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2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards November 13

The Distinguished Alumni Award dinner will take place on Saturday, November 13, 2010 in the Montante Cultural Center.  Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m.  The cost for the event is $75 per person.

This year’s award recipients are:

Anthony J. Bellia, Jr. ’91; Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Anna Marie Rooth Cellino ’75; President, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation

Mark J. Czarnecki, MBA ’91; President, M&T Bank

Robert J. Kresse ‘50, HON ’00; Counsel, Hiscock & Barclay LLP

Most Rev. Dominic M. Luong, MS ’67; Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Orange

Lawrence J. Vilardo ’77; Partner, Connors & Vilardo LLP

For more information, call the Alumni Office at Ext. 2700 or make reservations online at

Submitted by:  Sharon Kasperczyk, program coordinator, alumni relations

Hockey Home Opener This Weekend

Vincent Scarsella ‘11

After playing the first five games of the season on the road, the Canisius ice hockey team opens a three game homestand with a pair of games against Army this weekend.  Games on Friday (October 29) and Saturday (October 30) start at 7 p.m.  All Canisius home games are played at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.

The Griffs have bolted out to a 3-1-1 start and received votes two weeks ago in the national rankings after their near sweep of Western Michigan.  The homestand will conclude with a game Nov. 2 against Niagara.

For additional information, visit or follow the Griffs on Twitter at

Submitted by:  John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

Cyber Security Tip Of The Day

Enabling the personal firewall on a computer will help keep unauthorized people from snooping around your computer when it’s connected to the Internet.  Information on turning on a computer firewall can be found at Microsoft or Apple’s web sites, depending on which operating system is being used.

Submitted by:  Matthew Gracie, information security administrator, ITS

Mission SoftChalk Begins October 29

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that SoftChalk is finally at Canisius College. SoftChalk creates interactive, professional looking webpages for E-learning courses quickly and easily.  It is an ideal tool for those that use ANGEL in any capacity.

Softchalk helps faculty to easily engage their students through the creation of interactive content including games, quiz questions and pop-up text annotations.  Specialized training sessions will be held beginning October 29 with a three-week “Mission Softchalk” seminar for all levels of users ranging from beginners to advanced users.

Softchalk is available to all faculty and staff.  For information about Softchalk and the October 29 training sessions, click here.

Submitted by:  Leah MacVie, instructional designer, ITS