Alumni News

Gary Damon Jr., ’07: Empowering Buffalo’s Youth and Families

September 24, 2014

Growing up in a single-parent family in Buffalo, N.Y.’s inner city, Gary Damon Jr. easily could have become one of the young African American males he often saw on street corners, engaged in questionable activities. But his faith in God and his desire to give back to his community sent him on a...

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Sarah Kim, ’11: From the Ridge to the Big Apple

September 10, 2014

In just a few short years, Sarah Kim has gone from producing stories for Niagara’s Ridge Report, a program she co-founded, to producing stories for Fox News Channel in New York City. Her journey to the Big Apple came via her hometown of Denver, Colo., where she landed a job at the local Fox...

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Rhonda Rotterman-Palmiero, ’88: Promoting a Different Way of Caring

September 9, 2014

A chance encounter with a frail woman set Rhonda (Goodberry) Rotterman-Palmiero on a career path that she never expected. Nursing jobs at hospitals were scarce when Rhonda, a member of the College of Nursing’s Class of 1988, graduated. Despite the fact geriatrics was one of her least favorite...

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Betty Muessle, ’63: Connecting Tanzanian Schools to the World

July 29, 2014

Seventeen years ago, after a career that spanned teaching, sales, and social work, Elizabeth “Betty” (Cassidy) Muessle, ’63, decided to take a more “purposeful role” in life. Since then, she and her husband, Stan, have been working to spread computer literacy in Tanzania. It all began when...

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Pete, '99, MBA'00, and Sheryl (Klick) Strobl, '00: Kindred Spirits

April 9, 2014

Drive, focus, ambition. It's what Pete Strobl, '99, MBA'00, fosters in the young players he works with at The Scoring Factory, a training facility he established in 2009. It's what first attracted him to his wife, Sheryl (Klick), '00, with whom he's traveled the world and is raising four children....

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Kathy Sdao, '83: Talking with Dogs and Dolphins

March 11, 2014

If it wasn't for an independent study at the Niagara Falls Aquarium, Kathy Sdao might have become a doctor. She was enrolled in Niagara University's premed program when her psychology professor, Patricia Ebert Heiman, asked her to help with a research project she was conducting. The project involved...

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Dr. Timothy Belavich,'92: Loving the Unlovable

February 27, 2014

Dr. Timothy Belavich, '92, has gone where many fear to tread ”“ into the minds of inmates at San Quentin State Prison. He never planned to work with prisoners, but an unexpected opportunity to move to California in 2001 changed all that. Today, as statewide director of Mental Health for the...

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Carlos Roberto Jaén, '79, M.S.'82: Building Joyful Practices

February 25, 2014

Dr. Carlos Roberto Jaén, '79, M.S.'82, identifies strongly with the Vincentian tradition. Growing up in David, Panama, he attended the Vincentian high school where his mother had worked and, after graduation, accepted a scholarship from Rev. Maurice Roche, C.M., to Niagara University. He even keeps...

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For legacy families like the Knights, Niagara is home

February 12, 2014

All family legacies begin somewhere”¦and with someone. For the Knights, one such tradition began in the early 1950s when Joseph P. Knight made the decision to attend Niagara University. Joseph, a native of Geneva, N.Y., studied history and played golf at Niagara before graduating in 1956. He...

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D.J. Kiernan, '02: Selling Luxury

February 7, 2014

D.J. Kiernan, '02, is in the business of fulfilling champagne wishes and caviar dreams. For the past seven years, he has worked in the yachting industry, on both the wholesale and retail sides of the business, an opportunity that enabled him to live in some of the most glamorous locations in the...

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