May 2015 - Canisius Online

Congratulations to the Canisius College Class of 2015, which graduated last week in front of large and appreciative audiences of family and friends at the Koessler Athletic Center. 

Graduate ceremonies were held on Wednesday, May 13, at which time 648 master’s degrees were conferred.  On Saturday, May 16 during undergraduate ceremonies, 740 bachelor’s degrees were conferred.  The Class of 2015 was joined by members of the Canisius Classes of 1955 and 1965, which commemorated their 50-year and 60-year reunions, respectively, this year.  Also during undergraduate ceremonies, Canisius recognized four cadets who were commissioned by the Army Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) program as second lieutenants, and 20 students who have committed to one year of post-graduation service work in various communities across the country and world.

View photos from graduate commencement ceremony

View photos from the ROTC Commissioning

Watch a video from undergraduate commencement ceremonies

View photos from Golden Plus Mass and Brunch

Regents Ball 

Nearly 700 guests filled the Grand Ballroom of Hyatt Regency Buffalo on Saturday, May 9 for the 49th annual Regents Ball, the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from the event provide financial support to promising students who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education.

Pictured left to right: Canisius President John J. Hurley and Maureen Hurley; Scott Bieler and Kathy Lasher; and Regents Ball co-chairs Annette Dispenza-Kajtoch ’88, MBA ’90 and Brian Murphy ’95. Scott Bieler, president of West Herr Automotive Group, received the 2015 Regents Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award.

View more photos from the 2015 Regents Scholarship Ball

Canisius Alumni Named to “30 Under Thirty”

Congratulations to the four Canisius College alumni named to Business First’s “30 Under Thirty.” The annual list recognizes career achievements, leadership and initiative, community engagement and each nominee’s potential to become a community leader “on a grand scale.” Canisius alumni on the list are: 

  • Justin Baumgardner ’09, MS ‘11, Meals on Wheels for Western New York 
  • Samantha Calabrese MS ‘11, University at Buffalo 
  • Vanessa Hinderliter ’09, Erie County Medical Center 
  • Mark Wolbert ’10, MBA ’15, Excelsior Orthopaedics

Homecoming Weekend 2015

Plans are well underway for Homecoming Weekend, scheduled for September 25 – 27, 2015. Building strong class reunion committees is crucial to the success of Homecoming Weekend, therefore, the Alumni Engagement Office is asking for individuals from the milestone years to take volunteer roles on their respective class reunion committees. Class years celebrating milestones this year are 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010. 

In addition, affinity groups being celebrated this year are DiGamma Honor Society, Football Alumni and Masters of Sport Administration. 

To find out how you can be of assistance, call the Alumni Engagement Office at 1-800-201-4952 or send an email to

Canisius Over Cocktails – Boston

Canisius is coming to Boston on June 16. Join us at 6 p.m. at the Algonquin Club on Commonwealth Avenue for cocktails and conversation with Canisius President John J. Hurley, who will update guests on the exciting events happening at alma mater. This is a great opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new ones. We hope to see you there!

Click here to register.

Alumni Association Board of Directors

The Alumni Engagement Office and Alumni Board of Directors thanks the outgoing members of the Alumni Board for their years of service. Clare Lindauer-Dean ’85, Kate Sellers ’94, Ann Woloszynski ’90, MBA ’94 (immediate past president), Jack Wujcik ’70 and John Solak ’15 (student representative) have served energetically and we appreciate all of the time and effort they dedicated to Canisius. In addition, we would like to thank Mark Manuele ’92 for serving as the 2014-15 president.

We also welcome and congratulate the following new members of the board: Nina Juncewicz ’93, Thomas Kingston ’71, Michael Kochczynski ’08, MS ’12 and Polly Quinlan Klapper ’82.

Support Our Students

With a week to go in our 2014-15 annual campaign, please make your gift to the Canisius Fund (or a designation of your choice) and help support our 4,181 students.

Gifts to the Canisius Fund provide essential funding for tuition assistance and scholarships, and academic and athletic programs and initiatives that strengthen our Jesuit educational mission.
Double your impact: Between today and May 31, 2015, new and increased gifts to the Canisius Fund will be matched, up to $250,000, through the estate of the late Franklin G. Downing HON ’11. Your name will also be listed in the college’s annual donor report, which will be published in the fall issue of Canisius Magazine.

Alumni and friends, like YOU, give our students the opportunity to gain a Canisius education, and the lifetime of opportunity that comes with it.

Thank you in advance for your support!


Griff Center Supports Career Needs

Griff Center

Thinking about a career change? Need some practice preparing for that next job interview? Or maybe you want a second set of eyes to review your resume.

Whatever your career needs, make sure they include the Griff Center for Academic Engagement at Canisius. Established in fall 2014, the Griff Center provides comprehensive programs, services and resources to Canisius students – and alumni – to help ensure their professional success.

To get started, visit the Griff Center’s new website here. Then, click on “career services” to learn more about the complete career development services available to you or to start your job search.  If you would like to make an appointment, contact the Griff Center at 716-888-2170.

Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2015 Canisius Sports Hall of Fame are being accepted until July 20, 2015. To fill out a nomination form click here.