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Speaking Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery, President Obama said he is still not satisfied with the care veterans receive from the VA. One disabled Vietnam veteran who spoke locally Wednesday would agree.

We have two musicals with somewhat different target audiences this week - PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL and MATILDA THE MUSICAL.

In a popular Cole Porter musical we are advised to “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” while the cast sings about “Another Opening, Another Show.” Here in our area, starting last night and going through this weekend we have six (6!) openings (including Shakespeare) from which to choose. And that’s in July! Buffalo is definitely not in Kansas anymore.

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Historians from across the state are bringing their knowledge to the Western New York area this week. Museum employees, archivists, librarians, and more will take part in the 36th annual conference on New York State History at Niagara University from Thursday, June 18th, to Saturday, June 20th. The three-day event aims to draw many teachers to the table, as their participation may be key to the state’s future.

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The U.S. ambassador to Canada says the two countries are getting along well, in North America and around the world. Ambassador Bruce Heyman was at Niagara University last night to speak to the graduate commencement.

The 2015 Pulitzer Prizes were announced early this week and "Between Riverside and Crazy" by Stephen Adly Guirgis won for drama, a work written with Buffalo actor and UB teacher Stephen McKinley Henderson in mind.

As the nomination period for the Tony Awards draws close, Anthony ventures to Broadway to take in the musical "On the 20th Century" with Kristen Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher, "The Audience" with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, and "Disgraced" presenting the real lives of Disney princesses - and it's NOT for children (just those who once were).  Meanwhile, both stages at the Alleyway Theatre Complex are busy.

Panelists say Buffalo ‘Renaissance’ is real

Dec 5, 2014
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Buffalo’s ‘Renaissance’ is real, at least if you ask the panelists who participated in a forum held at Niagara University Friday. The hour-long discussion put together by university students, focused on the dynamics that are helping to change the city’s image.

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Plans were announced Wednesday for the first Big 4 Basketball Classic on Saturday, November 29, at First Niagara Center. Planners may have scored with fans by designing special throwback uniforms that feature the colors of the Buffalo Braves.

Niagara University is observing its Vincentian heritage this week.  Saint Vincent de Paul, a 17th century French priest, was best known for his devotion to helping those most in need.  Wednesday, Niagara staged a panel discussion to explore a timely social topic from a Vincentian perspective by delving into the immigration issue.

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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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Niagara University President Father James Maher admits these are challenging times for those in higher education.

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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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A former prime minister of Somalia says the country is starting to turn around after decades of civil war and devastation.

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

Rev. James Maher named president of Niagara University

Mar 13, 2013

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

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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.

Falls man sentenced for killing Niagara student

Sep 19, 2012

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.