News from the Nest

Letter from the Alumni Association President

Dear fellow alumni,

My term as president of the Niagara University Alumni Association is ending. These past two years have been busy and rewarding, and I am thankful for the support and encouragement I received from the executive committee, the NUAA board, and especially, Art Cardella. Art was a driving force behind the reinstatement of the NUAA, and his drive and determination to grow alumni involvement made my term very enjoyable. I personally want to thank him for his dedication to Niagara and wish him well as he retires this summer.

I would also like to thank my family for their support and encouragement during my term as president. My wife and children continue to be my constant source of energy. The memory of my father and his role as alumni president was a constant reminder of the importance of this association, and I feel very fortunate to have followed in his footsteps. The Byrne legacy will always be alive and strong in Syracuse.

The initiatives we identified for the NUAA, including community involvement, social networking “apps,” and continued direct contact with our alums, will be undertaken by the next NUAA president, but we need your support, as well, to make this board strong. I urge all Niagara graduates to reach out to your chapter leaders and get involved so we can continue our growth and you can stay connected to our great university.

There are a lot of exciting things happening on campus, due in great part to the successful completion of the Promise of Niagara capital campaign. There are new buildings and new students on campus, and the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, scheduled to open in fall 2013, is under construction. Please plan to visit this new complex on your next trip to campus.

Although my term as president is over, my work with the NUAA will continue. I will serve in my role as a board member in central New York and as a member of the executive committee. Please contact me or any NUAA member to stay connected or reconnect with Niagara. The pride of the Purple Eagles will continue to grow with your support.

Martin F. Byrne Sr., ’78
President, Niagara University Alumni Association