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The Academic Talent Search Program took 29 Students from McKinley High School and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts to 43 North’s annual startup pitch competition at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The annual competition awarded $5 million to eight companies from Canada and the U.S. The students enjoyed lunch after at Cabaret Restaurant.

The Academic Talent Search Program is one of five federally funded TRiO programs established under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Academic Talent Search of Canisius College serves approximately 635 youth who are recruited from area schools and community service organizations.

Submitted by: Suzanne Johnson, administrative associate, Academic Talent Search

Canisius in the News

The Center for Urban Education (CUE) at Canisius College hosted local and national experts on Thursday, October 19 in the Montante Cultural Center to discuss “A New Racial Literacy for Educational Equity.”

WBFO 88.7 FM radio covered the event. Listen to the story here.





New Buffalo Institute

You’ve heard President Hurley discuss college efforts to develop a New Buffalo Institute (NBI), which appears among the goals of Canisius 150: Excellence, Leadership, Jesuit – the strategic plan for Canisius College.  The intention of the NBI is to facilitate programs, collaborations and creative initiatives that build upon exciting, new developments in the Buffalo region and also address the persistent challenges and injustices in our community.

A task force was formed last fall to build-out the conceptual framework of the NBI and to begin to identify the goals and objectives of such an institute.  While that plan is still in formation, the following were identified as key areas of interest:

  • Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
  • Buffalo Public Schools
  • Refugee or immigrant populations or organizations working with new Americans
  • Hamlin Park Neighborhood
  • Entrepreneurship and emerging opportunities in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Sustainability

As part of its work, the task force held a series of meetings with members of the Buffalo community to gain insight and input as to what the college might do in these areas.  The task force also recognized that members of the campus community have many excellent and long-standing relationships in the areas of interest, either through academic programs, research initiatives, service or volunteer work, and that the NBI would benefit from learning about their experiences and involvements.

To make progress on this, we invite faculty and staff to share their experience in working in the areas of interest by completing a Campus Connections Survey available on the New Buffalo Institute wiki site.  We hope the responses will tell us where people are involved, the type of work they are engaged in, and ultimately help us to coordinate our efforts and maximize the impact of the NBI.  Using the input from our campus community, we also intend to map our connections – something that has never been done at the college before – to visualize our network, help us understand how we are influencing the community and inform the NBI planning process.

The survey is brief but if you have a long list of connections that you would like to share or any questions or concerns about the project, I welcome you to contact me to discuss them further.

On behalf of the NBI Planning Task Force, many thanks for your time and consideration. We look forward to hearing from you!

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate vice president, assistant to the president 

Chili Cook-Off

Members of the Institutional Advancement Team enjoyed the Chili Cook-Off in the Regis Room to benefit the United Way. (L-R) Ginny Dadaian, director of stewardship and events, Renee Marciniak, administrative associate for institutional advancement, Terry Nusstein, stewardship and corporate foundation coordinator, Kate Lockhart, research and prospect management coordinator and Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund.

The Chili Cook-Off to benefit the United Way was a resounding success!

More than 50 members of the campus community sampled six different varieties of chili donated by:

  • Karen Burke, coordinator, Women’s Business Center, Vegan Chili;
  • Kathleen Davis, vice president for enrollment management, Award-Winning Chili;
  • Claudia Hojnacki, administrative associate, ITS, Pearl’s Chili;
  • Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources, Southwest White Chili;
  • Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance, Tailgate Steak Chili; and
  • Matt Wojick, associate vice president for marketing and communication, Turkey Chili.

Pictured above is President John Hurley with Jennifer Owen, the college’s United Way representative.

Pictured above is Katheen Davis, vice president for enrollment management.

Without further ado, here are the winners:

Judged by the Senior Leadership Team and President Hurley: Karen Burke’s Vegan Chili won Most Creative and Kathleen Davis’ Award-Winning Chili won Best Overall.

Kathleen Davis also won The People’s Choice Award.

Thanks to all who participated, including those who donated chili, cheese and crackers, and those who turned out to sample chili! Because of your generosity, $270 was raised for the United Way!