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Mary Anne Neil, administrative associate for teacher education

17308842_10101128537379192_59122301411748398_nMore than 15 full-time faculty members and 30 adjunct professors at the undergraduate and graduate levels depend on the dedication and support of Mary Anne Neil. She treats her co-workers and students as if they are family and looks forward to coming to the office.

“There is never a day I wake up and mind going to work,” says Mary Anne. “I truly enjoy all the people and the students. I love my job!”

Known for her attention to detail, Mary Anne also oversees the work studies and graduate assistants and occasionally helps out in the President’s Office.

Three of Mary Anne’s four children are Canisius graduates: Thomas ᾿10, Stephen᾿13 and Connor᾿16.

“In my spare time I love to cook and travel, especially to visit my daughter in Florida,” says Mary Anne.

Closer to home she enjoys spending time with her family including her two grandchildren.

Did you know….Mary Anne was a competitive figure skater until the age of 15. For 25 years, she taught ice skating lessons for children and adults.

Submitted by: College Communications

Blue and Gold Fridays

Last chance to be in contention for Fan(s) of the Month

It’s week five of Blue and Gold Fridays, which means it’s your last chance to be entered for Fan(s) of the Month.

To get in on the action, take a photo or video, tweet using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post on Instagram or email to  Weekly winners will be chosen at 2 p.m. on Fridays.

On Monday, October 2, we will announce our week five winner and our first monthly winner. We will also provide a gallery of all submissions to date. Good luck!

Submitted by: College Communications


Men’s Soccer Opens League Play Today

Team boasts best non-conference record

m-soccer-2Your Golden Griffin men’s soccer team opens conference play this afternoon, Wednesday, September 27 versus Siena at the Demske Sports Complex. Tip-off is slated for 4:00 p.m. Canisius has the MAAC’s best non-conference record at 6-2, and will look to start a new winning streak today against the Saints.

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Don’t forget to download the Blue and Gold Win Rewards app in the App Store and Google Play Store! Check-in, earn points and get rewarded!

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate director of athletics, External Events

“From Motown to Hip Hop”

Talk focuses on the history of African American music

harold1On Thursday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge, historian Claudrena Harold of the University of Virginia will give a free public talk entitled “From Motown to Hip Hop: The Evolution of African American Music.” The talk considers how musical expression ‒ by James Brown, Sam Cooke, the Supremes, Arentha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson and Public Enemy, among others ‒ and consumption have provided black women and men with a vehicle for entertainment, community building, political organizing and economic uplift. Professor Harold comes to Canisius under the auspices of the distinguished lectureship program of the Organization of American Historians. Light refreshments will follow the lecture.

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history and director of the All-College Honors Program




Bring Your Best Self to Work

Attend EAP Seminar and be more productive

Would you like to discover how to create an open, positive and productive work environment for yourself and others around you? If so, the Employee Assistance Program’s “Bringing Your Best Self to Work” seminar is a great place to start. This seminar, which will be held in the Student Center Conference Room on Wednesday, October 4 from 2:30 ‒ 3:30 p.m., outlines several strategies for making the most of your work environment. Discussion topics include:

  • Evaluating your short and long-term goals for your position
  • Examining your own work ethic and productivity
  • Identifying the strengths and weaknesses that you bring to the workplace
  • Learning the most effective communication techniques
  • And many more!

If you are interested in attending the “Bringing Your Best Self to Work” seminar, please contact Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or at

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

Yoga with Koga

Event at the Buffalo Zoo supports the Pan-African Sanctuary Alliance

yoga-with-koga-logo-colorAre you a yoga fan? Do you want to support an important conservation effort? Here’s your chance to do both. The Buffalo Zoo and the Canisius College Ape Research Team are collaborating to host a fun-filled event at the Buffalo Zoo on Sunday, November 5. Tickets for “Yoga with Koga” (Koga is the adult male gorilla at the zoo) are now on sale. For $20, you receive zoo admission, a one-hour yoga class, healthy snacks and access to a basket-raffle. All funds raised will benefit the Limbe Sanctuary in Cameroon, a member of the Pan-African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA). PASA supports collaborative efforts amongst sanctuaries throughout Africa that care for animal orphans whose mothers were killed for meat, and primates confiscated from the pet trade.

Tickets can be purchased online here or by contacting Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation and biology at

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, PhD, chair and associate professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation and biology



Campus Candid


More than 20 alumni couples who were married by the late Rev. John Bucki, SJ, former director of campus ministry, received a special blessing from Deacon Gary Andelora, during the Memorial Mass for Father Bucki. Deacon Gary is a volunteer, doing his Deaconical service in Campus Ministry.

The Mass took place on Saturday afternoon, September 23, during Homecoming weekend.

Blue and Gold Fridays

And our Fans of the Week are….The Student Affairs Division! Click here to see their video entry.

Please note that we miscalculated, and there is actually one more chance to be in contention for the September Fan(s) of the Month!

The winner(s) for the upcoming Blue and Gold Friday, September 29, will be the last in the running for September’s Fan(s) of the Month.  Winners from Blue and Gold Fridays on September 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 will all be in contention.  The September Fan(s) of the Month winner(s) will be announced in the October 2 edition of The Dome. We will also share all of September’s photo and video submissions.

Thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm and for proudly wearing your #canisiuspride!

Submitted by: College Communications