The campus community demonstrated a tremendous outpouring of support and engagement at last week’s Juneteenth celebration. More than 90 Canisius faculty and staff members came together for an afternoon of education, conversation and service work at various locations around the college neighborhood.
Canisius’ active involvement in the East Side is especially important this year as our community continues to heal in the wake of the horrific Tops Market shooting last month.
Juneteenth commemorates the anniversary of the date when news of emancipation finally reached most enslaved African Americans in Texas in 1865. Juneteenth was celebrated on June 19 this year.
Buffalo News Reporter David Robinson interviewed Julie Anna Golebiewski, PhD, for a June 17 article titled “No Signs of a Slowdown for the Buffalo Niagara Job Market.” The associate professor of economics noted that despite soaring prices, rising interest rates and a plunging stock market, the local job industry appears to be holding up well.
The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is adding three new programs to its academic offerings beginning in fall 2022. The new academic programs being offered are: sport management (bachelor’s degree), sport administration (master’s degree) and sport product development (master’s degree). Originally housed in the college’s School of Education and Human Services, all three academic programs consistently rank among the best in the nation and produce graduates who secure successful careers at the intercollegiate, amateur and professional sports levels, as well as in facility and event management.
“We are excited to welcome new colleagues and the excellent programs they have built into the Wehle School of Business,” said Dean Denise M. Rotondo, PhD. “There was already an existing connection between the business and sport programs, as we share many alumni, as well as a steadfast commitment to helping students launch rewarding careers. But by moving the sport programs into the Business School, we now have a unique opportunity to partner on new and emerging fields in the sports business industry.”
The Canisius College Board of Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution appointing John J. Hurley as President Emeritus.
“This is an honorary title reserved for a president who is retiring and who has provided distinguished service to Canisius College,” said Martin Berardi, chair of the Board of Trustees. Berardi praised President Hurley for his exceptional level of commitment to Canisius and for exemplifying the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, civic responsibility, vision and leadership.
As President Emeritus, Hurley may be called upon from time-to-time by incoming President Steve Stoute, or the Board to offer counsel or participate in special events.
Hurley, the 24th president of Canisius College, will retire at the end of the upcoming academic year after leading the college for 12 years. He will remain in office until June 30, 2022.
Hurley is currently the longest tenured president among Western New York colleges and universities. He joined Canisius in August 1997 as vice president for college relations and general counsel, after practicing law in Chicago and Buffalo for 16 years. In 2009, the college’s Board of Trustees selected Hurley to succeed Rev. Vincent M. Cooke, SJ, and he became the college’s first lay president in July 2010.
Canisius President John J. Hurley presided over his final commencement ceremonies this past weekend, as his tenure at the college comes to a close on June 30. (Click here to read President Hurley’s commencement address.) The series of celebrations kicked off on Wednesday, May 18 with graduate commencement ceremonies, at which time approximately 180 degrees were conferred. Canisius also conferred honorary degrees upon Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, clinical professor at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and George Scott ’80, president of the Colored Musicians Club.
(Above, l-r) Nancy Nielsen, MD, PhD, President John J. Hurley and George Scott
Graduates, their families and friends gathered at Christ the King Chapel on Friday, May 20 for the Baccalaureate Mass. The liturgical ceremony dates back to 1760 in the U.S. and is offered in thanksgiving for the blessings God has bestowed upon graduates and their growth in wisdom.
Commencement ceremonies continued on Saturday, May 21, with the college hosting two separate ceremonies. Commencement for the College of Arts and Sciences took place at 10:30 a.m. Ceremonies for the School of Education and Human Services and the Richard J. Wehle School of Business followed at 1:30 p.m. An estimated 345 degrees were conferred between the two ceremonies.
Among those receiving degrees during undergraduate ceremonies on Saturday was Aaron Salter Jr.
Salter was the security guard working at the Tops Markets on Jefferson Avenue May 14 when a gunman entered the store and killed 10 Black people, including Salter, in a race-filled hate crime. Canisius posthumously awarded Salter a bachelor’s degree, during undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 21. He attended Canisius from 1984 – 1988 but put his education on hold because of work and family. Salter was just three credits (or one class) shy from finishing his degree in communications. His son, Aaron Salter III, accepted the degree from President Hurley on stage, at which time graduates, family members and faculty gave an emotional standing ovation.
Canisius also conferred honorary degrees upon Erik Brady ’76, retired sportswriter for USA Today and contributing columnist for The Buffalo News; Robert J. Butler, PhD, professor emeritus of English and longtime director of the All-College Honors program at Canisius; Myron, MD and Joyce Glick, founders of the Jericho Road Community Health Center in Buffalo, a Federally Qualified Health Center; and Hon. Shirley Troutman, associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals.
In addition to the conferral of honorary degrees, the Canisius College Alumni Association bestowed its LaSalle Medal upon two graduates: Lee C. Wortham ’79, who recently concluded seven years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including four (2017 – 2021) as chair and Anthony M. Masiello ’69, HON ’96, former mayor of Buffalo and member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.