Niagara University was recognized 11 times on an NPR list of Best Commencement Speeches, Ever. NPR issued its list of more than 300 graduation speeches dating back to 1774. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO'S Eileen Buckley has a rundown of Niagara's past commencement speakers that made the big list.
Niagara University welcomed the fifth annual Friendship Dinner of Buffalo's Turkish Cultural Center to the Castellani Art Museum Monday night, with a theme of Embracing the World through Education and Service.
The area theater community is mourning the death of Brother Augustine Towey, who founded the Niagara University Theatre shortly after arriving at the University in 1963 as a English professor.
Brother Towey, known to friends, colleagues and students simply as "Bro," built the theater group into a nationally renowned undergraduate theater program. He retired from Niagara in 2005, and died in Philadelphia yesterday after a long illness. He was 75.
A Niagara Falls man was sentenced Wednesday for the shooting death of a Niagara University student last December.
Eighteen-year-old Gordon Jackson faces 21 years-to-life in state prison. The victim, Brandon Johnson of Rochester, was shot in the head with a shotgun during a robbery attempt at his apartment close to the Niagara campus on December 8, 2011.
Through a plea deal, a trial was avoided and Jackson's sentence was reduced from a possible 40 years-to-life.