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Summer Hours and Early Closure Updates

Please note that Canisius will move to summer hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. beginning on Monday, May 22.  These hours will continue through Friday August 11.

Canisius will also close at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays beginning May 26 and continue through Friday, August 11.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions. Have a wonderful commencement weekend as we celebrate our students.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance



Staff Performance Appraisal Process Begins

In an effort to better align the performance appraisal timeline with review of the prior academic year, we will be initiating the performance appraisal process in June this year.


The first step in the appraisal process is for employees to complete a self-assessment through Dynamic Forms. For your convenience, all staff will have access to prior performance appraisals in the portal under the Human Resources tab in “HR Appraisal History”.

All notifications will be generated through your Canisius e-mail account and will be sent directly from Please save any e-mails that you receive regarding your appraisal.

  • Employees will receive an e-mail invitation from with a link to the Self-Assessment form on Thursday, June 1st.
  • Once the assessment is completed, the Supervisor will receive an e-mail notification advising them to move forward with the preparation of the performance appraisal.
  • Employees should complete the self-assessment by June 30th.
  • Performance appraisal meetings should be scheduled between July 5th and July 31st.
  • We encourage all Supervisors to pre-schedule your appraisal meetings in advance to assure completion by July 31st.
  • Once completed, the Supervisor will then submit the appraisal.
  • The employee will receive a final e-mail to add comments and sign to acknowledge the appraisal was received and reviewed.

 Training sessions will be scheduled to assist staff in completing the self-assessment. To assist Supervisors in completing performance appraisals, please note that zoom training sessions will be scheduled. Watch for additional information including dates and times.

 Please contact Linda Walleshauser  at or ext. 2244 or Mary Braun at  or ext. 2247 if you have any questions regarding the process.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President, Human Resources & Compliance

Buffalo Niagara Partnership DEI Symposium


Canisius is participating in the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Symposium on Thursday, June 1. This virtual half-day event offers dynamic DEI programming presented by industry leaders, with a wide variety of topics geared to different levels of experience.

Canisius is committed to advancing Diversity & Inclusion education within our organization and the DEI Symposium offers an ideal way to gain insight and best practices to advance our efforts. As we are able to register an unlimited number of employees under this pass, we can maximize our learning by ensuring that we have representatives attending as many microsessions as possible and sharing what we learn after the event.

What can you expect?

The day begins with the Keynote Address “Elevating Your D&I Impact in the Workplace for a Better Workforce” from Sandra Quince, CEO Paradigm for Parity, Bank of America Leader on Loan. Watch Sandra provide a sneak peek of her keynote here.

Following the keynote, there are two unique tracks of hour-long microsessions scheduled. Each is comprised of a presentation and either a Q&A or another interactive activity. You are welcome to choose the topic from each track that aligns with your personal or professional interest:

Microsessions Track 1 (10 AM -11 AM)

  1. Panel: DEI Successes and Challenges at Work
  2. Maintaining Momentum in the Face of D&I Fatigue
  3. Qualities of an Inclusive Leader
  4. LGBTQIA+ in the Workplace
  5. Mitigating Barriers to Upskilling Underserved Populations

Microsessions Track 2 (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)

  1. Hiring and Retention Panel: Engage Diverse Candidates and Build a Culture of Inclusivity
  2. DEI Data Matters: How to Collect & Interpret Relevant Data
  3. Developing DEI Resources: Where Hello Can Take You
  4. Procurement: Expanding Business Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses
  5. 2022 DEI Community Assessment: What We Learned


The Symposium concludes with a Final Fifteen minutes dedicated to sharing insights and action items from the day. For more information on sessions and presenters, visit the BNP’s website.

Last year’s attendee comments were overwhelmingly positive about the event and the concepts that they were able to leverage at their organizations. We look forward to applying what we learn to enhance our D&I efforts.

To Register:

Registration Instructions 

If you have an account with us already, fill in your email in the “my information” section.

You may also skip and go directly to the attendee area if you do not have an account and do not wish to set one up.
Select – Corporate/Individual Attendee RSVP (Members Only)

  1. Register individual corporate pass or Individual ticket pass tickets – use provided promotional code to unlock complimentary pricing
  2. Put in the quantity of tickets
  3. Fill in the attendee information for each person(s)
  4. Enter the Promo code:2023CorpDEI 
  5. To make sure it applied the discount you will see: Total: $0 – Discounts have been applied - (next to the attendee #)
  6. Submit
  7. You will receive an email confirmation that you are registered.

Please contact the Office of Human Resources with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President, Human Resources & Compliance

Leadership Development Program Concludes

Congratulations to the following members of our campus community who have completed the first cohort of our Leadership Development Program offered through Career Partners International. This six week session focused on key development areas including:

 Understanding the role of people leader,  building communication skills,  building trust and coaching for success, situational leadership and conflict resolution, time management and work life balance. 

Stephanie Masood-Marketing Project Manager

Jennifer LaVoie-Assistant Director, Admissions Processing

Matt Kwiatkowski-Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Lauren Kicak-Associate Director, Graduate Admissions

Matt Kochun-Library Access Services Coordinator

Ryan Grimmer-Library Collection and Discovery Services Coordinator

Mary Braun-Employment Manager

Dawn Rotterman-HRIS/Benefits Manager

Larry Tassini-Laboratory Manager

Matt Reitnour-Associate Athletic Director

Pat Clarke—Director, Athletic Facilities

Steve Ziroli-Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance

Kristen Saviola-Associate Athletic Trainer

Monika McFoy-Associate Director, Support Services

Bennie Williams-Director & Assistant Dean, Multicultural Center

Jason Francey-Director of Student Engagement

Tracie Barletta-Director of Student Health

Kim Beaty-Director of Public Safety

Matt Mulville-Assistant VP, Student Life

Mark Piatkowski-Associate Director

Michele Folsom-Director, Administrative Computing

Joe Snodgrass-Director, Facilities Management

Eileen Tally-Student Accounts Supervisor

Lisa Fischer-Assistant Director & Registrar

Maggie Burkard-Academic Affairs Support Manager

Mark Gallimore, Director, COLI

Julie Marzolf, Executive Associate

We will continue to expand our professional development program and will share additional information regarding other programs that will be offered through Career Partners International in 2023! Thank you to our facilitator, Lindsey Zajac, for sharing her expertise.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Canisius College is committed to maintaining a workplace free from sexual harassment. Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis.

As an alternative to the online training option, the college is partnering with Phillips Lytle to provide an in-person training option to meet the requirement for 2023. You are only required to register for one of the sessions listed below to meet the training requirement.

The following sessions are scheduled for Thursday, June 15, in the Regis Room.

Session 1  – 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.   

Session 2  -1:00 p.m. – 2:00p.m.

Our training discussion will include:

  • An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
  • Examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
  • Information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
  • Information regarding filing a complaint and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
  • Information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors
  • Information regarding our Title IX policies and protocols on campus

To register for either session, please E-mail Lynn Incardona with your preferred session time at  

If you are unable to attend this session, additional options will be provided in the fall. If you have any questions about this required training, please contact the Human Resources Office at 716-888-2240.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, SPHR-SHRM-CP, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Compliance