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Kosciuszko Foundation Scholar Dr. Włodzimierz Batóg Presentation


Visiting Kosciuszko Foundation Scholar Dr. Włodzimierz Batóg of the American Studies Program at the University of Warsaw will present a lecture, European Nationalists and Anti EU Sentiment, on Monday, April 22, 2024 at 12:00 noon at the Andrew L. Bouwhuis, S.J. Library Research Center (1st Floor).

Dr. Batóg is a professor of history specializing in American History. A noted lecturer and author, he is teaching this semester at both Canisius and Daemen Universities.  The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius University is hosting the event, pizza and salad will be available.


Submitted by: Academic Affairs 

Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, Named Dean of Wehle School

Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, was appointed dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business effective April 1, 2024.  Shawn has served as interim dean since August 2023.

Shawn’s strengths as an administrator, educator and scholar align with the Wehle School’s mission, goals, and potential for continued success. Shawn’s values fit perfectly with our Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and commitment to care for the whole person.

As interim dean, Shawn served the university well as a collaborative leader. He has a high level of support from the faculty and business community, and familiarity with as well as direct engagement in AACSB accreditation. Most notably he has an in-depth understanding of the challenges the university currently faces.

Shawn has 25-plus years of experience teaching sport management and administration in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He developed and is director of the university’s undergraduate program in sport management and graduate programs in sport administration and sport product development, the last of which was one of only two in the country when it launched in 2018. All three programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation and produce graduates who secure successful careers at the intercollegiate and amateur levels and in professional sports.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Richmond and a PhD in organizational effectiveness from The Ohio State University.

As dean, Shawn is charged with building on Canisius’ existing strengths while positioning the university for a strong and successful future. He will develop and foster successful and collaborative partnerships with members of the business community; advance academic excellence through outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service; and promote excellence in student learning. Additionally, he is responsible for developing new academic experiences that prepare students for success in a global society.

Please join us in congratulating Shawn on his promotion to dean of the Wehle School.

Submitted by: Academic Affairs 

Campus Candids

Thank you so much to all who entered their chili or soup into our cookoff on Thursday March 21.

The big winner was Margaret Kraatz, financial aid specialist who’s banana pepper soup won “Best Soup” and “Best Overall.”

Click here to get the recipe.

In the “Best Chili” category, Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for human resources & compliance, took the win with her tailgate chili.

The event was enjoyed by all who attended!

If you have an idea for an employee engagement event or activity, please contact Maggie Burkard in Academic Affairs.

Submitted by: Employee Engagement Committee at Canisius University


Last Chance to Enter

Please consider entering your favorite soup, chili or chowder recipe in our cookoff on Thursday, March 21st in the Old Main Faculty Lounge from 12 – 1:30 pm. If you don’t have a special recipe you want to share you may consider complements like Cornbread or Cookies!

All are welcome to come taste and vote for your favorite.  This will be a great opportunity to for us to gather to share a meal together with a little friendly competition sprinkled in.

Let us know what you would like to bring HERE, or contact Maggie Burkard at Ext. 2120 or at

Submitted by: Employee Engagement Committee at Canisius University


Soup, Chili or Chowder

Prizes will be awarded in each category and best overall – bragging rights apply!

All are welcome to come taste and vote for your favorite in the Old Main Faculty Lounge between 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.  on Thursday, March 21, 2024.   

RSVP or enter HERE, or contact Maggie Burkard at Ext. 2120 or at

Submitted by: Employee Engagement Committee at Canisius University