Select Page Re-launches With New Look Today (January 17)

The Canisius College athletic department is happy to announce the redesign of its website,  The new-look site, which was designed by the Department of Athletic Communications and Neulion, with assistance from the Office of Creative Services and Office of Web Services, features more user-friendly menu options, video embedded directly into releases, a new video portal and much more.

To visit the site, click here and enjoy the new look of Golden Griffin athletics online!

Submitted by:  Matt Reitnour, director/athletic communications, athletics

W2’s For 2011 Now Available

W2’s for 2011 are now available on Banner Self Serve to view and print.  Employees can also pick up W2’s in the controller’s office in HS 201 with a Canisius ID until January 30.  Forms not picked up by then will be sent to employees via interoffice mail.

Submitted by:  Natalie Klyczek, payroll supervisor, controller’s office

Federal Student Aid In 2012 Budget

Congress in late December completed action on the 2012 federal budget.  Changes in student aid policies were among the issues included in the funding package.

The good news is that the annual maximum Pell grant award will be maintained at the $5,550 level for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Given an increased need for assistance and a larger number of eligible students, the total cost of Pell grants has significantly increased during the past several years.  Keeping the maximum award at $5,550, therefore, required other budget cuts to fund the increased costs.

Changes in the program, which become effective July 1, 2012, include:

  • The lifetime limit on Pell grants will be reduced from 18 to 12 semesters
  • Ability-to-benefit students (those who do not have a high school diploma or GED) will be eliminated from the program
  • “Auto-zero” Expected Family Contribution, meaning immediate qualification for a maximum Pell award, will be set at $23,000 of family income (down from the current $30,000); this may impact up to 75 Canisius students
  • Students from the highest family earners who have been eligible for Pell awards, who have received a $555 grant, will be eliminated; up to 42 Canisius undergraduates may be affected by this change
  • The in-school interest subsidy on student loans for the six-month grace period following undergraduate graduation will be temporarily eliminated between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2014

In addition to changes in Pell, other education programs including Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Federal Work Study, TRIO and GEAR UP will all be reduced by slightly more than two percent over the previous budget.

Canisius students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni recently joined in a national petition signing effort to support Pell and other federal student aid. Canisius affiliates accounted for more than 1,400 signatures, placing our school in the top ten nationally in support of federal student aid.

Submitted by:  Ken Kruly, director, government relations

Reminders About Winter Driving, Walking

Since the 2011-2012 winter season has been late in arriving, this is a reminder to everyone about navigating parking lots and sidewalks during winter weather.

  1. Snowplows can’t maneuver like cars.  Give them space to work.
  2. Wear practical footwear when the lots and sidewalks are snow covered or slippery.
  3. Many Canisius buildings have deicing chemicals in bins just inside their entrances.  Take the time to spread a little of it if appropriate.
  4. Adjust driving techniques to the weather and road conditions.

Submitted by:  Dave Teloh, safety director, human resources

Battle of the Bridge Blood Drive Kicks Off Griffin Week

The annual Battle of the Bridge Blood Drive kicks off a solid week of Griffin Week activities.  The drive, held in conjunction with UNYTS, will be Wednesday (January 18) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday (January 19) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Palisano Pavilion.  The annual event not only assists with local blood donations but is also a competition between the campuses of Niagara and Canisius. Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to join the students in this worthwhile and fun endeavor.  Free cookies for those who donate – what could be better!

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