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Canisius Spanish students painted a mural on the wall in Old Main 314 on Thursday, October 26 under the direction of Sharon Nichole, a member of the Moriviví Collective.  The mural is of Santurce, a neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Moriviví is a group of young female artist based in Puerto Rico. Its mission is to use art to promote social justice and display the human condition. Later in the evening, Nichole gave a lecture about Moriviví’s work.

Submitted by College Communications

Record Number of Canisius Alumni Named to Business First’s 40 Under 40

Congratulations to 11 Canisius alumni named to Business First’s 40 Under 40 list– by far the largest cohort of Griffs ever inducted in a single year since the annual compilation began in 1992!

Honorees are recognized for their records of professional success and community involvement.  Canisius College is once again a proud sponsor of Business First’s annual 40 Under 40 award luncheon.

This year’s Canisius honorees are:

  • Jessica Baker ᾿99, associate counsel, SUNY Office of General Counsel, University at Buffalo
  • Peter Cimino ᾿03, founder/CEO, Lloyd Taco Trucks and Catering
  • Joshua Hutter ᾿01, partner/owner/dentist, Western New York Dental Group
  • William Moore ᾿00, senior partner, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP
  • Thomas Muraca MBA ᾿10, vice president of sales and marketing, KATZ Americas
  • Lori Overdorf ᾿17, director of development and youth services, Valley Community Association Inc.
  • Mary Owusu ᾿03, director of analytics, Eric Mower & Associates
  • Amy Polowy ᾽01, managing partner, Gross Polowy LLC
  • Cord Stone ᾽09, executive director, Community Access Services of WNY
  • Susan Was ᾽03, MS ᾽06, director of human resources, Curbell Inc.
  • Katherine Zoratti ᾽04, MBA ᾽10, senior marketing manager, Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.

More than 160 nominations were received this year.  The class was selected by a six-person panel of former 40 Under 40 winners led by James Morrell, deputy director of public transit at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Business First has presented the annual 40 Under 40 awards since 1992.

A luncheon to celebrate the honorees is planned for December 1 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  Click here for ticket information.

Submitted by: College Communications



Third United Way Raffle Winner Announced!

Congratulations to our third United Way basket winner, Laura Moeller, data and credentials specialist for the School of Education and Human Services, pictured below.

The United Way committee features a basket raffle each Friday. When you donate to the 2017 campaign, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of the baskets listed below.  You will be eligible to win the first week you pledge and throughout the campaign, so pledge early!

The remaining prize baskets include:

Donated by ROTC – cooler on wheels, water bottle, tumbler, mug, padfolio, nylon drawstring bag

Donated by Athletics – XL t-shirt, large Nike pullover, large Dri-Fit polo, scarf, (4) tickets to men’s basketball

When you give to the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, not only does your gift help those in need in our community, it also allows the United Way to do the work that no one nonprofit can do alone. Thanks to you, the United Way can identify the areas of most need, tackle those issues head on, and promote volunteerism and engagement throughout the community. Please consider giving a gift this year.

Also, please note that your donation can be designated directly back to Canisius College! Help us to achieve our goal to increase participation from 72 to 100 donors!

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

Blue and Gold Fridays

This is week five of Blue and Gold Fridays, so it’s your final opportunity to be our October Fan(s) of the Month.

Take a photo or video, tweet using the hashtag #canisiuspride, post on Instagram, or email to

The weekly winner will be chosen at 2 p.m. today.

We will announce our October monthly winner on Monday, October 30. Good luck!

Submitted by: College Communications  


Pop-Up Drop-In

Counseling Center offers new initiative

Starting this Monday, October 30, the Counseling Center is excited to offer a new initiative for connecting students to mental health services called “Pop-Up Drop-In.

“Pop-Up Drop-In” is an outreach program designed to interact with students who do not access traditional counseling services. This innovative outreach effort will provide brief, informal and convenient opportunities for students to meet with counselors at various sites across campus and help reduce some barriers to seeking help. Our hope is to reach students who may be reluctant to access counseling services, may not know about our services, question whether they or someone they know could benefit from counseling services, or have a general question about mental health. The primary goal is to engage with students by meeting them where they are at and creating a less formal link to counseling support or services. No appointment is required. Students just drop in at the locations and times listed below and on the flyer to the left.

“Pop-Up Drop-In” times and locations for the fall semester are as follows:

  • Old Main second Floor: Mondays m. – 1p.m., room 209 (near Campus Ministry)
  • Koessler Athletic Center  second Floor: Wednesdays 4 – 6 p.m. (Room 227-across from weight room)

We hope you will assist us in promoting this initiative. By doing so, you are supporting a climate on campus that normalizes accessing mental health services and gives students better access to help.

If you have any questions, call Mike Cammarata, associate director of the Counseling Center, at Ext 2620.

Submitted by: Mike Cammarata, associate director of the Counseling Center