Niagara University’s Niagara Fund recently surpassed its yearly $2 million fundraising goal, school officials announced.

Beating the target amount by 46 percent, this year’s take will go toward the Niagara Fund’s overall $10 million target, the school’s press office said. That money, in turn, will go toward the university’s “The Promise of Niagara,” an $80 million campaign to fund structural and grounds improvements and additions over the coming years, including renovations of the school theater and Dwyer Arena.

One of the first parts of “The Promise of Niagara,” the school’s new academic complex in the center of the Lewiston campus, is set to open before classes resume later this month. The building will house the colleges of business administration and education.


The NCCC Alumni Association invites Niagara County Community College alumni, employees and their guests to Alumni Night at Artpark for Elton John and Tim Rice’s “AIDA” on Aug. 16.

A reception and cash bar will be held at 7 p.m. on the VIP Terrace of the Lewiston venue, with the show starting at 8 p.m., the school’s press office said.

Reservations must be made by Wednesday by calling

614-5904 or e-mailing


Karin Crumb, a facility designer/

drafter, has been named employee of the month for July at Niagara University.

She has been employed at the university since April 2004, the university’s press office said. Crumb’s ability to work cooperatively with all constituents on campus was mentioned in several nominations.

Crumb, who resides in Williamsville, is engaged to Shawn Kosmala of Cheektowaga. The wedding is set for this month.


Settimia Tripi, 19, a sophomore health and physical education major, is the newest member of the Niagara County Community College Board of Trustees, the school’s press office said.

A 2006 graduate of Mount St. Mary Academy, she lives in north Buffalo. Tripi works at the front desk of the NCCC admissions department.

After graduating from NCCC, Tripi plans to transfer to either Brockport or Canisius to become a middle school physical education teacher.

The NCCC Board of Trustees is a 10-member governing body. Five members are appointed by the Niagara County Legislature, and four members are appointed by the governor. The student body annually elects a student trustee.

Contact reporter Paul Lane

at 282-2311, ext. 2251,


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