Alumni Spotlights

Joanne Israel, BBA’06, MBA’13: A Young Leader in the Gaming Industry

Joanne Israel, BBA’06, MBA’13: A Young Leader in the Gaming Industry

January 4, 2018

Over the past seven years, Joanne Israel has done just about every job at the Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, from accounting and purchasing to cleaning the toilets and washing the slot machines. That experience is key for her in her current role as general manager, where she oversees the casino’s...

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Lirim Hajrullahu, MBA’17, Earns Victory for Toronto Argonauts

Lirim Hajrullahu, MBA’17, Earns Victory for Toronto Argonauts

December 14, 2017

On Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, Lirim Hajrullahu, MBA’17, experienced a moment of déjà vu. He was standing 32 yards away from the goal posts at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario, with 49 seconds left in the Canadian Football League’s 105th Grey Cup match against the Calgary Stampeders. Seven years...

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Shirley Brown Alleyne, ’94: Sharing a Love of History and Museums

Shirley Brown Alleyne, ’94: Sharing a Love of History and Museums

December 7, 2017

When the Teen Innovators program at the Brooklyn Historical Society received the 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for youth programs, Shirley Brown Alleyne, ’94, the BHS’s manager of teaching and learning, couldn’t have been more...

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Larry Sundram, ’68: Helping Where He Can

Larry Sundram, ’68: Helping Where He Can

November 28, 2017

Growing up in India in a home with a dirt floor, Larry Sundram, ’68, never imagined he’d live the life he has in America, or achieve the professional success he did in the insurance business over the course of 35 years. But he did, and in gratitude, he has spent his retirement years giving...

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NU Alumnus Leo Schultz Leads Winning Team in National Business Plan Competition

NU Alumnus Leo Schultz Leads Winning Team in National Business Plan Competition

November 14, 2017

An online fitness, nutrition, and health training program marketplace co-founded by College of Business Administration alumnus Leo Schultz was awarded $500,000 during 43North’s business plan competition in October. It was the only local company that made it to the finals of the competition, which...

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Dr. Denise Poirier Maguire, B.S. ’76: Improving Outcomes in the NICU

Dr. Denise Poirier Maguire, B.S. ’76: Improving Outcomes in the NICU

November 2, 2017

Dr. Denise Poirier Maguire, B.S. ’76, found her calling while touring a neonatal intensive care unit during her studies in Niagara University’s College of Nursing. She has dedicated her life ever since to making the lives of these littlest patients, and their families, a bit easier.Denise first...

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Thomas Pleban, ’72: From Retirement to Entrepreneurship

Thomas Pleban, ’72: From Retirement to Entrepreneurship

October 10, 2017

When Thomas Pleban, ’72, retired in 2011 after a long and successful career in business—he was a purchasing agent for Bell Aerospace and a contract administrator for Comtech Research before joining Calspan Corp., where he moved up the management chain and ultimately bought the Buffalo, N.Y.,...

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James Lioi, ’15: Taking a Meaningful Detour

James Lioi, ’15: Taking a Meaningful Detour

June 12, 2017

Like most students who aspire to careers as physicians, James Lioi, ’15, applied to several medical schools during his senior year in the biology program at Niagara University. Unlike his peers, however, James’ path took a slight detour when he decided to take on a year of service in...

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Adrienne Kasbaum, ’12: Keeping NU Students Healthy

Adrienne Kasbaum, ’12: Keeping NU Students Healthy

March 2, 2017

When Adrienne Kasbaum, ’12, was a student in Niagara University’s nursing program, she loved the campus environment. Today, as director of NU’s Student Health Services, she still enjoys the beauty of Monteagle Ridge, as well as the people with whom she works and the students she...

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Jodie Papa, ’05: Making a Name for Herself

Jodie Papa, ’05: Making a Name for Herself

January 3, 2017

At 34, Jodie Papa, ’05, has already achieved success in the male-dominated field of public insurance adjustment. And, although she is following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, industry icons Ron Papa, ’74, and Frank Papa (president and chairman of National Fire Adjustment Co.,...

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