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SUNY Buffalo State received the 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a diversity-focused publication in higher education. Buffalo State will be featured along with 55 other recipients in the magazine’s November issue.

The college was selected based on its exemplary diversity, inclusion initiatives and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on its campus, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community.

“SUNY Buffalo State prides itself on being an institution of access. Students from all backgrounds, including many first-generation students, succeed due to faculty and staff commitment,” said Karen A. Clinton Jones, Buffalo State’s chief diversity officer. “We try to make this campus as welcoming to everyone as we can.”

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The Buffalo Bisons received the Community Partnership award from Parent Network of Western New York at its annual Harvest Honors Fundraiser, which was held Thursday.

The award is presented every year to an agency, school or person who has assisted individuals with special needs. The Bisons’ support of people with disabilities is not a product of a special effort, rather, they include people with disabilities as members of the community and treat this as “business as usual,” the Parent Network said in making the presentation.

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John Dwyer will be recognized with the Outstanding Alumni Award at the 54th annual Popcorn Ball Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic School in Batavia. In addition to honoring Dwyer, the school will recognize Michael Falcone with the Spirit of St. Joe’s Award, while Tim and Wendy English will be named Volunteers of the Year.

Dwyer is a 1946 graduate of St. Joseph’s School, a 1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is the former president of Thomas & Dwyer Shoe Stores and the former chairman and later, executive director of the Genesee County Industrial Development Agency.

Falcone is a 1930 graduate of the school and operated Falcone’s Electric in Batavia for more than 60 years before retiring at age 92. He learned the value of hard work at an early age and after graduating from Batavia High School, he started working with his mother to transport farm workers. He would start his route at 6:30 a.m. with his last stop wrapping up around 11 p.m.

Tim and Wendy English are co-owners of the local Subway franchise and have donated hundreds of hours to the school. Wendy has served on Supporters of St. Joe’s and has worked on the Walk for Education and the Penny Carnival. Tim has spent several hours assisting with the Mammouth Sale, making numerous pickups on the weekends for the fundraiser.

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Five people will be presented with the St. Francis Award by the Judge John D. Hillery Memorial Scholarship Foundation at a reception Thursday in Lucarelli’s Banquet Center in Lackawanna.

The honorees are: William Conroy, Class of 1978; Sr. Peggy Gorman, Barbara Hart, Gene Overdorf, Class of 1971; and Dr. Peter Purcell, Class of 1974. All five have distinguished themselves as persons exemplifying the Franciscan spirit of caring and serving in their communities.

The award was conceived and dedicated to the memory of Hillery, a humanitarian and friend of the school.

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Denton, Cottier and Daniels, in collaboration with the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, awarded Carly Hand of Grand Island, and Katelynn Frawley of Depew its 2013 music scholarship at the 31st annual Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Gala earlier this month at the Tralf Music Hall. Each student received $750 toward their music careers. Scholarships are awarded to high school students up to the 11th grade, judged on an essay.

A talented pianist who composes and plays in a style completely her own, Carly is currently working on a CD of her own music and plans on using the money to finish the CD.

Katelynn plays nine instruments, but the clarinet is her favorite. She plans on using the money to buy a new clarinet because that is what she used to compete in her first solo competition.

Denton, Cottier and Daniels has funded scholarships in recent years through proceeds from piano concerts held at their facility in Getzville. The store’s Michelle Wlosinski came up with the idea of funding the scholarships through money raised by the concerts.

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Two awards were presented for excellence in the library profession at the 47th annual meeting of membership for Western New York Library Resources Council, which was held earlier this month at the Buffalo Transportation-Pierce Arrow Museum.

The award for Excellence in Library Service went to Heidi Ginal, librarian at Heim Elementary School in the Williamsville School District. She was nominated by a range of students, volunteers, fellow teachers and parents for her skills in creatively presented all manner of information to her students and for the lasting effect she has had on them in the lifelong pursuit of information.

The award for Outstanding Library or Library Program went to HUBNET or Hospitals and University at Buffalo Library Resource Network, which has become a tool for clinicians, librarians, faculty and students as it allows access to online health and biomedical sciences resources. Accepting the award was Martin Mutka, director of Library Consortium of Health Institutions in Buffalo.

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D’Youville dietetics student Maria I. Aguero received a $5,000 Dietetics Registration Diversity Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation in recognition of her academic work in dietetics.

Aguero, a native of Paraguay and Amherst resident, is a “nontraditional student” who transferred as an honor student from Erie Community College to D’Youville’s five-year program in 2011. She is the mother of four children, all in college locally, and works part time at the Erie County Medical Center as a dietetics technician.

Earlier this year, she received a $1,000 D’Youville scholarship. She will graduate in 2014.

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