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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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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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