Alumni News

Ed Brennan, '78: Providing Hope for Haiti

December 16, 2011

In the summer of 2011, 200 Haitian children had an opportunity they never would have dreamed possible after the January earthquake that devastated their country ”” the opportunity to go to school. This, due to the remarkable efforts of Edward J. Brennan, '78. Brennan, CEO and chairman of DFS...

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Mary Palmeri Holland, '70: Preserving a Religious Legacy

December 14, 2011

Over the centuries, European immigrants left their homelands to make better lives for themselves in America. Here, they found new homes and established communities around the churches they built, which were adorned with the things that reminded them of the places they had left behind. Today, Mary...

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Unlikely Character Provides Teachable Moments in Edward Kent's Books

December 13, 2011

The title character in Edward Kent's series of books is very much like the children who read them ”“ friendly, inquisitive, and eager to learn. But there is one notable difference ”“ Ed is a zombie. While that may seem an unlikely character for books geared to children in kindergarten...

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Bruce George, '89, Shares His Story as an Inspiration for Others

December 13, 2011

Life could have been different for Bruce George. The product of a single parent home, a member of a number of NYC gangs, a drug abuser and self-described “stick-up artist,” Bruce could have been just another angry young man in a world that he felt offered no opportunities for him. Instead, he...

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Ed Gardner, '87: Making Faces

Under the skilled hands of forensic artist Ed Gardner, '87, the identities of unknown individuals are discovered The man was African American, in his early to mid-20s, about 6 feet tall, slender. He wore a Nike windbreaker and a Nautica sweatshirt, and carried a rap music tape and a plastic bag from...

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Edward J. Kampf, '65, DMD

It takes only the first few moments in conversation with Niagara alumnus Ed Kampf, '65, to realize he experiences his life as a mission to be most fully and vitally lived. But he doesn't think that he is special in any way. Rather, Kampf will be the first to offer that his life has been one of gifts...

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John Overbeck, '75

John Overbeck's life seems guided by fate. The Class of 1975 alumnus has returned to his alma mater as a visiting professor in the College of Business Administration, a role that will enable him to share what he has learned over a 32-year career in business management with Niagara students. The...

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Stephanie Williams Cowart,'80

“To whom much is given, much is required.” Those are the words around which Niagara graduate Stephanie Williams Cowart has built her life, both personally and professionally in her career with the Niagara Falls Housing Authority. Cowart began working for the public housing agency in 1983,...

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