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Gwen Ito, marketing and communications copywriter and Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology, served as faculty and staff greeters for Move-in Day.

The campus came alive as more than 300 freshmen students moved into the Bosch, Frisch and Dugan Residence Halls today, Thursday, August 22. Student-athletes, members of student clubs, and faculty and staff assisted students and their parents with the move-in process. President John Hurley, student orientation staff, and Canisius faculty and staff were on hand to give our new students a friendly Canisius welcome.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius in the News

Spectrum News interviewed President John Hurley yesterday regarding his recent meeting with Bishop Richard Malone. President Hurley voiced his concerns about how the Diocese will balance contesting its pending litigations with implementing the recommendations outlined in the Movement to Restore Trust’s 68-page report. Watch the Spectrum story here.

Submitted by: College Communications

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation (NSO) began today, Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. with resident move-in and the Student Services Fair, and runs through Sunday, August 25.  NSO is our opportunity to engage new students and to let them know that they made the right choice.  Please reference the NSO schedule here in the event you should have parents or students inquire about the locations of events.  I want to offer a special invitation for everyone to join us today, August 22 at 3 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center for the President’s Welcome and Blessing.

Go Griffs!

Submitted by: Daniel A. Dentino, PhD, vice president for student affairs

Employee Engagement Meeting

The Employee Engagement Team will meet on Wednesday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. – noon in the Library Conference Room. New members from the campus community are welcome and are encouraged to join the discussions. As the team progresses through the year, representatives from divisions across the campus will continue to focus on individual and departmental experiences, concerns and opportunities. In addition, there will be a focus on the Canisius-wide priority: enhancing the student experience to increase student enrollment and retention.

If you are interested in joining the team, contact Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance, at Ext. 2244 or

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources and compliance

Power 125 Women

Members of the Canisius College community make up 19 percent of Business First’s Power 125 Women list for 2019. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York.  Congratulations to Denise Rotondo, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business, who was named #97 on the list.

Business First compiled these rankings and defined “power” by the level of influence a woman has at her company, in her city or county and the length of her career. Only women who live full-time in Western New York were considered.

Of the 125 named, four Canisius alumnae are in the Top 10.

Below is a complete listing of those members of the Canisius community who were honored:

Canisius alumnae:

#6 ‒ Rhonda Frederick MPA ᾽03, president and CEO, People Inc.

#7 – Allegra Jaros ᾽93, MBA ᾽96, president, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

#8 – Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ᾽82, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

#9 – Kimberly Minkel ᾽96, executive director, NFTA

#19 – Susan O’Sullivan ᾽04, vice president, U.S. sales, Ingram Micro, Inc.

#38 – Laura Zaepfel ᾽86, vice president of corporate relations, Uniland Development Co.

#43 – Norma Nowak ᾽79, PhD, executive director, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; founder and chief scientific officer, Empire Genomics LLC

#44 – Nancy Ware ᾽78, president and founder, EduKids Inc.

#58 – Mary Roberts ᾽77, executive director, Martin House Restoration Corp.

#59 – Mary Jean Jakubowski, MS ᾽73, director, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

#79 ‒ Linda Dobmeier ’83, chair, SUNY Buffalo State College Council; vice president, Dobmeier Janitorial Supplies Inc.

#94 – Kathleen Grisanti ᾽82, president and medical director, Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of Western New York

#106 – Andrea Tyrpak – Endres MS ᾽83, principal and executive vice president, Canisius High School

#109 – Nora Eberl ᾽92, co-owner and CFO, Eberl Iron Works Inc.

#110 – Anne Gioia ’71, HON ’97, co-founder and trustee, Roswell Park Foundation

#112 – Nadine Marrero ᾽99, director of planning, city of Buffalo

#114 ‒ Katherine Ragusa MS ᾽06, CEO, The Advantage Co.

#117 ‒ Diane Tiveron ᾽86, managing partner, HoganWilling PLLC

Canisius honorary degree recipients:

#12 – JoAnn Falletta HON ’00, music director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

#60 – Denise Roche HON ’92, chair, NFTA board of commissioners; retired president, D’Youville College

#73 ‒ Mindy Rich HON ’15, vice chair, Rich Products Corporation; president, Rich Entertainment Group

#118 ‒ Lana Benatovich HON ᾽99, president, National Federation for Just Communities of WNY

Maureen Hurley, retired executive vice president of Rich Products and wife of Canisius President John Hurley, was ranked #86.

Submitted by: College Communications