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Small Business Association (SBA) representatives with SBDC Director Lynn Oswald (center)

Niagara SBDC receives grant as part of Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund

By News Archive

April 29, 2020

On Monday, April 27, 2020, the SUNY Niagara Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was awarded a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. The grant award total was $36,300.00, part of the Foundation’s COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund. Thanks to this timely funding award, the Niagara SBDC will be able to offer Niagara County businesses emergency relief services. These services include expert consultation on E-Commerce development, free participation in a multiple-part small business crisis management webinar series, and individual advisement on enhanced marketing sales techniques. Through this project, the Niagara SBDC anticipates supporting as many as 120 local small businesses.

The Niagara SBDC remains open remotely through the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting clients over the phone, via email, and in online meetings.  For more information on how the Niagara SBDC can assist you, and to get details on the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund, call 716-210-2515 or visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/sbdc/


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

Mt. St. Mary’s staff members thank SUNY Niagara Class of 2020 and Tops Friendly Markets.

SUNY Niagara Class of 2020 “chips” in to sweeten the day of local heroes

By News Archive

April 29, 2020

Students at SUNY Niagara are still adjusting to a new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Virtual learning has replaced in-person instruction and plans for major milestones like commencement are being postponed in order to keep the community safe and healthy.  The typical celebratory feeling surrounding the end of the college semester has a different vibe this year, but SUNY Niagara’s Class of 2020 is not letting this pandemic dampen their spirits.  Graduates are finding new ways to come together and share the joy with others through social media posts, virtual concerts, live cooking demonstrations, and most recently by way of a sweet offering to healthcare heroes, volunteers, and first responders in the area.

In an effort coordinated by SUNY Niagara’s class of 2020, thousands of custom cookies are being made and packaged through a partnership with Tops Friendly Markets.  The cookies will be distributed to local hospitals, nursing homes, firehouses, EMT services, the Niagara County Health Department, and police stations in Niagara County as a small gesture of gratitude.  Tayllor Clark, Student Senate President and member of SUNY Niagara’s Class of 2020 expressed her appreciation for those working to keep the community safe and healthy, “It is important for our students to honor their efforts because, without these individuals, there would be countless more people suffering from this illness. These front line individuals are important to our life in society every day, but even more so today.”

Some of these cookies will be presented to former students and SUNY Niagara alumni, bringing the goodwill full circle.  “SUNY Niagara has trained many healthcare professionals working in the region to combat COVID-19, including Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.  Our graduates are using skills learned through classroom, lab, and clinical experiences to make a difference in our community daily, but the impact of their efforts is especially important now,” says Dr. Diane Pytlik-Flammia, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Nursing and Allied Health.

SUNY Niagara’s contribution of cookies is just one of many efforts to support healthcare workers by colleges in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.  This movement, #SUNYTOGETHER led by Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson is also raising funds for personal protective equipment and medical research to assist with the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to the encouragement received from SUNY, SUNY Niagara is also relying on local leaders for guidance through this pandemic.  “Niagara County has been very supportive in providing leadership during this time.  We are thankful to the Niagara County Health Department for providing assistance in identifying essential workers and the Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies who are going above and beyond the call of duty to distribute cookies as a token of our appreciation,” says SUNY Niagara President William J. Murabito.

“I think it is fantastic that the SUNY Niagara graduates are making the most of a difficult situation and thinking of the workers on the front line of this pandemic.  As an SUNY Niagara alum, I wish them well as they move onto a new stage in their life,” says Acting Sheriff Michael J. Filicetti.

“Tops philosophy is Neighbors Helping Neighbors so we were honored and excited when we learned of the opportunity to partner with SUNY Niagara to provide the heroes of our community with a special treat and token of our appreciation for their service,” said Karri Zwirlein, director of the bakery, deli & prepared foods for Tops Friendly Markets.

Over 18,000 cookies will be distributed to these essential employees over the course of the next couple of days.  This extra boost of sugar and positive vibes is one small way to keep energy and spirits up for what may be the long road ahead.


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

Student Showcase

SUNY Niagara Student Showcase is virtually remarkable

By News Archive

April 21, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Student Showcase has become an annual tradition, featuring students working with the help of Faculty mentors to create projects highlighting every division on campus.  In its third year, the Showcase was not able to be held on campus due to COVID-19, but that did not stop organizers from pushing forward in a virtual format.  “Knowing how much time and passion students pour into these projects, it seemed wasteful not to find a way to give the public at least a taste of what the students intended. Once presented with the new format, many students chose to add additional materials to their posters and abstracts so the public would understand the project’s real intention,” says Dr. Matthew Clarcq, Professor and Chairperson of the Student Showcase.

In the past, SUNY Niagara employees contributed donations that funded monetary prizes for winners in each category.   With the complexity of trying to assess projects remotely this year, and judges determined that all twenty-four participants deserved an equal cut of the prize money.  This additional income is likely a welcome boost for financially strapped college students, and well-deserved for the extra effort required to complete projects outside of their normal classroom assignments.

One additional prize will be awarded in the “People’s Choice” category, with the winner receiving $250.  The public is invited to view submissions for the Student Showcase and vote on their favorite entry through Friday, May 1, 2020 by visiting: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/showcase/


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

student on computer

SUNY Niagara extends remote learning into the summer

By News Archive

April 17, 2020

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, SUNY Niagara will continue to deliver all courses through virtual modes of distance learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester and for the first session of summer courses as well.  The first of SUNY Niagara’s summer sessions run from May 26-July 7th and the full term summer session runs from May 26th through August 18th with both sessions being online.  The modality of a later 6-week module starting on July 8th is still undecided. The extension of remote instruction will include final exams/evaluations, which will be taken online or through a remote learning method determined by instructors.

This decision to keep students off-campus is in line with what most other colleges are planning in response to future uncertainty caused by COVID-19.  “SUNY Niagara’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our community, and we are following guidance from SUNY and our local Health Department officials in all decisions,” says SUNY Niagara President William Murabito.  For more information on summer course offerings at SUNY Niagara, visit: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/.


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

Distinguished Alumni Wall

SUNY Niagara Alumni Seeking Nominations for Annual Award

By News Archive

April 6, 2020

The SUNY Niagara 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 SUNY Niagara. The award will be presented at the SUNY Niagara Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Gala to be held on October 17, 2020, at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

The nominated individual must have completed 50 or more credit hours at SUNY Niagara, yet it is strongly recommended that she/he is a graduate. Nomination applications are available to submit online or download and mail in at http://niagaracc.suny.edu/alumni/awards/. Please mail applications to the following address, SUNY Niagara Alumni Association, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd., Sanborn, NY 14132. All materials are due to the Alumni Office by May 6, 2020, to be eligible for consideration for the award.  If you have any questions, please contact the Alumni Office at (716) 614-5910 or alumni@niagaracc.suny.edu.


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

NFCI student club

SUNY Niagara Establishes Student Emergency Relief Fund Amidst Coronavirus Crisis

By News Archive

April 2, 2020

Joining other SUNY campuses across New York State, SUNY Niagara has established a Student Emergency Relief Fund in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. This fund is designated to support the highest, short-term financial needs to students currently enrolled at SUNY Niagara who are now facing extenuating circumstances related to housing, food, and other vital resources.

Your gift will assist students and provide immediate relief for expenses related to their basic necessities such as food, medicine, toiletries, and more.

Now more than ever, our students are counting on us. You can make an immediate impact today by donating to the Student Emergency Relief Fund. Every dollar does make a difference. Donations can be made online at http://niagaracc.suny.edu/coronavirus/giving/. If you have any questions about donating, please contact Barbara DeSimone, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement at desimone@niagaracc.suny.edu.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and continued support of SUNY Niagara as we work together to ensure the safety and well-being of our Thunderwolves!


Media Contact Information

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

NFCI operations employee Dave Slowik collects food for Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc.

NFCI supports neighbors in need

By News Archive

April 2, 2020

Buffalo may be considered the “city of good neighbors,” but Niagara Falls certainly comes together as a community when times are tough.  This community spirit and support has been a hallmark of hope during the global Coronavirus pandemic, and the staff at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute (NFCI) is doing their part to keep positivity flowing.

Amid what has been an uncertain time for all, institutions of higher education are scrambling to reschedule events, retool lesson plans, and develop new ways of creating effective virtual learning environments for students.  Once it became clear students would not return to the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute for in-person instruction in the near future, Dave Slowik, an essential operations employee for NFCI knew something good could come of the situation.  He reached out to his supervisor and suggested all perishable food in the culinary labs could be donated to Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, Inc., an organization that provides Crisis & Community Services, Mental Health Housing Services, Mental Health Recovery Services, and Youth Services to area individuals in need.  In 2019 Community Missions provided 112,562 meals to those in need, a crucial service to the City of Niagara Falls, a municipality with over a quarter of residents in poverty.

After surveying the faculty on what perishable food items were available in the building, Dave Slowik along with other NFCI operations personnel, Dave Huntoon and Derrick Hilson mobilized to collect the food.  Grant Babcock, Director of Operations at Community Missions arrived in a pick-up truck on Friday, March 27  and NFCI employees filled the back with fresh produce, eggs and dairy from the coolers in the building.

This is not the first time the staff and students at NFCI have come together to support the local community.  In the fall, the NFCI Student Club prepared and donated 25 Thanksgiving turkeys to Community Missions, and in January they collected more than 500 personal items to create care packages to homeless individuals served by the organization.  “The ongoing relationship between NFCI and Community Missions is mutually beneficial, with students and staff seeing firsthand how their culinary skills and the donation of time and resources can help others,” says Josh Blumberg, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at NFCI.  NFCI is a division of SUNY Niagara.  For more information visit nfculinary.org


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

SUNY Niagara student Allura Taylor in a computer lab.

SUNY Niagara offers more online classes than ever

By News Archive

March 10, 2020

SUNY Niagara has a reputation for providing quality education at an affordable price, and now the institution is offering the added benefit of more flexible learning options for students.  Many students today have work and family obligations that preclude them from studying during traditional classroom hours, and SUNY Niagara is expanding its course schedule to accommodate the diverse needs of the student population.

“SUNY Niagara students need more flexibility in order to accommodate their busy schedules.  That’s why our college is offering more online and evening programs than ever before in order to meet their needs and assist in their success,” says Robert McKeown, Vice President of Enrollment Management.  The College recently began offering an Associate Degree in Psychology, with the option to complete the program online.  Additionally, language and math courses are now available online for the summer of 2020, which many students need as core courses in any program of study.  With the easy transfer process to any SUNY institution, SUNY Niagara summer courses are a terrific way for students at other colleges to save money and get a jumpstart on their education.

In the fall of 2020, online classes will be offered in a wider variety of topics, including Human Services, English, Sociology, Art, Criminal Justice, and even courses in the Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts Division.  Dr. Cindy Oberjosh, a professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division will be offering online courses in Cultural Diversity in Chemical Dependency Counseling and Research and Synthesis.  “For those with busy schedules or responsibilities that make it difficult to schedule themselves during traditional course hours, online learning offers the same quality instruction towards the same credential as those attending in-person classes on a college campus. We often have students taking courses as refreshers, for personal interest, or as professional development for career advancement. And, we often have students from other campuses in a variety of states enrolled through the SUNY Learning Network. Each semester SUNY Niagara adds new courses to our list of offerings,” says Oberjosh.

Students have access to more than 60 degree and certificate programs at SUNY Niagara, with guaranteed transfer to a SUNY four-year campus with an A.A. or A.S. degree.  To discover more about online learning at SUNY Niagara, visit http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/onlinelearning/


Media Contact Information

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

Aerial photo of the College

Murabito Sends Message to SUNY Niagara Community on Coronavirus

By News Archive

March 9, 2020

SUNY Niagara President Dr. William J. Murabito has issued a statement to employees and students on the rapidly evolving coronavirus outbreak and how the College was taking proactive measures in dealing with situation. His email letter reads as follows:

Dear SUNY Niagara Community,

Because of the recent outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus (2019-nCoV), SUNY Niagara is monitoring the situation carefully and is taking proactive measures to ensure the health and safety of all members of the SUNY Niagara family.  As of today, there have been no reports of any members of the campus or local community contracting the coronavirus disease.

            Earlier this week, SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson announced the suspension of study abroad programs in China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea, all of which have been issued a Level 2 or 3 travel notice from the CDC.  Currently, we do not have any SUNY Niagara students participating in any study abroad programs.

SUNY has also canceled campus-sponsored travel outside of the United States to impacted countries for the spring semester.  If you are planning to travel internationally over spring recess, I strongly encourage you to review the latest information on travel advisories at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.  Because the coronavirus situation is rapidly changing and impacting a growing number of countries, please be aware travelers may not be able to easily return to the U.S. and to campus.

            The College has an established Coronavirus/Pandemic Response Planning Ad Hoc Committee that has representation from all areas of the College. The team is in contact with Niagara County health department officials, local emergency response personnel, as well as SUNY.

            For our part, the College has purchased additional disinfectant products to be used on all touch surfaces (e.g., tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures), and custodians have been instructed to focus on these areas while cleaning to help provide a germ free environment.  In addition, new freestanding dispensers of hand sanitizers have been ordered and will be allocated to various locations across campus.

            While there is currently no vaccine to prevent this virus, these simple steps can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Additional information about the virus can be found at https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/

            If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Wellness Center at 716-614-6275

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Niagara County Department of Health, and the State University of New York (SUNY). 

            Please know that the health and safety of our campus community remain our highest priority. We will keep you updated on any new developments.


Media Contact Information

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

Anne Frank

SUNY Niagara presents The Diary of Anne Frank

By News Archive

March 6, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Theatre Arts Department will be performing the play, The Diary of Anne Frank starting Thursday, March 12th at 7:30 p.m.  The play is based on events detailed in a diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.  The performance will take place in the SUNY Niagara Arts & Media Theatre in Sanborn and runs through Sunday, March 15th.

Tickets for the play are $5 for seniors and alumni and $10 for adults.  Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Performing Arts website: http://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/pa/


Media Contact Information

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