Medaille College will hold an event to celebrate the opening of its renovated Kevin I. Sullivan Center at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the college on Agassiz Circle in Buffalo.
The 18,300-square-foot expansion and 12,000-square foot renovation project began in fall 2011.
The center now includes a multi-purpose, 700-person capacity events arena; a 3,000-square-foot fitness center, four new locker rooms and an upgraded athletic training room; an expanded campus bookstore; a "President's Dining Room" venue for special events overlooking the gymnasium.
In other higher education news:
•The Erie Community College Foundation Board of Directors recently elected new members to serve three-year terms. The new members include Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for National Grid; Brent Rossi, vice president of marketing and branding for the Buffalo Sabres; Gregory Miller, assistant attorney general for the New York State Attorney General's Office.
The board also elected officers for the 2012-13 year, including: Mark Martin, vice president of M&T Bank, as chairman; Rick Mason, president of the Willis Corporation, as vice-chairman; Robert Pollock, a partner at Dopkins & Co., as treasurer; Anthony Picone, Sr., president of Picone Construction Corp., as secretary; Susan Swarts, a community volunteer, as a vice president; William Basile, vice president of Independent Health Association, as vice president; and Cynthia Schwartz of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, as immediate past chairwoman.
The foundation raises funds for scholarships, capital projects, faculty enrichment programs and workforce development initiatives, according to an ECC news release. It also supports alumni and former students through special events, reunions and professional development.
• Two University at Buffalo research centers have signed on to launch the Zimbabwe International Nanotechnology Center, a national nanotechnology research program, with the University of Zimbabwe and the Chinhoyi University of Technology.
The UB research center include the Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics and the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.
The UB news release notes that 14 percent of Zimbabwe's population lives with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis as a co-infection, creating the needs for new drugs and new formulations of available treatments.
"(The program) will establish a long-term international research and training platform in the field of nanotechnology, focused in areas that promote Zimbabwe's strength, and advance the development of nanotechnology as an avenue for Zimbabwe's commercial growth," according to a UB news release.