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Griffs Host Holy Cross on Saturday; Visit UB Next Week

Canisius men’s basketball returns from its 10-day break this Saturday, December 14 to host Holy Cross at 2:00 p.m. in the Koessler Center.

The Golden Griffins are 4-4 on the season with six of those games played outside of Buffalo and only one at the Koessler Center. This will be the 21st meeting between Canisius and the Crusaders in a series that first tipped-off in 1947 at the old Boston Garden.

Reduced price tickets are available to all faculty and staff with a valid college ID card. For more ticket information, call 888-TIXX.

Following the Holy Cross game, Canisius will be back in action December 18 when the team travels north to Amherst to face the UB Bulls in Alumni Arena at 7:00 p.m. (Griff fans are welcomed and encouraged to attend.)

For more information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

Final Call: Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop

This is it folks.  Your last chance to register for the Supporting Your Scholarship Workshop is TODAY, Friday, December 13.

Hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs, the workshop is open to faculty, adjunct faculty and staff to help identify ways to support professional scholarship.  The workshop is set for Thursday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m in the Regis Room.  This one-day workshop will include a presentation by Jennifer Swan and Holly Grant from the Arts Services Initiative of WNY, as well as presentations by Canisius faculty members and administrators on federal funding as well as regional and institutional mechanisms to support your scholarship.

If you’re interested in attending, reserve your seat here and provide topics about which you are interested in learning.

If you have any questions, contact Mary Ann Langlois, director of sponsored programs, at or Jenn Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president for academic affairs, at

A working lunch will be provided at the workshop where we will have conversations around strategies for finding time to engage with scholarship.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology; and Mary Ann Langlois, director, Sponsored Programs

Charitable Gifts to the College

The Division of Institutional Advancement has always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors. In order to ensure continued support and so our donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2019 taxes, please forward any donations that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services, GM203 attention: Katie Huck.

All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by December 31, 2019.   This is an ongoing policy and as we get to the end of the calendar year, time is critical. If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email

Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katie Huck, director of advancement services, Institutional Advancement

NYS Paid Family Leave Benefits

The New York State Paid Family Leave deduction will increase beginning January 1, 2020.  The current deduction will increase from 0.153% of an employee’s weekly wage to 0.027%. A weekly payroll calculator is available at

Also in 2020, the Paid Family Leave benefit will increase to 60% of an employee’s average weekly wage – not to exceed $840.70 per week.

For more information on the New York State Paid Family Leave and the changes for 2020 go to

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources

Employee of Distinction

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Nominate a co-worker for a job well done by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form. The Employee of Distinction program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for co-workers and to reward them for all that they do. Click here to complete the nomination form. The application will request an explanation as to why a candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include: the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation and interpersonal skills. The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection.

Each month, upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team reviews all nominations. Please have all December submissions completed no later than Monday, December 23rd. Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of January. Once a decision is made for December, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.

Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources