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Dorothy Gallagher-Cohen and Sister Jean O'Shaunecy were honored Thursday by the Alumnae Association of Holy Angels Academy at its annual awards dinner, held in Samuel's Grande Manor, Williamsville.

Gallagher-Cohen, vice president for new media and integrated marketing at The Buffalo News, graduated from Holy Angels in 1978. The award for Distinguished Alumna was presented "to an alumna who has distinguished herself in her field," said Colleen Buckley Thomas, Alumnae Association president.

Gallagher-Cohen is a graduate of Towson University. Her community service includes past board member of Cradle Beach Camp, chairwoman of Kids Voting Western New York, Books for Kids and Libraries for Kids, current member of the board of trustees for Shea's Performing Arts Center and advisory committee member for WNED. She has been with The News since 1996.

O'Shaunecy, associate principal at Holy Angels Academy, received the Ruth Reinhardt Award for outstanding service to the academy. She graduated from Holy Angels in 1950 and D'Youville College in 1954. She entered the congregation of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in 1966. After receiving her master's degree in mathematics at Villanova, she taught at the Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, before returning to Buffalo in 1971.

"She has been at Holy Angels Academy for 32 years as teacher, associate principal and director of admissions. Those are her official titles, but she is the go-to person for everything, it seems," said Patricia Urbanski Pitts, chairwoman of the Holy Angels board of trustees.

Three teachers will be honored by the Niagara Frontier Council for the Social Studies at a dinner Wednesday in Hearthstone Manor.

To be honored as "Outstanding Social Studies Teachers" are Rachell Francis, who teaches fourth grade at Eggert Road Elementary School in Orchard Park; James Lee, who teaches middle school at Campus West, Buffalo Public Schools; and Lisa Rutherford of Maryvale High School, Cheektowaga.

Rutherford will be cited as "Rookie of the Year," given to an outstanding first-year teacher.

Christopher C. Dahl, president of the State University at Geneseo, was one of seven new directors named to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities at the association's recent annual meeting in Seattle.

Dahl has been president of Geneseo since 1996 and is also a professor of English at the college. He is also co-chairman of the New York State Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 50 colleges and universities promoting active citizenship as an aim of higher education.

Lindsey Campana, a junior at Pioneer High School in Yorkshire, is the New York statewide winner in Level III, grades 9 to 12, of the 2003 Letters About Literature contest.

Co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book and the Weekly Reader, the contest invites students to write a letter to an author -- living or dead -- explaining how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world. Winners receive cash awards at national and state levels.

In November, Lindsey's teacher, Sandy Stachowiak, sent 76 student letters to the contest. "I was hoping that someone would receive at least an honorable mention," Stachowiak said.

Lindsey's entry was a letter to the late Dr. Seuss about his book "The Lorax." She won $100, and her letter became the property of the Library of Congress. Lindsey is a daughter of Janet and Michael Campana of Freedom. School officials said residents can visit for a list of winners.

Jeremy M. Jacobs Jr., executive vice president of Delaware North Cos., has been elected chairman of the board of directors of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

He will serve a three-year term. He succeeds Edward F. Walsh Jr. as board chairman.

Other officers include three vice chairmen, Jan Borman of CWA Local 1122, Darryll J. Green of WGRZ-TV and Ann McCarthy of Wegmans; treasurer, Jay McWatters of KPMG; and secretary, Mary Jo Hunt, a community volunteer.

Other board members are Danette Falbo of Tops Markets, Richard Gold of M&T Bank, Reginald Mebane of FedEx Trade Networks, Desiree Parker of Subway Buffalo, Kris Ann Piazza of Kaleida Health and Robert Travers of Travers Collins & Co.

Carrie Meyer of Hamburg has been named executive director of the Independent Health Foundation.

She has worked for the foundation since 1995 and has served as interim executive director since September. She became assistant director in 2001.

The foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through health awareness, prevention, education, wellness and other programs.

Meyer is responsible for foundation programs and events that include First Night Buffalo, the Health Check community education series, the Wellness Van promoted in conjunction with WBEN and some initiatives to be announced during the year.

Meyer is a graduate of Trocaire College and the Leadership Development Program for Women at the Canisius College Center for Professional Development. She is continuing her studies at Hilbert College.

She is a member of the Near East Side Health Task Force and the Buffalo State College Community Advisory Committee and is a volunteer with the Research Center for Stroke and Heart Disease as well as the Target the Heart Campaign.

Plaques of appreciation were presented to the five police agencies that responded to a call on April 9 when a Fredonia police officer was shot.

A domestic dispute at 3 Union St. brought the Fredonia police to the scene. When Officer James Harrington left his car, he was shot in the leg. Jason McQuiggan, 24, held police off for two hours before he was arrested.

McQuiggan has entered a plea of guilty in Chautauqua County Court and could be imprisoned for up to 25 years.

The State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, Dunkirk police and Fredonia State College police responded to a call for backup, according to Mayor Frank Pagano, who on Tuesday night presented the plaques to Capt. Daniel Lyons of the State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace, Dunkirk Police Chief John Yannie, Fredonia Police Chief Bradley Meyers and Officer Thomas Buczkowski of the Fredonia State College Police.

Also, the Committee of 100 presented a check to Harrington, who is still recuperating.

Tenpao Lee of Grand Island, a professor of transportation in Niagara University's College of Business Administration, has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant for study this summer at the College of Management at the National Chaio-Tung University in Taiwan, his alma mater.

While in his native Taiwan, Lee will use his second Fulbright scholarship to lead a workshop for the host university's faculty on how to measure and improve the quality of business education.

Lee, who has written extensively on the U.S. railroad industry, received his first Fulbright scholarship in 2000. He spent five months in 2001 teaching in Taiwan and conducting research on Taiwan's railroad system.

He received a bachelor of science degree in ocean transportation from National Chaio-Tung University in 1977 and an MBA from Murray State University in Kentucky in 1981. He earned his doctorate in economics from Iowa State University in 1984. He has taught at Niagara since 1987.

Three Jamestown Community College students have received the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.

The recipients are Ashley J. James of Lakewood, Rachel L. Kent of Great Valley and Renee M. Turck of Jamestown. The award recognizes courage, ability and academic achievement.

They also were nominated to the Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team competition and were selected as Third Team winners of the 2003 All-New York Academic Team for community colleges.

Six men will be inducted into the Niagara Frontier Aviation & Space Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony and dinner Friday in Joseph's Country Manor & Grove, 275 Columbia Ave., Depew.

The 2003 inductees are James N. Dittenhauser, Capt. Kevin Caffery, George R. Ord, Robert D. Roach Jr., William P. Suitor and Dr. Nicholas D. Trbovich.

Sandra Reynolds, co-chairwoman of the Hall of Fame Board, said the Hall of Fame display is in the Niagara Aerospace Museum in Niagara Falls.

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