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Gillibrand named to seat on Armed Services panel

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has been named to the Senate Armed Services Committee, the panel from which her predecessor, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, worked to help save the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station when it was threatened with closure.

In joining the Armed Services Committee, Gillibrand opted to leave the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She will continue to serve on the Agriculture and Environment, and Public Works committees, as well as the Special Committee for the Aging.

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Special-education pioneer to be honored Feb. 11

Buffalo State College will honor the life and contributions of Dr. Horace "Hank" Mann, a retired Buffalo State professor and pioneer in the field of special education, at 3 p.m. Feb. 11. in the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall.

Mann, a SUNY distinguished service professor emeritus, died Nov. 18 at age 88. He helped educate more than 7,000 special-education teachers before his retirement in 1992. Call 878-5115 before Feb. 4 to confirm your attendance. For information, contact Pamela Voyer at 878-3725.

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Information sessions set on new doctoral program

LEWISTON -- Niagara University plans to hold information sessions in the United States and Canada to introduce candidates to its new doctoral program in leadership and policy.

NU is accepting applications for the program. Classes are scheduled for Friday evenings and Saturdays beginning in August. Locally, an information session will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday; 5 and 7:30 p.m. March 1; and 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. March 5, all in Bisgrove Hall on the NU campus, Lewiston Road.

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Journalism organization seeks candidates for grants

Buffalo-area undergraduates interested in journalism, along with professional journalists seeking additional academic training, can apply for college and graduate school scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.

The Greater Buffalo International Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, has awarded 123 scholarships worth $105,750 since 1978. Applicants must be residents of Western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania or southern Ontario and attend an accredited college in the United States or Canada. Those living outside the chapter area who attend Western New York colleges are eligible.

Applicants are required include a brief statement outlining career commitment, financial need and letters of recommendation from an instructor or supervisor. Applications must be postmarked by April 30. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Annemarie Franczyk, secretary of the scholarship fund, 858 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14212. For information, call Franczyk at 878-5900 or e-mail her at amfranczyk@verizon.net. Applicants can also find scholarship information on Facebook andblogspot.com.

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