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Shana Richardson Appointed AVP

Dr. Harold Fields, vice president for student affairs, and the Human Resources Department are pleased to share that Shana Richardson ’06, M’19, has been appointed assistant vice president for student success, effective 6/1/24. In this capacity, she will lead the Center for Student Success and the associate dean of students & director of the Multicultural Student Center.

In addition to Shana’s experience as director of the New Buffalo Institute, Shana boasts a track record of success in previous roles supporting students, including those who are underserved. These previous roles include serving as the director of student support services at the University at Buffalo and the director of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program at Medaille. As many of you know, Shana is a double alum of Canisius and previously served this institution as the Academic Skills Coordinator for our HEOP program.

Please join us in congratulating Shana on her appointment!

Submitted by: Mary Braun, Employment Manager, Human Resources

Advancement Promotions and Title Changes

The Office of Advancement is thrilled to announce the following promotions and title changes:

Brandon Bielecki ’15, MS ’19 – After one year serving as both the Director of the Canisius Fund and an Advancement Officer, Brandon is returning to a position fully focused on major gift fundraising as the Director of Advancement.

Dianna Civello – Dianna’s ‘Interim’ title has been removed and she is officially the Vice President for Advancement.

Katie Huck – Katie has been promoted from Advancement Researcher to Senior Director of Advancement Operations.

Jessica Mitrovits – Jessica has been promoted from Assistant Director to Director of the Canisius Fund.

The Office of Advancement would like to share a warm congratulations to our colleagues. We would also like to thank our campus partners for their continued collaboration and support.

Submitted by: AnneMarie Haumesser, assistant vice president, Office of Advancement

ITS Database Maintenance Scheduled

ITS will be performing database maintenance Sunday June 16, 2024 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.

During this maintenance window, most administrative software such as Banner, Self Service Banner (SSB), Griff Audits, reports (Infoview) and all custom Canisius Web Applications (iAdvise, budget management, timeclock, new student checklist, etc) will be unavailable.

The ITS systems status page, found in dark blue top section of the portal, will be updated accordingly.

If you encounter any issues post maintenance, please contact the help desk at or at (716) 888-8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, Director of Administrative Computing

Lifelong Learners Look at Greek Comedy

The Canisius Adult Lifelong Learners Institute is pleased to announce its new summer 2024 course: Funny Things Happened in Greek Comedies. Lead by Johanna Fisher, we will explore the rich tradition of ancient Greek comedy, and read a couple of plays by Aristophanes within their cultural, theatrical, and historical context. Along the way, we will also enjoy the humor and satire reflected in Aristophanes’ work.

This online course begins July 9th! For details and to register: Hope to see you there!

Submitted by: Kristina Laun, Social Media & Website Administrator, CALLI

Clare Smokowski ’21 Earns Law Degree and Begins Career at Legal Aid

Last month, Clare Smokowski ’21, psychology, earned her JD from the University at Buffalo.

At UB, she served as a student attorney in the mediation clinic, an intern at Legal Aid, and an extern in the office for General Legal Counsel of the Buffalo Board of Education. She was president of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and an editor of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review.

At Canisius, in addition to a major in psychology, she completed minors in Spanish and English. She wrote a creative all-college honors thesis, “Hey Jude: Autism Spectrum Disorder Through the Lens of Fiction.”

Smokowski passed the New York State Bar exam in February, and she has accepted a position as an Education Attorney and Attorney for the Child at Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo.

Submitted by: Mick Cochrane, Professor, English