Alumni Spotlights


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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Cali Gilbert, '07: An Inspirational Journey

November 12, 2013

It's been said that it's always darkest just before the dawn. In Cali Gilbert's case, that couldn't be truer. In the span of 12 months, Cali found herself without a home, without a job, without a car, and without the relationship that had inspired her to relocate to the West Coast three years...

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Carl Sasyn, '92: Hockey with a Heart

November 7, 2013

On May 31, 2013, four Houston firefighters lost their lives and several others were injured battling a five-alarm restaurant and motel fire in southwest Houston. It was the worst tragedy in the Houston Fire Department's history. Two weeks later, more than 1,000 people attended the inaugural 51/68...

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Malinda Bratosh Wheeler, '81: Serving the Victims of Crime

October 15, 2013

An aptitude test Malinda Bratosh Wheeler, '81, took while she was a senior at Gowanda high school indicated that she should pursue a career as a minister, in social work, or as a nurse. Today, she combines elements of all three professions in her role as founder, director and owner of Forensic Nurse...

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Adrienne Stanfill , M.A.'08: Emissary to the Third World

October 3, 2013

What do Malawian orphans, the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program at Niagara University, and the Vincentians have in common? For Adrienne Stanfill, they are all part of a life-altering experience that enabled her to share her expertise with people half a world away. Stanfill,...

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Osman Kabia, '99: Sharing What He Has

September 10, 2013

From the time when he was a little boy in Sierra Leone, Osman Kabia, '99, has seen the example of service to others. This example has stayed with him and inspired him to launch an organization dedicated to just that. S.H.A.R.E. (Sustainable & Holistic Advances for Rural Education) was...

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John Minerva, '78: Empowering Others Through Yoga

September 10, 2013

Niagara alumnus John Minerva, '78, recently returned from East Africa, where he took the university's Vincentian tradition of service in an unusual direction. A recent convert to yoga, the 57-year-old resident of Naples, Fla., travelled to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi with the Africa Yoga Project,...

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David Loewenguth, '83: Offering Hope to Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

August 14, 2013

It is 10 o'clock on a Monday night, and New Yorker David Loewenguth, '83, is locking up his three-speed and heading home to his studio apartment in historical Harlem. He's spent the day going from meeting to meeting to speak with various organizations from all over the nonprofit sector. As the...

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