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Two Faculty Forums Scheduled

Get updates on important topics

All faculty members are invited to the Faculty Forums, sponsored by Human Resources and the Faculty Benefits Committee. Sessions include Monday, October 23 from 3 – 4:00 p.m. in Old Main 223 or Thursday, October 26 from 2 – 3:00 pm in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. Presenters include:

  • Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president of human resources and compliance and Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, will discuss the new New York State Disability and to Paid Family Leave program options for 1/1/2018.
  • Marco Benedetti, vice president of business and finance, will update us on the Master Plan.

Please plan to attend a session for these important updates.

Submitted by Mary Braun, human resources assistant, human resources

TIAA Financial Consultant on Campus

Plan for your retirement goals

Greg Tedone, financial consultant for TIAA, will be on campus Tuesday, November 14 in the Student Center Conference Room for individual counseling sessions.  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

The Canisius College Archives Speakers Series

 New York Times best-selling author to speak and launch book

The Canisius College Rev. Clayton J. Murray Archives Speakers Series, in association with E. H. Butler Library Archives and Special Collections Charles Rand Penney Speaker Series at Buffalo State College, present New York Times best-selling author Catherine Pelonero and the world-premiere launch of her latest nonfiction title, Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided.

The lecture will take place on November 7, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College in the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium.

Originally from Buffalo and currently living in Los Angeles, Catherine Pelonero is the author of the renowned book, Kitty Genovese: A True Account of a Public Murder and its Private Consequences, about the notorious 1964 murder case. That book made both the New York Times and Amazon bestseller lists, reaching #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers in Crime & Punishment section.

As an author and commentator, Pelonero has appeared on episodes of the Emmy-winning series A Crime to Remember on Investigation Discovery, It Takes a Killer Fox Files, and Murderous Affairs. She is a contributing writer for CrimeFeed.

Her new book, Absolute Madness: A True Story of a Serial Killer, Race, and a City Divided, deals with a tragic chapter in Buffalo’s past. Joseph Christopher, a white serial killer who grew up in the Delevan-Bailey area, then lived and worked along the Delevan and Jefferson corridor of Buffalo’s East Side, terrorized this city as he preyed on black men in a spree that began in the fall of 1980. Prior to his capture, the phantom gunman was dubbed “The .22-Caliber Killer.

Christopher expanded his hunting ground to New York City, where he attacked six black males in a single day and became known as “The Midtown Slasher.” The murders sparked widespread fear and racial hostility that flared throughout Joseph Christopher’s capture and two sensational trials.

Pelonero, the daughter of a Buffalo police officer, spent three years researching the Joseph Christopher story, interviewing more than 70 people connected to the case and accessing archival records. She will speak on her experiences in archival research, true crime, and specifically the case of Joseph Christopher. Her presentation which will include a question and answer session.

Absolute Madness will be published in hardcover by Skyhorse on November 7, 2017, the day of the book launch at the Archives Speaker Series. A reception will follow featuring light refreshments, including our signature Buffalo cut-out cookies and a cash bar.

Books will be available for sale and signing. A 15 percent discount on books will be extended to police officers who present their badges, in honor of her late father, Salvatore Pelonero.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center’s galleries will be open to attendees preceding the presentation. Free parking will be available in the Burchfield Penney Art Center lot.

The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact Kathleen DeLaney at 716/888-8421 or

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, Archives & Special Collections