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Estanek Receives ACCU President’s Distinguished Service Award

Sandra M. Estanek, PhD, professor of graduate education and leadership at Canisius and director of the College Student Personnel Administration Program, is the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).

The President’s Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual whose personal service is of exceptional quality to Catholic higher education, someone who has significantly promoted Catholic higher education through public advocacy, and has advanced Catholic higher education through philanthropy or voluntary development activities.

Between 1995 and 1999, Estanek was the founding director of the Institute for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges (ISACC), which then became the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU). The initiative helped student affairs professionals at Catholic institutions integrate their professional training with the Catholic identity of the institution.

Estanek served as founding executive director for ASACCU. She was later the driving force behind the Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities project, for which she worked with ACCU to secure a grant and lead a retreat to draft the principles. Estanek then co-wrote both the first and second edition of the resulting document, which continues to serve as a gold standard among student affairs professionals at Catholic institutions.

Recognizing her substantive contributions over 20 years, ASACCU retroactively named its Young Alumni Award the Sandra M. Estanek, PhD, Young Alumni Award. It is presented to a recently graduated alumnus or alumna who exemplifies Estanek’s qualities of leadership and service.

Estanek accepted her award at the annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities on January 31, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The organization presented awards to three distinguished Catholic scholars and educators.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Website Forms Update

Web Services has completed the task of updating all online web forms on the website. The update consisted of the addition of a validation question at the bottom of all forms (see sample image above). This update was implemented after a small percentage of our forms were targeted by a spambot in December 2014.
We ask that all programs and departments check their online forms by submitting a test of the form to ensure they are working properly. Please notify web services if your form does not include the validation question or does not submit when tested.
Submitted by David Courtney, director, Web Services

Women’s Business Center hosts The BIG Business Mixer!

The Women’s Business Center will host “The BIG Business Mixer” on Thursday, February 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at LPCiminelli Inc., 2421 Main Street in Buffalo.

There is so much going on for businesses in WNY that it’s both incredibly exciting and tough to stay in the know!

You have heard of Start-Up NY, but do you really know who and what it is for? This business incentive program is not just to help recruit businesses from out of town, or just for business that are starting up. Come hear about the upcoming development at Canisius College, learn more about the benefits of this program, whether or not it’s for you and how to get started.

Also, our event’s host, LP Ciminelli, will share an announcement about their upcoming event on the RiverBend Project (RiverBend, a 200-acre and $540 million urban redevelopment project on the Buffalo River) and how our local women businesses can get in on the action.

Please join us for this exciting networking event! Make connections with other women business owners and women in business, expand your network and grow your business.

Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards and a guest.

Thanks to our event sponsor, First Niagara Foundation, there is no cost to attend registration is required, please call 716-888-8280 or for more information
Refreshments will be served.

Submitted by: Karen Burke, administrative associate, Women’s Business Center