Daemen senior academic adviser Adriane Williams has been recognized by On Point for College Inc. for outstanding service to first generation college students. On Point for College is a nonprofit, national organization dedicated to opening the door to higher education for low-income and first-generation college students.

Williams received the On Point for College Campus Angel Award at the organization’s 2013 celebration last mont at the OnCenter in Syracuse.


The St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute Alumni Association inducted five alumni who have distinguished themselves both personally and professionally into the Signum Fidei Society. The ceremony was held last month at Brookfield Country Club in Clarence.

The inductees are:

Robert J. Attea, Class of 1959, earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Colorado. He achieved success in the field of sound design, recording music for movie and television soundtracks for Universal Studios in Los Angeles. He is executive chairman of the board for Sovran Inc..

Douglas J. Regan, Class of 1968, graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a degree in English education in 1972 and began a 41-year career with Starpoint Central Schools. While working as an English teacher and track coach, Regan earned his master’s degree in English at Buffalo State and his doctorate from the University at Buffalo. In 1986, he became principal of the school that today carries his name, the Douglas J. Regan Intermediate School. Regan retired from his role as principal in 2011.

Dr. Mark A.C. Hoeplinger, Class of 1971, is an otolaryngologist who founded Western New York Ear, Nose and Throat in 1987. Hopelinger, who will be named a deacon in the Orthodox Catholic Church of America in August, frequently makes mission trips to perform ear surgery and provide hearing aids to the poor in such countries as Peru, Guatemala and Uganda. After graduating from the UB School of Medicine in 1979, he completed a three-year residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Michael M. Metz, Class of 1973, has worked for the past 24 years at Vitol SA, an independent international oil-trading firm, where today he serves as vice president of trading. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His work has taken him to New York; Singapore, where he played semi-professional basketball; London and Houston.

Richard M. Cieri, Class of 1974, is a leading practitioner of restructuring law. Since 2005, he has served as co-chair of the Restructuring Group at international law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and the University of Michigan Law School.


Two local leaders, Erie Community College’s Lynette Meslinsky and the Buffalo Urban League’s Brenda McDuffie, were honored for their community-focused passion and perseverance at the 18th annual Minnie Gillette/Joan Bozer Recognition Award luncheon held earlier this month at Erie Community College’s City Campus.

McDuffie, president and CEO of the Urban League, received her award from Mary Beard, assistant academic dean at ECC’s North Campus. Meslinsky, a mathematics professor and college senate chair for ECC, accepted her honor from colleague Dr. Eleanor Patterson, who serves as bilingual program coordinator at City Campus.

The Gillette-Bozer Award celebrates the compassion, perseverance and dedication to the needs of women and children, as demonstrated by the careers of Gillette and Bozer.


Alexandra Corrine Keller, who is pursuing a doctorate at the University at Buffalo, has been awarded the 2013 Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in the Agricultural, Biological and Health Sciences by the northeastern Association of Graduate Schools for her thesis entitled “Direct Reprogramming of Neural Stem Cells into Oligodendrocyte Progenitors by Defined Factors.” Keller received her award at the meeting of Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Keller, a Buffalo resident, is a graduate of Castro Valley High School in California.


Katherine Zimmerman, a student at Williamsville East High School, has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship as one of 20 student athletes honored in the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. Foot Locker Foundation Inc. and have partnered for the second year to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills both in sports and within their communities.

Zimmerman, who started playing field hockey in her junior year, is vice president of Hands Around the World, a school club that works in partnership with World Hope International, a relief and development organization that assists communities suffering from poverty and injustice. Through this role, she has organized a number of fundraising events, including Rock for Relief , bimonthly hot chocolate sales, bake sales, baby-sitting for elementary school parents, and T-shirt sales. She also volunteers with middle schools and has completed over 50 hours at Habitat for Humanity.

Zimmerman, daughter of Michael and Ann Zimmerman of Williamsville, plans to study biology and political science at the University at Buffalo.


Vincent O. Hanley, partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel received the Hilbert College Medal at the college’s commencement exercises last weekend at the Wesleyan Church of Hamburg. The medal, one of the college’s highest honors, is presented to those who embody Franciscan values, demonstrate excellence in their profession or career, and excellence in community service.

Hanley was nominated for his role as the primary facilitator of the Bishop’s Declaration and his leadership as chairperson of the Hilbert College board of trustees during the challenging economic conditions in 2008, while the college was embarking on the construction of a new residence hall.

He currently serves on board of directors of the Catholic Health System Continuing Care Foundation and the board of directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Society for Buffalo and Western New York.


Lancaster resident, Doreen Cesari, a member of the United States Daughters of 1812, received a first place award for outstanding contributions for her video, “Flames through Lewiston,” at the 118th annual New York State Council held May 3-4 in Lockport. She was presented with her certificate by Virginia L. Apyar of Washington, D.C., the national preseident, and Jan Johnpier of Wilson, the president of the state society.


Buffalo Niagara International Airport received a Balchen/Post Award for outstanding achievement at the recent 47th annual international aviation snow symposium.

The Northeast chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives recognized the airport’s snow removal team with the honorable mention award in the medium commercial airport category. This is the seventh time the Buffalo airport has been honored.

Selection is based on the crew’s ability to keep the airport runways free of snow and ice, snow removal plans, size of area to be cleared, equipment readiness, personnel training and overall safety awareness.


State Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer honored Clarence resident Ginger Lindner for her outstanding contributions enriching the quality of life for the community and beyond at the 16th annual Women of Distinction ceremony earlier this month.

For seven years, Lindner has spearheaded a project for the Ladies Auxiliary at the Clarence American Legion that has resulted in sending more than 3,000 care packages to men and women of the Armed Forces. She has been involved with Soldiers’ Angels, a California-based organization with the mission of “May No Soldier Go Unloved.”

She has been a member of the Clarence American Legion Auxiliary Unit 838 for 52 years and is currently the president.