The beginning of the academic year is always a very exciting time on the Niagara campus. It’s a time of fresh beginnings, new students, and the promise of a fun and challenging year.
Today, however, I wanted to reflect on a different Niagara University; one with which you may not be familiar: Niagara in the summertime. As a student, you probably didn’t have the chance to enjoy the longer summer days on campus, or see all the activity that takes place on Monteagle Ridge between the spring and fall semesters.
In June, for example, Niagara hosted a very successful conference for the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. This four-day event brought high school and college education administrators to the campus for lectures, seminars and social events, and enabled them to see our beautiful campus and the wonderful facilities we offer for students.
You may have also heard that the Buffalo Sabres held developmental practices in the Dwyer Arena in early July. Those practices brought many hockey fans to Niagara to see the future of the Sabres. In late July, we were very proud to host both women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse as part of the region’s Empire State Games. These events brought people from all over New York state to our campus.
Niagara also held the BRAVO Workshop with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where high school and college musicians honed their skills while working with members of the BPO, including maestro Jo Ann Falletta.
Summer at Niagara also is a time for summer camps. Each year we look forward to seeing the fresh young faces of the area’s youth as they converge on NU for camps focused on soccer, basketball, science, art and theatre, to name a few. I had the pleasure of reading a book to a group of youngsters and they sang a delightful song for me about friendship and happy times together.
It’s wonderful to have all of these guests come and experience our campus. For many of them, it’s a new experience, and we are always proud to show off our surroundings. For people who may have been here before, it’s an opportunity to see the fantastic changes that have been made to the Niagara campus in recent years. New building construction, upgraded athletic facilities and new landscaping have greatly enhanced the campus environment. If you haven’t been on campus recently I invite you to come back to Niagara to see a sporting event, enjoy a musical at the new theatre or enjoy a picnic on the front lawn with your family. Niagara has a wonderful campus and we love to share it with everyone so that it becomes our Niagara family and friends’ community.
I would also invite you to share any ideas you may have about other events we could host at Niagara, especially in the summer when we have more space available. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and allow us to offer groups an ideal setting for seminars and events of any size.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you about your experience at Niagara University and welcome your comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you all,
Joseph L. Levesque, C.M.