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John A. Dryja of Lancaster recently was elected to a second term as state deputy of the State Council of Knights of Columbus at a convention at Kiamesha Lake.

He is only the third person from the Buffalo Catholic Diocese to be elected state deputy in the state council's 106-year history. As state deputy, he is chief executive officer in New York State, which has approximately 110,000 members.

The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest men's Catholic fraternal benefit association, with 1.6 million members. The New York State Council is the largest jurisdiction.

Dryja is responsible for all administrative, fiscal and program activities throughout the state and is administrator of the statewide budget. He will have an office with an executive secretary and office clerk in Douglaston, L.I.

He has served as grand knight of Father John Schaus Council in Lancaster and as treasurer of the State Council.

Two oil paintings by Buffalo artist Megan Anne Greene, who received a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Notre Dame last spring, have been selected for the fourth annual International Exhibition of Women's Art at SoHo 20 Gallery in New York City. The exhibition runs through Sept. 5.

Twenty-eight artists were selected from approximately 800 entrants. Leslie Jones of the curator's staff of the Museum of Modern Art, was juror for the show.

Ms. Greene, who graduated magna cum laude from Notre Dame, said the two paintings are abstracts, with knots as the subject. One of the paintings has been selected for showing at the seventh annual Juried Exhibition at the Art Institute and Gallery of Salisbury, Md., Sept. 14-Oct. 16.

She said she became seriously interested in knots during the summer of 1996 while attending the Pont-Aven School of Art in France. She said she has been involved in charcoal portraiture and free-lance commissions during the summers since 1995.

In September, she will teach art to underprivileged children in Baltimore as a volunteer with AmeriCorps. After that assignment is completed, she plans to study for a graduate degree in art.

Murray Levine, Ph.D., distinguished service professor in the department of psychology at the University at Buffalo, has been named president-elect of the American Psychology Law Society, a division of the American Psychological Association.

He has been a faculty member since 1968 and is director of the Research Center for Children and Youth and adjunct professor of law at UB.

In 1997, he received the Seymour B. Sarason Award for Community Research from the American Psychological Association in recognition of career accomplishments. In 1994, he was named to the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect by Donna Shalala, U.S. secretary of health and human services.

Levine's book "Helping Children: A Social History" is considered a classic study of the evolution of child welfare services in the United States.

He received a bachelor's degree from City College of New York, a master's and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and a law degree, magna cum laude, from UB.

Daryl Zbrzezny of West Seneca, a civil engineering student at the University at Buffalo, has won a one-year $2,500 scholarship from the State Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America.

Zbrzezny expects to graduate in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a master's in business administration. He has received awards at the local, state and international levels for his involvement in an international problem-solving competition dealing with the creation of eight-inch-high balsa wood towers.

He entered a national steel bridge competition and was employed by the West Seneca Engineering Department this summer.

Colleen Reddington of South Buffalo has been appointed grants specialist for Trocaire College. She attended Nardin Academy and has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Canisius College and has a master of science degree from Buffalo State College.

Prior to joining Trocaire, she was a development specialist for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and worked as a grant writer for Lucy Curly & Co.

Elizabeth Obad of Blasdell has been elected president of the Erie County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and was named vice president of the state organization.

Mrs. Obad joined MADD after her 26-year-old son, George, a Marine Corps sergeant, was killed in an accident involving an impaired driver.

Other officers of the local chapter include vice president, Alice Jones; secretary, Joanne Wnuk; and treasurer, Larry Roesler.

Laurel A. Spada, executive vice president of Spada Advertising, Williamsville, has been named 1998 Volunteer of the Year by the Western New York Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International.

She is vice president of education and outreach on the executive committee of the board of directors of the foundation.

Robert J. Nicaise Jr. of Hamburg has been inducted into the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Buffalo District gallery of distinguished employees.

He retired in May 1996 after nearly 40 years with the Buffalo District. He had been chief of the general design section, the cost engineering branch and the project management branch.

The many projects in which he was involved included Geneva on the Lake, the Ellicott Creek and Point Place flood-control projects, Cattaraugus Creek Harbor, Irondequoit Bay, Dunkirk Harbor, Maumee Bay State Park, Ashtabula Harbor and Lakeshore Park.

Nicaise is a Boy Scout troop leader and a member of the West Side Rowing Club. The 21st person inducted into the gallery, he was cited for his exceptional work in customer service and "his selfless and active mentorship of others."

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