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Commencement 2018

Resplendent in blue and gold, the Koessler Athletic Center was filled to capacity for this year’s graduate and undergraduate ceremonies held on May 16 and 19, respectively.  Proud families, friends, faculty and staff were on hand to congratulate members of the Class of 2018.

Canisius alumnae from the Western New York medical community shared their words of inspiration with the graduates.

Allegra C. Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president of the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, addressed the graduate class on Wednesday evening. Jaros and Rev. Daniel L. Benning, pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Buffalo and New York Central Jurisdiction’s Chief Adjutant, received honorary degrees during the ceremony.

Norma J. Nowak ᾿79, PhD, executive director of the University at Buffalo New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences delivered the undergraduate commencement address.

Nowak and the following alumni received honorary degrees during the ceremony:

Edward Burke Carey ’69, president of Carey Realty Investments in Columbus, OH and former chair of the Canisius College Board of Trustees; LeRoi C. Johnson ’71, attorney and acclaimed artist; Daniel P. Starr 58, PhD, professor emeritus of history at Canisius and longtime director of athletics; and Gerald Zon ’67, PhD, director of business development for TriLink BioTechnologies in San Diego, CA, which provides services for educators and academic researchers in gene therapy, chemotherapy and diagnostics.

The Alumni Association presented the 2018 LaSalle Medal, its highest honor, to Vincent Mancuso Sr.᾿68, MBA ᾿77, retired senior executive vice president, HSBC Bank. The award recognizes outstanding Canisius alumni whose substantial contributions to the college have, over time, advanced the interests and the mission of alma mater.

The Canisius Classes of 1968 and 1958 commemorated their 50- and 60-year reunions, respectively, during undergraduate ceremonies this year. Mancuso celebrated his Golden Jubilee (50-year) reunion.

The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program at Canisius College also commissioned 13 cadets as second lieutenants during a ceremony on May 18.

1st Row (L-R): Malysa Battaglia (UB), Audrey Browne (Canisius), Joshua Cadore (UB), William Cannon (UB), Dylan Cory (Canisius), Anna DeCosta-Klipa (Canisius) and  Labis Eyoto (D’Youville).

2nd Row: (L-R) Erich Fleck (Buffalo State), Tyler Gates (Canisius), Hassan Ishtiaq (UB), Tyler Nixon (Canisius), Oscar Orozco (UB) and Joseph Ventresca (UB).


Timothy H. Wadkins, PhD, professor of religious studies and theology, this year’s Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty award recipient, led the faculty procession and recession at commencement ceremonies.

Click here to enjoy more photos from this year’s commencement exercises.

Submitted by: College Communications



Charitable Gifts to the College

We have always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support, please forward/scan any donations received by your department to Advancement Services, AG202, attention: Katie Huck. This is an ongoing policy that helps the college ensure the gift is recorded and the donor is provided with a charitable gift receipt. If you have any questions, please call Katie Huck, director of advancement services, at Ext. 8211 or email

Thank you.

Submitted by: Katie Huck, director, Advancement Services

Independent Health Wellness Tip

This month, Independent Health has created a useful informational flyer regarding digestive health. These tips, which identify digestive issues and suggest treatments for existing problems, are useful for everyone! Please see the flyer below for more information, and as always, feel free to contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.


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


Google Sites for Online Lessons

Learn about this simple website builder

The Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) will host a workshop on Google Sites on Tuesday, May 29 at noon in Old Main 119. 

In this workshop for Canisius faculty and staff, learn the basics of using Google Sites and related apps to create interactive lessons and training modules.  The summer is a good time to pick up skills for and experiment with quick and easy technologies for teaching and learning.

Google Sites is a simple website builder that’s part of the Google toolset supplied to all Canisius faculty, staff and students, and it requires a lot less time than other web-building tools.  Google Sites is ideal for creating online lessons that contain all sorts of media and even interactive elements.  Other Google Apps-generated media, including forms and slides, embed nicely within a Google Site.  Students can create sites themselves for assignments that foster critical analysis of web-based presentation.   Google Sites is also great for creating training content outside of courses.

Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP by emailing  Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, director, COLI