Alumni Spotlights

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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Sara Vescio, ’00: Community Changemaker

Sara Vescio, ’00: Community Changemaker

January 3, 2017

For some, the journey of life is on a winding road, filled with false starts and abrupt stops, wrong turns and do-overs. For others, like Sara Vescio, ’00, the path is straight, the direction clear, and each sojourn along the way prepares them for their next destination.Sara grew up on Grand...

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Kyle Bajor, ’13, Joe Hotchkiss, ’14, and Michael Lewis, M.S.Ed.’08: Restaurateurs in the Power City

Kyle Bajor, ’13, Joe Hotchkiss, ’14, and Michael Lewis, M.S.Ed.’08: Restaurateurs in the Power City

October 13, 2016

It’s not often that a class assignment leads to a career. But when business management majors Kyle Bajor, ’13, and Joe Hotchkiss, ’14, developed a business plan for a deli and sandwich shop in a business course during Kyle’s final semester, it started them on the path to entrepreneurship....

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The Librarians

The Librarians

October 6, 2016

Three NU Alumnae Help Meet the Informational and Lifelong Learning Needs of the Niagara CommunityNU alumnae Samantha Gust, M.A.’11, Melissa Langridge, M.S.Ed.’15, and Bridget (Schumacher) Doloresco, ’04, are three of the Niagara library’s six full-time librarians. Having an NU degree on...

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Elizabeth Siematkowski, M.S.Ed.’11: Sharing Buffalo’s Stories

Elizabeth Siematkowski, M.S.Ed.’11: Sharing Buffalo’s Stories

September 27, 2016

As a former competitive figure skater, Elizabeth Siematkowski, M.S.Ed.’11, knew the importance of self-care and personal wellbeing. She also knew that the college years were an especially important time for young men and women and wanted to help them navigate the life issues, concerns and...

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