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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Daniel J. DiPofi, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Buffalo Sabres, has been elected to a three-year term on the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center board of directors.

A Niagara Falls native, DiPofi is a graduate of Niagara Catholic High School and Niagara University. Prior to joining the Sabres as corporate controller, he worked as a public accountant with Price Waterhouse.

While with the Sabres, DiPofi guided the organization through drastic changes in the NHL’s economic structure and played a vital role in the franchise’s economic stability as the team and region tackled the construction and funding of what is now called First Niagara Center.

A former member of the NHL board of governors, DiPofi also served as vice president of business operations and finance for the Rochester Sports Group handling the Rochester Americans and Blue Cross Arena.

DiPofi was named 2008 Alumnus of the Year by Niagara Catholic High School and serves on the school’s board of trustees. He and his wife, Janet, reside in Youngstown with their three daughters.

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Niagara University’s commitment to embracing America’s military service members as students has been recognized once again, this time via inclusion on U.S. Veterans Magazine’s list of “Top Veteran-Friendly Schools.” The results were released this month as part of the magazine’s annual evaluation of the nation’s employers, initiatives, government agencies and educational institutions.

Lists were compiled from market research, independent research, diversity conference participation and survey responses of Fortune 1000 companies that were performed by DiversityComm, publisher of U.S. Veterans Magazine. The “Best of the Best” rankings will appear in the magazine’s summer issue.

Niagara University has recently been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the region’s “Best Colleges for Veterans,” designated a “2015 Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, and a “Best for Vets: Colleges” by Military Times.

“We are proud to be recognized by so many entities for assisting the brave men and women transitioning from military service, yet our impetus for providing these resources truly stems from a university-wide commitment to acknowledging their sacrifices for our country,” noted Robert Healy, Niagara University’s veterans services coordinator and a retired Air Force veteran.

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Air Force Reserve Command has named Joseph Foucha Air Force Command Level Fire Officer of the Year for the entire USA. Niagara Falls Air Base has also named Foucha as their Reserves Employee of the Year. He is a former Marine currently serving as chief of Training at the Niagara Falls Air Base.

As a honoree, Foucha will participate as a passenger in a jet fighter plane during the Niagara Falls Air Show in July.

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Army Pvt. Wayne E. Jackson II has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

Jackson is the son of Mae L. and Wayne E. Jackson Sr. of Youngstown.

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Air Force Airman 1st Class Irvin L. Buck graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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.

Buck is the son of Steven T. Buck of Niagara Falls. He is a 2011 graduate of Niagara Falls High School and earned an associate degree from Niagara County Community College in 2013.

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