First-Ever Graduate Student Orientation Draws More Than 90 Attendees

September 6, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

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Generations X and Y were both in attendance. Some came in suits, others in tank tops and shorts.

Such was the scene at Niagara University’s New Graduate Student Orientation, a first-year initiative that was held in the Castellani Art Museum on Aug. 29. The purpose of the event was to connect with newly accepted graduate students, offer them support and welcome them to campus.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the approximately 90 attendees partook in a wine and cheese reception, and informational fair that allowed them to speak informally with current students and staff about university policies and programs.

A brief program followed, and included remarks from Tim Downs, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, Tom Chambers, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs, and the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president.

“We have outstanding programs and outstanding faculty here at Niagara,” said Father Maher. “Our job and grad school placement rate for undergraduates is over 90 percent. The bottom line is that we get people jobs.”

The afternoon concluded with a graduate student social at Water Street Landing, where about 25 people assembled to enjoy each other’s company and marvel in the spectacular views offered by the Lewiston-based restaurant.

All in all, the first-time event was deemed a great success.

“We were pleased to provide this forum for incoming graduate students that allowed them to meet other newly accepted graduate students, offered support and opportunities for engagement as we welcome them to the Niagara community,” said Evan Pierce, associate director for academic affairs, graduate programs. “So far, we’ve received excellent feedback from students and, thus, are very happy with the event.”

For more information on Niagara University’s graduate programs, please call 716.286.8327 or visit