Stamford EMS, the community’s award-winning nonprofit EMS provider, recognized 23 volunteers at a volunteer service appreciation dinner held at Zody’s at Sterling in Stamford. SEMS Executive Director Patricia Squires and Volunteer Coordinator Captain Malcom Dean presented challenge coins to all volunteers in recognition of their service, as well as special awards to several exceptional volunteers.

AEMT Kim Persky of New Canaan was one of two to receive the Volunteer Service Commendation, in recognition of her exceptional commitment to the mission of SEMS.

The SEMS volunteer program is essential to servicing the 40 square miles of Stamford, as well as the town of Darien, and is a fundamental part of the SEMS organization. Built into the SEMS mission is the promise to provide volunteering as an important source of community contact and service, and to provide interested volunteers a place of training and development for entering the EMS profession.

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On the dean’s list

Curry College in Milton, Mass. is proud to announce that William Young, of New Canaan, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a 3.30 grade-point average, have no incompletes, and have no grade lower than a “C” for the semester. Full-time students must carry 12 or more graded credits for the semester.

Western Connecticut State University in Danbury has named New Canaan native Edward Morley, whose major is media arts, to the dean’s list for fall 2016.

Three New Canaan natives were recently named to the dean’s list at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. for the fall 2016 semester: Julia Caitlin Hardy, Sarah Elizabeth Hardy and Nikolas Zarikos.

To achieve dean’s list status, a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate student must take at least 12 credit hours and earn a 3.6 quality-point average during the semester.

Steven G. Anuszkiewicz of New Canaan, a bachelor of science candidate majoring in paramedicine in the Lee College of CJ & Forensics has been named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at the University of New Haven.

The dean’s list honors undergraduate students who demonstrate excellence in their academic performance. Full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or better in any one semester will be appointed to the dean’s list for that semester.

Danielle P. Meyers, of New Canaan, who is majoring in psychology, was named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.

To qualify for the dean’s list, students must have completed 12 or more credits during a semester for letter grades with at least a 3.30 quality-point average.

Six New Canaan natives have been named to the dean’s list at the University of Vermont in Burlington: William Cuoco , Kane Curtin , Meaghan Lawrence , Charlotte Malling , Christina McLaughlin and Amanda Merjian .

To be named to the dean’s list, students must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or better and rank in the top 20 percent of their class in their respective college or school.

Overseeing the Glass House

The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, has a new chief curator and creative director, who started Jan. 17.

Hilary Lewis has spent more than two decades focused on the work of Philip Johnson. As an architectural historian, curator and journalist she has researched, presented and written many materials on Johnson since her first collaboration with the architect in 1992. She spent over a decade working directly with Johnson on texts, exhibitions and a multiyear project of recording his memoirs.

Lewis received her training in architectural history and urban planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, where she also taught. Since that time, she has co-authored “Philip Johnson: The Architect in His Own Words” and “The Architecture of Philip Johnson,” the former receiving the 1995 AIA International Architecture Book Award. As an author, she has contributed to a variety of books on architecture and planning and has been a founding editor of four magazines on architecture and design. Overall, her work addresses the public aspects of architecture, preservation and design.

As a curator, Lewis developed the show and catalog “Philip Johnson: Architecture + Art” for the Johnson-designed Kreeger Museum. In 2007, she was named the Philip Johnson Scholar at the site. Until recently, Lewis served on the Glass House’s Advisory Council.

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In the world

of business

Bankwell Financial Group has named Norwalk resident Willmar Acevedo assistant branch manager at two New Canaan branches where the community bank is based.

Acevedo previously was an assistant manager at Stamford-based First County Bank, where he worked more than nine years. A Greenwich native, Acevedo is a 2004 graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

P2P accepting donations now

A full week earlier than anticipated, effective Jan. 17, the P2P Clothing Center in Darien is once again accepting donations of seasonally appropriate clothing, footwear and outerwear as well as small household items.

For information, call Aidan Wildes at 203-621-0685.

A new instructor

A new visual arts instructor has joined the Darien Arts Center.

Emily Evans, who is teaching cartooning, is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and draws and co-writes a monthly comic strip, “Polly Tries.” She has previously worked as a teaching assistant at the Bush-Holly House in Greenwich and the Silvermine Art Guild in New Canaan.

To register, visit or call 203-655-8683. The DAC is at 2 Renshaw Road, behind the Town Hall.