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Canisius Honors Employee Service Milestones

President John J. Hurley is honored for 15 years of service to the college.

Nearly 100 Canisius College employees were recognized for their five, 10 and 15-year service anniversaries in the Montante Cultural Center today during the annual Service Recognition Ceremony. Combined, these faculty members, staff and administrators have contributed approximately 850 years of service to the college.

Family members, friends and members of the Canisius community gathered for the celebration. Susan A. Fischer, associate campus minister, gave the invocation. Richard A. Wall, PhD, interim vice president for academic affairs, assisted President John J. Hurley in the presentation of the awards. The event also included performances by the Canisius Brass and Cantio Sacra.

Dennis L. Misko, director of special gifts for institutional advancement, and Lisa C. Fischer, executive associate to the vice president for academic affairs, were both recognized for five years of service; and Antone “Joe” F. Alber, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business, was honored for 10 years of service.

This is the 12th year the college has held the Service Recognition Ceremony to commemorate significant milestones in employee service. In the spring, Canisius recognizes employees who have reached 20 or more years of service, as well as retirees.

Read a complete list of honorees here. Click thumbnail below for larger image.

Submitted by Marketing and Communication

Polish Film Festival, Art Exhibit and Book Fair

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College has expanded its annual Polish Film Festival to include an Art Exhibit and Book Fair. Movie Presentations are as follows:

  • Monday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Regis Room, “Path to Glory” documents the epic story of the illustrious Polish Arabian Horses.
  • Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center, “Argentinian Lesson” is a documentary about the director’s 8 year-old son who moves with his parents to Argentina. The second documentary that evening is Decrescendo about a musical young therapist and his work in a nursing home.
  • Friday, November 16th at 7:30 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center, “Battle of Warsaw 1920”, a movie of Poland’s victory against Soviet Russia as seen through the eyes of two young protaganists.
  • Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center, “Control Sample”, a documentary on Poles of various social status, who live in four cities of Western Europe replying to five existential questions. A Q & A with the director follows. Afterward a feature length film, 80 Million, details the 1981 Polish struggle against communism.
  • Sunday, November 18th at 6: p.m. at Market Arcade Theatre (639 Main Street),  a replaying of the documentary “Control Sample” followed by the Oscar-nominated film “In Darkness” based on the true story of a sewer worker in Lwow who rescues Jewish refugees by hiding them in the sewers.

Movies at MCC and Market Arcade are $10, $5 for senior citizens and free for students. The Regis movie is free.

For more information, click here to visit the Polish Film Festival site.

Submitted by:  Mary Lou T. Wyrobek, adjunct instructor, religious studies

Open Enrollment for 2013 Canisius Care Flexible Spending Accounts

Open Enrollment for Canisius Care will begin on November 14 and run through December 7.  A Representative from Independent Health will be here for open enrollment meetings on Tuesday, November 27 in Regis South and Wednesday, November 28 in Student Center Conference Room #205. Meetings will be held on both days at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

There is a change for 2013 – the maximum allowable for the Unreimbursed Medical Account is reduced from $4,000.00 to $2,500.00. This is a requirement of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Account – also known as health care reform.

Anyone wishing to enroll for 2013 must complete an enrollment form and return the form to Human Resources. Enrollment forms can be found at or in the Human Resources Office.

Current participants in the plan please note: An Enrollment form MUST be completed for 2013.
DO NOT discard your PowerPay card. PowerPay cards are reloaded at the end of 2012 with your 2013 election.

If you do not wish to re-enroll, please email Dawn Rotterman at stating that you are declining for 2013.

If you have any questions, regarding Canisius Care Flexible Spending Accounts, please contact Human Resources at extension 3151 or email Dawn Rotterman at

How to help a Distressed Student

Faculty and staff are often the first point of contact for students experiencing emotional difficulty and can play an extremely important role in referring students for help.

We hope this virtual brochure will be helpful to you if you encounter troubled or disruptive students in your classes or other settings, and need to know how to get them to the appropriate resources on campus.

Additionally, please do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Center to learn more about the range of services we offer to students to help them tend to their mental health.

Submitted by: Michael S. Cammarata, associate director, Counseling Center