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CPD Opens Creativity & Innovation Workshop to Faculty/Staff

The Center for Professional Development has four seats open for the Creativity and Innovation workshop coming up on May 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

About the Workshop:

What does it mean to be a creative or innovative leader in today’s organizations? How can this approach to leadership change the way you ‘do business?’ Discover how this approach can work to your advantage in boosting your human capital and create a work environment where people are encouraged to take risks, think differently and spend time doing what they love, while working toward group or organizational goals.

If you are interested in registering (free of charge!) or have any questions please e-mail Program Coordinator Brynne Harrison at

Submitted by: Center for Professional Development


Contemporary Music Ensemble Rocks the Chapel

The Contemporary Music Ensemble, under the direction of Jeff Jeckovich, led the 9:30 p.m. Sunday night Mass on April 27 by singing classic rock songs with a spiritual theme to a rousing crowd of nearly 200, including President John Hurley, at the Rockin’ and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door Mass.
Fr. Bob Pecoraro, SJ presided at the Mass and played lead guitar on Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” which is based on Isaiah 21:5-9 and was written and performed originally by Bob Dylan. Dylan also featured prominently in the Mass with “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” which was used as a call to worship reflection.
Other featured artists and songs included the Doobie Bros. with “Jesus is Just Alright,” Norman Greenbaum’s one hit wonder, “Spirit in the Sky,” The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” a unique and gospel-like post-communion version of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Fr. Pecoraro performed again on lead guitar for Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer.”
Student performers included: Beth Rakowski, president of CME and Bass Guitarist, Kaitlin Garrity, vice president of CME, Cory Young, treasurer and Monica Wrobel, secretary all provided vocals along with, Carrie Ann Rybczynski, Cecilia Marini, Nicole Fusco, Conor Toomb, Abby Rogers, Kaitlin Buehlmann, and Arrianna Robinson. Anne Continetti and Jenny Wachala performed on flute and Michael Lillis rocked out on drums.


Submitted by: Mike Hayes, Director of Campus Ministry


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