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Canisius in the News

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry Frank J. Dinan, PhD, authored an article in the “Another Voice” section of The Buffalo News about the hazards of plastics and the impact they’re having on the oceans. Click here to read more.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Hires New Institutional Advancement Team Members

James A. Marotto and Erin (Lawless) Zack ’00, MS ’04 began their new positions at Canisius College last month.

Marotto, new development officer for the college, comes from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he served as director of advancement. In this position, Marotto will work closely with the college’s institutional advancement team to secure support for campus-wide initiatives, including an interdisciplinary science center, academic programs, endowed chairs, professorships and scholarships, and unrestricted annual support and reunion giving.

He previously served as associate director of development for the University of West Georgia and assistant director for the Library Foundation of Buffalo and Erie County Inc. He is a board member on a number of committees including the Western New York Book Arts Center and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He is certified in the fundamentals of funrdaising through the Canisius College Professional Development program.

Marotto earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in art history in 2003 and his master’s degree, summa cum laude, in art history in 2005, both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  

Erin (Lawless) Zack ’00, MS ’04, new director of alumni engagement at Canisius College, started her career at Canisius as assistant director of donor relations and special events, responsible for the development, management and execution of the college’s high-profile events for alumni and donors. In her new role, Zack is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction towards a comprehensive, vibrant and sustainable alumni engagement program. Charged with actively involving graduates in the life of the college, Zack plans to expand the breadth and depth of alumni programs by emphasizing career development, student recruitment and mission-driven programs.

Zack returns to Canisius from the University at Buffalo (UB) where she was associate director for alumni engagement, managing all facets of the university’s signature alumni events, including homecoming. She similarly provided leadership to the UB Alumni Association Board of Directors and its 30-plus local and national chapter leaders and volunteers.  

Zack earned both her undergraduate degree in psychology and criminal justice and her master’s degree in student personnel administration from Canisius. 

Submitted by: College Communications

Accepted Students Letter Writing Campaign

Colleagues and fellow alumni:

Good morning. Some of you know me already – and some even taught me many years ago!  I’m the new director of alumni engagement.  I’m very new; I just started a couple of weeks ago.  I look forward to meeting you or re-meeting you, and running into you in the hallways and tunnels.

I’m writing specifically to this particular group – faculty and staff who are also fellow Griffs – because Canisius needs your help. Wednesday and Thursday of this week, February 5-7, from 5 – 8:00 p.m. in Lyons Hall, Room 118, the Office of Admissions is hosting an accepted students letter writing campaign.  Every single accepted student will receive a hand-written personal letter from a Canisius alumnus or alumna.  I’m looking for alumni volunteers to help write these letters.

A few things…

  • The notes will be short – just a few meaningful and impactful sentences.
  • We will have example notes for you to use as a reference.
  • There will be pizza!

It’s not necessary for me to tell you how important enrollment is for the future of alma mater. Think of the impact that you can make by taking a bit of time out of your life to share your love of Canisius to prospective students.

Justin Rogers and I are trying to get a sense of how many volunteers we can expect (and how much pizza to purchase!). If you are able to help out, please respond and let me know which date you can help. Even just 10 notes will make a difference.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.


Erin (Lawless) Zack ’00, MS ’04

Buffalo Niagara WaterKeeper

Please join the Environmental Studies Department and  the rest of the campus community in welcoming Elizabeth Robbe, Buffalo Niagara WaterKeeper, to speak tomorrow, February 5 from 4:00 p.m. -5:15 p.m. in the Regis Room. She will be highlighting some of the local freshwater environmental issues that plague the WNY area, as well as the important work that WaterKeepers and others have been doing to help restore these vital ecological resources.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Jonathan Roth, adjunct professor for environmental studies, at

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Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Environmental Studies

Environmental Justice – Through the Lens of Laudato Si

Join the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Canisius Sustainability Initiative and College of Arts and Sciences today, February 4 at 4:00 p.m. in the Regis Room for a presentation by Rev. Eduardo Agosta Scarel, PhD, chair, professor and researcher at the School of Astronomy and Geophysics at the State University of La Plata.

Scarel’s presentation, entitled “Environmental Justice – Through the Lens of Laudato Si,” is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Margaret Stefanski, PhD, associate professor of modern languages, literatures and cultures, at

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Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, Environmental Studies