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Alpha Sigma Nu Induction

Pictured above: ASN Honoree Inductees (l-r) Nancy V. Wallace, PhD, Dean, School of Education & Human Services, Marya Grande, PhD, Professor & Co-Chair/Teacher Education & Leadership, Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, Associate Professor, Religious Studies/Theology, Steve K. Stoute, JD, President, Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, Associate Professor & Chair/Political Science.

The Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities extends its heartiest congratulations to its new Alpha Sigma Nu inductees.  A total of 14 students and five honorees  – including President Steve Stoute – were inducted at the Alpha Sigma Nu Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 27, 2023 in Christ the King Chapel. 

Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service.  The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, Alpha Sigma Nu encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.  Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors awarded on a Jesuit campus.

Pictured above: Group Inductees (top row, l-r) President Steve K. Stoute, Olivia Anne Rutowski, Class of 2024, Abriana Will, Class of 2024, Jahare Hudson, Class of 2024, Gwynn Furlich, Class of 2023, (middle row, l-r) Nancy V. Wallace, PhD, Dean, School of Education & Human Services, Marya Grande, PhD, Professor & Co-Chair/Teacher Education & Leadership, Caitlyn O’Toole, Graduate Student in the School of Education & Human Services, Daniel Klosterman, Graduate Student in the Wehle School of Business, Jebadiah Braunscheidel, Class of 2024, Adam J. Serio, Class of 2023, Jonathan D. Lawrence, PhD, Associate Professor of Religious Studies/Theology, (front row, l-r) Valeria Lee, Class of 2023, Emma Radel, Class of 2024, Sarah Lynch, Class of 2024, Genevieve Fontana, Class of 2024, Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, Associate Professor/Chair Political Science.


Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, Canisius Chapter Coordinator, Alpha Sigma Nu, executive associate, College of Arts & Sciences

PA Student Selected for Prestigious Fellowship

The Canisius PA Program is proud to announce that Mahmoud Farhat, from the Class of 2023, was accepted into a highly competitive fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital through University of Michigan. He is the only fellow selected out of a total of 8-10 people taken each year in this specialty across the country.

This hospital has been voted among the top 50 in the country for cardiac surgery and Newsweek lists it among the top 100 in the world.

Upon completion of the fellowship, Farhat will have an in-depth understanding of the various sub-specialties within cardiothoracic surgery and be side-by-side with the surgeons in the operating room.

This is a source of real pride for the PA program and the university, and representative of the hard work and sacrifices of Mahmoud over the past two-plus years.



Submitted by: Aimee Larson, Program Director, PA Studies

Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Mary Ann Langlois is the Employee of Distinction for the month of March.

At Canisius for 15 years, Mary Ann is the director of sponsored programs.  Her co-workers shared the following:

“For 15 years Mary Ann has been the primary point person for all Canisius grants.  She helps to develop strong proposals, navigate the crazy application process and supports Canisius faculty and staff throughout the grant.  She has a world of knowledge in the grant field and is a reliable trusted source to those of us lucky enough to have worked with her.

It is an honor and privilege for us at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) to nominate Mary Ann Langlois for the Canisius College Employee of Distinction. We have worked closely with Mary Ann since 2009 when the IAR was established. Over the last nearly 14 years, Mary Ann has been an essential and integral part of our team, guiding, monitoring, supporting, and at times doing various aspects of our grant proposals and managing awards received. Most large institutions have two separate grants departments with many staff, one to handle grant preparation and a second to manage the awards once received. Mary Ann does both by herself and she is truly exceptional at each. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional and she makes our work easier and better. Lastly, our work rarely follows a typical work-week and schedule and we often call on Mary Ann to help us on weekends and during holiday breaks (and occasionally on her vacations) to meet deadlines. Without fail, Mary Ann has made herself available and supported us to meet critical deadlines. In sum, Mary Ann is an extraordinary colleague and a pillar of our team, and she is more than deserving of this award.

It is my pleasure to write in praise of and with much gratitude for Mary Ann Langlois as we nominate her for the employee of distinction. Mary Ann is an instrumental in the support of faculty scholarship on campus connecting individuals active in grants both to grant opportunities as well as to each other. Mary Ann’s support enables our institution to secure external grant applications to both private foundations and governmental agencies to the benefit of our scholarship, students, and institution.

Mary Ann’s support goes far beyond her leadership of grant efforts. Mary Ann is always quick to respond to questions with helpful and insightful answers. She is a strong advocate for faculty scholarship on campus. She is someone faculty have come to turn to when there are challenges in the grant process and when we celebrate our successes. Canisius is incredibly lucky to have Mary Ann leading our collective grant efforts. She is conscientious, kind, and dedicated to her job.

Mary Ann also has made sure to reach out consistently to new faculty, encouraging them to participate in scholarship and make use of her as a critical resource. This allows new faculty to connect with a community of scholars who encourage and support research efforts.”

Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating Mary Ann on her well-deserved achievements!

To nominate a coworker for future Employee of Distinction, click here.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Dennis Misko ’67 Retiring May 25

After 16 years of loyal and dedicated service to Canisius, Dennis Misko, director of external projects and major gift officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement, is retiring.

At Canisius, Dennis worked with thousands of alumni and donors to bring important resources to the Canisius Fund, endowment and athletics. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Coach’s Circle, a group of more than 70 leadership donors who support the men’s basketball program. 

In 2015, Dennis was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame receiving the Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Award, an honor that recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to Canisius athletics. That same year, he received the prestigious George M. Martin Advancement Award, which honors an individual for his/her extraordinary contributions to Canisius and the mission of institutional advancement.  He is a member of the DiGamma Honor Society.

Dennis will continue to stay connected to Canisius through men’s basketball and other volunteer activities and he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Kathy, children Dennis, Dan and Amy, and 11 grandchildren!

We congratulate Dennis on his well-deserved retirement. He is forever a Golden Griffin and part of our Canisius family. Contributions to honor Dennis and his service to the college may be made to the men’s basketball program at or by calling the Office of Advancement at Ext. 8218.   

Submitted by: Kimberly A. Venti, vice president, Institutional Advancement