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Canisius in the News

WBEN-AM Radio Host David Bellavia interviewed Canisius President John J. Hurley on his Wednesday program. The two discussed the impact of Covid-19 on college campuses, how Canisius navigated the unprecedented terrain and the unique approach the college is taking with commencement ceremonies this year, by conferring degrees to the Class of 2021 and also welcoming back the Class of 2020, for its graduation walk.

Click here to listen to the interview.

Submitted by: College Communications

Juneteenth Celebration

Dear Members of the Canisius Community –

We are delighted to announce the inaugural Juneteenth Celebration at Canisius College on June 18, 2021.  All faculty and staff students are invited to come together as we gather for a day of education and solidarity in honor of our African American community.   The event, held on Friday during our summer schedule, begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes with a campus lunch at 11:30 a.m.  All are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

To participate in this day of education, service and solidarity, click here to RSVP.

It was on June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger along with more than 1,800 federal troops, arrived in Galveston, TX, to take control of the state, nearly two months after the end of the Civil War, confirming the freedom of the last remaining enslaved Americans in the deepest parts of the South. Gen. Granger read President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation to them that day in Galveston. Only through the 13th Amendment ratified six months later in December of 1865 did emancipation put an end to slavery. 

Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached all enslaved Americans, and Canisius is proud to honor this day through acts of solidarity.  In collaboration with Juneteenth Inc. of Buffalo, Canisius will have an opportunity to hear from their organization’s leaders and participate in service projects throughout the city of Buffalo, including clean-up efforts in Hamlin Park and other designated locations identified by Juneteenth.  Following a morning of service, participants will be welcomed back to campus for a lunch and a special program by Tradition Keepers: Black Storytellers of WNY who will share stories behind the history of Juneteenth and the struggle for freedom and liberation among Black Americans. 

Canisius’ Juneteenth celebration hopes to inspire conversation, action and hope in our ongoing work toward anti-racism, diversity and inclusion.  Additional resources on the history and celebrations of Juneteenth are available here:

This marks the start of an important tradition at Canisius and a wonderful opportunity to come together in service and celebration.  Please look for future communications with program details and registration information.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, President’s Office

Employee of Distinction Nominations Due Today

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This is a reminder to please have all May submissions for the Employee of Distinction Program in by 2 p.m. today, May 21st.

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. Submissions after today will be considered for the month of June. Once a decision is made for May, 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, executive associate, President’s Office

Help Desk Summer Hours

The ITS Help Desk will begin its summer hours schedule next Monday, May 24.  The Help Desk will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. These hours will be in effect until Friday, August 27.  On Fridays from June 4 until July 30 the Help Desk will close at 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Grant Guzda, help desk manager, User Services