B. Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex Inc., in Rochester and owner of the Buffalo Sabres, will receive the Canisius College Board of Regents Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award at the college's 39th annual Regents Scholarship Ball on May 14 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.
The award will be presented to Golisano for his "outstanding contributions to the civic, entrepreneurial and economic welfare of the Western New York region."
Golisano established Paychex in 1971, and in January 2004, Forbes magazine named it one of the 26 best-managed companies in America. Fortune magazine last year included it on its annual list of "100 Best Companies to Work For" and listed it as one of the most admired companies in the nation. Forbes also ranked Golisano among the Top 10 bosses in the United States.
Golisano is founder of the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, which awards grants to organizations dedicated to providing opportunities for people with disabilities and offering support to their families. He also has given generously to Thompson Health in Canandaigua to help establish an emergency and diagnostic medical center.
When he bought the Sabres in 2003, Golisano said he believed "it was important to keep the team in Buffalo because it is an economic and community asset."
The Regents Scholarship Ball is the principal fund-raiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund. Last year's event raised $85,000.
The Association of Teaching Artists has presented its 2005 Teaching Artists Distinguished Service to the Field Award to Buffalo writer and educator Sherry Robbins
Its Golden Administrator Award was given to Cass Clark, education director of Just Buffalo Literary Center.
The awards were presented by Dale Davis, president of the Association of Teaching Artists at a recent reception.
Paschalis Alexandridis of East Amherst, professor in the department of chemical and biological engineering in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been awarded Greece's highest honor for young academics and scientists, the Bodossaki Foundation Academic Prize in Applied Science.
Every other year, the foundation awards prizes in physical science and mathematics, applied science, social and economic sciences, and medicine and biology to scholars of Greek descent under the age of 40 who have demonstrated exceptional achievements and international recognition in their field.
Alexandridis won the prize for applied science for micro and nano-science and technology. He will receive the honor, which includes a cash award, in June in Athens.
Alexandridis, a UB faculty member since 1997, is pursuing research on the self-assembly and directed assembly of polymers, supramoleculescq and nanoparticles. His expertise finds applications in products such as pharmaceuticals, coatings, inks and thermoplastic elastomers.
Alexandridis received his doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a postdoctoral associate and assistant professor at Lund University.
* David Tiffany began his new job as vice president for university advancement at Fredonia State College on April 21. He also is serving as executive director of the Fredonia College Foundation.
His experience in university administration and fund raising began in 1975. He most recently was the vice president for development and alumni affairs at the College of New Jersey, where alumni donors increased 7 percent and alumni contributions increased 120 percent under his leadership.
He previously held administrative posts at California University of Pennsylvania and Bemidji State University in Minnesota.
Richard E. Surdel, a 1980 graduate of Barker Central High School, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
Surdel, a doctrine warfare division chief with 20 years of military service, is assigned to the Air Force Doctrine Center, Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala.
He is the son of Richard W. Surdel of Gasport and Carol Surdel of Lockport. He received a bachelor's degree in 1985 from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, La.