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Staff Vacation Day Deadline Changed

With the enthusiastic support of President John Hurley, the Senior Leadership Team has changed the deadline for taking earned vacation and personal days from May 31 to June 30.

This change will lighten the burden that many departments have experienced when trying to schedule staff vacation time prior to May 31, amidst the high level of activity associated with commencement, the close of the academic year and the close of the fiscal year. Instead, this new deadline will allow staff to take vacation and personal days after many of these major activities are completed and workloads are lighter in most departments.  We have heard that this issue has been a pain point for many of our staff members and hope this change will make your lives easier.

Employees will still be allowed to carry over 37.5 hours of earned vacation time into the following year but personal days must be taken by June 30.

This policy announcement is a follow-up to communication sent out by the Human Resources Department on November 8. Additional information about the policy can be found on the portal under the college’s Policy Manual at or feel free to contact Human Resources at Ext. 2240.

Submitted by Tim Balkin, Vice President for Business and Finance

Hockey Hosts RIT This Friday and Saturday

The Canisius hockey team returns to home ice at LECOM Harborcenter this Friday and Saturday, November 13-14, as the Golden Griffins play host to Atlantic Hockey rival RIT. Game time on Friday is set for 6 p.m., with Saturday’s contest set for a 4 p.m. start time.

Fans are encouraged to get their tickets in advance by calling the Canisius Ticket Office at (716) 888-TIXX, or by stopping by the Ticket Office in the Koessler Athletic Center lobby anytime between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Fans can also purchase tickets online by CLICKING HERE.

The Griffs are 4-4-1 overall and 1-1-0 in Atlantic Hockey play after defeating Bentley 6-3 on Saturday evening. The home series against RIT starts a stretch where the Blue and Gold will play five of its next six games at home through November 27.

For more information on the hockey program, follow the Griffs on social media – @GriffsHockey on both Twitter and Instagram. For all Athletic Department news and notes, log on to

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, associate athletic director for communications, Athletics


Social Media Initiative

To faculty, department administrators, students and club leaders: In an effort to increase overall social media presence, the College Communications team is inviting all Canisius-related account administrators to tag @canisius_college in Instagram posts and @CanisiusCollege in Twitter posts.

This is a great way to increase engagement on the college’s institutional social media channels, as well as all related department and club accounts. With more than 6,000 followers on Instagram and nearly 10,000 on Twitter, this will also help the smaller accounts receive additional exposure. Plus, alumni, parents and potential students can enjoy seeing what is going on at Canisius!

This is not mandatory but will be mutually beneficial and help our social engagement across the community. Thank you.

Submitted by: College Communications

ThankFul November 18th

Chartwells Higher Ed, Canisius USA and Canisius RHA are teaming up to host ThankFul Sit Down Dinner on Thursday November 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Thank-Ful is a campus-wide friendsgiving event focused on celebrating togetherness, expressing gratitude and giving back to the Buffalo community. This event is going to highlight the fact that we are back on campus and celebrating together as the Canisius community. 

The event will feature a friendsgiving table that consists of classic Thanksgiving meal items, give-back activities and a Thank-Ful wall for people to share their gratitude for others. As a part of this incredible event, we are hosting a canned food drive for the entire month of November with a bin in the faculty lounge or dining hall. We will be serving turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy and much more. 

Please join us for the fun as we give thanks and feast on some delicious food!

Submitted by: Aaron Abruzzino, marketing manager, Chartwells Higher Ed



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Submitted by: Natalie Faas, news editor, The Canisius Griffin