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.