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Six Colleges in Buffalo Area Among Upstate's Most Selective

Six Colleges in Buffalo Area Among Upstate's Most Selective

Business First - by G. Scott Thomas

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011, 6:29am EDT

Six schools located within a 100-mile radius of Buffalo are among the most selective colleges in all of Upstate New York, according to new rankings by Business First.

The Upstate list is headed by four schools that lie beyond the 100-mile circle. Cornell University ranks No. 1 in selectivity, followed by Vassar College, Hamilton College and Colgate University. None is closer to Buffalo than 126 air miles.

But two easily accessible schools come next in the rankings.

Buffalo State’s Professional Development School Consortium Honored for "Exemplary Achievement"

Buffalo State’s Professional Development School Consortium Honored for "Exemplary Achievement"
The 2011 Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement has been awarded to the Buffalo State College Professional Development School (PDS) Consortium by the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS).

Today, 45 schools throughout Western New York belong to the consortium, including 21 schools in the city of Buffalo, 18 of which are Buffalo Public Schools. The purpose of the PDS is to establish a collaboration of college faculty members, teachers, and administrators in the participating schools; teacher candidates studying at Buffalo State; and the young students in the schools. Together, they develop highly qualified teachers; provide professional development to practicing teachers, administrators, and professors; improve the learning of young students; and conduct research to continuously improve learning outcomes for students as well as competencies among practitioners.

Nichols School Prep A Hockey Team Earns Championship Title

Nichols School Prep A Hockey Team Earns Championship Title

On Monday, March 7, the Nichols School Boys Prep A Hockey team became Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Champions! Nichols student, Andrew Poturalski ’12, scored 43 seconds into overtime to clinch the 6-5 win over Ridley College of Ontario.

It was an exciting game two in the best-of-three series. The entire team put forth an incredible effort to secure the coveted championship title.

Nichols School Student Composer Wins Honorable Mention at Competition

Nichols School Student Composer Wins Honorable Mention at Competition

Nichols School freshman, Jason Zhou, won an Honorable Mention in the First Annual Persis Vehar Competition for Excellence in Composition. Corinne Damerau-Best, Nichols' Director of Choral and General Music for the Middle School, encouraged Jason to submit the sonata he wrote in her composition class as an eighth grader last year.

An event will be held at Canisius College on Tuesday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and includes a program at the Montante Cultural Center. Jason will have the opportunity to share information about his piano composition and himself. In addition, a CD recording of his work will be made at the Montante Cultural Center and provided to him following the performance.

Buffalo Seminary's Production, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," Focuses on the Holocaust

Buffalo Seminary's Production, "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," Focuses on the Holocaust

BUFFALO, NY – For its 2011 spring theatrical production, Buffalo Seminary will present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly." Written by Celeste Raspanti, the play is based on a book of poems and drawings done by the Jewish children of Terezin. 

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Grace Stumberg: Music is Art Graduate: 6 City Tour

Dreams need wheels and a rising local musical talent is putting that advice into action by leaving Buffalo in early February for a first tour.
 
A graduate of Robby Takac's Music is Art NYS-certified Music in Action career skills training program, acoustic rock singer songwriter Grace Stumberg will be touring in support of NYC-based duo Left on Red who headlined last summer's Elmwood Festival of the Arts and is well known for building a career "busking" in NYC subways.

The tour mixes music with a message.
 

Read To Succeed Buffalo Celebrates Dr. Seuss Birthday, March 2

Read To Succeed Buffalo Celebrates Dr. Seuss Birthday, March 2

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The National Education’s (NEA) Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

The project was launched in 1997 after a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. "Let's create a day to celebrate reading," the group decided. "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited about football. Why don't we do something to get kids excited about reading? We'll call it NEA's Read Across America' and we'll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday."

And so was born on March 2, 1998, the largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen.