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September 29, 2013

Robinson, Churder win alumni awards

Tonawanda News — Lockport’s Peter Robinson and Dr. Paul Churder of North Tonawanda have been chosen to receive the 2013 Niagara County Community College Distinguished Alumni Award.

Robinson graduated from NCCC in 1991 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of New York at Buffalo. 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 career, Robinson serves the community in a variety of ways. He is the founder and organizer of the Winter Wonderland Project, a member and community co-chair for the United Way Fund Drive, commissioner and president of the City of Lockport Department Fire Board, a member of the Niagara County Youth Board of Commissioners, and founder and spokesman of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.

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

Churder, class of 1975, was known for his success in both academics and athletics as a student at NCCC. He was an All-America honors recipient, was awarded the President’s Cup in 1975 and recently, he was inducted into the NCCC Sports Hall of Fame.

After graduating from NCCC, Churder went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of New York at Buffalo and a doctoral degree from SUNY at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.

Churder’s supports NCCC in many ways, through fundraising activities and as coordinator of the Roy E. Sommer Memorial Golf Tournament, which raises funds for NCCC athletic scholarships.

The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Robinson and Churder at the 23rd Annual NCCC Scholarship Gala on Oct. 19 at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Tickets for the event are $125 per person and are available by contacting the NCCC Foundation office at 614-5910 or online at

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