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Town Hall Meeting

If you were unable to attend President John Hurley’s Town Hall Meeting on December 6, you can read the recap below.

President Hurley began his Town Hall by reporting that the Boards of Trustees and Regents met earlier in the week. Work continues on every major issue of the financial picture of the college and restoration of the college’s eight percent contribution to the employee retirement plan remains a top priority.

Rev. James Miracky, SJ, provincial assistant for higher education for the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces, was on campus recently to visit with faculty and staff and talk about how the Jesuit mission is integrated into all areas of the college.  Father Miracky summed up his visit for President Hurley noting that while people are concerned with the financial picture at Canisius, they continue to work hard and are committed to enhancing and solidifying the college’s mission as a Catholic, Jesuit institution.

On the enrollment front, President Hurley said that everywhere he goes people continue to inquire about Excellence within Reach.  While it is early in the cycle, the Office of Enrollment Management reports that campus visits are up 25 percent from last year. This is important, he noted, because the yield from campus visits is traditionally the highest.  President Hurley asked faculty and staff to encourage anyone interested in the college to visit the campus, as it is the best way to get a feel for our atmosphere and culture.

Enrollment Management and Marketing hosted a forum for faculty on November 17. The two-hour, interactive session was well-attended. The challenge now, said President Hurley, is for these areas to digest and implement suggestions into the current marketing strategy for the college.

The search for the dean of the Wehle School of Business is in progress, with the hope of interviewing candidates in the spring. The challenge remains to find an academic leader who is also networked into the business community.

President Hurley outlined several important items in the federal tax reform legislation which are crucial to higher education, and could prove to be harmful to Canisius College.  He also outlined these items in an email yesterday to faculty and staff asking that the campus community contact members of Congress to urge them to reject the provisions that will harm institutions like Canisius  (See the pdf below).


Submitted by: College Communications

Winter Break Hours

I am pleased to announce that Winter Break hours will be in effect from Monday, December 18 through Friday, January 12, 2018. Hours will be from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute meal break.  Adjustments may be made where workloads require different hours.

With early dismissal on Friday, December 22, please note that employees who have scheduled that day off need to charge a full day of vacation or personal leave, and should record this as a full day in the web time entry system.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season!

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



Santa is Coming to Canisius!

Old St. Nick is making a stop at Canisius on Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the Student Center Dining Hall. The event includes a continental breakfast, a 5×7 photo with Santa, arts and crafts, and cookie decorating. The cost is $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. RSVP is required by contacting Connie Pileri at

Submitted by: College Communications

Share Your Childhood Christmas Photos

Don’t forget to email your favorite childhood Christmas photos to by Monday, December 11.  We will publish all photos in the Wednesday, December 13 edition of The Dome and ask you to identify your colleagues.  Don’t worry, we’ll provide the names of those who submitted photos to narrow your options.  Just match the names to the photos!

A prize will be awarded to the person who correctly identifies the highest number of his/her colleagues.

Please note, this photo contest replaces the Blue and Gold Fridays photo contest for the month of December.

Thank you to all who have submitted photos. We look forward to additional entries!

Submitted by: College Communications


Institutional Advancement Adopts a Family from St. Luke’s

The Institutional Advancement Team adopted a family of seven from St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy for Christmas. If you would like to contribute, there is a list on Amazon with some items taken from the family’s wish list, which can be found here.

The shipping address for the items on the list is Canisius College, Lyons 206.

If you would like to purchase items that are on the list but from a different retailer, please notify Kim Walkow, annual and leadership giving coordinator, so she can remove them from the Amazon list. If you would like to help the family but are unable to purchase items from the list, donations of soap, shampoo and deodorant are also appreciated and will be added to a basket of goodies for the family.

Thank you so much for all that you do for Canisius throughout the year and for helping a family in need during this season of giving!

Submitted by: Alison Nowak, alumni engagement coordinator