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May 4, 2008

HIGHER EDUCATION NOTEBOOK: NU, NCCC set commencement speakers

Lisa Myers, an award-winning senior investigative correspondent for NBC News and seasoned political analyst will be Niagara County Community College’s commencement speaker at 10 a.m. May 17.

Myers can be seen on the top-rated NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, “Today,” “Meet the Press,” MSNBC and CNBC.

In the past two years, Myers and her news team have won four awards, including an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow award, for coverage of 9/11, terrorism, politics and contracting problems in Iraq.

In 2003, Myers was awarded one of journalism’s most prestigious reporting prizes, the 2003 Joan Barone Award for Washington reporting, for a series of exclusives on the Enron scandal, including an exclusive interview with Linda Lay, wife of Enron CEO Ken Lay.

Myers’ experience also includes coverage of seven presidential campaigns and work as a floor reporter for NBC at four Democratic and Republican conventions.

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The Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, and Clayborne Carson, founding director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Institute at Stanford University, will speak at Niagara University commencement exercises May 17 and 18.

O’Connell, a graduate of Niagara and a former administrator at the university, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address May 18 in Alumni Arena on the University at Buffalo campus. The ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.

O’Connell was inaugurated as the 14th president of The Catholic University in November 1998. Prior to that, he was associate vice president and dean at St. John’s University. He served as interim academic vice president at Niagara University during the 1994-95 academic year.

Carson, a Buffalo native who holds a dual appointment as professor of history and director of the King Institute at Stanford, will speak at the graduate school’s commencement May 17 in the upper level of the Gallagher Center on the NU campus. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Carson was a senior member of the team of scholars and producers which put together the widely acclaimed PBS documentary “Eye on the Prize,” a study of America’s civil rights movement from 1954 to 1985.

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