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Pictured (l-r) Katie Costanzo, Daniel Haeusser, Veronica Serwacki, Mark Meyer and Sue Margulis

On Saturday, Veronica Serwacki, Katie Costanzo, Daniel Haeusser, Mark Meyer and Sue Margulis prepared the raised beds and closed up the East West Community Garden for the winter.

Many thanks to all of the faculty and staff who worked spring, summer and fall to create a beautiful and productive green space in our neighborhood.  And a special shout out to our work-study student Jennifer Guzman!

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, The New Buffalo Institute

Canisius in the News

Sara Morris, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, was interviewed by Business First in a story about giving employers advice on hiring new employees. To read more click here.

Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance, spoke with The Buffalo News about how the economy may struggle amidst the recent Covid spikes.  To read more click here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Canisius Alumnae Win 2nd Place in Venture Competition

Congratulations to Alicia ’11, MS ’12 and Alisa ’10, MS ’12 Officer, who took home second place in the Multicultural Small Business Innovation Lab pitch competition. The New Buffalo Institute at Canisius partnered with M&T Bank to launch the pilot program aimed at accelerating the growth of small businesses owned by Black, Indigenous, Latinx and LGBTW individuals on Buffalo’s East Side. The six-week initiative culminated in a ‘shark tank’-style venture, which awarded financial support to the top three winners in the pitch competition.

Alicia and Alisa Officer are co-founders and co-owners of Unapologetic Coffee, which makes specialty coffee more accessible to Black and Brown people in Buffalo. The company produces small-batch roasts and sells their products to other businesses and directly to consumers via online sales and subscription services. Alicia and Alisa plan to use their prize funding ($3,000) to hire a part-time staff member to help manage their social media channels and expand their marketing capabilities.

To learn more about them and their company, click here.

A significant portion of the innovation lab included guidance and education in business planning, establishing credit, accessing capital, marketing and networking.  Professors from the Richard J. Wehle School of Business worked with the Women’s Business Center to plan this content, and the college hosted classes on campus.   

Submitted by: Mary Rockwell, PhD, director, New Buffalo Institute

DiGamma Nominations Now Being Accepted


The Canisius College Alumni Board of Directors invites DiGamma Members to submit nominations for the 2022 DiGamma Induction Ceremony.

Individuals eligible for nomination must meet the following criteria:

  • ALUMNI who have distinguished themselves over an extended period of time working for the advancement of the college.
  • ADMINISTRATION AND FACULTY who have distinguished themselves over an extended period of time through exemplary service for or on behalf of students and alumni.

Please submit your nominations to the Office of Alumni Engagement no later than Monday, December 13, 2021.

The nomination form is available ONLINE. Please complete the section of the form that corresponds to DiGamma Honor Society. (Kindly note that current DiGamma members are listed on this website for reference.)

Submitted by: Erin Zack, director, Office of Alumni Engagement

RFP Contract Opportunity

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) is currently looking for a research and curriculum development consultant.

There are a lot of programs out there regarding financial literacy and getting loan-ready, yet we are hardly seeing the statistics change on the lack of access to capital for women business owners. The Covid pandemic has also shown us that the low-to-moderate income families have the most difficulty accessing the capital support offered in a timely manner.

The individual hired for this role will research what’s needed, what’s out there and what’s not, and then design a curriculum for the WBC to implement next fall.

Click HERE to read RFP.

Submitted by: Christel Brown, coordinator, Women’s Business Center