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Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

Distracted Driving Awareness Month nears its end, but the issue is an every problem for all

By Marissa Shorenstein, New York President of AT&T and Anthony Spada, President-CEO, AAA Western and Central New York

When you’re driving and your phone makes that familiar “ding” sound, what do you do? Sadly, that’s a life or death question. Every day, nine Americans die from distracted driving such as texting and checking their phones. In New York State alone, there’s an 840 percent increase in tickets issued for texting while driving since 2011. How come? Because some drivers don’t believe It Can Wait.

It Can Wait is the name of AT&T’s campaign to educate motorists on the dangers of texting while driving. As New Yorkers mark another Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it’s a shame this dangerous behavior continues. Despite the number of crashes, life-altering injuries and preventable fatalities, drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk.

Niagara University Student Megan Rogers Named 2016 Newman Civic Fellow

Niagara University Student Megan Rogers Named 2016 Newman Civic Fellow

Megan Rogers, a sophomore business major at Niagara University, has been named a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for demonstrating outstanding leadership and civic engagement. The Lewiston native is among 218 students in the country to receive the award.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turned Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turned Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference powered by AT&T, an interactive event built to bring together a diverse group of people, so they may share their knowledge on topics they are passionate about through presentations, demos, and open discussions, returned to downtown Buffalo last Saturday (April 16, 2016) by popular demand for its second year. The free conference was open to the public and was hosted at VCAMP Health Accelerator in downtown Buffalo. The more than 250 innovative and creative attendees were encouraged to either participate by presenting on topics such as technology, entrepreneurship, programming, art, music, volunteerism, writing, or virtually any creative subject or sit in the various presentations to learn a new creative skill or passion.  The Buffalo Unconference powered by AT&T organizers curated the talks and categorized them into six different tracks of speakers that ran concurrently and attendees chose which talks to attend. 

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

Buffalo Unconference Powered by AT&T Turns Attendees in to Presenters

 

Free Self-organizing conference returns to provide for an opportunity for the collision of ideas and collaboration; hundreds of Western New Yorker to spend April 16th teaching each other new innovative skills

 

Changes In U.S.-Cuba Relations Prompt Niagara University Students To Explore Havana

Changes In U.S.-Cuba Relations Prompt Niagara University Students To Explore Havana

The United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations in July 2015. As a result, Americans are permitted to travel to Cuba as long as their purpose falls within 12 broad categories of activities, including “educational activities by persons at academic institutions.”

And now a new course on Cuban politics and society at Niagara University includes an intensive two-week research program in Havana and its surrounding areas.

The faculty-led, field-based research component of Cuban Politics & Society (POL 398) will take place May 16-29, 2016.

Storyteller Laura Packer To Keynote Women’s History Month Event

Storyteller Laura Packer To Keynote Women’s History Month Event

Students and faculty members at Niagara University have planned several events to celebrate Women’s History Month.

The nonprofit organization To Write Love on Her Arms will hold a discussion Tuesday, March 15, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Gallagher Center. Audience members will participate in self-love and self-empowerment exercises, including writing “Dear Body” letters, and learn about mental health.

A Special Gift in Buffalo for Observance of International Women's Day

A Special Gift in Buffalo for Observance of International Women's Day

 

In observance of International Women's Day, Leslie Jean of American Style Tribal Bellydance, Euhpraxia - created a series of images, to feature on her Instagram account. 

This ongoing project honors women whom she has been inspired by, taught by, loved by and loved in return, mentored by, motivated by,  and humbled by. 

You can view the entire album starting HERE on Facebook. 

Thank you Leslie for showing the rest of us how to be grateful for the immense artistic and diverse community that is Buffalo, Western New York and our world.