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Bene merenti Tom Prince! The computer support specialist for ITS receives good wishes from President Hurley during Friday’s Celebration of Service.

Family, friends and colleagues filled the Montante Cultural Center to congratulate the more than 180 members of the college community honored at the Celebration of Service on Friday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m.

The ceremony honored all faculty and staff who have reached five, 10, 15, 20, 25 or more years of service to the college. The event also recognized those who have retired or will be retiring from the college this year. President John Hurley, Terri Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs and William Collins, vice president for institutional advancement presented the awards to honorees.

Guests enjoyed a musical interlude by Cantio Sacra and a post-ceremony reception.

In today’s Dome, we are highlighting a few members of our community who have reached significant milestones. Drs. Robert Butler and Robert Davis are the longest tenured faculty members among this year’s retirees. Tom Stabler has served Canisius for 45 years, longer than any other staff member being recognized at this year’s celebration.

Click the link below to see the entire list of honorees.

Robert Butler, PhD, Professor Emeritus of English

52 years of service and retirement

Dr. Robert Butler’s enthusiasm for teaching is just as infectious as it was 52 years ago.

During his tenure, he chaired the English Department, re-invigorated the All-College Honors Program, and most important of all, taught several generations of students, inspiring them with his love of literature and commitment to social justice.

Bob earned an international reputation as a scholar of African American literature, having published dozens of critical essays in distinguished, scholarly journals, and he has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited numerous books. As a young man, he worked as a community organizer and teacher in Mississippi and Alabama, and throughout his life, he demonstrated an unwavering commitment to civil and human rights.

Bob is particularly proud of his resurrection of a “near defunct” All-College Honors Program, which he went on to serve as director for 21 years. He also mentored fellow professors, who admired his passion for the relationship between scholarship and teaching. He holds a special place in his heart for his work teaching inmates at Attica, Collins and Wyoming Correctional Facilities.

Bob is often spotted riding his trusty Schwinn to work every day from the Town of Tonawanda (even in the winter)!

Robert R. Davis, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Accounting

51 years of service and retirement

(L-R) Richard Shick, PhD, professor of economics and finance and Robert Davis, PhD, professor emeritus of accounting. Dr. Shick celebrated 40 years of service to Canisius.

Robert Davis, PhD, leaves a remarkable legacy on the Department of Accounting and Canisius College. He and Canisius have been intimately intertwined for more than a half century. Bob first came to the college as an undergraduate and now he celebrates his retirement and emeritus status.

As professor of accounting, Bob has a unique ability to combine “real-world” experience with his deep understanding of accounting theory and practice. Bob is a dedicated educator who always encourages his students to strive for excellence while maintaining both rigor with fairness in the classroom.

He paved the way for the Accounting Department’s national reputation for excellence. Its graduates are consistently top performers on the New York State CPA exam.

Throughout his tenure at Canisius, Bob has earned the highest level of respect from his colleagues, students, and the Western New York community. He is known on campus as an educator, scholar, colleague and friend.

Thomas Stabler, director, Chemistry Lab

45 years of service

In his 45 years of service to the college, Tom Stabler most treasures his personal relationships with faculty members and students. As director of the chemistry lab for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, he is responsible for ordering chemicals and supplies for the department, maintaining inventory and multiple budgets, and supervising students who prepare the chemicals for the experiments each week in the general and organic chemistry laboratories.

“The fact that I reached this milestone means that I still enjoy coming to work each day!” says Tom. “My co-workers trust me to do my job and do it well.”

He also enjoys the independence his job offers him, as he deals with orders and budgetary issues, and maintains open lines of communication with the department chair.

Tom says one of the biggest changes he experienced since arriving at Canisius is the advancement of technology. “I performed all of my tasks on multi-part paper forms and swore I would never use a computer!” he says. But, Tom rose to the challenge!

In his spare time, Tom enjoys reading and watching movies.

Congratulations to all who celebrated milestones.

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Celebration of Service Photo Gallery