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Lucy Molitor, a fourth-year finance major designed the RISE t-shirts that were given away at last Friday’s community luncheon and worn by the banner carriers at Saturday’s inauguration. Lucy’s design was selected from more than a dozen student submissions last month.  Congratulations Lucy!

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Fields, vice president, Student Affairs & Dean of Students

Celebration of Service

As we continue to celebrate the inauguration of President Steve K. Stoute, the Human Resources Department is pleased to invite the campus community to support and recognize all honorees for their service to Canisius College at the 2022 Celebration of Service on Thursday, October 27 at 3:00 p.m in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Take this opportunity to visit with your colleagues and President Stoute, and to enjoy refreshments including wine, cheese and cookies.

The following honorees will be recognized:

Five Years:

Stephanie Masood, Marketing Project Manager

Jennifer Patrick, Director of Executive Educational Leadership Development

Monika McFoy, Associate Director of Support Services

Mary Braun, Employment Manager

Michael Morris, Public Safety Officer

George Ambrusko, Lead Mail Stock Clerk

Tyler Kron-Piatek, Academic Technologist

Derek Marks, Associate Head Coach for Men’s Lacrosse

Dr. Secil Ertorer, Associate Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Environmental Studies

Daniel Higgins, Assistant Professor of Journalism

Brandon Bielecki, Assistant Director for Annual Giving

Samantha Palma, Senior Admissions Counselor

Lynn Incardona, Human Resources Associate

Julie Almendinger, Assistant Director of Student Records & Financial Services

Shelia Pettigrew, Associate Director of Career Development

10 years:

Mary Owusu, Assistant Professor of Marketing & Information Systems

Dr. Malini Suchak, Associate Professor of ABEC

Melissa Petrie, Staff Nurse

Sara Vescio, Executive Director of the Women’s Business Center

Fifteen Years:

Charita Price, Counselor

Thomas Ciminelli, Director of Facilities Management

Dennis Misko, Director of External Projects & Major Gift Officer

Sharon Federico, Director of Advancement Services

Carol Lower, Advancement Services Coordinator

Twenty Years:

Virginia Carver, Administrative & Data Assistant

Donald Hamilton, Housekeeper for Facilities Management

Twenty-Five Years:

Larry Tassini, Laboratory Manager

Thirty Years:

Michele Folsom, Director of Administrative Computing

Thirty-Five Years:

Dr. Gregory Wood, Chair & Professor of Marketing & Information Systems

Forty Years:

Dr. David Farrugia, Professor of Counseling & Human Services

Dr. Peter Schaber, Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Forty-Five Years:

Patrick Greenwald, Director of Principal Gifts


Mary Koehneke, Associate Director of Student Records & Financial Services

Michele Rizzo, Assistant Director of Financial Services


Please RSVP here if you would like to attend. We hope you can join us for this very special event!

Submitted by: Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources & Compliance


Employee of Distinction Nominations

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done for the month of November by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form here. Please have all submissions completed no later than the end of the day on Monday, November 21.

The Employee of Distinction program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for co-workers and to reward them for all they do. The application will request an explanation as to why a candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation and interpersonal skills.

The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection. Upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team reviews all nominations and votes each month.

Once a decision is made for November, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.  Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 or Bethany in the President’s Office at Ext. 2100 with any questions.

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

Creative Writing Alumnus Publishes Interview with George Saunders

Creative writing major Aidan Ryan ’14 is the author of an interview included in Conversations with George Saunders, just published by the University of Mississippi Press.

Other contributors include Zadie Smith, Ben Marcus, and Deborah Treisman. Ryan is Senior Vice President for Crisis and Risk at the Edelman firm, and founder and publisher of Foundlings Press.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor of English and Creative Writing

Lunch Updates: An Event for Faculty

In November, Academic Affairs is hosting two lunch events for faculty. We will discuss some new resources for teaching, but mostly, this is an opportunity for faculty to come together for a meal on campus. We will provide lunch, but participants can bring their own as well.

Syllabus Refresh! New Resources for Syllabi Construction

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 at Noon, in the Old Main Faculty/Staff Lounge

Many faculty have been teaching tried-and-true courses for years, while others are developing new courses for next semester. In either case, it’s a good idea to visit the Inclusive Syllabus developed by faculty and staff as part of inclusive teaching faculty development over the past 2 ½ years. This syllabus is a template containing all relevant information above your course, department or discipline-specific content, to help students feel welcome in your class and succeed academically. You can copy any and all language from the syllabus, or use it as a template for building a new syllabus for your course. In this Lunch Update, Dr. Jenn Lodi-Smith describes the important features of this syllabus, and answers additional questions on syllabus construction and resources available to faculty and students.

Lunch Update: Easy Course Video

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 at Noon, in the Old Main Faculty/Staff Lounge

With Panopto, D2L now has a simple but effective toolset for recording and sharing video with (and between) students.  No more hassle with Google Drive or YouTube! In this Lunch Update, COLI staff will quickly demonstrate Panopto (it doesn’t take long!) and answer any questions about it and video for academics, generally.

Please RSVP for either or both events on our Faculty Development Event page!

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI