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Volunteer for Commencement Ceremonies

commencement-volunteers-ad-2017The Canisius College commencement ceremonies are memorable experiences for students. All faculty (if you are not processing), staff and students are invited to volunteer at the 2017 commencement exercises:

Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, May 17
7:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Saturday, May 20
10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

There are many volunteer opportunities this year and we are counting on our veteran volunteers as well as looking forward to working with all newcomers. Please let us know by Wednesday, May 10 if you are available to volunteer.

For more information about commencement volunteer opportunities and to access the online volunteer form, please go to the Commencement page located on the Academic Affairs community page.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Peter, Ext. 2121, in academic affairs or Connie Pileri, Ext. 2180, in event services.

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students; director, Event Services

Fiscal Year-End Information

As the end of the fiscal year approaches, here are some important dates to keep in mind:

The last official business day is Wednesday, May 31.

Please note: Checks will be processed on Tuesday, May 30 as this is normal check processing day. All invoices and check requests must be in the Accounts Payable Office by the close of business on Friday, May 26 to allow for processing. Please keep in mind that the college will be closed on Monday, May 29 for the Memorial Day Holiday. The finance system will be shut down on Wednesday, May 31 and rolled to the new fiscal year.


For Capital Items: The requisition cut-off date for capital items is NOON on Friday, May 19. Please remember items must be received on campus by May 31 to be charged against the 2017 budget. Items received after May 31 will be charged to the 2018 budget.

For Operating Expenses: The requisition cut-off date for operating expenses is Wednesday, May 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Please allow appropriate time for the approval process. Invoices should be submitted to the Accounts Payable Office as soon as possible. Please contact accounts payable at Ext. 8525 with any questions.


Visa charges that post at the bank by May 31 will be charged to the 2017 budget. Any charges that post at the bank after May 31 will be charged to the 2018 budget. Please remember that it can take anywhere from one to seven business days from the time of purchase until the bank receives and posts the transaction to your account.

Please contact JoAnn Feary in the Controller’s Office at Ext. 8528 with any questions.

Submitted by: JoAnn Feary, office manager, Controller’s Office

Join One Jesuit Buffalo for Happy Hour

All Jesuit alumni and friends are invited to attend the inaugural One Jesuit Buffalo Community Launch Happy Hour on Wednesday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. The free event takes place at Flying Bison Brewing Company, 840 Seneca Street in Buffalo. There will be a cash bar and 50/50 raffle.

One Jesuit Buffalo is a new network of Jesuit alumni and friends. The group works to provide opportunities for faith formation, fellowship and service for the community.  Find them on Facebook at One Jesuit Buffalo or email John Tomczak at to be added to their email list.

Submitted by: College Communications

Digital Humanities Summer Workshop Series: Digital Mapping

All Canisius faculty and staff are invited to participate in our free 2017 Digital Humanities Summer Workshop Series, introducing digital mapping tools for research and teaching. Digital mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful resources that scholars, students and professionals use in a wide variety of fields.  The series is led by Erin Warford, PhD, adjunct professor of classics, who has nine years of experience using Geographic Information Systems in academia and industry.

In these workshops attendees will learn:

  • How to build course content, assessments and student projects using StoryMaps, a web application that closely integrates geography with other forms of content (text, images and video). See examples here.
  • Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping useful across a wide variety of applications, from the simple (class assignments) to the very complex (scholarly research).
  • Basics of ARCGIS, a powerful, industry-standard Geographic Information System.

You can find more information, and register for any or all of the workshops here.

These workshops are brought to you by the Digital Humanities Working Group and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation. We’d like to thank Dr. Warford for making this special opportunity possible!

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

Grant Writing Workshop

The Office of Academic Affairs invites all faculty and staff to participate in a Grant Writing Workshop on Tuesday, June 6 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Student Center Regis Rooms.

Topics at the workshop will be presented by a panel of Canisius grant recipients. They include:  Finding a Funding Source, Writing and Submitting a Grant Proposal, Demystifying the IRB process, Preparing a Logic Model and Tips and Techniques, from a panel of current Canisius grant recipients.

If you’re interested in attending the workshop, please reserve your seat by contacting Kathy Peter, executive associate in academic affairs, at no later than May 15.

Any questions regarding the grant writing workshop can be directed to Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president for academic affairs, at or Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at  A working lunch will be provided at the workshop.

Submitted by: Kathy Peter, executive associate, Academic Affairs