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Bonfire 2017

Hundreds of students gathered in Bart Mitchell Quad on August 31 for the annual bonfire as part of Welcome Week. The popular event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

Photo credit: Patrick Burke MS ’18, graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration program.

Submitted by: Matthew Mulville, senior associate dean of students/director of student life


Today is President’s Convocation

All are cordially invited to attend President John J. Hurley’s annual convocation address today (Wednesday, September 6) at 4 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The event marks a special coming together among our campus community at the onset of the fall semester to hear from the president about the state of the college. President Hurley will share some of the strategic initiatives the college will undertake in the coming year. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. If you are unable to attend, President Hurley’s remarks will be posted to the website. A cocktail reception will follow.

Submitted by: Laura Montaro, executive associate to the president

Get to Know…

21396989_10156555097553356_1374834939_nIn my position I am fortunate to be able to interact with students on a daily basis,” says Laura Zirnheld, student records specialist, Student Records and Financial Services Center,

“It’s really fascinating to watch them grow into young adults.”  Laura’s cheerful, nurturing demeanor with students epitomizes the concept of cura personalis.

Among her many duties, Laura is mainly responsible for registering students for classes, making major changes, and processing transfer credit and GriffAudit exceptions.  Described as the ultimate team player by her co-workers, Laura values excellence and strives to do things right the first time.

Canisius is a family affair for the Zirnhelds. Laura, is from the Class of 1984, her husband, Mark, graduated in 1982. The Zirnhelds’ daughter, Julie is a member of the Class of 2012 and son, Eddie is a member of the Class of 2015. He also obtained a master’s degree in sport administration in 2017.


Laura and her husband, Mark, are pictured above at the Koessler Athletic Center.

“One of my greatest thrills was handing our  son Eddie his undergraduate diploma in 2012 and marshalling his row when he received his master’s degree in sport administration,” says Laura.

The Zirnhelds can be regularly spotted at men’s and women’s basketball games and volleyball matches. In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading and knitting.

Submitted by: College Communications

Blue and Gold Fridays

The first Blue and Gold Friday was a huge success!  Thank you to all for the creative submissions and for showcasing your #canisiuspride. It was a tough decision but our first Fan(s) of the Week are:

George Ambrusko, housekeeper, facilities management; Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund; Courtney Sullivan, assistant director, advancement events; and Alison Novak, alumni engagement coordinator.

Check out their energetic Boomerang below:


Remember, we celebrate Blue and Gold Fridays every week. Take a photo or video of yourself ‒ or a group of office colleagues ‒ wearing blue and gold. Tweet using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post on Instagram, or email to You will be in the running to be the Blue and Gold Fan of the Week.  Weekly winners will be posted in The Dome and will also be in contention to be the Fan of the Month and win a prize! Please note that weekly winners will be chosen at  2 p.m. on Fridays so be sure to post, email or send your photos and videos before the deadline. Weekly winners will be announced on Mondays.

In support of this initiative, our campus bookstore is offering a 30 percent employee discount coupon for one Canisius business apparel item.

Please click below to access the Bookstore coupon

Employee Discount Coupon

Submitted by: College CommunicationsS


Adjunct Faculty Orientation is September 7

Learn about resources and support

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting an adjunct faculty orientation session on Thursday September 7 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

new-adjunct-orientationThis session is not mandatory but is a great way to quickly get up to speed on the essentials for teaching at Canisius College.  Adjunct faculty who are teaching at Canisius for the first time this fall and those who  taught at Canisius in the past will benefit.  It’s a good opportunity to learn about resources and support available to you at Canisius!

See the COLI blog here for details.

Please RSVP to Kathy Peter at or at Ext. 2121.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Serious Games Meetup September 8

See how MacVie uses games in the classroom

seriousgamesmeetup292On Friday, September 8 at 11:00 a.m. in Lyons 122, Serious Games Meetup Group convenes its first session of the fall 2017 semester.  Leah MacVie, PhD, adjunct professor, School of Education and Human Services and director, Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI), will share games she employs in her classroom, and the ways she encourages future teachers to think about gaming as part of pedagogy.  Games needn’t be complicated, tech-heavy, and big-budget activities – Professor MacVie and her students play and create “analog” paper and card games that enable learners to experience concepts as processes and activities.

Serious Games serves a wide variety of purposes: educational, scientific simulation, healthcare and therapy, personnel training, emergency management, city planning, and politics.  The Serious Games Meetup Group explores learning theories and game design, and conducts workshops for faculty, staff, and students that explore digital and analog game use and creation.  And yes, we play some games, too.

All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome.

The group, facilitated by P.J. Moskal, PhD, associate professor of digital media arts, and Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer,COLI, meets on the first Friday of each month for one-hour sessions.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, instructional designer, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

TIAA Financial Consultant on Campus

Review and discuss retirement goals

Greg Tedone, financial consultant for TIAA, is on campus several times in the upcoming weeks for individual counseling sessions. The schedule is as follows:

Date                                                    Time                                       Location

Tuesday, September 19                      10:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.                     Science Hall Room 1017

Wednesday, September 20                9:00 a. m. – 2:30 p.m.                      Science Hall Room 1017

Tuesday, October 24                          10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                     SC Exec Conf Room 205

He will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions, and review options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353 or click here to schedule your appointment online.

Submitted by: Mary Braun, human resources assistant, Human Resources

“From Motown to Hip Hop”

Honors Program presents lecture on the evolution of African American music

The Canisius College All-College Honors Program presents “From Motown to Hip Hop: the Evolution of African American Music,” on Thursday, September 28 at 7 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, director of the All-College Honors Program, at

Submitted by: College Communications