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Buffalo Humanities Festival is This Week

Tickets for the second annual Buffalo Humanities Festival are now on sale!

Are we bound by gender? In a day and a half of presentations, performances and conversations, the 2015 Buffalo Humanities Festival will attempt to answer that question by going beyond the simple oppositions of male/female and gay/straight. Some experts claim that we live in a “post-gender” era, with stay-at-home dads, female CEOs and transgendered characters on TV. Yet history, literature, music and the arts suggest that the story of gender is more complicated – and more interesting – than that.

Canisius is cooperating with other local institutions to sponsor the event, which will feature presentations by Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor, religious studies and theology and Janet McNally, assistant professor, English/creative writing.

See the program here for full details and other highlights, including Friday’s keynote speaker featuring Jill Lepore. Please spread the word among colleagues, students, and friends – like the Festival Facebook page!

Submitted by: Julie Gibert, associate professor, History

Burrito Project Date Correction

Correction from last week: Faculty and staff are invited to join Canisius students and serve with Campus Ministry and the Buffalo Burrito Project tomorrow, September 22.

Father Patrick Lynch, S.J., and Joshua Russell, PhD, animal behavior, conservation and ecology, work together preparing snacks during a recent Burrito Project.

The Burrito Project is a ministry of hospitality and provides home-made burritos to the poor and homeless population in downtown Buffalo. The project is a ministry to some of the most vulnerable and forgotten of our society.

On the fourth Tuesday of each month volunteers prepare burritos in the kitchen in the Undercroft of Christ the King Chapel from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The group then walks a four-mile route in downtown Buffalo from 7:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A support vehicle follows us as we walk. Transportation is provided.

For further questions, or to sign up, contact Joe Van Volkenburg, in Campus Ministry, at Ext. 2875 or at vanvolkj@canisius.edu. Space is limited.

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, assistant to the director, campus ministry

Board of Regents Lunch and Learn is October 21

The next Board of Regents Lunch and Learn will be held on Wednesday, October 21 with Bonnie Cywinski, director, Toca Travel. The topic will be “Managing and Maximizing Your Virtual Identity.” Students can register today through their Handshake account.

Also a thank you to Rocco Lucente, chair of our Board of Regents, for hosting our first Lunch and Learn of the year! We had sixteen students in attendance and topics included the legal profession, career development and living the Magis!

For more information, contact the Griff Center for Academic Engagement at 888-2170.

Submitted by: Julie Zulewski, associate director, Griff Center

Volleyball Plays at Home This Weekend

Fresh off a resounding victory over the University at Buffalo this past Tuesday night, the Canisius volleyball team opens conference play this weekend with a pair of matches.

The Griffs host Quinnipiac on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. before meeting Fairfield at the same time on Sunday. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN3.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

ArtsCanisius to Hold Two Recitals

ArtsCanisius presents two wonderful recitals this Sunday and Monday.

Sunday’s program is at 2:00 p.m. and features pianist Kate Liu in a program of music by Chopin. This performance is sponsored jointly with the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation which supports talented young pianists in the early stages of their careers. Kate is currently completing her bachelor of music degree at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

Monday’s Meet-the-Faculty recital is at noon and features cellist Bryan Eckenrode, soprano Cristen Gregory, and pianist Jane Cary. Their program includes music by Mozart, Puccini, R. Strauss and Bernstein as well as a collection of “parlor songs” from the early 20th century.

Both concerts are free and open to the public and take place in the Montante Cultural Center. For more detailed program information, please call the Fine Arts office at Ext. 2542.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Memorial Mass Planned for Christopher Dobiesz ’15

Please join us for Mass, at the request of Chris’ family, this Sunday, September 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel.  Chris was a top student and an avid member of Mock Trial during his time at Canisius College.

Andy Plewinski ’15 and Kevin Hardwick, PhD, associate professor of political science, will speak in Chris’ memory.

Submitted by: Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, campus ministry

McNally Debuts Some Girls

Janet McNally ’02, assistant professor of English and creative writing, will mark the release of her first book of poems, Some Girls, with a reading, reception and signing on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The book will be available for sale to the public at that time, courtesy of Talking Leaves Books, Buffalo’s oldest independent bookseller. The event, which is presented by the Department of English, is free and open to the public.

Some Girls was selected as winner of the 2014 White Pine Press Poetry contest. Ellen Bass, final contest judge, writes this about the book:

Some Girls is full of strange and lovely images, quirky humor, and an uncanny insight into the classic myths and fairy tales that reveal these stories to be as true and revelatory as ever.  The past and the present, the personal and the universal, are braided with surprising and lush language. The great poet Stanley Kunitz said we have to avoid not only clichés of language but clichés of thought and these poems succeed in that. Janet McNally is a fresh and original voice.”

McNally holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Canisius and an MFA in fiction from the University of Notre Dame. She has been awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation from the Arts, and her writing has appeared in publications including Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Crazyhorse, Mid-America Review, Ecotone, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review and New Ohio Review.

Some Girls is published by White Pine Press (2015) and is available nationwide. For more information on the event, contact the Department of English at Ext. 2650 or send an e-mail to pavoned@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

“HE NAMED ME MALALA” Screening

Canisius faculty, staff and students are invited to a free advance screening of the documentary “HE NAMED ME MALALA” on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dipson Amherst Theatre, 3500 Main Street in Buffalo. There is a limit of two passes per person.

For the opportunity to attend the free advance screening, download your admit-two passes here.

*Passes are limited and seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed. Please arrive early to increase chance of entry.

Targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, the then 15-year-old (she turned 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education. The attack sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

BANNER Procurement Training

Training sessions are for those new to BANNER or others wanting to refresh their BANNER skills.

Topics to be covered:

  • How to create BANNER purchase requisitions
  • How to approve BANNER purchase requisitions
  • Procurement policy and practices

Dates and Times:

  • Tuesday, September 22, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Science Hall 002C ITS Conference Room (Lower Level)

Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, send an e-mail indicating the specific session you wish to attend to lew@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Gary Lew, director, purchasing

Academic Affairs Meeting is September 23

All faculty and staff are invited to the Academic Affairs Divisional meeting next Wednesday, September 23, in the Student Center Regis Room. The program will begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. followed by a wine and cheese reception. Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, will address the state of academic affairs and will also provide time for questions and answers.

In addition, Dr. McCarthy and Dr. Michael Noonan, chair of the faculty senate, will host the Fall Faculty meeting on Wednesday, October 14 in the Student Center Regis Room. This “faculty only” meeting will begin at 3:00 p.m. followed by a reception. Additional details and the meeting agenda will be forthcoming.

We look forward to seeing you at one or both of these meetings during the fall semester.

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate, academic affairs

Reflections on Pope Francis’ Visit and Encyclical

Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home,” will be the topic of a panel discussion next Wednesday, September 23 in the Andrew J. Bouwhuis Library Learning Center, main floor, at 4:30 p.m. This free event is open to the public.

Speakers from across the college will reflect on the significance of the Pope’s encyclical within their area of knowledge, discipline or program. Reflections will briefly address how we, as an institution and members of this community, may respond to the call for action posed by the encyclical. Audience members will be encouraged to engage in conversation following the panel.

Rev. Michael J. Tunney, SJ, director of mission and identity, will moderate the panel. Among presenters are: Nancy Rourke, PhD, religious studies/catholic studies; Paola C. Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, political science/Latin American studies program; Tanya Loughhead, PhD, philosophy/justice and ethics programs; Erin Robinson, PhD, sociology, environmental studies; Michael Hayes, director, campus ministry and Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister; M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, teacher education/Latin American studies program; and Sandy Estanek, PhD, graduate education, student personnel services.

For information contact M. Fernanda Astiz, PhD, at astizm@canisius.edu or at 716-888-3724.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian

Informational Meeting – Seminar in Argentina

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Spanish program will hold a Seminar in Argentina informational meeting on Thursday, September 24 in Old Main 314 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The meeting will be for students with at least two semesters of Spanish interested in a short-term study abroad at U of Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires over the Winter Break 2015-2016.

Students will register for SPA 399: Seminar in Argentina earning 3 credits toward a Spanish major/minor, and/or toward their language requirement in IB, IR, EDU, and HON. At the meeting the group will talk about the program dates, trip itinerary, cost and paperwork involved.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Pope Watch Party is September 24

On September 24, join the Ignatian Solidarity Network, along with Jesuit institutions and Catholic parishes around the U.S. in watching a historic moment unfold. Pope Francis will address a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Invited by Speaker John Boehner, Pope Francis will speak to a Congress where more than 30 percent of members self-identify as Catholic. Nearly 15 percent attended a Catholic college or university. In addition, 55 of the members were educated at Jesuit universities or high schools.

Campus Ministry invites you to gather for a Pope Francis Watch Party. Join us for a fun morning of reflection and conversation. The Watch Party will begin with Pope Francis’ address at 10:00 a.m. in the Science Hall commons. Refreshments will be provided. The Pope’s address is estimated to be approximately 30 minutes.

Any questions, please contact Sarah Signorino at signoris@canisius.edu or Ext. 2424. We hope you can join us for this exciting event!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, office of campus ministry

Jesuit Schools Thrive in America

The history of Jesuit education is the focus of a USA Today article that appeared in the newspaper’s September 16 edition.

The story, written by reporter Greg Toppo, highlights some reasons as to why Jesuit education not only survives but thrives amongst today’s educational landscape, which has seen many Catholic K-12 schools struggle through closures, consolidations and the exodus of Catholic families to public charter schools and suburbs.

Click here to read the story in its entirety.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Meudon, France Informational Meeting

The Department of Modern Languages and French Club will hold a Meudon informational meeting in Old Main 205 at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 24. The meeting will be for students interested in taking FRC 300: Intermediate Internship next fall and then traveling to Meudon, France to teach English to middle-school students. The meeting will be informational, and will include past students to answer questions and discuss their experiences with this course and their travels.

Submitted by: Edward Enright, CEEP assistant

Piano Recital this Sunday

This Sunday, September 20, ArtsCanisius and the Stecher and Horozitz Foundation present pianist Kate Liu, performing a program of music by composer Frederic Chopin at 2:00 p.m. (please note the updated time) in the Montante Cultural Center.

Included in the program are three Mazurkas, Op. 56; Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52; Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22; and Chopin’s Sonata No. 3 in b minor, Op. 58.

Liu was the first-prize winner of the 2010 New York International Piano Competition. She also earned top prizes in the Third Asia-Pacific International F. Chopin Piano Competition, the Montreal International Music Competition, Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition, Hilton Head Young Artists International Piano Competition, Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition, the Senior Division of the Music Teachers’ National Association Competition and the Junior Division of the Louisiana International Piano Competition. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Fine Arts Office at Ext. 2542.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Qualtrics Replacing Checkbox

Over the summer, ITS and the FacTS Center brought to campus Qualtrics, a new advanced online survey application.

The old online survey tool, Checkbox, will no longer be available after Wednesday, September 30. Checkbox users need to export and archive their Checkbox data, including surveys, responses and reports to another location by that time. This data will not be retrievable once Checkbox is removed.

You can access Qualtrics by going to my.canisius.edu, where in “All Applications and Services” you will find the Qualtrics icon. The FacTS Center will run workshops during the fall to help users get acquainted with Qualtrics. For users with long surveys, a conversion process is available that can move question text from Checkbox to Qualtrics. For links to text and video tutorials and our workshop signup sheet, go to canisius.edu/surveys.

Please contact Mark Gallimore at Ext. 8353 with questions or further information.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Qualtrics and D2L Can Help with Classroom Assessments

For decades, instructors have used Scantron for quizzes, exams and surveys. But new web-based technologies can save instructors the time and trouble of managing Scantron assessment, while offering more options such as question randomization and instant grading.

On Monday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Old Main 119, Mark Gallimore will conduct a workshop introducing Qualtrics, a powerful but easy to use online survey application, ideal for a variety of survey or data collection projects.

On Friday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Old Main 119, the workshop will demonstrate how faculty can build a quiz or exam using Desire2Learn’s on-board quizzes tool. D2L offers a variety of improvements over traditional paper-based assessments.

Sign up for either of these workshops here. Call Mark at Ext. 8353 for any questions about either Qualtrics or Desire2Learn.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Men’s Basketball to Hold Open Practice

The men’s basketball coaching staff invites you to attend its men’s basketball practice Wednesday, September 30. The men’s basketball program will be hosting an open practice beginning at 4:00 p.m. Faculty can spend time afterward with coaches at 5:00 p.m. with food being served. Feel free to drop in for as long as you’d like and see why the Griff’s are so excited about the upcoming season!

For questions or to confirm attendance, contact Angela Butler at butler25@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Fred Dupree, assistant coach, men’s basketball

Qualtrics and D2L Can Help with Classroom Assessments

For decades, instructors have used Scantron for quizzes, exams and surveys. But new web-based technologies can save instructors the time and trouble of managing Scantron assessment, while offering more options such as question randomization and instant grading.

On Monday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Old Main 119, Mark Gallimore will conduct a workshop introducing Qualtrics, a powerful but easy to use online survey application, ideal for a variety of survey or data collection projects.

On Friday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Old Main 119, the workshop will demonstrate how faculty can build a quiz or exam using Desire2Learn’s on-board quizzes tool. D2L offers a variety of improvements over traditional paper-based assessments.

Sign up for either of these workshops here. Call Mark at Ext. 8353 for any questions about either Qualtrics or Desire2Learn.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Canisius in the News

An article in Saturday’s Buffalo News featured Dr. Allyson Backstrom, her work with Canisius’ pre-med students and the Center for Professional Development’s partnership with the Health Workers Network.

Click here to read the article.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

President’s Convocation Address is Now Available Online

If you were unable to attend the President’s Convocation on Wednesday, September 9, it’s now available to watch online.

The President’s Convocation traditionally marks the start of a new academic year. It’s an opportunity for President Hurley to outline his priorities for Canisius in the year ahead, as well as his long-term goals for the college’s future.

In addition to the video, a full transcript of President Hurley’s state-of-the-college address is available to read here:  Comments and questions may be submitted here.

Submitted by: Marketing & Communication

ESPN3 Broadcast Set for Tuesday Night

Want to be part of history? Then check out the first-ever Canisius produced ESPN3 broadcast from the Koessler Center Tuesday night when your Golden Griffin volleyball team hosts the University at Buffalo. The match is set to begin at 7:04 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to wear blue and gold and bring your “Welcome ESPN3” signs to the contest. There is no admission charge for the event.

If you would like to watch the game, then obtain the Watch ESPN app on your mobile device and catch all the action from home or during your travels.

For additional information, call 888-2977 or 888-8265, or visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Sammarco Promoted

Congratulations to Erica C. Surbone Sammarco ’00 who has been promoted to associate vice president at Canisius.  Sammarco has served as assistant to President John J. Hurley since 2010.

Sammarco acts as chief support for the college’s Strategic Planning Committee, and serves as secretary to the college’s Board of Trustees.  She played a critical role in the college’s decennial accreditation process last year. A member of the college’s senior leadership team, Sammarco also plays a key role in new initiatives and projects originating in the president’s office.

“Erica Sammarco is a highly-valued member of the college’s senior leadership,” said President Hurley.  “Her promotion to associate vice president reflects the increasingly critical role she is playing in several important college initiatives, including accreditation, strategic planning and coordination of the college’s senior leadership team.”

Previously, Sammarco served as director of corporate and foundation relations at Canisius from 2005 – 2010. In this role, she implemented and managed local, regional, national corporate and foundation relations programs to support college-wide initiatives, with emphasis on the priorities of the college’s $90 million comprehensive campaign, A Legacy of Leadership. In addition, Sammarco secured more than $4 million in grants and commitments from foundation and corporate prospects.

Prior to working at Canisius, Sammarco served as the proposal coordinator at URS Corporation in Buffalo and held senior positions at Lucy Curley & Co., where she prepared state, federal, and private foundation grant proposals for clients.

Sammarco earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology, All-College Honors Program, from Canisius College in 2000 and a master’s degree in English from the University of Rochester in 2001.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

#JesuitEducated

In anticipation of the historic visit of Pope Francis, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has invited Jesuit-educated alumni from across the country to share stories of how they were transformed by their Jesuit education in the #JesuitEducated campaign.

Robert Butler, PhD, professor of English, is among those who offered a reflection. Click here to read what Dr. Butler had to share.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Tuition Exchange and FACHEX for Fall 2016 Start

Faculty or staff members with a minimum of three years of full-time employment at Canisius College, prior to August 2016, and who have a dependent who is interested in applying for tuition exchange or FACHEX (Jesuit College Exchange) for a fall 2016 start, please email Sean Hudson in the Office of Financial Aid at hudson2@canisius.edu with the following information by Saturday, October 31:

• Dependent’s full name, address, phone number and email address
• The last four digits of the dependent’s social security number
• Faculty/staff name, Canisius ID number, contact information and number of years employed at Canisius
• Grade level of student at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
• Full names of the schools to have certifications sent

For a list of schools participating in the Tuition Exchange Program, please visit www.tuitionexchange.org. For a list of schools participating in the FACHEX program, click here. Note that some schools participate in both programs.0

The Tuition Exchange and FACHEX programs are very competitive and spots are limited. The college cannot guarantee acceptance into either program, but early submission is important.

Please check with the Admissions Office at the selected schools to see if additional information is required. For questions or more information, contact Sean Hudson, assistant director of financial aid, at hudson2@canisius.edu or at Ext. 2600.

Submitted by: Sean Hudson, Assistant Director, Financial Aid

ESPN3 Broadcast Set for Tuesday Night

SiebertWant to be part of history? Then check out the first-ever Canisius produced ESPN3 broadcast from the Koessler Center Tuesday night when your Golden Griffin volleyball team hosts the University at Buffalo. The match is set to begin at 7:04 p.m.

Fans are encouraged to wear blue and gold and bring your “Welcome ESPN3” signs to the contest. There is no admission charge for the event.

If you would like to watch the game, then obtain the Watch ESPN app on your mobile device and catch all the action from home or during your travels.

For additional information, call 888-2977 or 888-8265, or visit www.GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Canisius in the News

Read the story in The Buffalo News, which covers President Hurley’s Convocation this past Wednesday, here.

Business First interviewed President Hurley after his address about the new branding campaign. Read the article here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Meet-the-Faculty Music Lecture/Performance

Composer/flutist Michael Colquhoun, PhD, will present a music lecture/performance on Monday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. His lecture, “Playing the Image: Graphic Notation and Improvisation – An Exploration of the Connections between Sight and Sound” will discuss the pros and cons of graphic notation from the performer’s perspective.

Colquhoun will discuss the works of Earl Brown, Morton Feldman and Edgard Varese, and perform select works.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact the Fine Arts Office at Ext. 2542 for additional information.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

NPR Presents: ‘Family Matters’ In Collaboration with WNED|WBFO

A candid conversation about personal finance, hosted by NPR’S David Greene and Sonari Glinton, will take place on October 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the WNED | WBFO studios. The event is sponsored by TIAA-CREF.

For more information on this free event or to register for tickets, click here or read the NPR release here.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, human resources

Augustina Droze “Arrangements”

An exhibition of oil paintings by Augustina Droze will run from Friday, September 11 through Friday, October 9 at Canisius College.  The exhibit will be housed in in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery located in the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library.  There will be an opening reception Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Gallery/Library Hours

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The current series of work by Augustina Droze continues her fascination with Momento Mori. She places decorative arrangements of deceased animals, feathers and insects into spirals, rings and mounds to remind the viewer of the temporal nature of life. The arrangements also illustrate man’s domination and manipulation of nature. Instead of respecting our surroundings, we bend them to meet our needs. For Droze, this is depicted visually by posing dead animals into mesmerizing patterns. The work draws the viewer in with vivid colors and detail, and simultaneously repulses by the realization of the carnage, which is on view.

Submitted by: Katie Sehr, gallery director, fine arts

President’s Convocation is Today

All members of the Canisius community are invited to come together on today at 2:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center for John J. Hurley’s annual President’s Convocation.

President Hurley will report on the state of the college and discuss his vision for the future of Canisius. This ceremony is an important coming together among the Canisius community to mark the onset of a new academic year.

If you are unable to attend, President Hurley’s remarks will stream live on the Canisius website.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner

The Office of Alumni Engagement invites you to attend the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on Saturday, September 26, in the Montante Cultural Center. This prestigious award is presented to outstanding graduates who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their chosen careers. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $80 per person.

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees are:

Edward B. Carey ’69 – president, Carey Realty Investments, Inc.
LeRoi Johnson ’71 – attorney and internationally acclaimed artist, Law Office of LeRoi C. Johnson PLLC
David J. Nasca ’79 – president and chief executive officer, Evans Bank
Richard A. Wall ’78 PhD, CFA – M&T Distinguished Professor of Economics and Finance, Canisius College
Gerry Zon ’67 PhD – director of business development, TriLink BioTechnologies
Adam O. Zyglis ’04 – editorial cartoonist, The Buffalo News

For more information or to make reservations, please contact the Office of Stewardship and Events at 888-8206 or rsvp@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Cecelia Gotham, assistant director, stewardship and events

The University as an Educational Firm: Opportunity or Blunder?

All are welcome to attend a lecture entitled “The University as an Educational Firm: Opportunity or Blunder?” by professor Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik of The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin Thursday, September 10 at 4:00 p.m. in Old Man 223.

For more information, contact Philip Reed, associate professor, philosophy at reedp@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Philip Reed, associate professor, philosophy

The Jesuit Spiritual Exercises

This September, Campus Ministry is again offering the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises designed for any interested faculty or staff member. This retreat comes in different forms depending on the calling of each person. The experience involves some daily prayer/reflection, and meeting with a spiritual companion/director, every week or two.

There are two phases of the exercises designed for each individual:

The Preparation Experience is a gentle first step designed to deepen our faith in God’s love for each one of us. This phase opens us to our own spirituality. This experience is open to people of all denominations, religions and spiritualities.

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) is the second step. Once each person has established his or her own daily rhythm of prayer/reflection, the formal Spiritual Exercises begin. These exercises, if completed, go through the school year.

You can choose the day and time of the first meeting. Available days and times include: today, September 9 at 10:00 a.m. or Thursday, September 10 at 3:00 p.m. Both meetings will take place in Old Main, Room 219.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Father Tom Colgan, S.J. at colgant@canisius.edu or call 888-2488.

An inquiry does not obligate an individual to pursuing the exercises.

Submitted by: Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, Campus Ministry

ArtsCanisius Announces September Events

The ArtsCanisius fall season is full of exciting art and music events that are open to the campus and the general public. Please join us as we celebrate the vibrant fine arts community here on campus. All events are free except for the September 29 recital.

This Friday, September 11 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., is the opening of an art show in the newly renovated Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Art Gallery in the Bouwhuis Library. This show features the work of Buffalo-based artist Augustina Droze. If you can’t make the opening reception, the art will be up until Friday, October 9.

The event on Monday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center is a Meet-the-Faculty lecture/performance given by adjunct professor Michael Colquhoun, PhD. He will discuss the connection between sight and sound through the use of graphic musical notation, which is a largely improvised musical tradition.

Please note that the piano recital on Sunday, September 20 has been moved to 2:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Kate Liu, prize-winner of the New York International Piano Competition under the auspices of the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, will perform a recital of works by Frederic Chopin.

Monday, September 21 is another Meet-the-Faculty event at 12:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. This is a recital featuring three Canisius faculty members, Bryan Eckenrode, cello; Cristen Gregory, soprano; and Jane Cary, piano, in a performance of works by Bernstein, Mozart, Puccini and others.

Our final September concert is the first Canisius and the BPO Connection/Informally~Formal Chamber Recital on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this event $15 general admission and $7 for students. BPO musicians Amelie Fradette, cello; Loren Silvertrust, violin; and pianist Susan Schuman will perform works by Piazzolla and Shostakovich.

Contact the Fine Arts/Music office at Ext. 2536 for tickets and additional concert information.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

SALT Financial Literacy Program

Canisius has partnered with American Student Assistance® (ASA) to provide a new product to our students, recent alumni and employees called SALT. Our institution is providing this comprehensive program as part of a well-rounded Canisius education to help our students become financially literate during college and beyond.

SALT is a dynamic, multichannel financial education and debt management program that educates, empowers and engages our students to own their finances. SALT makes it immediately rewarding, easy and fun to make smart decisions about their money and student loan borrowing.

Through this comprehensive program, our students and recent alumni receive:
– Access to a scholarship search tool, so they pay less for school.
– Access to a job and internship search tool, to increase their earning power.
– Highly interactive online financial education content.
– Proactive communication about student loan repayment options.
– One-on-one repayment counseling with student loan experts.
– Multiple “self-serve” online tools and calculators to assist with budgeting and managing your federal student loans.
– Advocacy and assistance with resolving complex student loan related problems.
– Access expert counselors for personal student loan help.

We encourage all members of the Canisius community to sign up for this valuable free service at www.saltmoney.org/canisius.

SALT is created by ASA®, a 56-year-old nonprofit committed to empowering college students and alumni to successfully manage and repay their student loan debt. As one of the leaders in student debt management, ASA has taken their knowledge of what works and rolled it into the SALT program to help students manage debt and gain financial skills for life.

Submitted by: Sean Hudson, assistant director, Financial Aid

President’s Convocation

All members of the Canisius community are invited to come together on Wednesday, September 9 at 2:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center for John J. Hurley’s annual President’s Convocation.

President Hurley will report on the state of the college and discuss his vision for the future of Canisius. This ceremony is an important coming together among the Canisius community to mark the onset of a new academic year.

If you are unable to attend, President Hurley’s remarks will stream live on the Canisius website.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Campus Candids

Below are some photos from the Mass of the Holy Spirit as well as the bonfire held Thursday night.

Visit the Canisius College YouTube channel to view the entire procession here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

TIAA- CREF Representative to be on Campus

Greg Tedone, financial consultant for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus on Tuesday, September 29 in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center executive conference room (207) and Tuesday, October 20 in the conference room (205) for individual counseling sessions. He will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review options to help employees meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA-CREF Service and Scheduling Group at 1-800-732-8353.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Fall Service-Learning Workshop

The Center for Service-Learning Presents: How To Incorporate SL Into Your Class: The Why, The How and The What

Dr. Marilynn Fleckenstein will host two fall workshops, Monday, September 14 and Monday, September 21 which will involve how to incorporate service-learning into your classes. Dr. Fleckenstein is a professor of philosophy and former vice president for academic affairs at Niagara University. Fleckenstein has more than 25 years of experience in the field of service-learning. We invite you to participate in this event and hear how service-learning can become an effective and exciting pedagogical tool in teaching your courses!

Workshops are being held in OM 219 on September 14 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. and September 21 from 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. *Please RSVP to Sr. Pat Brady at Ext. 2177 or Ext. 2162 by Thursday, September 10.

Submitted by: Johanna Fisher, adjunct professor, English

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Seminar

The Department of Counseling and Human Services will hold a Dialectical Behavior Therapy seminar Saturday, October 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.  Attendees will gain an understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BDP) as well as how to work with those affected with BPD and self-injurious behavior.

This counseling seminar will provide a broad understanding of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and the populations most appropriate for this approach. This workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of how Borderline Personality Disorder develops and how to identify those young clients at risk for this diagnosis.

Attendees will be provided with mini-assessment guidelines and specific intervention tools for helping clients to modulate their emotions as well as specific “do’s” and “don’ts” of working with this population.

The price to attend is $25.00 for Canisius College students.  Lunch is also included.  If you have any questions, call 888-3298 or email Dr. Holly Fetter at tanigosh@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Jaimie Sedlack, graduate assistant, counseling and human services

Event Videos

Watch these highlight videos from this past week.

Move-in Day
Thursday, August 27

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zipline
Monday, August 31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Opening
Wednesday, September 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Qualtrics is Replacing Checkbox

Over the summer, ITS and the FacTS Center brought to campus Qualtrics, a new advanced online survey application.

The old online survey tool, Checkbox, will no longer be available after Wednesday, September 30. Checkbox users need to export and archive their Checkbox data, including surveys, responses and reports to another location by that time. This data will not be retrievable once Checkbox is removed.

You can access Qualtrics by going to my.canisius.edu, where in All Applications and Services you will find the Qualtrics icon. The FacTS Center will run workshops during the fall to help users get acquainted with Qualtrics. For users with long surveys, a conversion process is available that can move question text from Checkbox to Qualtrics. For links to text and video tutorials and our workshop signup sheet, go to canisius.edu/surveys.

Please contact Mark Gallimore at Ext. 8353 with questions or further information.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Bass Named Assistant Director of ALANA Student Center

Canisius named Therese B. Bass assistant director of the ALANA Student Center (ASC). In this new position, Bass will coordinate ALANA’s “Soup with Substance Series,” as well as engagements for the Canisius College Performance Troupe. In addition, she will edit the center’s Cultural Times Bulletin.

Bass recently received her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs administration, with a concentration in management and leadership, from the State University of New York, Buffalo State. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and education from Hofstra University.

To read more about Bass, click here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

The Truth of My Life

Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry, discusses the Ignatian Examen and shares the personal ways in which he works to find God in his life, in the latest edition of IgnatianSpirituality.com.

The website is a service of Loyola Press, a ministry of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus. It offers information on and experiences of Ignatian spirituality from Jesuit and Ignatian sources around the world.

Click here to read Hayes’ reflection, “The Truth in My Life,” in its entirety.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

New Era Cap Sale Set for Thursday and Friday

Need a cap to finish off the summer months or possibly a knit cap to get you through this winter? Then stop by the KAC on Thursday or Friday this week, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to purchase a Golden Griffin New Era cap for only $10.00. The hats will be on sale near the Hall of Fame area on the main floor. For additional information, call 888-2979.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Volleyball Home Opener is on Labor Day

Are you anxious to catch the women’s volleyball team in action? Your Griffs host their home opener on Labor Day Monday when they meet Youngstown State at 2 p.m. in the Koessler Center. Admission is free.

For additional information, visit www.GoGriffs.com
#BlueGoldWin

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Women’s Soccer Returns Home on Sunday

Your Canisius women’s soccer team, under first year coach Todd Clark, returns home Sunday afternoon for a 1:00 p.m. contest against New Jersey Tech. The Griffs are sporting a 1-2-2 mark in Coach Clark’s inaugural year. The squad will play at Sacred Heart on Friday before returning to the Demske on Sunday.

For additional information, visit GoGriffs.com
#BlueGoldWin

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Watch the September Episode of “Kaleidoscope”

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the September episode of “Kaleidoscope” premieres on Saturday, September 5, at 5:30 a.m. on WGRZ-TV 2. This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region and is produced in conjunction with the Network of Religious Communities. “Kaleidoscope” is rebroadcast each Friday at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 20 and each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on Time Warner 6 in Olean.

On the occasion of the High Holy Days, Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein talks with the founder and co-chairs of Temple Beth Tzedek Kesher about their efforts to provide meaningful connection, comfort and inclusion for those struggling with disabilities, frailty and illness.

Next, Dr. Stan Bratton talks with Vijay Chakravarthy, a practicing Hindu with Brahmin roots, about his commitment to Veda principles, his daily rituals, his understanding of the relationship between religion and science, and the celebration of the birth of Krishna.

Students in the Canisius College Video Institute produce “Kaleidoscope” under the guidance of Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute and Paula Angelis-Stein ’86, MS ’02.

Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies

Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library Opens Today

Good things come to those who wait and your wait is over. The Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library will open on all floors today at 10:00 a.m. Plan to be among the first to see the spectacular new space and say hello to the library staff.

We’ll be waiting for you!

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian

Qualtrics Replacing Checkbox

Over the summer, ITS and the FacTS Center brought to campus Qualtrics, a new advanced online survey application.

The old online survey tool, Checkbox, will no longer be available after Wednesday, September 30. Checkbox users need to export and archive their Checkbox data, including surveys, responses and reports to another location by that time. This data will not be retrievable once Checkbox is removed.

You can access Qualtrics by going to my.canisius.edu, where in All Applications and Services you will find the Qualtrics icon. The FacTS Center will run workshops during the fall to help users get acquainted with Qualtrics. For users with long surveys, a conversion process is available that can move question text from Checkbox to Qualtrics. For links to text and video tutorials and our workshop signup sheet, go to canisius.edu/surveys.

Please contact Mark Gallimore at Ext. 8353 with questions or further information.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Canisius College Training Update

The Office of Enrollment Management will be conducting Canisius College training. We would like to extend a warm invitation to all members of the campus community to attend the sessions in the Montante Cultural Center.

The purpose of the event is to provide a comprehensive training on Canisius College through brief presentations of academic and non-academic program offerings at the institution. This will assist community members representing the college in student recruitment, athletic recruitment, institutional advancement and provide general campus knowledge.

Canisius College Training Schedule
Wednesday, September 2, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, September 4, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Please see the attachment for an updated detailed schedule of session topics and times.

Submitted by: Lindsay Miller, admissions counselor, Undergraduate Office of Admissions

Campus Candids

Check out some photos from the zipline on campus yesterday!

Plus this video here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Canisius Names New Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Canisius College named Justin P. Rogers its new director of undergraduate admissions. Rogers begins work at the college on September 2 and will be responsible for leading efforts to develop and implement comprehensive student recruitment and admission strategies in order to meet Canisius’ enrollment goals. Specifically, he will coordinate recruitment activities for freshmen and transfer students; evaluate and select applicants for admission based on established institutional criteria; and maintain the oversight and integrity of the colleges’ admissions data.

Rogers comes to Canisius with nearly 10 years of experience in undergraduate admissions and enrollment management. Most recently he served as director of admissions at Hilbert College. Rogers was responsible for the coordination of the college’s annual recruitment strategy, and student search strategies and practices.

Click here to learn more about Justin Rogers.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Retired Faculty, Staff Return to Canisius

Nearly 100 retired faculty and staff returned to campus on Tuesday, August 25 for a “reunion luncheon” hosted by the college’s Advancement Division.

Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J., delivered the invocation. He was followed by Canisius President John J. Hurley, who gave retirees a brief update on the state of the college.

Check out the pictures below to see who attended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Welcome Back!

Canisius faculty and students are back to classes today – the first day of the 2015 – 2016 academic year. The Office of Student Life, along with some other spirited Canisius community members, welcomed new and returning students at the annual Griffin Welcome Walk outside of Old Main in the Koessler Plaza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The freshman class of 2019 is comprised of more than 600 new students, many of whom moved into their respective residence halls on Thursday, August 27.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Griffin Welcome Rally was held Thursday, August 27 in the Koessler Athletic Center as Canisius and prominent alumni welcomed new students to the college.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Be sure to check out some of the many “welcome back” activities going on during the first few weeks of classes.

Zipline – get involved or just watch! Ziplining and human foosball will be going on in the Bart Mitchell Quad from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. today!

Thursday, September 3

Mass of the Holy Spirit – The Mass, which celebrates the start of the school year, will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center.  Faculty will process in full academic regalia from Old Main at 3:45 p.m.

A dinner, “Buffalove Buffet,” featuring favorite local dishes, will follow Mass starting at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. along with a bonfire in the Bart Mitchell Quad from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, September 4

Drive-in Movie – “Pitch Perfect 2” will be screened outside in the Bart Mitchell Quad starting at 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9

President’s Convocation – Come hear President John J. Hurley discuss the state of Canisius, as well as his vision for the future of the college, in the Montante Cultural Center at 2:30 p.m.  There will be refreshments following President Hurley’s talk.

Student Services Center

Student Accounts, Financial Aid and the Registrar offices are now housed under the Student Services Center, located on the main floor of Bagen Hall. The center allows for the streamlining of many services for students.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Canisius Welcomes New Faculty

Be sure to say “hello” to the newest members of the college community.

Timothy Brown joins Canisius as a visiting assistant professor in the Communications Studies Department.  He comes to Canisius by way of Niagara University where he served as an adjunct professor in communication studies.  He is also principal of T.G. Brown & Associates Inc., an advocacy communications consultancy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tara M. Cornelisse, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation (ABEC) program. She joins Canisius from Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York and Brooklyn College, where she served as an adjunct assistant professor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julianna Golebiewski ’04, PhD, is a new assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department.  Golebliewski was most recently a senior economist for the New York City Independent Budget Office.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Daniel Haeusser, PhD, joins Canisius as an assistant professor in the Biology Department.  Haeusser was most recently an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Downtown in the Department of Natural Sciences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Lopez ’03, PhD, joins the Mathematics and Statistics Department as an assistant professor.  Lopez was most recently an assistant professor at Niagara University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adina Oprisan, PhD, also joins the Mathematics and Statistics Department as an assistant professor.  She was last an assistant professor at Barry University in Miami, Florida where she taught since 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty members!

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Daily Mass Resumes Today

Daily mass in Christ the King Chapel will resume today, August 31, 2015 at 12:05 p.m.

Please note the following times for Sunday Masses as they have changed:

• 11:30 a.m. with Cantor and Organist
• 8:30 p.m. with Contemporary Music Ensemble

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be offered:
• Sundays at 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
• Fridays at 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Please join the college community in celebrating the beginning of the academic year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, September 3 at 4:00 p.m. in Montante Cultural Center.

Submitted by: Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, Campus Ministry

Employee Parking Tag

Registration is now due for 2015-2016 employee parking tags. Current tags expired on August 15, 2015.

Simply go to www.Canisius.edu; click on myCanisius; login with your username & password; under online tools, click on Email, Angel & Services. A drop down occurs. Click on All Applications & Services. Under Campus Services, click on Purchase Parking and follow the prompts.

  • Enter your Canisius username and password
  • If you are not paying via payroll deduction, enter your credit card or checking/savings account information for payment
  • Enter your vehicle description (year, make, model, color)
  • Enter your vehicle license plate number.

You can pay via payroll deduction, credit or web check. Your tag will be sent to you once you’ve registered and paid via interoffice mail.

If you pay with cash, you must still register on-line but will need to pay at the Student Records and Financial Services Office in Bagen 106, at which time you will receive your tag.

If you have any questions, please call Shelly Baronich in the Controller’s Office at Ext. 8529 or at baronicm@canisius.edu.

To register immediately, click here: https://apps.canisius.edu/staffparking

Submitted by: Shelly Baronich, associate, Controller’s Office

Canisius College Training

During the first two weeks of September, the Office of Enrollment Management will be conducting Canisius College training. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend the sessions in the Montante Cultural Center.

The event will provide a comprehensive training on Canisius College through 30-minute presentations of academic and non-academic program offerings at the institution.

Canisius College Training Schedule
Tuesday, September 1, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 2, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Friday, September 4, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Lindsay Miller, admissions counselor, Undergraduate Office of Admissions

Guide to Media Services and Classroom Upgrades for Fall 2015

Welcome back from the Media Center! We hope everyone has a great start to the fall 2015 semester!  Below are a few updates to our services:

Guide to Media Services Updated
Trying to find out which department provides which media-related service? A great place to start looking for these answers is the Guide to Media Services. This section of the Media Center’s portal community provides an overview of services provided by a variety of departments on campus.

Instructional Technology Classroom Upgrades
This summer saw work completed in a variety of classrooms and other spaces on campus. Of particular note are the upgrades in LY 313, OM 201, OM 204, OM 220, and OM 224. These five rooms each received a full digital upgrade and now feature a Panasonic LCD projector, Extron control system/HDCP-compliant presentation switcher, Blu-ray player, laptop connectivity (VGA & HDMI), and document camera.

For a complete listing of changes, please visit the Media Center’s What’s New page. Instructions for use for all of the new and renovated Instructional Technology Classrooms have been updated online and can be found by visiting the Media Center’s What’s In My Classroom page.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about instructional technology in the classroom or would like to schedule training, please feel free to contact Bob Grabowski at Ext. 3278 or Dan Drew Ext. 2569.

Submited by: Bob Grabowski, instructional support specialist, media center

Soccer Hosts Doubleheader

Your Canisius Golden Griffin men’s and women’s soccer teams are on home turf Sunday afternoon as they combine to host a twin bill at the Demske Sports Complex.

The Canisius women kick off the festivities with a game at noon against the University at Buffalo. The men follow with a 3:00 p.m. tilt in their season-opener versus New Jersey Tech.

There is no admission charge for either game.

For additional information, visit GoGriffs.com.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Canisius Chorale Seeking Membership

The Canisius College Chorale invites students, faculty and staff to join its ranks for its upcoming season of concerts.

The choir’s first rehearsal will take place today, Monday, August 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Rehearsals will continue each Monday evening at the same time. Auditions are NOT necessary for membership and everyone is welcome. The course numbers for chorale are FAM 181 (CRN: 30743) for one credit and FAM 171 (CRN: 30736) for 0 credit.

The chorale just ended a very successful spring season that included performances throughout Western New York. Its acclaimed “Sacred Spaces” series brought hosts of eager listeners to a number of the region’s most beautiful and historic churches. The choir’s annual spring concert drew a capacity audience to the college’s Montante Cultural Center.

The coming season’s activities include performances in some of the region’s finest concert venues, including a performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Tuesday, November 3.

Consider membership in the Canisius Chorale! For more information, call Ext. 2536, 907-0466 or e-mail the Chorale at scintaf@canisius.edu

Submitted by: Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, Fine Arts

The FacTS Center Welcomes Back Faculty!

The FacTS Center has a few important reminders for faculty:

Checkbox, our online survey tool, will no longer be available after September 30, 2015. Checkbox users need to export and archive their Checkbox data, including surveys and survey results, to another location by that time. When Checkbox goes away, this data will not be retrievable.

You can access Qualtrics by going to my.canisius.edu, where in “All Applications & Services,” Qualtrics has an icon. The Office of Learning & Innovation will run workshops during the fall to help users get up and running in Qualtrics. For links to text and video tutorials, and our workshop signup sheet, go to canisius.edu/surveys.

Please contact Mark Gallimore (x8353) with questions or further information regarding these survey tools.

Here’s some quick tips for getting your courses off to a smooth start in Desire2Learn. Take a look at this video: https://youtu.be/QpGTLIWlI-4

And here’s a link to our handy D2L course start/end checklist: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/9wQ5AQ

The Dome Resumes Daily Publication

The Dome will return to its daily publication schedule on the first day of classes, Monday, August 31. E-mailed to the campus community each morning, The Dome is your ‘one-stop-shop’ for news, information and events happening on campus.

If you would like to submit articles to The Dome, visit here. A reminder that all submissions must be in by 2:00 p.m. the previous day.

We also encourage faculty, staff and students to take photos and submit them to our popular Campus Candids section. Snap photos at special events or around campus – we want to see them all!

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Classes Begin on August 31

Griffin pride runs strong as the fall 2015 semester gets underway. Here’s what you need to know as the first week of classes approaches:

Thursday, August 27

Move-In Day – Freshmen will be on campus from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. moving into Bosch, Frisch and Dugan residence halls. Student-athletes, members of student clubs and faculty and staff will assist students and parents throughout move-in day.

The Griffin Welcome Rally – The Canisius community will welcome new students and their parents from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Monday August 31

The Griffin Welcome Walk – Don your blue and gold to welcome and cheer on students from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Koessler Plaza. See the story below for more information.

Zipline – Feeling adventurous? Go ziplining or play human foosball in the Bart Mitchell Quad from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Buffalo State Students on Campus

Be sure to give a welcoming smile to our guests, students from Buffalo State College, who will again be residing on the Canisius campus.  Canisius reached a leasing agreement to house Buffalo State students in the Main Humboldt Apartments and Campion Hall, as the school continues renovation of one of its residence halls.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Join the Second Annual Griffin Welcome Walk

Join the Office of Student Life on Monday, August 31 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. in Koessler Plaza for the second annual Griffin Welcome Walk!

What is the Griffin Welcome Walk?
This is a special opportunity for faculty, staff, and student leaders to welcome our students as they make their way to their first classes. Participants will be showcasing their Griffin pride, handing out bottled water, breakfast treats, and offering words of encouragement!

What do I need to do?
Just show up! Meet the Office of Student Life representatives in the Koessler Plaza at 8:30 a.m. (you’ll know who we are…we’ve got SPIRIT). We’ll supply you with pom-poms, signs, blue and gold beads and more! Feel free to don your blue and gold!

Why should I participate?
This is an exclusive opportunity to be part of a Canisius campus tradition that our Canisius community looks forward to at the beginning of each year. We need YOU!

Questions? Contact Brandon Pietron in the Office of Student Life at pietronb@canisius.edu or Ext. 8309.

Submitted by: Beth Crvelin, assistant director, Student Life

The FacTS Center Welcomes Back Faculty!

The FacTS Center, formerly the FacTS Center, has a few important reminders for faculty:

Checkbox, our online survey tool, will no longer be available after Wednesday, September 30. Checkbox users need to export and archive their Checkbox data, including surveys and survey results data, to another location by that time. This data will not be retrievable once Checkbox goes away.

You can access Qualtrics, the new, more user-friendly survey tool, by going to my.canisius.edu under “All Applications & Services,” and clicking the Qualtrics icon. The Office of Learning & Innovation will run workshops during the fall to help users get up and running in Qualtrics. For links to text and video tutorials and our workshop signup sheet, go to canisius.edu/surveys.

Please contact Mark Gallimore at Ext. 8353 with any questions regarding these survey tools.

For some quick tips for getting your courses off to a smooth start in Desire2Learn, take a look at this video: https://youtu.be/QpGTLIWlI-4

And here’s a link to our handy Desire2Learn course start and end checklist: https://wiki.canisius.edu/x/9wQ5AQ

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Campus Shredding Day is Tomorrow

Canisius will hold an on-campus shredding day tomorrow, August 20. Lincoln Archives will be at the following campus locations to shred documents for faculty and staff.

Science Hall – 10:00 a.m.
Health Science– 11:00 a.m.
Koessler Athletic Center  – 12:00 p.m.
Churchill Tower/Bagen/Old Main – 1:00 p.m.
Lyons Hall – 2:00 p.m.
Agassiz – 3:00 p.m.

Submitted by: Kelly Schultz, controllers office

Summer Hours End Friday

Summer hours will end this Friday, August 21. Starting Monday, August 24 all college departments will resume regular working hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) with a one-hour lunch break.

Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 31.

We hope everyone had a wonderful summer!

Submitted by: Jennifer Skowron, assistant director, human resources

#JesuitEducated

In anticipation of the historic visit of Pope Francis, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has invited Jesuit-educated alumni from across the country to share stories of how they were transformed by their Jesuit education in the #JesuitEducated campaign.

Mark Piatkowski, assistant director for student and residence life, recently submitted a video reflection to the AJCU on how Canisius transformed him into a Jesuit educator.

Watch the video here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication  

CPD Mini MBA is Open to Employees

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) has five seats open for Canisius employees to participate in its Mini MBA, one of the signature programs. The program starts Monday, September 14 and is conducted during the evening at the CPD.

The Mini MBA is a comprehensive management development program that provides training in the most current and relevant areas in today’s business environment. This program cultivates a fundamental understanding of the primary functions of management and builds a foundation for participants to understand how an organization operates as a whole.

The program is designed for professionals who wish to gain a competitive edge over their business peers through the development of leadership skills and overall business acumen. Past participants come from a wide variety of industries. All are encouraged to attend.

There will also be an informational breakfast on Wednesday, September 2. For more information about this program, go to http://canisiuscpd.com/minimba/.

To register for the informational breakfast: https://goo.gl/PnucDu

To register for the Mini-MBA program: https://goo.gl/Jt1ArA

Use CAN-EMP for the discount code to remove seminar fee.

Submitted by: Colleen Lyons, manager, sales operations, CPD

Canisius CPD Announces Fall 2015 Line-Up

The Center for Professional Development has finalized the fall 2015 training seminars open for Canisius employees to participate in and register. To see the CPD’s full line-up, please go to http://canisiuscpd.com/individuals/training-seminars/.

Use discount code: CAN-EMP to enroll (excludes computer software programs)

For more information on these programs or enrollment, contact Canisius CPD at cpdinfo@canisius.edu or at Ext. 8490.

Submitted by: Colleen Lyons, manager, sales operations, CPD

First Studio Exhibit is September 11

“Arrangements,” an exhibit by Augustina Droze (muralist and painter), will be open Friday, September 11 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery, located in Bouwhuis Library. The event is free and open to the public and includes an opening reception.

Submitted by: Katie Sehr, gallery director, fine arts

Buffalo Humanities Festival Coming Soon!

As you make plans for the fall semester, please consider including the Buffalo Humanities Festival from Wednesday, September 23 to Saturday, September 26 as an element of your course or as an activity for student groups.

Two of our faculty, Janet McNally, assistant professor from the English department and Jonathan David Lawrence, PhD, associate professor from the religious studies and theology department, will present their work at the all-day festival on Saturday the 26th.

This year’s theme is “Gender Bender.” Festival participants will interrogate the traditional binaries of male/female and gay/straight with talks, performances, music and a drag break. A full schedule and more information can be found at: http://buffalohumanities.org.

Submitted by: Julie Gibert, PhD, associate professor, History

Qualtrics to Replace Checkbox

As of Wednesday, September 30, Checkbox, Canisius College’s dedicated online survey application, is being replaced by Qualtrics, a powerful survey tool that is easier to use.

Checkbox users need to export and archive their Checkbox data to another location by that time.

You can access Qualtrics by going to canisius.qualtrics.com and logging in using your Canisius username and password. The Office of Learning & Innovation (FacTS Center) will run workshops during the fall to help users get up and running in Qualtrics. For links to text and video tutorials, and our workshop signup sheet, go to canisius.edu/surveys.

Please contact Mark Gallimore at Ext. 8353 with questions or further information regarding these survey tools.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist

Campus Candid

Students explored topics including sound, propulsion, weather, exercise science and simple machines with hands-on activities throughout the week.

Click here to watch a highlight video!

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Canisius in the News

Canisius College has a smaller enrollment and fewer faculty members. It has developed high-tech measures to track student performance and intervene if someone is struggling. It has made a series of moves – such as consolidating student academic supports into the one-stop Griff Center – aimed at better service to its existing students.

Things may not look much different on the Main Street campus in Buffalo, but they are. The college is exiting the post-recession era in higher education as a “right-sized” institution. And far from dead, its leaders are looking forward to re-establishing the narrative of a hands-on, quality education that’s worth every penny for those who graduate.

“For too long, higher ed has focused on the amenities and the student experience and I think people are starting to realize that the pendulum has swung too far,” President John Hurley said. “We’re focusing instead on the value of the experience in so far as it prepares people to be successful in life.”

Hurley was named president in Canisius in 2010 after spending more than a decade as executive vice president. His five-year contract expired this summer but was renewed by the board for another five years.

These have been lean times for higher education with the consumer impact of the recession combining with skyrocketing student debt to produce dire narratives about the future of private colleges. Even over the past year, both Time magazine and Bloomberg News have used the term “death spiral” to describe the industry in the light of high-profile closures of private colleges.

But Canisius proves the case that advocates have been making in recent years, which is that higher education is simply changing to meet new demands by consumers, or new dynamics created by technology.

“I think all these hysterical statements that all small colleges are going out of business, or that student debt is out of control, are just plain wrong,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges, based in Washington, D.C.

Sometimes it’s just a matter of perspective. While average student debt per borrower in the U.S. crept up from about $22,000 to about $32,000 between the graduating classes of 2007 and 2014, the number pales in comparison to the difference in lifetime earnings for those who graduate from college, Ekman said.

Still, there is a pricing gap between public and private colleges. The average net price for undergraduates attending the University at Buffalo in 2013-14 was $14,546, compared to $20,505 at Canisius College.

UB has set records for enrollment the past two years, and while they are very different institutions, that trend stands in contrast to the enrollment declines at Canisius.

The college is aware that its future competitiveness is contingent on proving value. It has no problem filling spaces in its highly regarded Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

“We know that it’s an issue but we remain convinced that it’s still an incredible investment for a person to make,” Hurley said. “The problem with debt is largely with students who don’t graduate, and that’s why we’re so focused on retention rates and a quality experience.”

Other private colleges in Western New York are tackling the same issues as Canisius. Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University underwent high-profile merger talks before concluding them without action earlier this year.

Medaille College is accepting more low-performing students and beefing up its student support system, a conscious strategy that has changed its business model.

“Families lost a lot of wealth (during the recession) and now they’re really looking at value,” said Laura Anglin, president of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, based in Albany. “It was an opportunity to rethink the way that schools operate, and everyone from your smallest colleges to your largest did that across the board.”

Canisius has taken the full brunt of these forces. Hurley has said that the college, during the 2011-12 fiscal year, “encountered financial challenges that appeared quite unlike anything we had seen before.” Enrollment – which is responsible for 90 percent of Canisius’ revenue – dropped 18 percent between fall 2011 and 2014, and incoming freshmen are budgeted for a lower number again this year.

But the college has not laid dormant during these struggles, Hurley said. It hired Florida-based Pappas Consulting Group in fall 2012 and undertook a comprehensive review of its full business, from academic programs to operations.

The college is rife with examples of how it has increased efficiency, such as getting tougher about special arrangements for faculty who take time off to work on projects while their courses are taught by adjuncts. Canisius had gotten “somewhat casual” about allowing those arrangements, and its firmer stance meant more full-time faculty teaching courses, and fewer adjuncts needed, Hurley said.

About 36 faculty positions have been eliminated in the last few years, mostly through attrition. A new procurement policy has been instated. A campus-wide emphasis on student retention has been put in place.

Like most colleges, Canisius has seen an imbalance of interest as students flock to finance or STEM majors and away from liberal arts, but the college has resisted the urge to narrow its offerings. It is focused on the relevancy of those offerings, with an eye on connecting them to the new employment opportunities at work in the Buffalo region.

“When you go down to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, it’s amazing the way that people are doing business now,” Hurley said. “It’s a challenge to us to look at our own curriculum and ask whether it’s on the cutting edge, and where the business practices and entrepreneurs are going.”

Canisius’ enrollment target this year is 620 freshmen, down from 640 the previous year and 680 in fall 2013. The college’s vice president for business and finance, Marco Benedetti, said Canisius is now “dealing with enrollment targets that are very realistic and then building a budget around those enrollment targets.”

Canisius recently had its credit rated by Moody’s Investors Service, which affirmed the college’s Baa3 rating with a negative outlook. The Moody’s report reflected the duality of the Canisius position, particularly with declining revenue and limited prospects for growth, but it noted the college’s $5 million surplus last year and its $1 million surplus for 2014-15, as opposed to the $1 million deficit it had projected.

“Canisius’ operating performance has shown improvement due to expense restructuring,” Moody’s wrote. “Our rating incorporates expectations that management will effectively adjust expenses as revenue declines continue.”

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

The Vision Project

Yesterday, President Hurley announced The Vision Project and invited all of the college’s stakeholders to join in a conversation about the future of Canisius College. A critical component in crafting the college’s next strategic plan, the mission of The Vision Project is to gather campus-wide input on the college’s vision statement, uncover the strategies needed to achieve that vision and initiate a long-term discussion about the future of the college.

To inspire thoughts and ideas, a working group of the college’s Strategic Planning Committee developed a series of “big questions” that were born out of the president’s 2014 convocation address, in which he laid out his vision for the future and invited the campus to join him in redefining what it means to be a student-centered university, in revitalizing our academic programs, and in pursuing innovation in our operations.

All members of the Canisius community are invited to take part in responding to the questions, challenges and opportunities facing the college by visiting The Vision Project community on the MyCanisius Portal. Click here to learn more about this initiative and to add your voice to the conversation.

Submitted by: Erica Sammarco, associate vice president, assistant to the president, secretary, board of trustees

High Scores

Canisius’ student-athletes continue to win big in the classroom.  Their cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the 2014-2015 academic year came in at 3.22.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of the student-athlete population maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the year.

In addition to this good news, the NCAA recently released its academic progress rate (APR) statistics and five Canisius varsity teams posted perfect single-year scores.  Men’s cross country/track, women’s cross country/track, golf, rowing and volleyball were publicly honored by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent in APR.

The APR results, which are based on four years of academic scores, also found each of Canisius’ 20 varsity athletic programs to be in good standing.  Seventeen of the 20 teams scored 980 or better (out of a possible 1,000 points) on the APR.

And the good news just keeps coming:  The MAAC named 180 Canisius students to its annual Academic Honor Roll.  To be eligible, a student-athlete must hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher.  Also, 22 of the college’s 24 hockey players earned Atlantic Hockey All-Academic Team honors.

Click here to read much more about the academic achievements of our student-athletes.

Go Griffs!

 

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

#JesuitEducated

In anticipation of the historic visit of Pope Francis, AJCU has invited Jesuit-educated alumni from across the country to share stories of how they were transformed by their Jesuit education in the #JesuitEducated campaign.  Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry at Canisius, is among those who offered a reflection. Click here to read Mike’s post.

Password Reset Email

You may have received an automated email message indicating that your password will expire from security@canisius.edu. This is a legitimate email from the college in accordance with our password reset policy that was put in place last year. There is a link to reset your password on the portal login page under Quick Links in the column to the left beneath the ‘Click to Log In’ button.

More information about this policy is available in the Portal under College Policies | ITS Policies | Password expiration policy.pdf

ITS suggests that laptop users wait until they are on campus to reset their passwords to ensure that their cached mobile credentials are saved properly on their laptop. Simply follow these steps:

  • Login in to your laptop on campus with your current credentials and reset your password.
  • Restart your laptop and login in with the new credentials.

NOTE: Mac users may be prompted to update or create a new keychain. You should update the keychain and enter the old password one last time. Do not ignore or cancel this since it will prompt again at the next login.

You should now be set to log into the laptop and all Canisius systems with your new login credentials.

As always, ITS will NEVER send a message with a link to click for password resets. Legitimate password reset messages will simply give instructions referring you to the portal.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your computer, passwords and security do not hesitate to call the Help Desk. You can reach the Help Desk via email at helpdesk@canisius.edu or by phone at Ext. 8340.

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director, user services – ITS

 

Attention Banner Users!

A resounding message taken from the Ellucian visit to campus back in March was for Banner users to become more connected with their product by opening cases with the Action Line and joining the eCommunities.  Here is the perfect opportunity to learn how to open a case with Ellucian.  Registration is open for the Ellucian Action Line: How to use resources to maximize value webinar to be held on Wednesday, August 19 @ 2:00pm. Carol McConaghy, director, customer success, eCRM, advancement actionline at Ellucian, will be the speaker for this informational session. Click the following link to sign up:

http://www.ellucian.com/webinar-registration/?WebinarID=1029872&PageID=3449&SourceID=website

In addition, our Canisius Portal has been updated for staff members who will now see the ‘Ellucian Hub’ icon on the right hand side of your home page, under the Vision Project. This link will directly take you the Ellucian login screen where you can sign up for a HUB account, reset a forgotten password or login. Once logged into the HUB, there are two places of interest, the Ellucian Support Center and the eCommunities.

The Ellucian Support Center is where you can find Banner documentation and open cases when Banner is not working as expected.  eCommunities is the social networking application where you can ask others how they are using Banner and to learn about newly released enhancements or mandatory updates. Even if you don’t have time to watch the August 19th webinar, there are plenty of ‘how-to’ videos in each of these Ellucian Resources to get you connected with other banner users and to keep informed about your particular Banner Module.

For more information, contact Michele Folsom at Ext. 8367 or at Folsom@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, director of administrative computing, ITS

Final Wednesday in the Plaza

Chartwells hosts its final Summer BBQ today from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Koessler Plaza (between Old Main and Christ the King Chapel). In case of rain, lunch will be held inside Old Main Café. The menu includes:

Chicken Sandwich $4.00

* Spinach & mushrooms
* Red pepper relish & sweet onion sauce
* Grilled red onion & chipotle sauce
* Cucumber relish & mango sauce
Combo – chicken sandwich, kettle chips and beverage $6.00

Hot Dog $2.75
*Grilled Sahlen’s hotdog
Combo – hot dog, kettle chips and beverage $5.00

Greens & Chicken $4.25
*Tomato, cucumber and crouton
*Grilled onion and roasted mushrooms
*Grilled tomato, croutons, caesar dressing
*Grilled eggplant red pepper relish
Combo – greens & beverage $5.50
Vegetarian without chicken – Save $1.00

Á la carte
Kettle chips $1.00
Canned soda or bottled water $1.50
Extra toppers $.75

We look forward to seeing you there!

Submitted by: Molly Cummings, marketing director, Chartwells

Canisius Alumnae Among Buffalo’s Most Powerful

Members of the Canisius College community make up 20 percent of Business First’s Power 100 Women list for 2015. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York.

Business First compiled these rankings and defined “power” by the level of influence a woman has at her company, in her city or county and by the length of her career. Only women who live full-time in Western New York were considered.

Of the 100 named, the Canisius community had five members in the Top 10 and two in the Top 5, including JoAnn Faletta HON ’03, music director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (ranked number three) and Maureen Hurley, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Rich Products Corp. – and Canisius’ “first lady” (ranked number four). Below is the complete list of those members of the Canisius Community who were honored:

Canisius Alumni:

100. Catherine Schweitzer MBA ’99, executive director, The Baird Foundation

85. Nancy LaTulip ’75, MBA ’82, vice president, retail banking officer, Lake Shore Savings Bank

75. Linda Dobmeier MBA ’83, chair, Buffalo State College Council and vice president, Dobmeier Janitorial Supplies

74. Laura Zaepfel ’86, vice president of corporate relations, Uniland Development

66. Gayle Eagan ’77, partner, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel LLP.

63. Nora McGuire MBA ’08, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Independent Health

60. Mary Roberts ’77, executive director, Martin House Restoration Corp.

54. *Donna Luh ’77, MS ’80, vice chair, New York State Thruway Authority

32.* Lisa Wilson ’91, executive sports editor, The Buffalo News

27. Norma Nowak ’79, executive director, University at Buffalo’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and founder and chief scientific officer, Empire Genomics

26. *Allegra Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and vice president, Kaleida Health

15. Anna Marie Cellino ’75, president, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp.

11. *Clotilde Dedecker ’82, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo

10. *Denise O’Donnell ’68, federal judge-designate, U.S. District Court/Western District of New York, and director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice

6. Kimberley Minkel MBA ’96, executive director, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

5. *Rhonda Frederick MPA ’03, president and CEO, People Inc.

*Also named to Business First’s Power 250 list of 2015

Canisius honorary degree recipients:

98. Lana Benatovich HON ’99, president, National Federation for Just Communities

22. Denise Roche HON ’92, president, D’Youville College

12. *Donna Fernandes HON ’11, president and CEO, Zoological Society of Buffalo Inc.

3. *JoAnn Falletta HON ’03, music director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

*Also named to Business First’s Power 250 list of 2015

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Dennis Misko Receives George M. Martin Advancement Award

The Canisius College Division of Institutional Advancement presented Dennis L. Misko ’67 with the George M. Martin Advancement Award on Thursday, July 30 during the division’s recognition dinner. The award annually recognizes an individual’s extraordinary contributions to the division.

Pictured (l-r): Bill Collins, vice president for institutional advancement and Dennis Misko, director of external projects and major gift officer.

Misko is the director of external projects and a major gift officer at Canisius. He is responsible for working on StartUP-NY, real estate, and other special projects for the college, as well as a member of the team responsible for long-term philanthropic relationships with donors and prospective donors. Previously, Misko served as director of special gifts and athletic advancement until he was promoted to his current positions in 2014. Misko was also a member the men’s basketball team and wore number 44 for the Griffs.

Misko holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Canisius College.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Magis Medals Awarded to Three Alumni

Three Canisius alumni are the recipients of Alpha Sigma Nu’s Magis Medal.  The honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by awarding 100 Magis Medals to members “who truly embody their Jesuit roots out in the world.”  The Canisius awardees are Frederick G. Attea ’61 and Robert M. Greene ’66, both partners at the law firm of PhillipsLytle LLP, and Megan Brenner-Zwara ’10, the Western New York recruitment coordinator for Americorps Build Lives through Education (ABLE). Read more about the Magis Medal recipients by clicking below.

Frederick Attea was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu in 1960.

Robert Greene was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu in 1965.

Megan Brenner-Zwara was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu in 2009.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Are You Jesuit Educated?

It’s no secret that a Jesuit education transforms students and sends them out into the world to do amazing things – in their professions, their communities and through service to others. But everyone’s story is a little different: some go on to serve in Congress others in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. Some Jesuit-educated alumni are behind scientific breakthroughs others are breaking records at the Olympics. There are those who lead companies and one, in particular, leads the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis exemplifies the impact of a Jesuit education. Therefore, in advance of his historic visit to the United States, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is asking Jesuit-educated faculty, students, staff and alumni to share stories of how they were transformed by their Jesuit education.

Every week from now through Friday, September 25, AJCU will publish essays (300-500 words), quotes, videos and images “to prepare our hearts and minds for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit” in September. Reflections will be published in the online publication, Jesuit Educated, as well as on Twitter and Instagram.

Click here to learn more. Use #JesuitEducated to send Twitter or Instagram posts or send your reflections directly to Deanna Howes, AJCU’s director of communications at dhowes@ajcunet.edu.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Student Employment Availability for 2015-16

In April, each department received a request for Work Study which asked for the number of students you needed as well as the names of students you preferred to hire (returning or new). You will be contacted shortly with information concerning the eligibility of your returning students.

However, with so many staffing and location changes on campus it is urgent that you send an e-mail to Michele Rizzo in the Financial Aid Office updating this information at rizzo@canisius.edu.

Please include the following:

  1. The name of the department and supervisor of the student employees
  2. The location of the office and a contact phone number and/or e-mail address you wish potential employees to use when they inquire about your position
  3. A brief job description and preferred skills needed for the job

Open positions will be posted online in late August. Students seeking a new position will begin to contact you the week before school begins to arrange interviews. Please try to schedule them during the first week of classes to allow all out of area students a fair chance at your openings.

Submitted by:  Michele Rizzo, assistant director, student records and financial services

Canisius Family Day at Darien Lake

The Office of Alumni Engagement still has tickets available for Canisius Family Day at Darien Lake, which will be held Thursday, August 20. The cost is $25 per person. Children under two are free. The price includes entry into all the parks, parking, a one-and-a-half hour food buffet and a two-and-a-half hour beverage service. Food will be served from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and drinks from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

You may enter the park at any time during the day.

If you are interested in attending, contact the Alumni Office at 888-2700 or go to: www.canisius.edu/alumni/

Submitted by: Sharon Kasperczyk, alumni engagement officer

Campus Shredding Day

Canisius will be holding an on-campus shredding day on Thursday, August 20. Lincoln Archives will be at the following campus locations to shred any documents faculty and staff may have.

– Koessler Athletic Center
– Health Science
– Science Hall
– Lyons Hall
– Churchill Tower/Bagen/Old Main
– Agassiz

In addition, Lincoln Archives will be dropping off shredding totes at the entrances of the above locations on Thursday, August 13. These totes will be locked and can be used to deposit any shredding materials for the week up to August 20.

Exact times for each location will be posted closer to day of event.

Submitted by: Kelly Schultz, controllers office

Before Shredding, Call College Archives

Before you toss or shred, take one last look and assess what departmental records you may be destroying forever. Some of those records may be non-current but they’re historic. And that’s when you need to call the Canisius College Archives.

All non-current historic records of departments and the college are covered by the College Retention Policy adopted May 2012. To avoid loss of these important records, you may need to transfer them to the Rev. J. Clayton Murray, S.J., College Archives & Special Collections located in the Library.

Kathleen DeLaney, college, archivist will assist anyone with questions about what constitutes a historic record. She can help any campus office determine whether or not its documents are considered historic. Records are sent to archives because they are of long-term, historical value but are not needed for day-to-day administration of the office in which it was originated or was received. Archival records are retained and preserved indefinitely.

A list of materials appropriate for transfer to the archives may be found here: http://library.canisius.edu/archives/guidelines

Policies and forms governing archives collection, care and use is located at: http://library.canisius.edu/archives/policies_forms

These policies are regularly updated and are governed by the best practices of the Society of American Archivists, and the New York State Archives and Historic Records policies and practices.

Please do not send materials to the archives without first contacting the department. The guidelines referenced above provide tips about preparing documents for transfer and include instructions for proper labeling of boxes or files. The archivist can clarify all of this information for you too.

Contact Kathleen DeLaney at ext. 8421 or delaneyk@canisius.edu.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist/reference librarian

RSVP for the Pearson MyLab and Mastering D2L Workshop

Are you using a Pearson MyLab or Mastering program in your class? Would you like for your students to have single sign-on through Desire2Learn? Would you like to be able to transfer grades from your MyLab/Mastering program to the Desire2Learn gradebook? If so, please join Beth Wood Hyer for a workshop to learn how to link your MyLab/Mastering program with Desire2Learn.

When: Friday, August 7, 2015
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Where: Old Main 115

Please RSVP to Beth Wood at Beth.Wood@Pearson.com. If you’d like to schedule a different time, please email Beth to set up individual or departmental training.

Submitted by: Leah MacVie, instructional designer, FacTS Center

TIAA-CREF Consultant Coming to Campus

Greg Tedone, financial consultant for TIAA-CREF, will be on campus, Wednesday, August 26 in the library conference room for individual counseling sessions. He will meet with individuals to review and discuss current investments, answer questions and review their options to help meet retirement goals.

To schedule an appointment, contact the TIAA-CREF service and scheduling group at 1-800-732-8353.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources