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Antonette Cleveland, president of Niagara County Community College, has been named 2001 Educator of the Year by Junior Achievement of Western New York.

She will be honored at Junior Achievement's Business Leadership Hall of Fame and Spirit of Achievement awards dinner Nov. 1 in the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Buffalo.

Cleveland, who is active in numerous civic organizations, was named president of NCCC in 1999 after working for six years as dean of academic affairs at Herkimer County Community College. She also has served as interim president of Rockland Community College and associate dean for academic affairs and director of lifelong learning at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Morrisville.

Janet Maher, president and CEO of Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, has completed a training program at Harvard Business School. The program focused on critical issues and concerns in not-for-profit leadership and management.

She was one of 140 people from around the world who participated in the seven-day program, designed for CEOs, executive directors and other managers of a broad range of not-for-profit organizations.

Her participation in the program was made possible through funding from the Western New York Foundation.

Sabina Nagpal of Oakville, Ont., a fifth-year physical therapy student who is also completing a degree in biology at D'Youville College, is the first recipient of the Guenther Schlag Tissue Sealant Student Award.

She will be presented the award by Heinz Redl, of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, at the annual Cambridge Healthtech Institute Surgical Applications of Tissue Sealants and Adhesives Conference in October in New Orleans.

Her work, under the direction of Marion Olivieri, professor of chemistry and biology at D'Youville, is supported by the National Science Foundation. Her abstract, "Using a RGD-Containing Peptide as an Adhesive," received first place in competition for the award.

"This award would be a significant accomplishment for any graduate medical student and the fact that Sabina has another year to complete her undergraduate degree adds to the distinction this award has brought to our research group and D'Youville," Olivieri said. "Sabina has shown that exposing undergraduates to research can be rewarding for the scientific community as a whole."

Fred Dansereau of Buffalo, professor of organizational and human resources in the University at Buffalo School of Management, has been named a fellow of the American Psychological Society.

Fellowship status in the 15,000-member society is awarded to members who have made "sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching and application."

Dansereau was awarded fellowship status in recognition of his significant and programmatic research on leadership theory and the simultaneous management of individuals, teams and organizations.

He is the co-author of four books and more than 60 published articles. He has been a member of the UB School of Management faculty since 1973. He has a doctorate and a master's degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois and a bachelor's degree in psychology from St. Joseph's University.

Chris Mackowski, an assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at St. Bonaventure University, has written an article -- "The Hook's the Thing" -- to appear this fall in the American Association of Community Theatres' monthly publication, Spotlight.

The article by Mackowski, who joined the faculty in 2000 and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and master's degrees from the University of Maine and Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., offers tips to public relations people at community theaters on how to hook an editor's attention.

"If you can't hook the newspaper editor, you'll never hook the newspaper's readers," he said. "Often the people who handle PR for community theaters are volunteers with no formal PR training. They don't know how to work efficiently with newspaper editors or present story ideas in a way that demonstrates why those stories are newsworthy, and that can inadvertently hurt their coverage."

Pvt. Karl J. Idzik of the Town of Tonawanda has completed boot camp for the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island, S.C., and is now in combat military training at Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

The 18-year-old son of James and Shirley Idzik graduated in the Class of 2000 at Kenmore East High School, where he was a starting pitcher and captain of the school's varsity baseball team. He pitched for the Bulldogs for four years and was awarded the Workhorse Trophy in his senior year.

"He enjoys the Marine Corps," his mother said, "and plans to take as many courses he can." She said he was platoon leader of his basic training unit.

Dalton R. Hunkins of Lewis Run, Pa., a professor of computer science at St. Bonaventure University, and David B. Levine, an associate professor of computer science, published a paper, "Rich Resources for Computer Graphics Educators," in the SIGGRAPH 2001 Conference Abstracts and Applications.

Hunkins presented the paper at the recent conference in Los Angeles, which is an annual celebration of the latest research advances, demonstrated applications and freedom of expression in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

The paper discussed their role in the field of computer graphics education.

Hunkins joined the faculty in 1980 and has a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College, a master's degree from Trenton State College and a doctorate from Drexel University.

Levine, a member of the faculty since 1998, has a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and a master's degree and doctorate from Dartmouth College.

Jillian Filipowicz of Depew, a 1999 graduate of Lancaster High School, has been named to the board of directors of WSBU 88.3 The Buzz, St. Bonaventure University's student-run radio station.

She also has been named assistant public relations director for the radio station.

A junior majoring in journalism and mass communications, Filipowicz is also a student ambassador; a member of Team Bonas, the university's sports promotions club; and an associate editor of the Bona Venture, the student-run newspaper.

Christopher Colburn of Kennedy earned highest honors among students who graduated from Jamestown Community College in August. High honors were earned by Karen Rowe of Jamestown, Tina Barrett of Little Valley, Brande Brookins of Olean, Tonya Eddie of Panama and Patricia Kickbush of Conewango Valley.

Other graduates with honors were Gerald Andolora of Jamestown, Russell Pascatore of Conewango Valley, Annette Ranney of Dewittville, Susan Lindamer of Bolivar and Heather Deuink of Clymer. Two Pennsylvania residents -- Patricia Dailey-Willover of Eldred and Lisa Stiffler of Ulysses -- also earned honors recognition.

Camp Good Days and Special Times has received a grant for $3,335 from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York to help fund the Junior Good Days program, which offers fun events year-round for children between the ages of 4 and 7 who have cancer as well as their siblings.

The grant monies were raised through the efforts of local McDonald's Restaurants and national McDonald's programs.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals and supports programs beneficial to children.

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