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Lauren Kicak Named Employee of Distinction

Pictured (l-r): Ian S. Day, interim vice president for enrollment management; Lauren M. Kicak, associate director of graduate admissions; and John J. Hurley, Canisius College President

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Lauren Kicak is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for August 2018! Lauren was nominated for the award by Anne Marie Tryjankowski, associate professor of graduate education & leadership.

As a member of the campus community for four years, Lauren currently works as the associate director of graduate admissions. Lauren was selected for this award based on her deep commitment to the college’s Jesuit mission, her careful attention to each of the many applicants in her care and her dedication to attending events that promote the graduate programs at the college.

Please join the Human Resource Department in congratulating Lauren on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for the upcoming months, click here.

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


Canisius Co-sponsors WNY Law School Fair

Representatives from more than 70 law schools including Boston College Law School, Fordham University School of Law, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, will participate in the annual WNY Law School Fair on Monday, September 24 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott. This event is free and open to all students and alumni who have an interest in law, and is a great opportunity to meet a variety of law school representatives in one place.

Submitted by: Eileen Abbatoy, associate director, Griff Center for Academic Engagement


Study Abroad Fall 2019

Applications for those interested in studying abroad during the fall of 2019 are now being accepted. The application can be found on Canisius Life in the Canisius portal. If you teach or work with students who are interested in studying abroad next year, please encourage them to apply. The deadline is October 12, 2018. For more information,  call the office (Ext. 2400) or Email

Submitted by: Brian Smith, director, Study Abroad and International Partnerships

Alumni Begin Year of Service with Mercy Volunteer Corps

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Four members of the Canisius College Class of 2018 recently kicked off their year of service with Mercy Volunteer Corps. Amanda Momoh, Lindsey Bradley, Emily Smith and Rachael Weissenburg are volunteering in Baltimore, Sacramento, San Francisco and St. Michaels, AZ. Mercy Volunteer Corps promotes social change by placing and supporting volunteers for one year of service with people who are poor and marginalized in the United States and South America. Mercy Volunteers work in education, healthcare and social services while living together in community and growing spiritually. We are proud of these graduates for becoming women for and with others, and pray that they have a transformative experience this year!

Submitted by: Kaitlyn Buehlmann, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry

Faculty Meetup: Academic Integrity

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The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is hosting a faculty meetup focused on the pedagogy of reading, writing and academic integrity on Wednesday, September 26 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Regis Room.

More than ever, college faculty are under pressure to cultivate critical reading and writing skills in students. Courses, lessons and assignments compete with a wide variety of other priorities and media. We often struggle to persuade students that these intellectual virtues are worth their time. Our most frustrating experiences come when we discover that students committed academic dishonesty, rather than making a sincere attempt to create original work.

This meetup will not be a formal presentation, rather faculty should come as colleagues to share experiences and concerns. Moreover, each participant is encouraged to share triumphs, however tentative or small. For example, when did you do or discover something that you believe fostered reading and writing skills among students? What can you share with colleagues across campus that might help them in their classrooms and disciplines?

All faculty are welcome and COLI will supply refreshments. Together, we can do much more!

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation