Opening Remarks

Opening Remarks

It is that wonderful time of year again when we welcome a new class of students to Niagara University. What a great challenge and privilege we have to educate and learn with the students of today, just as it was years ago when you were a student on Monteagle Ridge.

Interestingly enough, this is also that time of year when we celebrate Alumni Weekend, welcoming home the many graduates who once were students here and who come back to be with one another and share the great memories of their alma mater.

God has given us so many gifts. We have outstanding graduates and we continue to receive great numbers of enthusiastic learners who want to make sure that their education makes a difference in their lives, and discover how they can make a positive impact in our world.

We are also grateful for the Vincentians who continue to be an integral part of the university. This year, Fr. John Maher left NU for Rome to work with the General Curia on special publications for the community around the world; and Fr. Tom McKenna left us to become director of the Daughters of Charity in the new Province of St. Louis.

At the same time, we are happy to welcome back Fr. John Gouldrick who will serve as assistant to the president for mission development, as well as Fr. Kevin Creagh, our new associate vice president for campus ministry. In addition to these men, we have been blessed with many members of our faculty, staff and administration who, in recent years, have taken part in programs that focus on Vincentian and Catholic education, spirituality and formation.

During nearly every meeting I attend, the conversation turns to the importance of our mission at NU, that is to continue to be an excellent university that is both Catholic and Vincentian. Sincere thanks to you, our alumni, for witnessing on behalf of this mission, one that inspired you as students and that carry with you in various ministries around the globe.

I have the privilege of communicating with all of you in each issue of our Eagle magazine, and I like to thank you for all that you have done to make NU the great university that it is today. It is also my opportunity to call you to do even more for the present and future students of Niagara University and your fellow alumni as well.

Tell each other your stories, advise us of your successes and challenges, and let us know how Niagara has been an important part of shaping the person that you are today.

Be proud, dear alumni. You certainly make all of us at NU very proud of you.

God bless you, and if you wish to let us know more about yourself, your family, your work and your outstanding accomplishments, please contact me at jll@niagara.edu.