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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

* Niagara County Sheriff James R. Voutour awarded Thomas A. Beilein Scholarships to three high school seniors who intend on a career in criminal justice-law enforcement.

Shane M. O'Byrne, from Lockport High School; Bethany MacFarlane, from Newfane High School; and Megan Binkley, from North Tonawanda High School are the recipients for 2011. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Shane will attend Niagara County Community College, Bethany will attend Genesee Community College and Megan will attend Niagara University.

The Thomas A. Beilein Scholarship Award is funded through the Niagara County Law Enforcement Foundation, and is named for former Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein, who served as sheriff from 1994 to 2008, when he was appointed chairman of the state Commission of Correction.

His appointment culminated a 40-year career in law enforcement and the scholarship honors his long and distinguished record of community service.

"As my predecessor and mentor, it gives me great personal and professional pleasure to recognize his many accomplishments and years of service to the citizens of Niagara County," Voutour said.

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* Niagara University ranks as one of the top colleges and universities to work for among medium-size institutions in the United States, according to a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Niagara was also the only Western New York institution named to the Honor Roll of "Great Colleges to Work For," based on the number of times it was listed in 12 individual recognition categories examined in the nationwide survey. The honor roll features 42 colleges and universities recognized for creating exceptional work environments.

Niagara was ranked prominently in four of the 12 categories, including Confidence in Senior Leadership; Work/Life Balance; Professional/Career Development Programs; and Respect and Appreciation.

"Niagara University is certainly proud of the distinction of being named to the Chronicle's 2011 Honor Roll," said Bonnie Rose, executive vice president of NU. "But the important thanks belong to the faculty, staff and administrators who are the heart of our university. They are the reason Niagara University is a great place to work."

This year, 310 institutions participated in the survey, including four-year colleges and universities, as well as community colleges. Participants were segmented into a four-year or two-year category, and classified by enrollment.