Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Kevin Kurtz, a 2010 Kingston High School grad­u­ate, grad­u­ated from Duke Univer­sity in Durham, N.C., with a mas­ter’s de­gree in eco­nom­ics.

He pre­vi­ously grad­u­ated from Amer­i­can Univer­sity in Washington, D.C., with a dual de­gree in eco­nom­ics and busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Kurtz ac­cepted a po­si­tion with the Fed­eral De­posit In­surance Corp. in Washington, D.C., as a fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion spe­cial­ist. ••• Chris­tian Ortiz of High Falls, a stu­dent at the State Univer­sity of New York at Oneonta, vol­un­teered at the col­lege’s third an­nual Gift of Life Bone Mar­row Donor Reg­is­tra­tion Drive on Oct. 26 and 27.

A to­tal of 190 peo­ple signed up to be­come po­ten­tial bone mar­row and stem cell donors through Gift of Life, a national, pub­lic, not­for-profit reg­istry fa­cil­i­tat­ing life-sav­ing trans­plants for pa­tients with blood can­cers such as leukemia and lym­phoma.

Ortiz vol­un­teered at the event as a mem­ber of SUNY Oneonta’s Ep­silon Nu Chap­ter of the Zeta Beta Tau fra­ter­nity, which co-spon­sored the reg­is­tra­tion drive with the Gift of Life or­ga­ni­za­tion. ••• Two area res­i­dents at-

tend­ing the Univer­sity of Albany — Molly MacIsaac of Sauger­ties and Al­lix Coon of Red Hook — were named per­sons of ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent.

Per­sons of ex­tra­or­di­nary tal­ent, or PO­ETs, lead stu­dent groups dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion and help new stu­dents learn about UAlbany and The Hon­ors Col­lege. PO­ETs also rep­re­sent The Hon­ors Col­lege at the UAlbany Fall Open House by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to prospec­tive stu­dents and their fam­i­lies. Through­out the year, they serve as role mod­els and pro­vide sup­port to other Hon­ors stu­dents as needed.

••• Jenna Lee of Wal­lkill, a stu­dent at Buf­falo State, took part in Ben­gals Dare to Care Day on Sept. 17.

The an­nual event ex­em­pli­fies Buf­falo State’s com­mit­ment to en­rich­ing stu­dents’ aca­demic growth through com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.


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