Greatbatch Inc. has donated $100,000 to Niagara University to establish a scholarship fund in the name of former CEO Edward Voboril, the university said in a release.

The funds will be used to establish the “Greatbatch Scholarship Fund in honor of Edward Voboril.” It will support scholarships for students studying the biological, chemical and physical sciences, the university said.

Greatbatch, which is located in Clarence, makes components for medical devices and other electronics. Voboril is a former member of Niagara’s board of trustees.


The Division of Workforce and Community Development at Niagara County Community College will set sail with its On the Waterways classes later this month.

First is an evening dinner cruise on Lake Ontario that includes a dinner-dance, the school said in a release. This is a just-for-fun cruise leaving Port Dalhousie in St. Catharines, Ontario, at 8 p.m. Saturday and returning to port at midnight.

Then there’s a six-hour narrated historical cruise in the waters of western Lake Ontario and the lower Niagara River. Participants will relieve the historic episodes that led up to, took place during and following the War of 1812. This cruise will embark from Port Dalhousie at 11 a.m. Saturday and return to port at 5 p.m. The cruise includes a continental breakfast, full course dinner and a commentary by historian Wes Turner.

A tall ship cruise will depart from Port Dalhousie at 11 a.m. June 10 and return to port at 5 p.m. after a daylong cruise aboard the tall ship Empire Sandy. The locks and bridges of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Welland Canal will be the focus of the trip. If weather permits, the sails will be hoisted for a sail on Lake Ontario.

All three cruises sail rain for shine and board 30 minutes prior to cruise time. Registration is required and can be made by calling 614-6470 or visiting


Rachel Kehm, a student worker in the Kiernan Center, has been named Niagara University student employee of the year for 2007, the school said in a release.

A recently graduated hotel and restaurant management major from Rochester, she had worked in the center for four years, most recently as student supervisor of the front desk. Kehm was cited for being a pillar in the center and the school community, and for possessing leadership traits that were acknowledged by her supervisor and co-workers.

Kehm had served as president of NU’s Club Management Association of America for the past two years and was treasurer of the Hospitality and Tourism Association since her freshman year.

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