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Celebration of Service 2023

The Human Resources Department is pleased to invite faculty and staff to support and celebrate all honorees for their service to Canisius University at the 2023 Celebration of Service on Thursday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge. Please RSVP here by Thursday, September 21 if you would like to attend. We hope you can make it!

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Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Independent Health March Wellness Tip

National Poison Prevention Week is observed from March 19-25 this year. The above article from Independent Health provides six poison-prevention tips for keeping your home safe and your family healthy, as well as what to do if you are concerned a family member has been poisoned.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Stress Less Day

As part of Stress Less Day on campus, Tara McPherson, a corporate wellness consultant at Lawley Benefits Group and Michelle Carbery, senior corporate wellness specialist at Independent Health, will present over lunch and refreshments for faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 22 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Regis Room.

Registration is limited to 80 participants and will be collected on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please RSVP to Bethany Voorhees at by Wednesday, March 15, and provide any dietary restrictions if applicable.

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Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, Executive Associate, President’s Office

Go Move Challenge Results

Participants who met the Canisius College challenge criteria of meeting at least 600 minutes of heart-pumping exercise for the month of February were entered into a raffle drawing for a gift card to the bookstore, and Dr. Erin Robinson, Professor & Chair of the Sociology, Criminal Justice and Environmental Sciences Department, was the lucky winner! Congratulations to Erin for completing a total of 1,949 minutes of exercise, and a special shout out to the following participants for also reaching the 600-minute goal, and beyond:

  • Susan Margulis, Professor, ABEC & Anthrozoology
  • LTC Chad Gosney, Professor, Military Science
  • Yvonne Widenor, Teaching Faculty, Fine Arts
  • CPT Ian Merritt, Assistant Professor, ROTC
  • CPT Joseph Aumendo, Instructor, Military Science
  • Rebecca Sparacino, Enrollment Officer, Military Science
  • Ryan Grimmer, Library Collection & Services Coordinator, Library
  • Makayla Cole, Administrative Associate, College of Arts & Sciences
  • CPT Mike Feliciano, Instructor, Military Science
  • Secil Ertorer, Associate Professor, Sociology, Criminal Justice & Environmental Studies
  • Paola Fajardo-Heyward, Associate Professor & Chair, Political Science
  • Jonathan Lawrence, Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Theology, Chair of the Faculty Senate
  • CPT Scott Harris, Assistant Professor, Military Science
  • Danielle Pagano, Customer Service Specialist, Student Records & Financial Services
  • Sara Vescio, Executive Director, Women’s Business Center
  • CPT Kevin Ryan, Associate Professor, Military Science
  • Amy Beiter, Curriculum & Student Support Project Associate, Academic Affairs

At Canisius, although we did not win, for those who participated, collectively, we moved a total of 26,684 minutes, and our average number of minutes per participant was 833 minutes for the month of February!

Thank you to all who participated in this challenge!

Please join us in congratulating the following Jesuit Institution Go Move Challenge Winners:

  • Santa Clara University for earning the most minutes for the month at 589,072 minutes, and the overall winner for the 5th year in a row.
  • Saint Peter’s University for earning the most average minutes at 1,545 minutes per participant

Read the full 2023 Go Move Challenge Recap Newsletter here.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Guardian & Uprise Health March Newsletter

What to Do When Worry Controls Your Life

Everyone will experience a “case of the nerves” at some point, but when anxiety takes control, it can seriously affect both physical and mental health. Understanding uncontrolled anxiety is an important step to help you stay happy and healthy. Learn practical ways to help with anxiety by clicking here for the full article.

Women’s History Month

Women have made significant contributions to the field of mental health, from pioneering research to providing essential care and support. To recognize and celebrate these amazing women, we’re highlighting some of the most influential and inspiring female figures in the mental health industry. Discover trailblazers in mental health care by clicking here for the full article.

Mindfulness and Meditation Series – Body Scan

In this month’s webinar, Uprise Health’s mindfulness expert will walk you through a body scan exercise. Register for the webinar here.

Other Available Resources:

  • Learn to manage your family’s changing needs. Click here to access, then sign in using Company Code: worklife, and click “Webinar”
  • Want to change your life? Change your mindset using this guide.
  • Daylight savings time begins March 12. In this sleep guide, learn how a good night’s sleep helps boost your mental health.

The March newsletter is also available in Spanish – click here to access.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office