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Thank You for Your Generous Support

Congratulations to our final United Way prize basket winners, Sheila Pettigrew, senior assistant director of Career Development, and Deborah Owens (picture above), Title IX coordinator and associate Dean of Students.

The 2021 Canisius United Way campaign raised $17,529, which is a 15 percent increase over last year!

We would like to extend a special thank you to all of the members of our Canisius workplace family who made a pledge this year.  Your generous support will help our community to build a future that is more equitable and where everyone can thrive.

Submitted by: Maggie Burkard, support manager, Academic Affairs


Submit Your Thoughts on Campus Culture & Mission

The Campus Culture and Mission Subcommittee of the Situational Analysis Taskforce is interested in gathering the campus’ input on issues currently facing our campus and suggestions for addressing them. 

We are using a modified version of the Post-it comments that the campus used successfully during the campus meetings on racial equity. We are using a google form survey that mimics the collection of “Post-it”  notes to allow people to express whatever thoughts or concerns they have about the broad topic of “Campus Culture and Mission,” which may mean many things to the different members of our community. We do not want to limit anyone’s ability to express their concerns and have thus left the topics very “open.”  Our survey asks community members to briefly:

1.      Share their thoughts on some aspect of the Campus Culture and our Mission by stating an issue that we need to address,

2.      Provide a solution or suggestion of how we might address the issue you have raised–a positive statement about how we might collectively move forward to strengthen our culture, community, and/or mission, and

3.      Share with us some thoughts on the college’s Strengths and Weaknesses in this area and the available Opportunities and possible Threats we may face (a SWOT analysis style response).  These comments will be helpful for our committee’s efforts, particularly if you can address at least two of these areas (S,W,O,T).

We have developed a Google form to collect the suggestions anonymously.  The survey is available at

For anyone who would prefer to provide their answers in hard-copy, written responses can slipped under Dave Sheets’ office door (OM 103) or left with Student Life in the Lower Level of Dugan Hall.  Because of the timeline of our project, we ask that all responses be submitted by January 4. If you have comments on multiple issues, please make multiple submissions of one idea or comment each.

Submitted by: David Sheets, professor and program director, Data Analytics and Mark Piatkowski, associate director, Student Life

Recruiting Tutors for Spring Semester

The Tutoring Center is currently recruiting tutors for the spring semester. Please feel free to share this flyer with students you think would be interested. You can also refer them to me at and I can reach out to students directly to encourage them to apply. We are especially looking for math tutors. Thanks so much for your help!

Submitted by: Monika McFoy, assistant director, Support Services, Griff Center for Student Success

Donations to Canisius

We have always been aware of how fortunate Canisius is to have loyal donors.  In order to ensure continued support,  and so our donors are able to claim the benefits of their gift on their 2021 taxes,  please forward any donations  that may have been received by your department to Advancement Services GM203 attention:  Katie Huck.

All gifts to the college must be recorded in Banner so that a proper tax receipt may be issued by December 31, 2021.  If you have any questions please call Katie Huck at Ext. 8211 or Email

Thank you and happy holidays!

Submitted by: Katherine Huck, director, Advancement Services

Winter Break Help Desk hours

ITS Help Desk hours for the winter break between semesters –  Monday, December 20 through Friday, January 14, will be as follows:

Mondays – Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed for campus shutdown Friday December 24 – Monday January 3

On Tuesday January 18, we will commence regular hours:

Monday – Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any questions,  contact the Help Desk in Horan O’Donnell, Room 016, by Email or call Ext. 8340

To create a help desk ticket please visit

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, User Services/ITS