Alumni Spotlights


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 Buffalo,...

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Christine (Bugman) O'Keefe, '96: Making an Impact on Catholic Education

August 14, 2012

When kindergarten students at Ambrose Catholic Academy in South Buffalo walked into their classroom at the beginning of September, it was due to the efforts of Christine (Bugman) O'Keefe, '96. This spring, Christine and the other Ambrose parents received a letter telling them that because...

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Lori (Kurdziel) Soos, '89: Following Her Path

June 19, 2012

Lori Soos, '89, believes that sometimes paths are chosen for you in life, and that you can either embrace the path you're on or you can choose not to. She chose the former, and that decision has led her on a journey of personal and professional success that took her from her hometown of Alden, N.Y.,...

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Maryliz Valli, '74: Sharing the Gift of Music

June 12, 2012

On any given Monday, the atrium of Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, is filled with the musical stylings of several local musicians. One of those musicians is Maryliz Valli, '74. A self-described “girl-next-door pianist,” Maryliz had played at nursing homes, restaurants, and...

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Drs. Christopher, '03, and Daniel DeSimone, '06: From NU to the Mayo Clinic

May 29, 2012

Christopher and Daniel DeSimone are following similar paths. They grew up in the Little Italy section of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and both attended Niagara University with the dream of becoming doctors. After graduation, they attended the University at Buffalo. As is often the case, they met their...

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Kimberley Minkel, '88: Moving Transportation Forward in WNY

May 15, 2012

When Kimberley Minkel, '88, accepted a job 25 years ago as a researcher for an incubator company focused on bioremediation, a new technology at that time, she thought it would be something to do while she studied for the MCATs and made her plans to attend medical school. What she didn't know was...

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Judge Robert G. Bogle, '79: Making a Serious Contribution to the Law

March 30, 2012

It was the “Case of the Citified Chickens.” The defendant was a Frenchman who was raising the birds in his Valley Stream, N.Y., backyard. He claimed he was unaware that local law prohibited keeping chickens in the village. After hearing the testimony, the judge, Hon. Robert G. Bogle, '79,...

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Dr. Paul Harrigan, '97: Serving Those Who Served

March 30, 2012

Listening to Dr. Paul Harrigan, '97, speak, one immediately gets the sense that he is a warm, compassionate man. He is quick to laugh, and uses adjectives like wonderful, great, nice, and sweet to describe the people he's known. As he discusses his work as team leader and director of the Buffalo Vet...

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