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Spotlight on Service

s-alternative-spring-break-spotlightSix members of the Canisius College community spent three days of their spring break in Erie, PA with the Benedictine sisters. Sr. Marilyn Schauble, OSB, organized a mini- service-immersion experience that mirrored what Canisius students experience during winter service week.

Michael Tunney, SJ, director of mission and identity; Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist in human resources; Sharon Federico, assistant to the vice presidents for student affairs and business and finance; Lisa Fischer, executive associate in academic affairs; Mark Meyer, associate professor of computer science; and Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister all traveled to Erie for the experience.

The three days included praying the Liturgy of the Hours with the Sisters (everyone received their own prayer buddy), meals with the community, talks given by two members of the community on Lectio Divina and Benedictine spirituality, reflections and time spent in service to some of the Sisters’ various ministries in inner-city Erie. The group assisted at Inner-City Neighborhood Art House, tutored refugees at St. Benedict’s Education Center and volunteered at Emmaus Soup Kitchen.

Those interested in a short program like this to see what service-immersion experiences with Campus Ministry are all about, please contact Sarah Signorino at or Ext. 2424.

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

Welcome the Griffin

TailJoin us for the Griffin statue unveiling today (Friday, May 6) at noon outside the Science Hall Commons area. President John Hurley and Rich Kubiak ’16, president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA), will unveil the Griffin. Petey will also be in attendance.

The 1,500-pound bronze sculpture is a gift from the USA and will serve as a permanent symbol of Canisius pride for generations of students and alumni.

Submitted by Public Relations

Brass Without Borders

Don’t miss the final concert of the ArtsCanisius season! ArtsCanisius presents the Buffalo Silver Band and Toronto’s Metropolitan Silver Band in a concert program entitled “Brass without Borders” this Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  Free-will offerings will be accepted in lieu of a ticket price.

The Buffalo Silver Band (BSB), directed by Bill Cocca, is one of only two British-style brass bands in New York State. Winner of Toronto’s Hannaford Festival of Brass in 2014, the BSB plays at many venues in Western New York and southern Ontario, including the University at Buffalo, the Albright-Knox, churches, summer park concerts and the Chautauqua Institution.  The band has been performing for the past 101 years and recently released a CD that includes the piece “Beecher Variations.”

Founded in 1931, the Metropolitan Silver Band (MSB) is associated with the Metropolitan United Church of Toronto. The only brass band in the United Church of Canada, the MSB is a vital part of the Met’s music ministry. In addition to playing the Met’s worship services six times a year, the MSB’s annual schedule of 18 events includes churches and concert venues in the greater Toronto area and beyond. The MSB released a CD of gospel music to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Additional program information can be found on the Buffalo Silver Band website,

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Collecting Student Work for Core Curriculum Assessment

d2l_logo35If your course is part of the core curriculum and is being assessed this semester, you can easily collect digital files of student work using D2L’s Dropbox feature.  Even if you’ve never used D2L’s dropbox, it’s easy to set up and use.  See these two quick video tutorials:

Setting up and using a D2L Dropbox:

Downloading an archive of student work from a D2L Dropbox:

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Self-Assessments are Due June 1

The performance appraisal process at Canisius College is designed to encourage open discussion between our managers and employees to review progress, establish priorities and discuss career development opportunities across the campus. The first step in this process is to complete your self-assessment.  As part of the process, we encourage you to consider the following attached tips in preparing your self-assessment.

To access your self-assessment, login to MyCanisius and click Applications – HR Appraisal:

Your new self-assessment is available for you to complete.

Self-assessments should be completed and submitted by June 1.

Managers should complete all Performance Appraisals by July 1. (Additional manager communications will follow).

When the employee submits their self-assessment, it will be available to the manager to utilize in preparing the performance appraisal.

  • Self-assessments are designed to facilitate the performance discussion.  An employee will complete the appropriate form and it will be forwarded to the manager.
  • The manager will complete the performance appraisal and then schedule a meeting to review the details and finalize goals for the next year. Once completed, the manager will then submit the appraisal.
  • The employee will receive the final document and add comments and sign to acknowledge the appraisal was received and reviewed.
  • The appraisal will be available to view at the Vice President level.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Walleshauser at Ext. 2244 or, or Jennifer Skowron at Ext. 2247 or

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, PHR-SHRM-CP, associate vice president, human resources