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Canisius Alumnae Among Buffalo’s Most Powerful

Members of the Canisius College community make up nearly 20 percent of Business First’s Power 100 Women list for 2016. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York. Business First compiled these rankings and defined “power” by the level of influence a woman has at her company, in her city or county, and the length of her career. Only women who live full time in Western New York were considered.

Of the 100 named, the Canisius community had four members in the Top 10 – three alumnae and one honorary degree recipient. Below is a complete listing of those members of the Canisius community who were honored:

Canisius alumni:

#6 – Rhonda Frederick MPA ’03, president and CEO, People Inc.

#8 – Kimberly Minkel ’96, executive director, NFTA

#10 – Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ’82, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

#17 – Allegra Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; vice president, Kaleida Health

#27 – Norma Nowak ’79, PhD, executive director, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; founder and chief scientific officer, Empire Genomics LLC

#30 – Lisa Wilson ’91, executive sports editor, The Buffalo News

#41 – Laura Zaepfel ’86, vice president of corporate relations, Uniland Development Co.

#42 – Susan O’Sullivan ’04, vice president, advanced solutions, Cisco Business Unit, Ingram Micro U.S.

#50 – Mary Roberts ’77, executive director, Martin House Restoration Corp.

#51 – Jill Syracuse ’83, executive vice president and chief engagement and servicing officer, Independent Health

#75 – Linda Dobmeier ’83, chair, Buffalo State College Council; vice president, Dobmeier Janitorial Supplies, Inc.

#83 – Nancy LaTulip ’75, vice president, marketing/sales and small-business lending, Lake Shore Savings Bank

#87 – Nancy Ware ’78, president and CEO, EduKids Inc.

#89 – Anne Gioia ’71, HON ’97, co-founder and trustee, Roswell Park Alliance

Canisius honorary degree recipients:

#7 – JoAnn Falletta HON ’00, music director, BPO

#21 – Mindy Rich HON ’15, vice chair, Rich Products Corporation; president, Rich Entertainment Group

#23 – Donna Fernandes HON ’11, president and CEO, Zoological Society of Buffalo, Inc.

#55 – Denise Roche HON ’92, retired president, D’Youville College

Maureen Hurley, retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Rich Products Corp. – and Canisius’ “first lady” is ranked number 40.

Submitted by: College Communications

First Annual MAX Charity Challenge

Join us for the First Annual MAX Charity Challenge on Sunday, August 14! The tournament will be held at Diamond Hawk Golf Course located at 255 Sonwil Drive in Cheektowaga, with registration beginning at 10:00 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. A reception and award ceremony will follow at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens at 5:30 p.m.

The MAX Charity Challenge will benefit the research programs at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College and reduce tuition costs for participating families of high functioning children with autism spectrum disorder. The IAR is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center dedicated to understanding autism spectrum disorder and enhancing the lives of those affected and their families.

Cost for the challenge is $135 for one golfer or $500 for a foursome. Reception only is $55. For sponsorship opportunities click here.

Golf packages include greens fee with cart, one hour of range access, lunch at course provided by Nickel City Foods and a reception/awards ceremony. The reception includes two hours of open bar with hors d’oeuvres and assorted food stations.  Basket raffles and auctions will be held during the reception.

Click here to register!

Submitted by: College Communications

All Aboard!

img_2109-rowboatIf you’re looking for something fun to do before the end of summer and the start of the fall semester, head over to Hoyt Lake, in Delaware Park. It’s here that an enterprising group of Canisius Enactus students is renting row boats for $10 per half hour.

The small business venture launched this summer when the Buffalo Maritime Center (BMC), which owns the row boats, offered Enactus students an experiential learning opportunity: Oversee the operational and financial management of the row boat rentals during peak season, and the student club can keep 90 percent of the revenue.

“It’s been a really great experience and one we hope Enactus can continue to manage next summer – and beyond,” says Marissa Watroba ’17.

Watroba, along with fellow Enactus students Sarah DiMayo ’17 and Annie Niland ’18, designed promotional T-shirts for the business and sell bottled water. Social media is their main form of marketing the row boat rentals, although they receive many walk-up customers from the park – including Hollywood actress Kate Hudson, who was in town recently to film the movie “Marshall.”

If you’re interested in supporting Canisius’ Enactus club, head over to Hoyt Lake. Boat rentals are available Tuesday – Friday, between 2:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by: College Communications

Keeping It Civil In The Workplace

Sometimes conflicts can arise within your workplace due to e-mails that have been written hastily and sometimes even thoughtlessly due to a rush to communicate ideas, notifications and suggestions. To ensure constructive and respectful relationships grow among co-workers and students, it is important to be mindful of these five rules for communication.

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Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, human resources assistant, human resources

Google Apps for Faculty & Staff

gafecanisiuslogoAll faculty and staff now have Google Drive provided as part of Google Apps for Education. This is a secure, password-protected online (“cloud”) storage space where users can store files to be accessed in a variety of places and on various devices. Google Drive also allows users to share large or numerous files that are impractical as email attachments. An easy-to-use productivity toolset, including Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms, makes collaborating on projects much easier than passing documents back and forth via email.

Your Google Drive space can be found by clicking the link under “My Applications” in the MyCanisius navigation launch pad (left hand menu, after logging in).

See this link for details on your Canisius Google Drive space, including possibilities for how you may use it to save time and effort:

Quick Tip!  Use Google Docs to create quickly editable files for Desire2Learn.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, Center for Online Learning and Innovation