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Kim M. Downs of Hamburg, a former senior service representative for education loans at Marine Midland Bank and a member of the executive board of the New Millennium Civic Association of Western New York, has been promoted from director of financial aid to coordinator of student financial services at Hilbert College. She joined the Hilbert staff in 1994.

Leigh M. Fiorenzo, also of Hamburg, former director of financial aid at Villa Maria College and former financial aid counselor at D'Youville College, was appointed to succeed Downs as director of financial aid, Sister Edmunette Paczesny, president of Hilbert, announced.

Downs received a bachelor's degree in political science and German from Canisius College and a master's degree in community counseling from St. Bonaventure University.

Fiorenzo has a bachelor's degree in physical education from St. Bonaventure and a master's degree in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College.

Dr. Carlos Pato, an associate professor of psychiatry and adjunct associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology at the University at Buffalo, has been appointed associate dean for clinical affairs in the office of the dean of the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

A UB faculty member since 1996, he also serves a co-director of the UB Laboratory of Psychiatric and Molecular Genetics.

He has received many awards, including a National Research Service Award and a Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression.

Dennis E. Ahern of Grand Island has been elected to a second term as grand commander of Cordova Caravan 26, International Order of Alhambra.

Other officers of the fraternal order of Catholic men dedicated to assisting developmentally disabled people include the vice commander, Frank L. Schlager; grand scribe, Carl H. Kmiec; scribe of the exchequer, Victor F. Turchiarelli Sr.; grand chamberlain, Charles T. Esposito; master of the oasis, Vincent R. Scibetta; histriographer, Joseph G. Battaglia; master of the wardrobe, Roger S. Rotondo; captain of the bodyguard, Michael S. Iannello; sentinel of the tower, Casimer Measel; sentinel of the desert, James M. Scandurra; grand advocate, Samuel J. Yannello; and spiritual adviser, the Rev. Clatus E. Snyder.

Bryant & Stratton Institute has named three new members to its board:

Laurence A. Levite, president of Algonquin Communications, a consulting company, and CallLarry, a public relations company. He is the former owner of WBEN-AM and WMJQ-FM Radio.

Ross B. Kenzie, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Goldome Bank, who currently serves on numerous civic, educational and health-allied boards.

Pennsylvania State University Professor Kenneth C. Gray, head of the work-force education and development program at Penn State's College of Education.

Elaine Stathopoulos, Ph.D., of Buffalo, professor in the department of communicative disorders and sciences at the University at Buffalo and director of the department's Speech Science Laboratory, has been named department chairwoman.

She has been a faculty member since 1979 and, as an active researcher, has received more than $1.6 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Her research focus -- children's speech production -- has resulted in numerous publications in scientific journals, including five papers in the past two years.

Stathopoulos will step up from associate editor to the editorship of the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research in January.

She has bachelor's and master's degrees in speech and hearing pathology from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and Madison, respectively, and has a doctorate in speech pathology and speech science from Indiana University.

Karl Schaefer has been elected chief and Richard L. Reese Jr. president of Bowmansville Volunteer Fire Association, 36 Main St., Bowmansville.

Other firematic officers include the first assistant chief, Mark Lawniczak; second assistant chief, Michael Schuler; captain, Patrick Cleary; and captain/first aid, Daniel Curtis.

Administrative officers include the vice president, Thomas J. Rzepacz; recording secretary, Scott Metzinger; corresponding secretary, James Gaskin; financial secretary, Donald Bleistein; treasurer, Donald F. Wegst Jr.; chaplain, Daniel Curtis; and directors, Douglas Grimmer, Harold Wolf, Kevin Stahrr, Robert J. MacPeek and Richard L. Reese Jr.

Officers of the Ladies Auxiliary are the president, Mollie Bleistein; vice president, Jeanette Chapman; secretary, Laurie Guerra; treasurer, Zoe Ann Preston; chaplain, Theresa Wolfe; sunshine lady, Sharon Chudy; sergeant-at-arms, Jeanette Kuznik; and trustees, Laurie Guerra, Karfen Wegst and Mary Chapman.

Three faculty members in the department of psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo have been recognized nationally for their research in the field of personal relationships, according to Lois Baker of UB News Services.

Joanne Davila, Ph.D., of East Amherst, assistant professor, received the Young Investigator Award from the Relationshops Special Interest Group of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. She was invited to present a paper titled "Toward an Understanding of Adult Attachment Stability and Change" at the society's recent annual conference.

Sandra Murray, Ph.D., of Amherst, assistant professor, received the New Contribution Award from the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships for her paper, "Through a Looking Glass Darkly? When Self-Doubts Turn Into Relationship Insecurities."

The paper was chosen for the award from all research published in this field for the past two years. The society commended Murray's paper for its "significant and original contribution to the study of personal relationships."

Frank Fincham, Ph.D., of Williamsville, professor of psychology, was chosen to be the first contributor for a new feature section in the journal Personal Relationships called "Distinguished Scholar Article." Personal Relationships is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships. Fincham's paper is titled "The Kiss of the Porcupines: From Attributing Responsibility to Forgiving."

Sharon Sisti of Buffalo, assistant professor in the Hilbert College human services department, has been named the recipient of the Social Worker of the Year Award by the University at Buffalo School of Social Work Alumni Association.

A Hilbert faculty member since 1996, Sisti has 18 years of clinical experience in social work, including positions with Child & Family Services in Buffalo and private practice and consultation work.

Robert Miller of North Tonawanda has been named director of human resources for Child & Family Services, a private, not-for-profit family service agency at 330 Delaware Ave. He has a bachelor's degree in resources management and a master's degree in management from Troy State University.

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