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Employee Christmas Mass and Luncheon

A Christmas Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel on Thursday, December 22, followed by the employee Christmas luncheon from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Peter Gust Economou Dining Hall. Please take this time to visit with and enjoy the company of our college community as we come together to celebrate Christmas and the blessings of our friends and co-workers.

In the spirit of giving, members of the Canisius community attending the luncheon are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to benefit the St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Food Pantry.  Look for the drop-off bins inside the Dining Hall.

St. Luke’s is an independent mission based in the Roman Catholic tradition that provides a variety of services to help those in need. In addition to the pantry, St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 people each day in their dining room and also operates a Mission Mall, homeless shelters and a Catholic grammar school.  For more information on St. Luke’s and ways in which you can help, please contact Joe Van Volkenburg in Campus Ministry.

No RSVP is necessary and all but essential employees are released to begin their holiday immediately following the luncheon. Happy Holidays!

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

Check Out the Griffs at Key Bank Center

Saturday, December 17 is your chance to check out your Golden Griffins downtown as Canisius battles the University at Buffalo at the Key Bank Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. with Niagara and St. Bonaventure playing at 1:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and there is a pre-game reception scheduled to begin at Pearl Street at 1:00 p.m. For additional information on the pre-game event call 888-2703.

Your Griffs enter the game at 6-5 and are riding a three game win streak. The Bulls are 5-5.

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

Last Call! Serve as One of Santa’s Elves

elf-clip-art-elf-clip-art-278St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and Campus Ministry need your help!

Volunteers are invited to move wrapped toys on Sunday, December 18, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The wrapped toys will be moved from a secret location to St. Luke’s Mission Mall.

This is open to faculty, staff, alumni, students, family and friends of the college!

  • Vans will leave for St. Luke’s from in front of the college’s Tower Lot at 6:15 p.m. You may choose to follow us over in your car so you may leave immediately following.
  • The group will meet at St. Luke’s at 325 Walden Avenue, Buffalo, at 6:30 p.m.
  • St. Luke’s will provide pizza for all volunteers.
  • St. Luke’s provides Christmas for 2600 families.
  • It is like working in Santa’s workshop getting the toys ready.

For more information and to sign up, contact Joe Van Volkenburg in Campus Ministry, at 888-2875 or by email at

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, senior associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

New Centralized Amazon Business Account

We are pleased to announce that Canisius College has created a centralized Amazon Business account that will improve the way the college does business with Amazon, by clearly separating business and personal shopping.

Your Action Items:

  1. Please look for an email invitation to join the Amazon Business account.
  1. If you have ever used your email address to shop on Amazon for any personal use:
  • Do not accept the Amazon Business invite before taking the below step.
  • Log into your account, navigate to “Your Account” then “Settings” and change your Amazon account email address to a personal email address (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, etc.). 
  1. Once this change is made, accept your Amazon Business invite and set up your account using your email.
  • Accept your Amazon Business invite by December 22, 2016 as the invites do expire.
  • If you require assistance, please call Amazon Business Customer Service at 866-486-2360.

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, Purchasing

New Mileage Rate for 2017

As of January 1, 2017, the IRS will be changing the mileage rate to 53.5 cents per mile. The change will be made to the travel expense report.

Thank you!

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, Controller’s Office