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Shawn T. Schlifke, director of development services at Canisius College, recently received the George M. Martin Advancement Award for a member of the advancement staff who brings honor and distinction to the college.

Before joining Canisius in 1993 as development services officer, he was sponsorship fulfillment coordinator and community development associate for the World University Games.

He holds a bachelor's degree in public communication and speech with a concentration in marketing from the University at Buffalo.

Brian D. Rusk, president of the Gen. Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier, has been re-elected to a third term as national vice president for public relations of the Polish American Congress.

In his position, he works with Edward J. Moskal of Chicago, president of the organization, and Lawrence R. Wujcikowski of West Seneca, national secretary.

Rusk also is on the boards of the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation, International Institute, Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Polish American Congress' Western New York Division, the Restoration Society and the Amherst and Erie County Republican committees.

Ronald J. Young, Sweet Home Central School District assistant superintendent for instruction, has received this year's New York State Federation of Professional Health Educators' distinguished service award for school administrator.

The award was presented at the recent annual New York State Health Education Conference in Albany.

David P. Paul, a vice president for private banking for Citicorp North America, has been named to the board of directors of the Erie Community College Foundation.

A graduate of Syracuse University's Crouse-Hinds School of Management, he has a master's in business administration from Canisius College and is a licensed real estate agent.

He is a former investment consultant with Citicorp Investment Services and was a financial adviser for Prudential Securities and assistant director of finance for Uniland Development Co.

Kah Kyung Cho, a distinguished teaching professor of philosophy at the University at Buffalo, was recently honored with a "festschrift" marking the occasion of the 16th anniversary of the founding of the Korean Society for Phenomenology.

A festschrift is a volume of writings by different authors presented as a tribute to a scholar. The festschrift given to Cho is titled "Phenomenology of Nature" and includes works by German, Japanese, American and Austrian philosophers and scholars.

Cho, a visiting Fulbright professor at UB in 1967-68 and a member of the UB philosophy faculty since 1970, is also associated with the Korean Studies Program at the university.

He is internationally recognized as an author and expert in the philosophical fields of phenomenology, existentialism and hermeneutics. A native of Korea, he is a graduate of Seoul National University and received his doctorate from the University of Heidelberg.

Charles L. Michaux, Buffalo city clerk, has been elected president of the New York State Association of City and Village Clerks.

Other officers of the 500-member statewide organization elected at its recent annual meeting in Saratoga Springs include the first vice president, Shawn Cullinane, village clerk, Lindenhurst; second vice president, Nancy Calderon, village clerk, North Hills; secretary, Gail Benson, village clerk, Richmondville; treasurer, James Koury, city clerk, Oneonta, and directors, Bonnie Page, village clerk, Speculator, and Julie Conley-Holcomb, city clerk, Ithaca.

Janet Palya of Hamburg, director of field education in the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, has been named assistant dean for field education and off-campus programs.

She is also a clinical assistant professor of social work and, in her new position, will administer the school's extension program in Corning and explore plans to establish a similar program in Jamestown. She will continue to supervise placement of some 200 students in internships in various social services agencies.

A UB faculty member since 1996, she previously was with the Erie County Medical Center's Division of Chemical Dependency and the Employee Assistance Program of Child & Family Services of Erie County.

She received a bachelor's degree in community services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in social work from UB.

To mark 15 years of research support totaling $35 million for the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition at the University at Buffalo, the U.S. Postal Service recently honored 14 individuals for their long-term contributions to the center.

CEDAR has developed a handwriting-interpretation system that the Postal Service has installed in its postal distribution centers to automate the processing of handwritten addresses on envelopes. The program has created more than 500 full- and part-time jobs at UB during the past 15 years.

Led by Sargur Srihari, Ph.D., State University of New York distinguished professor in the department of computer science and engineering, researchers in the center who developed and refined the technology have addressed one of the most difficult problems in artificial intelligence -- reading human handwriting.

The researchers and administrative staff members honored by the Postal Service and their hometowns include:

Amherst: Venu Govindaraju, Ph.D., associate director; Philip Kilinskas, research scientist; Ranga Setlur, research scientist; V. Ramanaprasad, research scientist; Ajay Shekhawat, Ph.D., senior research scientist; Yong-Shul Shin, Ph.D., research scientist; Rohini Srihari, Ph.D., principal research scientist, and Wenn-Jen Yang, research scientist.

East Aurora: Lawrence Schnitzer, research scientist.

Elma: David C. Bartnik, technical manager.

Kenmore: Rita Hamilton, research project staff associate, and Euginia Smith, project staff associate.

Pendleton: Terry A. Jones, scientific programmer.

South Wales: Evelyn Kleinberg, senior research scientist.

Valerie Booth Nixon, Alfred State College's director of financial aid, recently received the 1998 Founders Service Award of the State Financial Aid Administrators Association.

The award recognizes outstanding achievement and service both to the association and to the cause of financial aid.

Mrs. Nixon, selected as a trainer for the association's Eastern Region, will conduct workshops on the new regulations for federal financial aid programs in Rochester and Albany through the end of the year.

She has a bachelor's degree from Fredonia State College and a master's in professional service administration from Alfred U.

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