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Jack Kemp, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during the Bush administration and the Republican Party's 1996 vice presidential candidate, has been named a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

The former Buffalo Bill will make several appearances on the Pepperdine campus each year -- to give lectures and to interact with students in the university's public policy program.

Kemp's brother, Thomas P., is a member of Pepperdine's board of regents -- and both brothers hold honorary doctor of law degrees from the university.

In addition, Kemp's son Jeffrey received his master of business administration degree from Pepperdine's George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Kemp is co-director of Empower America, a public policy and advocacy organization he co-founded in 1993 with former U.S. Education Secretary William J. Bennett and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Kesha Drakeford, formerly an adjunct professor in the humanities and English departments at Passaic County Community College, has been named multicultural affairs coordinator at Alfred State College.

She was also an education specialist for the Educational Opportunity Fund program and a tutor and admissions counselor at the community college in Paterson, N.J.

She holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Akron and a bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va.

Stanley Nowacki, co-owner of Bogdan's Furniture in Cheektowaga, recently won first place in his division of the national AAU powerlifting championship in competition at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Nowacki, who competes in the 181-pound Natural (non-steroid) class, earlier this year took top honors in the University at Buffalo Open, the Western New York Powerlifting Championship, the New York State Powerlifting Championship and the New York State Bench Press Contest. His best lifts are 490 pounds in the squat, 325 pounds in the bench press and 565 pounds in the deadlift.

Richard E. Ellis professor of history at the University at Buffalo and an authority on the U.S. Constitution, has been named to a three-year term as chairman of the History Department.

Ellis, a UB faculty member since 1974, has published several books, including "The Union at Risk: Jacksonian Democracy, States' Rights and the Nullification Crisis" and "The Jeffersonian Crisis: Courts and Politics in the Young Republic."

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he earned his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He received SUNY Continuing Faculty Development awards in 1993 and 1995 and a UB undergraduate Student Association Teaching Award in 1987.

Scott Behrend of Amherst, a senior design major in Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, has received the Arthur Storch Award for Design Technical Theater from the Syracuse Stage Guild in recognition of his work at Syracuse Stage.

Behrend received critical acclaim for his set design for a Black Box production of "One Shoe Off," which featured a house so dilapidated that trees grew through the walls and cabbages and other plants grew in the closets. The son of Carl and Judith Behrend, he is a 1994 graduate of Amherst High School.

Marion Faller, an associate professor of art at the University at Buffalo, has won a $5,000 New York Foundation for the Arts grant to create a catalog to record and promote her photography.

Ms. Faller, noted as a documentarian of regional folk art, received a bachelor's degree from Hunter College and master of fine arts degree from UB. She joined the UB faculty in 1982. Her photographs have been included in many one-person shows and group exhibitions across the U.S.

Joe Beamer and Bob Beckerman, owners of THE MAIDS, a franchised professional maid service with offices in Williamsville, have been named to THE MAIDS International's Second Quarter Winners Circle for outstanding marketing and sales.

Jim Pavel, director of support services for the City of Buffalo, recently received one of the first set of eight GLAD Bag-A-Thon Partnership Awards presented during a meeting of the GLAD Bag-A-Thon Institute in New York City.

Pavel was cited for the broad scope of Buffalo's Bag-A-Thon program, which just completed its seventh year. With the help of more than 20,000 volunteers, the program collected nearly 300,000 pounds of trash.

Several awards will be given at the Nov. 3 banquet of the Fredonia Chamber of Commerce in the White Inn, Fredonia, said Executive Director Wendy Westwood.

Chautauqua Medical Associates of Center Street has been selected as the Business of the Year. The group of physicians renovated a vacant building in the village's historic district as its office.

Marilyn Maytum of Tower Gifts, 44 Temple St., will be honored as retailer of the year for both the success of the business and the care of the historic site in which it is located.

The Newton Street Irregulars, a folk group, will be honored with the Community Service Award for their volunteer work and help for numerous local causes.

John "J.B." Bell, will receive the Spirit of Fredonia award for singlehandedly improving the landscaping in front of Village Hall.

An award for "service to humanity" will be given to Linda Dunn of Washington Avenue for her work in several community organizations. She has been involved with the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Day Care Center, Inc. and has served as president.

Rocco Doino, retired superintendent of Fredonia Central Schools, has been named Man of the Year by the Chautauqua Italian-American Organization. He will be honored at a dinner Tuesday evening in the Dunkirk Moose Lodge.

Doino served nearly 40 years in Fredonia schools as teacher, principal and superintendent. After his retirement, he returned as acting superintendent until a successor was named last year. He also recently retired as executive director of the Chautauqua County School Boards Association.