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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Marlen Krause, who is studying toward a dual degree from Niagara University and the International University of Applied Sciences in Germany, was recognized during the 2015 Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators Association Conference this spring in Las Vegas.

Krause won second place in the Undergraduate Student Research Forum for her paper “Airbnb: Is it an Innovator or a Market Disrupter in the Hotel Industry?”

Entries for the Best Paper Award were judged on topic relevance and contribution of research to existing knowledge, sound methodology and statistical analysis, structure and clarity of writing, and conclusions and implications.

Participating universities, in addition to Niagara, included Arkansas Tech University, Michigan State University, the University of Memphis and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Krause is matriculating toward a degree in hospitality management from NU as well as from her home institution in Bad Honnef, Germany. The partnership is offered through Niagara’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Founded in 2011, the Korea America Hospitality & Tourism Educators Association fosters academic and professional collaboration and networking between hospitality educators and industry professionals in both Korea and America. Chang Huh, an associate professor in Niagara’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, serves as president of the association.


Michelle Suitor received the STAR Award from Complete Senior Care of Niagara Falls. The award is given monthly to an employee who consistently performs at a superior level to the benefit of the company.

Suitor has been on staff at CSC as enrollment coordinator for more than two years. She says the most rewarding part of her job is seeing “lives transformed by our program.” CSC provides a wide range of services to help seniors remain in their home and community for as long as possible.


Niagara County Community College recognized sophomore Nina Frye as the 2015 Physical Education Major of the Year. She served as both treasurer and president of the Health/Physical Education Club, volunteered at the NCCC Hoops for Heart event, and presented at the March 2015 New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference on the use of Dartfish technology in assessment of gymnastics skills. She was recently honored with the Outstanding Club Officer award from the NCCC Student Senate.


Shaun L. Kiely has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after completing the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Niagara University.

Kiely will be assigned to a specific corps in the Army to serve on active duty or in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve. He will attend a basic officer course and complete advanced training by attending basic officer leadership courses for career progression purposes.

Kiely is the son of Michael and Cynthia Kiely of Ransomville and the husband of Brittany Kiely. He is a 2011 graduate of Wilson High School.