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Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 64th Class

Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy Graduates 64th Class

The Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy graduated its 64th class during a ceremony held May 10 at Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum.

FBI Special Agent Jonathan Lacey was the ceremony’s keynote speaker. Lacey, as the crisis manager and training coordinator for the FBI’s Buffalo division, is responsible for ensuring that the FBI is always ready to respond to crisis situations in the Buffalo division’s 17-county territory. The Williamsville native graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Lacey said that, as he drove to Niagara, he was filled with a sense of optimism for the future. He would go on to use the term “promise” to describe what he saw in the 14 men and women seated to his right.

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO and AT&T to present Cyberbullying Facebook Live Event May 9 at 1 pm

WBFO-FM 88.7 and AT&T will present a Facebook Live panel event on cyberbullying on Tuesday, May 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Hosted by WBFO Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley, this online event is not simply to raise awareness of cyberbullying.  This program is about developing strategies that students, teachers and parents can use to minimize cyberbullying. The program will also provide online tools and resources to help facilitate conversations and make a cultural shift around this dangerous behavior.

The panel:

·       Tracy Rodemeyer, the mother of Jamey Rodemeyer, the Williamsville teen who was driven to suicide by cyberbullying in 2011.

·       Amanda Nickerson, Ph.d, Director of UB’s Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse prevention.

·       Daniela Wolfe, a social worker for the Amherst School District and serves as a Dignity Act Coordinator.

Niagara University Establishes Ostapenko Center For Race, Equality And Mission

Niagara University Establishes Ostapenko Center For Race, Equality And Mission

Niagara University announced today the creation of a new on-campus center that will advance the institution’s commitment to diversity and social justice.

The Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality and Mission, consistent with Niagara University’s Vincentian mission and interdisciplinary core, will be focused on race and equality, generating and applying research to cultivate exchange among faculty and students; engaging meaningfully with the broader community on initiatives that apply research to action; and integrating issues of race and equality into the teaching/learning environment at Niagara.

Making An IMPACT: Niagara University Transforms Its Approach To Service Learning

Making An IMPACT: Niagara University Transforms Its Approach To Service Learning

Niagara University – the only Western New York college or university that has been named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service every year since 2006 – is strategically transforming its approach to service learning and student engagement in the community.

‘Niagara Plunge’ Service Program Honored By Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club

‘Niagara Plunge’ Service Program Honored By Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club

The Niagara Plunge, a three-day pre-orientation program for first-year students that immerses them in Niagara University’s Catholic and Vincentian identity and mission, received the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club’s Community Service Award during an event held today at the Como Restaurant.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: Niagara University Among Nation’s Top 100 Private College Values

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: Niagara University Among Nation’s Top 100 Private College Values

For the third time since September, a national publication has praised the return on investment that Niagara University offers to students.

Robert And Lynda Engel Make $500,000 Gift To Levesque Scholarship

Robert And Lynda Engel Make $500,000 Gift To Levesque Scholarship

A $500,000 gift from Robert and Lynda Engel will be used to support the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Endowed Scholarship at Niagara University.

Robert Engel is a 1975 graduate of Niagara University and a member of its Board of Trustees.

The contribution brings the endowed scholarship fund over $1 million. The scholarship, established in 2013 to honor the 13-year service of Father Levesque, Niagara University’s 25th president, helps offset tuition costs for NU students from rural communities in Western New York’s eight counties.

“We are extremely grateful to Bob and Lynda for the numerous ways that they support Niagara University, our mission and our students,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president. “This gift is a tremendous manifestation of the Engels’ abiding generosity, which is rooted in a commitment to provide young people with access to an excellent education that’s framed by Catholic and Vincentian values.”