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Independent Health Offers Health Coaching

As part of the college’s health insurance plan, members may contact a health coach at Independent Health to assist them in meeting personal health goals. Health coaches are certified health professionals and can provide support and knowledge for management of chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, depression, etc. A health coach will also provide information on nutrition, exercise tips, weight loss tips, smoking cessation, etc. Health coaches will help you set short and long term goals, create action plans and keep track of your progress. There is no cost for this service.
If you are interested in speaking with a health coach, please contact Don St. Cyr at (716) 635-3679. Information is private and confidential.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, human resources associate, Human Resources

Annual NYS Fire Inspection

The annual New York State Fire Inspection will take place March 31-April 11, 2014.

In preparation for the inspection, please take note of the following items in your areas:

1. Are all fire doors kept closed?
– Fire doors must be kept closed.
– Door stops are NOT permitted.

2. Are hallways and stairways clear at all times and kept free of all clutter?
– Hallways and stairways must be clear and free of clutter.

3. Are all fire extinguishers visible with access that is clear and free of obstructions?
– Access to fire extinguishers must be clear and free of obstructions.

4. Are extension cords being used?
– All appliances must be plugged directly into outlets or power strips.
– Extension cords are NOT permitted. Use a power strip!

5. Are cover plates missing at light switches and electrical outlets?
– All light switches and outlets must be protected with cover plates. If needed, submit a work order.

6. Are all ceiling tiles in place?
– Submit a work order to have missing ceiling tiles replaced.

7. Have combustible materials accumulated in offices and storerooms?
– The accumulation of combustible materials in office and storerooms must be kept to a minimum. Accumulated papers,     files, books and furniture must be removed to provide a clear and safe passage.

8. Is there sufficient clearance beneath the ceiling in storage areas?
– In sprinklered rooms, 18-inches of clear space must be maintained between the ceiling and any obstruction.
– In unsprinklered rooms, 24-inches of clear space must be maintained between the ceiling and any obstruction.

9. Are candles being burned?
– Candles are NOT permitted on campus, except in the chape

10. Portable Heaters                                                                                                     All personal portable heaters must be removed from the premises. Only college space heaters issued by the Facilities Management Department are permitted. (If you need a heater, please contact the Facilities Department). Refer to the college guidelines for the use of portable heaters (

It is important to maintain a fire safe campus. Your assistance with keeping fire doors closed, maintaining clear hallways and eliminating extension cords is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or require additional information; please feel free to contact Joe Roetter, safety director at Ext. 2338 or email:

Submitted by: Joe Roetter, safety director


Campus Candids

Members of the Society of PreHealth Professionals spent Spring Break in Washington, DC, serving and learning about issues of social justice in health and healthcare. Students started the week learning about Catholic Social Teaching and how NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby group, has advocated for accessible, affordable, quality, universal healthcare.

Submitted by: Allyson Backstrom, Director, PreMedical Center

Service of Remembrance for Brian E. Moretti MS ’13, Sunday, March 30

A Service of Remembrance for Brian E. Moretti MS ’13 is scheduled for Sunday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  Father James Dugan, SJ, associate campus minister will serve as the presider.

Brian died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 5. A Mass of Christian burial took place in Rhode Island on March 12.

While at Canisius, Brian served as a graduate assistant with athletics in the External Affairs Office. He worked closely with C Block on sports promotion, and was respected and loved by all whom worked with him.

The Moretti family has established a scholarship in Rhode Island in Brian’s memory.  Anyone wishing to contribute will have an opportunity to do so at the Remembrance Service or may send contributions to Campus Ministry until Friday, April 4.

To read full obituary please click here.

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, assistant to the director, Campus Ministry

Creative Services Wins Best of Show

The college’s Creative Services team won a Best of Show award in the 29th Annual Educational Advertising Awards competition – the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. Canisius won Best of Show and a gold award in the publication category for the graduate inquiry packet.

Canisius also won a silver award in the brochure category for the undergraduate acceptance package, and silver in the search piece category for the undergraduate fall search piece.

The 29th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, judged nearly 2,000 entries from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Canisius was one of just 20 institutions recognized as Best of Show winners. Gold awards were granted to 160, and silver awards were awarded to 146 institutions.

Congratulations to the Creative Services team!

Submitted by: Public Relations