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10:33 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Niagara University named 11 times on NPR list of best commencement speeches

Niagara University students graduating.
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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.

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5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

NU President sees opportunites ahead for college

Niagara University James Maher shared his optimistic vision with alumni Wednesday night.
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Niagara University President Father James Maher admits these are challenging times for those in higher education.

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7:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Friendship Dinner brings global cultures together

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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.

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10:11 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Former Somali PM says nation is recovering

Abdiweli Ali, former prime minister of Somalia, is an associate professor economics at Niagara University
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A former prime minister of Somalia says the country is starting to turn around after decades of civil war and devastation.

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2:50 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Chris Casey hired as Niagara men's basketball coach

Chris Casey will take over the post vacated by former Niagara coach Joe Mihalich.

Niagara University has hired Long Island University Post's Chris Casey as the Purple Eagles men's basketball coach.

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2:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Rev. James Maher named president of Niagara University


Niagara University has chosen a new leader. Rev. James J. Maher was introduced Wednesday afternoon at the University's Castellani Art Museum.

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2:45 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Niagara U leader to step down at end of school year

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Niagara University President Rev. Joseph Levesque announced Tuesday he will be stepping down.

WBFO's Chris Caya reports on the Niagara University leader stepping down.

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4:17 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Theater Community Mourns the Death of Brother Augustine Towey

Brother Augustine Towey (1937-2012)
Credit Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

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.

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3:08 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Falls man sentenced for killing Niagara student

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.

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