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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Bill Newton, assistant director of campus activities at Niagara University, has been named Campus Event Planner of the Year by Power Performers Inc., a national speakers and entertainment bureau.

Chosen for the honor from among more than 4,000 of his peers at college campuses nationwide, Newton received special commendation for the role he played in bringing mentalist Robert Channing to Niagara last fall.

Criteria for the award include event organization, originality of theme, audience response and planner professionalism.

"One person's recognition is only as good as the team that he or she works with," Newton said in a news release. "I'm surrounded by a great team of fellow student affairs professionals and some fantastic, energetic and creative student leaders."

Niagara's Office of Campus Activities oversees many of the student body's functions, including all campus events, clubs, student organizations and honor societies, as well as new student orientation, the student newspaper, yearbook and leadership program.

"Bill is an absolutely wonderful guy to work with," said M.J. Amelio, a sales representative for Power Performers Inc.


Shawn P. Daly has been named dean of the Niagara University College of Business Administration after a nationwide search.

Daly comes to Niagara from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He will assume his new position at Niagara on April 10, replacing Mark Wilson, who retired last summer to enlist in AmeriCorps.

In addition to his experience in higher education, Daly spent numerous years working in marketing, research and consulting. Prior to UIW, he worked in research and development engineering with a multinational chemical company and managed the sales and marketing initiatives for an entrepreneurial laboratory instrument manufacturer. These duties included extensive travel and negotiation experience around the world, especially in Latin America and Europe.

"We are quite pleased to appoint someone of Dr. Daly's professional pedigree to lead our College of Business Administration," the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, president of Niagara, said in a news release. "His experience in business and academia is a very welcome addition to the Niagara University community."

The winner of two Fulbright scholarships (Kazakhstan and Mongolia), Daly has lectured extensively on medical tourism, business-to-business marketing and business education. Those engagements took him through much of Europe and Asia, including China, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Romania and Finland. Daly has also taught numerous MBA courses in Bucharest, Romania, and has lectured in other places around the world.


Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Joshua J. Smith graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio. The airman 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.

Smith is the son of Jeffrey and Suzanne Smith of Dickersonville Road, Ransomville.

He is a 2011 graduate of Lewiston Porter High School

The Mount St. Mary's Foundation has announced its officers for 2012.

Serving as chairman is Charles I. Lytle II, regional sales manager of the Guardian; vice chairman is Alan R. Elia Jr., vice president of Sevenson Environmental Services; treasurer is Christopher M. Leardini, vice president/controller/treasurer of HealthNow New York Inc.; and secretary is Jennifer J. Smith, executive sales representative of Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

Lynn W. Catalano serves as executive director.


Mount St. Mary's Foundation seeks to enhance the programs and services of the hospital through charitable support.

The foundation is working on a more than $1 million initiative for the renovation and enhancement of the Mount St. Mary's Center for Women Maternity and Gynecology Unit.