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Canisius in the News

In this week’s edition of Business First, reporter Dan Miner writes about the college’s new partnership with M&T Bank on its Small Business Innovation Lab. Click here to read the story.

Submitted by: College Communications

In Memoriam: Bruce Hammond

Former Professor of Business and Communications Bruce R. Hammond, PhD, passed away at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL on October 1. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, Hammond held degrees from Fredonia State College, Canisius College and a doctorate from the University of Buffalo.

He had a wealth of work experiences throughout his life including that of a musician in the bands “The Playboys” and “The Graduates.” He was also a professor of business and communications for Canisius College, Jacksonville University and St Leo University, and a business consultant for Kaset International and Achieve Global.

Hammond was an avid philanthropist who took joy in helping others, especially animal charities and the local homeless community. He held leadership positions in his church and sat on many organizational boards, including the South Shore Symphony Orchestra in Tampa, FL. In his free time, he loved the arts including painting and writing. He published several novels. While serving in the Army, he developed a love of food and travel, and he would travel the world to enjoy its cuisine, both from the dining table and in the kitchen. He loved life and wanted to experience all that it had to offer.

Hammond is survived by his son, John Hammond (Jamie) of Louisville, KY; his daughter, Vanessa Hlavaty (Sean) of St Augustine, FL; and his grandchildren Elizabeth, Rebekah and Remi. Additionally, he is survived by his siblings David Hammond (Priscilla) of San Antonio, TX, Lynne Manning (Johnny) of Kenmore, NY, and Bonnie LaRotonda (Joseph) of Williamsville, NY and their children.

A visitation will be held in Buffalo, NY on Saturday November 13, 2021, from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM at Amigone Funeral Home, 5200 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville NY 14221 with a short memorial service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Best Friends Animal Society of Florida, Florida Greyhound Rescue, and the South Shore Symphony Orchestra.

Submitted by: College Communications

Health Care and Marginal Populations


The third event in the Borders and Migrations fall 2021 series will take place on October 28, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the Regis Room.  The event, titled “Healthcare and Vulnerable Populations,” is free and open to the public.  It will be offered in a hybrid format.  Those who attend in person must wear a mask.  The webinar can be viewed online at:

The event will feature the following speakers:

Francesca Velardi, DDS, Jericho Road Community Health Center

Elise Robinson and Melissa Mosko, PhD, Neighborhood Health Center of WNY 

Carra Stratton, Justice for Migrant Families WNY 

This third event is sponsored by DMLLC and the Office of the VPAA.

For questions, contact Dr. Reitsma:

Submitted by: Richard Reitsma, chair, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, & Cultures

SAVE THE DATE: Annual MLK Celebration

The Canisius College community is asked to SAVE THE DATE for the Annual MLK Celebration, which will take place on Wednesday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m. at the campus’ Regis Rooms

Our keynote speaker will be Derrick Brooms, PhD, from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. More information will come as we get closer to the date. 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

Academic Affairs Faculty Development Opportunities

The Academic Affairs Office would like to invite you to join in two causal lunch meetup groups that came out of the Summer Faculty Development week, remind you of asynchronous resources to support your faculty development needs during the semester, and let you know about our current plans for faculty development during the winter intersession.

Lunch Meetup Groups in the Newly Revamped Faculty Lounge:

Join with your colleagues for conversation and connection over lunch in the faculty lounge. Lunch will be provided from a variety of local restaurants throughout the semester. Please click here to RSVP for some or all of the lunch groups this semester. Note that because lunch is provided, this event is only open to vaccinated individuals.

Inclusive teaching. Join in conversation about general strategies from grading to open education resources to supporting individual students. Meets at noon on the following Mondays:  11/8, 12/6.

Scholarship and writing. Come together to support and commiserate about any form of academic writing and think longingly of future writing retreats! Meets at noon on the following Mondays: 10/25, 11/22, 12/13.

Thanks to those colleagues who suggested faculty meetup groups for two topics!

Asynchronous Resources:

Academic advisement resources

Center for Online Learning and Innovation

Racial Equity Workshops

Supporting faculty scholarship

There is Room inclusive teaching resources

Winter Intersession Development Opportunities:

Pencil in the dates! The first week of January, we will enjoy a scholarship-focused week with a day focused on faculty scholarship resources followed by a multi-day on campus writing retreat to help you kick off the year strong. The second week of January, get ready for Winter Faculty Development Week with a focus on inclusive and innovative teaching strategies. Stay tuned to your email, The Dome, and weekly COLI updates for more information!

If you have other suggestions for faculty development opportunities, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jenn Lodi-Smith, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, at

Submitted by: Tyler J. Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI