Niagara Gazette

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September 23, 2013

Niagara University celebrating Founder's Week

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Panelists include:

• The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president

• The Rev. John Gouldrick, C.M., '63, associate vice president for mission

• Dr. Robert St. Hilaire, assistant professor of Religious Studies

Each speaker will address the topic for approximately 10 minutes, and the floor will then be opened for discussion.

 THURSDAY: The annual Vincentian Heritage Convocation commences at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel.

During this year's convocation, the university's Caritas Medal will be awarded to Dr. Judith A. (Skurski) Willard, '70, M.A.'72, Niagara University's assistant to the president for planning; while the Rev. John S. Sledziona, C.M., a former NU trustee and current cabinet secretary for Ordained Ministry and Liturgical Worship, will receive an honorary degree. Niagara's Vincentian Mission Award will be presented to Craig J., Ph.D., and Lisa Rivera, '95, M.S.Ed.'97. Craig is an associate professor of criminal justice at Niagara while Lisa is an academic counselor in the Niagara University Opportunity Program and moderates the Danceline team.

• FRIDAY: A poverty simulation workshop is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the fourth floor of St. Vincent's Hall. The role-playing experience affords participants an opportunity to gain insight into the realities of living in conditions of poverty.

• SATURDAY: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is coordinating a "Friends of the Poor Walk" that takes place at 10 a.m. on Goat Island within Niagara Falls State Park. The event is meant to build awareness and raise funds for those experiencing hardships in local communities. The national program attracted more than 19,000 walkers and raised nearly $2 million in 2012. This is the fourth year that the walk is being held in the Buffalo-Niagara region, where more than $30,000 has been raised toward the cause. Those interested are invited to register online at www.svdpwnywalk.info or simply show up on Saturday morning.

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