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College Celebrates MLK Jr. Day Jan. 15

Holiday hours end today, Friday, January 12. Starting Tuesday, January 16, 2018, all college departments resume regular working hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) with a one-hour lunch break.

Please note that the college is closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

We hope everyone had a wonderful break!

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

Employee of Distinction

Just a reminder that all nominations for this month’s Employee of Distinction are due by Tuesday, January 16. This program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for your co-workers and to recognize them for a job well done. The Employee of Distinction nomination form is located here.

To nominate a co-worker, explain why you think your candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation and interpersonal skills. Upon supervisor approval, all nominations are reviewed by the college’s Employee Engagement Team, which will use the information provided in the application to make a fair and objective selection. Each month, the Employee of Distinction is featured in The Dome. He or she also receives a non-monetary incentive  and is presented with the award by the president and his/her supervisor.

Additionally, please note that the Ideas to Action Box is still open to any employee who would like to contribute feedback and process improvement recommendations in a confidential manner. The following options are available for submitting ideas:

  • One physical box next to the Human Resources notice board in Old Main 100
  • One virtual box available here.

All ideas submitted through the Ideas to Action Box are reviewed by the senior leadership team. Any employee who submits a process improvement idea that is implemented receives recognition in The Dome and a prize.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

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

2018 Lorch Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 I. Joan Lorch Award for Women & Gender Studies.  This award honors a person who has made a significant contribution to women and who exemplifies the pursuit of liberation and justice regarding sex, gender and sexuality. The three categories are: (1) Student award: honors current undergraduate or graduate students at Canisius; (2) Canisius colleague award: honors current Canisius employees (faculty, staff, or administrators — full or part time), and; (3) Community member award: honors those who are not a current student or employee of the college. Deadline for nominations is February 1, 2018. Nominations should be submitted using the website link listed below.  All nominations should indicate the award category in which the person is being nominated and also include a 200-300 word justification for why the nominee is a deserving recipient of a Lorch award.

There are a number of exciting events planned for Women´s History Month– stay tuned!  Lorch award winners are honored as part of the Women´s History Month celebration.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher and Tanya Loughead, PhD, co-directors, Women and Gender Studies

Noonan and Woodruff ᾽18 to Speak at Environmental Forum

 2 The Outdoors presents its twelfth Environmental Forum entitled “Animal Communication” on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is held at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard in Buffalo.

It is widely belived that only humans can communicate intelligently, but many studies have found that communication between animals is common. Communication of such diverse species as wolves and Beluga whales and how human interference can influence their communication will be discussed.

Speakers include:

  • Mary Woodruff ᾽18, animal behavior, ecology, and conservation/psychology dual major at Canisius College
  • Bob Andrews, founder of “Wolftalkers,” an organization that researches wolf communication
  • Michael Noonan, PhD, professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation at Canisius College

2 The Outdoors is a weekly feature on WGRZ-TV Channel 2’s Daybreak program, which airs at 7:20 a.m. every Sunday. Its purpose is to educate and inspire.

For more information, contact Terry Belke, 2 The Outdoors producer, at

Submitted by: College Communications