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All who know Luis R. Ayala say he is by far one of the friendliest people on the Canisius campus.  Perhaps this is because Luis loves his job!  “Canisius is a great place to work and I enjoy the many friendships I formed at the college.”

Born in the Bronx, NY, Luis was raised in Puerto Rico.  He came to Buffalo in 2011 after living in Syracuse for 18 years.

Few know that Luis is a gifted singer who performed in a Meringue band for many years. It was during that time that he received a higher calling. “I was singing near a church at the time and God said ‘Luis, I need you to come inside.’”

Luis now tours year-round singing gospel music and preaching at churches across the country. He is assistant pastor at La Iglessia de Dios Pentecostal Church in Lackawanna where his father is pastor. Luis has two CDs and is at work on a third. The most recent, “Cristo mi luz en las Tinieblas” (Christ, My Light in the Darkness), can be heard on YouTube here.

When not performing, Luis enjoys attending Golden Griffins men’s basketball games. He also enjoys working out.

Did you know…? Luis is also a construction worker by trade and builds homes during the summer.

Submitted by: College Communications

Welcome New Hires

Canisius welcomed five new staff members during the month of November.

Lynn Incardona is a payroll associate. Previously, she was as a finance account manager at Fantasy Island.

Bryan Mayer is an overnight public safety officer.  He also currently works as the supervisor of safety and security at Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity.

Julie Almendinger is a customer service specialist in the Student Records and Financial Services Center. She came to Canisius from Niagara University, where she worked as a student service generalist.

Kaitlyn Buehlmann ’14 is an associate campus minister. She also currently works as the program foundation coordinator at Amate House in Chicago. Kaitlyn is working as associate campus minister remotely from Chicago until June 1 when she will join the staff full-time.

Patrick Hoar is a public safety dispatcher. Before joining Canisius, Patrick was a dispatcher for the Grand Island Fire Company.

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance

Sew REDI on Campus Today

Sew REDI Buffalo, a project started by the Canisius Enactus team serving refugees resettled in Buffalo, will sell gift items in the Science Hall Atrium today, Wednesday, November 29 from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Sew REDI Buffalo products include key fobs, zipper pouches, totes and purses, in three fabric collections: “Buffalo” themed, authentic ethnic and upcycled (creative use of unwanted materials).

Submitted by: Patricia Hutton, PhD, professor of economics and finance

Public Safety Gift Drive Concludes Fri., Dec. 1

The Public Safety Gift Drive to benefit the Ladies of Charity concludes this Friday.

Please help make Christmas brighter for those less fortunate.

Donations needed include toys, new and gently used clothing and bedding, small working appliances and bicycles.  Gift cards, cash and checks are also greatly appreciated.  Please make checks payable to The Ladies of Charity, and drop off all donations to the Public Safety Office in Bosch Hall, lower level. All gifts go directly to those in need in our community, including displaced families from Puerto Rico.

Submitted by: Wil Johnson, director, Public Safety