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Do you know there’s a class on campus called the IMC Masterclass where students get to run an on-campus marketing agency?

Do you know that each semester, the Masterclass students take on a mission-driven organization as their client, and then use integrated marketing and communication skills to help the organization make a greater impact in our world?

And did you know that this semester, the students have taken on Future In Our Hands-USA (a Buffalo-based nonprofit) and they’re hosting the first-ever FUTURE MAKERS Fundraiser right here on campus to fund projects in Kenya and Zambia?

Now. you. know.  And you’re invited!

The FUTURE MAKERS Fundraiser is happening right here on campus on April 18. 

Here’s everything you need to know…

  • Keynote speaker, Latricia Davis – Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at West Herr Automotive Group
  • Cocktail hour 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
  • Free drink tickets, then a cash bar
  • A chance to give back to the less fortunate in Kenya and Zambia
  • Raffle baskets
  • 50/50 drawing
  • 100% of ticket sales and proceeds go directly to life-giving projects

The entire event (+ website, marketing and everything in between) is being planned by the Masterclass students. Their goal is to bring Buffalo professionals together for an evening of stepping into our collective calling to be greater future makers.

Get tickets here or learn more here. And meet the IMC Masterclass students here (can you believe the students made this video!?).

We hope to see you there! If you cannot make it, please consider donating and/or forward this email to your friends and family.

Submitted by: Kimberly Walkow, Executive Administrative Assistant, Wehle School of Business

Congratulations to Golden Griffin Fund Team

A four-person team from the Canisius University Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) secured first place in the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge of Western New York, held Saturday, February 10.  Canisius University has dominated the CFA Research Challenge in Western New York since its inception in 2010.  This year marks the 14th consecutive first-place win for Canisius.

The Canisius team overcame competitors including SUNY Geneseo, University at Buffalo, University of Rochester (2 teams), Ithaca College and St. John Fisher to take home the first-place prize. The team now advances to the sub-regional challenge for the Eastern portion of the U.S.

The Golden Griffin Fund team that competed in the CFA Research Challenge in Western New York is comprised of Garet Long ’24, Maura Jordan ’24Max Kouznetsov ’24 and Andrew Finnerty ’24 (team captain).

The CFA Institute Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university-sponsored teams with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis.  The competition tests the analytic, valuation, reporting, writing and presentation skills of students studying business, finance, and economics.  Teams are challenged to research a publicly traded company and write a written report with a buy, sell, or hold recommendation.  Teams must then present and defend their analysis to a panel of industry professionals who serve as judges in the competition.

Housed within the Richard J. Wehle School of Business and established in 2003, the GGF was one of the region’s first real-money, equity investment funds managed by undergraduate and graduate business majors.  GGF students select potential companies in which to invest, manage and analyze portfolio holdings, and evaluate and recommend companies to add to the portfolio.

Click here to learn more.

Submitted by: Richard J. Wehle School of Business

Richard J. Wehle School of Business Awards Dinner

The annual Canisius College Business Awards Dinner will be held October 10, at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentation.

Nancy W. Ware ’78, MBA ’85, president of Ware Property Services LLC (former founder and owner of EDUKIDS), will receive the Business Executive of the Year Award.

The Dr. Richard A Shick Award will be presented to David C. Wagner ’00, executive vice president Roosevelt and Cross Inc.

To learn more about the event and our awardees click here. 

Submitted by: Kimberly Walkow, Wehle School of Business

Canisius Accounting Banquet

Angel Beiter ’88, CPA, principal of Kirisits and Associates CPA’s PLLC, will be honored as the Accountant of the Year at the 66th annual Canisius College Accounting Society banquet on Thursday, April 27 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.  Cocktails are at 5:30 pm; dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

The Canisius College Accounting Society will also recognize Michael A. Ervolina Jr. ’79, CPA, president  and CEO of Valu Home Centers Inc.  Ervolina will receive the Dr. Joseph R. Coppola ’40 Award, which recognizes the exceptional achievements of a Canisius College accounting alumnus.

Dr. Ian J. Redpath, chair of the Canisius College Accounting Department, will present student awards during the event.

Click here to read more about both Angel Beiter and Michael Ervolina.

Submitted by: Kim Walkow, executive associate to Dean Rotondo, Wehle School of Business

Data Analytics & Ecosystems Host Webinar

The Canisius Center for Data Analytics and Ecosystems presents Analyst to Consultant: What I’ve Learned in Each Role and What I Wish I Knew Before Graduating.  The webinar will be held October 31, from 12:00 -1:00 p.m., during which Michelle Rua, a member of our Analytics Advisory Council, will detail her career path in business intelligence and analytics and what she has learned along the way.

Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A session with the panelists, moderated by Dr. Jim Goldstein, program director of the Business Analytics program and Dr. David Sheets, program director of the Data Analytics program. If you have been considering a career in analytics, this webinar is for you!

Webinar Registration – Zoom

Submitted by: Kimberly Walkow, executive associate to Dean Rotondo, Wehle School of Business