Alumni News

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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Ed Gordon, '70: A Life Dedicated to Helping Others

January 19, 2012

Service to others and devotion to his family and faith have always been important to Ed Gordon. In fact, it's not a stretch by any means to say that his entire life has been dedicated to helping others. Even as a student at NU decades ago, it was pretty clear as to the direction in which his life...

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Josh Jensen, '10, advises Senator Joseph E. Robach, 56th Senate District, about public position on a variety of issues.

January 18, 2012

Just days after receiving his bachelor's degree in political science and history from Niagara University, Josh Jensen, '10, began his career in politics as the public policy adviser for Senator Joseph E. Robach of the 56th Senate District. Jensen had spent three summers as a special assistant in...

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Sandra Festa Ryan, '83: A Pioneer in the Changing Landscape of Healthcare

January 16, 2012

Sandra Festa Ryan, '83, is apologetic. She's had to interrupt our conversation a few times almost before it began to take care of business in her office at the Conshohocken, Pa., headquarters of Take Care Health Systems, Walgreens. “It's such a crazy day here,” she laughs. It's understandable...

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A Change in Focus Leads to Cinematic Success for Scott Poiley, '00

January 16, 2012

It seemed as if Scott Poiley's destiny was to perform. He discovered a love of dancing while in preschool, and by the age of seven he was dancing professionally. In 1996, as a senior at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., he was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, the highest scholastic...

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Magliarditi Draws a Winning Hand

December 19, 2011

In a town where fortunes can change in the blink of an eye, Joseph Magliarditi, '91, hit the jackpot. In June of 2010, he was named president and CEO of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, a premier destination entertainment resort known for its innovative nightlife and music scene. How...

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Maj. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, '76: NU ROTC's Highest Ranking Graduate

December 16, 2011

When Maj. Gen. Vincent “Vinny” E. Boles, '76, returned to Monteagle Ridge in October of 2011 as the featured speaker for Alumni Weekend's “Pantheon of Warriors” event, he shared memorable experiences from his 33-year career in the Army. And there are many. The highly decorated general,...

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