Alumni Spotlights

Nicole Sandford, BBA’92: Empowering Board Diversity

Nicole Sandford, BBA’92: Empowering Board Diversity

February 27, 2020

In the early 2000s, when the Enron scandal brought the concept of corporate governance to the forefront, Nicole (Silsby) Sandford, ’92, and her colleagues at Deloitte & Touche LLP were taking steps to become the thought leaders in that space. “It wasn’t intended to be a new career,” said...

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Natalie Dickerson, B.S.’13: Sharing an Ancient Art with the World

Natalie Dickerson, B.S.’13: Sharing an Ancient Art with the World

February 25, 2020

Natalie Dickerson, B.S.’13, came to Niagara University to study hospitality and tourism management, planning to someday work for a prestigious hotel and travel the world. But it wasn’t until after she graduated that she found her true calling.After a few years working in hotels, first for the...

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Lisa Kurbiel, ’89: An Influencer for Social Good

Lisa Kurbiel, ’89: An Influencer for Social Good

January 16, 2020

Lisa Kurbiel, ’89, grew up in North Tonawanda, the only child of a father who served as the town’s plumbing inspector and a mother who was a travel agent. Their Polish, Catholic traditions formed the foundation for a happy childhood spent in the Polish American community of that small Western...

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Alexis Wayne, ’13, M.S.’15: Pursuing a Sporting Career

Alexis Wayne, ’13, M.S.’15: Pursuing a Sporting Career

December 9, 2019

Alexis Wayne’s experience as a student-athlete at Niagara University, coupled with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in sport management, has given her a well-rounded background for her current position as associate commissioner for women’s basketball and Olympic sports for the Metro...

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John Ward, ’80: An Artist’s Life

John Ward, ’80: An Artist’s Life

December 4, 2019

John Ward’s delight in having been able to live his dream for more than 30 years is evident when you talk to him. His stories are punctuated with laughter, and he still seems to be a little in awe of the fact that his career as an illustrator has been so successful and taken him on adventures he...

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Salvatore, ’03, and Jaime (Goodness) Salafia, ’03: Giving Wings to a New Business

Salvatore, ’03, and Jaime (Goodness) Salafia, ’03: Giving Wings to a New Business

November 11, 2019

Salvatore, ’03, and Jaime (Goodness) Salafia, ’03, have been together since the seventh grade, when they met in a home and careers class. They dated through high school and decided to attend Niagara University together to pursue business degrees. A week after they graduated, they married. They...

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Gregory Dixon, BA’08: Sharing Stories from Around the World

Gregory Dixon, BA’08: Sharing Stories from Around the World

October 4, 2019

When Gregory Dixon, BA’08, came to Niagara University from Oswego, N.Y., he had two years of experience doing sports broadcasting in his high school’s public access TV station and planned to continue on that path to a career. As a communication studies major, Doxon interned with the...

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Alexandria Andross Fry, BFA 2001: Telling Stories Through Props

Alexandria Andross Fry, BFA 2001: Telling Stories Through Props

September 20, 2019

In the film industry, theatrical property is as important to storytelling as are the words and actions of the actors on the set. Think of Wilson, the volleyball in “Cast Away,” the leg lamp in “A Christmas Story,” the fuzzy pen in “Legally Blonde,” or Forrest Gump’s box of...

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Megan Hahin, ’11: The Importance of Internships

Megan Hahin, ’11: The Importance of Internships

September 17, 2019

A field placement at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, N.Y., opened the door for a career path Megan Hahin, ’11, didn’t even know existed.“I originally wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “I was going for history, and I was encouraged by my professors to do...

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JoAnna Roberto, BA’97, M.S.Ed.’00: Relationships and Reflection Are the Keys to Her Professional Success

JoAnna Roberto, BA’97, M.S.Ed.’00: Relationships and Reflection Are the Keys to Her Professional Success

August 27, 2019

In her role as superintendent of curriculum and student achievement at the District School Board of Niagara, in Ontario, Canada, JoAnna Roberto, BA’97, M.S.Ed.’00, oversees the central curriculum for 79 elementary schools and works with her senior administration team colleagues as well as system...

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