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Betty J. Cappella, interim dean of the faculty of applied science and education at Buffalo State College, has been named to the New York State Commission on National and Community Service by Gov. Pataki.

The commission administers such programs as AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America and serves as the policy-making body for all federally funded community service projects in the state.

Ms. Cappella, a Buffalo State educator for more than a decade, is co-director of Project FLIGHT -- Family Literacy for Intergenerational Growth and Home Teaching -- and a founder of Books for Kids, co-sponsored by The Buffalo News.

Canisius College has elected seven new members to its board of trustees.

The new trustees, who were elected to three-year terms, include Angelo M. Fatta; Marguerite Dispenza Hambleton, Katherine K. Juhasz, Rosemary A. Ligotti, Robert E. Sadler Jr., Dr. Brummitte D. Wilson, and the Rev. James P. Higgins. The Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, Canisius College president, and Lt. Col. James E. McNicholas, president of the college's Alumni Association, will serve as ex-officio members of the board.

Christina L. Bloebaum of Amherst, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University at Buffalo, was one of 82 engineers selected from a field of 270 applicants to participate in the National Academy of Engineering Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering to be held Sept. 18-20 in Irvine, Calif.

The symposium will be host to engineers 30 to 45 years old from academia, government and industry and will address such topics as biomechanics, sensors and controls for manufacturing processes, safety and security issues, intelligent transportation systems and decision-making tools for design and manufacturing.

A UB faculty member since 1991, Ms. Bloebaum conducts research in multidisciplinary design synthetics, concurrent engineering and artificial intelligence applications in optimal design. She received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Florida.

Alan M. Wishnoff and Lisa L. Smith, who provided more than 2,000 hours of volunteer service to a North Tonawanda couple in the "Baby Jarrett" adoption case, have been chosen to receive the American Bar Association's Edmund S. Muskie Award for volunteer legal service to the poor.

Wishnoff is a partner in the firm of Phillips, Lytle, Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber, and Ms. Smith is an associate there. The award will be presented next month at the association's annual luncheon in San Francisco.

Buffalo attorney E.W. Dann Stevens has been awarded the New York State Bar Association's top award for community service. It recognizes his 14 years of efforts that built the Food Bank of Western New York into its present size, enabling it to supply food to an estimated 120,000 persons through 400 local volunteer agencies.

The award, called Root/Stimson, is named for the late Elihu H. Root and Henry L. Stimson, both former State Bar presidents and U.S. secretaries of war who had been heavily involved in community service.

Kenneth A. Sass, a former supervising psychiatric social worker at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, has been named president and chief executive officer of Family & Children's Service of Niagara Inc. in Niagara Falls.

Sass joined Family & Children's Service in 1993 as vice president, and he has served as interim president and chief executive officer since March.

He worked in the Children's Division at Erie County Medical Center and with Child and Adolescent Treatment Services before he joined Family & Children's Service.

William C. LaCourse, interim director of the Center for Glass Research at the State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and a professor of glass science at the college, will return to his position as associate director at the center.

Dana Marie Trammell, daughter of former Chief City Judge and Mrs. Wilbur P. Trammell, is part of a delegation chosen by former President Jimmy Carter that has been monitoring the presidential elections in the African nation of Liberia.

Ms. Trammell, an expert in foreign languages, joined the Carter Center last fall after working in delegate relations with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Atlanta.

She is a graduate of City Honors High School and Johns Hopkins University and has taken graduate studies at the University at Buffalo. In Buffalo, she worked as a volunteer refugee advocate with Journey's End Resettlement Services.

Courtland Van Dusen V, son of Maxine Grimmer of Niagara Falls and a Niagara Falls High School senior, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship by Local 15071, Civil Service Employees, United Steelworkers of America.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a child of a member of the local. Mrs. Grimmer is employed at the Earl Brydges Library.

The selection was made by the local's scholarship committee.

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