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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Carmen S. Rivera, a professor of Spanish and chairman of the department, is the editor of a new book, "I'm Still Standing: Treinta anos de poesa/Thirty Years of Poetry," written by Puerto Rican author Luz Maria Umpierre-Herrera. The book is a collection of Umpierre-Herrera's poetry published from 1976 through 2009 but previously no longer in print, as well as new work. The book contains works written in Spanish, English and "Spanglish." It reflects her life as a Puerto Rican lesbian woman.

Rivera, who had read Umpierre-Herrera's work and used it in her classes, met the writer at a conference a few years ago. When Rivera realized that the poems were out of print and would not be available to her students, she contacted Umpierre-Herrera to suggest publishing an anthology of her work. Umpierre had begun work on it and invited Rivera to join her in the process.

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Ed Healy received the Recognition Award from the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature at a presentation in the Buffalo & Erie County Central Library on Lafayette Square.

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Janice Hamner-Baines, a direct-support professional at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, received the Service Provider of the Year Award from the State Association of Day Service Providers. Liz Whipple, a certified day habilitation program manager at Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled, received the group's Leadership Award. The awards were presented at the association's annual symposium in Saratoga Springs.

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John Samar, vice president of John W. Danforth Co., has been named the volunteer of the year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns. Also, Tops Markets received the Community Leader Award, and Sam Hoyt was named the Northtowns Award winner.

Samar has been chairman of the Bids for Kids fundraiser for the clubs for the past two years. He recruits volunteers, supporters and attendees.

Tops has sponsored and catered events for many years.

Hoyt has been a supporter and ambassador for the clubs for more than 15 years, helping to raise more than $100,000.

Robert Denman was honored for 30 years of service as a member of the board of directors.

The new board officers are: president, Joseph Dommer of Baer & Associates; vice presidents, Randy Pollard and Christine Hausrath of Hausrath's Landscape & Maintenance; treasurer, Paul Eusanio, a certified public accountant; secretary, Ryan Hanretty of AXA Advisors.

New board members, who will serve through October 2014, are: Paul Eusanio, Rich Finiki, Harold Knittel and Marla Waiss.

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The State University at Stony Brook Alumni Association honored Buffalo State College President Aaron Podolefsky with a 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given by the association, at a special ceremony and reception in November at Flowerfield in St. James on Nov. 9.

Podolefsky became the eighth president of Buffalo State in 2010. He earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics from San Jose State University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Stony Brook. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the author of numerous scholarly works, including books, textbooks and articles.

Before joining Buffalo State, Podolefsky served as president and professor of anthropology at the University of Central Missouri.

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The Bowmansville Volunteer Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Association has elected William J. MacPeek president. Other officers are: vice president, Walter J. Konsek; treasurer, Mark J. Lawniczak Sr.; financial secretary, Wayne Stewart; recording secretary, James P. Gaskin; trustees, Daniel R. Magrum,,Carl W. Meyers, Thomas T. Trzepacz and Frank Cullinan; sergeant at arms, Anthony H. Suchyna; chaplain, Jacqueline Staner; and installing officer, Richard L. Reese Jr.

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western New York presented its "Rising Star" award to Dr. Leslie Glassbrenner of Gentle Dentistry. The award is given to outstanding young professionals who have been found to be not only successful, but humanitarian contributors to society.

The award ceremony, which took place in Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, honored several young professionals who together raised more than $30,000 to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School held a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Valley Community Association in South Buffalo. The students collected 1,370 food items, including 32 frozen turkeys, which were delivered to the organization to stock its food pantry.

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Erie County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recently recognized 16 exceptional older volunteers with the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the Statler Erie Room of Erie Community College's North Campus. The awards were presented by County Executive Chris Collins; Brenda Ward, commissioner of the Erie County Department of Senior Services; and Pat Dowling, director of Erie County RSVP.

Recipients were:

Lillian F. Bubacz, Blasdell, volunteer at Mercy Hospital since 2003, 4,000 hours.

George J. Burgin, Buffalo, a veteran who serves as a driver for Disabled American Veterans Van Transportation Network, 4,107 hours.

Earl B. Clements, Grand Island, retired school bus driver who volunteers as a driver for the American Red Cross, 4,430 hours.

Edward Dockstader, Brant, driver assistant on the Rural Transit Services van in Brant, 5,089 hours.

Sue Faltisco, West Seneca, serves in the surgical waiting room at Mercy Hospital, where she acts as greeter and liaison between patient, family members and surgical staff during surgery, 4,000 hours.

Edward J. Feuerbach, Buffalo, volunteers in the Medical Library at Buffalo General Hospital, prepares meals at St. Vincent de Paul, delivers Meals on Wheels to Buffalo's West Side and helps with restoration work at Shea's Performing Arts Center, 4,642 hours.

William E. Hale Sr., Lockport, volunteer at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 4,177 hours.

Carol W. Mayo, Williamsville, volunteers out of the Amherst Senior Center and tutors and mentors children at Forest Elementary School, where she serves as a classroom assistant, 4,000 hours

Charles McCarthy, Buffalo, volunteers at Brothers of Mercy as part of the therapy transport team, 5,608 hours.

Gordon Mittleman, Williamsville, volunteer at Weinberg Campus for the past 16 years, as well as the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Meals on Wheels, 4,000 hours.

Patricia E. Palimatier, Buffalo, volunteers at Ladies of Charity to help alleviate the suffering of the poor, 4,610 hours.

Michael J. Schwing, Buffalo, volunteers for a Little League team, his employee union, as a Rural Transit Service driver, and at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 4,175 hours.

Albert Sillato, Clarence, volunteers at Brothers of Mercy and at the Lancaster Country Club Junior Program, 4,000 hours.

Joan M. Suttel, Depew, visitor volunteer at Elderwood at Maplewood, also a longtime volunteer at the Ladies of Charity, running the cash register at the thrift store, 5,270 hours.

Peter W. Tifft, Buffalo, volunteer at the Buffalo & Erie County Library, 4,000 hours.

Raymond E. Wood, Cheektowaga, volunteer at the VA Medical Center and as a driver for Disabled American Veterans, 4,223 hours.

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For the second consecutive year, Michael Glick, professor and dean of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, has been awarded the American Dental Education Association's William J. Gies Foundation First Place Editorial Award.

Glick received the award for his editorial in the Journal of the American Dental Association, "Education and Training: Two Different Proficiencies Necessary to Provide Oral Health Care." He won the same award in 2010 for his JADA editorial: "Expanding the Dentist's Role in Health Care Delivery. Is it Time to Discard the Procrustean Bed?"

Glick, who became UB dean in December 2009, is editor of JADA, the peer-reviewed journal in dentistry.

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