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Human Resources Updates

As we eagerly move into the summer months, please review these important reminders and updates from the Office of Human Resources.

Use of Vacation Time Through June 30

For all regular staff not subject to the college’s collective bargaining agreement, your vacation and personal time is available for your use through June 30, 2022. Staff are permitted to carry over 5 days (37.5 hours) of vacation time into the new benefit year, beginning July 1..

Personal leave must be used by June 30 and will not carry over into the next year. Please check your balances in Self-Service Banner and work with your supervisor to schedule your time off.

 Early Closure on Fridays & Summer Hours Program Begins!

  • Early closure on Fridays will begin on May 27 and will continue through August 12 with the following hours:  8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Effective May 31, office hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
  • Some offices may be required to staff their offices on Friday afternoons to meet the needs of students. As we have in past years, alternative scheduling options will remain available.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions. Thank you!

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Compliance

ITS Software Requests

ITS will be preparing the campus computer labs for the next academic year.  To do this efficiently we need your input.  We are starting from a clean slate so any previously installed software may not be available unless it is specifically requested. Our goal is to provide faculty and students the software they need for teaching and research. 

Please use the Google form below to review the basic list of software that will be included in the lab builds and submit your requests for additional software before June 10th.  This includes podium computers in classrooms and software in AppsAnywhere.   Requests received after this date may not be able to be accommodated in a timely fashion.

Why are we doing this? 

With the turnover in staff and faculty, and changes in faculty practices during the pandemic era, there is a lot of software out there that is no longer used.  These software builds keep getting bigger and bigger.  If we eliminate unused or redundant software, we could save the college significant amounts of money without impacting the quality of a Canisius education. This will also make computers easier for students to navigate.  We are going to start evaluating new versions of the computer operating systems (MacOS Monterey and Windows 11) later this year for deployment in 2023 so we need this updated software list in preparation for this task.  

We are also going to expand the ITS web pages with computer and software recommendations for students.  If we know these software needs we can better recommend computer specifications for incoming freshman and current students if they choose to bring a laptop with them to campus.  With these recommendations we can also include a list of software that particular academic programs may need.  

We will be expanding the ITS “New Computer” pages in the weeks to come.  This is a great resource for students, staff and faculty to explore options for personal computer purchases and recommendations.  Links to purchase software and hardware for home use are already available and will be expanded based on some of this information.  

Feel free to check it out…

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


Opportunities to Help

As things have unfolded in the days since the horrifying attack at Tops Market, Canisius intends to remain engaged on the issues, events and conversations that are emerging from this dark day in Buffalo’s history. 

The New Buffalo Institute and others across campus have been working to coordinate opportunities to get involved in the community response efforts.  The list of current initiatives is now available by clicking here. This page also includes an option (in the top right) to submit new opportunities or to identify emerging needs in the community. As new information becomes available, the page will be updated and the campus community will be informed.

Submitted by: College Communications

Journalism Students, Alumni, Faculty Report on Buffalo Shooting

Members of the Canisius community working in the field of journalism have been reporting and broadcasting from the scene of the May 14 shooting on Jefferson Avenue, about a mile from campus. Current students, alumni and faculty have all been using their skills to inform the community, nation and the world about what has happened in Buffalo.

Aidan Joly ’22 has been writing for The Washington Post, including a byline on the front page of the Sunday, May 15 paper.

Emyle Watkins ’20 has been working in her capacity as a reporter for WBFO 88.7 FM as well as the national NPR program “All Things Considered.”  and has contributed to reports on the BBC World Service and BBC Radio Scotland about the tragedy.

Bradley Berchou ’20, a videographer for WIVB-TV Channel 4, has been filming interviews and images from the scene for a local audience.

Adam Duke ’19 and Eric Piotrowski ’20 are web producers at WGRZ-TV Ch. 4. Hannah Nelson ’22 is currently an intern at the same station. They have all contributed to their station’s coverage efforts.

Assistant Professor of Journalism Dan Higgins has been continuously contributing to The New York Times since the shooting on Saturday. He is also writing for The Daily Beast about the incident. On Tuesday, he appeared on BBC Radio Ulster’s “Evening Extra” to add context and commentary on President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s visit to the community.

Julia Barth ’23, the incoming editor-in-chief of The Griffin, has been shadowing Professor Higgins as he provides coverage for The Times and other national media outlets this week.

Submitted by: Dan Higgins, assistant professor of journalism, Department of Communications


Call for Proposals

The Office of Student Life is excited to announce that it will be hosting a leadership conference for our student leaders from August 21 -23!

We are now seeking proposals for 50-minute breakout sessions. For more information or to submit a proposal please click here.

Submitted by: Jason Francey, director of student engagement, Office of Student Life