July 2015 Canisius Online

Check out the schedule of events for Always A Griffin: Homecoming Weekend 2015 and register now! In addition to the popular Friday night Tent Party and other traditional events, you are invited to join current students and their parents at Family Weekend activities and celebrate the accomplishments of fellow Canisius graduates at the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner. Both events will be held during Homecoming Weekend. (See Distinguished Alumni article below for additional details.)

The classes of 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 will celebrate milestone reunions during Homecoming Weekend 2015. Distinguished Alumni, graduates of the Master of Sport Administration Program and football alumni will celebrate affinity reunions.

Enjoy the video from last year’s Tent Party: 

Homecoming Weekend 2015 Events

Check-in for all sessions at each respective location.

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Reunion Class and Affinity Group Celebrations | Science Hall Commons

Celebrations are complimentary for reunion years and affinity groups. Enjoy wine and beer tastings.

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - All Alumni Tent Party | Main Quad

$35 per person (excludes food trucks); $40 per person after September 18.
The party includes live music by the Soul Providers, a buffet dinner, open bar with beer and wine, food trucks and more!
Free 2015 Homecoming edition water bottle for the first 250 alumni who register!


9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Java with the Jesuits | Loyola Hall

Join members of the Jesuit community for coffee and a tour.

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Women’s Lacrosse | Demske Sports Complex

  • 10:00 a.m. - Alumnae Game
  • 11:00 a.m. - Fall Ball Game (Canisius vs. TBA)

1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Men’s Lacrosse | Demske Sports Complex

  • 1:00 p.m. - Alumni Game
  • 2:00 p.m. - Fall Ball Game (Canisius vs. TBA)

11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Campus Tours | Depart from Student Center (Open House)

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Fall Fest | KAC Parking Lot

Cost is $10 per person and includes one ticket for a food truck lunch and Fall Fest activities.
Enjoy activities for children of all ages: pumpkin painting, a balloon artist and food trucks.

Fall Fest is sponsored by the Office of Student Life.

4:30 p.m. - Homecoming Mass | Christ the King Chapel

Attend Mass with fellow alumni, students, parents and friends.

5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Men’s Soccer | Demske Sports Complex

  • 5:00 p.m. - Alumni Game
  • 7:00 p.m. - Canisius vs. Monmouth

6:00 p.m. - Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner | Montante Cultural Center

$80 per person.
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.; Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Evening includes open bar and dinner.

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Softball Alumnae Happy Hour  | Hotel Lafayette, Pan-American Grill, 391 Washington Street, Buffalo

$35 per person includes open bar and food stations.


10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Architectural Gems – Buffalo Pedal Tour  | Big Ditch Brewing Company, 347 Ellicott Street, Buffalo 

$25 per person.
Learn the history of Buffalo aboard a 15-seat, pedal-powered party bus. Must be 21 or older. Kindly meet at 9:45 a.m. Seating is limited.

11:00 a.m. - Softball Alumnae Event | Demske Sports Complex

Participate in the alumnae softball game and Home Run Derby followed by a picnic brunch.

Register for Homecoming 2015 events here

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner Held During Homecoming

Each year, Canisius College presents its Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates who demonstrate leadership and make significant contributions to their chosen professions. This year’s recipients represent diverse backgrounds – academia, law, media and banking. All, however, have enriched society and humanity through their chosen careers. The Canisius community is invited to honor the accomplishments of the following outstanding individuals at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center: 

  • Edward Burke Carey ’69, president and chief executive officer, Carey Realty Investments Inc., Columbus, OH
  • Richard A. Wall ’78, PhD, professor of economics and finance, Canisius College
  • LeRoi C. Johnson ’71, attorney and artist, Buffalo
  • David J. Nasca ’79, president and chief executive officer, Evans Bank, Hamburg, NY
  • Gerry Zon ’67, PhD, director of business development, TriLink BioTechnologies, San Diego, CA
  • Adam Zyglis ’04, editorial cartoonist, The Buffalo News

Register here.

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.

AJCU Promotes #JesuitEducated Campaign

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 some who lead companies, and one, who is the leader of 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 alumni from across the country 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, 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 dhowes@ajcunet.edu.

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

The Downing Magis Challenge Exceeds Goal!

The Downing Magis Challenge, which took place during the Canisius Fund’s 2014-15 annual campaign, was a tremendous success! Thanks to the generosity of our extraordinary community of donors, the initiative raised close to $850,000 - more than double its goal!

The money raised, from 2,538 donors, will provide additional funding for tuition assistance and scholarships, academic and athletic programs and initiatives that will continue to strengthen our Jesuit educational mission.

The Downing Magis Challenge was made possible through the estate of the late Franklin G. Downing HON ’11, who personified the Jesuit ideal of giving more to Canisius and the Western New York community. The Downing Challenge matched new and increased gift amounts up to $250,000.

The success of this challenge is a direct reflection of the commitment of our community. Thank you for your investment in our students, and for your dedication to Canisius. Our 2015-16 annual campaign is already underway. To make your gift, please visit canisius.edu/opportunity.

“Take the Next Step” Event

Get ready to take the next step in your education or your career on Thursday, August 20. The GriffCenter for Academic Engagement invites Canisius alumni to campus to explore employment opportunities at some of Western New York’s top employers. Representatives from Citi, Ingram Micro, M&T Bank, New Era Cap, Rich Products, People Inc. and Yahoo (to name a few) will be on hand.

Also in attendance will be representatives from the college’s 35 graduate programs to answer any questions guests may have about continuing their education at Canisius.

The “Take the Next Step” event is free of charge and takes place from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in Science Hall. Registration is required, so click here to learn more and sign up now!

Steve Tasker Presents Self-Leadership Experience at Canisius

The Canisius Center for Professional Development (CPD) and the college’s School of Education and Human Services present Steve Tasker’s Self-Leadership Experience for high school students on Tuesday, August 4 - Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the Canisius campus.

Best known as one of the greatest special teams players in NFL history as a member of the Buffalo Bills, Steve Tasker will draw from his professional experiences on and off the field to help motivate and inspire students during the three-day summer leadership program. Topics covered will range from public speaking and effective networking to ethical decision making, goal setting, how not to ruin your reputation on social media and how to be a team player. The program will provide students with the necessary skills to distinguish themselves among their peers.

Tasker will be present at the beginning of each day to provide a welcome, leadership messages, and overview of the importance of the day’s topics. At the end of day three, Tasker will present certificates of completion to all participants. “Developing excellent personal skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership and success in every profession,” says Tasker. “This program will provide participants with the necessary skills to distinguish themselves amongst their peers.”

Pete Herr will serve as the head leadership coach for the program. Herr, a published author, blogger, speaker, and award-winning teacher, spent the last 20 years educating and mentoring high school students. He recently published his first book, "10 Things We Should Teach You in High School and Usually Don't."

Cost for the three-day Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience is $295 per participant. Sign up with friends and receive a discounted rate – two or more participants pay $250 each (use coupon code: STLE15). Cost includes snacks, lunches and a copy of Pete Herr’s book. Click here to enroll and complete the online form.

For more information, contact Colleen Lyons at the Center for Professional Development at (716) 888-8490 or lyonsc@canisius.edu.

DiGamma 2016

The Canisius College Alumni Association invites DiGamma members to submit nominations for the 2016 induction ceremony. Please submit your nominations to the Office of Alumni Engagement no later than August 14, 2015. 

Panas Voted MAAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year

Canisius baseball standout Connor Panas ‘15 has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Male Student-Athlete of the Year in a vote of the league’s sports information directors. Panas, who also won this award after the 2013-14 academic year, is just the third male in conference history to earn the honor in back-to-back years.

“Being named MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year for a second consecutive year is truly an outstanding accomplishment for Connor, and the Canisius community is exceptionally proud to have him as a Golden Grifffin alumnus,” Canisius Director of Athletics Bill Maher said. “Knowing the effort that Connor put into his academic and athletic career at Canisius, this recognition has defined a new level of achievement that all of our student-athletes can now strive to achieve. I cannot think of a finer representative for all that Canisius College stands for than Connor Panas.”

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Ervolina Inducted Into Beta Gamma Sigma

The Canisius College Richard J. Wehle School of Business inducted Michael A. Ervolina Jr. ’79 as an honorary member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. Forty-five Canisius business students were also inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma during ceremonies held recently at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Ervolina served as the distinguished speaker for the event.

A 1979 Canisius graduate, Ervolina is president of Valu Home Centers. He currently serves as a member of the college’s Board of Trustees and was inducted into Canisius’ DiGamma Honor Society in 2012 for his exemplary service to the college.

Beta Gamma Sigma is an international honor society that serves business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the honor society and to serve its lifelong members.

The 2015 Canisius inductees join an expanding worldwide network of more than 625,000 business professionals who have earned lifetime memberships in Beta Gamma Sigma.

Swarts Wins 2015 Philanthropy Award

Susan Swarts MBA ’99 will receive a 2015 Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Selected by the organization’s National Philanthropy Day committee for her remarkable work in her community and in Western New York, Swarts will receive the “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” award. She will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Thursday, November 12 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens.

The AFP annual awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by individual, foundation and corporate philanthropists, fundraising volunteers and professional fundraisers.

Matty Receives Teacher Excellence Award

Megan Matty ’09, a kindergarten teacher at Success Academy Harlem 4, received a 2015 Teacher Excellence Award. Matty is among 24 outstanding educators from Success Academy Charter Schools who were recognized for their exceptional ability to raise student achievement and model best practices. Matty, who also serves as the kindergarten teaching team leader, was nominated by her principal and selected from nearly 1,000 teachers across the network’s 32 schools.

Community Mourns Loss of Canisius Great

Bob MacKinnon ’50, a former Canisius College student-athlete, coach and athletics director, passed away on Tuesday, July 7. He was 87. A member of the first class inducted into Canisius’ Sports Hall of Fame in 1963, MacKinnon was the head coach of the men’s basketball program from 1959-1972. During his tenure, MacKinnon posted 142 career wins, ranking second all-time in program history.
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Griffs at Darien Lake

Join alumni, family and friends from the surrounding areas of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse for a fun-filled day at Darien Lake theme park on Thursday, August 20 from 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25 per person (children under two are free) and $14 per person if you already have a season pass.

Enter the park at any time during the day! The price for the event includes your admission into the theme park and water park, 1 1⁄2 hours of an all-you-can-eat buffet; 2 1⁄2 hours of unlimited soft drinks and parking. Please RSVP by August 14. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 1-800-201-4952. Click here to register.

**Per Darien Lake contract, no refunds will be given within 72 hours of the event.