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Honor Roll /Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Lynn Sementilli of Williamsville has been selected as a 2014 recipient of the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program. Sementilli was awarded a renewable scholarship in recognition of her classroom and community excellence.

Sementilli is a sophomore at SUNY Buffalo State, where she is majoring in electrical engineering and plans to use her degree to work with technology to improve safety. She volunteers in kindergarten and high school ministries, and also has worked with a group of college students to remove graffiti in the City of Buffalo. She attended Christian Liberty Academy School System.


Carl Lund, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Fellow status in the AIChE is one of the highest honors a chemical engineer can achieve. Lund was recognized for his accomplishments in teaching, service to the field and research on heterogeneous catalysis.

A former senior engineer with Exxon Research and Engineering Co., Lund joined the UB faculty in 1986 as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. He served for nine years as the chair of the department of chemical and biological engineering, and has received numerous awards and published more than 60 academic articles.

Lund’s research centers on the study of catalytic ways to convert cellulosic biomass into useful fuels and chemicals, while reducing waste byproducts. The new fuel could replace petroleum-based fuels and chemicals.

Through his work, Lund also participates in RENEW – Research and Education in eNergy, Environment and Water – UB’s new research institute that focuses on complex energy and environmental issues.

Lund received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University and his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Dr. Michael Brogan, vice president for academic affairs and dean at Daemen College, was presented a Distinguished Honoree Award at the 2014 National Philanthropy Day luncheon held Nov. 12.

During his nearly 30-year tenure at Daemen, Brogan has been instrumental in securing multiple grants and has generously supported the college in various ways. His affiliation with Daemen started as a student, having received a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and later returning to the college to earn a doctor of physical therapy degree. He also holds a doctorate in educational administration and a master’s degree in health science education and evaluation, both from the University at Buffalo.

Since 1985, Brogan has served in various academic capacities, including as dean of the college’s Health and Human Services Division, chair of the physical therapy department and academic coordinator of clinical education. In addition, he’s an associate professor of physical therapy, a program he has taught in for 25 years.

A national expert and certified wound care specialist, Brogan was recently selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program, which connects U.S. scholars and professionals with counterparts at overseas institutions.


Sarah McCloy ’16, a junior double majoring in international development and theology with minors in education and missions at Houghton College, is one of 800 American undergraduate students from 356 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study or intern abroad during the spring 2015 academic term.

McCloy will study in Kigali, Rwanda, with the Go-ED African program for the spring 2015 semester. She was awarded a $4,500 scholarship. Her studies will focus on international development and African culture. Along with her trip, she will also complete a practicum and gain field experience.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Dr. Michael Walters, associate dean of religion and global service, professor of Christian ministry & director of ministerial education at Houghton College commented, “Sarah combines her passion for other people and diverse cultures with a curiosity about how cultural diversity fits into God’s agenda for the world. She embodies what we hope of our theology majors, namely, a strong missional focus that desires to take theological training to its intended end of praxis.”


Daemen College has for the seventh consecutive year been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition an institution can receive for its commitment to community, service-learning and civic engagement.

Daemen is one only five institutions in Western New York and among 35 colleges and universities in New York State to receive this national designation in the 2014 general community service category, which is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

In 2013-14, nearly 500 Daemen students engaged in more than 25,000 total hours in service-learning and community service initiatives. Over the past decade, Daemen has established 35 local and global service-learning partnerships.

Launched in 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus-community partnerships. CNCS oversees the award in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.


Kirk Maurer, regional director of New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Rosemary Arnone, parent coordinator of the Buffalo Public Schools, were honored by Parent Network of Western New York for their hard work and dedication to the Western New York disability community. Harvest Honors event was held Nov. 20 at the offices of the Parent Network of Western New York.

Parent Network of Western New York is a not-for-profit organization providing education and resources for families of individuals with special needs and for professionals through resources, workshops and support groups to empower individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.