Honor Roll / Recognizing the Accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

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Honor Roll / Recognizing the Accomplishments of Western New Yorkers


Keith R. Burich, Ph.D., professor of history at Canisius College, is the 2012 recipient of the Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Burich will use the two-year grant to establish the American Indian Center at Canisius, which will serve as a resource on Native American history and culture in Western New York.

The center will welcome regional and national Native American speakers to campus and invite them to tell their stories in their own words and ways, actively recruit Native America students to the college and provide them with financial, academic and social support.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate the rich history and culture of the Iroquois Six Nations to students and educators in the region of New York where it has all taken place," said Richard A. Wall, interim vice president for academic affairs.

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A. Theodore Steegmann Jr., emeritus professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo, will receive the 2012 Franz Boas Distinguished Achievement Award from the Human Biology Association at its convention April 11-12 at the Hilton Portland in Portland, Ore.

Steegmann, who was on the UB anthropology faculty from 1966 to 2004, chairing the department from 1979 to 1988.

His work over the last 40 years transformed the understanding of how humans adapt to extreme environmental stressors, including cold, under-nutrition, hard physical work and toxic substances.

Most of his research involved the field investigation of predictive biological-behavioral models in Alaska, Hawaii, northern Canada, China, the Philippines and Western New York, in particular at Love Canal.

The Human Biology Association, founded in 1974, is a professional organization that represents broadly the interests of human biologists in the U.S. and throughout the world. The Boas award is named for Franz Boas (1858-1942), the founder of modern anthropology.

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Attorney David L. Edmunds Jr. was recently elected president of Alpha Kappa Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity for a two-year term. Edmunds represents the local boule, or chapter, at national and local events. He currently serves as deputy commissioner of the New York State Liquor Authority.

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity is the oldest Greek letter organization in the country consisting of professional men with more than 100 boules in the U.S. and Bahamas.

Alpha Kappa Boule provides scholarships annually to deserving Buffalo area high school graduates who continue their education at a four-year college or university.

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Air Force Airman Gary M. Bonnas graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Bonnas attended Erie Community College from 2007 to 2010 prior to joining the Air Force. He is the son of Gary C. and Therese A. Bonnas, of Winston Salem, N.C., formerly of Orchard Park.

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The Erie County Cancer Services Program Partnership presented annual awards this month at a breakfast at Classics V Banquet Hall in Amherst.

Dr. Jeffrey Visco and staff of Buffalo Medical Group received the Provider of the Year Award given to a clinical service provider who opened their screening, diagnostic and treatment services to the uninsured or underinsured clients for the Cancer Service Program and provided services to its participants in a professional and dignified manner. …

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