Donor Profile: Nicholas Calandra '11
When the Commons Café (formerly known as the 4th Floor Café) held its grand opening in 2011, Nicholas Calandra ’11 was there. “One of my most memorable moments at Medaille was cashing out Dr. Jurasek, the College’s president, on opening day of the 4th Floor Café. That day is so memorable because it showed me what could be done when you start with nothing,” said Calandra, who graduated with his bachelor’s degree in business administration making him the first in his family to graduate college.
Passionate about education and thankful for his experience at Medaille, Calandra joined the Young Alumni Committee and became a key volunteer in 2013. “I feel it is important to give back when you have received so much. I want to help impact the future of Medaille and the students we educate,” said Calandra.
In 2011 he made his first gift to Medaille in support of those students. “My first gift to the College was $25; it was what I could afford at the time but I thought it was important to show how I felt about Medaille.”
Two years later Calandra made an unrestricted leadership gift to Medaille, making him the youngest member of the College’s President’s Circle Society, a prestigious group of alumni, parents and friends of the College whose leadership giving and enthusiastic commitment to Medaille set an example and inspire others.
“I made the choice to give at the leadership level because I feel strongly about what Medaille has done for me. I don’t think that I would be where I am today without Medaille and the grants and scholarships that I received as a student made it possible for me to pursue my education. I want to give other people that chance,” he explained.
Calandra is the chief operating officer at Hearts for the Homeless in Buffalo and a recent recipient of Business First’s 30 Under 30 Award. Like true Buffalonians, he enjoys chicken wings and frequents the Wellington Put on Hertel, but only on Monday's for wing night.
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