Category / Institute for Civic Engagement

The young Haitian students at Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable express their appreciation to the Niagara University faculty and interns who served as camp instructors for seven weeks this summer.

NU Students Complete New Internship in Haitian School Founded by Alumnus

September 4, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

What is happening at Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable is truly extraordinary. There is no educational institution like the one founded by 1978 Niagara University alumnus Edward J. Brennan in all of Haiti. Only a handful of private high schools in Port-au-Prince that cater almost exclusively to the most affluent... Read on →

Twenty-eight NU freshmen and 14 student-leaders participated in this year's Niagara Plunge.

New NU Students ‘Plunge’ into Service Learning

September 3, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Twenty-eight freshmen moved into Niagara University last Tuesday morning, four days before their fellow first-year students arrived on campus. Their purpose: To serve the neighboring communities of their adopted home. Through the university’s Niagara Plunge program, the new students performed an assortment of contributive activities at Niagara Falls-based nonprofits, including the... Read on →

Sarah Volmy, a Niagara University junior studying sociology, will compete in the National American Miss Pageant at Disneyland.

Sarah Volmy Crowned National American Miss New York

September 1, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University junior Sarah Volmy was crowned 2015 National American Miss New York at the state pageant held last month in New Brunswick, N.J. The Lockport native advanced to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in November. Volmy will have the opportunity to win a share of the more... Read on →

New Niagara University students recite the NU Creed during the 2015 New Student Convocation.

Class of 2019 Welcomed to NU with New Student Convocation

August 28, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University professors care about their students. That was at the heart of the message delivered by Ed Hutton during Niagara University’s 13th annual New Student Convocation, held today in the Gallagher Center. The New Student Convocation, a Niagara tradition, is considered to be a bookend to commencement, and an... Read on →

Mental Health Training for Community Members to be Offered at NU

August 28, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Recent tragedies in Charleston, S.C., and Aurora, Colo., have exacerbated the need to educate the general public on how to identify and respond to mental illness, both in the workplace and in everyday situations. As a result, the Mental Health Association in Niagara County Inc. is teaming up with Niagara... Read on →

Colley & Borgognoni

Dr. Debra Colley, Mary Borgognoni Appointed to New Leadership Positions

August 17, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Dr. Debra A. Colley is the new executive vice president at Niagara University, while Mary E. Borgognoni transitions to senior vice president for operations and finance at the Catholic and Vincentian institution. The promotions, which were announced earlier this month to the campus community, are official today.... Read on →

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president, took some time out of his schedule today to read to children participating in the Primary Enhancement Program.

Father Maher Reads Children’s Story to Literacy Camp Participants

July 27, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

One of the students participating in Niagara University’s Primary Enhancement Program raised her hand and, when called upon, asked Monday’s special guest, “What’s your favorite color?” Before a response could be given, the student interjected, “Can I guess? I bet it’s black!” It was an amusing question (and presumed answer) posed... Read on →

Students participating in the Niagara University Opportunity Program spent most of July 18 rehabbing a home in Niagara Falls in tandem with the the Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity.

New NU Students Help Rehab House in Niagara Falls with Habitat for Humanity

July 27, 2015

Before even taking their first official class as Niagara University freshmen, sixteen students are helping to fulfill the institution’s Catholic and Vincentian mission. The students, who are participating in the Niagara University Opportunity Program, spent most of July 18 working with the Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate a... Read on →

Dr. Shannon Hodges is pictured with the staff of one of the childcare centers where he volunteered during a service trip to South Africa.

Dr. Shannon Hodges Volunteers Counseling Expertise in South Africa

June 28, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Dr. Shannon Hodges, professor and coordinator of Niagara University’s clinical mental health counseling program, spent four weeks performing volunteer work in South Africa during May and June. He volunteered his counseling, training and consultation services in six different orphanages, making 18 presentations (ranging from 1-5 hours apiece) and assisting... Read on →

The first cohort of Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute graduates are pictured with Dr. Deborah Curtis, director of NU's Center for Events and Management Development, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president, and Catholic Charities CEO Dennis C. Walczyk.

Graduation Ceremony Held for First Hospitality & Tourism Training Institute Class

June 3, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Twelve clients of Catholic Charities of Buffalo’s Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program were conferred certificates yesterday in a ceremony celebrating the completion of the first Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute class. The 10-week hospitality/tourism industry-focused training is in partnership with Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Joseph Nzikamira, who came... Read on →

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