The Promise of Niagara

Capital Projects

Academic success and vibrant campus life are increasingly dependent on up-to-date classrooms, technical resources in all disciplines, and new athletic facilities. The caliber of Niagara University’s facilities is as crucial to attracting top students as is its academic excellence. Several campaign projects will improve academic and athletic life on campus.

The B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences - $16.5 Million

Research in science and technology advances so quickly, that everything from concepts to textbooks may become obsolete in the blink of an eye.  The changing face of science education has led Niagara University to formally plan for and implement the construction of a new integrated sciences center. 

The lead commitment for this center, $10 million, was made by B. Thomas Golisano, a Rochester area businessman and philanthropist.

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Academic Complex - $16.5 Million - Opened Fall 2007

The Academic Complex–the new home of the colleges of Business Administration and Education–broke ground May 2, 2006 and opened a year later.

This 56,000 square foot Academic Complex complements a number of campus buildings that have been newly built or renovated since the late 1990’s. The Academic Complex combines new construction and a complete renovation of Perboyre Hall.

In keeping with the university’s mission of providing real-life educational experiences to its students, the Academic Complex accommodates features that are integral to the professions of business and education. The College of Business Administration wing, Bisgrove Hall, includes a financial services laboratory or trading floor, a Bloomberg Room, a board room and conference center and centers for Logistics, Family Business, International Accounting and Entrepreneurship..

The College of Education wing is designed to inspire a team building approach to education, and features teaching clusters that encourage student-faculty interaction and teaching labs that emulate the K-12 classroom setting and foster teamwork.

The College of Education’s service to the community ise further enhanced with new facilities for its centers for Family Literacy and Family Counseling.

In support of the Academic Complex, Niagara University will raise:

  • $6.5 million for the College of Business
  • $8 million for the College of Education
  • $2 million for overall classroom technology

The two wings are linked by an atrium that connects both colleges to form one complex and serve as the main entry and reception area.

Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre and the renovated William P. and Marie Leary Theatre - $1 Million - Opened May 2010

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, Niagara University cut the ribbon to officially open the new Elizabeth Ann Clune Center for Theatre and the renovated William P. and Marie Leary Theatre.

Following the ceremony, a sold-out audience was treated to “Anything Goes,” the 1930s Cole Porter Broadway classic. The show was directed by Br. Augustine Towey, C.M., director emeritus of Niagara University Theatre.

Theatre has played an important part in the life of Niagara University. What began as an extra-curricular activity, turned into credit bearing courses in theatre in the late 1960’s.  In 1975 a concentration in Theatre Studies (under the Department of English) was created and in 1989 the state granted permission for a full Theatre Degree, a BFA in Theatre Arts.

Today, there are over 100 students majoring in theatre studies at the university and the theatre produces an average of eight productions a year. 

For over 40 years Niagara University theatre has been a premier venue in Western New York, playing host to the best in music, dance and theatre, and entertaining and challenging students, faculty, and the local community.

Vincentian Residence - $2.5 Million - Opened December 2008

The Vincentian Fathers and Brothers have served as stewards for Niagara University since 1856. Construction of the primary residence of the Vincentian Community which is known as Meade Hall was completed in 1926. It was rededicated in 1967 in honor of Rev. Francis L. Meade, C.M. who served as the 16th president of the university. Meade Hall is part of the historic spine of the university and has served its residents well for over 80 years.

Part of this campaign’s vision for the future well-being of the Vincentians was to provide them with a new residence with modern and updated accessibility conveniences that were not available in Meade Hall. The new Vincentian Residence which opened in December 2008 provides Niagara’s Vincentian Community with modern facilities and a nicely appointed living environment.

Athletic Facilities - $4 Million

Today’s student-athletes demand well-planned, ample athletic and recreational facilities in the same way they need modern classrooms, laboratories, learning areas for academic programs and housing, to prepare them for their careers. Niagara University is expanding and enhancing its athletic facilities and programs to ensure that our students and the entire community can experience the learning that occurs through sports and recreational activity participation and engagement.

We have made great strides in improving athletic facilities but we must do more to match our peer institutions’ facilities and programs.

Expanded athletic facilities will accommodate the increasing demands of the university’s 17 intercollegiate NCAA Division I varsity men’s and women’s sports, health and physical education, intramurals, health and wellness facilities, and related programming.

In support of athletic initiatives we will raise:

  • $2 million for the renovation of the Kiernan Center
  • $2 million for Dwyer Arena Improvements

Gacioch Family Alumni and Admissions Center

The university intends to renovate Meade Hall into one of most mission-critical buildings on campus: a place for alumni and donors to gather to remember the past, and a place for potential students and their families to not just learn about the strengths and programs of Niagara University, but also to feel and live the tradition embodied in the building.

The current structure, overlooking the Niagara River Gorge, was built in 1927 and last renovated in 1967. The result of our plan will be a highly-attractive, practical, efficient facility that respects and enhances the historic character of the campus.

This stately building, which for many years served as the Vincentian residence, demonstrates Niagara’s Vincentian roots and will point to our future by housing our admissions, alumni and advancement offices, all key revenue producers for the university.

Joining admissions and advancement will initiate promising opportunities for staff interactions and enhance the relationship between student recruitment and marketing.

Prospective and current students, parents and alumni and community members and donors will be visiting the center daily.