NCCC Distinguished Alumni Award

The NCCC Distinguished Alumni Award, first given in 1988, is presented each year to graduates of NCCC who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their life, career, and volunteer activities. The award is one of the highest honors that the College bestows to those who can point to NCCC as the place where they obtained their start. Recipients are selected on the basis of professional and personal accomplishments, community service, and unique background. See a list of past winners here.

2013 Distinguished Alum
Dr. Paul Churder • Class of '75
Inducted October 19, 2013

Dr. Paul ChurderDr. Paul Churder attended Niagara County Community College from 1973-1975. During his time as a student, he was known for his success in both academics and athletics, particularly in Wrestling. He was an All-America honors recipient and as a result of his scholar-athlete performances, was awarded the President's Cup in 1975. Recently, he was inducted into the NCCC Sports Hall of Fame to commemorate his contributions to NCCC Athletics.

Upon graduating from NCCC, Dr. Churder transferred to the State University of New York at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor's degree in Biology and later graduating from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine. He has been a pivotal member in the Dentistry community for over 30 years. In addition to founding a clinic to study and treat sleep apnea, he also serves as a Diplomat of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, an Adjunct Faculty member of the UB School of Medicine, a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, and serves on the Eighth District Society Peer Review Committee.

Dr. Churder's support to NCCC is exceptional. He has contributed to the institution through many avenues including advising the dental hygienic program, chairing the NCCC Foundation Board, co-chairing the annual NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala and regularly attending and contributing to fund raising initiatives and events at the College. He is also a founding coordinator of the Roy E. Sommer Memorial Golf Tournament which raises funds for NCCC Athletic Scholarships.

"It is important to give a chance to people who perhaps weren't as fortunate as I was. I enjoy giving. I have so many good connections with the College. They say NCCC is the smart place to start, but I also think it's a great place to extend your family. NCCC's commitment to students and their success is unrivaled. I am so fortunate, I want other people to be able to experience that and it's right here in our backyard."

2013 Distinguished Alum
Peter Robinson • Class of '91
Inducted October 19, 2013

Peter RobinsonAs a student at Niagara County Community College, Peter Robinson's dream was to make a difference in the community. He began by becoming the first NCCC African-American Student Trustee and was chosen as the recipient of "Who's Who among African-American College Students." He served on Student Senate, African-American Student Club, and sang for the Swing Choir. Robinson also worked in the Security Office to further his academic and career experience in law enforcement.

After graduating from NCCC in 1991, Robinson furthered his education by attending the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government. He went on to gain experience in the areas of Criminal Justice and has become a leader in the Law Enforcement field. He currently serves as a New York State Court Officer and Instructor for the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services in general topics, police firearms, CPR and First Aid.

In addition to his honorable career, Robinson's desire to serve the community overflows from his professional life and into his personal ambitions. He is the founder and organizer of the Winter Wonderland Project, a special display in the City of Lockport which brings families together by spreading the joy of the Christmas Holiday season. He is also a member and community co-chair for the United Way Fund Drive, Commissioner and President of the City of Lockport Department Fire Board, member of the Niagara County Youth Board of Commissioners, and is Founder and Spokesperson of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive, an award winning charity which feeds and inspires working poor families by distributing jars of peanut butter and jelly through local food pantries. Robinson's efforts with the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive have led the organization to be featured on WGRZ-Buffalo's Hero Central and have inspired other communities across the nation to use Robinson's model to distribute food to families in need .

His efforts to make a difference in the community have been recognized by many. Robinson has won a myriad of awards including the United Way of Greater Niagara Shining Star Award, the B.P.O. ELKS 2013 Citizen of the Year Award, the Community Support Person of the Year Award and Certificate of Merit from the Lockport Business Association and Senator George Maziarz.

Robinson continues to give back to NCCC by singing at College and Alumni events and previously serving on the NCCC Alumni Board.

Nomination Criteria

The nominated individual must have completed 50 or more credit hours at NCCC to be considered for this award; yet it is strongly recommended they are a graduate. Nominees must have graduated or transferred from NCCC 10 or more years ago. Nomination must be made by persons other than the nominee's immediate family. Nominees cannot be current NCCC, NCCC Foundation, NCCC Alumni Association, NCCC College Association or Housing Board employees or Board members. Nominees are to be retired from the entities mentioned above for two years prior to September 1 of the nominating year. Persons running for political office will not be considered during the campaign period.

Guidelines and Procedures

Complete this form and answer the questions in a one-page narrative. A resume can be included, but is not considered a replacement for the narrative.

Deadline - Thursday, May 1, 2014

Return completed form and supporting documentation to:
NCCC Alumni Office
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, N.Y. 14132

or email completed form and supporting documentation to: alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu

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