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Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

The Office of Alumni Engagement invites you to honor our 2017 Distinguished Alumni on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the Montante Cultural Center. A cocktail reception and food stations begin at 5:30 p.m., the program begins at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $60 per person and you do not need to be a graduate of Canisius to attend.

The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees are:

Ashli Skura Dreher ᾽95, special education teacher, Lewiston-Porter High School

Michael Joseph Edbauer MBA ᾽12, DO, president/CEO, Catholic Medical Partners & chief clinical officer, Catholic Health

Francis J. Felser ᾽81, DM, CPA, president, Bryant & Stratton College

Rhonda Frederick MPA ᾽03, president/CEO, People Inc.

Mary F. Roberts ’77, executive director, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex

Walter D. Webdale ᾽57, president/CEO, AHC Inc.

For information or tickets, contact the Alumni Office at Ext. 2700 or register online here.

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, senior assistant director, Alumni Engagement




COLI Brown Bag Meetup: November 1

Qualtrics and Google Forms

On Wednesday, November 1 at noon in Old Main 115, the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host a Brown Bag Tech Meetup. We will focus on Qualtrics, Google Forms and other tools for data gathering projects.  If you must use Qualtrics or Google Forms for your job, bring your questions or your skills and experience!

On most Wednesdays in the fall or spring semester, bring your lunch and meet with other Canisius faculty and staff to share tech tips.  Share your latest project, completed or otherwise, for feedback or suggestions.  Show us what you’re doing in your classes, or in your research, using web-based technologies.  As always, COLI staff are on hand to answer questions, and share the latest tips, resources and other things we’ve recently discovered.

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

“Paying For College” Seminar

Get tips on financial aid and scholarships

On November 13 from 6 – 7:00 p.m. in Old Main 223, the Student Records & Financial Services Office will host a one-hour discussion entitled “Paying for College.” Attendees will learn how to look for outside scholarships and maximize their financial aid, while limiting loan debt and being informed borrowers.

The session is open to all Canisius College students and staff.  Registration is not required.

Free pizza will be provided by USA!

Submitted by: Sean Hudson, assistant director, financial services



Campus Candid

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