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Honor Roll: July 27

Alicia Heberle, assistant trainer at SBS Farms Inc., coached the farm’s riders to success during the recent Buffalo Showtime III, held at the Fairgrounds Showplex, Town of Hamburg. SBS Farms’ riders brought home several blue and championship ribbons, adding to the top show barn’s expansive collection.

Addison Basile outshone the field in the Walk-Trot Crossrail Hunters, earning the division championship with Muffin Man. Success for SBS Farms continued into the Small/Medium Children’s Pony Hunters, where Zoe Schaab rode Brightside to the multiple blues, eventually claiming the division championship. Andrea Bello and Churchill racked up the points to earn the Pre-Adult Hunter division championship.

In the Junior Hunters, it was young talent Alex Trolli atop Del Piero who took the top spot in the Junior Hunter Classic, also capturing the Junior Hunter division championship.

In the jumper ring, Amanda Callistro and Cennzington rode to the top of the leaderboard in two classes, while Emma Walters and Dream Team also had successful finishes and blue ribbons for their clean efforts and speedy times.


Robert P. Amico, professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University, has written a new book concerning the issue of racism and the education of students about race. “Antiracist Teaching” addresses the difficulties of teaching students about antiracism. In the book, Amico discusses how, over the course of 14 years, he has learned to teach students about antiracism, a subject that students sometimes find difficult to discuss. Amico said his goal when writing the book was to “bring about changes in consciousness about issues of white privilege and systemic racism.”

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts before earning a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He serves as the chair of both the university’s Diversity Action Committee and the Council on Discrimination and Harassment.


Kimberly L. Zittel, director of the D’Youville College Personal Counseling Center, is one of 15 mental health service providers selected to travel to Rwanda, Africa, in August to help improve access to community-based mental health care. She was selected to be part of the inaugural delegation of the Global Engagement Institute and the National Board for Certified Counselors to introduce their Mental Health Facilitator Program to Rwanda, according to the organizations. The program will offer service providers culturally relevant training regarding implementing mental health services in Rwanda and other third-world countries. The delegation leaves on July 30.

Zittel is a nationally certified licensed mental health counselor, with specialized training in holistic psychotherapy and equine-assisted psychotherapy.


Courtney Wigdahl-Perry, department of biology faculty member at the SUNY Fredonia, is principal investigator for a project receiving a $10,000 grant funded by the SUNY 4E Network of Excellence supporting campus research collaborations in Energy, Environment, Education, and Economics.

Wigdahl-Perry’s project is one of eight collaborative projects totaling $400,000 involving 14 SUNY campuses advancing research in waste-water treatment, air quality, smart-grid solutions and conservation efforts, among others.

His research group, including co-principal investigators David Richardson of SUNY New Paltz and Devin Castendyk of SUNY Oneonta, received the grant to apply high-resolution sensors to monitor water quality issues in lakes across New York State as part of a SUNY Lakes Ecological Observatory Network. The group’s work is aimed at establishing a collaborative working group across three SUNY comprehensive universities (Fredonia, New Paltz and Oneonta), which focuses on the application of high-resolution sensors to monitor water quality issues in lakes across New York State.

SUNY 4E is one of six SUNY Networks of Excellence. Each network assembles scientists, scholars, and external partners from SUNY campuses to conduct collaborative research in high demand areas. The others are SUNY Health, SUNY Brain, SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing, SUNY Arts and Humanities and SUNY Teaching, Learning and Assessment.


Donald W. Rowe, director of the Office of Public Health Practice and a faculty member in the department of community health and health behavior at the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions, has been named the 2015 recipient of the Herman M. Biggs Public Health Award by the New York State Public Health Association.

In a career spanning 40 years, Rowe is recognized for his long-standing contributions to tobacco control, emergency preparedness, community service, coalition building and rural health.

As the director of the Office of Public Health Practice, he focuses on connecting the school with the practice community so that together they have an opportunity to improve the health of communities.

Rowe serves as chair of the New York State Rural Health Council, president of the New York State Association for Rural Health, and as a member of the board of directors for the Western New York Public Health Alliance Inc. and the Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center.

The award, which is given annually to an individual who is recognized for outstanding achievement in public health, is named for Dr. Herman M. Biggs, a pioneer in the field of public health and New York State public health commissioner for 26 years.


Robert L. Stevenson, president and CEO of Eastman Machine Co. and a member of the Medaille College board of trustees, was honored at Medaille’s Founders’ Day Celebration 2015. Stevenson was recognized as the third member of Medaille’s Heritage Council, which honors those who have demonstrated exemplary service and support to further the College’s mission.

Stevenson, a graduate of Yale University, is the fourth generation of his family to head Eastman Machine Company. In addition to his career at Eastman, he is chairman of the World Trade Center of Buffalo and chairman of Child & Family Services Foundation. He has served on the boards of directors and trustees of numerous local and national nonprofit organizations, including the United Way of Buffalo, InSyte Consulting and the New York Federal Reserve Advisory Board.


Days Park Block Club was awarded the inaugural William Dorsheimer Community Partner Award by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy in June at Kleinhans Music Hall. The award recognizes commitment to park stewardship, community bridge building and the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted.

Days Park Block Club, formed in 1987, is one of the oldest continuing block clubs in the city. Days Park, located in the Allentown National Historic District, is one of Buffalo’s first public parks donated in 1859 by its namesake, Thomas Day.

William Dorsheimer, a business and community leader issued the invitation to Frederick Law Olmsted to visit Buffalo and design a city park in 1868. Dorsheimer was appointed as one of the first park commissioners to the Buffalo Parks board in 1869.


Sister Colleen O’Toole was formally accepted as a novice by the Sisters of Mercy New York, Pennsylvania, Pacific West community during a ceremony held July 17 at the Mercyhurst University Chapel.

Sister Colleen, 25, entered the Sisters of Mercy in Buffalo in September 2013 as a candidate. In the past two years, she has been working at Baker Victor Services Early Childhood Program, a preschool for children with disabilities. She earned a degree in religious studies from Smith College, Northampton, Mass. and obtained a teaching license in elementary education.

In August, Sister Colleen will be moving to St. Louis Institute Novitiate for her canonical year.

She will discern a ministry for her second year of novitiate and after temporary vows for three years, will begin discerning professing perpetual or final vows.


Chris Mackowski, professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure, is among the 150 notable alumni honored by the University of Maine during its 150th anniversary celebration. Mackowski earned a master’s degree in English from the University in 1995.

Distinguished for his research and writing about the Civil War, Mackowski has authored books, edited journals, founded a blog and worked for the National Park Service giving tours of the Civil War battlefields.

In 2013, he received the University’s Faculty Excellence Award for Research and Publication.

He has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the American Civil War and serves as editor in chief of Emerging Civil War.

He is author of recent book, “Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna,” Mackowski’s sixth entry in the Emerging Civil War Series.

Mackowski, who joined St. Bonaventure faculty in 2000 holds a doctorate in English/creative writing from Binghamton University.


Several local residents have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

Air Force Airman Thomas B. Weis is the son of Joseph P. Baer-Weis and Amy M. Weis of Olean. He is a 2014 graduate of Olean High School.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris L. Manes is the son of Candy S. and Chris L. Manes of Oakfield. He is a 2012 graduate of Oakfield-Alabama Central School, Oakfield.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody D. Johnson is the son of Kristine and Todd Johnson and grandson of Joanne Button, both of Portville. He is a 2011 graduate of Portville Central School and earned an associate degree from Jamestown Community College in 2013.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert T. Norman is the son of Dawn and Robert Norman, Lake View. He is a 2012 graduate of Frontier High School and earned an associate’s degree from Erie Community College South, Orchard Park, in 2014.

Air Force Airman Rodney G. Cruzado is the son of Rodney Cruzado of Buffalo and Ada M. Collado of Buffalo. He is a 2014 graduate of Charter School for Applied Technologies.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Michael C. Neuman is the son of Keith E. Neuman of South Wales and Julie A. Bluman of Buffalo, and grandson of Julius and Lynn Kushner of Eden and Pamela Neuman of West Seneca. He is a 2014 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Justin R. Devantier earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Debra and Duane Devantier of Niagara Falls. He graduated from Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School in 2009 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo in 2013.

Air Force Airman Shannon Paton is the daughter of Robert Paton of Newport News, Va., and Liz Paton of Cheektowaga.

The airmen 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.