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Employee of Distinction

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done for the month of March by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form here. Please have all submissions completed no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

The Employee of Distinction program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for co-workers and to reward them for all they do. The application will request an explanation as to why a candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation, and interpersonal skills.

The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection. Upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team reviews all nominations and votes each month.

Once a decision is made for March, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.

Contact Lynn Incardona in the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 with any questions.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Stress Less Day Seminar

Please plan to join Independent Health and Lawley as they offer a Stress Less Seminar on March 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Presentations will include mindfulness eating and progressive relaxation techniques, along with information regarding mental health benefits that are currently part of our health insurance and employee assistance programs. Join your colleagues for this relaxing session and opportunity to engage with your peers.

Lunch will be provided!

Please RSVP to hr@canisius.edu by March 4.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Your mental health matters. We look forward to seeing you there!

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Stress Less Day Seminar

Please plan to join Independent Health and Lawley as they offer a Stress Less Seminar on March 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.

Presentations will include mindfulness eating and progressive relaxation techniques, along with information regarding mental health benefits that are currently part of our health insurance and employee assistance programs. Join your colleagues for this relaxing session and opportunity to engage with your peers.

Lunch will be provided!

Please RSVP to hr@canisius.edu by March 4.

Click here to add this event to your digital calendar.

Your mental health matters. We look forward to seeing you there!

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Go Move Challenge and Campus Polar Walk

Calling all faculty and staff! Help Canisius University win the 12th annual Go Move Challenge by recording your minutes of intentional physical activity that gets the heart pumping to determine which Jesuit institution is the most active. Awards go to the university that tracks the most minutes, the university that averages the highest number of minutes per participant, and the university with the highest average number of minutes per region. Join us in our efforts for focus on our physical health and wellness!

HOW TO JOIN THE CHALLENGE

  • Register at GoMoveChallenge.org, even if you participated last year
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “REGISTER” box, enter your university email address and other required information, including your university
  • In the “Division/College” box, click on your division/college (ie School of Law, School of Ed, Student Life, Academic Affairs Office…) from the drop-down. If you don’t see your Division/College, choose “Other” and enter the name of yours
  • Click the “SUBMIT” button when finished
  • You will receive a confirmation email with your user email and password

 

HOW TO LOG MINUTES

  • Starting February 1, visit GoMoveChallenge.org
  • Click the “LOG IN / REGISTER” button on the top menu bar
  • In the “LOG IN” box, enter your email address and password
  • In the “LOG MY WORKOUT” box, select the intensity of your workout and description and enter the number of minutes, and select a single date or date range for logging multiple days
  • Click the “LOG IT” button when finished
  • Users can delete minutes that were entered in error

                                                      

CHALLENGE RULES AND TIPS

  • Challenge runs from February 1 – 29. Minutes will not be accepted after the challenge ends.
  • Get inspired and motivated by creating a team of up to 6 (including yourself) to compete against other teams at your university to see which one averages the most minutes!
  • Use the Go Move Challenge social media sites to share photos, and tag photos #GoMoveChallenge
  • Open the mobile-friendly challenge website from your phone’s browser to enter minutes on the go!
  • Read the challenge FAQ at GoMoveChallenge.org/FAQ

As part of our annual Go Move Challenge this year, the Human Resources Department will host its second annual Faculty/Staff Campus Polar Walk!

On Tuesday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m., starting in the Faculty Lounge in Old Main 109, take some time out of your busy day to warm up over some hot chocolate and healthy snacks before taking a refreshing, wintery walk with your colleagues across campus led by Michelle Carbery from Independent Health!

Please RSVP below by Thursday, February 15:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXBxEcTOSjXrIqbeQN6nOAwBP6ek4ViLusa_w9KDdnKdUhSw/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you own any Canisius winter swag, make sure to wear it for the walk! Contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions!

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, HR Associate, Human Resources

Employees of Distinction

The Human Resources Department is pleased to announce the Canisius University Employees of Distinction for August – December 2023:

Associate Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid James Nowak was nominated by Danielle Ianni for August 2023

James has presented to 30 high schools on financial aid this past fall, was interviewed by the news this past week, and is currently working with the freshman not registered to help spring registration. He is going beyond his job duties to help students and make financial aid accessible to a larger audience.

Executive Associate for Student Affairs and Finance and Administration Rachel Lapinski was nominated by Bethany Voorhees for September 2023

Rachel is one of those coworkers that you want to have- she is the definition of a team player. Even though she has a large workload, she does not let that get to her and offers her assistance to other departments without hesitation. She is friendly, approachable, and maintains a positive, calm demeanor even under pressure.  In addition to this, Rachel is mindful and creative when it comes to finding ways to save the university money where possible within her department, which shows that she genuinely cares about the overall success of Canisius. Rachel’s dedication to excellence is evident in that she is motivated to do a good job, is quick to respond to any questions or concerns that may come up and is a quick learner if you need her to help with something she has never done before. I believe that all of these qualities make Rachel the perfect candidate for Employee of Distinction.

Canisius Fund Director and Advancement Brandon Bielecki was nominated by AnnMarie Haumesser for October 2023

I believe Brandon deserves to be recognized as an Employee of Distinction for his outstanding work on the More Than a Game campaign. While this is a team effort, Brandon has been at the helm and is a major connector between Advancement and Athletics. Brandon embraced a heightened and lofty goal this year of raising $315,000 – a $15,000 increased from last year. Not only did the campaign meet this goal but exceeded it to raise a total of $330,000 in support of Canisius Athletics. Brandon is a tireless champaign of Canisius Athletics and truly believes in the success our student athletes. In order to exceed this goal, Brandon put in countless hours on the phone and in person visiting with alumni, supporters, and donors and sharing with them stories of the impact of Athletics on the student experience. Brandon has made dozens of connections between current athletes, coaches, and alumni, which has brought many donors closer to our programs and, in turn, lead them to increase their giving to Athletics. Brandon is dedicated to the future success of Canisius at every level and went above and beyond in personalizing outreach and solicitations to be sure this campaign hit its goal. Brandon is very proud to be a Griff and inspires other on our team to engage more actively on our campus. I would love for him to be recognized for his efforts.

Academic Affairs Support Manager Maggie Burkard was nominated by Peggy McCarthy, Dan Higgins and Maura Snyder for November 2023.

Maggie is all things to all people! She has a deep understanding of the college and how various policies, procedures, and computer applications operate. She is available to anyone who seeks assistance, and she graciously responds with knowledge and respect. She continually rises to do whatever is needed. She has a tremendous knowledge of the budget, and she is the organizational backbone supporting the many (many) committees and their work in Academic Affairs. As new initiatives come forward in Academic Affairs, she is always willing to add to her workload in order to contribute to their success. She is generous with her time and truly conveys an attitude of cura personalis. This is especially obvious during this time of the year when she works closely with other areas of the college to be sure all of the events surrounding the commencement season go off without a hitch. Maggie is a gift to all who are lucky enough to work with her.

Maggie does so much for so many – I am thinking in particular of the work she did to help relocate me and my many colleagues from Lyons Hall. She also played a major role in planning a faculty writing retreat that occurred earlier in June. I’m grateful for all the very hard work she does with so much grace and humility. I thought she should be recognized for it, thank you for considering.

Maggie went above and beyond to help me settle into Canisius. She was always around to answer questions, and beyond that, she went out of her way multiple times to help me settle in. She even helped me carry office decor to my office. Maggie is always smiling and working incredibly hard to make Canisius a welcoming place.

Housekeeper Cynthia Longboat was nominated by COLI Department for December 2023.

Cindy keeps Old Main clean and inviting, while working around students, faculty and staff who are not always mindful of her hard work. She can often be seen cleaning in public spaces, and frequently offers to clean offices and department areas. This is crucial, both for the morale of employees and students, as well as keeping our building ready to present to visitors, such as prospective students and parents. We often encounter her cleaning the stairs, which she rightly regards as a safety matter. In each case, she greets passersby. Now more than ever the condition of our physical plant is important for our success as a university. Cindy’s proactive efforts directly contribute to Canisius’ being a safe and inclusive place.Please join the Human Resources Department in congratulating everyone on this achievement!

To nominate a coworker for the upcoming months, click here.

Submitted by: Lynn Incardona, associate, Human Resources