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Canisius Recognizes Employee Milestones at Celebration of Service

Gary M. Everett, with President John J. Hurley, was recognized for his service to Canisius College as he celebrates his retirement.

Canisius College honored the service milestones of more than 60 employees today in the Montante Cultural Center, during the college’s annual Celebration of Service. John J. Hurley, college president; Terri L. Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs; Kathleen B. Davis, vice president for enrollment management; 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. James L. Dugan, S.J., campus minister, and a welcome by Mangione. President Hurley, Mangione and Davis presented the citations.

Sarah Mendola and Thomas Banchich

Sarah Mendola, executive associate for the library, celebrated 20 years of service, and Thomas M. Banchich, PhD, chair and professor of classics, was recognized for 35 years of service.

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

This is the 14th 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.

Read a complete list of honorees here.

Lilly Adams-Dudley

Lilly A. Adams-Dudley, associate dean and director of COPE, was honored for 40 years of service to the college.


Alison Romanowski, adjunct professor of accounting, was recognized for her 20 years of service.

Blair W. Foster, associate vice president for academic affairs and registrar, was honored for his retirement from the college.

Brigid Moran

Brigid N. Moran, adjunct professor of philosophy, was recognized for 20 years of service.

Joe Gentile

Joseph F. Gentile, adjunct professor of educational administration, celebrated 30 years of service.

Kevin Smith

Kevin M. Smith, bursar, was honored for 20 years of service to the college.


Margaret Kraatz

Margaret M. Kraatz, financial aid associate, was recognized for 30 years of service.

Mark Meyer

R. Mark Meyer, PhD, associate professor of computer science, celebrated 25 years of service to the college.

Michael Rappal

Michael R. Rappl, assistant to the athletic director, was honored for his retirement from the college.


Michael Tampio

Michael W. Tampio, senior analyst for research and institutional effectiveness, was honored for 20 years of service to the college.

Patrick Gannon

Patrick J. Gannon, adjunct professor of biology, celebrated 30 years of service.

Paul Sauer (left) and Edward Garrity

Paul L. Sauer, PhD, professor of marketing and information systems, and Edward J. Garrity, PhD, chair and professor of marketing and information systems, were both recognized for 25 years of service to the college.

Thomas Reber

Thomas C. Reber, PhD, associate professor of English, celebrated 20 years of service.

Yvonne Widenor

Yvonne K. Widenor, associate professor of fine arts, was honored for 20 years of service to the college.

Canisius Alumna Places Second on Jeopardy

Canisius alumna, Lindsey Ohmit Love ’08, tested her knowledge on a variety of topics on the popular quiz show, Jeopardy, last night at 7:30 p.m. on WIVB-TV Channel 4. She competed hard against two other contestants, including the reigning six-day Jeopardy champion, Kerry Greene. After the final Jeopardy round, Ohmit Love came in second and walked away with $2,000.

Ohmit Love, a native of Eden, NY, currently resides in Washington, DC.  She is a European Studies-International Relations-French major. Love is program coordinator, European & Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communications

Two ArtsCanisius Events

The Festival of Ensembles is this Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. This event features all of the student performing ensembles: The Canisius College Choral, Frank Scinta, director; Concert Band, Paul D. Biddle, director; Chamber Orchestra, Ansgarius Aylward, director; and the Jazz Ensemble, Dave DeWitt, director. Tickets for this concert are $5 general admission and all proceeds will go to the WNY Pet Emergency Fund.

On Monday, April 13, the final Meet-the-Faculty event of the year will be held in the Montante Cultural Center.  The event will feature a lecture entitled “Music Pedagody in Higher Education,” given by Bradley Wingert, director of Cantio Sacra. The lecture is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit or call the Fine Arts office at 888-2542.

Softball Hosts Four Games This Weekend

It will be a busy weekend on the diamond for the Canisius softball team as they host a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.

The Griffs battle Quinnipiac with game one starting at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The following afternoon finds Canisius meeting Marist in a twin bill that will start at 1:00 p.m.

Canisius currently sits in a tie for first place with Manhattan in the MAAC with a 4-0 conference record. Quinnipiac and Marist are both 2-2 in league play.

For additional information, please visit

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