Eight Students Inducted into NU President’s Society

January 24, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

  • The newest members of Niagara University's President's Society are Joanne McKeon, Carly Dunlap, Chelsea Recor, Nathaniel Resila, Jolene Lambert, Andrea Nicolia, Steven Boyle and Allison Radley.

  • Dr. David Taylor

  • Dr. Michael Barnwell

The Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., announced Tuesday that he will resign from his position as president of Niagara University at the conclusion of the academic year. On Wednesday, eight high-achieving students were inducted into a prestigious society bearing his office’s name.

The induction ceremony was held in the Statler Dining Room of St. Vincent’s Hall.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Steven Boyle (Finance)
  • Carly Dunlap (Math Education)
  • Jolene Lambert (Math Education)
  • Joanne McKeon (Psychology)
  • Andrea Nicolia (English Education)
  • Allison Radley (English Education)
  • Chelsea Recor (Biochemistry)
  • Nathaniel Resila (History)

Following a welcome by Dr. Michael Barnwell, director of the Honors Program to which each of the students belongs, the assemblage heard remarks by Dr. Kenneth Culton, chair of NU’s sociology department, and Dr. David Taylor, an associate professor of criminal justice who also serves as director of NU’s Institute for Civic Engagement.

Dr. Taylor briefed the audience on the institute and spoke about the changing face of higher education.

“I’m willing to bet that your children will not experience college the way you have, the way Father Levesque and I have,” he said. “We live in a world that is becoming increasingly focused on innovation, and we are asking you to assist us – the university and the community – in being innovative. We need your help.”

Founded in 2000, the President’s Society recognizes Niagara University Honors Students for their scholarship, integrity, maturity and devotion to the Catholic and Vincentian traditions of the campus community.

Members of the President’s Society collaborate with the president at designated university functions to promote the teaching, learning, research, and service programs of Niagara.