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Canisius in the News

Alex Valvo ’16, MSA ’18, an ice hockey referee with NCAA Division I, NCAA Division III and USA Hockey, shared his coming out story with  Valvo describes how he found a community of support at Canisius and from his fellow officials.

“One would think that attending a Catholic school would drive me even further into the closet,” said Valvo.  “In fact it did the opposite.  In my four years at Canisius I was exposed to a world I never got to experience at my rural high school. I met people who were openly gay and proud of it. They weren’t social outcasts; they were actually fun to hang out with.”

Valvo also found support from his fellow officials. “The fears I had about coming out to everyone were erased in just one night.  I could finally officiate a game without a huge weight on my shoulders.”

“No current or former NHL player has ever come out as gay,” added Valvo.  He said his intention in sharing his story was to inspire hope for young hockey players or hockey officials struggling with their sexuality.

A graduate assistant with the college’s Office of Event Services, Valvo will receive a master’s degree in sport administration during Wednesday’s graduate commencement.

Read more here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Beaty Sworn in as Director of Public Safety

Kimberly L. Beaty ᾿86 will be sworn in as the college’s new director of Public Safety on Tuesday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Main 223.  The campus community is welcome to attend.  Beaty replaces Wil Johnson who served the college with distinction for 3 years.

Beaty has served as deputy police commissioner of Operations and Homeland Security for the Buffalo Police Department (BPD).  She has served in law enforcement with the BPD for 31 years.

Read more about Beaty here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Photo courtesy WGRZ-TV Channel 2

Commencement 2018

Commencement 2018

Commencement week is a special time at Canisius.  It’s an important event that marks a momentous occasion in the lives of our students and energizes the entire campus community. Below is a list of our commencement activities.  Enjoy the pomp and circumstance!

Wednesday, May 16

Graduate Commencement Exercises – 7:00 p.m. – KAC  (More Information)

Friday, May 18

ROTC Commissioning – 10 a.m. – Montante Cultural Center

Honors Convocation – 2 p.m. – Montante Cultural Center

Baccalaureate Mass – 4:30 p.m. – KAC (More Information)

Saturday, May 19

Undergraduate Commencement Exercises  (More Information)

(Tickets required)

General ceremony – 10:00 a.m. – KAC

College of Arts and Sciences – 12:30 p.m. – KAC

School of Education and Human Services & the Wehle School of Business – 3:00 p.m. – KAC

Submitted by: College Communications


JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Would you like to spend a beautiful summer evening running, walking or socializing at Delaware Park with other members of our campus community? Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate the end of both the winter and the school year? Then sign up for this year’s JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge! Registration for the event ends tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15 at 5:30 p.m., so sign up now!

The 3.5 mile course begins and ends at Delaware Park and will take place on Thursday, June 14.  All faculty and staff, whether they are racers, joggers or walkers are invited to join the Canisius College Corporate Challenge Team. The race start time is 6:45 p.m. The Canisius College hospitality tent opens at 5:00 p.m. and Chartwells will provide refreshments before and after the race.

To register to run or walk on the Canisius team, click here.

If you don’t want to walk or run in the race but would still like to come have refreshments and socialize, no problem! The hospitality tent entry fee is only $6.00 and includes parking at Demerly Hall for Canisius College participants. Simply RSVP to Mary Braun at or at Ext. 2240. For all participants, make check payable to Canisius College and send payment to Gary Lew, Facilities Management Office, Bagen Room 07.

Please see the flyer below for further details. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Lew at Ext. 2255 or Mary Braun at Ext. 2240.

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

Canisius Hosts BN360’s Happy Hour for a Cause

Canisius College hosts the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s first Happy Hour for a Cause of the summer on Thursday, June 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at The Westin Buffalo (Courtyard), 250 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.

A long-standing tradition, the Happy Hour for a Cause events allow local professionals to meet and network in a laidback environment while benefiting a local charity. This happy hour will benefit The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC), a community organization that promotes, preserves, restores, enhances and ensures maintenance of Olmsted Parks and Parkways in the greater Buffalo area to guarantee Olmsted Park experiences for current and future generations.

This event has many excellent benefits—it’s an inexpensive charity event, hosted by the college, where participants can relax and enjoy making new connections with like-minded professionals in the area. For more information and to register for the event, click HERE. If you have any questions, contact Mary Braun at Ext. 2240 or at

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