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Canisius Recognizes Employee Achievements at Celebration of Service

Girish Shambu, PhD, associate professor of management, was honored for his 25 years of service.

Canisius College honored the service milestones of nearly 70 employees on Friday, April 25 in the Montante Cultural Center, during the college’s annual Celebration of Service. John J. Hurley, college president, Rick A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, Marco F. Benedetti, vice president for business and finance, and more than 200 family members, friends and Canisius community members were in attendance. The event acknowledged faculty, staff and administrator retirements, and those who have reached their 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45-year service anniversaries.

The ceremony began with an invocation by Rev. Thomas Colgan, SJ, campus minister, and a welcome by Wall. President Hurley, Wall and Benedetti presented the citations.

Kevin R. Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science and director of the Urban Studies Program, celebrated 25 years of service, and Michael V. Haselswerdt, PhD, professor of political science and director of the Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership, was recognized for 40 years of service – double bene merenti!

Following the presentation of 20- and 25-year citations, Cantio Sacra, under the direction of Bradley Wingert, performed several musical selections.

This is the 13th year that the college has held the Celebration of Service. Employees who have reached five, 10 and 15 years of service are honored at the Service Recognition Ceremony each fall.


Esther A. Northman, director of international partnerships and study abroad, was honored for her retired from the college.

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

Submitted by: Public Relations 

Commencement Week Activities 2014

As the end of the semester quickly approaches, it is time to share pertinent information concerning one of the most important series of events for our college: Commencement Week 2014.

Please share this information with anyone who may not ordinarily read electronic information. To reserve your spot at each event, please fill out this brief form – by May 12th.

The schedule for the Spring Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass, Commencement exercises and related activities are listed on the Academic Affairs portal page – All faculty members are expected and encouraged to attend the ceremonies pertaining to the level at which they teach, since students look forward to having their mentors join them in celebration of their academic accomplishments.

Family Pictures
Any employee of the college receiving a degree or who has a spouse or child receiving a degree is welcome to have a complimentary family photograph taken immediately following the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies. To make arrangements, click here –

Any questions may be directed to Amanda Snider, commencement coordinator for Academic Affairs, at Ext. 2123 or

Submitted by: Amanda Snider, assistant director of academic special events, Academic Affairs

Physics Majors’ Spring Seminars

Learn about the state of quantum computing,  how to build a clock to time an earthquake, your place in the Multiverse and more during a presentation by our physics majors on Monday, April 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The talks are given by the students in PHY351 (Advanced Physics Lab) and fulfill the requirement for the oral communication attribute of the Core Curriculum. The schedule of talks will be:

1:30pm – Seismic Clock by Zachary Paufler
1:55pm – Quantum Computing by Craig King
2:20pm – Loop Quantum Gravity by Andrew Beiter
2:45pm – coffee break
2:55pm – The Multiverse by Danielle Stewart
3:20pm – Perturbation Theory and Applications by Kevin Howard

Refreshments will be provided.

Submitted by: Michael Wood, assistant professor, Physics

Baseball Back in Action at the Demske

Your Golden Griffin baseball team plays its final non-conference series of the season Tuesday afternoon when Cornell visits for a mid-week twin bill. The doubleheader will start at 3 p.m. The Big Red were 15-20 prior to a four-game set vs. Princeton this past weekend, while the Griffs were 25-14 before meeting Marist in MAAC play.

For additional information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate director, Athletics