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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*Air Force Airmen Danielle L. Gwiazdowski and Jayon K. Pope recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

The two completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Gwiazdowski, a 2006 graduate of Niagara Falls High School, is the daughter of James and stepdaughter of Marlyn (need to confirm her name. Is it Marlyn or Marilyn?) Gwiazdowski of Niagara Falls.

Pope, a 2005 graduate of Niagara Wheatfield High School, is the son of Tina Russell, of Buffalo, and Jon Pope, of Wheatfield.

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*Niagara County Community College President James Klyczek announced the appointment of Bob Koshinski as interim director of public relations.

Koshinski comes to NCCC after serving as communications specialist for State Sen. William Stachowski, D-Lake View, since April 2008. Before that, Koshinski served as communications director of Erie County and senior assistant to the county executive from 2006 to 2008.

He was with Adelphia Communications Co. for 15 years as vice president and general manager of the Empire Sports regional sports network and general manager of radio station WNSA-FM 107.7, and was with WKBW-TV from 1983 to 1991.

Koshinski is a native of Niagara Falls and lives in Wheatfield with his wife, Mary, and three sons.

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*Mary B. Montani, of Lewiston, recently joined the board of directors of the Western New York Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

Montani has been involved with the local affiliate for the past two years. Following her breast cancer diagnosis, she formed a team and ran the area Race for the Cure. She subsequently joined the Survivor Luncheon Committee.

Montani has served on many boards, including the Mount St. Mary's Hospital Foundation, Niagara Falls Country Club and the Porter Cup Executive Committee. She is self-employed and lives in Lewiston. She'll be promoting the goal of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure -- to save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cure.

Komen represents the world's largest private funding source for breast health and breast cancer screening, education and treatment support programs. The area affiliate has raised more than $3 million since its first Race for the Cure in 2001. As a result, hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants have been awarded to fund improved health care access for the underserved, education for diverse populations as well as national research focused on a cure for breast cancer.

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*Accounting students from Niagara University's College of Business Administration were honored with two national awards at the annual meeting of Beta Alpha Psi in New York City last month.

One award was given for the most federal income tax returns prepared; a second was for the number of volunteers contributing at least five hours of service. Seventy-three Niagara students volunteered a total of 800 hours and prepared 640 tax returns.

The Internal Revenue Service presented the awards to Rochelle Greek, of Avon, president of Niagara University's Lambda Chi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Also representing Niagara at the conference were Beta Alpha Psi officers Daniel Otto, of Spencerport, and Jessica Schirmer, of Lockport, as well as faculty adviser Al Oddo, professor of accounting.

Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals, to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field, and to promote a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

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*Lockport native Lauren Currie has been selected as a McDonough Scholar at Marietta College, in Marietta, Ohio. While a part of the program, Currie will have the chance to travel as part of the McDonough Leadership Study Abroad offering.

e-mail: lcontinelli@buffnews.com

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