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New York Legislature recognizes Xavier

Resolution pays tribute to University, Fr. Graham and Western New York alumni association

05/19/03

The New York Legislature paid tribute to Xavier last week, passing a resolution honoring the University, Xavier President Michael J. Graham, S.J., and the University’s Western New York alumni chapter. The resolution was introduced by state Sen. George D. Maziarz and recognized the University’s mission, its status as the sixth-oldest Catholic university in America and the fact that the student body is drawn from across the country and from many corners of the world—particularly noting “the community of those alumni who have congregated in the Western New York area, who practice the skills and principles they learned at Xavier University throughout the course of their daily lives.” Be it resolved, the resolution read, “that this legislative body pause in its deliberations and pay tribute to the Western New York alumni of Xavier University and its current President Michael J. Graham, S.J.” The resolution was read at the Buffalo alumni chapter’s National Xavier Night dinner on May 13. Chapter President Bruce Battaglia presented the resolution to Graham before a crowd of 66 alumni, guidance counselors and accepted students and their parents at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens in Depew, N.Y. Battaglia arranged the resolution as a surprise for Graham and the chapter. Following Graham’s remarks, 2002 graduate Jeff Gismondi put the finishing touches on the evening’s events when he presented Graham with a fine art print by well-known Buffalo-area artist Paul Hanover. The Buffalo chapter includes 104 members, spread geographically over a 300-mile range from Toronto to Elmira, N.Y., with the majority in Buffalo and Rochester.