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NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President Signs Three-Year Contract

By News Archive

October 20, 2021

NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President William J. Murabito

At the Board’s October meeting, Jason J. Cafarella, chairman of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, announced that NCCC President William J. Murabito signed a three-year contract to serve as college president until 2024.

“We are very pleased with the leadership of Dr. Murabito during these challenging times,” said Cafarella. “The new contract represents the Board’s unanimous and unwavering confidence in President Murabito and the trajectory of the college.”

Murabito was appointed president of NCCC in December 2019 after serving as interim president since September of 2017.  Murabito has held the role of Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002, Sullivan County Community College in 2011, and SUNY Morrisville in 2013, and as CEO/Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community College in 2003.  Murabito has also held several positions at SUNY System Administration between 1983 and 2002.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to NCCC’s growth and prosperity as we enter into its 60th anniversary year,” said Murabito. “NCCC is a very special place.”

The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

At the Board’s October meeting, Jason J. Cafarella, chairman of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Board of Trustees, announced that NCCC President William J. Murabito signed a three-year contract to serve as college president until 2024.

“We are very pleased with the leadership of Dr. Murabito during these challenging times,” said Cafarella. “The new contract represents the Board’s unanimous and unwavering confidence in President Murabito and the trajectory of the college.”

Murabito was appointed president of NCCC in December 2019 after serving as interim president since September of 2017.  Murabito has held the role of Interim President at SUNY Cobleskill in 2002, Sullivan County Community College in 2011, and SUNY Morrisville in 2013, and as CEO/Officer-in-Charge at Rockland Community College in 2003.  Murabito has also held several positions at SUNY System Administration between 1983 and 2002.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to continue to contribute to NCCC’s growth and prosperity as we enter into its 60th anniversary year,” said Murabito. “NCCC is a very special place.”

The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

NCCC President William J. Murabito

NCCC President William J. Murabito


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

Veterans Park

Niagara County Community College Announces New Veterans Memorial Park Campaign

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October 13, 2021

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will be relocating and expanding its existing Veterans Memorial Park to honor the Niagara County veteran community. This park will not only represent those who served in the armed forces, but will also offer community programming to celebrate its’ proud heritage of military service.

Area veterans, their families, and NCCC alumni and employees are invited to memorialize their service and those of their loved ones on the park’s new monument (alive or deceased). Veterans’ names and military branch of service will be engraved on the memorial wall, benches, and flagpoles for a donation of $150 or more. Veterans will be honored annually during NCCC’s Veteran’s Day ceremonies.

The new site will include a pentagonal-shaped concrete pad with a memorial wall separated into 3 distinct sections, two new flagpoles affixed with the American flag and POW flag, and reflection benches. The new picturesque location will be surrounded by landscaping along with a walkway leading directly to and from the parking lot for easy accessibility.

For more information, to purchase an engraving, or to donate, please visit www.niagaracc.suny.edu/veterans/memorialpark/. Donations can also be made over the phone at 716-614-5910 or through the mail to: NCCC Foundation, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132. If you have any questions, please contact NCCC Veteran Services Coordinator, Joseph Potalivo, at 716-614-6283 or jpotalivo@niagaracc.sun.edu.

Veterans Park

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Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-5910
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Nancy Knechtel

NCCC Announces Fall Keynote Speaker

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October 8, 2021

The Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Faculty Resource Center for Academic Excellence (FRCAE) is pleased to announce that the Fall 2021 Keynote Speaker is Professor Nancy Knechtel. This award-winning faculty member is a professor of Art History and Honors colloquiums in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences division at the College. Using decades of research and experience, Professor Knechtel will present, Artists’ Homes and Studios: Inspiring Spaces. This address will showcase intimate details about the homes of world-famous artists such as Rembrandt, Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Her presentation will take place on October 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Sanborn Campus, room E-142.

A reception will follow Professor Knechtel’s presentation of Artists’ Homes and Studios in the FRCAE department, room D-104. The event is free to the public. Parking can be found in Lot 1 or Lot 2. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Please register for this event by emailing marensmith@niagaracc.suny.edu.

Professor Nancy Knechtel

Professor Nancy Knechtel


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

Child Development Center

NCCC Child Development Center Receives Grant to Offer Subsidized Childcare to Community

By News Archive

October 8, 2021 

Niagara County Community College (NCCC) was recently announced as a recipient of a funding award under the competitive United States Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program. The award was in the amount of $307,192 over four years. Through this program, both NCCC students and members of the community are eligible to enroll their children at the NCCC John R. Oishei Child Development Center (CDC) at an income-based, subsidized rate.

NCCC is committed to serving our students and the local community by offering the best childcare services possible at the lowest rate. In addition to offering subsidized childcare, the CDC was recently able to utilize grant funding to perform a number of upgrades to its facilities including to the outdoor playground. “I am excited to have both of our playgrounds resurfaced as we add new equipment to the area for the community to enjoy. As always, all of our facility upgrades are done with an eye toward increasing the usage, inclusion, and safety for our children.” Christine Duquin, Director of the John R. Oishei Child Development Center.

With the increased demand for childcare services and specifically those from 0-18 months of age, the Center is in the process of engaging professional Architectural Services to review our current space, to determine if expanded services are viable. The NCCC CDC is located in a state-of-the-art facility within the Campus Learning Commons that provides students and members of the community with peace of mind that their child is receiving the best possible care throughout the week. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), parents can be assured their young children will participate in a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum with experienced, professional teachers and caregivers.

Through continued campus collaboration, NCCC will offer an unmatched pairing of affordable rates and fully accredited childcare to the community. Stop in today, or check out the Childcare Center online at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/child-development/.

Child Development Center

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

Elizabeth Corieri and Angelo (Zig) Fracassi

Niagara County Community College Alumni Association Selects 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

By News Archive

October 4, 2021 

The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association has selected two recipients for their 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s recipients are Elizabeth Corieri ‘83 and Angelo “Zig” Fracassi ‘85. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the 2021 award recipients will be honored during the Foundation Scholarship Diamond Gala on October 22, 2022, kicking off NCCC’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

Elizabeth Corieri

NCCC 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Elizabeth Corieri ‘83

Elizabeth Corieri graduated from NCCC in 1983 with her Associate’s Degree in LA&S: Humanities & Social Science. She continued her education at the University at Buffalo earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1985. While working full-time teaching second grade at Military Road School, Elizabeth graduated from Niagara University in 1990 with her Master’s Degree in Education and in 1992 earned her degree in Administration and Supervision. During this time, she was transferred to Colonial Village Elementary School where she stayed for 2-years before starting at Tuscarora Indian School. Five years later in 1998, Elizabeth was promoted to Principal of Tuscarora School. For over 20-years, she has been an avid supporter of the Tuscarora Culture and Language program which is a vital part of the cultural revitalization at Tuscarora. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Native American Regional Forum which addresses issues in the Native American educational system. In addition to education, she has dedicated herself to different programming throughout the school by organizing their yearly Elder’s Day, Culture Night, and Graduation Dinner. Outside of work, Elizabeth is a certified children’s yoga teacher. She volunteers her time to the students at Tuscarora School teaching them positive mental health and proper breathing techniques.

Angelo “Zig” Fracassi

NCCC 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Angelo “Zig” Fracassi ‘85

Angelo “Zig” Fracassi graduated from NCCC in 1985 with his Associate’s Degree in Communication & Media Art. While attending NCCC, Zig’s passion for radio grew by hosting his own show on WNCB and interning at WJJL. Upon graduation, Zig moved to Las Vegas where he attended the University of Nevada for just over a year before he landed his first professional radio job as a D.J. and Producer. In 1992, Zig received his first nationally syndicated sports talk show with Sports Entertainment Network. In 1994, he was offered a position with Sports Fan Radio hosting regular call-in shows as well as an NHL program titled “In the Crease”. He continued in this position until 2001 when he returned to Western New York as a host and sports anchor for WNSA 107.7 announcing pre-game shows for the Buffalo Sabres. After, he moved to New Jersey for a position with Sirius Satellite Radio (now XM Satellite Radio) as a part-time NFL Radio anchor.  This position evolved into his current role hosting full-time shows on NFL Radio, SiriusXM Channel 88. He is also a regular contributor to SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Channel 91 and is featured hosting college football and hockey shows for SiriusXM College Sports Nation and ESPNU Radio.

To read NCCC’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient’s full biographies and for updates on the Foundation Scholarship Gala, please visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala/.

October 4, 2021 

The Niagara County Community College Alumni Association has selected two recipients for their 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s recipients are Elizabeth Corieri ‘83 and Angelo “Zig” Fracassi ‘85. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the 2021 award recipients will be honored during the Foundation Scholarship Diamond Gala on October 22, 2022, kicking off NCCC’s 60th Anniversary celebration.

Elizabeth Corieri

NCCC 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Elizabeth Corieri ‘83

Elizabeth Corieri graduated from NCCC in 1983 with her Associate’s Degree in LA&S: Humanities & Social Science. She continued her education at the University at Buffalo earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1985. While working full-time teaching second grade at Military Road School, Elizabeth graduated from Niagara University in 1990 with her Master’s Degree in Education and in 1992 earned her degree in Administration and Supervision. During this time, she was transferred to Colonial Village Elementary School where she stayed for 2-years before starting at Tuscarora Indian School. Five years later in 1998, Elizabeth was promoted to Principal of Tuscarora School. For over 20-years, she has been an avid supporter of the Tuscarora Culture and Language program which is a vital part of the cultural revitalization at Tuscarora. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Native American Regional Forum which addresses issues in the Native American educational system. In addition to education, she has dedicated herself to different programming throughout the school by organizing their yearly Elder’s Day, Culture Night, and Graduation Dinner. Outside of work, Elizabeth is a certified children’s yoga teacher. She volunteers her time to the students at Tuscarora School teaching them positive mental health and proper breathing techniques.

Angelo “Zig” Fracassi

NCCC 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Angelo “Zig” Fracassi ‘85

Angelo “Zig” Fracassi graduated from NCCC in 1985 with his Associate’s Degree in Communication & Media Art. While attending NCCC, Zig’s passion for radio grew by hosting his own show on WNCB and interning at WJJL. Upon graduation, Zig moved to Las Vegas where he attended the University of Nevada for just over a year before he landed his first professional radio job as a D.J. and Producer. In 1992, Zig received his first nationally syndicated sports talk show with Sports Entertainment Network. In 1994, he was offered a position with Sports Fan Radio hosting regular call-in shows as well as an NHL program titled “In the Crease”. He continued in this position until 2001 when he returned to Western New York as a host and sports anchor for WNSA 107.7 announcing pre-game shows for the Buffalo Sabres. After, he moved to New Jersey for a position with Sirius Satellite Radio (now XM Satellite Radio) as a part-time NFL Radio anchor.  This position evolved into his current role hosting full-time shows on NFL Radio, SiriusXM Channel 88. He is also a regular contributor to SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Channel 91 and is featured hosting college football and hockey shows for SiriusXM College Sports Nation and ESPNU Radio.

To read NCCC’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient’s full biographies and for updates on the Foundation Scholarship Gala, please visit https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala/.


Media Contact Information

Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Dr. Fabio Escobar

Escobar joins NCCC as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs

By News Archive

October 1, 2021 

Dr. Fabio Escobar

Dr. Fabio Escobar
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at NCCC

Dr. Fabio Escobar has been named as the new Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  He has spent a majority of his career in higher education, most recently serving as Vice Provost at SUNY Erie Community College.

Dr. Escobar has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from California State University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo.  In 2015 he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and in 2014 he received the ECC Student Government Association Faculty Appreciation Award.  Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Escobar volunteered on the University at Buffalo Biological Institutional Review Board from 2013-2016 and on the Kaleida Hospital Ethics Committee from 2009-2001.

October 1, 2021 

Dr. Fabio Escobar has been named as the new Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Niagara County Community College (NCCC).  He has spent a majority of his career in higher education, most recently serving as Vice Provost at SUNY Erie Community College.

Dr. Escobar has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from California State University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo.  In 2015 he received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service and in 2014 he received the ECC Student Government Association Faculty Appreciation Award.  Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Escobar volunteered on the University at Buffalo Biological Institutional Review Board from 2013-2016 and on the Kaleida Hospital Ethics Committee from 2009-2001.

Dr. Fabio Escobar

Dr. Fabio Escobar, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at NCCC


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Sara Harvey
Assistant Director, Public Relations & Event Management
Phone: 716-614-6220
Email: sharvey@niagaracc.suny.edu

Daniel Burns

Niagara County Community College Foundation Announces Spring 2022 Scholarships

By News Archive

September 27, 2021 

The NCCC Foundation Office is offering scholarships for incoming and current part-and-full time students for the Spring 2022 semester at Niagara County Community College (NCCC).

All applications are due Friday, October 15, 2021. New scholarships for the Spring 2022 semester include the Briody Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Carolyn Cianciosa Memorial Scholarship, ACF of Greater Buffalo in Memory of Monte Dolce Scholarship, and Mary Jane Quinby Nursing Scholarship. Almost $100,000 in scholarships was awarded to over 150 current and incoming NCCC students towards their education in Fall 2021.

To apply for NCCC scholarships, visit the scholarship website at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships/. For more information or any questions, please contact the NCCC Enrollment Center at finaid@niagaracc.suny.edu or 716-614-6266.


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Allison Korta
Foundation Assistant Director
Phone: 716-614-6231
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Campus aerial photo

NCCC 60th Anniversary Logo Design Contest

By News Archive

September 27, 2021 

In the fall of 2022, Niagara County Community College (NCCC) will begin a yearlong celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of its founding.  The theme of the event will be “Honoring the Past and Reimagining the Future,” and will include various activities to bring the campus and community together.

While the festivities will not begin until September of 2022, NCCC is announcing an opportunity to get involved now through a logo design contest.  Starting Friday, October 1st, students, alumni, employees, and the community are invited to submit an original design that will be included on all promotional materials and anniversary swag.  All designs must have the number 60 represented in some way and include NCCC’s blue and yellow colors.  The entries will be judged on originality, professional quality, aesthetic quality, complexity, concept, and relevance to NCCC and the 60th anniversary.

All designs must be submitted by Friday, October 15th.  To see more details about the contest and to submit an entry, visit: https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/60years/contest/


Media Contact Information

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

virtual scholarship gala

Niagara County Community College Announces Foundation Scholarship Virtual Celebration

By News Archive

September 22, 2021 

COVID-19 has once again impacted in-person events. Unfortunately, the 2021 NCCC Foundation Scholarship Gala has been cancelled. Instead, guests are invited to join virtually throughout the entire month of October to celebrate and invest in NCCC’s student scholarships and success!

Since 1987, the NCCC Foundation Office has been committed to assisting their students. Despite the uncertain times due to COVID-19, the Foundation’s support has continued to stand strong thanks to the generosity of their donors. This year alone, the Foundation has awarded almost $200,000 in scholarships, $33,000 in COVID Student Emergency Relief funding, and $345,000 to renovate classrooms and update technology. Donor contributions are crucial to making an impact and the annual Scholarship Gala is the primary fundraiser supporting student scholarships.

For a donation of $125 or more, guests will be entered into a weekly drawing during the October virtual celebration. They will have the opportunity to win two tickets to Hamilton: An American Musical, four tickets to the 2022 NCCC Foundation Scholarship Diamond Gala, dinner and drinks at Savor Restaurant’s chef table for eight, $200 in lottery tickets, four bottles of fine wines, and so much more! Donations can be made by contacting the NCCC Foundation Office at 716-614-5910 or online at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/foundation/gala/.

Make sure to save the date for NCCC’s 60th Anniversary which will be kicked off with the Foundation Scholarship Diamond Gala on Saturday, October 22, 2022!

virtual scholarship gala

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Allison Korta
Assistant Director, Foundation
Phone: 716-614-5910
Email: akorta@niagaracc.suny.edu

Maureen Henderson

Henderson Named Director of Niagara SBDC

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September 21, 2021 

Maureen Henderson

Maureen Henderson, Director of the NCCC Small Business Development Center

Maureen Henderson has been named as the new Director of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She replaces previous director, Lynn Oswald who retired on September 1 after 12 years in the role.

Maureen has served the Niagara SBDC for more than 14 years as a business advisor. Prior to this position, she was employed in the banking and financial industry and was a successful business owner. Maureen holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Bonaventure University. A life-long learner, she earned her Advanced Certification as a business advisor with the New York Small Business Development Center in 2019. Maureen enjoys all aspects of helping clients with their businesses, and her specialty lays in procurement, including government contracting and women, minority, and veteran certifications.

Maureen is an engaged community leader and enjoys being active within Niagara County. She has served as Treasurer of the Board for Lockport Main Street, Inc. since 2016. In addition, she previously served as both President and Vice President of the Newfane Business Association, Chairperson of the Newfane Town Celebration, and led the town’s Beautification Grant Committee.

She has been presented with several awards from various organizations, including: Buffalo Region SBA’s Women in Business Champion award, Newfane Business Association’s Business Person of the Year award, and Buffalo Business First’s 40 Under 40 award. Maureen resides in Olcott, NY with her husband, Charlie; son, Sam; and daughter Isabelle.

For more information on the Niagara SBDC, visit niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/ or call 716-210-2515.

September 21, 2021 

Maureen Henderson has been named as the new Director of the Niagara County Community College (NCCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC). She replaces previous director, Lynn Oswald who retired on September 1 after 12 years in the role.

Maureen has served the Niagara SBDC for more than 14 years as a business advisor. Prior to this position, she was employed in the banking and financial industry and was a successful business owner. Maureen holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from St. Bonaventure University. A life-long learner, she earned her Advanced Certification as a business advisor with the New York Small Business Development Center in 2019. Maureen enjoys all aspects of helping clients with their businesses, and her specialty lays in procurement, including government contracting and women, minority, and veteran certifications.

Maureen is an engaged community leader and enjoys being active within Niagara County. She has served as Treasurer of the Board for Lockport Main Street, Inc. since 2016. In addition, she previously served as both President and Vice President of the Newfane Business Association, Chairperson of the Newfane Town Celebration, and led the town’s Beautification Grant Committee.

She has been presented with several awards from various organizations, including: Buffalo Region SBA’s Women in Business Champion award, Newfane Business Association’s Business Person of the Year award, and Buffalo Business First’s 40 Under 40 award. Maureen resides in Olcott, NY with her husband, Charlie; son, Sam; and daughter Isabelle.

For more information on the Niagara SBDC, visit niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/ or call 716-210-2515.

Maureen Henderson

Maureen Henderson, Director of the NCCC Small Business Development Center


Media Contact Information

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