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An Evening with Tony Hiss: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth

On May 25, the Western New York Land Conservancy is hosting world-renowned author Tony Hiss, one of the strongest advocates for land conservation in the United States, to discuss his seminal book Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth. His book discusses the importance of land protection in environmental health and wildlife conservation.

This event is free and will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 in the Montante Cultural Center.

To attend, you must register in advance as seating is limited. For individuals unable to attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed but registration is required to access the link.

Here is a link with more information and how to register for the event.

Submitted by: Katie Costanzo, Biology and Environmental Science


Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Canisius College is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment. Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis.

As an alternative to the online training option, the college is partnering with Phillips Lytle to provide an in-person training option to meet the requirement for 2023. You are only required to register for one of the sessions listed below to meet the training requirement.

The following sessions are scheduled for Thursday, June 15, in the Regis Room.

Session 1  – 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.   

Session 2  -1:00 p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Our training discussion will include:

  • An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
  • Examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
  • Information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
  • Information regarding filing a complaint and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
  • Information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors
  • Information regarding our Title IX policies and protocols on campus

To register for either session, please E-mail Lynn Incardona with your preferred session time at  

If you are unable to attend this session, additional options will be provided in the fall. If you have any questions about this required training, please contact the Human Resources Office at 716-888-2240.

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


In Memoriam

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Paula Valente at St. Michael Church, 651 Washington St, Buffalo, NY, on May 6, 2023 at 10:00 am.

A 1970 alumna of Canisius, Valente was a former associate vice president for development at Canisius. She joined the college in January 2007 and served as chief operating officer for college campaigns and oversaw the development operation.

Valente passed away on April 7. She was 76.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Catholic Charities, 307 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101 or Canisius College.

Submitted by: College Communications

Buffalo Niagara Partnership DEI Symposium

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is excited to announce that the 2023 DEI Symposium will be held on Thursday, June 1.  This unique virtual event delivers the ongoing learning necessary in the DEI realm in an easily digestible half day format that is filled with inspirational discussions and non-stop knowledge. This 6th Annual event is an exclusive opportunity to learn from the industry’s best.

The BNP is delighted to welcome Sandra Quince as the Keynote for the DEI Symposium. As CEO to Paradigm for Parity, Bank of America Leader on Loan, Sandra’s unique background provides that rare combination of a leader who can speak about diverse recruitment and retention strategies in both the private sector and the non-profit world.

Sandra will share her insights and tips for recruiting diverse talent and creating an inclusive environment in which all employees can be their authentic selves.


8:30 AM – Welcome

8:45 – 9:45 AM – Keynote Address/Q&A Sandra Quince/Dottie

9:45 -10:00 AM –  Break

10:00 -11:00 AM – Micro Learning Sessions Track A

11:00 – 11:15 AM – Break

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM – Micro Learning Sessions Track B

12:15 – 12:30 PM – Break

12:30 – 12:45 – Seminar Wrap-up

Canisius College has purchased a Corporate Pass that covers registration for all faculty and staff who are interested in participating.

To register for this event, please e-mail Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, at Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

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


Magis Podcast

Music is one of the most impactful ways humans express themselves. On this episode of the Magis Podcast, Shawn Johnson talks to Canisius multicultural director Bennie Williams about human expression.
Our second guest, music artist Marja’e, talks about how music has shaped her life.
Check out the episode coming soon to Spotify and watch the trailer now on YouTube!
Submitted by: Katie McMahon, graduate assistant, Communication Department