Niagara University Opens Center for Career and Service Learning

April 2, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

  • Bailo Blessing

    Pictured, from left: Dr. Tim Downs, provost and chief academic officer; Bob Swanson, director of career services; Antonia Knight, executive director of the Division of Academic Services; the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president; Fran Boltz, director of Learn and Serve Niagara; and Dr. David Taylor, director of the Levesque Institute.

  • Father James J. Maher, C.M.

    Father James J. Maher, C.M.

  • Dr. Timothy Downs

    Dr. Timothy Downs

  • Dr. David Taylor and Antonia Knight

    Dr. David Taylor and Antonia Knight

  • Center for Career and Service Learning

    Father Maher performs a blessing of the Center for Career and Service Learning.

Students and alumni in search of career advisement, internship placement and service-learning opportunities can now congregate at a central location on Niagara University’s campus.

The Center for Career and Service Learning is officially open for business.

Housed in Bailo Hall, the Center for Career and Service Learning encompasses NU’s offices of Career Services, part of the Division of Academic Services, and Learn and Serve Niagara, an arm of the Levesque Institute.

A kickoff celebration and blessing of the community resource was held April 1. The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara president, presented the dedication and offered remarks.

“We must recognize that the true value of higher education is in unleashing the potential of our students, preparing them not just for the first job, but for a career and a lifetime in which they will be constantly challenged to change and grow,” he said. “That preparation starts in this facility.”

Office space in Bailo Hall became available when NU’s Office of Admissions joined Institutional Advancement in the Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Center last fall.

As a mission-critical office of the university, the Center for Career and Service Learning will help Niagara enhance the experiential learning opportunities it offers students, and bolster its already-impressive employment/graduate school placement rate of 97 percent.

Niagara University students also provide more than 1,000 hours of service to the community each week during the academic year, and participate in an internship, co-op, practicum, field experience or clinical assignment at a rate that is 26 percent higher than other colleges.