Dr. Salvatore Pappalardo has been appointed a professor emeritus by the Niagara University Board of Trustees.
To qualify for the honorary title, one must have attained the rank of full professor at the time of retirement, served 10 or more years as a full-time member of the faculty, achieved a record of meritorious service, and made significant contributions to the university.
Pappalardo provided 28 years (1975-2003) of distinguished service as an employee of Niagara University's College of Education. Within five years of joining the university, he was granted tenure, and was subsequently awarded the rank of full professor in May 1991.
Prior to retiring in 2003, Pappalardo twice held the position of department chair, served on more than 30 university committees, and coordinated counseling programs during various periods of his career at Niagara.
Since retiring, Pappalardo has remained active within the College of Education. He has maintained his support of NU's counselor training program by teaching a summer graduate course and mentoring faculty, staff and students. The Youngstown resident is still connected with numerous counseling agencies and centers, as well as statewide professional associations.
Last fall, Pappalardo was very active in the university's Alumni Weekend activities, assisting the College of Education, the event's affinity group. He has also chaired the college's annual professional recognition dinner, an event that enhances the university's esteemed legacy in education.
"We are most proud of the multitude of accomplishments and continuing commitment of Dr. Pappalardo to the profession and to our graduate students at Niagara University," stated Dr. Debra Colley, dean of NU's College of Education. "The need for counseling services for children and youth has never been greater. Dr. Pappalardo and our faculty bring passion, commitment and academic excellence to our graduates in the school counseling program. We are so proud to recognize Dr. Pappalardo with his honor."
Throughout his time at Niagara, Pappalardo was also active in the Naval Reserve and retired with the rank of captain in 1985.
Pappalardo has increased his involvement in a number of volunteer positions. With Niagara County Hospice, he trains all volunteers for Camp Hope, a bereavement camp for children, and also serves as counselor at the camp each year. He is a member of the board of directors for the Niagara County Girl Scouts and volunteers weekends during the summer at the Zoar Valley Girl Scout Camp.
Niagara University offers a master's degree program and professional certification in school counseling, with opportunities to bridge this credential with licensing requirements for mental health counseling. The school counseling program includes comprehensive clinical experience wherein candidates have mentored experiences across a spectrum of school districts, programs providing family and community support, and summer camps that focus on career and college readiness.
To learn more about Niagara University's undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in education, call 716-286-8560 or visit http://www.niagara.edu/education.