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Canisius Public Safety, NFTA officers honored for apprehension of robbery suspect

A ceremony was held on the Canisius campus to honor those who apprehended a suspect in a robbery at the M&T bank at Jefferson and Delevan Avenues on September 4. George Gast, chief of NFTA Transit Police, presented commendations to Brian S. McIntyre, officer for public safety; Andrew M.  Nowak, lieutenant for public safety; Matthew Srodawa, officer for public safety; and Amanda Summers, officer for public safety. Gary Everett, director of public safety, presented recognitions to NFTA OfficersJoseph Ippolito and Vincent Mancino.

Photo right (l-r) Gary Everett, director of public safety; Matthew Srodawa, officer for public safety; Andrew Nowak, lieutentant for public safety; Amanda Summers, officer for public safety; Brian McIntyre, officer for public safety, and Joe Ippolito and Vincent Mancino, both NFTA police officers

The apprehension of the robbery suspect was the result of collaboration between The Buffalo Police Department (BPD), Canisius College Public Safety (CCPS) and NFTA Police. In late August, Canisius Director of Public Safety Gary Everett disseminated real-time intelligence from BPD about a suspicious individual at the M&T at Jefferson and Delevan Avenues. The suspect returned on September 4 and held up the bank.

CCPS Officer McIntyre saw a male matching the suspect’s description on Florida Street and began pursuit. Upon arrival of the BPD and Transit Police, a perimeter was set up and the suspect was soon apprehended nearby. He was in possession of $2,900 cash and was positively identified by the bank.  The suspect, wanted in series of regional bank holdups, was recently charged at the federal level in relation to these crimes.

“Western New York is known to have strong partnerships and information sharing among law enforcement agencies,” says Everett.  “On September 4, this partnership was demonstrated when three police departments worked together to capture a fleeing bank robber without incident. We remain proud of our front line police officers from all departments who work together to protect our community.”

Photo right: Representatives from Canisius Public Safety, the Buffalo Police Department, the NFTA Police and M&T Bank were on hand to recognize those who apprehend the suspect who robbed the M&T Bank on September 4

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

2nd Annual Employee Health And Wellness Fair TODAY

In partnership with Independent Health, Canisius will hold its 2nd annual Health and Wellness Fair today from 11 a.m. – 2  p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. The fair is open to all faculty and staff.

Independent Nursing Association will be on hand to administer flu shots (medical insurance cards must be presented) and to conduct biometric testing. In addition, 18 other vendors will be available to provide information on exercise, nutrition and much more. There will be opportunity for employees to enter their names for several door prizes donated by participating vendors – including a pair of Bills Tickets.

Please join us!

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, human resource associate

The Science of Shale Gas: The Latest Evidence on Leaky Wells, Emissions, and Implications for Policy

Anthony R. Ingraffea, PhD, the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering at Cornell University, will speak at Canisius College on Thursday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Ingraffea, a recognized expert in the field, will cover the basics of how fracturing (fracking) works and why natural gas from these unconventional sources is part of our national energy policy. He will also discuss potential problems with fracking, the controversy surrounding its practices and policies, and how effective regulations might be implemented. Ingraffea will include an explanation of how all these areas relate to global climate change and attempts to build a global framework to control it.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Ingraffea’s lecture, please contact Jeremy Steinbacher at x2343.

Submitted by: Jeremy Steinbacher, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry

Special Olympics Softball Event

Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Kim Griffin, assistant softball coach, have been coaching a Special Olympics softball team for two years. On October 7 from 6 – 7:30 p.m., the Special Olympics and Canisius women’s softball teams will pair up for our second annual unified game at the Demske Complex.

To make this event as exciting as possible for the Special Olympics athletes, the event will have a PA announcer and a running scoreboard. The goal is to draw a big crowd, and Petey will even make an appearance with prizes for the spectators.

Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you there. GO GRIFFS!!

Submitted by: Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology