Former NASA Executive, Canadian Healthcare Leader, Syrian Imprisonment Survivor NU Alumnus Speaks at Niagara University Commencement

Gregory Robinson Photo Courtesy Niagara University

Gregory Robinson Photo Courtesy Niagara University

Mon, May 8, 2023 07:00 AM

Niagara University

Gregory Robinson, former director of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope program, and Sam Goodwin, a Niagara University alumnus who was imprisoned for nine weeks in Syria, attend Niagara University’s 2023 commencement ceremony on May 11 and 13. will give a speech to the graduates. Lewiston art park. On May 18, Mackenzie Health President and CEO Altaf Stationwala delivers a commencement address to his NU Ontario graduates who will celebrate at a ceremony at the Meridian Center.

Robinson will deliver an honorary doctorate at the graduate’s commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 11. After serving as a lieutenant at NASA for decades, Robinson was asked to become director of the Webb Telescope Program in March 2018. As Chief Engineer and Deputy Director of the Institute’s Science Mission Directorate. As director, he has evaluated the performance of more than 100 of his science missions and has seen the successful launch of a telescope that was delayed many times before taking over the project. He was named TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022, NASA Presidential Rank Distinguished Executive Award, NASA Meritorious Senior Professional and Executive Award, 2022 Federal Employee of the Year, Samuel J. Heyman Service His To America Medal, and his EBONY 2022 Power 100.

Also that evening, Dr. Lori V. Quigley, Interim Chancellor of Medaille College and Chairman of the Board of Seneca Gaming Corporation, will be awarded the university’s Pellvoyer Medal in recognition of her extraordinary dedication to higher education. Quigley is also on the board of the National Indian Education Association and her YWCA-WNY. She is a native of New York She is an American She has served as chairman of the Indian Educational Association for ten years. She served two terms as governor of the New York State Minority Health Council. She has been appointed by the President of the United States to the National Advisory Board on Education in India. She has also received several honors, including her prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research and Scholarships.

Goodwin, a member of NU’s class of 2012, will address graduates at both the morning and afternoon commencements on Saturday, May 13. Country. His detention included solitary confinement, a sham trial, blindfolded interrogation, and ultimately a dramatic release. With a BA in Communication Studies and French, Goodwin has played and coached hockey in India, Turkmenistan, North Korea and elsewhere, and has led humanitarian efforts in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

During the morning ceremony, Niagara Falls Housing Authority Director Samika Sullivan will be presented with the Caritas Medal for her work as a youth and community advocate. Sullivan is the founder of PeaceQueen EduTainment Community Building and Consulting Services, working with a diverse range of young people, including those currently or previously incarcerated, those undergoing mental health diagnoses, and those involved in foster care. I’ve been

That afternoon, Reverend Raymond H. Allen will be awarded the St. Vincent de Paul Medal in recognition of his service to social justice. He is the senior pastor of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church.

On May 18th, Altaf Stationwala will greet the graduates of Niagara University, Ontario. This is her fourth class to graduate from Vaughan’s place. Under Stationwala’s leadership, Mackenzie Health has achieved the highest consecutively highest ratings a Canadian healthcare provider can receive in 2013 and 2017, its commitment to safety and quality patient care, and the organization’s second Received numerous awards for approving the construction of a hospital, the Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital. In June 2015 Stationwala established the Mackenzie Innovation Institute. This includes Canada’s first innovation unit initiative. It is a unique integration of advanced technology that transforms the delivery of care.

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