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Niagara Honor Roll for the week of June 26

Dr. Kathleen Wong, an adjunct faculty member of Niagara University’s College of Education in Ontario, has been selected for the 2016 R.W.B. Jackson Award by the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association. She recently received her award at the University of Calgary.

The award is given for the most outstanding English-language article in each volume of the Canadian Journal of Education. It is based on the following criteria: importance and originality of the study; appropriateness and rigor of methods; significance of the results to the Canadian education community; and quality of writing.

Wong was recognized for an article she wrote that appears in Volume 38, Issue 3 of the journal, entitled, “Implementing Parent Engagement Policy in an Increasingly Culturally Diverse Community of New Immigrants: How New is ‘New?’ ” She received her doctorate in 2014 as part of NU’s first Ph.D. cohort in leadership and policy.

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The Niagara Falls Education Foundation recognized its Distinguished Alumni & Emerging Leader Alumni honorees for 2016 recently at the 6th annual Scholarship & Alumni Recognition Dinner held at Antonio’s Banquet & Conference Center. Distinguished Alumni are: Jerry Wolfgang, NFHS Class of 1955; and Joseph Marinello Sr., NFHS Class of 1960. Earl Bass, NFHS Class of 2006, was honored as the Emerging Leader.

Marinello owns Baldassara Collision and is the founder of Niagara Towing.

Wolfgang is the executive director of the WNY Regional Education Center for Economic Development, serves as the board chairman of the United Way of Niagara, is an adjunct professor at Niagara University, a member of the board of Niagara County Community College, is active in Niagara Workforce Investment Board, Lewiston Council of the Arts, Niagara Ballet and the Lewiston Peach Festival.

Bass is a Niagara Falls firefighter, host for the Niagara Falls Fire Fighters’ Christmas Toy Fund Telethon and co-chairperson of the Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk. He volunteers at various events for the Niagara Falls Housing Authority and presents during their annual Male and “Let’s Talk” summits.

This program recognizes the strength of the Niagara Falls School District and the outstanding graduates who have made their marks in professional endeavors and affected their community for the better.


Christine Bacon, a graduate student at Niagara University, was awarded an honorable mention designation by the nation’s top professional museum association, the American Alliance of Museums.

Bacon’s paper, “A Thousand Invisible Cords,” was part of the AAM’s Education Future Fiction Challenge and included in an application for the Ford W. Bell Fellowship with the AAM’s Center for the Future of Museums.

“A Thousand Invisible Cords” is a fictional short story set in Western New York in the year 2040. It envisions a lifelong public education program grounded in constructivist and experiential learning theories, rather than the behaviorist models that dominated K-12 public schools in previous decades.

Bacon is studying toward a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at NU. She is focusing on the disciplines of history, museum studies, education, writing, tourism, economic development, architecture, historic preservation and urban planning, among others.


Megan Rogers, a sophomore business major at Niagara University, was named a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact for demonstrating outstanding leadership and civic engagement. The Lewiston native is among 218 students in the country to receive the award.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.

Rogers’ history of volunteering to help others dates back to high school, when she was a Key Club member who assisted several organizations, including Habitat for Humanity.

When Rogers arrived at NU, she joined the Business and Organizational Leadership Development club because she saw the opportunity to apply what she was learning in class to a real-life problem, namely that 1.5 billion people worldwide are infected with diseases transmitted through contaminated soil, according to the World Health Organization. A key initiative of BOLD is the Sandal Falls project, which collects and cleans gently used sandals from the Cave of the Winds to send to areas around the world in need of footwear.

Rogers was unanimously elected president, and actively recruits volunteers, maintains inventory and sets up service projects. She is also working with NU faculty to create a travel abroad course in partnership with Soles4Souls to allow BOLD members and other business students to travel to different areas to distribute footwear, beginning as early as next year.

Rogers recently led a team of students to load an 18-wheeler with about 90,000 sandals that will be distributed across the Soles4Souls worldwide network and on to the feet of those who have no footwear.

Previous Niagara University students who have been named Newman Civic Fellows include James Mackey, ’16, for his leadership at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Niagara Falls, and Crystal Lorenzo, ’15, for her role in creating the NU student chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms.

Newman Civic Fellows awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform.


Members of the Lewiston Fire Company No. 1, the Upper Mountain Fire Company, Lewiston Police Department and other Lewiston residents were honored at the Mount St. Mary’s EmStar EMS Appreciation Dinner recently for the collaborative effort that saved the life of a man who suffered from anaphylactic shock and subsequently went into cardiac arrest following several bee stings. The 52-year-old male was reported not breathing after being stung by multiple bees. Lewiston Fire Company ambulance responded and found the male unresponsive with CPR in progress by Lewiston Police Department. An oral airway was secured and an epinephrine pen was administered. The patient was transported to EmStar and is alive and well.