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As part of its Spring Honors and Awards Ceremony Wednesday, March 30, St. Bonaventure University recognized 47 employees who marked employment anniversaries this year and nine employees who are retiring.
During the employee recognition portion of the ceremony, individuals with 10 years of service and up were recognized, with those reaching 25 years of service and retirees receiving special recognition.
Leslie Sabina of Allegany was recognized for 25 years of service.
Sabina holds degrees from the University of Toronto (B.Mus.), the University of Windsor (B.Ed.), the University of Miami (M.M.), and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). Before coming to St. Bonaventure, Sabina was assistant professor of music at the University of Windsor. His full-time teaching credits also include time as an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of York, in York, England.
Kendor Music, Inc. and Alfred Music publish Sabina’s big band and saxophone quartet compositions and arrangements, which number approximately 65. His textbook, “Jazz Arranging and Orchestration: A Concise Introduction,” is used in more than 40 colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Sabina has received composition awards from the International Association for Jazz Education and the Performing Rights Organization of Canada. Twenty-six of his original compositions are listed on MusicFest Canada’s “Instrumental Jazz Syllabus” and J.W. Pepper, the world’s largest sheet music retailer, has awarded its Editor’s Choice designation to 14 of Sabina’s compositions. Sabina has earned the American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers’ ASCAP Plus Award multiple times.
Sabina has also contributed more than 40 jazz solo transcription or analysis articles to the British journal JazzUK and has presented papers on jazz at conferences in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Toronto and Tampa. Sabina was also the editor of the Jazz Education Journal from 2003 to 2008.
A saxophonist, Sabina is a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Big Band and performs frequently with the orchestra on the Pops series of concerts, recently with Idina Menzel, Megan Hilty, Ben Vereen, Matthew Morrison, and Cheyenne Jackson. Previously, Sabina was a member of the J.C. Heard Jazz Orchestra in Detroit, Mich., accompanying jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Milt Hinton, Della Reese and Billy Eckstine.
At St. Bonaventure, Sabina has been awarded several in-house grants in support of varied teaching improvements, such as developing an iPad Music Production course, establishing a Clare College Jazz Concert Series, and updating the MIDI/Audio Production Studio.
Sabina and his wife, Evelyn, live in Allegany and have two grown children, Heather and Robb.
Other employees marking milestones were:
Retirees: Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F. (President), Patrick Dooley (Philosophy), Joel Horowitz (History), Catherine Leary (Mathematics), F. Christian Leary (Mathematics), Michael Russell (Marketing), Richard Simpson (English), Donald Swanz (Accounting), and Patrick Vecchio (Journalism/Mass Communication)
40 years of service: Diana Calhoun (Safety and Security), Anthony Murphy (Philosophy), Fr. Daniel Riley, O.F.M. (Mt. Irenaeus), and Jeffrey White (Classical Languages)
35 years of service: Jerry Kiefer (Physics) and Steven Nuttall (Philosophy)
30 years of service: Joseph Flanagan (Alumni Services), Connie Ford (Arts & Sciences), Charles Lute (Facilities/Maintenance), David Matz (Classical Languages), Patsy O’Brien (Arts and Sciences), Joseph Questa (Facilities/Maintenance), Fr. Peter Schneible, O.F.M. (Biology), and Daniel Tate (Philosophy)
20 years of service: Joel Benington (Biology), Donna Brestensky (Chemistry), Maureen Cox (Mathematics), James Crowley (Women’s Basketball), Tina Dewe (Graduate Admissions), Karen Heitzinger (Annual Giving), Timothy Hill (Technology Services), Carl Hunter (Cemetery), Nancy Taylor (Business Office), and Dennis Wilkins (Journalism/Mass Communication)
15 years of service: Judy Barton (Facilities/Housekeeping), Beth Eberth (University Relations), Anne Foerst (Computer Science), Dennis Frank (Library), Janet Glogouski (University Advancement), Jerry Godbout (Chemistry), Mary Rose Kubal (Political Science), Gail Marasco (Admissions), Thomas Missel (University Relations), Barbara O’Keefe (Academic Affairs), Todd Palmer (Management Science), Craig Sinesiou (Education), Barbara Trolley (Education), and Kathy Zawicki (Sociology)
10 years of service: Wendi Becker (Facilities/Housekeeping), Martin Blind (University Advancement), Ludwig Brunner (Quick Center for the Arts), Thomas Buttafarro (President’s Office), Kimberly DeSimone (Journalism/Mass Communication), William Elenchin (Sociology), Pauline Hoffmann (Journalism/Mass Communication), and Paula Scraba (Physical Education).
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