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Nasreen Akhtar, ’07, MA’11, Shares Tradition and Faith

Nasreen Akhtar, ’07, MA’11, Shares Tradition and Faith

Faith and family are the foundation of Nasreen Akhtar’s life. The entrepreneur, who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at NU, feels compelled by her Muslim faith to serve others. For the past five years, that service has included a turkey giveaway in the city of Niagara...

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Morgan Genovese, B.S.’19, MBA’21, Joins Revitalization Effort with The GoldBar

Morgan Genovese, B.S.’19, MBA’21, Joins Revitalization Effort with The GoldBar

Fredonia native Morgan Genovese, B.S.’19, MBA’21, came to Niagara University to play soccer and softball while earning her undergraduate and graduate business degrees. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, her intent was to become a business owner herself, although she hadn’t decided what...

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Britini D’Angelo, BFA’19, BA ’19, M.S.Ed.’21: Breaking Down Barriers for Neurodiversity

Britini D’Angelo, BFA’19, BA ’19, M.S.Ed.’21: Breaking Down Barriers for Neurodiversity

When you first meet Britini D’Angelo, you can’t help but notice her enthusiasm, her optimism, and her confidence. At the age of 24, she has accomplished much: She completed degrees in both theatre and communication at Niagara, was twice honored by NU’s Student Government Association as one of...

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NU’s Criminal Justice Program Paved Kelly (Mullaney) Milliman’s Way to a Career in the FBI

NU’s Criminal Justice Program Paved Kelly (Mullaney) Milliman’s Way to a Career in the FBI

Kelly (Mullaney) Milliman B.S.’10, M.S.’11, always knew she wanted to work for the FBI. The education she received as a criminal justice major at Niagara University paved the way for her to achieve that goal.“The investigative work of the FBI really captured my attention,” she said. “I...

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Dr. Timothy Belavich, '92: Loving the “Unlovable”

Dr. Timothy Belavich, '92: Loving the “Unlovable”

  • on November 5, 2021
  • by Lisa McMahon, MA'09
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Dr. Timothy Belavich, '92, never thought his career would lead him to work with incarcerated persons, but an unexpected opportunity at San Quentin State Prison started him on a path that he has found both rewarding and in alignment with the goals he had as a Niagara University graduate, even if it...

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Howard Morgan, ’86, Follows Call to Serve

Howard Morgan, ’86, Follows Call to Serve

  • on October 22, 2021
  • by Lisa McMahon, M.A,'09

On a Sunday morning about seven years ago, Howard Morgan, ’86, was asked a question that ultimately changed the course of his life. His parish priest, Father Jim Bastian, asked him if he had ever considered becoming a deacon.He had, but the responsibilities of raising a young family and working...

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Crystal Rutkowski, ’11, Finds Success in Alternative Investment Profession

Crystal Rutkowski, ’11, Finds Success in Alternative Investment Profession

Crystal Rutkowski graduated from Niagara University in December 2011 with two internships completed (one at the Country Club of Buffalo, and the other with Siemens Corporation at its government affairs office in Washington, D.C.), a bachelor’s degree in human resources, and the desire to help...

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Stretching Provides Purpose for Carrie Klauk, ’05

Stretching Provides Purpose for Carrie Klauk, ’05

When Carrie (Hontz) Klauk graduated from Niagara University in 2005 with a degree in sports management, she worked in a variety of industries but was never really passionate about the work. It wasn’t until she sought relief for an injury that she was introduced to stretching and found her...

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Award-winning Cinematographer Marc Davies, ’14, Earning a Place in Buffalo’s Filmmaking History

Award-winning Cinematographer Marc Davies, ’14, Earning a Place in Buffalo’s Filmmaking History

Buffalo is a film town. Its streets, buildings, and people have been featured in numerous movies, and a community of filmmakers has been established over the past decade, solidifying the city’s place within the industry. Marc Davies, ’14, is among those who are finding Western New York the...

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Dr. Clement Kwakye: Blazing a Trail for Others to Follow

Dr. Clement Kwakye: Blazing a Trail for Others to Follow

A less determined man might have given up.Clement Kwakye, Ph.D.’20, was an undocumented immigrant from West Africa whose quest for a college education was not deterred by the fact his status made him ineligible for financial aid or by those who advised him against pursuing one.Now he wants to help...

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