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OurLadyofHope(From L-R) – Kiefer Douse ’19, Phil Valenti ’17, President John Hurley and Maureen Hurley, pose with students at Our Lady of Hope Home School.  Photo courtesy of Michael Taheri ‘82, HON ‘16, director, Our Lady of Hope Home School

Students at St. Luke’s Our Lady of Hope Home School enjoyed a visit from President John Hurley, his wife, Maureen Hurley and Golden Griffin basketball players Kiefer Douse ’19 and Phil Valenti ’17.

Founded by Norm Paolini ’69, HON ’09 and Amy Betros HON ’09, St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy is one of the college’s community partners.  Throughout the year, members of the Canisius family work in St. Luke’s dining room, Mission Mall and at Our Lady of Hope Home School.  The campus community also serves St. Luke’s on Community Days and provides support during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Submitted by College Communications

Get to Know…

MCrotzer“I enjoy that “Aha” moment when a student grasps a difficult concept.”

Milburn E. Crotzer, MBA ’11, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics & Statistics

After a successful career in nuclear engineering and management, Mel Crotzer, MBA ’11, PhD, developed a genuine passion for teaching. Whether in the classroom, library or tutor center, Mel generously shares his knowledge of mathematics and science and his time with students.

Mel has made numerous contributions to the Mathematics and Statistics Department and to the college. He is an active member of a statistical research group led by Leonid Khinkis, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics. Mel was a member of the local organizing committee for the successful UP-STAT statistics conference held on campus earlier this year, volunteering his time and energy.  Additionally, he contributed to the work of the college’s Data Analytics Program Committee.

Did you know…Mel has a broad range of interests ranging from business and investing. He is a founding member of the South Towns Investment Club. He also loves tennis and serves as a board member for the Hamburg Racquet Club. But nothing beats camping in the Adirondacks with his family.

Submitted by: College Communications

Final Sale of the Year at the College Bookstore

This is it, the last sale of the year! Stop in and save on everything! Buy one clothing or gift item and receive 20 percent off your entire purchase. Buy two items and you get 25 percent off. Purchase three or more clothing or gift items and receive 30 percent off your purchase!

Stop in, load up and get all your holiday shopping done! Can’t get to the store? Shop online at and get your order in before midnight on Thursday, December 8 to save!

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, manager, Bookstore

Wrap Up Your Courses in Desire2Learn

D2L_COLIWith holidays, unpredictable weather and travel obligations, the end of the fall semester can be very busy.  It pays to plan ahead and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) has a checklist to help you track essential procedures for wrapping up the online portion of your courses.  There aren’t many steps but they ensure that your students’ grades are reported and archived properly, and your course content is preserved for future use.  Looking further out, our start-of-semester checklist can help prepare you to teach in the spring, too.

See Our D2L Course Start/End Checklists Here

COLI Quick Tip!  Try the My Favorites Option in MyCanisius.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

Men’s Basketball Begins Home Stand

Your Canisius men’s basketball team tips off a two-game home stand Saturday, December 10  when they host St. Francis Brooklyn at 2:00 p.m. Fans will receive complimentary coffee, hot chocolate and Timbits upon entering the Koessler Athletic Center, courtesy of Tim Hortons.

For tickets, call 888-2885. For additional information, visit or follow men’s basketball @Griffs_MBB.

P.S. Mark your calendars for January 14 when the basketball team hosts Faculty-Staff Day at the KAC. Watch your mailboxes for more information in early January.

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