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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turned Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turned Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference powered by AT&T, an interactive event built to bring together a diverse group of people, so they may share their knowledge on topics they are passionate about through presentations, demos, and open discussions, returned to downtown Buffalo last Saturday (April 16, 2016) by popular demand for its second year. The free conference was open to the public and was hosted at VCAMP Health Accelerator in downtown Buffalo. The more than 250 innovative and creative attendees were encouraged to either participate by presenting on topics such as technology, entrepreneurship, programming, art, music, volunteerism, writing, or virtually any creative subject or sit in the various presentations to learn a new creative skill or passion.  The Buffalo Unconference powered by AT&T organizers curated the talks and categorized them into six different tracks of speakers that ran concurrently and attendees chose which talks to attend. 

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

 

Free Self-organizing conference returns to provide for an opportunity for the collision of ideas and collaboration; hundreds of Western New Yorker to spend April 16th teaching each other new innovative skills

 

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

Decorated Veteran is First to Receive New Daemen Scholarship

AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College student veteran Nicholas Pilozzi has been selected as the first recipient of the new Karamanoukian Scholarship established with a generous gift from board trustee Dr. Hratch Karamanoukian and his wife, Karen Karalus Karamanoukian.

“As a strong supporter of our veterans and our country’s military, I’m pleased to award this scholarship to a veteran as inspiring as Nick and to offer him financial assistance so he may achieve his educational goal at Daemen,” said Karamanoukian, a vein specialist and director of the Vein Treatment Center. “This gift will also add to Daemen’s commitment to provide student veterans the resources and support they need at the college, which has been a key focus of President Gary Olson and Vice President Michael Brogan.”

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities Launches 2016 Appeal at New West Side Health Care Center; Sets $11 Million Goal

Catholic Charities of Buffalo officials and volunteer leaders announced an $11 million goal for the 2016 Appeal Jan. 6. Monsignor David S. Slubecky, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Buffalo, representing The Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo who was unable to attend, made the announcement at a kick-off event held at the new Catholic Charities Health Care Center for refugee clients and the community, located in the former Nativity Roman Catholic Church on Buffalo’s West Side. The theme for the 2016 Appeal is “Find Good Within” and the patron saint of the 92nd annual Appeal is St. Nicholas.

The Appeal helps fund Catholic Charities’ 70 programs across 61 sites in the eight counties of Western New York along with Bishop’s Fund for the Faith.  

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

Seriously Ill Student Receives Nursing Degree

AMHERST, N.Y. -- Daemen College President Gary A. Olson conferred a bachelor’s degree in nursing to student Paula Williams, who is seriously ill with breast cancer, at a private on-campus ceremony held Dec. 16 in the Wick Campus Center Alumni Lounge. She completed the academic requirements in the fall semester to receive her nursing degree, which was presented in advance of the college’s annual commencement ceremony in May.

“We are all very proud of Paula for persevering through her illness to receive her degree,” said Olson. “She is courageous, tenacious, and an inspiration to everyone at Daemen.”

A graduate of the former Buffalo General Hospital School of Nursing, Williams held various staff and leadership positions at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. In recognition of her professional excellence, she was awarded a scholarship from the Kaleida Health Foundation.

Aspiring Surgeon Connects with Health Professionals

Aspiring Surgeon Connects with Health Professionals
Erie 1 BOCES has selected Katie Eaton, a senior from Williamsville East High School, as the featured student of the month. Katie was selected from BOCES’ instructional cooperative of 2,700 students across the region. She is currently enrolled in the BOCES Connections program at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital under the instruction of Marjorie Marasco.  Katie was selected because of her high grade point average and her school participation. She applied for the competitive BOCES program, which gives honors-level high school seniors the opportunity to learn about various hospital careers, following encouragement from two friends who are now studying medicine in college.  “I enjoy the challenges,” said Katie.