Alumni Spotlights

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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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Spotlight on NU Alums and Journalists Joshua Maloni, '01, Deandra Modica, '10, and Jessica Garfinkel, '10

March 29, 2012

Motivational speaker Sydney Wood once said, “An educated man is one who can entertain a new idea, entertain another person and entertain himself.” Niagara University alumni Joshua Maloni, '01, Deandra Modica, '10, Josh Maloni and Jessica Garfinkel, '10, know just how important and essential a...

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Greg Miller, B.A.'06, M.S.Ed.'08: Following His Life's Path

March 26, 2012

Gregory Miller, B.A.'06, M.S.Ed.'08, has faced numerous obstacles in his life. The death of his older brother, Curtis, in 1993; the loss of his job; career changes; a diagnosis of kidney cancer in 2006. But he says these situations have taught him a valuable lesson: “When life knocks you off your...

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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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