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Canisius Professor, Students Honored by X-Culture

Canisius College Professor of Management Coral Snodgrass, PhD, and several Canisius students were recently recognized by X-Culture, a non-profit project dedicated to educating college students about international business.  It operates on the enthusiasm and unpaid effort of its instructors.

More than 4,000 students from 104 universities took part in X-Culture in 2014-2. Students are put in global virtual teams of 5-8 students (each from a different country). For several weeks, they work together on business projects presented by X-Culture’s corporate partners. Students learn the challenges and best practices of cross-cultural virtual collaboration.

Snodgrass was selected as a “best instructor” for her teaching excellence, student and peer evaluations, dedication, effort and preparedness.


Two Canisius students were recognized as a “best student” for their excellence as reported in peer evaluations, quality of their individual contributions in team reports, their ability to meet deadlines and other performance records.

  • Jessie Bower MBA ’15, a graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in business administration.
  • Michael Anczok ’15, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in business administration degree (accounting).

Brent Gray ’15, an MBA student concentrating in international business, was a member of Team #218, which was selected as one of only 10 designated as a “best team.” Criteria included quality of the reports produced by all 521 teams.  Each report was evaluated for its economic feasibility, creativity and novelty of the ideas, depth of the analysis, strength of the arguments, formatting and readability, and overall quality.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Are You on the Wall?

As part of this year’s Faculty & Staff Giving Campaign, the Canisius Fund unveiled the college’s first Faculty & Staff Donor Recognition Wall. Located between Tim Horton’s and the library entrance, the wall proudly displays the names of the college’s generous faculty and staff supporters for 2014-15.

Giving is a personal decision and the individual reasons for contributing are many. But we have at least one common purpose – to support Canisius students.

It’s not too late to participate in this year’s faculty and staff campaign – and add your name to our donor recognition wall. Please consider joining more than 175 of your colleagues in making a gift to Canisius today.

Thank you for all that you do on behalf of Canisius College and our students!

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, assistant director, Canisius Fund

BPO on Campus

The BPO returns to campus on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff and students to see and hear the BPO perform in the warm acoustics of the Montante Cultural Center. Tickets are $25 general admission and $12 for students and can be purchased in the Fine Arts Office, LY 406, at the door the night of the concert or online at

This year’s program includes Franz Schubert’s “Overture in the Italian Style,” Bottesini’s “Fantasy on Themes from Bellini’s La Sonnambula” for double bass and orchestra with BPO principal bassist Daniel Pendley as soloist; Tomasi’s “Fanfares Liturgiques for Brass and Percussion;” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings in C Major.” The BPO will be led by its new associate conductor, Stefan Sanders, in this concert.

Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative conductor, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. In addition to his position with the BPO, Sanders is the music director of the Round Rock Symphony (TX) where he is attracting much praise for innovative programming, seeking new venues and collaborations with local arts organizations, attracting broader audiences, and redefining the orchestra’s role in its community. Prior to a career as a conductor, Sanders was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s “Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra,” with the Czech Philharmonic can be heard on the Albany Records label. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons. While he has performed on stage in the Montante Cultural Center as bass trombonist with the BPO, this concert marks his first performance at Canisius in his role as conductor.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, ArtsCanisius co-director

TIAA-CREF Representative to be on Campus

Anne Anderson, individual consultant for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus, Wednesday, February 25, in the Student Center Executive Conference Room, for individual counseling sessions. She will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions, and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA CREF Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

GoToMeeting Updates

GoToMeeting just released a few exciting features, including Sightboard- which makes an individual who is standing in front of their whiteboard invisible, TalkBoard- a collaborative whiteboarding app for iPad, and Screencap- allowing you to zoom, rewind and fast–forward during the meeting. Click here to find out more.

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