Three Students Win J. Scott Fleming Merit Awards

By Mary Beth Spina

Release Date: December 5, 2000

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Three UB students have received the J. Scott Fleming Merit Awards for leadership and volunteer efforts that promote student involvement and the student experience.

Five other students received honorable mention in the ceremony held Nov. 17 on the UB North Campus.

Award winners Takiyah Nur Amin of Buffalo, Melissa Burgio of Tonawanda and Anna Klimaszewska of Lockport each received a certificate and a $500 check.

The award, named for a former executive director of UB's Office of Alumni Relations, is presented by the University Student Alumni Board, student affiliate of the alumni association.

Amin, a senior majoring in dance, has been a delegate to the New York State Student Assembly, Miss Black Student Union and a facilitator with Black Women United.

She also has served as a diversity advocate on the Committee for the Promotion of Tolerance and Diversity and a volunteer for the African and Latino bazaars. She was 1999 UB homecoming queen.

Burgio, a junior studying environmental design and psychology, is a teaching assistant in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and for UB 101, and participated in the Leadership Experience and Achievement Program. She is chapter historian for Phi Eta Sigma and secretary for the South Lake Village Council.

In addition, she is a student admission-recruitment specialist for the UB STARs, and a member of the University Honors Program and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

Klimaszewska is a senior majoring in international studies and Spanish, with a minor in Polish. President of the Polish Student Association, she is a member of the Outgoing Exchange Team and Model United Nations.

In addition, she has participated in the Latin American Student Association, People of Color Dance Competition, PODER and Latinos Unidos, and athlete academic advising.

Receiving honorable mention recognition were Stephen Federico of Amherst, Laurie Margolus of Carmel, Sanna Padela of Rochester, Dina Shafey of Amherst and Robyn Washousky of Clarence.