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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Niagara County Community College students Andrea Graser and Lindsay Andrews took first and third place, respectively, in the student division last month at the annual Gilda's Club Gingerbread House Competition at Gilda's Club Western New York in Buffalo. Their gingerbread houses were judged on factors including originality, creativity, use of gingerbread and detail.

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Mount St. Mary's Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mount St. Mary's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award addresses the important element of time," said Dr. Gregory D. Sambuchi, head of the hospital's Division of Neurology.

To receive the award, Mount St. Mary's consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program for 90 days. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation.

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*Dr. Salvatore Passanese, chairman of the Life Sciences Division at Niagara County Community College, received the Dr. Carol Jamieson Award at a ceremony held on the campus last month. The NCCC Advisory Board of the V. James Renda Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence selected Passanese as the fifth recipient of the Jamieson Award.

The intent of the Jamieson Award is to recognize faculty members, both past and present, who best exemplify the outstanding traits Jamieson possessed; only full-time faculty who have been a part of the college community for at least five years are eligible.

Criteria for the award include mentoring and support given to other faculty, continuous growth in the field of study, ability to inspire in students independent and original thinking, enthusiasm and vitality in learning and teaching, dedication to the support of academic excellence and dedication to the college.

The award was presented to Passanese by Professor Bryce McMichael of Life Sciences, and Matthew Clarcq, chairman of the NCCC Instructional Resource Center.

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*Niagara Falls High School student Kiman Baldon was recently honored by one of Northpointe Council Inc.'s prevention specialists, David Forstadt, and Niagara Falls High School Chief Educational Administrator James R. Spanbauer.

Kiman was awarded the Council's Students Thinking and Acting Responsibly award for November because of his ability to successfully handle the pressures of being a teen father. While holding down two jobs, Kiman continues to do very well in school and adds many extracurricular activities to his schedule. His biggest goal is to be a good father to his daughter.

Northpointe Council offers the award to one student every month during the school year.

If you work with a Niagara County high school student that you would like to nominate, contact the prevention education program at 282-1228. Those interested in making a donation to sponsor a "STAR" are asked to call Cheri Kelly at 282-1228.

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*The officers of the St. Francis Guild volunteers of Mount St. Mary's Hospital recently were installed into office at a special Mass and celebration at Stella Niagara.

They are 2011 president Sandra Switzer Rueter, first vice president Geri Sdao, second vice president Marie Chiarenza, corresponding secretary Dolores Roma, treasurer Rosemary Dann and recording secretary Maureen Sheeran. Rueter replaces last year's president, Shirley Bevacqua.

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