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SUNY Niagara Updates Campus Mask Mandate

By News Archive

February 28, 2022

Effective Monday, February 28, 2022 SUNY Niagara is removing the mandatory masking requirement on campus for those fully compliant with the vaccine mandate as defined by the Center for Disease Control, New York State, the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Niagara County Department of Health.  While masks will no longer be required, it is encouraged that individuals wear them when in close proximity to others.

Employees and students who are not fully vaccinated due to religious and medical exemptions will be required to continue to wear a mask at all times while on campus per a SUNY policy that was revised on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.  In addition to continued masking for these individuals, SUNY Niagara will require them to continue to participate in weekly Covid pool testing.  Random pool testing will continue each week for fully vaccinated staff and students for enhanced observation and protection of the health of those on campus, and voluntary pool testing is an option for those who wish to test weekly on their own as well.  All costs of pool testing for staff and students is covered in full by SUNY Niagara.

SUNY Niagara worked with SUNY and the Niagara County Department of Health in updating the mask mandate on campus, and is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the campus community.  The administration is confident that recent trends in data, in addition to the guidance and collaboration of other state and local stakeholders, and testing measures in place support the decision to update the mask mandate.

Effective Monday, February 28, 2022 SUNY Niagara is removing the mandatory masking requirement on campus for those fully compliant with the vaccine mandate as defined by the Center for Disease Control, New York State, the State University of New York (SUNY) and the Niagara County Department of Health.  While masks will no longer be required, it is encouraged that individuals wear them when in close proximity to others.

Employees and students who are not fully vaccinated due to religious and medical exemptions will be required to continue to wear a mask at all times while on campus per a SUNY policy that was revised on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.  In addition to continued masking for these individuals, SUNY Niagara will require them to continue to participate in weekly Covid pool testing.  Random pool testing will continue each week for fully vaccinated staff and students for enhanced observation and protection of the health of those on campus, and voluntary pool testing is an option for those who wish to test weekly on their own as well.  All costs of pool testing for staff and students is covered in full by SUNY Niagara.

SUNY Niagara worked with SUNY and the Niagara County Department of Health in updating the mask mandate on campus, and is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the campus community.  The administration is confident that recent trends in data, in addition to the guidance and collaboration of other state and local stakeholders, and testing measures in place support the decision to update the mask mandate.


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

Student Emergency Relief Fund

SUNY Impact Foundation to Match Donations in SUNY Niagara Student Emergency Relief Fund

By News Archive
Relief Fund recipient

Relief Fund recipient

June 5, 2020

The SUNY Niagara Foundation Office has continued to work tirelessly to raise funds for our students who are struggling with financial hardships caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As of today, the SUNY Niagara Foundation has raised $15,000 to support 150 current students. Each student has received a $100 gift card to help purchase groceries, medicine, and other basic necessities.

This offering puts only a small dent in the mounting bills our students are facing due to unemployment and other hardships. Making even a small contribution can ensure that students do not have to choose between buying groceries for their families and maintaining the internet connection necessary to do their studies.

SUNY Niagara has now been provided with an incredible opportunity to double our donations and your impact on the Student Emergency Relief Fund! The SUNY Impact Foundation has promised to match dollar for dollar any gift made to the Relief Fund up to a total of $50,000 if made before July 1, 2020. Our goal is to maximize this match opportunity to provide as many students as possible relief from their financial struggles. Your support is crucial in ensuring successful outcomes for our students and they are counting on us!

Donations can be made online by visiting http://niagaracc.suny.edu/coronavirus/giving or checks can be made payable to the SUNY Niagara Foundation, 3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132. If you have any questions, please email Deb Brewer, SUNY Niagara Foundation Director, at found@niagaracc.suny.edu or call 716-438-6388.


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

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

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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

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SUNY Niagara announces commencement postponement due to COVID-19

By News Archive

April 3, 2020

In a letter to eligible graduates and college employees on Wednesday, April 1, SUNY Niagara President William J. Murabito, Ph.D. announced that commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16, 2020, would be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.  “I am aware of the great efforts and sacrifices made by SUNY Niagara’s Class of 2020, and we look forward to the opportunity to honor their accomplishments properly with a ceremony at a later date.”

Due to the continually evolving health crisis, no definitive date has been set for the new ceremony at this time.  A survey will be sent out to poll graduates on their preferences, and the administration will take this into account along with the recommendations of local health officials on a safe timeframe to host large gatherings.  The conferral of degrees and distribution of diplomas will still occur on time as long as degree requirements are met, allowing students to transfer to four-year institutions or pursue career opportunities in their field.

To view updated information on SUNY Niagara’s commencement, and to read the full letter from President Murabito, visit: http://niagaracc.suny.edu/commencement/


Media Contact Information

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

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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