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Niagara University president to hold town hall meeting with Niagara Falls community

by jmaloni


Fri, Feb 7th 2014 11:20 pm

The Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president, will participate in a "town hall" meeting Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Governor's Room at the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls (101 Old Falls St.).

Members of the public are invited to participate in this event to hear from Niagara University's 26th president regarding his preliminary vision for Niagara University. Maher, who came to NU in August after 23 years at St. John's University, will present brief opening remarks, followed by conversation among meeting participants.

This meeting is presented as a part of a larger series of meetings that have been organized by the university's flagship community outreach program, ReNU Niagara, a program designed to build residential and organizational capacity in the city and surrounding areas. ReNU Niagara is part of the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., Institute for Civic Engagement.

The meetings were scheduled as ReNU Niagara nears the conclusion of a pair of grant-funded projects, "Creating a Healthier Niagara Falls," funded by the John R. Oishei Foundation; and the "Vacant Lot Initiative," funded through the City of Niagara Falls' Community Development Block Grant process.

"The town hall meeting with Father Maher provides another level of dialogue with the community to help discern areas where the university can better plug in our resources to further the ongoing revitalization efforts in the City of Niagara Falls," said Dr. David Taylor, director of the Levesque Institute.

The full list of meetings, including those already held, can be found below:

•Wednesday, Jan. 22 - 6 p.m., The NACC (1201 Pine Ave.)

•Thursday, Jan. 30 - 6 p.m., Beloved Community Administration Building (1710 Calumet Ave.)

•Wednesday, Feb. 12 - 6 p.m., Niagara University Campus (Dunleavy Hall, Room 127)

•Wednesday, Feb. 19 - 6 p.m., Niagara Falls Public Library - LaSalle Branch (rescheduled date)

•TBD - Niagara Falls High School government classes

For more information, contact Tom Lowe, ReNU Niagara director, at 716-205-0289 or [email protected].

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