Alumni Weekend 2011

Niagara University welcomed graduates of the classes ending in 1s and 6s to Alumni Weekend 2011, held Oct. 6, 7, and 8 on the university’s campus. Traditional favorites like the annual golf outing, the Welcome Back Party, and the Alumni Dinner-Dance were offered along with newer activities, such as ReunionFest and a wine tasting. Alumni even had the opportunity to create their very wn Montes, complete with a customized Niagara University Alumni Weekend T-shirt, during a “Build-a-Bird” event in the Gallagher Center. Niagara University’s military history was in the spotlight during the Pantheon of Warriors, a ceremony that recognized graduates of the ROTC program who were commissioned, called to active duty and served during a wartime period.

Among the alumni who were honored during the weekend were Robert Daino, '66, who received the Alumni Award, and William Gacioch, '61, who recieved the Dunleavy Award.

In addition, a number of alumni were recognized with awards from the univerisity's colleges and the Nursing Alumni Council: Magistrate Judge Hugh Scott, '71; Dr. James Finnerty, '51; Edward Riedlinger, '71; Edward Marinucci Jr., '86; David Froelke, '71; Marcia Barnes, '49; and Margaret Campbell-Kotler, '71.

Eight graduates of the university’s ROTC program were inducted into the program’s Hall of Fame Saturday morning. Lt. Col. John F. Fielding, ’61; Maj. Gen. Vincent E. Boles, ’76; Brig. Gen.Joseph F. Conlon III, ’64; Brig. Gen. Robert J. Winzinger, ’66; Col. Thomas A. Blanchfield, ’51; Col. Donald H. Jones,’61; Lt. Col. Lawrence W. Yager, ’61; and 1st Lt. John T.Mitchell Jr., ’51, became the most recent members to be inducted since the Hall of Fame was established in 2005.

For the more than 350 alumni who attended, the weekend was a wonderful way to reunite, rediscover and relive their NU memories.