Some of the area’s best high school musicians will get a chance to tune their skills during a workshop later this month at Niagara University.

NU’s Office of Continuing and Community Education, in cooperation with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, will present the third annual BRAVO International Music Workshop from July 23 to 29 on the Lewiston campus.

The program gives high school chamber music students a chance to expand their skills by participating in a series of classes, lectures, recitals and concerts, the school’s press office said.

The St. Petersburg Quartet and Gould Quartet of Canada will be among the featured presenters. A master class, with the top musicians from the workshop will be presented by BPO conductor JoAnn Falletta at 10 a.m. July 24.

All concerts and lectures, which are open to the public, will be held in Room 127 of Dunleavy Hall. For more information, visit niagara.edu/cce.

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Niagara University’s Community Outreach Partnership Center in Niagara Falls seeks volunteers to help with its

38 partner agencies countywide.

One component of the center, established in late 2005, is to help not-for-profit agencies better serve clients, COPC Director Jill Shuey said in a letter. The center will help prospective volunteers find the right place at which to work, she wrote.

For more information, call 205-0289, visit the center at

1816 Main St. or log onto niagara.edu/copc/volunteer.htm.

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About 200 teachers, parents, students and administrators will attend the 15th annual Constructivist Design Conference July 23 to 27 at the Grand Island Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center.

The purpose of the conference is to help schools address state standards through hands-on tasks that motivate students, assistant Niagara University education professor Mary Ellen Bardsley said in an e-mail. The conference is hosted by the Learner Centered Resource Collaborative.

Teams from NU, Niagara Falls and Lockport will be among the educators on hand, she said, as will officials from Florida, California and Canada. Board of Regents member Robert Bennett is scheduled to participate July 23.

For more information, call 286-8695.

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Columbia Southern University, one of the nation’s first completely online universities, is in the midst of forming partnerships with fire and police departments nationwide.

To date, more than 45 fire organizations have signed on, the university said in a release, as have about 16 police departments and a handful of municipalities. Columbia Southern designs courses that fit around the schedules of police and fire personnel, officials said, and partner fire organizations receive a 10 percent tuition discount.

For more information, write to chantell@columbiasouthern.edu.

Contact reporter Paul Lane

at 282-2311, ext. 2251,

or lanep@gnnewspaper.com.

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