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Members of the Institutional Advancement team are decked out for the holidays! Front row (L-R): Alison Novak, alumni engagement coordinator, alumni engagement; Courtney Sullivan, assistant director, advancement events; Sharon Kasperczyk, senior assistant director, alumni engagement. Second row: Liz Culliton, director, alumni engagement and Summer Handzlik, director, Canisius Fund. Back row: Matt Gorczyca, assistant director, Canisius Fund.

Submitted by: College Communications

Employee Christmas Mass and Luncheon is December 21

A Christmas Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel on Thursday, December 21, followed by the employee Christmas luncheon from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Peter Gust Economou Dining Hall. Please take time to visit with and enjoy the company of our college community as we come together to celebrate Christmas and the blessings of our friends and co-workers. No RSVP is necessary. Thursday will be a full work day and all but essential employees will be released at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22 to begin their holidays.

In the spirit of giving, members of the Canisius community attending the luncheon are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to benefit St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Food Pantry. Look for the drop off bins inside the dining hall.

St. Luke’s is an independent mission based in the Roman Catholic tradition that provides a variety of services to those in need. In addition to the pantry, St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 people each day in their dining room and also operates a Mission Mall, homeless shelters and a Catholic grammar school. For more information on St. Luke’s and how you can help, please contact Campus Ministry at Ext.2420.

Happy Holidays!

Submitted by: Laura Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President


Web Time Entry Timesheets

Associate/administrative payroll from December 10, 2017 to December 22, 2017 will be paid on December 29, 2017. Employees have until Monday, December 18, 2017 to enter hours and submit Web time entry timesheets. Approvers have until Tuesday, December 19, 2017 to approve timesheets. Holidays/shutdown days will be on our first timesheets due in January.

Please contact Maureen Hidy Ext. 8531 or Lynn Incardona at Ext. 8532 with any questions.

Please communicate this schedule to your work-study employees. Work-study payroll from December 18, 2017 to December 22, 2017 will be paid on December 29, 2017.

Work-study students have until Monday, December 18, 2017 to enter hours and submit timesheets. Approvers have until Tuesday, December 19, 2017 to approve timesheets.

Please contact Denise Rogers with any questions regarding work-study timesheets at Ext. 8535.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2018 from your payroll team!

Submitted by: Maureen Hidy, payroll manager, Controller’s Office/Payroll




Reeds Honored at Western Zone Holiday Celebration

(L-R) Dave Sardo 88, MS97; Clancy Seymour, EdD, director of physical education/teacher education; Andy Grine, Western Zone Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year, physical education teacher, Buffalo Public Schools; Kelly Strong ’99 and Greg Reeds, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology.


The Western Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) honored Greg Reeds, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, as the Higher Education Teacher of the Year.  More than 60 local physical and health educators were in attendance on Monday, December 11 at its annual holiday banquet.  Canisius College physical education teacher education (PETE) alumni Dave Sardo ᾽88, MS ᾽97 and Kelly Strong ᾽99 were also honored with the Secondary Physical Educator of the Year and Western New York Zone’s Amazing Person Awards, respectively.  Canisius PETE students Annie Draves᾽18 and Eric Gold ᾽18 received the Western New York Zone’s PETE Majors of the Year Award.

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Submitted by: Clancy M. Seymour, EdD, assistant professor/director of Physical and Health Education Teacher Education



Re-watch December’s Episode of Kaleidoscope

Program celebrates religious diversity

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the December episode of “Kaleidoscope” premiered Saturday, December 2 at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” rebroadcasts each Friday at 6:30 p.m. on Spectrum Cable Channel 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Spectrum Channel 6 in Olean, NY.

In the first segment, host Stan Bratton, PhD, talks with Deacon Dave Velasquez of St. Anthony’s Parish about the history and celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which occurs each December.

In the second segment, Dr. Bratton speaks with Jabbir Harris, educator and founder of Muslim Pray-n-Play, about his devotion to the Prophet Muhammed and how he honors the prophet through Rap music.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Video Institute, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02, a producer with Daybreak Productions, the broadcast arm of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.

Submitted by: David Goodwin, graduate assistant, Communication Studies

Adjunct Faculty Information Session

Academic Affairs hosts event on January 8

The Academic Affairs Office will host an Adjunct Faculty Information Session on Monday, January 8 at 5:30 p.m.  in Old Main 119.  Refreshments will be served.

The orientation will include information from human resources, services available on campus, teaching for mission at a Jesuit college, and an introduction to the tools supported by the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI), including the use of D2L, our course management software.  This event is not mandatory, however you will learn things that can save you time and effort.  This session can benefit adjunct professors new to Canisius College as well as those who have taught at Canisius before.  Please RSVP to Kathy Peter at or at 888-2121.

Academic Affairs and the Center for Online Learning & Innovation would like to hear from you. What types of workshops, training or information sessions  would help you with teaching, course management, communication or other aspects of your work at Canisius?  Let us know at!

Thank you for all you do for our students and best wishes for a fabulous spring semester.

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

Responding to Acts of Violence Training

Save the Date

Next month, the Public Safety and Human Resources departments will offer training sessions that present attendees with strategies that can assist them when responding to acts of violence in the workplace. Wil Johnson, director of public safety, will provide information on things to consider when dealing with various situations that may arise on a college campus or other locations that people frequent to ensure safety.  The dates and times for the training are as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 10 from 4 p.m. ‒ 5.p.m. in the Regis Room
  • Thursday, January 11 from 10 a.m. ‒ 11 a.m. in the Regis Room
  • Wednesday, January 24 from 2 p.m. ‒3 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge

Please save the date for one of the following sessions. If you have any questions, contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240.

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

Canisius Cheer Team and Dance Team hosts Winter Instructional Clinics

Learn a routine from the Griffs teams and coaches!

Children of faculty and staff are invited to participate in Canisius Cheerleading and Dance Team instructional winter clinics to be held in conjunction with future Canisius men’s basketball home games.

The cheerleading team will hold its clinic on Sunday, January 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dance team will hold its clinic on Sunday, February 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both events will be held in the Koessler Athletic Center. All participants in the clinics will learn a routine from the Griff teams and coaches. Clinic participants will perform at halftime of the Canisius men’s basketball game that day. The Canisius Cheer and Dance Clinics are open to ages 5-14. The Dance Clinic will also feature instruction by former Toronto Raptors dancer, Morgan.

The cost is $30 for each clinic, which includes a T-shirt, lunch and a ticket for that day to the Canisius men’s basketball game. On Jan. 14, the Griffs will play host to Monmouth, while the February 25 date features a home game against Marist. Game time for both contests is set for 2 p.m.

Click here to register for the Canisius Cheer Clinic.  Click here to register for the Canisius Dance Clinic.

For more information or to sign up by phone, contact Joe LaVare  at Ext. 8286 or send an  email to at

Submitted by: Joe LaVare, ticket sales manager