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Wehle School Names Business Executive of the Year

Mark A. Sullivan ’92, MPA ’94, Business Executive of the Year

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College will present its Business Executive of the Year Award to Mark A. Sullivan ’92, MPA ’94, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health System, during its 52nd annual Business Awards Dinner.  The event is Tuesday, October 11 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Established in 1969, the Business Executive of the Year Award honors an outstanding Western New York business executive who has achieved professional success and demonstrated a broad interest in civic affairs. The awards ceremony also includes the presentation of the Dr. Bernard L. Martin Award and the Dr. Richard A. Shick Award.

A veteran healthcare executive, Mark Sullivan has been with Catholic Health since its inception in 1998, previously serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer.  His 30-year professional career has been spent in Catholic-affiliated healthcare organizations and includes extensive experience across the healthcare continuum. He has led acute care, primary care, home care, and continuing care operations, as well as provided oversight for quality, patient safety and performance improvement functions.

Named president and CEO of Catholic Health in 2018, Sullivan has administrative responsibility for one of the area’s largest health systems, with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and $210 million in total community benefit. He leads a team of more than 9,000 associates, while working closely with Catholic Medical Partners and Trinity Medical WNY to help strengthen the system’s relationship with its nearly 1,500 affiliated physicians.

Click here to read more about Mark Sullivan and the other award recipients.

Submitted by: Richard J. Wehle School of Business

Organization Announcement

On behalf of Danielle Ianni, Vice President for Enrollment Management, please welcome Marc Skurski to Canisius College in the role of Director of Undergraduate Admission.  Mark began work on September 30.

Marc comes to the college from Fordham University in New York City where he was associate director of admissions and marketing since 2018. He has many years of experience in administration at New York University and has held various positions in the Academic Affairs and Admissions divisions focused on operations, student services and academic programming.

He has a bachelor of arts degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh and a master of science degree in advanced digital Aaplications from New York University.  He is a member of the Enrollment Management Association, Executive MBA Council, National Association of Colleges & Employers, and the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management.

On behalf of Kevin Smith, assistant vice president and director for the Department of Student Records & Financial Services, please welcome James Ayers to Canisius College in the role of director of financial aid.  James began work on September 29.

James comes to the College from Medaille University in Buffalo where he was the director of financial aid since 2016. He has many years of experience in financial aid services and assisting students and families in gaining access to high quality education in a collaborative environment. He has a bachelor of science Degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo and a masters of business administration degree from Medaille University.

Please join us in welcoming Marc and James to our campus community!

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance




The Letter: A Message for Our Earth

Canisius College will screen the film “The Letter: A Message for Our Earth,” for the campus community on Monday, October 17, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Regis Room.

This feature length documentary is an unprecedented call to action from one of the world’s most iconic leaders, Pope Francis. In it, he calls on all people to stand together for the future of our planet and offers a humbling reminder of our responsibility as members of a society to come together in solidarity for the greater good of one another and the preservation of our planet.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, AVPAA & Professor, Psychology

Halloween Costume Contest

October means Halloween is right around the corner and there’s no better way to celebrate the spooky season than with a costume contest!

This year, Canisius is encouraging departments to dress up for Halloween on Monday, October 31.

Submit your photos as a department to Audrey Browka at by the end of the day, and whoever is selected as the best-dressed department will receive a pizza party!

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Midterms in D2L

With midterms coming up, it may be useful to review these features of D2L Quizzes and Dropboxes.

D2L Quizzes provides a robust tool to grade quizzes easier and quicker. Some features can help prevent cheating to a degree, like basic question randomization and advanced question randomization. If you want to use questions from a previous exam or quiz, the Question Library lets you copy questions to the mid-term. Connect your midterm exam directly to the grade book for faster grading. Click here for a tutorial. You can also have your students sign an Academic Integrity Pledge before continuing to the Midterm. Customize the Quiz Result display to show students what questions they got and see where they need to brush up on their studying.

Please note that if you allow automatic grading of your exam, D2L will not automatically grade written responses. Those need to be graded manually. Inform your students that the grade they have immediately after completing the exam is not reflective of their overall grade. If you want to see all of the tutorials on the D2L Quiz tool that COLI has compiled, click here.

D2L Dropboxes are a great way to receive student work in various formats but more notably PDFs, Microsoft Office files, JPGs or PNGs. You can also restrict the types of files the dropbox will accept. Attach the dropbox to the grade book or use a D2L Rubric and attach it to the dropbox for faster grading.

For more information on D2L Dropboxes, click here. For tutorials on D2L Rubrics, click here. Or sign up for one of our many workshops here.

COLI has compiled other resources on the various tool sets in D2L. Click here to access those.