Canisius Online - September 2014

Homecoming is Just Days Away

Niagara Falls will be Illuminated in Blue and Gold to Commemorate

Always a Griffin: Homecoming Weekend, September 25-28, is only days away! There is still time to register and reconnect with former classmates and professors. Homecoming is open to all -undergraduate alumni, graduate alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends.

The weekend kicks off on Thursday night, September 25, with a lecture by Norma Nowak ’79, PhD, one of the nation’s leading cancer scientists.  Later that night, thanks to Canisius Alumni Board Member Michael Ball ’95, Niagara Falls will be illuminated in Canisius blue and gold from 10 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.  If you can’t make it up to the falls during this time, don’t worry.  We will capture this moment of Canisius pride on video and post it to the front page of our website. Friday features the traditional Tent Party in the Quad with entertainment by Soul Providers and local food trucks.  

While 2014 is a reunion year for 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009—plus affinity reunions for Pre-Law and MBA graduates, remember Homecoming Weekend is open to all alumni.  Don’t miss out!  Click here to register and view a list of all Homecoming events.

Canisius Community Day is September 27

It’s not too late to register for Canisius Community Day.  As our alumni gather from near and far for Homecoming, we invite all to join us to be men and women for and with others through service to our community.  Plan to join us as the Canisius family volunteers at various non-profit agencies in the city of Buffalo on Saturday, September 27. 

Spring Community Day saw the largest group of alumni participants ever (52 alumni!). Let’s try to break that record!

Collins Named Vice President for Advancement

Bill Collins headshotHe made a name for himself in the marketing and communication industry and now William M. Collins is bringing that experience to Canisius. Collins is the new vice president for advancement, responsible for marketing, public relations, creative and web services, as well as alumni engagement and fundraising. He also serves as Canisius’ chief development and external relations officer.

Collins is the former principal of Travers Collins which, prior to its sale in July, was one of Western New York’s leading marketing and communication agencies. He co-founded the company with Bob Travers in 1995.

“I am honored and delighted to join Canisius College, which I consider to be one of the bedrock institutions in Buffalo,” says Collins. “I look forward to working with President Hurley, the trustees, faculty and staff as we endeavor to raise funds for Canisius and spread the good word about the impressive work that occurs on campus every day.”

A native of Buffalo, Collins graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.

Weber ’92 Named Director of Alumni Engagement

Glenn Weber headshotCanisius welcomed alumnus Glenn P. Weber ’92 back to campus this fall as the college’s new director of alumni engagement. In this recently modified role, Weber is charged with strengthening the connection between Canisius and its alumni in four key areas: He will identify, recruit and increase participation with the college among young alumni. Weber will organize and coordinate with key affinity groups to grow their engagement with alma mater. He will also work to further educate and engage alumni in the Canisius Fund, and collaborate with Canisius’ career advisement to elevate networking, mentoring and internship opportunities for all Canisius alumni.

“Coming back to Canisius is like coming home,” said Weber.  “Canisius has always been about a robust alumni network, which is what brought me here in 1988 and has kept me connected to the college ever since.  I look forward to continuing to give back to Canisius in this new role and engaging all of our illustrious alumni.  There is such a positive energy on campus that only a Canisian can relate to so I encourage all alumni to make it back to campus, get involved, and take in that energy.”

Weber holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Canisius and a master’s degree in business administration from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. He is experienced in strategic planning, team building, leadership and performance management.

Weber comes to Canisius from Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company that specializes in diabetes care.

Canisius Ranks in US News Top Tier

Canisius College continues to secure its spot among the top tier of regional schools in the North. The latest college rankings by U.S. News & World Report place Canisius 27th out of the 135 universities in this category.

U.S. News also ranked Canisius eighth (8th) in its “Great Schools, Great Price” category, among regional universities in the North. This is the third consecutive year Canisius earned a spot in the top 10 of this category.

The annual rankings are one resource that potential students and their parents use to evaluate their college choices. Read the ranking here.

Canisius Alumnus Among Top 10 Most Influential Accountants In U.S.

Koziel headshotCanisius College accounting alumnus Mark J. Koziel ’91, CPA, is among the top 10 most influential accountants in the U.S., according to Accounting Today. Koziel was nominated for the recognition by his industry peers. Listed at number five, this is the second time in two years Koziel has made Accounting Today’s top 10 list of most influential accountants.

Koziel,of Wake Forest, NC, is a 1991 alumnus of the Canisius College accounting program and vice president of firm services and global alliances at the AICPA. He oversees the development, ongoing improvement and delivery of services to members in Private Companies Practice Section/Firm Practice Management, as well as international relations with various CPA-related groups. He speaks on CPA issues around the country and is frequently named among the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by Accounting Today. Read more ­here.

Six Canisius Alumni Named to Business Firsts ‘40 Under 40’

Congratulations to theSix Canisius College alumni who have been named to Buffalo Business First’s ‘40 Under 40’ list. They are:

· Richard R. Anderson Jr. ’01, U.S. Navy

· Jason Krempa ’98 MBA ’02, Northwest Savings Bank

· Michael Lorigo ’03, Pillar Real Estate Advisors LLC

· John Prizner III ’97, University at Buffalo

· Melissa Subjeck ’03, Hodgson Russ LLP

· David Wagner ’00, Roosevelt & Cross Inc.

The ‘40 Under 40’ list features Buffalo-area leaders who have made an impact at an early age. Honorees will be recognized at a ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo on Thursday, November 6.

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