University at Buffalo: Reporter


Four UB students were named award winners in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's 46th Western New York Exhibition. Award winners were: Mark Maio, Bon-Ton Store Incorporated Award; Mark Taylor, Anonymous Award; Martin Kruck, EZ Graphics Award; and Benjamin Dunkle, The Buffalo News Award for Printmaking.

Olga Viso, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, was juror of the exhibition, which included abstract and realistic works, film and video, and new media.

"Preowned" records, cassette tapes and CDs in good condition are needed for the fourth annual "Vinyl Madness" fund-raiser to be held in September to benefit WBFO-FM 88.7, the National Public Radio affiliated operated by UB. The station raised more than $12,000 at last year's "Vinyl Madness" to fund programming and events.

Donors may drop off their music on Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 4-8 p.m. at Allen Hall on the South Campus. Volunteers will be on duty to assist donors. For more information, call 829-2880.

The Executive MBA program at the UB School of Management, a 22-month, rigorous course of study for experienced executives who have top management potential, graduated its first class in ceremonies May 18.

Members of the first graduating class are: Myca L. Abraham, process analyst, Praxair, Inc.; Neil H. Compton, project development manager, Praxair, Inc.; Fred L. Covelli, senior administrative assistant, Department of Nuclear Medicine, UB; Robert J. Dann, controller, Amherst Systems, Inc.; Thomas P. Dee, vice president, Cannon; Barry S. Dolgoff, attorney and counselor at law; Steven C. Howell, director of corporate procurement, Ahold USA, Inc.; Roger A. Hubacher, president, Complete Homecare, Inc.; Bart J. Lafaso Jr., director of finance for general homecare, Buffalo General Hospital; James C. Lajewski, business unit manager, Outokumpu American Brass Co.; Lisa H. Macpherson, senior vice president, worldwide marketing development, Fisher-Price Inc.; Michael J. McGarry, utility operations examiner, New York State Department of Public Service.

Also: Kenneth O. Miller, vice president for manufacturing, Sherwood Harsco Corp.; Robert A. Miller, business development manager, Science Kit and Boreal Laboratories; John Mineo, assistant general counsel, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Western New York, Inc.; Gerry Murak, Gerald Edward Murak & Associates; James P. O'Reilly, president, Tacor Consulting Managers; Kathryn A. Sawner, assistant to the president and acting director of the Office of Publications, UB; Raymond H.P. Thomas, senior research chemist, Allied Signal, Inc.; John E. Walter, superintendent for street lighting/inspection, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. and Thomas White, director and audiologist, Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo, Inc.

Three UB students have received the J. Scott Fleming Merit Award from the University Student Alumni Board recognizing their volunteer efforts and leadership in promoting student involvement at UB. The award was established in 1985 and renamed in 1991 for the former UB executive director of alumni relations. Recipients must be full-time students.

Award winners who each received a $250 check and certificate are:

Cassandra Francique, a senior international studies major who is serving a second term as president of the Black Student Union. The 1995 UB homecoming queen, Francique is a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society and is active in the Community Action Corps, NAACP, Caribbean Student Association and Council of People of Color.

James A. Larson, a senior political science major who is international council coordinator for the undergraduate Student Association. A former president and treasurer of the Irish Student Association, Larson also has served as 1995 homecoming king and a religious education teacher and member of the planning board at the Newman Center.

Robert J. Werkmeister Jr., a senior political science major and past president of the Student Association. Captain of the men's volleyball team, he also has been coordinator of athletics affairs for the Student Association and a member of the Student Athletics Advisory Committee.

Receiving honorable mention:

Adrian G. Knight, a senior mechanical engineering major with a concentration in materials and science. President of Sub-Board I, he also has served as president of the board of directors for the Faculty Student Association. He is a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society and is listed in "Who's Who In American Colleges and Universities."

Jessie R. Miller, a senior psychology and health and human services major who serves as a peer counselor supervisor for the Sexuality Education Center. She also volunteers as a member of the A.I.D.S. Coalition and the Anti-Rape Task Force, and has served as vice president of fellowship for Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity.

A $37,000 grant from the American Federation for Aging Research will fund a UB study on the skeletal muscles of the elderly, that ultimately may help prevent injuries and reduce medical costs.

"The study is designed to look at why aged skeletal muscles are more susceptible to exercise-induced injury compared to younger skeletal muscles," said Luc Gosselin, principal investigator, who is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Exercise Science in the UB School of Health Related Professions.

"With the population living longer, it is critical to acquire insight into why the elderly are more likely to become injured while exercising," Gosselin said. "If we understand why aging muscle is more susceptible to injury, then we can design countermeasures to prevent this from happening." Using exercise to maintain, or even improve, muscle strength in the elderly, Gosselin said, may improve their ability to handle daily activities and delay or eliminate the need to be placed in a skilled nursing facility, thus reducing medical costs.

The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) grant program funds pilot research projects on basic mechanisms of aging, the role of the aging processes in the onset and progression of disease, and the nature of age-related health problems.

Five students graduated May 19 with Departmental Honors in history: Leon Goldthwait, William H. Korthals, Renee Lansley, Heidi Ludwig and Melissa L. Pletscher.

Fifty-one students in the School of Law received awards during the school's 1996 commencement. Nine students received multiple awards:

Jo Anne P. Howlett, National Association of Women Lawyers Award, Kenneth A. Gomez Memorial Award and Law Faculty Award; Brian Michael Melber, Ethics Award, Order of Barristers and Law Faculty Award; Julia Anne Hall, Max Koren Award and Law Faculty Award; Craig S. Brown, Dale S. Margulis Award and Law Faculty Award; James William Grable Jr., Carlos C. Alden Award, Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award;

Benjamin Douglas Pierson, Adolf Homburger Law Alumni Association Award and Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award; Teresa C. Brophy, Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award and Order of Barristers; Shelly Chao, Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award and Law Faculty Award; Nicole C. Johnson, Order of Barristers, Law Faculty Award.

Other award winners: Joseph N. Del Vecchio, John N. Bennett Achievement Award; Sean Allen Kennedy, Judge Matthew J. Jasen Appellate Practice Award; Shawn Wilfred Carey, David Kochery Award; David H. Blackmon, Laidlaw Law Alumni Association Award; Julia Swire Hillel, Moot Evidence Award; Laurie Lynne Menzie, Judge William J. Regan Award; Jason Hale Sterne, Birzon Prize in Clinical Legal Studies; Ann Elizabeth Phillips, Justice Philip Halpern Award; Jeffrey Dean Scherzer, Edith and David Goldstein Award; Lisa Regina Strand, Lavender Gavel Award; Amy Jean Wendt, Prentice-Hall Award; Suzanne Ellen Ouellette, Maurice Frey Award; Sharon Victoria Lezama-Ramirez, Minority Bar Association of WNY Award; Benjamin Ryan Dwyer, GOLD Group Award.

Law Faculty Award winners: Charles Francis-Antonio Carbone, Sara Jane Hemmeter, Judy Sager Hernandez, Jason A. Yots, Joseph John Hill, Kristin B. Jones, Sara Anne Meerse, Robert H. Smith, Daniel Werner, Susan Gail Hughes.

Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award: Michele Christine Crusius, Laurie Ann Giordano, Lyle T. Hajdu, Alexander Erik Bernstein, Kathleen S. Campbell, Susan Marie Etu, Aaron M. Pierce, Michelle Murray Radecki, Elena Maria Rita Rosciglione, John L. Sinatra Jr., Holly Ann Penelope Tucker.

Order of Barristers winners: Karen Ann Marie Bailey, Peter William Beadle, Bridget Cawley, William Thomas Gargan, David M. Hastings, Michele J. Owdienko, Jennifer Lynn Lyons.

Leah Culligan, a 1996 summa cum laude graduate of UB, has been awarded a $13,500 fellowship in humanistic studies from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to pursue doctoral studies in comparative literatures. Culligan received her bachelor's degree from UB with a double major in English and Russian-area studies.

In September, Culligan will begin graduate work at the University of Chicago, which awarded her a four-year Century Fellowship.

Mellon Fellowships in the Humanities, a program of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, are among the most prestigious academic awards in the nation. They are presented to "graduating college seniors and recent graduates of outstanding promise" to encourage and assist recipients to join the humanities faculties of America's colleges and universities.

This year, the foundation selected 95 fellows from more than 900 applicants.

Tammy Harris, who graduated from UB this May with two degrees-a B.A. in dance and a B.A. in psychology- will represent New York State as Miss New York 1996 in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City later this year.

Harris, who won the Miss Oswego County competition, beat out 21 other contestants for the title. She was crowned June 29 by the 1995 Miss New York State, Sunita Paramsothy of Amherst.

Twenty-two students in the UB School of Pharmacy were honored during the school's commencement ceremony May 18. Among the recipients were five multiple-award winners:

Caryl Morreale, Robert H. Ritz Award, Margaret C. Swisher Memorial Award and SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals Patient Care Award.

Michael Cooper, American Pharmaceutical Association McNeil Mortar and Pestle Professionalism Award sponsored by McNeil Consumer Products Company, Samuel J. Bauda Award and the Robert M. Cooper Memorial Award.

Charlotte Riesenberger, A.B. Lemon Memorial Award, WNY Society of Hospital Pharmacists Award and Pharmacists' Society of the State of New York Award.

Sheetal Patel, Copel Rubenstein Award, Pharmacist's Association of WNY Student Leadership Award, UB Pharmacy Alumni Association Award.

Anna D'Alessandro, McKesson Leadership Award and Academy of Students of Pharmacy Certificate of Recognition Award.

Also receiving awards were: Kit Cheng, Roger Montsavinos Award; Shukei Billy Wong, Roy M. Barr Award; Kristin Schiesswohl, Eino Nelson Award; Leigh George, Francis P. Taylor Award; Catherine Visco, Michael E. Crawford Award; Elizabeth Murphy, Lilly Achievement Award; Darlene Rocco, Merck Award; Jennifer McEvoy, Merck Award; John Murak, Roche Pharmacy Communications Award; Lynn Lewandowski, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Community Pharmacy Internship Award.

Also: Susan Vogel, Mylan Pharmaceuticals Excellence in Pharmacy Award; Jeanine Weaver, Facts and Comparisons Award of Excellence in Clinical Communications; Christina Wilson, Western New York Society of Hospital Pharmacists Award; Lisa Chesebro, Renee A. Dederich Memorial Award; Alan J. Chaput, New York State Chapter of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy Pharm.D. Research Award for Excellence in Research; Thomas Santangelo, John F. Moran Memorial Award; Ellen Wang, David E. Guttman Award.

Ruth Sing, a UB employee for the past 18 years, will retire Aug. 18. Sing, who performs secretarial work in the Department of Management Science and Systems, School of Management, joined UB at age 60. Now at 78, she's decided to retire and smell the roses-at least for awhile.

Her work involved preparing manuscripts, course outlines, and exams, "technical typing that involves mathematical equations," she explains, working for John Boot, department chair, and Winston Lin, professor of Management Science and Systems, as well as for other faculty.

Boot describes Sing "for as long as most can remember the secretary of the Department of Management Science and Systems, a glorious person and a stellar contributor."

Sing plans to continue to volunteer for the American Diabetes Association and has signed up to do data entry at Tifft Farm Nature Preserve.

The mother of eight, she also plans to assist a teacher friend by reading to school children. "I would like to travel," adds Sing, who expects to visit children and grandchildren in the U.S. and abroad.


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