News from the Nest

A Letter from Martin Byrne, '78, Alumni Association President

Dear fellow alumni,

Alumni Weekend 2011 is a recent memory. It was great to attend the exciting events and talk to the alumni who came back for the weekend. These alumni were some of the first to see the newest construction project on campus, the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences. This state-of-the-art complex was financed in part by the generosity of Mr. Golisano, chairman of Paychex, Inc., and is a priority of the “Promise of Niagara” capital campaign.

The reunion wasn’t the only event bringing our alumni together. The Alumni Relations Office hosted a number of functions over the summer, including Saratoga Day at the Races; a boat cruise on the MoondanceCat on Lake Erie in Buffalo; presidential receptions in Dallas, Fort Worth, Buffalo, and New York City; and golf events in Rochester and Niagara Falls. It also sponsored the Niagara Legacy — Alumni of Distinction award ceremony, which was held on campus Sept. 29. Karen Ballard, ’66, was honored with this prestigious award in recognition of her distinguished career in clinical nursing practice, education and organizational leadership. Please join me in congratulating Karen!

On a somber note, U.S. Army Col. Paul J. McCarthy, ’60, passed away July 28. Paul was a strong supporter of Niagara University and a member of the NUAA board. In 1995, Paul received NU’s Alumni of the Year Award. The Niagara community offers its thoughts and prayers for Paul and his family.

The initiatives I mentioned in my last letter continue to be a main priority for the Niagara University Alumni Association’s executive committee and board of directors. These include strengthening existing chapters and adding new ones; continuing alumni involvement on Facebook; encouraging alumni to become active in community service projects; and growing alumni involvement in local and campus activities. Please continue your active role with these very important initiatives, or,if you are not yet involved, consider becoming a member of our great organization. Contact anyone on our board or in the Alumni Relations Office to join the NUAA, or to share your thoughts and ideas. Our success is linked directly to your involvement.Please continue to show your pride in Niagara. Go Purple Eagles!