Niagara Gazette


September 23, 2012

Niagara University has a lot planned for Founder's Week


Niagara Gazette — Dr. Bob Kane, associate professor of history

Dr. Todd Schoepflin, associate professor of sociology

Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the College of Business Administration

Alex Bertland, associate professor of philosophy Each speaker will address the audience for approximately 10 minutes on how his academic discipline approaches issues regarding wealth distribution. The floor will then be open for discussion.



Wednesday’s festivities take place during the lunchtime hour, with a St. Vincent lookalike contest kicking off at noon in the lower level of the Gallagher Center. Squaring off to determine who can be made up to most closely resemble a French priest from the 1600s will be Michael Beam, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Castellani Art Museum; David Ederer, facility engineer; and a student representative. A performance by the Nativity Miguel Middle School of Buffalo will complement the friendly competition.



The annual Vincentian Heritage Convocation commences at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel. During this year’s convocation, Dr. Melvin Dyster, ’48 and Frank Layden, ’55, will be recognized as Niagara Legacy Alumni of Distinction, while Daniel M. Guariglia Jr., ’75, and John K. Spanbauer, ’83, M.S.Ed.’93, will receive the Vincentian Mission Award, and the Rev. John Freund, C.M., will be presented with an honorary degree. Father Freund will also deliver the keynote address.



A poverty simulation workshop is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on the 4th 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. That evening, beginning at 8 p.m. in front of St. Vincent’s Hall, Niagara University students will organize a sleep-out to bring attention to the plight of the homeless. For more information on Vincentian Heritage Week, contact Dr. James Delaney, Niagara University’s mission director, at 286-8640 or

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