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Canisius in the News


WGRZ-TV Channel 2 reported on the institution’s formal transition from Canisius College to Canisius University on August 1. Click here to read the story.

Economics and Finance Professor Steve Gattuso recently provided his expert advice to Money Geek, on a series of topics. Gattuso offered commentary on affordable car insurance in New York; finding the best personal loans for excellent credit; and a children’s guide to debit and credit cards.  


Submitted by: University Communications


Update Your LinkedIn to Canisius University

Canisius employees who maintain a LinkedIn page are encouraged to update their profiles to reflect the institution’s new name, Canisius University. Generally, these changes will need to be made in the Introduction area at the top of your LinkedIn page, where you profile picture appears, and under the Experience header, further down on the page.

To make these edits, simply follow the steps below:

  1. Click the “Me” icon at top of your LinkedIn homepage, then “View Profile.”
  2. In the “Introduction” area (where you profile picture appears), click the Edit icon, which looks like a pencil.
  3. Scroll down to the area(s) where your current professional title and/or place of employment appears, and make changes to Canisius University where applicable.
  4. After editing, click Save and you will be redirected back to your LinkedIn profile.
  5. Once here, scroll down to Experience.
  6. Click the Edit icon.
  7. Scroll down to the area(s) where your professional title(s) and/or place of employment appears, and make changes to Canisius University where applicable.
  8. After editing, click Save. Identify the areas that need to be updated to Canisius University

Please feel free to contact Audrey Browka in the Communications Office with any questions, at

Submitted by: University Communications

Brandon Bielecki Named Director, Annual Giving

Brandon T. Bielecki ’15, MS ’19 has been named the new director of annual giving.  

An integral member of the institutional advancement team, Bielecki is responsible for the overall strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of annual fundraising initiatives at Canisius.  In addition to managing a comprehensive fundraising program, he is charged with meeting institutional fundraising and donor participation goals in both unrestricted and restricted annual support.  Bielecki also leads fundraising efforts for the athletic division’s Blue & Gold Fund, reunion giving and the university’s annual crowdfunding effort on Giving Day.  

Prior to being appointed director of annual giving, Bielecki was a major gifts officer on the university’s institutional advancement team.  In this role, which he will retain, Bielecki manages a portfolio of 170 major gift donors, effectively communicating Canisius’ mission, impact and funding priorities to inspire philanthropic support. 

Click here to read more about Brandon.

Submitted by: University Communications

Parent & Family Experience

Parents Canisius
Canisius offers a new way for families to stay connected to their students and the university.  The Parent & Family Experience is a free service for all Canisius parents, guardians and family members to stay informed throughout their student’s educational journey.
“Student success is at the heart of everything we do at Canisius” said Harold O. Fields, EdD, vice president for student affairs and dean of students.  “Family support and engagement are central to student success and achievement, and this new communication platform will further strengthen the partnership between the university and the families of our students.”

An online resource powered by CampusESP, the portal includes the latest news and information about events and important deadlines, and provides resources for an array of topics including academics, scholarships, financial aid and housing. A customizable service, users personalize their experience by choosing information and programs specific to their student’s needs, and determine how often and in what format they wish to receive communications.

The Parent & Family Experience is also designed to bring Canisius families together, promoting interaction through the portal’s commenting feature.  Parents can also post questions on the portal, enhancing communication with university staff.

“At Canisius, we promote a culture of engagement that supports student achievement and belonging,” said Fields. “This service is another way to ensure the success of our students.”

Submitted by: Harold O. Fields, EdD, vice president, Student Affairs

Celebration of Service

The Human Resources Department is pleased to acknowledge faculty and staff as they achieve service milestones in 2023!

Please save the date for the Celebration of Service recognition event on Thursday, September 28 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

We will honor all faculty and staff who have reached 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service and those who are retiring from the university in 2023.

Honorees will receive an invitation to the event, so please save the date in your calendar.

We look forward to gathering together as a campus community to recognize our colleagues!

2023 Service Recognition List of Honorees

40 Years

Dr. Margaret McCarthy, Professor/Teacher Education & Leadership

Dr. Jeffrey McConnell, Professor/Computer Science

Lt. Richard Miller, Lieutenant/Public Safety


35 Years

Mr. Matthew Mulville, Assistant Vice President/Student Life


30 Years

Dr. Lynn Fish, Professor/Management & Marketing

Ms. Connie Pileri, Assistant Dean & Coordinator Event Services/Student Life

Ms. Evangeline Powell, Dispatcher/Public Safety


25 Years

Mr. Franklin Barnwell, Working Foreman/Facilites Management

Dr. David Devereux, Associate Professor/History

Mr. William Maher, Director/Athletics

Ms. Lisa Mastropaolo, Systems Administrator/ITS

Mr. Joseph Moorhouse, Officer/Public Safety

Mr. Thomas Prince, Computer Support Specialist/ITS

Dr. Clancy Seymour, Associate Professor/Teacher Education & Leadership


20 Years

Mr. Michael Cammarata, Associate Director/Counseling Center

Mr. Todd Hummel, Head Coach Men’s Golf & Ticket Manager/Athletics

Dr. Robert Nida, Associate Professor/Teacher Education & Leadership

Mr. Matthew Reitnour, Associate Athletic Director Communications/Athletics

Dr. Erin Robinson, Professor & Chair/Sociology, Criminal Justice, Env Studies

Mrs. Dawn Rotterman, Benefits/HRIS Manager/Human Resources

Dr. Margaret Stefanski, Professor & Chair/Modern Languages


15 Years

Dr. Richard Bailey, Associate Professor & Chair/History

Mrs. Margaret Burkard, Academic Affairs Support Manager/Academic Affairs

Dr. Kelly Harper, Associate Professor & Co-Chair/Teacher Education & Leadership

Mrs. Mary Ann Langlois, Director/Sponsored Programs

Dr. Jeffrey Lindauer, Associate Professor/Teacher Education & Leadership

Ms. Kristina Marohn, Lab Coordinator/Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Nancy Rourke, Associate Professor/Religious Studies & Theology

Mr. Scott Vanderzell, Head Coach Swimming & Diving/Athletics

Dr. Thomas Vogel, Associate Professor/Accounting

Dr. Michael Wood, Professor & Chair/Physics


10 Years

Mr. Steven Gattuso, Executive Director/Golden Griffin Fund

Mr. Elijah Lee, Housekeeper/Facilities Management

Dr. Jonathan O’Brien, Associate Professor/Biology

Mr. Walter Parfinski, Housekeeper/Facilities Management

Dr. Jonathan Rodgers, Associate Professor/Psychology

Dr. Andrew Stewart, Associate Professor & Co-Chair/Biology


5 Years

Ms. MaryDonna Anderson, Clinical Assistant Professor/Physician Assistant Studies

Mrs. Mary Ellen Bakowski, Development Officer/Institutional Advancement

Mrs. Kimberly Beaty, Director/Public Safety

Dr. Mary Becker, Assistant Professor/Economics & Finance

Ms. Brianna Blank, Multimedia Producer/Marketing & Communication

Dr. Anita Butera, Associate Professor/Sociology, Criminal Justice, Env Studies

Dr. Mark Harrington, Assistant Vice President Student Success/Griff Center

Dr. Shannon Jemiolo, Assistant Professor/Accounting

Mr. Matthew Lardo, Lab Coordinator/Biology

Dr. Aimee Larson, Director & Chair/PA Program

Ms. Lisa Liotta, Sr Associate Athletic Director & Sr Woman Administrator/Athletics

Ms. Cynthia Longboat, Housekeeper/Facilities Management

Ms. Megan Maslanka, Certified Medical Assistant/Student Health Center

Ms. Rachel Massaro, Sr Admissions Counselor/Admissions Undergraduate

Mr. Joseph McWatters, Executive Accountant in Residence/Accounting

Ms. Mirtha Ortiz, Housekeeper/Facilities Management

Dr. Jeffrey Oxman, Assistant Professor/Economics & Finance

Mr. Joseph Planter, Officer/Public Safety

Dr. Denise Rotondo, Dean/WSB

Ms. Kristen Saviola, Associate Athletic Trainer/Athletics

Mr. Thurman Schaetzle, Assistant Coach Men’s Basketball/Athletics

Mr. Brian Sepe, Instructional Coach/WNY Teacher Residency Program

Dr. Graham Stowe, Assistant Professor/English

Ms. Bethany Vivian, Instructional Coach/WNY Teacher Residency Program



Mr. Thomas Ciminelli, Director/Facilities Management

Mr. Scott Clark, Director User Services/ITS

Dr. Marianne Djuth, Professor/Philosphy

Dr. Edward Garrity, Professor/Management & Marketing

Mr. J. Patrick Greenwald, Director/Principal Gifts

Dr. Rosanne Hartman, Professor/Communication Studies

Dr. Barbara Irwin, Professor/Communication Studies

Mr. David Koenig, Computer Support Specialist

Dr. Mariusz Kozik, Professor/Chemistry & Biochemistry

Ms. Carol Lower, Advancement Services Coordinator/Advancement Services

Mr. Dennis Misko, Director External Projects & Major Gifts Officer/Special Gifts

Mrs. Donna Ortolani, Administrative Specialist/Public Safety

Dr. Mary Rockwell, Director New Buffalo Institute

Mrs. Lisa Rowley, Staff Nurse/Student Health Center

Submitted by: Rachel Lapinski, executive associate, Business and Finance/Student Affairs