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Keeping Petey Warm this Winter

Thanks to the the talents of our students, faculty, and staff, our Makerspace community knit and crocheted scarf has been placed on Petey the bronze griffin for the season. Makerspace is a collection of activities for all members of the Canisius community to be creative and have fun. Through the generous support of Taheri and Todoro, PC, we offer a range of things to learn and make. The Multi-Station Makerspace co-hosted by the Digital Media Arts program, Department of Education, and the Fine Arts department was a great success.

Please stay tuned for events in the spring including our art project using donated plastic caps and lids!

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor, Art History; director, ArtsCanisius, Fine Arts Department

Discounted Sabres Tickets

If you’re still searching for that last minute Christmas gift for someone special, why not take advantage of the discount offer for tickets to an upcoming Buffalo Sabres game?

As a corporate partner of the Buffalo Sabres, Canisius College employees are being extended an exclusive discounted ticket offer for the 50th anniversary season. The offer can be accessed by clicking here. Employees currently have the opportunity to choose from four discounted games throughout the season, based on availability.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, assistant, Human Resources

TIAA Contribution Limits for 2020

The IRS has announced new limits for 403(b) plans.  The annual base limit for 2020 is increasing to $19,500.  Any employee over age 50 (or turning 50 in 2020) can make an additional contribution of $6,500 for a maximum contribution of $26,000.

To make a change to your contribution go to and click “Log in” located in the upper right hand corner.  Once logged into the system, click “Action” at the top of the page, then click “Change my Contributions” and then click “Manage My Contributions” and enter your change.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefit manager, Human Resources


Title IX, Active Shooter and QPR Training

Not sure what your New Year’s resolution should be?  Consider taking advantage of one or more of the following important training opportunities available to faculty and staff on Monday, January 6. Training will be available on the following topics at the referenced time and location:

Title IX Training

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. / OM 203

Click here to RSVP

Active Shooter Training

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / OM 203

Click here to RSVP

Suicide Prevention Training

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. / OM 223

RSVP to Barb Zimmerman at / To learn more about QPR, click here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology

Final Call: Writing Retreat

RSVP by Friday, December 20 to the January Writing Retreat or miss out on this day-long event designed for faculty.

The Office of Academic Affairs and the Writing Center are co-hosting the Writing Retreat on Tuesday, January 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the new writing center space in the library.

The goal of the retreat is for faculty to work on their own research or projects with others doing the same. Time will be spent talking about projects and setting achievable goals for the day but the majority of the time will be spent simply working. Lunch will be provided for participants.

RSVP by Friday, December 20 by clicking here.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, interim assistant vice president, Academic Affairs; associate professor, Psychology