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More than 250 Graduates Participated in NCCC’s 58th Commencement

By News Archive

May 16, 2022

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito at the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College.

The 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) took place on Saturday, May 14 at the Sanborn campus. More than 250 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

State University of New York (SUNY) Trustee Eunice Lewin delivered the keynote address to graduates. Ms. Lewin used her years of community-minded social work to deliver insightful words of encouragement to graduates. She shared, “Our focus is on serving the underserved who overcome, and I see so many students whose stories changed from the combination of the foundation of SUNY accessibility upon which they built skyscrapers of academic excellence.”

NCCC graduates

Graduates participate in the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

In addition to serving on the SUNY Board of Trustees, Ms. Lewin also contributes to the board’s Executive Committee and the committees for academic affairs, communications and external affairs, community colleges, and academic medical centers and hospitals. Furthermore, Trustee Lewin is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

This commencement ceremony was especially unique as Dr. William J. Murabito was officially inaugurated as the seventh president of NCCC. Dr. Murabito began as interim president for the college in 2017. He was elected permanently in November 2019. The inauguration was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the ceremony, graduates and loved ones enjoyed an outdoor celebration with refreshments, photo stations, and a live DJ.

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

The 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) took place on Saturday, May 14 at the Sanborn campus. More than 250 students crossed the stage to receive their degree.

State University of New York (SUNY) Trustee Eunice Lewin delivered the keynote address to graduates. Ms. Lewin used her years of community-minded social work to deliver insightful words of encouragement to graduates. She shared, “Our focus is on serving the underserved who overcome, and I see so many students whose stories changed from the combination of the foundation of SUNY accessibility upon which they built skyscrapers of academic excellence.”

In addition to serving on the SUNY Board of Trustees, Ms. Lewin also contributes to the board’s Executive Committee and the committees for academic affairs, communications and external affairs, community colleges, and academic medical centers and hospitals. Furthermore, Trustee Lewin is a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable.

This commencement ceremony was especially unique as Dr. William J. Murabito was officially inaugurated as the seventh president of NCCC. Dr. Murabito began as interim president for the college in 2017. He was elected permanently in November 2019. The inauguration was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the ceremony, graduates and loved ones enjoyed an outdoor celebration with refreshments, photo stations, and a live DJ.

NCCC is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York, the largest public university system in the country. The College provides more than 50 certificate and degree programs and is funded by the Niagara County Legislature, the State University of New York, and student tuition.

 

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito

SUNY Trustee Eunice Lewin and newly inaugurated President William J. Murabito at the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College.

 

NCCC graduates

Graduates participate in the 58th annual commencement ceremony at Niagara County Community College on Saturday, May 14, 2022.


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Barbara M. DeSimone
Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

New Building at NCCC to House Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy

By News Archive

May 02, 2022

A new training facility for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) will be built on the Sanborn campus of Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  An estimated $2.27 million for the building was appropriated in the SUNY building fund adopted by the state budget passage a few weeks ago.  Last fall, the Niagara County Legislature voted to allocate up to $3 million from the county’s American Rescue Plan funds for the construction project.  The total anticipated project cost is approx. $4.54 million.

After a decade at Niagara University, the NCLEA relocated to NCCC in August 2021.  The Academy, jointly operated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department, was previously located at NCCC from 1974 to 2011.  The academy trains newly hired officers or those hoping to be hired by police agencies throughout Western New York.  The Niagara County Corrections Academy is also held at NCCC.

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh said, “The Niagara County Legislature is proud to support law enforcement across the county, and we are very excited that all the funding is now in place to move forward with the new law enforcement academy.  Having a state-of-the-art academy on the NCCC campus will provide the very best training for our future law enforcement officials while offering some unique learning opportunities to students in the NCCC criminal justice program.”

NCCC President William J. Murabito said having this new facility on the NCCC campus brings the program into the 21st century.  “The new learning environment will translate directly to more opportunities for NCLEA and NCCC criminal justice students and their ability to remain competitive.  The students will be better-trained and more prepared because they will be more comfortable with the technology,” Murabito said.

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti said, “I want to thank NCCC and the County Legislature for being partners with the Sheriff’s Office in our vision for a new law enforcement academy.  The training requirements for those going into law enforcement are extensive and continue to evolve.  Our new Academy will allow us to use state-of-the-art technology to meet these training needs and better prepare future law enforcement officers for their careers.”

Plans for the new 15,000 square-foot building call for four classrooms with movable walls, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a reality-based training room, and the use of force simulator.  It is anticipated that construction will start in the spring 2023, and the facility will open in 2024.

A new training facility for the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) will be built on the Sanborn campus of Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  An estimated $2.27 million for the building was appropriated in the SUNY building fund adopted by the state budget passage a few weeks ago.  Last fall, the Niagara County Legislature voted to allocate up to $3 million from the county’s American Rescue Plan funds for the construction project.  The total anticipated project cost is approx. $4.54 million.

After a decade at Niagara University, the NCLEA relocated to NCCC in August 2021.  The Academy, jointly operated by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the Niagara Falls Police Department, was previously located at NCCC from 1974 to 2011.  The academy trains newly hired officers or those hoping to be hired by police agencies throughout Western New York.  The Niagara County Corrections Academy is also held at NCCC.

Niagara County Legislature Chairman Becky Wydysh said, “The Niagara County Legislature is proud to support law enforcement across the county, and we are very excited that all the funding is now in place to move forward with the new law enforcement academy.  Having a state-of-the-art academy on the NCCC campus will provide the very best training for our future law enforcement officials while offering some unique learning opportunities to students in the NCCC criminal justice program.”

NCCC President William J. Murabito said having this new facility on the NCCC campus brings the program into the 21st century.  “The new learning environment will translate directly to more opportunities for NCLEA and NCCC criminal justice students and their ability to remain competitive.  The students will be better-trained and more prepared because they will be more comfortable with the technology,” Murabito said.

Niagara County Sheriff Michael Filicetti said, “I want to thank NCCC and the County Legislature for being partners with the Sheriff’s Office in our vision for a new law enforcement academy.  The training requirements for those going into law enforcement are extensive and continue to evolve.  Our new Academy will allow us to use state-of-the-art technology to meet these training needs and better prepare future law enforcement officers for their careers.”

Plans for the new 15,000 square-foot building call for four classrooms with movable walls, men’s and women’s locker rooms, a reality-based training room, and the use of force simulator.  It is anticipated that construction will start in the spring 2023, and the facility will open in 2024.


Media Contact Information

Barbara DeSimone
Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-5904
Email: DeSimone@niagaracc.suny.edu

Eunice Ashman Lewin

NCCC Announces 2022 Commencement Speaker

By News Archive

April 28, 2022

Eunice Ashman Lewin

2022 NCCC commencement keynote speaker: SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) President William J. Murabito announced today that SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin will deliver the keynote addresses at the College’s 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony.  For the first time since 2019, NCCC is able to celebrate with a traditional ceremony in-person at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the Main Gym on the Sanborn Campus.

Trustee Lewin was appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees in February of 2020.  Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Lewin immigrated to the United States with her family in 1967. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marymount Manhattan College and master’s degrees in American and Puerto Rican studies, and in educational administration, from the University at Buffalo.

A former commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Lewin was a founding member of the Roswell Park Alliance and a board member of both the Buffalo Urban League and Hispanics United of Buffalo. She is also a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Lewin was recently named to the Western New York Health Equity Task Force to help coordinate vaccine distribution for the five counties in Western New York.  A retired bilingual social worker for the Buffalo Board of Education, she is a leader and champion for STEM education in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Among Lewin’s honors are the Distinguished Alumni Award from UB’s Graduate School of Education, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, and the National Conference for Community and Justice of Western New York 50th Annual Citation Award. She is a member of the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame and was named a 2015 Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News.

Those unable to attend the commencement ceremony can view a livestream of the event via http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement/ .

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) President William J. Murabito announced today that SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin will deliver the keynote addresses at the College’s 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony.  For the first time since 2019, NCCC is able to celebrate with a traditional ceremony in-person at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the Main Gym on the Sanborn Campus.

Trustee Lewin was appointed to the SUNY Board of Trustees in February of 2020.  Born in Guantanamo, Cuba, Lewin immigrated to the United States with her family in 1967. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marymount Manhattan College and master’s degrees in American and Puerto Rican studies, and in educational administration, from the University at Buffalo.

A former commissioner of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, Lewin was a founding member of the Roswell Park Alliance and a board member of both the Buffalo Urban League and Hispanics United of Buffalo. She is also a member of the Hispanic Women’s League and the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable. Lewin was recently named to the Western New York Health Equity Task Force to help coordinate vaccine distribution for the five counties in Western New York.  A retired bilingual social worker for the Buffalo Board of Education, she is a leader and champion for STEM education in the Buffalo Public Schools.

Among Lewin’s honors are the Distinguished Alumni Award from UB’s Graduate School of Education, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education, and the National Conference for Community and Justice of Western New York 50th Annual Citation Award. She is a member of the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame and was named a 2015 Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News.

Those unable to attend the commencement ceremony can view a livestream of the event via http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement/ .

Eunice Ashman Lewin

2022 NCCC commencement keynote speaker: SUNY Trustee Eunice Ashman Lewin


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Poet Jeanne-Marie Osterman.

Renowned Poet Visits NCCC to Teach Students and Host Open Reading

By News Archive

April 14, 2022

Poet Jeanne-Marie Osterman.

Poet Jeanne-Marie Osterman.

Niagara County Community College students will have the opportunity to learn directly from poet Jeanne-Marie Osterman during select English classes on April 21 and 22. As part of NCCC’s Poetry on the Edge Series, students gain one-on-one time with poets by asking questions, attending workshops, and learning about the field of writing and publishing. Osterman will also share her poetry on April 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Dolce Valvo Art Gallery at the Sanborn Campus.

Osterman is the author of three books of poetry: Shellback, voted one of the top 100 indie books of 2021; There’s a Hum, from Finishing Line Press; and most recently, All Animals Want the Same Things, winner of the Slipstream Press 34th Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Borderlands, New Ohio Review, Cathexis Northwest, 45th Parallel Magazine, and a number of other publications. Osterman is currently poetry editor for Cagibi, an online journal of prose and poetry.

This series is sponsored by the NCCC English Department and has been a tradition of the College for 29 years. The reading is free and open to the public.  A book signing and refreshments will follow. For more information about Poetry on the Edge, please contact Professor Rebekah Keaton, 716-614-6809 or rkeaton@niagaracc.suny.edu.

Niagara County Community College students will have the opportunity to learn directly from poet Jeanne-Marie Osterman during select English classes on April 21 and 22. As part of NCCC’s Poetry on the Edge Series, students gain one-on-one time with poets by asking questions, attending workshops, and learning about the field of writing and publishing. Osterman will also share her poetry on April 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Dolce Valvo Art Gallery at the Sanborn Campus.

Osterman is the author of three books of poetry: Shellback, voted one of the top 100 indie books of 2021; There’s a Hum, from Finishing Line Press; and most recently, All Animals Want the Same Things, winner of the Slipstream Press 34th Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her poems have appeared in Borderlands, New Ohio Review, Cathexis Northwest, 45th Parallel Magazine, and a number of other publications. Osterman is currently poetry editor for Cagibi, an online journal of prose and poetry.

This series is sponsored by the NCCC English Department and has been a tradition of the College for 29 years. The reading is free and open to the public.  A book signing and refreshments will follow. For more information about Poetry on the Edge, please contact Professor Rebekah Keaton, 716-614-6809 or rkeaton@niagaracc.suny.edu.

Poet Jeanne-Marie Osterman.

Poet Jeanne-Marie Osterman.


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Denyel Beiter
Public Relations Assistant
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

NCCC students presenting their projects

NCCC Hosts Student Showcase During Spring Open House

By News Archive

April 14, 2022

NCCC students presenting their projects

NCCC welcomes the public to a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 in conjunction with the College’s Spring Open House.

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  This event gives students of the College an opportunity to display and explain a project connected to a classroom experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Students present their work as either a poster project, table project, art exhibition, or performance.

This year the Student Showcase features projects in welding technology, animal training, curing meat, alternative birthing methods, the history of warships, and many more.  Cash prizes are given to the winning entries, with a grand prize of $1000.  Funds for the prizes are raised through donations made by faculty and staff, and winning projects are determined by a panel of judges comprised of NCCC staff members and emeritus faculty.  Judges review each project using a rubric assessing project appearance, content quality and presentation style.  “What I enjoy most is seeing the extremely high quality of the student’s work and their universal enthusiasm showing it off,” says Dr. Matthew Clarcq, History Professor and Coordinator of the Student Showcase.

The event will be held on the second floor of the Learning Commons during NCCC’s Spring Open House, and attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, with a prize of $250.  For more information on the Student Showcase, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/showcase/

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will host a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.  This event gives students of the College an opportunity to display and explain a project connected to a classroom experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  Students present their work as either a poster project, table project, art exhibition, or performance.

This year the Student Showcase features projects in welding technology, animal training, curing meat, alternative birthing methods, the history of warships, and many more.  Cash prizes are given to the winning entries, with a grand prize of $1000.  Funds for the prizes are raised through donations made by faculty and staff, and winning projects are determined by a panel of judges comprised of NCCC staff members and emeritus faculty.  Judges review each project using a rubric assessing project appearance, content quality and presentation style.  “What I enjoy most is seeing the extremely high quality of the student’s work and their universal enthusiasm showing it off,” says Dr. Matthew Clarcq, History Professor and Coordinator of the Student Showcase.

The event will be held on the second floor of the Learning Commons during NCCC’s Spring Open House, and attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award, with a prize of $250.  For more information on the Student Showcase, visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/showcase/

 

NCCC students presenting their projects

NCCC welcomes the public to a Student Showcase on Thursday, April 21 in conjunction with the College’s Spring Open House.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

American Culinary Federations Judges examine entry in 2019 culinary competition.

NFCI Hosts Culinary Competition to Honor Monte Dolce

By News Archive

April 12, 2022

American Culinary Federations Judges examine entry in 2019 culinary competition.

American Culinary Federations Judges examine entry in 2019 culinary competition.

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) will host the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Monte Dolce Spring Classic Competition on Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  While most competitors are from NFCI, there are also participants from California, the Patterson Club in Connecticut, the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, and one competitor from Guatemala.

The faculty at NFCI are eager to host the event after it has been postponed for 2 years due to COVID.  “The professionalism and talent that surrounds this event is so very inspiring,” says Chef Scott Steiner, Coordinator of Culinary Arts at NFCI.   Saturday features cold platter displays, specialty cakes, pastry tables and bread displays, and live ice carving on Old Falls Street in front of NFCI.  Sunday will consist of live contemporary cooking for student and professional chefs and pastry chefs.  Competitors will have a 1-hour time slot with a 10 minute window for plating to create and exhibit their best live-action skills as they are being closely watched by ACF-certified judges.

The competition has been named after Monte Dolce, who was a chef, educator, adjunct instructor at NFCI, and founding member of the ACF of Greater Buffalo.  Following his death from cancer in 2021, the ACF of Greater Buffalo wanted to honor Chef Dolce for the dedication he showed to the organization since 1968.  “Chef Monte was a very close friend of mine, and I want to keep his legacy alive,” says Steiner.

The competition coincides with the Spring Open House at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute on Saturday, April 23, allowing the public to an opportunity to view the state-of-the-art culinary labs in action, as well as explore college programs and career opportunities.  Both events are free to attend, and more information can be found at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nfci/

The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) will host the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Monte Dolce Spring Classic Competition on Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  While most competitors are from NFCI, there are also participants from California, the Patterson Club in Connecticut, the Duquesne Club in Pittsburgh, and one competitor from Guatemala.

The faculty at NFCI are eager to host the event after it has been postponed for 2 years due to COVID.  “The professionalism and talent that surrounds this event is so very inspiring,” says Chef Scott Steiner, Coordinator of Culinary Arts at NFCI.   Saturday features cold platter displays, specialty cakes, pastry tables and bread displays, and live ice carving on Old Falls Street in front of NFCI.  Sunday will consist of live contemporary cooking for student and professional chefs and pastry chefs.  Competitors will have a 1-hour time slot with a 10 minute window for plating to create and exhibit their best live-action skills as they are being closely watched by ACF-certified judges.

The competition has been named after Monte Dolce, who was a chef, educator, adjunct instructor at NFCI, and founding member of the ACF of Greater Buffalo.  Following his death from cancer in 2021, the ACF of Greater Buffalo wanted to honor Chef Dolce for the dedication he showed to the organization since 1968.  “Chef Monte was a very close friend of mine, and I want to keep his legacy alive,” says Steiner.

The competition coincides with the Spring Open House at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute on Saturday, April 23, allowing the public to an opportunity to view the state-of-the-art culinary labs in action, as well as explore college programs and career opportunities.  Both events are free to attend, and more information can be found at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/nfci/

American Culinary Federations Judges examine entry in 2019 culinary competition.

American Culinary Federations Judges examine entry in 2019 culinary competition.


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Joseph Karl, Veteran USMC, speaking at podioum

Veteran-Owned Businesses Can Benefit from Niagara SBDC’s Free Entrepreneurship Classes

By News Archive

April 12, 2022

Joseph Karl, Veteran USMC, speaking at podioum

Joseph Karl, Veteran USMC gives the student address at the annual NCCC Veteran’s Day Ceremony.

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a series of free entrepreneurship classes for veterans and their family members. These courses enhance business skills and strengthen a new or existing business.  The series will run on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 – 8 p.m., beginning April 25 and concluding on December 13. The schedule includes:

  • April 25 – Entrepreneurship
  • May 24 – Start Up Basics
  • June 28 – Understanding Your Financial Picture
  • July 26 – Marketing for Small Business
  • August 23 – Business Plans & Business Model Canvas
  • Sept 27 – Government Contracting
  • October 25 – Educational and Financial Resources for Veterans
  • December 13 – To be determined

Classes will be held at Niagara County Community College, located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn.  A webinar option is also available for those unable to attend in person.  To register for these classes, or to find out more about other services offered by the SBDC, visit NiagaraSBDC.org or call (716) 210-2515.  These classes are made possible through a grant from the Verizon Communications Community Benefit Fund.

The Niagara SBDC specializes in free and confidential one-on-one counseling, dealing with small-business opportunities and problems. The SBDC offers training and instructional programs targeted to the needs and interests of small business, providing service for every stage of a business. Since its inception in 1984, the expert advisors of the Niagara SBDC have worked with over 18,000 businesses, helping them to invest nearly $525 million in the area’s economy, and create or save nearly 12,000 jobs.

The Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a series of free entrepreneurship classes for veterans and their family members. These courses enhance business skills and strengthen a new or existing business.  The series will run on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6 – 8 p.m., beginning April 25 and concluding on December 13. The schedule includes:

  • April 25 – Entrepreneurship
  • May 24 – Start Up Basics
  • June 28 – Understanding Your Financial Picture
  • July 26 – Marketing for Small Business
  • August 23 – Business Plans & Business Model Canvas
  • Sept 27 – Government Contracting
  • October 25 – Educational and Financial Resources for Veterans
  • December 13 – To be determined

Classes will be held at Niagara County Community College, located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn.  A webinar option is also available for those unable to attend in person.  To register for these classes, or to find out more about other services offered by the SBDC, visit NiagaraSBDC.org or call (716) 210-2515.  These classes are made possible through a grant from the Verizon Communications Community Benefit Fund.

The Niagara SBDC specializes in free and confidential one-on-one counseling, dealing with small-business opportunities and problems. The SBDC offers training and instructional programs targeted to the needs and interests of small business, providing service for every stage of a business. Since its inception in 1984, the expert advisors of the Niagara SBDC have worked with over 18,000 businesses, helping them to invest nearly $525 million in the area’s economy, and create or save nearly 12,000 jobs.

 

Joseph Karl, Veteran USMC, speaking at podioum

Joseph Karl, Veteran USMC gives the student address at the annual NCCC Veteran’s Day Ceremony.


Media Contact Information

Denyel Beiter
Public Relations Assistant
Phone: 716-614-5974
Email: dbeiter@niagaracc.suny.edu

Sam Qualiana

2022 NCCC Film and Animation Festival Announces Filmmaker of the Year

By News Archive

April 7, 2022

Sam Qualiana

WNY Filmmaker of the Year, Sam Qualiana of Lockport, NY

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Film & Animation Festival will present its “WNY Filmmaker of the Year” award this year to director, writer, producer, and actor Sam Qualiana of Lockport, NY. Sam is best known for his films Snow Shark, The Legend of Six Fingers, and Lake Effect. Most recently, Sam served as the unit production manager for the made-for-TV movie “Romance on Ice,” directed by Fred Olen Ray. Filming for the movie took place in Buffalo and East Aurora.

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival will take place Saturday May 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the college’s Sanborn campus located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road. The event features film and animation screenings, workshops, music, movie trivia contests, exhibits, food and refreshments. Special guests at this year’s festival are legendary horror movie actors Lynn Lowry and Debbie Rochon, who will be available for pictures and autograph signings.  Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/2022-nccc-film-and-animation-festival-returns-campus/

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Film & Animation Festival will present its “WNY Filmmaker of the Year” award this year to director, writer, producer, and actor Sam Qualiana of Lockport, NY. Sam is best known for his films Snow Shark, The Legend of Six Fingers, and Lake Effect. Most recently, Sam served as the unit production manager for the made-for-TV movie “Romance on Ice,” directed by Fred Olen Ray. Filming for the movie took place in Buffalo and East Aurora.

The NCCC Film & Animation Festival will take place Saturday May 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the college’s Sanborn campus located at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road. The event features film and animation screenings, workshops, music, movie trivia contests, exhibits, food and refreshments. Special guests at this year’s festival are legendary horror movie actors Lynn Lowry and Debbie Rochon, who will be available for pictures and autograph signings.  Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.  For more information, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/2022-nccc-film-and-animation-festival-returns-campus/

Sam Qualiana

WNY Filmmaker of the Year, Sam Qualiana of Lockport, NY


Media Contact Information

Sara Harvey
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

People posing in front of Bloneva Bond Mosaic

Niagara Falls City School District and NCCC Celebrate Historic Resident Bloneva Bond

By News Archive

April 1, 2022

People posing in front of Bloneva Bond Mosaic

Standing in front of the Dr. Bloneva Bond mosaic (L-R) is dear friend of Dr. Bond, Don King; Niagara Falls Superintendent Mark Laurrie; NCCC President William J. Murabito; Niagara Falls BOE Member Clara Dunn; Niagara Falls BOE Member Vincent “Jimmy” Cancemi; NCCC Board of Trustee Kevin Clark; Niagara Street Elementary Principal Rocco Merino; Niagara Street Elementary Vice Principal Dorothy Brundidge; and NCCC Chief Diversity and Equity Officer John D Strong.

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and Niagara Falls City Schools (NFCS) were part of the state-wide Women’s Empowerment Draft throughout the month of March. The two schools joined 24 other colleges and 30 grade schools to collectively celebrate Women’s History Month. The program, created by Alfred University’s Art Force 5, uses a pro-sports theme to build enthusiasm for historic icons.

NCCC and Niagara Street Elementary School “drafted” Dr. Bloneva Bond, an educator, business owner, social worker and community activist in Niagara County. Dr. Bond was the first Black woman elected to the Niagara Falls School Board and was a past president of the Niagara Falls Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The month-long celebration of women ended with a ceremony to unveil a mosaic of Dr. Bond’s portrait. The mosaic was designed by Art Force 5 and drawn, painted, and assembled by NCCC students, faculty, and staff. Both NCCC and NFCS board members, faculty, and administration gathered to view its permanent exhibit in NCCC’s Dining Commons on the Sanborn campus.

Superintendent of Niagara Falls City Schools Mark Laurrie spoke at the ceremony, stating, “It’s important we have these celebrations. Bloneva was a trailblazer, a pathfinder, a leader, and a strong woman who took on a lot of risks and challenges. She stood out and took on a climb that was not easy to take. We want to tell our kids that they, too, can be trailblazers and pathfinders like her.”

The celebration of Dr. Bloneva Bond will continue into the summer when Niagara Street School will be renamed to the Bloneva Bond Primary School. A rededication event will take place on August 30 at the school, located at 2513 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls.

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) and Niagara Falls City Schools (NFCS) were part of the state-wide Women’s Empowerment Draft throughout the month of March. The two schools joined 24 other colleges and 30 grade schools to collectively celebrate Women’s History Month. The program, created by Alfred University’s Art Force 5, uses a pro-sports theme to build enthusiasm for historic icons.

NCCC and Niagara Street Elementary School “drafted” Dr. Bloneva Bond, an educator, business owner, social worker and community activist in Niagara County. Dr. Bond was the first Black woman elected to the Niagara Falls School Board and was a past president of the Niagara Falls Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The month-long celebration of women ended with a ceremony to unveil a mosaic of Dr. Bond’s portrait. The mosaic was designed by Art Force 5 and drawn, painted, and assembled by NCCC students, faculty, and staff. Both NCCC and NFCS board members, faculty, and administration gathered to view its permanent exhibit in NCCC’s Dining Commons on the Sanborn campus.

Superintendent of Niagara Falls City Schools Mark Laurrie spoke at the ceremony, stating, “It’s important we have these celebrations. Bloneva was a trailblazer, a pathfinder, a leader, and a strong woman who took on a lot of risks and challenges. She stood out and took on a climb that was not easy to take. We want to tell our kids that they, too, can be trailblazers and pathfinders like her.”

The celebration of Dr. Bloneva Bond will continue into the summer when Niagara Street School will be renamed to the Bloneva Bond Primary School. A rededication event will take place on August 30 at the school, located at 2513 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls.

 

People posing in front of Bloneva Bond Mosaic

Standing in front of the Dr. Bloneva Bond mosaic (L-R) is dear friend of Dr. Bond, Don King; Niagara Falls Superintendent Mark Laurrie; NCCC President William J. Murabito; Niagara Falls BOE Member Clara Dunn; Niagara Falls BOE Member Vincent “Jimmy” Cancemi; NCCC Board of Trustee Kevin Clark; Niagara Street Elementary Principal Rocco Merino; Niagara Street Elementary Vice Principal Dorothy Brundidge; and NCCC Chief Diversity and Equity Officer John D Strong.


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Denyel Beiter
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NCCC Alumni Association Seeking Nominations for Annual Award

By News Archive

March 25, 2022

The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is bestowed to deserving alumni who exemplify educational achievements, career success, community involvement, and support to NCCC. The award will be presented at the NCCC Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Gala to be held on October 22, 2022.

The nominated individual must have completed 50 or more credit hours at NCCC; yet it is strongly recommended that she/he is a graduate. Nomination applications are available to download at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/awards/ or a hard copy can be requested. Applications can be submitted directly online or mailed in to the NCCC Alumni Association, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132.

All materials are due to the Alumni Office by May 4, 2022 to be eligible for consideration for the award.  If you have any questions, please contact Deb Brewer in the Foundation/Alumni Office at (716) 614-5910 or via email at alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu.

The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is bestowed to deserving alumni who exemplify educational achievements, career success, community involvement, and support to NCCC. The award will be presented at the NCCC Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Gala to be held on October 22, 2022.

The nominated individual must have completed 50 or more credit hours at NCCC; yet it is strongly recommended that she/he is a graduate. Nomination applications are available to download at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/awards/ or a hard copy can be requested. Applications can be submitted directly online or mailed in to the NCCC Alumni Association, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132.

All materials are due to the Alumni Office by May 4, 2022 to be eligible for consideration for the award.  If you have any questions, please contact Deb Brewer in the Foundation/Alumni Office at (716) 614-5910 or via email at alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu.


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Deb Brewer
Foundation Director
Phone: 716-614-5910
Email: dbrewer@niagaracc.suny.edu