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Strategic Planning & Prioritization

Today, the Strategic Planning and Prioritization Committee will hold its third and final forum as part of the strategic planning process from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Regis Room in the Student Center.  Refreshments will be served. 

A draft of the strategic plan is available here to facilitate conversation and input at that forum. Additionally, we will be recording the forum to facilitate broad participation.  Once the recording is available, we will release a survey for feedback on the plan. Please watch for a subsequent Email if you are interested in providing feedback.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, vice president, Academic Affairs on behalf of the Strategic Planning and Prioritization Committee

Last Day to Participate in Campus Climate Survey

As a result of the 2018 campus climate study, Canisius College developed and implemented its first racial equity strategic plan.  The college has been taking steps to cultivate a thriving academic community, one where each individual feels welcome and able to contribute their full selves to the work and study that takes place here.

To that end, part of our racial equity strategic plan is to continue to learn how the campus community sees itself and what goals might be formed to help us to continue to become more inclusive.

We are hoping that you will participate in the 2023 Campus Climate Survey and provide us with your feedback.  The survey itself should take five minutes.  It is completely anonymous and we will only be using a summary of responses in the survey-based reports.

The survey can be accessed at and it will be open until 2pm today, Monday, April 3rd.

We appreciate your assistance with this effort.

Submitted by: Harold Fields, EdD, vice president, student affairs; Sara Morris, PhD, vice president, academic affairs

Canisius Accounting Banquet

Angel Beiter ’88, CPA, principal of Kirisits and Associates CPA’s PLLC, will be honored as the Accountant of the Year at the 66th annual Canisius College Accounting Society banquet on Thursday, April 27 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  Cocktails are at 5:30 pm; dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

The Canisius College Accounting Society will also recognize Michael A. Ervolina Jr. ’79, CPA, president  and CEO of Valu Home Centers Inc.  Ervolina will receive the Dr. Joseph R. Coppola ’40 Award, which recognizes the exceptional achievements of a Canisius College accounting alumnus.

Dr. Ian J. Redpath, chair of the Canisius College Accounting Department, will present student awards during the event.

Click here to read more about both Angel Beiter and Michael Ervolina.

Submitted by: Kim Walkow, executive associate to Dean Rotondo, Wehle School of Business

Faculty & Staff Giving Day Challenge

This just in!  The Canisius Leadership Council is challenging all faculty and staff to make a Giving Day gift!

If 75 current faculty or staff make a gift for Giving Day, then $10,000 will unlock, to support Canisius College!

Make your gift early at

2023 Giving Day, taking place on Wednesday, April 5, is the college’s annual digital fundraising campaign that highlights the power of collective giving and generosity. Please help make 2023 our best year yet!

Submitted by: Erin Zack, Sr. Director for Annual Giving and Stewardship

A Heartfelt Thank You to Public Safety

Following the May 14 tragedy at Tops Market, a community event was held on campus for one of the surviving victims. A woman attempting to enter the student center collapsed and lost consciousness. Officer-in-Charge Don Genovese and PO Jared Westhoven rushed to her aid. The woman was unresponsive. She was not breathing, nor did she have a pulse. While waiting for medical, the officers implemented a campus defibrillator. The woman had gone into cardiac arrest. The officers used the defibrillator three times until she regained a heartbeat.

On Thursday, March 30, 2023, Ms. Marnetta Malcolm joined Public Safety staff at our awards ceremony via zoom to thank Officer Westhoven for establishing contact and support with her family and to share a heartfelt thank you to Officer Genovese for saving her life. She was very grateful to our staff and explained she had not suffered long-lasting effects. Chief Beaty, a friend of Ms. Malcom, was thankful that our campus has access to defibrillators and for the officers’ training and swift response. Marnetta celebrated another birthday this Friday.

Automated external defibrillators contain technology for the analysis of heart rhythms. These devices have improved outcomes for sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

During the ceremony held in Grupp Fireside Lounge, OIC Donald Genoese and Officer Jared Westhoven received commendations for their service and heroism. Family and friends attended the ceremony hosted by Chief Beaty. President Stoute and Vice President Fields, with other staff attended to congratulate officers.

Submitted by: Kimberly Beaty, Chief, Director of Public Safety