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Junior Class Inductees

Pictured (l-r): front row: Margaret McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs; Joy Dudek ’20; Megan Miller ’20; Emily Augugliaro ’20 and Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, faculty advisor

Pictured (l-r): back row: Salvatore Zarrella ’20; Patrick Collins ’20; Matt Tomasulo ’20; Justin Begley ’20 and Michael Sindoni ’20

Not pictured: Zachary Kier ’20 and Hannah Kralles ’20 
Senior Class Inductees

Pictured (l-r): Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, faculty advisor; Jakai Harrison ’19; Megan Poynter ’19; Margaret McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs; Anna Sweny ’19; Kathryn Simon ’19; Joanah Perkins ’19; Noah Gould ’19; Joshua Canavan ’19; Taylor Altwarg ’19 and Moyo Folorunsho ’19
Graduate Class Inductees

Pictured (l-r): Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, faculty advisor; Jessica Perfetti (School Counseling); Margaret McCarthy, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs; Robert Merii (MBA) and Bethany Hettinger (Higher Education Student Affairs Administration) 

Not pictured: Benedict Donkor (Respiratory Care)
Honorary Alpha Sigma Nu Inductees

Pictured (l-r): Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, faculty advisor; Tanya M. Loughead, PhD, professor of philosophy; Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs; Fernanda M. Astiz, PhD, professor of teacher education; Sarah E. Signorino, director of mission & identity; and Craig D. Rogers, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance.

The Canisius College chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, inducted 28 new members on Thursday evening, April 11 in Christ the King Chapel.

Those inducted must be within the top 15 percent of their respective class and have an outstanding record of loyalty and service. No more than four percent of each class may be inducted.

Further information on the honor society may be found here.

Submitted by: Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, SJ, professor emeritus, Religious Studies and Theology

Celebration of Service

Members of the campus community filled the Grupp Fireside Lounge on Friday, April 12 to recognize their colleagues at the annual Celebration of Service.

The ceremony recognized more than 100 faculty, staff and administrators who reached five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 or more years of service to the college. The event also honored those retiring from the college this year.

President John Hurley presented the awards to honorees. Bill Collins, vice president for institutional advancement; Peg McCarthy, vice president for academic affairs; and Marco Benedetti, vice president for business and finance, read the names and citations of the honorees.

The location of this year’s Celebration of Service was moved to the Grupp Fireside Lounge to offer a more casual setting for honorees and their guests, and included an open bar with a wine and cheese reception throughout. All attendees also received a complimentary wine glass, etched with the Canisius name.

Click here to see the entire list of honorees.

Pictured (top): Celebrating 30 years of service: Judith R. Caserta, assistant athletic director, business operations; (bottom) Sababu C. Norris, director, ALANA Student Center and Ann Marie C. Lenhardt, PhD, professor, counseling & human services

Pictured (top): President Hurley recognizes Louis V. Cammarano, general worker, facilities management, for 40 years of service and (bottom) retiree Nicki M. Calabrese, PhD, associate professor, teacher education.

Pictured (top): Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president, academic affairs, applauds all the honorees while (bottom) Eileen Abbatoy, associate director, Griff Center, stands to be recognized for 15 years of service.

Pictured (top): JoAnn Feary, office manager, Controller’s Office, smiles as her citation for 20 years of service is read and (bottom) Mary C. O’Sullivan, PhD, professor, chemistry/biochemistry, accepts her award from President Hurley.

Pictured (top, l-r): Jamie M. O’Neil, associate professor, communication studies, chats with colleagues before being recognized for 15 years of service to Canisius. Meanwhile, Susan W. Margulis, PhD, chair/professor, ABEC and biology; Girish Shambu, PhD, associate professor, management; and (bottom) Cheryl A. Grinnen, business analyst, human resources, stand as their names are called to be recognized for 10, 30 and 25 years of service, respectively.

Submitted by: College Communications

Board of Regents Scholarship Ball


The Canisius College Board of Regents will host its 53rd annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m.; dinner is at 8:00 p.m. The event is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to students who might otherwise not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education.

This year’s Distinguished Citizen Award recipient is Hon. Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ’96, former mayor of Buffalo. Masiello is president of Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Associates, a public affairs lobbying firm in Buffalo.

Canisius College Board of Regents member Stephen M. Ulrich ’88 and his wife, Kellie M. Ulrich, are co-chairs of the 53rd annual Regents Ball, tickets for which are now on sale.

Entertainment will be provided by Party Squad. Proceeds will benefit the Canisius College Board of Regents Endowed Scholarship Fund. Semi-formal attire is requested. Valet parking will be available.

RSVP here by Friday, April 26.

Submitted by: Megan Harrington, assistant director of advancement events, Office of Alumni Engagement

Meet-the-Faculty Spring Recital

ArtsCanisius invites the campus community to its final Meet-the-Faculty recital for the academic year on Monday, April 22 at 12:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Ellen Barnum, professor of art history, will play the bassoon.

These recitals are hosted by ArtsCanisius and provide students, faculty and staff an engaging musical adventure. Details about this and other ArtsCanisius events can be seen here.

If you have any questions, contact the Fine Arts Department at Ext. 2536, Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, art history; director, ArtsCanisius at Ext. 2531 or

Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History; director, ArtsCanisius

Kittens on Campus

Kittens have taken up residence in the Margaret L. Wendt Animal Behavior lab in Science Hall. The campus community is invited to view training and enrichment sessions through today, Monday, April 15 and from Monday, April 22 – Thursday, May 2. 

Miranda K. Workman’s ABEC 220: Animal Learning class, in cooperation with the SPCA Serving Erie County, will welcome five kittens for enrichment and training.

The sessions include teaching the kittens to walk into a carrier on their own and completing a small agility course, which makes them attractive adoption candidates and encourages positive relationships with humans that will help kittens transition to their new families. Stress and anxiety attached to catching and putting cats in a carrier are major reasons why cats are seen less often by veterinarians.

For these kittens, there will be no stress or anxiety, as they will choose to enter the carrier by themselves.

The kittens will be on campus until Thursday, May 2, and will then be available for adoption.  The days and times for enrichment are:

VIEWING SESSIONS (one hour each unless otherwise noted)


8:20 – 9:15 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

*April 15 is a morning session only  


8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.


8:20 – 9:15 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.


8:20 – 9:15 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.


8:20 – 9:15 a.m.

1:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.  


10:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.  


10:00 a.m.

3:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.  

If you are interested in adopting a kitten, please contact Miranda Workman at

Submitted by: College Communications