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Honor Roll / Recognizing the achievements of Western New Yorkers

Buffalo State College has named the north lecture hall in the Bulger Communication Center as the Ethel Lockman Newman Lecture Hall, thanks to a $100,000 memorial gift from her son, Reginald B. Newman II. The donation will endow two scholarships for All College Honors students majoring in education.

Ethel Lockman Newman graduated from Buffalo State (formerly State Teachers College at Buffalo) in 1930 with a commitment to educating the next generation. She used her education to help her husband, Reginald B. Newman, build the NOCO Energy Corp.


The Northeast Family YMCA has elected the following new members to its 2012-2013 board of directors:

Rich Argentieri, Independent Health; Jeffrey Culhane, Tops Markets; Neil Burns, Clarence Central School District; Al Dirschberger, Gateway-Longview); Rob Fraass, Greatbatch; Richard Gioia, Damon Morey; Susan Hocko, Crystal Clear Consulting; and Lisa Morrison-Fronkowiak, Buffalo State College.

They will serve a two-year term through the 2015 fiscal year.

Mark Lempko of Commercial Credit Consulting. is serving as chair for the branch board.

YMCA Buffalo Niagara serves more than 100,000 people annually through seven branches located throughout Western New York, YMCA Camp Weona, and community-based program sites.


Jacob M. Herskind is an Army ROTC cadet involved in Cadet Language and Cultural Immersion Training, the first training deployment as a cadet. After a weeklong training session at Fort Knox, Ky., the selected cadets are deployed to partner nations where they are immersed in the local culture and languages. The selected cadets will spend three weeks involved in assisting with current Army missions that range from helping build community projects to teaching English to local children.

Herskind graduated in 2010 from Nichols School and is a student at Princeton University. He is the son of Mark and Joelle Herskind of Buffalo and grandson of Don and Doris Meyer and Richard and Kathy Herskind, all of Orchard Park.


Third-year medical student Michael J. Blanco has won the American Medical Association Foundation 2012 Minority Scholars Award for his work at the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic, run by students at the University at Buffalo's medical school.

Blanco is one of only 13 students nationwide to receive the $10,000 scholarship award, which recognizes academically outstanding medical students committed to promoting diversity in medicine and eliminating health care disparities. It is the second year in a row that a UB medical student has won the AMA award.

"The Lighthouse is part of the reason I came here," says Blanco, impressed with the fact that UB's medical students were getting involved, providing free medical care to underserved populations in Buffalo.

The walk-in clinic serves Buffalo's East Side community under the supervision of family medicine physician Dr. Kirk Scirto and UB medical school faculty members who volunteer their time.

At the clinic, Blanco has served as infectious disease manager, testing and counseling patients for diseases ranging from TB to sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.


Army National Guard Pvt. Quaddir A. Jackson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Johnnie and Latasha Spivey, both of Buffalo, and is a 2011 graduate of McKinley High School.


Army Pvt. Brandon M. Robinson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. He is the son of Bradley Robinson of Grand Island and a 2009 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School.


The University at Buffalo Police Department's numerous traffic safety initiatives earned special recognition at the annual New York Law Enforcement Challenge Awards ceremony during the Empire State Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Conference.

The award noted the numerous efforts made by the department to ensure traffic safety, including traffic law enforcement activities and public education programs such as the department's annual holiday seatbelt checkpoints. The New York Challenge is coordinated by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and is one of 15 state programs hosted annually in the U.S.

The competition focuses on efforts to enforce laws and to educate the public about occupant restraint, impaired driving and speeding. UB's police department was recognized as being among the state's best overall traffic safety programs.

UB Police Lt. Gregg Gamble and Lt. Scott Marciszewski submitted the detailed proposal necessary to be considered for a Challenge Award, and Gamble accepted recognition on behalf of UB police.


Nicholas Hlifka of Sherman received first place in the junior varsity category in the National Braille Challenge, an academic competition held in Los Angeles for the top 60 blind and visually impaired students in the U.S. and Canada.

Nicholas, a jazz pianist, was one of 60 chosen from among more than 900 of the top blind and visually impaired students to travel to Los Angeles to test his braille skills. He accepted the $2,000 cash prize award for the purchase of a savings bond, a refreshable Braille display device called Focus 40 Blue Braille Display and an Apple iPad donated by the Braille Institute of America.

The challenge, sponsored by Braille Institute, is the only national academic competition for blind students in the nation. It is specifically designed to challenge and motivate students, while encouraging them to continue their study of braille. He has been using braille his entire life.

A talented honors student from Sherman Central High School, Nicholas can be found hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, rooting for the Buffalo Bills and getting into a good book about meteorology.


Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Amherst Systems awarded two college scholarships to local high school seniors planning to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, computer science, physics or math.

Andrew Wojcinski, a Lockport High School graduate, and Mark Simson, an Orchard Park High School graduate, each received the $10,000 merit-based college scholarship - payable in $2,500 installments over four years - for their academic achievements and community involvement.

Wojcinski studies electrical engineering at the University at Buffalo. Simson majors in computer science with an emphasis on software engineering at UB.

Funds can be used for tuition, books, meals and lodging.


Army ROTC Cadet John E. Bradshaw has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after successfully completing the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University. He the son of Kathleen Bradshaw of Randolph and a 2006 graduate of Randolph High School.


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