As it typically does each spring, Niagara University’s College of Education is prepared to honor the contributions of top educational leaders, counselors, teachers and community members from Western New York and Ontario.
However, this year, the college will hold its annual professional recognition awards ceremony as part of the university’s fall Alumni Weekend festivities. The 2012 event takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Castellani Art Museum.
This year’s award recipients are as follows:
Educational Leaders of the Year
- Dr. Michael Wendt
Superintendent, Wilson Central School District
- William “Rusty” Hick
Director of Education, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
Counselors of the Year
- Dr. Dianna Bruno
Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapy Associates of Niagara
- Dr. Joseph M. Rizzo
Retired Psychologist and Professor, Mohawk College
Teachers of the Year
- Summer Chapman
Lewiston-Porter Primary Education Center, Lewiston-Porter Central School District
- Kyle Rufrano
Mary Ward Catholic Elementary School, Niagara Catholic District School Board
Community Leaders of the Year
- Judy Conte-Villani
Director of Volunteer Programs, Niagara Fall Memorial Medical Center
Tickets for the public event are $25.
This year’s award recipients are alumni of Niagara University and the award categories represent some of the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses and programs offered by the College of Education on both sides of the American-Canadian border. To best prepare students, the college partners with community leaders to place degree candidates in internships and clinical practice situations.
“We count on these extraordinary mentors to extend the influence of the university and to assist new graduates as they navigate their careers,” commented Dr. Debra Colley, dean of the college. “Their contributions to the profession and to the communities they serve speak highly to the mission of Niagara University and the excellence of our graduates. It is an honor to celebrate these accomplishments during this year’s Alumni Weekend.”
For luncheon information and tickets, please call Mary Kinney at 716.286.8560 or email ude.aragainnull@yennikm.