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The Teacher Education Club (TED) teamed up with Buffalo Public School 17 on Thursday, January 29th, to host a Winter Carnival for preschool students and their families. The Carnival was a success, filled with winter-themed games, activities, music and crafts. The activities varied from Penguin Bowling to Pin the Carrot Nose on Olaf the Snowman. The kids were so excited to take part in the incentive night. The night ended with cupcakes and many thank yous from the students, as well as the parents. On behalf of TED Club, we would like to thank all the club members that so generously offered up their time and made the event possible. We would also like to thank our wonderful advisor and Public School 17 for hosting our winter carnival incentive night.

Submitted by: Nicki M. Calabrese, PhD, faculty advisor for TED

Hockey Hosts Army; All tickets are $5.00

Here’s a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day weekend. Check out your Golden Griffin hockey team on Friday or Saturday night as it battles Army in a pair of key Atlantic Hockey Conference contests.

The games start at 7:35 p.m., but there is plenty of skating at Canalside beforehand and you can always catch a pre or post-game meal at one of the many restaurants located around the facility.

In addition, all tickets this weekend are only $5.00 and military members will be admitted free with proper ID.

To secure your tickets in advance and avoid long lines, call 888-2885.

For additional info on the Griffs check out

 Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Exchange server update

On Sunday, February 15 beginning at 5:00 a.m., an update to the Canisius Exchange servers will be applied.

Access to faculty, staff and other non-student email accounts will encounter disruptions from 5:00 a.m. until about 7:30 a.m. ITS advises that those affected should refrain from accessing their email during this time period.

Also during this time period, delivery of emails from outside of Canisius may experience delays but will eventually be delivered.

Questions or concerns should be directed to the ITS Help Desk.

Submitted by: Andrew Chaplin, systems administrator III, ITS

Foster Family Fair

Have you ever thought of becoming a foster parent? The need for foster homes has never been greater. You are invited to the “Foster Family Fair” to be held on Saturday, February 14, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons at Canisius College.

The fair will give prospective new foster parents the opportunity to meet current foster parents and hear their stories, learn about the training required to become a foster parent and meet representatives from all the local agencies that place foster children.

You can get more information about this event at If you are unable to attend the event and want to learn more about foster parenting, you may contact Lu Firestone, associate campus minister, at or Jeff Lindauer, dean, school of education and human services, at Both the Firestone and Lindauer families are currently fostering children in their home.

Submitted by: Jeff Lindauer, dean, School of Education and Human Services

Faculty & Staff Donor Profile

In recognition of this year’s faculty and staff giving campaign, the Canisius Fund will be highlighting select faculty and staff supporters throughout the month of February.  Gifts made in support of the 2014-2015 Faculty & Staff Campaign provide essential funding for scholarships and tuition assistance, academic and athletic excellence, and programs that strengthen our Jesuit educational mission. 

Thank you to the 175 faculty and staff who have generously participated this year! 

It’s not too late for you to participate!  If you have not yet made a gift to the Canisius Fund and would like to do so, visit  


Donna joined Canisius as an employee in 2005 but was supporting students even before then.

A 1979 graduate, Donna has always valued her Jesuit education and the foundation it provided. Wanting to provide current and future students with the opportunity to receive a Canisius education, Donna made her first gift to the Canisius Fund in 1985, and continues to do so today!

This is just one of the many ways that Donna goes above and beyond on behalf of our students.

What motivated you to make your first gift?

The decision to contribute was an easy one. I’ve always appreciated the education I was afforded at Canisius and this was an opportunity for me to give back. Personally, helping to ensure that current and future students benefit from a Canisius education can be highly motivating.

Why is supporting students through the Canisius Fund important to you?

I believe that an education is something no one can ever take away from you and it’s one of the many reasons why contributing to the Canisius Fund is important to me. There are many wonderful professors here who truly take an interest in their students’ success inside and outside of the classroom. Being able to help a student secure a Canisius undergraduate education is gratifying and for me, is simply the right thing to do.

What is your favorite campus event to attend each year?

The annual Alumni Tent Party is one of my favorite events. It is truly a great celebration enjoyed by alumni of all ages. I especially enjoy seeing recent graduates who felt strongly enough about their experiences at Canisius that they wanted to come back and join in the celebration.

Fun Fact: What is currently your favorite song?

Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars

If you have not yet made a gift, please consider joining Donna and 175 of your colleagues in making a gift to Canisius today at

Submitted by: Summer Handzlik, assistant director, Canisius Fund