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Margulis to Receive Distinguished Faculty Award

The Canisius University Alumni Association will confer its Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Susan W. Margulis, PhD, professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC) and biology, and program director of the undergraduate anthrozoology program. Presented at the university’s Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 17 at 2 pm in the Montante Cultural Center, the Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world.

Margulis came to Canisius in 2009 as an assistant professor of biology and ABEC. She served as chair of ABEC from 2016 – 2022. Margulis was named professor of ABEC in 2018 and program director of the undergraduate anthrozoology program in 2022. Margulis helped develop the minors in conservation and environmental sustainability, the major in anthrozoology and the new master’s program in informal education.

A primatologist who has been working in the zoo field for many years, Margulis’ research focuses primarily on applied, zoo-based research questions. She spends significant time supervising individual undergraduate students doing research and many Canisius students have served as co-authors on publications, several in the first author role. She shares her love for primatology with her students as director of the Team Ape research group, comprised of students who collect behavioral data at the Buffalo Zoo.

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Commencement 2024

Brian Higgins will deliver the commencement address to Canisius’ 2024 undergraduate and graduate classes during ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, 2024, in the Koessler Athletic Center. Ceremonies for the School of Arts & Sciences begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by ceremonies for the School of Education & Human Services and Richard J. Wehle School of Business at 1:30 p.m. Canisius will confer 385 undergraduate and 332 graduate degrees upon members of the Class of 2024.

Higgins, president and chief operating officer for Shea’s Performing Arts Center and former congressman, Mary Wilson, a Life Trustee of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin will receive honorary degrees.

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Wehle Graduate Business Programs Rank Among Best in Nation

Canisius University scored high marks on U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 list of “Best Graduate Schools.” U.S. News ranks the Richard J. Wehle School of Business among the top graduate business programs in the nation, and as the No. 1 private business school in Western New York.

Canisius was ranked in the top 25 percent of this elite group of AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) programs. Contributing significantly to Canisius’ ranking was the 95 percent employment rate for Wehle graduates three months after their degree, and strong recruiter assessment scores.

“We are extremely proud of these national rankings,” said Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business. “These outstanding rankings are a reflection of the high standards of our curriculum and the expertise and dedication of our business faculty.”

Accredited by the AACSB, the Wehle School of Business is among fewer than five percent of business schools worldwide that have earned this accreditation, which is a symbol of the highest standard in business education.

The Wehle School develops career-ready business leaders who are prepared to make ethical business decisions that reflect the interests of multiple stakeholders.  With its partners in the Western New York business community, the school’s academic programs emphasize immersive, experienced-based learning activities reflective of the interconnected and global nature of business.

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Robert Baumet Named VP for Finance and Administration

Robert L. Baumet has been named vice president for finance and administration at Canisius, effective May 15, 2024.

Baumet joins Canisius with more than 30 years of financial leadership experience in nonprofit and public higher education. Prior to Canisius, he was vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at Keuka College overseeing the offices of Finance and Accounting, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Human Resources and Facilities. He previously held several leadership positions at the State University at Buffalo, where he served as director of business services, accounting director, and director of foundation accounting.

A skilled senior level strategist, Baumet has demonstrated success in financial reporting, financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, capital budgeting and planning, cash management, long-term debt management and investments.

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Canisius Welcomes WSJ Columnist Jason Riley

Canisius welcomes Jason L. Riley, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, to campus on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The lecture is presented under the auspices of a conservative lecture series at the university made possible by Canisius Trustee Jerry Canada ’86. The talk, titled “The Problem With Social Justice,” is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the student chapter of the Young Americans for Freedom. A question-and-answer session will follow Riley’s lecture.

Riley has written about politics, economics, education, immigration and social inequality for more than 25 years at The Wall Street Journal. He is also a frequent public speaker and provides commentary for television and radio news outlets.

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