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Honor Roll (May 22): Recognizing accomplishments of WNYers

The Canisius College Board of Regents presented its Distinguished Citizen Award to Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker recently, during the Board of Regents Scholarship Ball in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo

Dedecker is president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. She was recognized for her tireless civic advocacy and her unwavering commitment to strengthening the Buffalo-Niagara region – its economy, culture and quality of life.


The Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants recently held its annual Education Night Dinner honoring the outstanding junior, senior and graduate students at Western New York colleges and universities. Four D’Youville College accounting students were among those being honored for their academic accomplishments at the event:

Jordan Wabick received the Graduate Student Award of Honor for outstanding achievement in accounting studies.

Michael Davis and Lindsay Struwe each received a Senior Student Award of Honor for outstanding achievement in accounting studies.

Edward Kerber received the John T. Kennedy Memorial Award honoring the junior majoring in accounting having the highest overall scholastic average.


Marilyn Morris, University at Buffalo Distinguished Professor in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, was elected to serve as a member of the Xenobiotic and Nutrient Disposition and Action Study Section, a grant application review board at the National Institutes of Health.

She holds a doctorate in pharmaceutics from UB, a master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Manitoba.


National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo & Erie County recently honored dedicated area volunteers and mental health service providers during its 32nd annual dinner. Marilyn Green of Independent Health Associates; Dr. Oscar and Lorraine Lopez; NAMI board member, Family-to-Family instructor, advocate and volunteer Jacquelyn Thompson; and Lake Shore Behavioral Health Services, under the leadership of Dr. Howard Hitzel, were recognized for their commitment, leadership, and dedication to those living with a serious mental illness. The keynote speaker for the event was Judge Robert T. Russell Jr., founder of the Mental Health Court in Buffalo, as well as the Drug Court, and the first Veterans Court in the country. 


Luke P. Uebler II, a graduate of Canisius High School in Buffalo who is currently a student at Christ the King Seminary, is one of 12 seminary and divinity school students chosen by Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics to participate in a two-week program in Europe this summer. The program uses the conduct of the clergy in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive course of study on ethical issues facing religious leaders today.

Now in its seventh year of operation, FASPE is an innovative international program for students in five professional disciplines (business, journalism, law, medicine, and religion) designed to address contemporary ethical issues in their chosen fields through a unique historical lens. FASPE is predicated upon the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and other historic sites associated with the Holocaust, where Fellows consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges they will confront in their professions.

Pre-World War II professionals in Germany were known and respected internationally. Yet, leaders and practitioners in the professions played a fundamental role in designing, implementing, and enabling the crimes of Nazi Germany.

Over the course of 12 days, Fellows will attend lectures with a range of guest speakers and participate in seminars run by leading scholars who serve as FASPE faculty. The program integrates historical, cultural, philosophical, and literary sources; survivor testimony; and workshops in Berlin, Auschwitz, and Krakow.

Uebler graduated from Canisius High School and is entering his ninth year of seminary formation for ordination in the Catholic Church of Buffalo. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Gannon University in Erie, Pa.


Air Force Airman 1st Class Timothy J. Beck 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.

Beck is the son of David and Kimberly Beck of Amherst.

He is a 2009 graduate of Williamsville North High School, Williamsville and earned a bachelor’s degree in 2013 from SUNY Brockport, Brockport.


The Environmental Protection Agency recognized four Western New York residents as “environmental champions” during its 2016 awards announced recently at its regional headquarters in New York City.

The winners, among 28 announced statewide, are:

• Joseph Gardella Jr., a distinguished professor of chemistry at the University at Buffalo.

• Sherri “Sam” Mason, an associate professor of chemistry at SUNY Fredonia.

• Thomas Lowe, director of ReNU Niagara, the community outreach office at Niagara University.

• William Boeck, a professor emeritus of Niagara University.