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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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For legacy families like the Knights, Niagara is home

February 12, 2014

All family legacies begin somewhere”¦and with someone. For the Knights, one such tradition began in the early 1950s when Joseph P. Knight made the decision to attend Niagara University. Joseph, a native of Geneva, N.Y., studied history and played golf at Niagara before graduating in 1956. He...

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D.J. Kiernan, '02: Selling Luxury

February 7, 2014

D.J. Kiernan, '02, is in the business of fulfilling champagne wishes and caviar dreams. For the past seven years, he has worked in the yachting industry, on both the wholesale and retail sides of the business, an opportunity that enabled him to live in some of the most glamorous locations in the...

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Barbara Malinowski,'59, Honored with Community Leader Award

February 4, 2014

The National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York presented a Community Leader Award to Barbara Malinowski, '59, during a luncheon held Jan. 29, 2014, at the Buffalo Convention Center. The event honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the area of sisterhood and...

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Tim Gabel, '91: A Mission to Remember, Honor and Teach

January 30, 2014

Seven years ago, Tim Gabel, '91, joined a friend on a Saturday morning in December to lay wreaths on the tombstones of veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The experience was so moving for him that he continued to go each year. For the past three years, he has taken a group of Niagara...

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Jerry Ognibene, '59: A Life on Display

January 22, 2014

Several years ago, when Jerry Ognibene, '59, retired from his career in higher education, he began building a model train layout with his wife of 52 years, Rosemary (affectionately known as “Bunny”). The couple included replicas of places that were meaningful to them throughout their early...

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Larry Mannion, '68, and George Harvey, '68: Securing a Place of Remembrance

December 11, 2013

Larry Mannion and George Harvey, both Class of 1968, had an unexpected reunion in October of 2010 when they came together to design and execute a security system for the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Larry, director of security for the memorial, notes that when he contacted MSA Security to...

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