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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

During the recent 2012 Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) National Conference in Florida, Cliff Scutella, Genesee Community College student activities director, was named the National Adviser of the Year by the organization.

A member of the GCC for 22 years, he was nominated by his staff in the student activities office. The award recognizes Scutella for his ability to empower staff and students to reach their fullest potential.

"Cliff has a unique ability to bring together groups and organizations with his leadership qualities and winning personality," praised GCC student activities technical specialist Joanna Barefoot. "He takes the time to challenge a person to think problems through, consider possible solutions and work together to address the situation," she added.

APCA offers resources to campus activities programming departments throughout the United States, such as concerts, seminars and other entertainment programs geared toward students.

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Buffalo resident Edward Schultz, 22, will serve the next 10 months in working with AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps), a national service program.

Schultz and his team of other 18 to 24 year olds have begun the first of several projects relating to environmental stewardship, disaster, and community service with the Peace Corps offshoot. Throughout the year, the ten-member team, called Moose 2, will work beside non-profit organizations like the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. For their first six weeks of service, Moose 2 will partner with Blue Water Baltimore, an environmental restoration organization in the Chesapeake Bay area.

AmeriCorps NCCC is a full-time, residential, national service program in which 1,100 young adults serve nationwide each year. The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

Corps members work on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development.

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Jonathan D. Katz, associate professor and director of the doctoral program in the University at Buffalo Department of Visual Studies, will receive the 2011 annual first prize award for Best National Museum Show from the U.S section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA/USA) in April 2 ceremonies at the Asia Society in New York City.

The AICA awards will be presented to 24 distinguished artists and curators in 12 categories in recognition of their excellence in the conception and realization of exhibitions.

Katz is being honored along with his co-curator, National Gallery historian David C. Ward, for "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," museum exhibition to focus on themes of gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture.

"Hide/Seek" opened in October 2010 at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., where it remained until February 2011. It then ran at the Brooklyn Museum before opening on March 17 at the Tacoma Art Museum, where it will remain through June 10.

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Buffalo native Jacob Fox, a member of the AmeriCorps serving at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus in Douglasville, Ga. recently received the President's Call to Service Award for completing 4,000 hours of volunteer service.

The President's Call to Service Award is the highest level of the President's Volunteer Service Award. For his service, Fox received a lapel pin, personalized certificate and congratulatory letter from President Barack Obama.

Fox joined AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in 2009 after attending Binghamton University. As an NCCC member, he completed 1,700 volunteer service hours in California and Oregon, participating in trail and habitat restoration, after-school programs for low-income students, the renovation of a women's shelter and Habitat for Humanity projects. At the end of his NCCC service, Fox received the bronze level of the President's Volunteer Service Award.

In September 2010, Fox joined the AmeriCorps program at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus, which provides residential treatment services to children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. He committed to a second year of service at the Youth Villages-Inner Harbour Campus in 2011 and was named an education team leader.

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The following five individuals have been inducted into the 2012 Canisius High School's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor:

Erik Brady, '72, award-winning writer for USA Today, outstanding contributions to journalism.

John "Jack" Breen, '49, distinguished Nasser I. Al-Rashid chair (emeritus) in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, outstanding contributions to civil engineering.

Thomas Lombardo, M.D., '65, chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Millard Fillmore Hospital Division of Kaleida Health, outstanding contributions to medicine.

Joseph Rutowski, '52, owner of Rutowski Family Pharmacies, outstanding contributions to business.

Rev. Eugene Zimpfer, S.J., '49, outstanding contributions to Jesuit education and administration.

Canisius High School's Alumni Hall of Honor recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their life's work in a manner that exemplifies the highest ideals to which the school is dedicated. The new inductees will be honored at an event on May 5.

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The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted VA Western New York Healthcare System its Outstanding Achievement Award, one of a select group of 106 accredited cancer programs across the United States that were surveyed in 2011.

Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.

Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.