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Santa is a Griffs Fan

Your Canisius Golden Griffins men’s basketball team will host its final game of the 2015 calendar year this Saturday, December 19 at 2:00 p.m. when Boston University pays a visit to the Koessler Athletic Center.

All faculty and staff are admitted free with their college ID’s, and a few will receive complimentary Brew Bucks from Pearl Street Grill and Brewery. Additional tickets are only $5.00.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the game and children in sixth grade and younger will receive a Golden Griffin pillowcase.

For tickets call 888-TIXX. For more information, on the game, visit

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

Suicide Prevention Training

The Counseling Center is offering suicide prevention training for faculty and staff before the start of the spring semester. QPR, the “CPR for suicide prevention” will be offered on Tuesday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and on Wednesday, January 13 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Regis South.

QPR stands for: Question the person about suicide, Persuade the person to get help and Refer the person for help. QPR is designed to increase one’s ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and to refer the person who is at risk to a professional resource. Those who have participated in this workshop previously are encouraged to take it again to refresh their skills.

Please email Diane Kelly at or call the Counseling Center at Ext. 2620 to reserve a seat. Space is limited. To learn more about QPR, click here.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, counseling center

IRS Announces 403(b) Plan Limits

The IRS announced the limits for 403(b) plans will not change for 2016. As a reminder the limits are as follows:

• Base amount maximum is $18,000

• For those 50 years and older the maximum is $24,000

• Faculty and staff with 15 years of service may be eligible to contribute an additional $3,000. Please contact Human Resources for this item to verify if you qualify.

Remember that you may change your contribution amount four times in a calendar year. If you wish to make a change, you will need to complete a new salary reduction agreement. This form may be found on MyCanisius under WebHR, HR Forms and Documents, under the folder titled “Other Benefits.”

If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Rotterman at Ext. 3151 or by email at

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, human resources