Niagara University

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Niagara University
Nulogo.png
MottoUt Omnes Te Cognoscant ("That All May Know You")
Established1856
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationCongregation of the Mission (Catholic)
Endowment$77.5 million[1]
PresidentJames J. Maher, C.M.
Academic staff159
Students4,200
Undergraduates3,300
LocationLewiston, NY, USA
Campus

Suburban

Acceptance Rate: 69%
Athletics18 NCAA Division I varsity teams, MAAC except ice hockey men-Atlantic Hockey
ColorsPurple and White          
NicknamePurple Eagles
MascotMonte
Websitewww.niagara.edu
Niagara University
 
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Niagara University
Nulogo.png
MottoUt Omnes Te Cognoscant ("That All May Know You")
Established1856
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationCongregation of the Mission (Catholic)
Endowment$77.5 million[1]
PresidentJames J. Maher, C.M.
Academic staff159
Students4,200
Undergraduates3,300
LocationLewiston, NY, USA
Campus

Suburban

Acceptance Rate: 69%
Athletics18 NCAA Division I varsity teams, MAAC except ice hockey men-Atlantic Hockey
ColorsPurple and White          
NicknamePurple Eagles
MascotMonte
Websitewww.niagara.edu
Niagara University
Niagara University sign.jpg

Niagara University is a Catholic university in the Vincentian tradition, located in the town of Lewiston in Niagara County, New York. It is run by the Congregation of the Mission.

Niagara has 3,300 undergraduate students in 50 academic programs. Approximately half of the students are residents, while the other half commutes from the surrounding area. The college is known as a liberal arts school, but offers programs in technical and pre-professional disciplines as well.

History[edit]

Originally founded by the Congregation of the Mission in 1856 as Our Lady of Angels Seminary, the school moved from Buffalo to its current location on May 1, 1857. After 26 years on its new campus, The College and Seminary of Our Lady of Angels officially changed its name to Niagara University on August 7, 1883. The University is still run by the Vincentian Fathers. All of Niagara's 26 presidents, including its current president, Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., have been Vincentian priests.

Academics[edit]

Undergraduate students are able to choose an area of study in any of Niagara's four academic colleges. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, NU's Academic Exploration Program allows first and second year students take courses in various departments before deciding on a major.

College of Arts and Sciences[edit]

The College of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the Niagara University's curriculum and serves as the basis for its designation as a liberal arts college. All Niagara students complete a portion of their coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences, as numerous general education courses are housed within this unit.

A majority of Niagara's academic departments and faculty are housed within Arts and Sciences, including: Biochemistry/Chemistry, Biology/Life Sciences, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, History, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Nursing, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Sciences, Social Work, and Theater Studies.

In 2008, Niagara University announced that a $10 million gift, the largest gift in the university's history, had been made to the College of Arts and Sciences by B. Thomas Golisano, the CEO of Paychex and the former owner of the Buffalo Sabres.[2] The gift funded the construction of the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences. The school broke ground on the center during the 2011-2012 school year and the 50,000 sq/ft facility opened in August, 2013.

After the College of Nursing graduated its final class in 2003, Niagara created the Department of Nursing in the College of Arts and Sciences to offer an RN to BS in Nursing Completion Program. The program offers a flexible degree-completion format for the working nurse, which builds upon the foundation gained in their associate and diploma programs. For the first time in over ten years, Niagara will offer accelerated B.S. traditional four-year B.S. pre-licensure programs during the 2013-2014 school year.

College of Business[edit]

With programs in Accounting, Business Administration, and Commerce, the College of Business continues to enhance its academic standing at the local, regional, and national levels. Each year, students in the College of Business conduct tax return processing as a community service for area residents.

On January 23, 2006, the University announced a gift of $5 million from College of Business alumnus Gerald Bisgrove, Class of 1968. At the time, it was the largest single gift in Niagara's 150-year history. $4.5 million of this gift has been appropriated to expand the College of Business facilities. Groundbreaking occurred on this project in May 2006, and Bisgrove Hall was opened to the public in August 2007. The remainder of Mr. Bisgrove's gift will be allocated to academic scholarships in the College of Business.

College of Education[edit]

Niagara has a long-standing commitment to training teachers for K-12 schools. Education students major in the College of Education and can often specialize in a wide variety of concentrations. Student teaching takes place in area schools, many of which are located in local districts. Niagara offers programs in elementary education, middle childhood, and adolescent education, as well as programs in special education and TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

College of Hospitality and Tourism Management[edit]

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Niagara's newest, is an offshoot of earlier tourism programs at the university. The College includes course offerings on tourism, hotel, restaurant, recreation, and sports management. Many students supplement their classroom experience with internships in local hotels as well as luxury hotels around the world. In addition, the College boasts popular study abroad programs in Lake Como, Italy; Cusco, Peru and Bad Honef, Germany.

The College of Hospitality and Tourism Management is ranked 6th in the nation among hospitality programs[citation needed]. In recent years, graduates have a near-100% job placement rate[citation needed]. Faculty members come from around the world and most hold the terminal degree in their field. The College is located on the top floors of the newly renovated St. Vincent's Hall, which features a modern hotel atrium and spectacular views of the Niagara River Gorge and Canada.

The College is also a founding member of The Leading Hotel Schools of the World, a partnership between 9 hotel schools around the world with The Leading Hotels of the World. This partnership allows Niagara Students the privilege of interning at one of Leading's 450 five star hotels around the world.

Graduate Education[edit]

Niagara currently offers master's degrees in Business Administration, Counseling, Criminal Justice Administration, Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Sports Management. The University's first Ph.D. program was launched in 2011 with the addition of a PH.D. in Leadership and Policy to its academic offerings.

In addition to the graduate programs offered on its American campus, NU's Masters in Educational Leadership is available on the satellite campus in Ontario, Canada.

Continuing Education[edit]

In the past five years, Niagara's renewed emphasis on community enrichment and regional development has produced a substantial increase in its continuing education offerings. Currently, over 1000 students register annually for online courses and certificate programs. In addition to biannual brochures distributed throughout the Niagara Frontier, the Continuing Education website provides access to registration information online. The Continuing Education division also coordinates the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy for the county. This academy trains police officers as well as civilians who want to enter the law enforcement area.

Residence life[edit]

A statue of St. Vincent de Paul talking to students, which is common to all Vincentian Universities in the United States.

Niagara University features 5 traditional residence halls as wells as 6 community houses called the Varsity Village and on-campus student apartments. Traditional buildings include Clet, Lynch, O’Donoughue, O'Shea, and Seton Halls.

ROTC[edit]

The Reserve Officers Training Corps of the Army has an award-winning unit at Niagara. ROTC students participate in regular university classes and majors, as well as military science instruction throughout their college careers. Each Tuesday and Thursday, cadets participate in military lab exercises and, by tradition, wear their army combat uniforms (ACU) to classes for the remainder of the day (completely optional). On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, ROTC students wake up early to participate in physical training exercises.

Campus Activities[edit]

The Campus Activities Office, along with the Niagara University Student Government Association, sponsors numerous opportunities to get involved in campus life, including concerts, comedians, and weekly late-night events. Currently, Delta Chi Epsilon and nationally affiliated chapterTau Kappa Epsilon are the two active fraternities on campus. There are also two active national sororities, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Phi Sigma Sigma. There is a Hispanic culture club on campus as well called Bienvenidos.

The Niagara Index[edit]

The Niagara Index, originally called the Niagara Tribute, was the school's newspaper, which ceased publication in 2012. The first issue of the Tribute was published on January 1, 1870, making it the third oldest sporadically-published college newspaper in the United States at the time of its closure. The next year, the Tribute was renamed the Index Niagarensis, Latin for its current title, which was adopted on December 15, 1874. The Index's founder and original editor was Fr. John W. Hickey, C.M.

WNIA[edit]

In the mid-2000s, Niagara's radio station became an internet-only broadcast, changing its name from WRNU to WNIA. It is currently streamed online at http://wnia.niagara.edu/ as well as on campus channel twenty. The station, whose programming and staff is comprised entirely of student DJs, features multiple genres of music as well as sports and talk shows.

Castellani Art Museum[edit]

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University is centrally located on the main campus and is Niagara County’s only collecting museum. The museum features exhibitions of nationally-known and emerging contemporary artists and traditional folk arts. The museum owns a permanent collection of over 5,700 art works, most of which are from the 19th-century, modern and contemporary art movements.

The Niagara University Fine Arts Program has studio and classroom space in the Museum for students. The Museum is dedicated to facilitating art educational programs for students of the University, as well as other schools in the area and cultural organizations. Docent and volunteer programs are offered to any interested member of the community.

The Bachelors Degree in Art History with Museum Studies has been offered since the fall of 2013, and is now one of the very few places in the country that offer Museum Studies at an undergraduate level.

Athletics[edit]

Main article: Niagara Purple Eagles

The Niagara University Athletics Department sponsors 18 Division I sports. The Purple Eagles compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in all sports except ice hockey. The men's ice hockey team competes in Atlantic Hockey. Niagara named Simon Gray as its athletics director on May 16, 2014.

The men's basketball team won the MAAC Championship in 2005 and in 2007, earning automatic bids to the 2005 and 2007's NCAA tournaments, known colloquially as the "Big Dance". Niagara's first appearance in the Dance came in 1970, when All-American Calvin Murphy led the Purple Eagles to the Sweet Sixteen. On March 13, 2007, Niagara defeated Florida A&M 77-69 in the so-called "Play-In Game". NU was crowned the 2012-2013 MAAC regular season champions. This title earned them an automatic bid into the NIT where they faced the University of Maryland in the first round.

The men's hockey team won the College Hockey America Championship in 2000, 2004 and 2008, appearing in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship those years. In 2000, the "Purps" upset the University of New Hampshire to advance to the Elite Eight.

Two years later, the women's hockey team, under head coach Margot Page, shocked the college hockey world by advancing to the Frozen Four, eventually tying the University of Minnesota in the third-place game.

Four other Niagara teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in their respective sports: softball (1998); women's soccer (2006); women's tennis (2003 & 2005); and women's volleyball (2009 & 2010).

The Athletics Department also operates the Kiernan Center—Niagara's on-campus fitness facility—and sponsors a comprehensive slate of intramural sports, including basketball, broomball, flag football, indoor soccer, softball, street hockey, and rugby union.

Community service[edit]

The Niagara University Community Action Program (NUCAP) and Learn & Serve Niagara are the lead offices for the university's renowned community service program. All Niagara students are encouraged to give back to their community by participating in the numerous NUCAP and Learn & Serve opportunities offered throughout the academic year. Many courses at Niagara include a service learning component as a part of the class curriculum. Generations of Niagara students have served as volunteers for area nursing homes, hospitals, and schools, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the Upper Mountain Volunteer Fire Company, among others.

Notable alumni[edit]

Niagara has approximately 40,000 living alumni worldwide. Niagara alumni are distinguishing themselves in the fields of academics, government, law, religion, and sports

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2011. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2011 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2010 to FY 2011" (PDF). 2012 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ Rey, Jay (2008-10-08). "Golisano's $10 million gift to Niagara University largest in school's history". Buffalo News. Retrieved 2007-10-08. [dead link]

External links[edit]

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