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Canisius Announces Home Ownership Initiative In Hamlin Park

Canisius President John J. Hurley announced a new college-sponsored housing program designed to return college-owned houses in the Hamlin Park neighborhood to owner-occupiers during a news conference held yesterday (August 31).

Pictured from left to right are: Elizabeth Huckabone, president, Belmont Housing Resources for WNY; John J. Hurley, president, Canisius College, Stephanie Barber, president, Hamlin Park Taxpayers’ Association; and Michael D. Riegel, vice president for housing development, Belmont Housing Resources for WNY who attended the formal announcement of the new program.

To watch a video of the news conference and read more about this program, click here.

Submitted by: Office of Public Relations

Updates On State, Federal Budget Impact On Student Aid

New York State
After a delay of more than four months, the State Legislature completed action on the 2010-2011 budget in early August.  Working to close a gap of more than $9 billion, the budget cut several billion dollars in spending while also raising taxes and fees by more than $1 billion.

Cuts impacting Canisius students included the following:

  • An across-the-board cut in all Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards of $75.  In the past academic year, more than 1,400 Canisius students received a TAP award.
  • The elimination of Graduate TAP awards.
  • Various minor changes in TAP that tightened satisfactory academic progress requirements; eliminated TAP eligibility for loan defaulters; and reduced TAP awards for married students.
  • A two percent cut in Bundy Direct Aid to colleges, which Canisius uses for student aid.  The budget cut will reduce Bundy funds received by Canisius by approximately $9,000 this year.

Part of the state budget process also included nearly7, 000 appropriation vetoes by Governor Paterson, including two grants affecting Canisius: a $25,000 appropriation for the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament; and an $8,000 appropriation for the college’s Literacy Center.  Reimbursement claims have been submitted on both appropriations, however, and the college will receive the funds.

The Federal Budget
As President Obama and the Congress work on federal spending and deficit issues, the Pell program that provides financial assistance to students has become part of the discussion.  Because of a larger number of students who are eligible for Pell awards, and because student and family economic conditions in many cases result in higher individual awards, a shortfall of approximately $6 billion has developed in total funds available for the program.  While the funding shortfall could result in a reduction in Pell grants, that outcome is not seriously anticipated at this time.

Submitted by:  Ken Kruly, director, government relations

New “Notes from the Aerie” Published

The Office of Institutional Research is pleased to announce the release of its first newsletter of the 2010 academic year.  This issue focuses on our new freshmen and transfer students.  The newsletter can be found by clicking here.

Submitted by:  Pat Mizak PhD, director, institutional research

ANGEL Workshops In September

The FacTS Center has scheduled a series of ANGEL workshops for September.  These workshops will cover everything from ANGEL basics up to adding and utilizing drop boxes and discussion forums in your courses.  Along with traditional in-person sessions, we are also offering online workshops, which will allow users to participate from anywhere in the world!

Register for ANGEL workshops using the link found on the ANGEL login page, or by clicking here.

Submitted by:  Chris Filkins, academic technology specialist, academic computing/ITS

New Koessler Open Swim Times

There are new open swim times at the Koessler Athletic Center.  They are:

Monday – Friday;  11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday; 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday; 3:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Submitted by:  Julie Wysocki, equipment manager, Koessler Athletic Center