Campus Candid


There were some happy campers at the Canisius College Summer Science camp, thanks to a $10,000 grant from National Grid! The grant, which will support programming at the annual camp, was presented on August 9.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Domenic Romanello ᾿19, a junior animal behavior, ecology, and conservation (ABEC) and anthropology dual major, is participating in a unique research project that involves two of the world’s least studied non-human primates: the iconic big-eyed bushbabies, also known as galagos.

The study, led by a team from The University of Colorado at Boulder, compares the smaller galago, which is the size of a human hand, to the larger thick-tailed galago, which is cat-sized. Researchers want to better understand how body size may affect their ability to deal with challenging temperature environment.

Read more about the primate research project in an article on Health Medicine Network’s website here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Power 100

power-100-women-16x9 750xx3200-1800-0-1Members of the Canisius College community make up 16 percent of Business First’s Power 100 Women list for 2017. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York.  Business First compiled these rankings and defined “power” by the level of influence a woman has at her company, in her city or county and the length of her career. Only women who live full-time in Western New York were considered.

Of the 100 named, four Canisius alumnae were in the Top 10. Below is a complete listing of those members of the Canisius community who were honored:

Canisius alumnae:


#6 – Rhonda Frederick MPA ’03, president and CEO, People Inc.

#7 – Allegra Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; vice president, Kaleida Health

#9 – Kimberly Minkel ’96, executive director, NFTA

#10 – Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ’82, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

#20 – Norma Nowak ’79, PhD, executive director, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; founder and chief scientific officer, Empire Genomics LLC

#29 – Laura Zaepfel ’86, vice president of corporate relations, Uniland Development Co.

#31 – Susan O’Sullivan ’04, vice president, advanced solutions, Cisco Business Unit, Ingram Micro U.S.

#40 – Jill Syracuse ’83, executive vice president and chief engagement and servicing officer, Independent Health

#52 – Mary Roberts ’77, executive director, Martin House Restoration Corp.

#55 – Nadine Marrero ᾽99, director of development, city of Buffalo

#71 – Nancy Ware ’78, president and CEO, EduKids Inc.

#76 – Anne Gioia ’71, HON ’97, co-founder and trustee, Roswell Park Foundation

#92 – Linda Dobmeier ’83, chair, Buffalo State College Council; vice president, Dobmeier Janitorial Supplies Inc.


Canisius honorary degree recipients:


#8 – JoAnn Falletta HON ’00, music director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

#44 – Denise Roche HON ’92, chair, NFTA Board of Commissioners; retired president, D’Youville College

#61 – Mindy Rich HON ’15, vice chair, Rich Products Corporation; president, Rich Entertainment Group

Submitted by: College Communications

Burkard is Named Enrollment Management and Institutional Research Manager


maggie-burkardI am pleased to announce that Maggie Burkard has accepted the position of Enrollment Management and Institutional Research Manager, effective July 24, 2017. This position reports to Kathleen Davis and Lauren Young in the Departments of Enrollment Management and Institutional Research, respectively.

Maggie is responsible for assisting in budget management, program planning and development, as well as for interpreting, monitoring and analyzing information regarding the operating policies and procedures of the college.

Maggie graduated from Buffalo State College with a bachelor of science degree in business management and subsequently earned her MBA at Canisius. Prior to accepting this position, she served as the program coordinator for the Women’s Business Center, the executive associate and office manager in the Department of Admissions, and later, its enrollment management data and budget coordinator. Maggie brings experience and a proven track record of success to the enrollment management area, which will be invaluable in meeting the goals and objectives of both departments.

I am confident that Maggie will be an excellent match for this position, and that she will continue to be a strong asset to the Enrollment Management and Institutional Research departments. Maggie will be located in Lyons 121 and can be reached at Ext. 2500 or at

Please join me in congratulating Maggie on her new position!

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance


Campus Candid


Thank you to everyone who took advantage of the food trucks on campus this summer! Pictured above at R&R BBQ are (l-r) Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office; Maureen Hidy, payroll manager, Controller’s Office; and Denise Rogers, payroll associate, Controller’s Office.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

Indoor Cycling Event on Campus

The Office of Alumni Engagement with Revolution Indoor Cycling invite you to join alumni, and friends to enjoy the experience of cycling!

The event takes place Saturday, August 19 in the Koessler Plaza (Main Quad) at 12:30 p.m.

Please join fellow Griffs and members of the Buffalo Chapter in the Pailsano Paviltion after the cycling event for some networking, mimosas, bloody marys and brunch!

Costs for the event are:

Cycling: $15.00  – Brunch: $10.00 – Attend both events: $20.00

We hope to see you there for this exciting new event!  Kindly register by August 14.  If you are interested in attending, contact Sharon Kasperczyk in the Alumni Engagement Office at Ext. 2703 or register online here. 

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, senior assistant director of alumni engagement