Share this article

print logo

Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Martha Krupa, coordinator of tutorial services in Niagara University’s Office of Academic Support, was presented with NU’s Outstanding Employee Award by the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president.

Krupa, a Lockport resident, began working at Niagara as an adjunct professor in 2001. She was hired as a full-time writing coordinator in 2009 and, in 2012, the position transitioned to her current one as coordinator of tutorial services.

Nominations for the Outstanding Employee Award are made by NU employees, students, alumni, parents or other persons who come in contact with university employees. Honorees are eligible to receive gift certificates to area amenities, movie passes, two days off during the next quarter, NU athletics tickets and a universal parking tag that can be used in any non-handicapped parking spot on campus.


U.S. Air Force Airman Bayley T. Dole and U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman Jessica D. Miller graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airmen completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Dole is the son of Joe and Carrie Potalivo of Newfane, and grandson of Elizabeth Hornberger of Eden.

He is a 2015 graduate of Newfane Senior High School, Newfane.

Miller is the daughter of Rebecca C. and Jeffrey A. Miller of Lewiston. She is a 2012 graduate of a home school program in Lewiston.


Tenpao Lee, a professor of economics and finance at Niagara University, was appointed a Distinguished Overseas Professor of the Shanghai Lixin University of Commerce in China.

This appointment will further enhance collaboration between Niagara and Lixin. Niagara and Lixin entered into an academic cooperation agreement in January 2015 to facilitate faculty and student exchange opportunities between the institutions.

As part of the agreement, Lee taught a course in Shanghai during his sabbatical last spring. He was asked by Lixin administrators to apply for the Distinguished Overseas Professors Program, and was recently approved for the program by the Education Committee of Shanghai City government.

Lee visited Lixin in December 2015 to begin fulfilling his obligations as a Distinguished Overseas Professor.

The Distinguished Overseas Professors program, established in 2011, is meant to enhance the student learning experience by hiring accomplished professors from abroad to conduct research and teach in Shanghai’s higher education institutions.

To become a Distinguished Overseas Professor, the professor must demonstrate that he or she has published significantly in the field, held a key position in a higher education institution or an academic organization, earned major fellowships or grants, and/or has placed significant impacts in the field, among other requirements.

Lee earned his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Taiwan in 2001 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist from 2002 to 2009. In addition to business statistics, he has taught supply chain management at the undergraduate and graduate levels in recent years. He also developed a study abroad program to Asia that includes China, Taiwan and Japan.

Lee’s research is focused on the impact of globalization on the economy. He has served as editor of the International Journal of Intellectual Property Management.