Alumni News

Vanessa Barron, ’78: A Life of Service

November 13, 2012

Maybe if Vanessa (Houston) Barron, ’78, hadn’t been opening the mail that day in the guidance office of her high school in Philadelphia, she never would have seen the beautiful campus photos in the Niagara University brochure. But she did, and those photos so intrigued her that she decided to ...

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Dr. Anthony Dardano, ’63: Advocating Catholic Healthcare Ethics

November 13, 2012

When Catholics have questions about pro-life issues as they relate to their particular medical concerns, they often turn to Dr. Anthony Dardano, ’63. As the physician advisor on medical ethics for the Eternal Word Network, the largest religious media network in the world, he has rendered hundreds ...

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Dr. Stephen Cook, ’92

October 10, 2012

American neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing once said: “A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more even than the whole man -– he must view the man in his world.” Dr. Stephen Cook, ’92, has taken this advice to heart. In his work at the Golisano Children’s Hospital and ...

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Joseph Shanahan, ’79

October 10, 2012

Joseph Shanahan Jr., ’79, is an inside sales coordinator for SPSmedical Supply Corp., the largest sterilizer testing laboratory in North America. In this role, Joe stays on the cutting edge of the industry, providing the most up-to-date information and equipment for clients that include hospitals, ...

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Lisa Berta, ’91

October 10, 2012

Rattlesnakes, hazardous and radioactive waste, scheduling disposal deliveries, and ensuring compliance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations are all in a day’s work for Lisa (Schreiner) Berta, ’91. As a project manager at Waste Control Specialists, she oversees treatment, storage and ...

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Dr. John Zdrojewski, ’69

October 10, 2012

Dr. John Zdrojewski, ’69, recognizes that his career and the careers of countless Niagara University science graduates were positively influenced by their professors in ways they might not even be aware. He fondly remembers teachers like Joseph Forrester III, a chemistry professor from whom he ...

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Creating Change Through Art

September 25, 2012

Ashley Vita Verde loves to make people smile. The 2011 Niagara University graduate had ample opportunities to do just that this summer, as the organization she co-founded, Deep Roots Niagara, elicited laughs, gasps, and yes, plenty of smiles, from tourists and locals alike on Old Falls Street in ...

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Lost and Found

September 6, 2012

On a winter day in 1990, sophomore education major Kathleen Gedeon was in the Niagara University library working on a paper for her English class. As she had done many times before, she left her messenger bag on her table while she searched for the books she needed to complete her research. Some ...

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Bill Kellick, ’89: An Olympic Career

August 28, 2012

Bill Kellick, ’89, fell in love with the Olympics in 1984. Just 12 years later, he was working for them. The communication studies major, who learned the love of sports from his father and honed his sports writing skills as an assistant in the sports information office at Niagara University, has ...

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Ed Reilly, ’80: Focusing a lens on the events of the day

August 21, 2012

It’s as if Ed Reilly, ’80, has always had a camera in his hand. From the time he was a child emulating his father, a newsman for several Western New York media outlets, to today, Ed has focused a lens on the events of the day. As a multimedia journalist for WKBW-TV’s Eyewitness News in ...

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