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Canisius Alumni Selected to Serve as Cabinet Members to Superintendent Cash

Five Canisius College alumni are among the eight individuals selected by Buffalo School Superintendent Kriner Cash to assist him in turning around the city’s struggling schools.

The new Canisius “cabinet” members are current and former high-profile administrators. They are:

Anne K. Botticelli ’95 – The former assistant superintendent in West Seneca and past administrator in the Buffalo Public Schools is the new chief academic officer for the Buffalo School District. She oversees those departments responsible for curriculum and classroom programs.

Darren Brown MBA ’00 – Brown served as interim superintendent prior to Kriner Cash’s appointment and previously served as associate superintendent of the Buffalo Schools. He is now Cash’s chief of staff, tasked with assisting the superintendent with staff matters and special projects.

Sabatino Cimato MA ’02 – Cimato is the former principal of Hutchinson Central Technical High School. In his new cabinet position, he serves as associate superintendent for school leadership, overseeing a group of schools.

Kevin Eberle MS ’92 – Eberle is the past principal at Harvey Austin School. As a member of Superintendent Cash’s cabinet, he now serves as chief operating officer of the Buffalo School District and oversee its Financial and Operations departments.

James Weimer ’86, MS ’99 – Weimer is the former principal of Emerson School of Hospitality.  In his new cabinet position, he serves as associate superintendent for school leadership, overseeing a group of schools.

Click here to read more about the Canisius cabinet members.

Submitted by: Marketing & Communication

Spotlight on Student Learning

The stated goal of the creative writing capstone is to teach students to do all the things working writers do. Informally, the creative writing faculty—Professors Cochrane, Gansworth and McNally—sometimes tell students only half-jokingly that the purpose of the course is to teach them in 15 weeks everything we learned the hard way, through years of painful, even humiliating experience.

One of our program goals recognizes that writers often present their work at readings: “Students will demonstrate the ability to perform their work effectively in public.”  Each April, in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, in an annual event we call Senior Reading, our capstone students, after some intense coaching and practice, do just that: each presents a short, carefully chosen and rehearsed example of their best creative work. The reading is videotaped, and later, the creative writing faculty studies and assesses the performance of each student, determining whether she or he has chosen an appropriate selection, introduced it skillfully and read it expressively.

Pictured above: Creative writing major Hanna Etu ’15 presents her work at the annual senior reading.

But over the years, senior reading has become so much more than an occasion for assessment.  It is a celebration.

Each student receives an introduction from the faculty mentor who knows him or her best. Students dress up for the occasion and invite their family and friends; there is a reception afterwards. And now we have added a new tradition: the event poster, signed by all our 2015 senior readers, hangs in the common room on the 9th floor of the Tower. It’s one more way we are able to show our deep and enduring pride in the talent and accomplishments of our astonishing students.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs

“Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges”

Each semester, the college is given the opportunity to nominate a number of talented junior and senior students for inclusion in the publication “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” As chair of the selection committee, I would like to invite you to actively participate in the nomination process for this honor.

In order to obtain the broadest base of nominees, junior and senior Canisius students have been invited to submit their own names for nomination this year. The selection committee is still hopeful that most faculty members and administrators will take the time to nominate students whom they feel are deserving of this honor. Reconsideration of students not selected last year but highly recommended is appropriate.

In choosing nominees, please bear in mind the three criteria that will serve as a guide to the selection committee:

1. Academic achievement as demonstrated by the maintenance of at least a 3.0(B) grade point average.

2. Significant participation in at least one extra-curricular activity on campus and one off campus, or two on campus activities if nothing off campus.

3. Evidence of exemplary character and leadership qualities.

Please include as much detail as possible in the nomination. It is highly encouraged that the application also include a copy of the student’s resume.

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2016.  Applications should be brought to the Office of Student Life, in the lower level of Dugan Hall.

Click here for the application. 

Any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at

Submitted by: Jenna Cochrane, student life coordinator

Introducing the Playwrights’ Showcase 2015

Canisius’ Creative Writing Program presents The Playwrights’ Showcase on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., in the Marie Maday Theatre of Lyons Hall.

The Playwrights’ Showcase features staged readings of the new plays written by students in the college’s Playwriting 411 course.

The two-day event is free and open to the public.  Click here to see the full schedule of performances.

Submitted by: Kurt Schneiderman, professor, English Department

Weather-Related School Closing Information

With the historic winter weather we experienced last year, the college has been reviewing and updating the procedures associated with weather-related decision making and working to improve communication of those decisions.

There are several possible options for altering the college’s normal operation due to weather:

(1) Cancellation of all classes; staff expected to report

(2) Closing the college; only essential operating personnel should report

(3) Delay of opening (essential operating personnel should report at normal time, other personnel should report once the college is open; the time of opening will be provided with the notification)

(4) Early closing of the college

If there will be a change to normal operation, early morning decisions will be communicated by 6:15 am and decisions about evening classes will be communicated by 2:45 pm.

Information about class cancellation, college closure, or college delay will be available by the following means:

• The Canisius Alert System
• The Canisius web site
• The Canisius portal login page
• The school closing information line (888-3131) & class cancellation line (888-3130).
• TV stations (WGRZ TV, Channel 2; WIVB TV, Channel 4; WKBW TV, Channel 7; Time Warner Cable-YNN)

For more information on school closing, delay of opening and all class cancellations, please log onto the MyCanisius Portal at In the “Need to Know” section click on the Weather-Related School Closing Information line. You will be directed to the Academic Affairs community page and the School Closing Information File.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs