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ECC Appoints Event Chair, Announces Recipients of 2011-12 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Erie Community College has announced its chair and award recipients for its upcoming Celebrate ECC event, scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 6 p.m. inside the college's historic City Campus Atrium.

Althea E. Luehrsen, Executive Director of Leadership Buffalo, has been appointed Chairwoman of Celebrate ECC - an evening of celebration to honor Erie Community College's distinguished alumni and community leaders. A life-long Western New Yorker, Ms. Luehrsen is a graduate of Erie Community College and was named as a Distinguished Alumni in 2009. She currently serves on the ECC Foundation Board of Directors.

"Erie Community College is a tremendous asset to Western New York," said Luehrsen, who currently resides in Williamsville. "We're so fortunate to have so many excellent higher education options in this area, and ECC is one of the best."

On Thursday, January 26th, Ms. Luehrsen will join Celebrate ECC officials to announce their upcoming event's winners at a preliminary cocktail reception inside The Mansion on Delaware. The night will announce the following recipients:

Community Impact Award: Alphonso O'Neil-White, President and CEO, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY

Trustees' Award: Robert M. Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus, NYS Board of Regents

President's Award: Keller Technology Corporation

Foundation Award: Cynthia Schwartz, Member & former Chair, ECC Foundation Board of Directors

Distinguished Alumni Faculty Award: Carla Beneduce, R.D.H., M.S. '99 - Dental Hygiene - Assistant Professor,School of Dental Hygiene, ECC

Louis J. Billittier Honorary Alumni Award: Lynda K. Stephens - Grants Consultant, Stephens Associates

Distinguished Alumni:
Stanley J. Blas, Jr. '72
- Civil Technology - President, SJB Services, Inc.

Timothy M. Creenan '80 - Electrical Technology - CEO, Amherst Alarm

Rev. George DuBois '79 - Social Sciences - Pastor/Minister, Evangelistic Temple Community Church Center

Mary Jo Monnin '81 - Liberal Arts - Sports Writer, Buffalo News

Jennifer L. Schlifke Pronobis '94 - Dental Hygiene - Director, Dental Hygiene Development, American Dental Partners

Gerard F. Sheldon '75 - Civil Technology - Owner, Lancaster Tanks & Steel Products

Celebrate ECC is the college's signature special event that brings together students, alumni, faculty, friends and community partners - all to celebrate ECC and the impact this institution continues to make in our community. All proceeds from Celebrate ECC will be used to enhance the educational experiences and opportunity available to every ECC student.

For further information or to purchase tickets for Celebrate ECC, email dennee@ecc.edu or call 851.1999.


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