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John Spanbauer, director of the Kiernan Center at Niagara University, has received the designation of certified recreational sports specialist from the National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association.

Spanbauer was granted certification after successfully completing examination requirements at the NIRSA's regional conference in Baltimore. He was tested on risk management and legal concepts of recreational sports, management and operational theories and strategies, and the history and philosophical foundations of recreation.

Spanbauer, a graduate of Niagara University, has been director of the university's recreation and fitness center since it opened in 1988. He and his wife, Holly, live in Niagara Falls with their two children.

John R. Whiteman, DDS, has been elected president of the Rainbow's End Investment Club. Dr. Whiteman is an orthodontist with offices in Niagara Falls and Lewiston.

Other 1999 officers of the investment club are: John M. Cousins, treasurer, Ray L. Keiper, secretary, and Ray Smith, research director. William Cockayne is the club's immediate past president.

The Rainbow's End Investment Club was formed in 1987. It is an affiliate of the National Association of Investment Clubs.

Nancy E. McGlen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Niagara University, has been elected to a two-year term on the governing council of the American Political Science Association.

The American Political Science Association is the national organization of political scientists and has a membership of more than 16,000 individuals and institutions.

Prior to this position, Dr. McGlen served as president and program chairwoman of the New York State Political Science Association and the Northeastern Political Science Association.

Dr. McGlen began her career at Niagara as an assistant professor of political science in September of 1980 after teaching at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was named associate professor in 1982 and full professor in 1988. She has been the director of the social science program since 1988 and also served as chair of the department of political science and criminal justice from 1985-1988.

She received her bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Rochester. She was a lecturer of political science at the University of Rochester before going to SUNY Buffalo as an assistant professor of political science in 1973.

A native of Oswego, she and her husband reside on Grand Island.

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