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Virtual Town Hall

Faculty and staff are invited to join President Hurley and members of the Senior Leadership Team for a virtual Town Hall next Tuesday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. They will give a year-end update and provide information on enrollment, the budget and plans for the fall semester. There will also be time for Q&A.  Zoom webinar information, including the link, is available below.

When: May 18, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Town Hall with Senior Leadership Team

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or One tap mobile :

    US: +16465588656,,97815003449#  or +13126266799,,97815003449#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 646 558 8656  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782

Webinar ID: 978 1500 3449

    International numbers available:

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate vice president, assistant to the president, President’s Office

April’s Employee of Distinction Winner

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The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Michele Folsom is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for April 2021. Michele was nominated for the award by Mary Koehneke, associate director of student records and financial services.

At Canisius for a little more than 29 years, Michele currently works as director of administrative computing for the ITS Department. She was selected for this award because of her constant willingness to help, her pleasant demeanor and her extensive knowledge and experience in IT. Specifically, Michele was praised for her assistance with a recent project in the Financial Aid Department where she figured out a way to improve a process which ended up saving the department a great deal of time.

Michele genuinely cares about the student experience through her desire to simplify processes and make things run smoothly. Financial aid is just one of many offices that have benefited from her expertise. Michele has made a positive impact on the entire campus community through her strong work ethic and dedication to the college.

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Michele on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for future Employee of Distinction, click here.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

EID Mubarak

EID Mubarak is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month of Ramadan. Join the ALANA Student Center for a gathering to support the members of our community who have observed this holy month.

Stop by the lower level of Frisch Hall (Room 008) today, May 14 between 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. to enjoy food and community. There will be a T-shirt giveaway and participants will have the opportunity to win door prizes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ALANA Student Center at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center

Annual Shredding Event

It’s time to start thinking about the annual shredding event. Materials will be collected from Monday, May 17 through Friday, May 28. Place materials to be shredded in boxes with the top taped closed and clearly marked “SHRED.” Obtain boxes by logging into the portal and submitting a Facilities Work Request under the My Application menu. When the boxes are ready, please submit a Facilities Work Request to schedule a pick-up.

Shredding is reserved for materials that are confidential, sensitive or private in nature. Materials that are not considered confidential, sensitive or private in nature should be placed in recycle bins located throughout the campus. This event is for college-related materials only. Personal material will not be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Facilities office. Work requests will not be taken over the phone. A Facilities Work Request must be submitted.

Submitted by: Tom Ciminelli, director, Facilities

Fall 2021 Study Abroad

The college has made the difficult decision to suspend the fall 2021 study abroad programs. While the global Covid-19 pandemic appears to be improving, the virus is still quite prevalent in many areas of the world. The United States Department of State recently raised the travel advisories for most countries to a level 4 (Do Not Travel).

We know that the opportunity to study abroad is a transformative experience, however the health and safety of our students is always a priority. We hope to be able to resume these opportunities in the spring 2022 semester when it is safer for international travel and individuals will be able to have the best experience possible.

The Center for International Education is working to accommodate students’ study abroad plans in future semesters if possible. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Bennie Williams, assistant dean of students, at or Brian Smith, director of Study Abroad & International Student Programs, at

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, assistant dean of students, ALANA Student Center