Alumni Spotlights

Tony Caccomo, ’70: Leading Innovations in Food

Tony Caccomo, ’70: Leading Innovations in Food

May 12, 2016

There’s a food revolution happening, and Tony Caccomo, ’70, is at the forefront. And that’s exactly where you’d expect him to be.He’s always been somewhat of an activist, he says. As a student at Niagara, he helped to establish Niagara University’s club football team (raising more than...

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Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, ’80: Transforming Healthcare and Transforming Lives

Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, ’80: Transforming Healthcare and Transforming Lives

May 2, 2016

As a nurse practitioner working in a women’s health practice in Rochester, N.Y., Dr. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, ’80, frequently counseled her patients on their risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infection, HIV, and unplanned pregnancies. But sometimes her advice seemed to fall on deaf ears.So...

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Chris Viscardi, ’84: Telling Meaningful Children’s Stories

Chris Viscardi, ’84: Telling Meaningful Children’s Stories

April 19, 2016

Chris Viscardi, ’84, enjoyed an “idyllic childhood” growing up in Auburn, N.Y.: summers at the lake, snowy winters, surrounded by friends and family. He drew upon these experiences to co-create the Adventures of Pete and Pete, arguably one of the best children’s shows ever made, and an...

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Jared Reichman, ’00: Offering an Escape from Everyday Life

Jared Reichman, ’00: Offering an Escape from Everyday Life

January 4, 2016

Zombies have overrun the research facility where you work! This strange plague quickly kills and transforms its victims into mindless walking dead––and you have been bitten by one of them! Now, trapped in the bowels of the laboratory, you have one hour to find the serum that will cure you and...

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Michael Ackerman, ’80: Back at Home at NU

Michael Ackerman, ’80: Back at Home at NU

December 8, 2015

Dr. Michael Ackerman, ’80, is back at Niagara. And he couldn’t be happier about it. “It’s always had a place in my heart,” he says. “It’s a special place, and there’s something very special about being a Niagara nurse. You can’t describe it, but you know it. And that’s what I...

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Krista Pike, ’65: Bringing Christ Through Nursing

Krista Pike, ’65: Bringing Christ Through Nursing

December 3, 2015

Over the course of her career, Krista Pike, ’65, has done just about everything you can do in nursing. And then some. For the past 14 years, she has brought her considerable expertise to countries around the world as a volunteer with Missionary Ventures International. These mission trips have...

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Roger Van Dyke, ’89: A 180-Degree Turnaround

Roger Van Dyke, ’89: A 180-Degree Turnaround

October 8, 2015

Roger Van Dyke was not a traditional Niagara University student when he enrolled in the College of Nursing. He had been out of high school nearly a decade and had spent that time working various jobs and hanging out with his friends. When he took a position at a center for the developmentally...

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David Campbell, ’63: The Importance of Being There

David Campbell, ’63: The Importance of Being There

June 18, 2015

It all began with the story of a fisherman. Jan. 21, 2005. David Campbell, ’63, was in Phuket, Thailand, drawn there by an intense desire to help the victims of the tsunami that had ravaged that country a month earlier, and the firm conviction that his knowledge of the Internet could be key to...

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Joshua Prieur, ’08, M.S.Ed.’10: Home Is Where the Job Is

Joshua Prieur, ’08, M.S.Ed.’10: Home Is Where the Job Is

March 31, 2015

Joshua Prieur, ’08, M.S.Ed.’10, has achieved his dream of becoming a school administrator just a few short years after earning his master’s degree in literacy. And he’s still amazed at how it all came about. “It’s been a wild ride,” he admits. The Ontario, Canada, native came to...

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John Katko, ’84: A Life of Advocacy

John Katko, ’84: A Life of Advocacy

March 25, 2015

John Katko, ’84, was elected as the U.S. representative for the 24th Congressional District of New York in November 2014. He is a cum laude graduate of Niagara University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in political science and received the Niagara Medal. The Camillus, N.Y., native has been...

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