Alumni Association Update

Alumni Association President's Message

Dear fellow alumni,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this first letter as I begin my term as Niagara University Alumni Association president. I want to express a great deal of gratitude to Dr. Greg Hudecki, ’68. Greg took the lead in 2007 when we reformed the NUAA. His leadership and outlook gave the Alumni Association the direction it needed to thrive and to grow. Please join me in acknowledging Greg for everything we have accomplished in the past three years.

Alumni Weekend 2010 is a very recent memory. I attended with my wife, Cathy, and we enjoyed events throughout the three days, filled with old and new friends, golf, class gatherings, the dinner-dance, great October weather, a “short” visit to Devil’s Hole, and quality time with my son, Sean, currently a freshman at Niagara. The mood I experienced during the weekend was quite positive. I echo the statements I heard and offer my thanks and congratulations to Art Cardella, Jaclyn Rossi, and Amy Morgan, our alumni relations staff, for making this a very memorable weekend for everyone.

I look forward with enthusiasm to my tenure as president and ask for your assistance and support. In the past three years, the Alumni Association board has grown with new members, new chapters, and expanded chapter events. We have a new executive committee to assist with our growth. I ask that you review the list of alumni events, chapter leader and board member names, and reach out to offer your assistance. Please take time to update your e-mail address and get involved. We need your help NOW!

Our new green initiative invites you to explore the Eagle’s Nest to stay in contact with Niagara. With a simple weekly visit to the Eagle’s Nest, you will be certain to have all the latest information regarding alumni events near you. Please reach out to those alumni who coordinate these events. We are a strong and proud group of Purple Eagles!

I will conclude with one personal note. The position of president of the Niagara University Alumni Association is very familiar to my family. My father, James Byrne, served as Alumni Association president from 1978 through 1982. His strong feelings and dedication to Niagara carried throughout our entire family. I am honored and humbled to fill this role and will strive to continue the great Niagara tradition which he started in the 1940s.

Thank you,

Martin F. Byrne Sr. President, Niagara University Alumni Association