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June Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Connie Pileri is the Canisius College Employee of Distinction for June 2021. Connie was nominated for this award by the Senior Leadership Team.

At Canisius for more than 27 years, Connie currently works as the assistant dean of student affairs in the Event Services Department. Connie was selected for this award for her long-standing record of great service to the college and in large part due to the integral role she played in the successful transition from in-person events. Events such as Ignatian Scholarship Day and Commencement were transitioned to a hybrid format during the pandemic. Connie went above and beyond what was expected when coordinating major events for the college, while maintaining flexibility to the ever-changing Covid-19 guidelines to keep the campus safe. Connie’s excellent communication and organizational skills, willingness to help, and ability to work quickly and efficiently, all while maintaining a positive attitude, have been deeply appreciated by the college and all those she supports.

Matt Mulville, assistant vice president for  students, also commends Connie for all her hard work, adding the following:

“Connie has been a dedicated employee for 27 years and has held many different roles at the college during that time. Connie always assists students, staff and faculty to meet their needs. Connie has been willing to take on additional tasks and projects and is flexible in making sure the outcomes of these projects benefit everyone at the college. These qualities showed brightly during the Covid-19 response and especially with the shift from a virtual graduation to an in-person event.  Most recently, Connie has agreed to help with New Student Orientation. We thank Connie for all she has done for Canisius.”

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Connie on this achievement, and thanking her for all she has done!

To nominate a co worker for the upcoming months, click here.

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

2022 Honorary Degree and Speaker Nominations

Nominations for the 2022 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients are now open. The guidelines are listed in the letter below.

Please submit all nominations by clicking here to complete the form by August 1, 2021. Please note, if you submitted a nomination in a prior year but that person has not yet been selected, their name remains on a master list of candidates and will be considered by the Board of Trustees in the next cycle.

Should you run into any issues in completing the form, please contact Erica Sammarco at


Submitted By: Bethany Vorhees, executive associate to the president.

Start Your Master’s in Higher Ed

The MS in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (HESAA) program has spots available for the fall 2021 semester. Part-time study for employees in the HESAA program is flexible to fit your schedule and long-term goals. Click here to visit the program webpage or contact Brandi Banks at for more information.

Submitted by: Brandi N. Banks, senior graduate admissions counselor

KAC Open Swim

Starting Thursday, July 8, the Koessler Athletic Center will offer open swim every Tuesday and Thursday, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Submitted By: Tim Seil, assistant director of athletic facilities.

Library Staff Accepts United Way’s 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge

Staff at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library have accepted the United Way’s 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge, in an effort to develop more effective social justice habits around issues of race, power, privilege and leadership. The 21 day challenge is an educational Email series that will deepen the understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our communities.

Campus  members can participate as individuals or as a part of a workplace, place of worship, professional association or more.You can find information and registration at this link:

Submitted By: Kristine Esch Kasbohm, director, Andrew L. Bouwhuis, SJ, Library