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First Ever 'Niagara4U' Familiarization Tour Set for Saturday

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.– Niagara University, in conjunction with Niagara Rises and the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC), is offering incoming and transfer students the opportunity to participate in the first ever Niagara4U Tour on September 18, 2010. 

The five-hour familiarization tour will take students to several prominent locations throughout western Niagara County, including the New York Power Authority, Goat Island and the Maid of the Mist, and feature greetings from Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster and Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano.

Niagara University students are able to sign up for the tour at the university’s campus activities office.

The Niagara4U Tour is the result of a collaborative effort between Niagara University – namely Bernadette Brennen, assistant to the academic vice president, David Taylor Ph.D., associate professor of criminal justice, Bill Newton, assistant director of campus activities and Mike Skowronski, employee relations coordinator – and Frank Thomas Croisdale, Colleen Kulikowski and Georgia Brannan of Niagara Rises, a grassroots organization dedicated to attracting young people to Niagara County, and the NTCC. 

The initiative was developed to expose the incoming college students to the greater community by providing them with access to local attractions and merchants.

“Our vision is that these students, as the newest members of the Niagara community, will fully embrace their new home once they are able to see all that the region has to offer,” stated Brennen. “Ultimately, we hope that these young men and women will consider residing and establishing businesses in the area when their studies are completed.”

The tour begins at 10 a.m. with a “welcome breakfast” at the New York Power Authority, where local leaders will speak to the student participants.  The students will then board buses and take tours of Lewiston, the Town of Niagara and Niagara Falls, stopping periodically in various business districts. The tour will proceed to Niagara Falls State Park before concluding with a mini “Taste of Niagara” at the Rapids Theater. All participants will receive gift bags stuffed with items from Niagara area businesses. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For information, please contact Frank Thomas Croisdale, president of Niagara Rises, at (716) 201-2611.

Niagara University

Founded by the Vincentian Community in 1856, Niagara University is a private liberal arts university with a strong, values-based Catholic tradition. Its four academic divisions include the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. The university also maintains an Academic Exploration Program that provides a learning community for students who are undecided about their major.


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