Category / Institute for Civic Engagement

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 →

NU students Tyler Van Leeuwen, Tara Topolski, Amber Mis, Bailey Rudow, Bethany Bouthillier and Erin Burns are pictured with Josue, the volunteer program coordinator at Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable in Haiti.

NU Students Begin New Internship in Haitian School Founded by Alumnus

July 8, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Six Niagara University students commenced a seven-week internship July 5 at Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, a world-class educational facility in Haiti established by an NU alumnus. The students selected for the internship – Bethany Bouthillier, Erin Burns, Amber Mis, Bailey Rudow, Tara Topolski and Tyler Van Leeuwen – represent... 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 →

Torch Run 2015

Father Maher Runs with ‘Flame of Hope’ to Support Special Olympics

June 1, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University, ran four miles this afternoon in tandem with local law enforcement personnel, Special Olympians and NU students and employees in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Participants, led by Father Maher, carried the “Flame of Hope”... Read on →

Community Preparedness Conference Coming to Campus in June

May 18, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Border Community SERVICE of Niagara University is hosting a free community preparedness conference on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The Empowering Volunteers Conference is designed to provide training opportunities and workshops detailing best practices in personal and community preparedness initiatives. It is intended for community members who volunteer with Citizen Corps... Read on →

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president emeritus, and Dr. David Taylor, director of the Levesque Institute, pose for a photo with the 2015 graduates of Niagara University's certificate program in applied urban ministry.

Community Leaders Graduate from Certificate Program in Applied Urban Ministry

May 11, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Sixteen individuals were recognized Thursday afternoon for completing Niagara University’s certificate program in applied urban ministry. The graduates had their commitments to becoming more effective leaders in their churches and neighborhoods reaffirmed during the three-month program. Congratulations to this year’s graduates: Shari Alderman Holly Coty Juetaun’ Drewitt Audrey Evans Ted Gilmer Vanessa Gulley Cheryl Harris Tom Hebeisen Daisy Hernandez Junia Jones Evelyn... Read on →

Tom Lowe, director of ReNU Niagara, received Leadership Niagara's Emerging Leader of the Year Award on April 29. Pictured are Maureen Wendt, board chair of Leadership Niagara, Molly Anderson, LN executive director, Lowe, and Seth Piccirillo, director of community development in Niagara Falls.

Tom Lowe Named ‘Emerging Leader of the Year’ by Leadership Niagara

April 30, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Tom Lowe, director of ReNU Niagara, was named Leadership Niagara’s Emerging Leader of the Year during the organization’s annual awards luncheon, held yesterday at the Conference Center Niagara Falls. Lowe was presented with the award by Molly Anderson, executive director of Leadership Niagara, and Seth Piccirillo, director of community development... Read on →

Joseph Levesque, C.M.

Father Levesque Enjoying New Role Aimed at Advancing Scholarships, Civic Engagement

April 15, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Father Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., is noticeably relaxed on this sunny April day, 14 years of university presidency etched into his rearview mirror. He’s meeting with Niagara University alumni and friends in his office, the very room he lived in when the Gacioch Center was still called Meade Hall and... Read on →

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