Monthly Archives / May 2012

Kalani Personius, a 2012 NU graduate, was integral in the establishment of a weekly soup kitchen at St. George's Church in Niagara Falls. Several other NU students are planning to continue the soup kitchen in the fall.

Niagara University Students Launch Soup Kitchen in Downtown Niagara Falls

May 25, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

St. George’s Church is bustling on this Thursday evening in May. Those congregated come from all walks of life – young and old, white and black, Catholic and otherwise. Their appearances have been hardened by life’s sometimes unfortunate circumstances. As four college students approach the head of the room, a... Read on →


Twelve Priests Convene for Annual SOLA Event

May 25, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

Before Niagara University was recognized by its current name, it was known as the College and Seminary of Our Lady of Angels (SOLA). The Vincentian founders of the university, the Most Rev. John Timon, C.M., and Rev. John J. Lynch, C.M., purchased two adjoining farms, the Vedder and De... Read on →

Kathleen Denecke, '14, performs during a N.U.R.T. show last summer. The repertory group is back this year for several performances at NU and within the surrounding communities.

NU Theatre to Present Free Children’s Performances this Summer

May 21, 2012  |  by Ann Heuer

Here comes Lily with her purple plastic purse! And Alexander, as usual, is having a “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day…” and Pierre just doesn’t care! Yes, N.U.R.T. is back and better than ever. Our fast, furious and fantastically funny children’s tales brought to life by trained actors... Read on →

Dr. Paul Schupp

Dr. Paul Schupp Lectures in Slovenia on U.S. Imprisonment Policies

May 21, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

Dr. Paul Schupp, an associate professor of criminology at Niagara University, recently spent a week in Slovenia lecturing to college students on the international implications of American imprisonment policies. His visit, funded through a visiting scholars program at the University of Maribor in Ljubljana, Slovenia, also included a tour... Read on →

Timothy R. Lauger, Ph.D.

Dr. Timothy Lauger Joins Niagara University’s Criminal Justice Department

May 17, 2012  |  by NU Staff

It’s been a busy couple of years for Timothy R. Lauger, Ph.D. The Wisconsin native earned his doctorate from Indiana University Bloomington in 2010 and recently finished his first book, which is set to be published in September. And this August, Dr. Lauger will join Niagara University as an assistant... Read on →

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, Niagara University president, stands alongside honorary degree recipient Mike Holmes during NU's Graduate Commencement, which was held May 13, 2012.

Niagara University’s Commencement Ceremonies Return to Campus

May 16, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

For the first time in several years, all Niagara University students were able to conclude their undergraduate careers at the same place they started them: Monteagle Ridge. Since moving graduation off-campus in 1976 in favor of more spacious locales like the former Niagara Falls Convention Center and the University at... Read on →

Kalani Personius and Dr. Debra Colley were selected as "Women of Distinction" for 2012 by the Niagara Gazette.

College of Education Dean, Recent Graduate Named ‘Women of Distinction’ by the Niagara Gazette

May 16, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University’s College of Education was well represented at an event held last night to pay homage to women who are making a difference in the community. Dr. Debra Colley, dean of the college, and Kalani Personius, a 2012 graduate, were honored by the Niagara Gazette as Women of Distinction... Read on →

Five NU theater studies students received scholarships for their summer study abroad program in London through the Tara Laurie Memorial Scholarship fund and the Rees Charitable Trust. From left, recipients Celine Keefe and Andrew Adolf pose with Mrs. Janice Laurie and Mr. Donald Laurie, fellow recipient Brianna Lanoye, Dr. Sharon Watkinson, chair of the department of theatre and fine arts, and recipients Michael Wachowiak and Keirsten Greifenstein.

Several Theatre Studies Students Receive Scholarships in Honor of Alumni

May 15, 2012  |  by Ann Heuer

Dr. Sharon Watkinson, chair of Niagara University’s department of theatre and fine arts, awarded several scholarships this spring to outstanding students in memory of deceased friends of the theatre program and in honor of a College of Nursing alumnus with ties to the program. Kerisa Bonville, ’13, of Fairport, N.Y.,... Read on →

Patricia Nowak Orzetti, John T. Overbeck and Kathleen Gormley were honored with the 2012 Spirit of Niagara University Theatre Award. Missing from the photo is fellow honoree Barbara Neubert Pascua.

NU Theatre Presents Spirit Awards to Four Alumni

May 14, 2012  |  by Ann Heuer

The 27th annual Friends of Niagara University Theatre Gala was held Saturday, April 28. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the 3rd annual Spirit of Niagara University Theatre awards to four NU alumni. According to Steven Braddock, director of NU Theatre, “The award is given... Read on →

Twenty members of Niagara University's Purple Eagle Battalion were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a May 11 ceremony.

Niagara University’s Army ROTC Program Commissions 20 Officers

May 12, 2012  |  by Michael Freedman

Twenty Niagara University Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets were commissioned second lieutenants in the U.S. Army during a May 11 ceremony in NU’s Gallagher Center. It marked the 71st consecutive year that members of NU’s Purple Battalion have taken the oath of office. After the students took the oath,... Read on →

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