Alumni Spotlights

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Amanda Robbins, ’12, M.S.Ed.’14: Adventures in Africa

October 23, 2014

Lions and tigers and sharks, oh my? They’re just a few of the animals Amanda Robbins, ’12, M.S.Ed.’14, has encountered since her graduation from Niagara University. After earning her bachelor’s degree in life sciences, the Batavia, N.Y., native set off for South Africa on an internship with...

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Emily Kraus,’04: A Dream Come True

October 15, 2014

Emily Kraus, ’04, grew up watching her grandmother, mother and aunts cook and host parties, dreaming of a career in which she could entertain others in a similar fashion. That dream came true – today, she is operations manager for Wolfgang Puck Catering. Emily chose Niagara University to pursue...

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Gary Damon Jr., ’07: Empowering Buffalo’s Youth and Families

September 24, 2014

Growing up in a single-parent family in Buffalo, N.Y.’s inner city, Gary Damon Jr. easily could have become one of the young African American males he often saw on street corners, engaged in questionable activities. But his faith in God and his desire to give back to his community sent him on a...

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Sarah Kim, ’11: From the Ridge to the Big Apple

September 10, 2014

In just a few short years, Sarah Kim has gone from producing stories for Niagara’s Ridge Report, a program she co-founded, to producing stories for Fox News Channel in New York City. Her journey to the Big Apple came via her hometown of Denver, Colo., where she landed a job at the local Fox...

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Rhonda Rotterman-Palmiero, ’88: Promoting a Different Way of Caring

September 9, 2014

A chance encounter with a frail woman set Rhonda (Goodberry) Rotterman-Palmiero on a career path that she never expected. Nursing jobs at hospitals were scarce when Rhonda, a member of the College of Nursing’s Class of 1988, graduated. Despite the fact geriatrics was one of her least favorite...

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Betty Muessle, ’63: Connecting Tanzanian Schools to the World

July 29, 2014

Seventeen years ago, after a career that spanned teaching, sales, and social work, Elizabeth “Betty” (Cassidy) Muessle, ’63, decided to take a more “purposeful role” in life. Since then, she and her husband, Stan, have been working to spread computer literacy in Tanzania. It all began when...

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Pete, '99, MBA'00, and Sheryl (Klick) Strobl, '00: Kindred Spirits

April 9, 2014

Drive, focus, ambition. It's what Pete Strobl, '99, MBA'00, fosters in the young players he works with at The Scoring Factory, a training facility he established in 2009. It's what first attracted him to his wife, Sheryl (Klick), '00, with whom he's traveled the world and is raising four children....

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Kathy Sdao, '83: Talking with Dogs and Dolphins

March 11, 2014

If it wasn't for an independent study at the Niagara Falls Aquarium, Kathy Sdao might have become a doctor. She was enrolled in Niagara University's premed program when her psychology professor, Patricia Ebert Heiman, asked her to help with a research project she was conducting. The project involved...

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Dr. Timothy Belavich,'92: Loving the Unlovable

February 27, 2014

Dr. Timothy Belavich, '92, has gone where many fear to tread ”“ into the minds of inmates at San Quentin State Prison. He never planned to work with prisoners, but an unexpected opportunity to move to California in 2001 changed all that. Today, as statewide director of Mental Health for the...

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Carlos Roberto Jaén, '79, M.S.'82: Building Joyful Practices

February 25, 2014

Dr. Carlos Roberto Jaén, '79, M.S.'82, identifies strongly with the Vincentian tradition. Growing up in David, Panama, he attended the Vincentian high school where his mother had worked and, after graduation, accepted a scholarship from Rev. Maurice Roche, C.M., to Niagara University. He even keeps...

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