airman Joshua S. Hill is the son of Carol and Steven Hill of Akron. He is a 2010 graduate of Akron Central High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer A. Evans is the son of Susan and Gregg Evans of Holland. He is a 2008 graduate of Holland High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Fredonia University.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Courtney A. Black is the daughter of Kent and Amy Black of Bolivar. She is a 2010 graduate of Scio Central School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Anthony C. McDuffie is the son of Patrice Carpenter of Buffalo. He is a 2004 graduate of the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, Buffalo.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Alexander Taylor is the son of Ed Taylor and Shelley Galvin, both of Hamburg. He is a 2008 graduate of Hamburg High School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Nicholas S. Margaglio is the son of Joe and Nicole Margaglio of Jamestown. He is a 2010 graduate of Jamestown High School.

Air Force Airman Matthew C. Greene is the son of Pam Peterson of Madison, Tenn., and brother of Joe Greene of Olean.

Air Force Airman Gregory M. Honadle is the son of Darlene Honadle, and Robert Honadle, both of Clarence Center. He is a 2010 graduate of Clarence Senior High School.


Timikia C. Craig, a certified nurse’s aide at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, was presented with the $1,000 Eva M. Noles Scholarship for 2013 at an event at the hospital entitled “Looking to Our Past for Answers to Our Future.”

The annual program honors the legacy of Eva M. Noles, Buffalo’s first African-American registered nurse and a longtime Roswell Park employee, who served in many leadership roles at the institute, including director of nursing.

Craig, who joined Roswell more than five years ago, is a certified nurse’s aide and now is pursuing further training in nursing at Niagara County Community College.


The Canisius College Video Institute earned seven Telly Awards for four student-produced films. The Telly Awards is a New York City-based organization that honors outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. The Silver Telly is the highest honor presented.

The Canisius College Video Institute received two Silver Telly Awards for its film “Andy’s Spectrum of Hope.” Produced by Michael Belfatto, Class of 2012 (digital media arts), and Kurt Vogt, Class of 2012 (digital media arts), the film is a social documentary about the reclassification of the autism spectrum. It features a Sweet Home High School student who is diagnosed with the neurological disorder. “Andy’s Spectrum of Hope” won a Silver Telly in the student non-broadcast category and another in the social responsibility category. Belfatto and Vogt also took home a Bronze Telly for the film, in the motivational category.

The Video Institute received two Bronze Telly Awards for “East Side: A Community of Hope.” Produced by Erik Taheri, Class of 2014 (digital media arts/computer science), and Rich Lunghino, Class of 2013 (digital media arts), the film focuses on the faith-based initiatives undertaken to help revitalize Buffalo’s East Side, which has been ravaged by violence and poverty. “East Side: A Community of Hope” won Bronze Tellys in the social issues and student categories.

Taheri and Lunghino also took home a Bronze Telly Award in the history and biography category for their film “Edward Austin Kent: 1854-1912.” The short film depicts the life and legacy of the Buffalo architect, whose story lives on in the architecture around Buffalo.

Ashley Fike, Class of 2013 (communication studies), and Lauren Mosier, Class of 2013 (digital media arts) received a Bronze Telly Award in the student non-broadcast category for their documentary “Where the Crow Will Be Forever.” The film explores the history of the Native American Crow tribe and life on its reservation.

All the student films were produced under the direction of Barbara Irwin, professor of communication studies and Jamie O’Neil, director of the digital media arts program at Canisius. Both Irwin and O’Neil are co-directors of the Video Institute.

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