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Honor Roll: May 9, 2016

Robert G. Shibley, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo, was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Nominated by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association, Shibley is recognized for his planning leadership and community service over the past four decades, and for his role in advancing, championing and quietly leading the revitalization of Buffalo and Western New York.

Election to the College of Fellows is one of the highest honors bestowed by the AICP. Fellows are elevated before the public and the profession as model planners who have made significant contributions to planning and society.

In 1990, Shibley founded the Urban Design Project, which developed the international award-winning Queen City series of plans for the City of Buffalo’s downtown, waterfront and Olmsted park system, as well as a city-wide comprehensive plan. The work has laid the foundation for Buffalo’s current renaissance, spurring new investment and elevating public expectations for design and planning.

Shibley has received 13 lifetime achievement awards from national, regional and local institutions, including the American Institute of Architects’ 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. Shibley, an architect, planner and urban designer, is also a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

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The Buffalo Bills and M&T Bank partnered to recognize the eighth annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program finalists and winner at a private Draft Party event recently at the ADPRO Sports Training Center.

The annual M&T Bank Touchdown for Teachers program honors local teachers for their outstanding service to their schools and communities. Honorees are chosen based on their amount of involvement in their school or community, degree of positive impact on their school or community and their demonstrated commitment to education. Of the more than 430 nominations received, the following teachers were announced as finalists: Alison Barone, School 43, Lovejoy Discovery School, Buffalo; Thomas Betrus, Marilla Primary, Marilla; Michelle Layer, Clarence Center Elementary, Clarence Center; Angela Mest, Olean Intermediate Middle School, Olean; Michelle Rickicki, Bolivar-Richburg Elementary School, Richburg.

The grand prize was awarded to Barone, a physical education teacher at Lovejoy Discovery School. She will receive a $2,000 grant and a classroom appearance by a Bills player.

Barone was nominated for Touchdown for Teachers by colleagues, former students and parents. At the school, she is revered for her efforts to raise funds to purchase fitness equipment when the city lacked funding. Outside the gymnasium, Barone serves as a member of Girls on the Run Buffalo, an afterschool program teaching young girls life skills, and Blondes vs. Brunettes, an annual powder puff football game that raises awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY.

She was described by her nominators as a model teacher who thrives on making others see the beauty and power to achieving personal success, and a team player who has the leadership of a quarterback and determination of a linebacker.

Each of the four remaining finalists received $500 in grant funds to use toward furthering their impact on their schools and communities.

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Terry Siuta will be installed as president of the Orchard Park Women’s Club at a luncheon at noon Wednesday at Orchard Park Country Club.

Other officers to be installed are Rose Banonno, first vice president; Jean Klumpp, second vice president; Mary Zintz, recording secretary; Mary Jane Boncaldo, corresponding secretary; and Marie Guizzotti, treasurer. Installing the officers will be past presidents Gloria Pfohl and Alma Germain.

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Peter Kruszynski, principal of Lancaster Middle School, was appointed to a four-year term on the board of directors of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, effective July 1. NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle-level and high school principals, assistant principals and all school leaders from across the United States.

Kruszynski has served at Lancaster Middle School since 2000. Before that, he was assistant principal for six years at Lancaster High School. He has held numerous positions with NASSP’s state affiliate, the School Administrators of New York State, including president in 2009–10. Kruszynski currently serves the NASSP as representative to the SAANYS board of directors. He will leave the SAANYS board of directors to assume this national leadership position.

As a member of the NASSP board of directors, Kruszynski will participate in shaping the organization’s federal education policy agenda that advocates for the needs of secondary schools and their students. He will also travel to Washington, D.C., periodically to meet with fellow board members and with national figures and federal education policymakers.

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The St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Alumni Association inducted five alumni – Thomas F. Wolfe, Andres V. Gil, William Maggio, Mark Spitler  and Gerard Wieczkowski, DDS – into the St. Joe’s Signum Fidei Society, an honor bestowed upon those who have distinguished themselves both personally and professionally in their communities. The celebration was held at Brookfield Country Club.

About this year’s inductees:

• Thomas F. Wolfe, 1952, was a corporate lawyer, and later the founder of a real estate holdings company in California. With his wife, Barbara, Wolfe began an annual donation for boys to attend St. Joe’s who otherwise would be unable to. Over the last eight years, 40 students have graduated from St. Joe’s as a direct result of the Wolfes’ generosity. Thomas Wolfe died last June after a lengthy illness.

• Andres V. Gil, 1974, is a senior counsel with the law firm Davis Polk, and retired recently as a senior partner, leading the firm’s Paris and Madrid offices. Gil’s community work in New York includes board member of the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, the Hispanic Society of America, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and member of the education committee of the Salomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

• William J. Maggio, 1980, is the CEO and chairman of the board of IMMCO Diagnostics, a Buffalo company that specializes in manufacturing diagnostic tests to detect autoimmune diseases. He sold IMMCO in 2014, but remains the CEO. He is also managing partner of Lorraine Capital, and has served an interim CEO of the Gates Vascular Institute. Maggio serves on the boards at Kaleida Health, the University at Buffalo Foundation, and is board chairman of 43North.

• Mark Spitler, 1974, is an experienced trial attorney with the firm Gibson, McAskill & Crosby in Buffalo. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a past officer of the St. Thomas More Guild. He is an active volunteer in his parish at St. Mark, and is also involved with many St. Joe’s activities.

• Gerard Wieczkowski, DDS, 1960, is the retired chairman of the Department of Operative Dentistry at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. During his 44-year career as a professor, he published many scientific papers and gave more than 50 continuing education presentations. Wieczkowski is currently a volunteer for Friends of the Night People in Buffalo, and active in his parish, St. John the Baptist, Town of Tonawanda.

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Majors Colby Krug and Jake Teplesky will graduate from the School of Advanced Military Studies on May 26 at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. The School of Advanced Military Studies is an elite school that includes members of each of the armed forces, U.S. government agencies and allied military forces. The school issues a master’s degree in military art and science.

Krug was born and raised in South Buffalo. He graduated from Bishop Timon-St. Jude in 2000 and from St. Bonaventure University in 2004. His parents are Kenneth Krug and the late Linda Krug.

An engineer officer, he has deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice, with another deployment to Afghanistan approaching this summer.

Krug is married to the former Erin McCarthy of Williamsville. They have two children.

After graduation, the Krug family is moving to Fort Drum.

Teplesky was born and raised in Orchard Park. He graduated from Canisius High School in 2000 and Marquette University in 2004. His parents are Barbara and Dan Teplesky of Orchard Park. He is the grandson of Jean Moore of Orchard Park.

Teplesky, whose military specialty is armor, was deployed to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once.

He is married to Lindsay Teplesky of Clemmons, N.C. They have three children.

Following graduation the family is moving to Fort Carson, Colo.

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