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SUNY Niagara Offering Free Course to Niagara Falls School District Parents

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SUNY Niagara is partnering with the Niagara Falls City School District to offer a free college course to parents whose children are enrolled in the district. The course, English 102: Writing II and Introduction to Literature, reinforces writing skills and introduces students to the study of literature.

Classes will be held on Mondays from July 8 through Aug. 19 at Bloneva Bond Primary School, 2513 Niagara St., Niagara Falls, NY 14303. Free child care will be provided at the school during meeting times, from 12:30-3:45.

鈥淲e are proud to partner with the Niagara Falls City School District to provide this resource to our community,鈥 said Vice President of Academic Affairs Lydia Ulatowski. 鈥淪UNY Niagara鈥檚 commitment to education extends beyond our campus and this initiative is a step in strengthening our community educational development.鈥

For more information or to register please contact William Brinson at wbrinson@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-614-6258.

SUNY Niagara Surgical Technology Program Earns 100% on National Certification Exam

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SUNY Niagara is celebrating a historic achievement for its Surgical Technology program. The graduating class of 2024 marks a first in the program’s history, with all 15 students earning a passing grade on the
National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam, giving the cohort a 100% pass rate.

鈥淲e are so proud of our 2024 graduates. Graduating as the first cohort to earn a 100% pass rate is a tremendous accomplishment for this outstanding group of students,鈥 said Surgical Technology Program Coordinator Gemma Fournier. 鈥淭his pass rate is a reflection of the strong growth of the surgical technology program and the dedication to excellence from both our students and faculty.鈥

Some members of the 2024 Surgical Technology graduating class.

New York State legislation passed in 2014 requires healthcare facilities to employ only individuals who satisfy specific educational requirements and possess the CST credential. The majority of SUNY Niagara graduates are employed within healthcare and ambulatory surgery centers throughout the Buffalo and Niagara area.

SUNY Niagara鈥檚 surgical technology program equips students with the knowledge, skills and hands-on training needed to excel as entry-level certified surgical technologists.

鈥淭he surgical technology program is a cornerstone of the strong nursing, physical and allied health programs SUNY Niagara offers,鈥 said Vice President of Academic Affairs Lydia Ulatowski. 鈥淚 extend a hearty congratulations to the class of 2024 and thank our dedicated instructors for their commitment to
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SUNY Niagara鈥檚 surgical technology program is accepting applications for the fall 2024 semester. For more information on the surgical technology program please visit: www.niagaracc.suny.edu/programs/surt .

SUNY Niagara Announces Winners of Annual Math and Engineering Awards

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Sanborn, N.Y. 鈥 SUNY Niagara is proud to announce the winners of its annual math and engineering awards, presented at an awards ceremony on campus in May.

This year鈥檚 recipients are:

William Shaver of North Tonawanda and Jacob Tipton of Grand Island won the Kenneth 鈥淏en鈥 Raymond Award for Excellence in Mathematics.

Jacob Tipton (Left) and William Shaver (Right) winners of the Kenneth “Ben” Raymond Award.

Justin Smith of Tonawanda won the Chamberlain Engineering Scholarship.

Justin Smith, winner of the Chamberlain Engineering Scholarship.

Benjamin Connolly of Newfane won the John McDonough Engineering Award.

These honors are named after individuals who made substantive contributions to the SUNY Niagara mathematics and engineering programs.

The Kenneth “Ben” Raymond Award for Excellence in Mathematics honors the legacy of Ken Raymond, a founding faculty member and longtime math department chair.

The Chamberlain Engineering scholarship was established in 2017 by one of the 新澳彩开奖 Foundation鈥檚 founding board members, the late David Chamberlain, and his wife Mary.

The John McDonough award is funded by former student John McDonough. John graduated from SUNY Niagara鈥檚 engineering studies program and is now the senior product marketing manager for Mickey Thompson, an ultraperformance tire manufacturer in Ohio.

鈥淲e are incredibly proud of the students for their hard work and commitment to their programs,鈥 said Sal Sciandra, chair of the college鈥檚 Business and STEM division. 鈥淎long with recognizing our students鈥 success,
these awards represent the dedication of our faculty to creating a supportive, challenging and innovative learning environment for our students.鈥

For more information on the Business and STEM division at SUNY Niagara, please visit: www.niagaracc.suny.edu/bs/

A wall filled with photos honoring distinguished alumni from SUNY Niagara

SUNY Niagara Alumni Association Seeking Submissions for Annual Award

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Sanborn, N.Y. 鈥 The SUNY Niagara Alumni Association is seeking submissions for its Distinguished Alumni Award. Established in 1988, this award is the college鈥檚 highest honor, recognizing graduates for outstanding professional achievements, commitment to volunteer work and community involvement, among other criteria and qualifications.

Recipients are inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Wall and celebrated at the NCCC Foundation鈥檚 annual Scholarship Soir茅e held in October.

Applications must be received by Monday June 17, 2024, either online or returned completed to the NCCC Foundation office on the Sanborn campus. A resume and narrative must be included with the nomination form to be considered. Nominations will be kept on file for three years.

The 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award honored Michael Filicetti, Niagara County Sheriff and Mark Cye, president of BryLin Hospital. Cye graduated from SUNY Niagara鈥檚 accounting program in 1993, while Filicetti graduated from SUNY Niagara鈥檚 criminal justice program in 2010.

For more information on the Distinguished Alumni Award or to complete an application, please visit: /alumni/awards/


Courtney Helinski
Assistant Director of NCCC Foundation
Phone:听716-614-6231
Email: chelinski@niagaracc.suny.edu

SUNY Niagara Names New Vice President

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Sanborn, N.Y.鈥擲UNY Niagara has appointed Alissa Shugats Cummings vice president of student services. Cummings had served as an interim in that post since July 2023.

An alumna of SUNY Niagara, Cummings has held various positions there over the course of more than 20 years. As vice president, she leads the college鈥檚 efforts in enhancing students鈥 experiences, administering admissions, financial aid, intercollegiate athletics and several other functions.

鈥淚 am enthusiastic about continuing my legacy of student-centeredness in this role,鈥 Cummings said. 鈥淎s a SUNY Niagara graduate myself, I know first-hand that we have enormous capacity for changing lives, and am committed to providing necessary support to students however and whenever they need it. I take great pride in leading the Student Services team in improving the student experience and supporting the college鈥檚 mission.鈥

SUNY Niagara President William Murabito said Cummings has brought to the position a deep understanding of the supports that help students succeed.

鈥淎lissa has been a key member of SUNY Niagara鈥檚 leadership team,鈥 Murabito said. 鈥淗er expertise in recruitment practices, retention and student wellness have contributed to the college鈥檚 recent gains in enrollment. I know she will
continue to be an asset in this important role.鈥

Besides earning an associate degree at SUNY Niagara, Cummings holds a master鈥檚 degree in higher education administration and bachelor鈥檚 degrees in English and linguistics. She currently is pursuing a doctorate at the University at Buffalo.

Zachary Rohde
Public Relations Assistant
Phone:听716-614-6794
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SUNY Niagara Joins National Student Voter Registration Initiative

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Sanborn, N.Y.鈥擲UNY Niagara has committed to the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (ALL IN), encouraging each eligible college student to register to vote and then cast a ballot in every election. SUNY Niagara President William Murabito joined more than 625 college presidents and chancellors who also have signed on to the challenge, which aims to fully engage students in the electoral process.

鈥淧resident Murabito has committed SUNY Niagara to ALL IN with enthusiasm and a pledge to empower students to add their voices to the democratic process,鈥 said Vice President of Student Services Alissa Shugats Cummings. 鈥淲e are proud to support this important initiative.鈥

By signing the pledge, SUNY Niagara committed to ensuring all eligible students are able to register to vote and cast informed ballots in the general elections and beyond. Further, the college committed to fostering a campus culture that supports nonpartisan civic learning, political engagement and voter participation.

鈥淭oday, young people are truly seeing how the decisions their elected officials make impact their everyday lives, and in this critical time, ensuring that they are able to make their voices heard safely is critical,鈥 said Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, executive director of ALL IN. 鈥淲e are excited to partner with higher education leaders across the country to change the culture at colleges and universities around engagement in our country鈥檚 political process.鈥

ALL IN is a nonpartisan, national initiative of Civic Nation, a nonprofit organization that supports campuses efforts to increase nonpartisan democratic engagement and full student voter participation. ALL IN encourages colleges and universities to help students become active and informed citizens. More than 975 campuses, enrolling more than 9.7 million students, have joined ALL IN since its launch in summer 2016.

Two SUNY Niagara Students Receive Chancellor鈥檚 Award for Student Excellence

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Sanborn, N.Y. 鈥 SUNY Niagara celebrates two outstanding students, Kaitlyn Goss and Brooke Wells, named recipients of the 2024 Chancellor鈥檚 Awards for Student Excellence (CASE). Goss and Wells were honored at an awards ceremony in Albany on April 11 hosted by SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr.

The CASE is SUNY鈥檚 highest honor for academic excellence and leadership. It recognizes students for outstanding achievements throughout their SUNY experience in areas including academics, leadership, campus involvement,
community service and the arts. Goss enrolled at SUNY Niagara in the fall of 2021 and will graduate this May with
an associate degree in radiologic technology. She currently holds a 3.68 GPA and identifies as a woman over 30 returning to school to make a difference in the lives of others.

Wells will graduate from SUNY Niagara this May with an associate degree in nursing. Upon graduation, she will be employed at Rochester General Hospital in the nurse residency program for emergency nursing. She has plans to further her education by enrolling in a SUNY bachelor鈥檚 degree program in the next year. Obtaining a degree is a major accomplishment as she will become the first member of her family to do so.

鈥淚 am absolutely thrilled to congratulate Kaitlyn and Brooke on receiving this prestigious award. They represent the best of SUNY Niagara through their dedication to academic, personal and professional growth,鈥 said SUNY Niagara
President Dr. William J. Murabito.

Zachary Rohde
Public Relations Assistant
Phone:听716-614-6794
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SUNY Niagara Nursing Program Ranked 10th Best in New York

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Sanborn, NY 鈥 SUNY Niagara sits at number 10 in Nursingprocess.org鈥檚 ranking of New York鈥檚 best associate degrees in nursing. Nursingprocess.org is an online resource helping students navigate nursing education and career pathways.

Nursingprocess.org considers factors such as the program鈥檚 academic quality, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) pass rate and affordability to create their rankings. They specifically cited SUNY Niagara鈥檚 NCLEX-RN pass rate, graduation rate and the availability of local clinical experience as reasons for their top-10 ranking.

鈥淭his ranking is a testament to our phenomenal faculty who are passionate about nursing and delivering the best possible education to our students,鈥 said SUNY Niagara Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Diane Pytlik-Flammia. 鈥淭he SUNY Niagara nursing program ensures our students enter the dynamic field of healthcare with the tools needed to succeed from day one.鈥

SUNY Niagara鈥檚 nursing program boasted a 94.94 percent NCLEX-RN pass rate for 2023. The program鈥檚 2023 National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) pass rate was 87.50 percent. For more information on the nursing, physical and allied health division at SUNY Niagara, please visit:

Zachary Rohde
Public Relations Assistant
Phone:听716-614-6794
贰尘补颈濒:听zrohde@niagaracc.suny.edu

SUNY Niagara EOP Student Receives Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award

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Sanborn, NY 鈥 SUNY Niagara student Kaytelynn Alsup has been selected as a recipient of the Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Student Excellence. Alsup will be recognized at the fifth annual recognition ceremony on April 18 in Troy, New York.

The Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award is the highest SUNY honor for EOP students. The award recognizes EOP students who have shown positive academic trajectories despite challenges faced during their academic careers.

The SUNY EOP provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who are historically underserved or underrepresented. SUNY Niagara currently has 37 students enrolled in EOP.

鈥淭he EOP at SUNY Niagara is dedicated to helping students in the face of challenges to achieve academic excellence,鈥 said SUNY Niagara EOP Director Angela Jackson. 鈥淜aytelynn exemplifies the spirit of the EOP program. This award is a testament to her dedication to her own academic prowess and commitment to SUNY Niagara.鈥

Alsup will be honored alongside 52 other EOP students at the awards ceremony on April 18. For more information on the EOP at SUNY Niagara please visit: /eop/

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Zachary Rohde
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SUNY Niagara Promotes 10 Faculty Members

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April 10, 2024

Sanborn, NY 鈥 SUNY Niagara is pleased to announce the promotion of 10 faculty members:

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

鈥 Bridget Beilein, assistant to associate professor

鈥 Joseph Schmidt, associate to professor

Business and STEM

鈥 Melissa Moore, instructor to assistant professor

鈥 Demetrius Sarigiannis, assistant to associate professor

Hospitality, Baking and Culinary Arts

鈥 Daniel DiPirro, instructor to assistant professor

鈥 Nate Koscielski, assistant to associate professor

鈥 Benjamin Loomis, instructor to assistant professor

鈥 John Pope, instructor to assistant professor

鈥 Seana Sullivan, instructor to assistant professor

Nursing, Physical and Allied Health

鈥 Kareen Klettke, assistant to associate professor

In addition to being promoted, Sarigiannias, DiPirro, Loomis and Pope have all been granted tenure.

鈥淪UNY Niagara has a tremendous faculty group working to enrich the lives of our students, day in and day out,鈥 said SUNY Niagara President Dr. William J. Murabito. 鈥淩eceiving these honors will affirm their dedication to providing the best education possible for our students.鈥

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Public Relations Assistant
Phone:听716-614-6794
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