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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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Dr. Shawn Vainio, '99: Living His Dream

January 20, 2012

He's been to the highest point in North America, to the southernmost continent in the world, and to an array of locales in between. And while he never imagined his career would take him to such exotic locations ”” or even that he would live outside of Western New York ”” Dr.Shawn Vainio,...

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Elizabeth M.Devine, '77, Earns National Teaching Award

January 20, 2012

The National Council for the Social Studies presented its 2009-2010 Outstanding Secondary Social Studies Teacher of the Year awards to two recipients, one of whom earned a BA in education and history from Niagara University. Elizabeth M.Devine, '77, an American Studies teacher at William H.Hall High...

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Sean O'Boyle, '85

January 20, 2012

Sean O'Boyle knew he wanted to go into the television business when he enrolled at Niagara as an English major in 1981. He was fascinated by the behind-the-scenes work he had seen his uncle, who worked at CBS in New York City, do, and says that “being around cameras and just the making of...

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Lacey Howcroft, '09: A Passion for Community Service

January 19, 2012

Life after college graduation can be both scary and confusing. Many graduates find themselves grappling for a sense of purpose and a place of belonging, trying to answer the question “Where do I go from here?” For Lacey Howcroft, '09, the answer was clear. With a heart for others and desire to...

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For Denise Payne, '99, the Road to Success Is One Well-Traveled

January 19, 2012

Vacations are great, but most travelers will admit that there's no place like home. Living out of a suitcase and being away from your home base can get old after awhile, right? Don't tell that to Denise Payne, a 1999 graduate of Niagara University and a member of the critically acclaimed Jersey Boys...

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