August 2015 - Canisius Online

Always a Griffin

Always a Griffin: Homecoming Weekend is just one month away! On behalf of the Canisius College Alumni Association, I would like to invite you to join me, your classmates, friends and families for a fun, memorable weekend.

Catch up with former professors. Reconnect with classmates. Cheer on the Griffs or relive your days on the Canisius campus by exploring the tunnels or your old dorm. Be sure to check out our interdisciplinary Science Hall and the new Golden Griffin Sports Broadcast Center, where our students will produce live Griff sports for ESPN3.

New this year during Homecoming Weekend, we will celebrate the accomplishments of fellow Canisius graduates at the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner. Each year, Canisius presents its Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates who demonstrate leadership and make significant contributions to their chosen professions. Register here.

The classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 will celebrate milestone reunions this year. Distinguished alumni, graduates of the Master of Sport Administration Program, soccer alumni (50th Year), Golden Griffin Fund alumni and football alumni will celebrate affinity reunions. Remember - all Canisius alumni, undergraduates and graduates are invited to Always a Griffin: Homecoming Weekend! The weekend celebration kicks off with the Tent Party in the Quad, including music and dinner, on Friday night.

I look forward to seeing you in September! Go Griffs!

Nicholas Fiume ’01
President, Alumni Association

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Register here.

President’s Convocation is September 9

All members of the Canisius community, including Leadership Society members and alumni, 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.

The GRIFF NATION App is Here

The strength of the Canisius Alumni Network (CAN) just became stronger! Connect with fellow alumni using the GRIFF NATION app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Android device. Powered by EverTrue, the app provides another way to connect with fellow alums and keep up to date on the latest alumni news. No matter where you live or how busy you are, your Canisius classmates will be just a click away.

Find out more and Download the GRIFF NATION app now.

Be the Spark

The 2015-16 Canisius Fund campaign began on June 1. This year we will celebrate the impact of donors’ gifts with a theme inspired by St. Ignatius Loyola’s exhortation: “Go forth and set the world on fire.”

Annual gifts to the Canisius Fund – from alumni, parents and friends - help make a Canisius education possible by providing essential funding for tuition assistance and scholarships, academic and athletic excellence, and programs that strengthen our Jesuit educational mission. By making a Canisius education possible, you ignite a fire in each of our students to go forth and make a difference in the world.

We hope you will be the spark to ignite our students’ flames by making a gift to the Canisius Fund or a designation of your choice during our 2015-16 annual campaign. You can make your gift today at

Canisius Says Thank You 

Pictured top to bottom (L-R): Rich Kubiak ’16, Vince Bargnes ’17, Kate Anticoli ’17, Gina Trippe ’17, Emily Dorward ’17, Kristen Herle ’16 and Stephanie Khoury ’15.

Nearly 250 of Canisius’ most committed donors gathered on August 13 in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center for the college’s annual reception honoring members of the Leadership Society and the Rev. James M. Demske ’47 , SJ, Society. In addition to receiving an update about the college from President John J. Hurley, benefactors learned how their generosity has a direct impact on students.

(L-R): Katherine Ruminski, Chris Ruminski ’98 and Tim Bubar ’91.

(L-R): Dr. Ronald Eckert ’65, Alumni Engagement Director Glenn Weber ’92, Trustees’ Chair Ed Carey ’69 and Major Gifts Officer Dennis Misko ’67.

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 the 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 there is more good news: 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 more about the academic achievements of our student-athletes.

Go Griffs!


In anticipation of the historic visit of Pope Francis, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is inviting Jesuit-educated alumni to share stories about how they were transformed by their Jesuit education in the #JesuitEducated campaign. Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry, and Mark Piatkowski, assistant director for student and residence life, are among those who offered reflections.

Every week, from now through Friday, September 25, AJCU will publish essays, quotes and profiles “to prepare our hearts and minds for Pope Francis’ U.S. visit.” Reflections will be published in the online publication “Jesuit Educated.” Submit your reflections to Deanna Howes, director of communications at AJCU, at

In addition, you can share your reflections, videos and photos on social media using #JesuitEducated.

Click here to read Mike Hayes’ reflection.

Click here to view Mark Piatkowski’s reflection.

Blue and Gold Golf Classic

From left to right: Andrew Bennett, Dan Misko, Canisius VP for Business & Finance Marco Benedetti and Scott Corcoran ’96.

Nearly 150 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college turned out for the annual Blue & Gold Golf Classic on Monday, August 3 at Lancaster Country Club. Congratulations to the team pictured above, which shot 59 to win the tournament!

The Blue and Gold Fund is the annual giving component of the Canisius College Department of Athletics. The fund is responsible for generating support to enrich the student-athlete experience at Canisius. The collective vision and financial contributions of donors help the Blue and Gold Fund promote the mission of Canisius athletics and our student-athletes as they strive to earn degrees, become leaders and win championships.

View more photos from the Blue and Gold Tournament here.

Buffalo Night in Nation’s Capital

Join fellow alumni and friends on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, for Buffalo Nite in Washington, D.C. The annual celebration of Buffalo pride and tradition takes place right in the heart of our nation’s Capital at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The City of Good Neighbors-themed event attracts hundreds of Buffalo natives each year, who gather with some of our New York legislators to further promote Buffalo-D.C. connections. Food, fun, camaraderie and conversation are sure to spark some great Buffalo memories.

This year Megan Smith, chief technology officer of the United States, and fellow Buffalonian, will be honored. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. The cost per person is $45 for current New York State Society of Washington, D.C. (NYSS) members. Please click here to register.

Following Buffalo Nite, the fun continues at The Dubliner.
Click here to let us know you are attending the gathering at The Dubliner.

The Dubliner is located at the Phoenix Park Hotel, 4 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001 |  Phone:(202) 737-3773

Canisius Over Cocktails Comes to California

President John J. Hurley brings his “Canisius over Cocktails” event to California in September. There are nearly 1,000 alumni in California so come join fellow classmates, family and friends to hear an update about the college from President Hurley.

Click here for details for the events in San Diego, Los Angeles/Orange County, Los Angeles/Pasadena, and San Francisco! 

Former Griff Signed by New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints signed tight end Chris Manhertz ‘14. Manhertz signed a future/reserve contract with the Buffalo Bills last December, but was waived during Bills training camp last week.

Manhertz played basketball for the Griffs from 2010-2014. He was a three-time captain and led the squad in rebounding for three consecutive years. Read more here.

Canisius Alumni Awarded Magis Medals

Three Canisius alumni are the recipients of Magis Medals from Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, in celebration of the Society’s centennial anniversary. Frederick G. Attea ’61, Robert M. Greene ’66 and Megan Brenner-Zwara ’10 were chosen for their scholarship, loyalty to Jesuit ideals and service to others.

Attea and Greene, both partners at the law firm of Phillips Lytle LLP, and Brenner-Zwara, the Western New York recruitment coordinator for Americorps Build Lives through Education (ABLE), are among 100 members of Alpha Sigma Nu to receive Magis Medals.

Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, Alpha Sigma Nu encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.

Read more about the awardees here.

Canisius Women 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 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 Falletta HON ’03, music director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (ranked number 3) and Maureen Hurley, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Rich Products Corp. – and Canisius’ “first lady” – (ranked number 4).

View a complete list of those members of the Canisius community who were honored here.

Alumna Volunteers Abroad

Jessica Grogan ’12 recently took a break from her day job at EY (formerly Ernst & Young) to conduct research and provide accounting advice to a lodging business in the Brazilian Rainforest. The project was part of the competitive Ambassador’s Program run by EY in conjunction with the Earthwatch Institute. Each year, EY sends 30 employees, in three teams of 10 people, on weeklong volunteer expeditions to either Brazil or Mexico.

Read more about Grogan’s experience here.