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S.J. "Chip" Amrozowicz was recently installed as Buffalo chapter chairman of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Amrozowicz is a security consultant with the National Football League and a special investigator for the U.S. State Department. Also installed were Jack McDonnell, vice chairman, and Peter J. Sofia, secretary-treasurer.

Shelia C. Gillert of Amherst, a membership development specialist with the Girl Scout Council of Buffalo and Erie County, and Kathryn A. Jackson of Getzville, an attorney in a solo practice in Williamsville, have been elected to the board of directors of the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation.

Both will serve on the Foundation's Development Committee.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation. Its mission is to promote the welfare of senior citizens in the Town of Amherst as well as expand and enhance the services, programs, equipment and support provided to the community.

Kevin M. Ola, son of Warren and Kathleen Ola of Williamsville, has been commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

The commissioning took place Sept. 18 at Gannon University, where Ola received a bachelor's degree in communications arts.

Ola, a 2000 graduate of Williamsville South High School, is attending an 18-week military intelligence officer basic course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and will be assigned to Fort Gordon, Ga., as a member of the 513th Military Intelligence Brigade.

Gary Ostrower, Ph.D., professor of history at Alfred University, was one of 16 historians invited to participate in a recent symposium at Harvard University honoring the work and career of Akira Iriye.

Iriye, one of the nation's leading diplomatic historians, is retiring as chairman of Harvard's History Department.

The sessions ranged from Iriye's influence on U.S.-Asian diplomacy to the state of diplomatic history in the United States today. Other speakers came from universities and government agencies as well as from Japan, Korea and China.

Ostrower graduated from Alfred University in 1961 with majors in history and political science. He received a master's degree and doctorate from the University of Rochester. He has been teaching at Alfred since 1969.

Twenty-one people have graduated from the Town of Tonawanda Police Department's First Community Emergency Response Team training program.

Students from the community were awarded completion certificates from Police Chief Samuel M. Palmiere and Town Councilman David M. Rider on Monday after receiving training in emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization and terrorism.

Dennis Carson, Emergency Services coordinator, managed the course with the assistance of Police Lt. Creighton Felt and paramedics Robert Lutz and Michael Baumgartner.

The graduates include Ada-Beth Aldrich, Amy Anderson, Wayne Busch, Barbara Byer, Norman Byer, Alan Capenhurst, Ramona Capenhurst, Susan Carson, Dominic Dimato, Robert Crawford, Robert Flowers, Emily Garrison, Michelle Garrison, Kim Grass, Dawn Hayek, Marianne Kieta, Michael Kieta, Claudia Maslany, Tammy Park, Tracy Stein and David Schneier.

Jonathon Donaldson of Springville, a fourth-year student at Rochester Institute of Technology, recently was selected one of only 13 college students in the nation to receive a six-year fellowship from the National Physical Science Consortium and Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M.

He is the son of Linda Young and the late Randall Donaldson. He anticipates completing his RIT studies in 2006.

Under the fellowship, he is serving as a senior student research associate in RIT's Laboratory for Advanced Communications Technology. In August, Donaldson, who is majoring in computer engineering and computer science, completed a six-month cooperative education position in systems analysis and trouble resolution at Sandia National Laboratories.

The Consortium is a partnership between industry, higher education and government agencies and laboratories. Based in Los Angeles, it was established in 1987 with a goal to increase the number of qualified U.S. citizens holding a Ph.D in the physical sciences and related fields.

James R. Boldt, president and CEO of Computer Task Group, has been elected chairman of the board of directors of Child & Family Services, a private, not-for-profit family service agency.

Other officers include the vice chairman, Danis J. Gehl; treasurer, Richard W. Parker; assistant treasurer, Howard T. Saperston Jr., and secretary, Michael K. Walsh.

Timothy E. Kupinski, project architect for Foit-Albert Associates, has been appointed to the board of directors.

Child & Family Services has a 131-year history of providing services to Western New York's children and families.

Army Col. Scott T. Forster, son of Jayne E. Forster of Lockport, is part of the Joint Expeditionary Force Experiment 2004 involving Army and Air Force fighting forces.

The experiment is being conducted from multiple sites across the United States, with key sites at Hurlburt Field, Fla., and Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.

Goal of the experiment is to find ways to eliminate friendly-fire casualties.

Forster graduated from Lockport High School in 1974 and from West Point in 1979.

Jackye Mandell, of North Buffalo, has received the St. Louise de Marillac Award from the Sisters Hospital Marillac Guild.

The award honors an individual who personifies the values of St. Louise de Marillac, founder of the Daughters of Charity.

Mandell has been a volunteer for the Sisters Hospital Foundation Gala and has chaired the Decor Committee. She is a member of St. Mark's Parish.