Alumni Spotlights

Cody Castiglia, ’12: Farm-to-Table Cooking, Italian Style

Cody Castiglia, ’12: Farm-to-Table Cooking, Italian Style

June 18, 2018

Cody Castiglia, ’12, grew up in a family of foodies, chefs, and restaurateurs. His parents and grandparents owned restaurants, and he remembers the allure of being creative in the kitchen; learning Italian classics from his grandmother, Loretta; and the enjoyment of serving others food he had...

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Katherine (Adams) Courtney, B.A.’03: Empowering women attorneys in Rochester and beyond

Katherine (Adams) Courtney, B.A.’03: Empowering women attorneys in Rochester and beyond

June 5, 2018

Nearly 300 female attorneys from the Rochester area belong to the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, and this year, Niagara University alumna Katherine (Adams) Courtney, B.A., ’03, has been chosen to lead them as their 36th president.Katie’s interest in law stemmed from an...

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Meet Niagara’s New Alumni Association President: Patrick Noonan, BA’03

Meet Niagara’s New Alumni Association President: Patrick Noonan, BA’03

May 31, 2018

Patrick Noonan, '03, is a proud Niagara alumnus and knows how the power of the Niagara connection can benefit one personally and professionally. And now, as he takes leadership of the Niagara University Alumni Association, he hopes to encourage others to reengage with their local chapters and their...

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Bob Sheehan, ’85: Bringing the Vincentian Tradition to Puerto Rico

Bob Sheehan, ’85: Bringing the Vincentian Tradition to Puerto Rico

May 8, 2018

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017, as a Category 4 hurricane, the worst natural disaster on record in that country. The devastation that resulted has been described as "apocalyptic": roofs were ripped off homes, flooding damaged neighborhoods, and the residents were...

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Kevin Di Camillo, B.A.’92, Comes Full Circle

Kevin Di Camillo, B.A.’92, Comes Full Circle

March 20, 2018

Kevin Di Camillo, B.A.’92, thought he’d work in his family’s bakery, as generations of Di Camillos had done before him. Instead, he became an editor, a poet, and a professor, and even briefly considered life as a priest.Throughout his high school years at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute,...

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Robert Ingrasci Jr., BBA’08: Paving his career path with his Niagara connections

Robert Ingrasci Jr., BBA’08: Paving his career path with his Niagara connections

March 1, 2018

Robert Ingrasci Jr., BBA’08, knew he’d be an accountant – he loved math, and an accounting class he took in high school convinced him that it was the ideal career for him.And, growing up in the Deveaux section of Niagara Falls, within walking distance of Niagara University, he also knew he’d...

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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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