NUCAP Facilitates Night Out For Local Lewiston Community

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y.—The sound of Christmas carols fills the room in the lower level of Gallagher Center as a small group of Niagara University students discuss the plan for the night. The students have smiles on their faces as they listen intently to the instructions given by NU’s Learn and Serve Director, Fran Boltz. The night is meant to be one of enjoyment for Rivershore, a local Lewiston community unlike others.

Boltz explains to the students that Rivershore is a not-for-profit organization which provides services, and a safe community, for adults with various disabilities. Members of Niagara University Community Action Program (NUCAP)—a board that plans events in which NU students can volunteer for—decided it would be beneficial to reach out to them and provide a special night out to the Niagara University men’s basketball game.  

“Last year was my first year working with Rivershore … we usually plan a movie night and invite them,” says Emily Andrews, a sophomore accounting major and member of NUCAP board. The basketball night is a change of pace from previous events. According to Andrews, it’s nice to see members of the Rivershore community in a new, more lively setting. 

DSC_1130“It just came to my mind to do a different type of volunteer activity,” says Eman Alabdulmuhsin, an accounting major in her first year of NU’s graduate MBA program. “It is nice to provide some help, even if it is just sitting next to them, having a nice chat during the game break, or cheering with them during the game. It is so great to see them among the crowd enjoying their time.”

Joy was the mission set forth for the night and it is evident the mission is being executed. Sitting in the stands, ears are filled with the sound of Rivershore members yelling, “Go Niagara!”, and one man in particular exclaiming his love for basketball. With happiness manifesting itself on their faces, in the form of broad smiles, Andrews’ words are made inexplicably true—even “the littlest thing can make them so happy!”

For more information on Rivershore and ways to support, please visit http://www.rivershore.org/ or call 716-754-7272.

-Alanna Cedrone, PRSSN

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Niagara University Students Make Strides for a Cure

BUFFALO, N.Y. – On Saturday, Oct. 17, 150 Niagara University students gave up sleeping in on a Saturday morning to walk in Buffalo’s Making Strides Against Cancer walk for breast cancer. It seems as though nowadays, just about everyone’s life has been impacted in some shape or form. As unfortunate as the fact may seem, that is what makes the need to find a cure even more urgent.

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“I am walking for my mom Laura Hayes,” said sophomore Andrew Hayes. “She is the most amazing and inspirational, number one woman in my life.”

Hayes talked about how cancer has recently affected his life as his mom has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has been fighting the battle everyday since. He was very excited to walk this morning for team Laura in efforts to find a cure.

“I am doing the walk to support anyone who is battling cancer or survived,” said sophomore Heather Peek.

Peek was especially excited to participate in this walk, as it was her first time participating in an event like this. At the end of the walk it was apparent how much she enjoyed the event.

Junior Shelby Ehrenreich has also been touched directly by cancer, as her aunt unfortunately lost her battle with breast cancer years ago.

“When I was four my aunt Lisa taught me how to put on pink lipstick before anything else,” said Ehrenreich. “I am wearing pink lipstick in her honor today.”

She continued to share memories of her aunt and the way she remembered her. Ehrenreich could only say positive things about her aunt and mentioned how these things have shaped her as a person today.

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It was humbling to be surrounded by people who have been through so much, yet still manage to smile ear to ear. Spending the morning surrounded by such positive energy was genuinely refreshing and well worth the 6 a.m. wake up call.

It is evident that when a community of people is brought together with a common goal, beautiful things can happen. With these same efforts, hopefully one day cancer will be a thing of the past but never forgotten.

-Hannah Macios, PRSSN