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Spotlight on Student-Faculty Collaboration

sfc-ggf-spotlightThe Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) was the vision of Nelson D. Civello ’67, after he retired as fixed income division president for Dain Rauscher in Minnesota.  In 2003, Civello joined the Canisius faculty as director of the GGF and worked with Richard A. Wall ’78 PhD to develop a program that exemplifies what can be accomplished with student-faculty collaboration.  Three years ago after Civello’s second retirement, Steven Gattuso ’87 MBA, CFA, CFP, joined the Canisius faculty as director of the GGF. The program is primarily for students in their senior years of the economics and finance major, with some room for interested Master of Business Administration (MBA) students.  About 30-35 committed (and brave) students apply to join GGF; however, space in the Financial Markets Lab in Old Main limits the cohort size to about 25 students each year.

The academics of the program are best described as a capstone experience, integrating the entire economics and finance curriculum.  Students not only take GGF oriented courses in finance but work directly with the faculty and outside industry mentors to apply their knowledge of investment research on live companies for possible inclusion in the GGF portfolio of stocks.  The GGF portfolio is an actual sub-manager of the college’s endowment with about $400,000 in real funds under management.  In addition, students collaborate with each other, sharing research and recommendations.  The process involves research and analysis on economic and financial markets, as well as the selected companies.  Over the course of the year, the research is related directly to concepts of valuation and performance, in-depth analytics, written reports and professional quality presentations leading to recommendations for the portfolio.

GGF graduates from Canisius are highly sought after by well-known companies in banking and finance with a near 100 percent placement rate as entry-level analysts.  The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge team is selected each year from the GGF cohort, applying the same research, analytical, report writing and oral presentation skills that led to the Global Champions of 2015 and a close call to nearly reach the global final four again just last month!

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

The Dome Summer Schedule

The Dome will switch to weekly issues for the summer months. The final daily post will be Friday, May 20.

Starting Wednesday, May 25, The Dome will be published every Wednesday until the first week of classes for the fall semester. The deadline for submissions will be 2 p.m. on the Tuesday before publication.

“In the News” and “Campus Candids” will continue throughout the summer. Special features including “Spotlights” and “Get To Know” will resume in the fall.

Submitted by: Public Relations

Baseball Concludes Home Schedule This Weekend

godzakYour Canisius baseball team, locked in a dogfight with Monmouth and Fairfield for first place in the conference, hosts its final three home games of the season this weekend. The Griffs will meet Quinnipiac (7-11 in the MAAC) on Saturday, May 14 at noon in a scheduled doubleheader. The three game series wraps up with a single game on Sunday May 15, also at 12:00 p.m.

Canisius currently resides in third place with a 12-6 MAAC mark. Fairfield is at 13-5, while Monmouth holds a 15-6 conference record. Canisius is also one game up on fourth place Siena. The top six teams make the league tournament with the first and second place teams receiving the all-important first round byes.

Senior ceremonies will take place prior to Sunday’s game. The Griffs seniors are Aaron Casper (P), Anthony Massicci (SS), Mike Elwood (P), Alex Godzak (P) and all-time saves leader Iannick Remillard (P).

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

Digital Humanities Resource

dh-griff-may16-avWhether you work in digital humanities or would like to learn what it’s all about, check out our Digital Humanities Resource.   This space has a variety of links to projects (including works by Canisius faculty,) tools, upcoming conferences and meetups in the region.

If you have or know of digital humanities resources you think could be useful to colleagues and students at Canisius College, contact Mark Gallimore at or at Ext. 8353 to have them added to the Digital Humanities Resource.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist