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Stephen T. Watson

Stephen T. Watson is a staff reporter who writes about development, real estate and business in the towns of Amherst and Clarence. He is a native and resident of the Town of Tonawanda and a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Several Erie County legislators Monday questioned raises proposed for top Erie Community College officials as part of the college's 2005-06 budget.The ECC spending plan includes a $19,116 raise for President William J. Mariani -- to $185,498 -- and total increases of $40,094 for 18 other senior administrative positions.However, Legislator Timothy M. Kennedy said he plans t…

St. Bonaventure University officials are celebrating the completion of the school's most successful fund-raising year.The university raised $15.2 million in the fiscal year that ended last Tuesday, a 40.7 percent increase over the $10.8 million raised the previous year.Bona officials credited the success to the support of its alumni and friends and a reflection of a new, m…

A surgeon and medical administrator from the University of Minnesota will serve as the University at Buffalo's vice president for health sciences.Dr. David L. Dunn, chairman of Minnesota's surgery department, will oversee UB's five health sciences schools and its relationships with area hospitals."It became so obvious that people want to succeed here, . . . and I want to b…

Kimberly Barton isn't rushing to finish college.The Lockport native took four years to earn an associate's degree at Niagara County Community College. She spent one semester at Canton State College, and now she's at Medaille College studying veterinary technology.This fall, she's going back to NCCC to get a nursing degree."Yeah, I feel like a professional student," admitte…

Forward Operating Base Danger occupies the grounds of one of Saddam Hussein's opulent presidential compounds in the Iraqi city of Tikrit -- 6,070 miles and a world away from O'Brian Hall, home to the University at Buffalo Law School on its North Campus in Amherst.But for Capt. David J. State, Lt. Col. Robert C. Moscati and Capt. Christopher Wisniewski, the two structures a…

Amateur detectives trying to crack a decades-old missing statue case at Geneseo State College have received scores of leads from alumni, former employees and the public.One alumnus of a rival school e-mailed to say they would find it at Brockport State College, a victim of a long-ago prank.Another anonymous caller promised to return the statue for a ransom, demanding that …

Last month, the University at Buffalo student government honored Lynne Kurdziel-Formato as one of the school's five outstanding teachers.A number of her students and faculty colleagues from the theater and dance department attended the ceremony and cheered her selection, but Kurdziel-Formato wasn't there.The popular musical-theater teacher was hundreds of miles away, inter…

The University at Buffalo has agreed to allow two outside groups to monitor the working conditions at companies that produce apparel bearing the school's name and logo.UB's decision to join the Worker Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association follows several years of lobbying by a group of undergraduates, the Students Against Sweatshops."This is definitely a testimo…

The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and Tibet's exiled head of state, will come to the University at Buffalo next year during one of his rare visits to the United States.One of the most recognizable and closely watched figures in the world, he will make his first visit to Western New York on Sept. 21 and 22, 2006.The Dalai Lama is expected to deliver an …

State University of New York Chancellor Robert L. King will resign from his job in just five weeks, but he's still out on the road promoting an ambitious tuition change for SUNY.Tuesday, he stopped by Buffalo State College to push a proposal that never won support from the State Legislature and was not included in the new budget.King insisted that the proposal -- which wou…

After Allison Roether graduates from Geneseo State College in May, she's moving to Charlotte, N.C., to take a management-track job with Bank of America.Kristin Saxer, a senior accounting major at Canisius College, is mulling over job offers from the state Department of Taxation and Finance and a private firm.And Preethi Govindaraj will launch her own business consulting co…

Fredonia State College has revised a new provision in its code of conduct after some students and faculty complained that the policy appeared to require students to inform on their peers.Critics had said the policy was vague and broadly written. In response, Fredonia officials, working with faculty and student leaders, altered the policy to emphasize that it applies only t…

The University at Buffalo is hiring the chairman of the physics department at Northeastern University as its new vice president for research.Jorge V. Jose, who also is the Matthews University Distinguished Professor and the founding director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Complex Systems at Northeastern, joins UB on Aug. 1.UB has made it a priority to boos…

Students at Fredonia State College don't want to be tattletales. Or stool pigeons.But a new provision in the school's Code of Conduct approved at the end of last year is raising that fear among many undergraduates.The code requires students to report violations of campus rules or local law. That could mean turning in fellow students who cheat on tests, drink underage or us…