Returning to the Ridge

Niagara University welcomed more than 440 graduates of classes ending in 4s and 9s and their guests to Monteagle Ridge during Alumni Weekend 2014. Activities included traditional favorites such as the annual golf outing, the Welcome Back Party, ReunionFest, and the Alumni Celebration Dinner. This year, a special Mass and brunch to celebrate alumni who graduated more than 50 years ago were added to the weekend’s festivities.

The reunion also provided an opportunity for Niagara to honor several of its graduates. Sister Evanne Hunter, IBVM, M.S.Ed.’79, and Capt. (Ret.) Rocco LaRocca, ’39, D.D.S., USN, received Alumni of Distinction awards; Brian, ’68, and Kathleen Cichy Mylod, ’69, were named Alumni of the Year; and Dr. Thomas Summers, ’84, received the Dunleavy Award.

In addition, a number of alumni were recognized during special ceremonies held in conjunction with the weekend. Tomasina Cook, ’00, M.S.’05, and Helene Wiens, M.S.Ed.’07, were named Counselors of the Year; and Ronni McGrath, ’01, M.S.Ed.’11, was named Teacher of the Year at the College of Education’s annual professional recognition dinner. The Niagara University Nursing Alumni Council bestowed awards for Clinical Excellence, Community Health, and Leadership (respectively) to Ann Venuto, ’64, Judith Quigley Ruse, ’69, and Col. (Ret.) Lorraine Fritz, ’84, and honored Barbara Malinowski, ’59, for Lifetime Excellence in Nursing Practice at a Saturday afternoon reception. The military science program inducted alums Joseph Sheridan, ’69, and Col. (Ret.) George Crowe, ’54, into the ROTC Hall of Fame during the Alumni Celebration Dinner.

A club and intramural sports reunion, several athletics matches, receptions for the Golden Eagle Class of 1964 and the Silver Eagle Class of 1989, and a renewal of marriage vows wrapped up a picture-perfect fall weekend of events.

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