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A classic way of learning to paint is to copy a painting that already exists. Students in Dave Miller’s Studio Painting class did just that with impressive results. Come see what the following talented students have created in the Vogt Gallery on the fourth floor in Lyons Hall.

Alexis Apeku – “Wave”
Chris Bennett – Disney “Scar”
Kira Gafkjen – Van Gogh “Starry Night”
Katie Gaisser – Georgia O’Keefe “Summer Days”
Elise Miller – Gauguin “Tahitian Women on the Beach”
Becky Miller – Monet “Water Lillies”
Marissa Mykietyn – Monet “The Japanese Bridge”
Kelly Niles – Van Gogh “Starry Night”
Jordan Zimmerman – Edvard Munch “The Scream”

Submitted by: Lisa Zuchlewski, administrative associate, Fine Arts

And the Survey Says …

IMG_2794Last fall, the Department of Human Resources invited the Canisius community to participate in an employee engagement survey.  The survey provided employees with a voice, and an opportunity to identify the ways in which the college can promote engagement and focus on areas that require attention.  On Thursday, March 2, the Human Resources Department and the Institutional Research Department shared the results of the non-faculty employee survey with the campus community.

In it, employees revealed what they like most about working at Canisius College.  Primary responses included colleagues, students, their departments, the Canisius mission, and the sense of autonomy or empowerment employees have in their respective positions.

“The survey also revealed what drives engagement among non-faculty employees at Canisius,” said Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance. According to the findings, “employees seek recognition and appreciation, communication, trust in leadership and opportunities to learn and grow,” continued Walleshauser.

Based on these four engagement drivers, Walleshauser outlined the colleges’ next steps for improving upon employee engagement.

“Our strategy will focus on teamwork, management and institutional culture,” said Walleshauser.  To start the process, the college will create an employee engagement team, emphasize and enhance consistent communication across the campus community and commit to an ongoing engagement plan, one that includes an annual employee engagement survey.  “You, the employees, are the most important asset to Canisius College,” Walleshauser concluded.

For more information about the survey findings or to participate on the employee engagement team, contact Linda Walleshauser at Ext. 2244 or by e-mail at

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Adds Health Information Technology Within MBA

Canisius will offer a concentration in health information technology within its Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree beginning with the Fall 2017 semester.  The health information technology concentration can be completed as part of the 48 credit hours required for the MBA degree.

“Information technology is the backbone of the health care industry,” said Daniel J. Borgia, PhD, dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business. “Health information technology is a growing field in need of personnel with this expertise.  This concentration provides graduates with marketable knowledge of the complexities of information technology and the skills to assume leadership roles in health care organizations.”

The health information technology concentration consists of three online courses presented in eight-week formats, providing flexibility for students. Concentration courses, instructed by top faculty in the field, include Introduction to Health IT, Planning, Management and Leadership for Health IT and Health IT Workflow.

Read more about the concentration in health information technology here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Catch “Crossroads” on Sunday, March 5

Mary Lou Wyrobek, Permanent Chair of the Polish Culture Committee, will be the featured guest on “Crossroads” this Sunday, March 5.  Program host Rev. Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, speaks with Wyrobek about the Polish community in Buffalo and Polish customs throughout Lent and Easter.

“Crossroads” is a monthly radio program produced by the Network of Religious Communities.  It airs on the first Sunday of each month at 6:00 a.m. on MIX-96 (96.1 FM) and at 6:30 a.m. on JACK-FM (92.9).

In case you miss Sunday’s broadcast, the March program will be available on the Canisius SoundCloud beginning Monday, March 6.

Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, is filling in as program host, while Rev. Patrick Lynch, SJ, is on sabbatical. Lawrence is associate professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius and director of the Religion in Western New York Project.

Submitted by: College Communications