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image1“The people at Canisius are extraordinary.  They are dedicated to their positions, of course, but it’s the generosity of spirit, energy and compassion with which people work that sets this place apart.”

Erica Sammarco came to Canisius in 2005 as the college’s director of corporate and foundation relations and spent her first five years managing a local, regional and national corporate and foundation relations programs to support college-wide initiatives, with an emphasis on the priorities of the college’s $95 million comprehensive campaign, A Legacy of Leadership. Erica helped secure more than $4 million in grants and commitments from foundation and corporate prospects.

In July 2010, she moved to the President’s Office where she has served as assistant to the president and secretary to the college’s Board of Trustees.  She was recently promoted to associate vice president.  In her roles, she acts as chief support for the college’s Board of Trustees and the  Strategic Planning Committee.  She also played a critical role in the college’s Middle States accreditation process last year.

A member of the college’s Senior Leadership Team (SLT), Erica also is responsible for new initiatives and projects originating in the President’s Office. Erica has been recognized for the strength of her writing, capacity for handling multiple projects with creativity, and her ability to bring people together and build consensus.

Erica graduated from Canisius in 2000. She was a member of the All-College Honors Program and holds a degree in English and Psychology. Her master’s degree is in English from the University of Rochester. Erica has been married for 15 years to a fellow Canisius alum and has two boys: John age 8, and Evan, age 2.

Did you know…Erica loves to cook. “It’s the only craft you can experience with every single one of your senses and often your heartstrings,” she says. Erica started working in Chris’ NY Sandwich Co. when she was 14 and worked there every summer during high school and all through undergrad.  She adds, “I loved a chaotic kitchen and serving 15 tables solo. Those were some of the best life and career skills I ever learned.”

Submitted by: College Communications

Woodward Recognized for Best Essay

Assistant Professor of English Marshelle Woodward, PhD, received the 2016 Tony Hilfer Prize for best essay by Texas Studies in Literature and Language, (TSLL) for her essay “Paradox Regained: Reconsidering Thomas Browne’s Double Hermeneutics.”

Published by the University of Texas Press, TSLL is an established journal of literary criticism, which publishes substantial essays reflecting a variety of critical approaches and covering all periods of literary history.

Submitted by: College Communications

Student Retention Committee

The Canisius College Student Retention Committee will hold its first meeting today, January 24, in Bagen 208 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. The group is committed to enhance and reinforce a culture of undergraduate and graduate student support and success resulting in consistent and steady increases in student success, retention and graduation rates.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please feel free to contact Annie Dobiesassistant vice president, director, Griff Center, at Ext. 3749 or Kevin Smith, assistant vice president, director, Student Records and Financial Services, at Ext. 8501. If you are not able to be part of the committee but would like to share suggestions or insights about student retention, please feel free to contact Annie or Kevin.

Submitted by: Annie Dobies, assistant vice president, director, Griff Center

Adjunct Faculty Information Session Tonight

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Tonight, January 24, a new adjunct information session will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Old Main 115. This session will feature information delivered by representatives from Human Resources, the library, Academic Affairs and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI).  All adjuncts, whether teaching at Canisius for the first time this semester or those who simply would like to learn more about teaching at Canisius are welcome.

If you are unable to attend, please see the Guide for New Faculty and take advantage of the one-on-one virtual and in-person consultations that COLI offers for adjuncts to help them get better acquainted with the college’s technologies.

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

Wellness Initiative 2017

As part of our ongoing wellness initiative for 2017, Canisius College has partnered with Independent Health to offer an innovative online wellness tool – FitWorks.  This tool is designed to help employees engage in meaningful activities to achieve your personal health and wellness goals in 2017 and beyond!

The FitWorks program is designed for employees to complete different FitWorks challenges.  Completing the challenges earns participating employees points that will qualify them for chances to win quarterly prizes.  The more points earned – the greater the chance to win!

Participating in the FitWorks plan is completely voluntary and no information is shared with the college.

To learn more about the program, Dawn Kordylewski, corporate wellness specialist for Independent Health, will be on campus to provide a demonstration of the FitWorks program on January 25 from 3:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. in the Regis Room, located on the second floor of the Student Center.

If you are unable to attend the session, additional e-mail instructions will be sent out regarding how to participate in the program. If you have any questions, contact Brianna Fasanello in the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2246.

Submitted by: Brianna Fasanello, assistant, Human Resources