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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 →

Volunteer Fair

NU, Congressman Higgins Encourage Continued Community Engagement After Volunteer Fair

April 10, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

Western New York residents turned out in droves for the first-ever LiveNF Volunteer Fair held Tuesday night at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. The event was organized through Niagara University’s ReNU Niagara program and Congressman Brian Higgins. Forty registered organizations were on hand to welcome residents interested in learning more... Read on →

James Mackey, '16

James Mackey Named 2015 Newman Civic Fellow

April 8, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

James Mackey, a junior hospitality major at Niagara University, has been named a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for demonstrating outstanding leadership and civic engagement. The Brigantine, N.J., native was among 201 students in the country to receive the award. Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost... Read on →

Forum on Mental Health and Criminal Justice Draws Nearly 100 Attendees

April 1, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

People with mental illnesses are far more likely to be victims of violent crime than perpetrators of it, despite portrayals depicted by the entertainment and news media. Such awareness and other relevant information was shared as part of a panel discussion on mental health and the criminal justice system held... Read on →

Jeanne DuBois, strategic advisor of the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, presents the conference's keynote address.

Third Annual Poverty Conference Examines Economic Development Solutions to Alleviating Poverty

March 31, 2015

More than 160 individuals attended the third annual Poverty Conference titled “From the Ground Up: Economic Development Solutions to Alleviating Poverty.” The daylong conference was held March 13 in Niagara University’s Dunleavy Hall, and was presented to stress the connection between economic development and its role in lifting people out... Read on →

Drs. Kevin Blair and Corey Bower present a $10,000 check to EntrepreNU2015 winners Maggie Hempel, Victoria Swider and Mackenzie Kutzuba.

The Community Kitchen Wins NU’s $10,000 Entrepreneurship Competition

March 31, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

The winner of Niagara University’s first-ever poverty-focused social entrepreneurship competition is The Community Kitchen. The student team of Maggie Hempel, Mackenzie Kutzuba and Victoria Swider were chosen by a panel of esteemed guest judges Monday afternoon to gain access to up to $10,000 in startup funds as part of EntrepreNU2015.... Read on →

Friendship Village

NU Community Raises Funds to Cover Tutoring Costs for Vietnamese Orphan

March 27, 2015  |  by Michael Freedman

A fundraising team at Niagara University recently raised enough money – $1,150 – to cover one year of tutoring costs for a 12-year-old Vietnamese orphan named Tan. The tutoring will help Tan, currently a resident of Vietnam’s Friendship Village organization, achieve his goal of returning to the mainstream classroom at... Read on →

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