Alumni News

Dr. Francis Waller, '65: Discovering New Knowledge

March 19, 2012

Like many people of his generation, Dr. Francis Waller, '65, remembers exactly where he was when John F. Kennedy was assassinated ”“ in professor Joe Forrester's Organic Chemistry class. It was 1:25 p.m. on that November afternoon when someone came into the lecture room to announce that Kennedy...

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Jennifer Hibit, '01: Working to Make Her Community a Better Place

January 30, 2012

Jennifer Hibit, '01, is not one to seek the spotlight. “You won't see my name in the press very often,” she laughs. Nevertheless, she wants to make positive change for her community. And as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz's chief of staff, she is in the right position to do just that....

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Michael, '76, and Suzanne Hogan, '76: Educating the Mind, Heart and Soul

January 27, 2012

When their eldest daughter, Julia, was ready for kindergarten, Mike, '76, and Suzanne (Kowalczyk) Hogan, '76, wanted to enroll her in a Catholic school because of the strong foundation it would provide and their desire that the values she was learning at home would be reinforced at school. However,...

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Peter Dunn, '81

January 23, 2012

Peter Dunn's arrival at WCBS-TV was a homecoming of sorts. Peter, '81, is president and general manager* of the CBS flagship station for the network for which his father worked decades before. “That's the job my mom always wanted for me,” Peter says, noting that he has childhood memories of...

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Stephen D.Gerling,'64

January 23, 2012

Utica native Stephen D. Gerling never set foot on the Niagara University campus until the start of the fall semester in 1960, when he arrived to begin classes. Though his arrival was essentially by happenstance, he readily admits he could not have chosen a better school. His collegiate experience,...

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Suzanne Simon Dietz, MS'90

January 23, 2012

“How did the Americans treat the German prisoners of war in Europe at the end of WWII?” This simple question was the starting point for a project that became a spiritual journey for Suzanne Simon Dietz, MS'90, a journey that started one spring day decades ago on the Niagara University campus...

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Clark's Stories Tell Tale of a Life Well Lived

January 20, 2012

If you truly desire to understand someone, it is essential to listen with openness to the stories that he or she shares. Frank J. Clark's stories are not of himself; they are about his relationships: to people, places, and experiences and how those relationships have shaped his life. In individuals...

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John Magnan, '67, Creates Art to Offer Support for Cancer Patients

January 20, 2012

When John Magnan's wife was diagnosed with Stage III ovarian cancer,he turned to art “out of fear” and used his work as a way to document her experience. Now, his 16-piece exhibit, “body image/body essence” is helping countless other cancer patients find solace. John, '67, who had...

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Tim Rudan, M.S.Ed.'01, Named "Greatest High School Teacher"

January 20, 2012

It's a simple fact of life: people change jobs and careers for a wide variety of reasons. For Tim Rudan, M.S.Ed.'01, that reason is something we'll label “banking industry burnout.” “I averaged 75- to 80-hour work weeks and found myself in three cities every week,” Rudan said. “I...

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Renee Coates-Smith, '91, Publishes First Book

January 20, 2012

Renee Coates-Smith, '91, is a busy woman ”” educator, lecturer, consultant, and television producer. With the publication of Bobby's Secret is Out, the first in the Bobby Jones Children's Series, she adds author to that list. Bobby's Secret is Out, a book designed for fourth through eighth...

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