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Mangione Named Permanent VP for Student Affairs

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Terri L. Mangione as the permanent Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students of Canisius College, effective immediately.  Terri has been serving in the position on an interim basis since the retirement of Dr. Ellen Conley at the end of the last academic year.  In just a few short months, Terri has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the Student Affairs Division, justifying her permanent appointment.

Terri was appointed dean in 2007, and is responsible for the Offices of Residence Life, Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Student Academic Support Services, Campus Programming and Orientation, Leadership Development, International Student Services, the ALANA Student Center and divisional assessment. In 2010, Terri chaired the NCAA certification process and was appointed to the JASPA (Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators) executive board in 2012.

Terri’s history with Canisius dates back to 1986 when she began her professional career here in the Office of Financial Aid as a counselor. She then served as associate director of financial aid, director of academic advisement and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. From 2003 to 2007, Terri was senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Terri earned her B.A. in Applied Clinical Psychology and an M.S. in College Student Development from Alfred University and a Ph.D. in the Social Foundations of Higher Education from the University at Buffalo.

Terri’s expertise, reputation and tenure at the college will no doubt prove to be invaluable in her new role. I am confident that she will continue to provide excellent leadership in Student Affairs and the college generally.  Please join me in congratulating Terri on her appointment.

Submitted by: President John J. Hurley

Canisius College Launches VISA Accounts Payable Initiative

Canisius College has successfully partnered with M&T Bank to launch an important initiative that will reduce college costs by making more vendor payments by credit card rather than by paper check.

We have identified a list of suppliers to target for this initiative and we will soon begin reaching out to them about this program. This initiative is important and we need your support to be successful. We encourage you to promote the benefits of credit card payments to those suppliers with whom you interact, as well as with any new suppliers that you engage. Please direct suppliers to Dennis Misko, x8226 or Gary Lew, x2255 for questions and enrollment support.

Key benefits that Canisius College receives are:

  • Reduced costs from a streamlined payment process
  • Enhanced controls and compliance
  • Improved cash management

Key benefits our suppliers receive from accepting Visa payments by Canisius College may include:

  • Accelerated payments
  • Improved cash flow
  • Strengthened trading partner relationship

Payment Process Changes

The current processes for purchase requisitions and invoices will remain the same. The only change will be to the payment process. With the new payment process, our suppliers will receive an email notification for each payment instructing them how to obtain the credit card number, the amount to process and other pertinent details of the transaction.

What you need to do:

For the VISA Accounts Payable Initiative to be successful, vendors’ invoices must be approved for payment without delay. Therefore, vendor invoices sent to your department must be entered into BANNER, approved for payment and returned to the Controller’s Office for payment processing within five business days after receipt.


For more information on this initiative, please contact or

Submitted by: Gary Lew, senior facilities operations manager, facilities management

Women’s Basketball Season Opener is Friday Night

Your Canisius women’s basketball team tips off their 2013-14 season Friday night when Detroit makes a visit to the Koessler Athletic Center. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.

The Griffs are led by MAAC preseason all-conference selection Jamie Ruttle. Detroit finished 21-13 a year ago.

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Season tickets for the men’s and women’s basketball seasons are still on sale at

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

Jerzy Popieluszko:The Messenger of the Truth

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture begins its Polish Film Festival on Monday November 11 at 7:30 p.m. with the documentary Jerzy Popieluszko: The Messenger of the Truth.

This is the true story of the Solidarity-era martyr Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko. Paul Hensler, writer and producer, is scheduled to introduce this movie, which celebrates the dignity of the human person and religious liberty. The documentary will be preceded by Mass in Christ the King Chapel at 6:30 p.m. in celebration of the life of Popieluszko.

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

Art Exhibit: Opening Reception

An opening reception for the exhibit Shields Against Evil: Recent Paintings by Artur Popek is scheduled for Friday, November 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center, Reception Room.

The exhibit is part of the Polish Film Festival which runs from November 14-17 and will be on display throughout the duration of the festival. Professor Popek chairs the Department of Art at the M. Curie-Skłodowska in Lublin. He designs prints and makes illustrations for books and magazines, including Nowy Dziennik in New York. Professor Popek will be present at the opening reception.

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Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, PhD, chair of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures