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Campus Candids

As the academic year draws to a close, Canisius spent the week celebrating and commemorating so many college traditions.

Pictured above are the 2023 graduates of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), whom were recognized for their academic, social and campus engagement earlier this week. The seven seniors hail from WNY and NYC – and all that is in between. Five of the seven graduates are first generation college students.

Discovery, discernment and drive were all celebrated at the annual All-College Honors banquet (pictured above)! Thanks to all the Canisius professors and alumni in attendance. Their support enables the high achievements of the Honors Students to grow greater each year.

We also saluted the college’s ROTC cadets this week. The soon-to-be-commissioned students were recognized and revered at the Golden Griffin Battalion’s annual Military Ball. Canisius will commission five of its cadets as 2nd lieutenants on June 2. Hooah!

Submitted by: College Communications

Summer Hours and Early Closure Updates

Please note that Canisius will move to summer hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, May 22.  These hours will continue through Friday August 11.

Canisius will also close at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays beginning May 26 and continue through Friday, August 11.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions. Have a wonderful commencement weekend as we celebrate our students.

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



Employee of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce the Employee of Distinction this year for the month of April.

Dawn Rotterman was selected as the Employee of Distinction for April. At Canisius for 20 years, Dawn is the Benefits/HRIS Manager in the Human Resources Department, her coworkers shared the following:

“Dawn is truly the backbone of the Human Resources Department—and therefore, of the entire college! She is our go-to person for every unusual situation or obscure question. She is also universally esteemed by our employees, all of whom appreciate her ability to make a complex subject like health insurance comprehensible and accessible. Dawn has an incredible work ethic, a keen intellect, and a fierce dedication to this institution. These qualities, plus her 20 years of devoted service, make her more than deserving of the Employee of Distinction Award.

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

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

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, associate, Human Resources

Staff Performance Appraisal Process Begins

In an effort to better align the performance appraisal timeline with review of the prior academic year, we will be initiating the performance appraisal process in June this year.


The first step in the appraisal process is for employees to complete a self-assessment through Dynamic Forms. For your convenience, all staff will have access to prior performance appraisals in the portal under the Human Resources tab in “HR Appraisal History”.

All notifications will be generated through your Canisius e-mail account and will be sent directly from Please save any e-mails that you receive regarding your appraisal.

  • Employees will receive an e-mail invitation from with a link to the Self-Assessment form on Thursday, June 1st.
  • Once the assessment is completed, the Supervisor will receive an e-mail notification advising them to move forward with the preparation of the performance appraisal.
  • Employees should complete the self-assessment by June 30th.
  • Performance appraisal meetings should be scheduled between July 5th and July 31st.
  • We encourage all Supervisors to pre-schedule your appraisal meetings in advance to assure completion by July 31st.
  • Once completed, the Supervisor will then submit the appraisal.
  • The employee will receive a final e-mail to add comments and sign to acknowledge the appraisal was received and reviewed.

 Training sessions will be scheduled to assist staff in completing the self-assessment. To assist Supervisors in completing performance appraisals, please note that zoom training sessions will be scheduled. Watch for additional information including dates and times.

 Please contact Linda Walleshauser  at or ext. 2244 or Mary Braun at  or ext. 2247 if you have any questions regarding the process.

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

Buffalo Niagara Partnership DEI Symposium

Canisius is participating in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium on Thursday, June 1. This virtual half-day event offers dynamic DEI programming presented by industry leaders, with a wide variety of topics geared to different levels of experience.

Canisius is committed to advancing Diversity & Inclusion education within our organization and the DEI Symposium offers an ideal way to gain insight and best practices to advance our efforts. As we are able to register an unlimited number of employees under this pass, we can maximize our learning by ensuring that we have representatives attending as many microsessions as possible and sharing what we learn after the event.

What can you expect?

The day begins with the Keynote Address “Elevating Your D&I Impact in the Workplace for a Better Workforce” from Sandra Quince, CEO Paradigm for Parity, Bank of America Leader on Loan. Watch Sandra provide a sneak peek of her keynote here.

Following the keynote, there are two unique tracks of hour-long microsessions scheduled. Each is comprised of a presentation and either a Q&A or another interactive activity. You are welcome to choose the topic from each track that aligns with your personal or professional interest:

Microsessions Track 1 (10 AM -11 AM)

  1. Panel: DEI Successes and Challenges at Work
  2. Maintaining Momentum in the Face of D&I Fatigue
  3. Qualities of an Inclusive Leader
  4. LGBTQIA+ in the Workplace
  5. Mitigating Barriers to Upskilling Underserved Populations

Microsessions Track 2 (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)

  1. Hiring and Retention Panel: Engage Diverse Candidates and Build a Culture of Inclusivity
  2. DEI Data Matters: How to Collect & Interpret Relevant Data
  3. Developing DEI Resources: Where Hello Can Take You
  4. Procurement: Expanding Business Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses
  5. 2022 DEI Community Assessment: What We Learned


The Symposium concludes with a Final Fifteen minutes dedicated to sharing insights and action items from the day. For more information on sessions and presenters, visit the BNP’s website.

Last year’s attendee comments were overwhelmingly positive about the event and the concepts that they were able to leverage at their organizations. We look forward to applying what we learn to enhance our D&I efforts.

To Register:

Registration Instructions 

If you have an account with us already, fill in your email in the “my information” section.

You may also skip and go directly to the attendee area if you do not have an account and do not wish to set one up.
Select – Corporate/Individual Attendee RSVP (Members Only)

  1. Register individual corporate pass or Individual ticket pass tickets – use provided promotional code to unlock complimentary pricing
  2. Put in the quantity of tickets
  3. Fill in the attendee information for each person(s)
  4. Enter the Promo code:2023CorpDEI 
  5. To make sure it applied the discount you will see: Total: $0 – Discounts have been applied - (next to the attendee #)
  6. Submit
  7. You will receive an email confirmation that you are registered.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

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