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Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Tom Pilarz is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for April 2018! Tom was nominated for the award three times by several of his coworkers.

At Canisius for 25 years, Tom currently works as the lead HVAC mechanic in the Facilities Management Department. Tom was selected for this award based on his dedication to the safety of faculty, staff and students; his careful attention to detail when maintaining and repairing complicated equipment; and his respect and care for his coworkers in the HVAC Department.

Please join us in congratulating Tom on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for future months, click here.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance

Canisius Students Compete in WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge

Congratulations to Timothy E. Wysocki ’18 who took home a first place win at the WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge, held April 20.  The senior entrepreneurship/management major was one of eight Canisius students who participated in the annual event.

Organized by The Western New York Consortium of Higher Education, the Student 2 Biz Challenge encourages students from the consortium’s 21 colleges and universities to submit business plans around student-born innovations designed for currently unmet needs. Students then pitch their ventures to an external panel of judges. They compete in six categories: information technology/software; social entrepreneurship/non-profit; clean technology; advanced technology; products; and services.

Wysocki won first place in the service category for his pitch entitled “Lake Effect Mobile Detailing.”  He now advances to the New York Business Plan Competition in Albany on April 27.

Click here to read much more about the competition and the student pitches.

Submitted by: College Communications



Why Google Drive?

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) has prepared some videos for faculty that introduce Google Drive as a toolset for teaching.

The first video describes what Google Drive is and does.

The second video shows how your students use it for coursework.  You might incorporate Google Drive, Docs, Sheets or Slides into your instructions for collaborative assignments.

This video, addable to any course in D2L, can show students how Google Drive can be used for writing assignments in the course.

For further details or to set up a consultation with COLI staff to discuss how Google Apps can be useful in your course, email

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director COLI


“Etched in Stone” Art History Lecture this Week

Program welcomes Daniel Sinclair

Please join us for an inspiring lecture by Daniel Sinclair. During his lecture, entitled “Etched in Stone” on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at noon in Regis Room, Sinclair will recount his experiences as an internationally celebrated sculptor.

In 1970, Sinclair earned an MFA from Pratt Institute, and conceived the idea of going to Pietrasanta, Italy to discover if there was anything further that he could learn about stone carving in the commercial studios there. After he apprenticed for five years in the studio of Pasquino Pasquini, he embarked on a dynamic career as an artist whose works grace many cities in the United States in the varied forms of architectural restoration, portraiture and multi-media works. Sinclair’s lecture will offer insight into his apprenticeship in Italy and his approaches to restoration and contemporary creations.

A small reception follows the lecture on the 4th floor of Lyons Hall. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director of art history, at

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History

Griffs host Nationally Televised Game on Friday

Men’s lacrosse hosts Monmouth for exciting matchup

For the very first time, Canisius men’s lacrosse hosts a game at the Demske Sports Complex that will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU. ESPNU studio host Matt Schick calls the play-by-play alongside color commentator Matt Ward. Schick is a native of Rochester and graduated from Colorado.

The Griffs host Monmouth at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 27 in the game that has a direct bearing on the MAAC’s final standings and playoff matchups. Canisius (6-7;3-2) and the Hawks (6-7;3-2) are tied for third in the league with this one last game remaining on each team’s schedule. The loser will face the top seed, Quinnipiac, in next week’s MAAC Tournament, while the winner will face-off against the number two seed – Detroit Mercy.

There will be Golden Griffin popsockets given away to the first 500 fans. It’s also Dollar Dog Day with all hot dogs being sold at the concession stands for only a buck.

Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff with Canisius ID. Children under 10 are also $5, while all other seats sell for $7.

For more information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, External Affairs

TIAA Representative on Campus

Discuss retirement goals

Greg Tedone, financial consultant for TIAA, will be on campus Tuesday, May 15 in the Student Center Executive Conference Room for individual counseling sessions. He will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions, and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353 or click here to schedule your appointment online.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

April 30 Faculty Meetup is Cancelled

Are you interested in a summer meetup?

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation must cancel its April 30 Faculty Meetup.  However, COLI will offer faculty meetups in the fall 2018 semester, and possibly the summer if there is interest.

Meetups feature lively conversation over good food on topics of importance to professors.  COLI Director Mark Gallimore is considering a faculty meetup specifically for faculty teaching online and hybrid courses to be hosted sometime in the summer, perhaps on a weekday evening in early June.  If you are be interested in attending a summer faculty meetup contact Mark at Ext. 8353 or

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI