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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Buffalo attorney Mark J. Peszko has been named a trustee of the Kosciuszko Foundation. He'll be working on the foundation's mission to foster relations and understanding between the United States and Poland.

Peszko is active in many community and cultural organizations, including the Polish Cadets of Buffalo. In his spare time, he enjoys studying Polish history.

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A documentary film co-directed by University at Buffalo media studies faculty member Sarah Elder has been added to the National Film Registry.

"Uksuum Cauyai: The Drums of Winter," about Alaska's Yup'ik Eskimos, focuses on the rich tradition of their music, dance and spiritual world, and the attempts by missionaries to suppress them.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center registered nurse Janice M. Paternostro has been named a 2007 Donation Champion by Upstate New York Transplant Services.

The award honors individuals who work to further donation and transplantation at the hospital level.

The awards ceremony was held recently at the Burchfield-Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College.

Paternostro is the clinical coordinator of the hospital's James S. Hill Critical Care Unit.

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Two St. Bonaventure University professors have been awarded grants from the Fulbright Scholar Program to share their areas of expertise abroad during the 2007-08 academic year.

The recipients, Patrick K. Dooley and Christopher D. Stanley, are the university's first Traditional Fulbright Fellows.

Dooley, the distinguished university board of trustees professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure, has taught at the university since 1969. His grant is in the English Department at the Nunyang Technological University in Singapore, where he will teach in the department's American Studies concentration.

Stanley, professor of theology, will spend the fall semester in Limerick, Ireland, teaching an undergraduate course at Mary Immaculate College, an affiliate of the University of Limerick. He also will supervise the research of Ph.D. students at the Dominican Biblical Institute, another program associated with the university.

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Janice Rockwood, patient care coordinator for the Craniofacial Center of Western New York at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, will receive the Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Western New York Award for her contributions to the field of speech-language pathology.

Rockwood, who holds a bachelor's degree in nursing, was nominated for the award by Lisa Draper, a speech pathologist with the craniofacial team, and by Jennifer Gall, mother of a patient.

"Jan is always willing to offer a helping hand or to assist in educating no matter what the situation," Draper said. "Her determination and compassion is outstanding and is a true reflection of the person and the professional."

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Members of the St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Alumni Association have named Rick Neumeister, a 1969 graduate of the school, "Man of the Year," recognizing his service to the high school over the years.

The award presentation will take place during the high school's Father-Son Mass and Breakfast this morning in the gymnasium of the school, 845 Kenmore Ave.

Neumeister was senior class president and played on the freshman basketball team and football team. He attended St. Bonaventure University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from UB in 1973.

He is co-chairman of this year's Annual Fund to benefit the high school.

The alumni association also recently inducted into the St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Signum Fidei Society: George T. "Skip" Ganey, Brother William Batt, John A. Schneeberger, Paul C. Hogan Jr. and Leonard T. LoVullo.

The 24th Annual Signum Fidei Induction Ceremony took place at Brookfield Country Club. Master of ceremonies for the evening was John Hurley.

Signum Fidei, which means sign of faith, is the characteristic spirit of the Christian Brothers.

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