October 2016 - Canisius Online

From the Desk of Liz Culliton Washo

Dear Alumni & Friends,

I wanted to write a quick hello and introduce myself. I recently moved back to Buffalo to accept the position of director of alumni engagement after having been away for the last 16 years. Needless to say, I am thrilled to be in the 716 once again. Buffalo is experiencing a renaissance, and for those who haven’t been back to town in a while, I encourage you to visit! I also invite you to stop by to see the Canisius campus. There are many new and exciting things happening here, and I would love to show you around.

I know you don’t always have time to set foot on campus but perhaps you are interested in engaging with Canisius and our students. We are working on new ways for you to get involved, and will have some opportunities to share with you soon.

In the meantime, if you have suggestions about how we can better engage with our alumni, please feel free contact me at or 716-888-2700.

Best wishes,

You Inspire Students Like Sarah Battaglia Hrywnak MBA ’16

Sarah Battaglia Hrywnak, MBA ’16 thanks donors for her transformative Canisius experience in above video.

Just as St. Ignatius Loyola called his Jesuits to “Go forth and set the world on fire,” Sarah Battaglia Hrywnak MBA ’16 was inspired to make a difference in the world through her Canisius education.

Last year, Hrywnak travelled to Brazil, just outside of Rio, as part of the Sustainable Development in Business course. While there, she worked at Sinal do Vale, an innovative organic farm, reforestation and community resilience project. In addition, she interacted with Brazilian children, helping them to understand the importance of the health of the environment around them.

“This experience provided me with renewed perspective and encouraged me to continue pursuing a business model centered around sustainability, something I began researching a few years prior,” says Hrywnak.

Since the trip, Hrywnak started Olive Ridley, a high-quality recycled interior latex paint brand in response to the cost and environmental impact of paint waste. “I am so grateful I was presented with this opportunity and hope to inspire individuals and organizations to pursue a similar circular economic approach,” she adds.

Gifts made in support of the Canisius Fund help make distinctive learning opportunities possible for students, like Hrywnak. As a result, Canisius students are prepared to make a true difference in the world. Please consider being a spark of inspiration for our students by participating in the college’s 2016-17 annual campaign by making a gift today.

Thank you in advance for your support of Canisius and our students!

Take the Canisius Online Readership Survey

Canisius Online wants to hear from you! What do you like? What don’t you like? What would you like to see more of in your monthly alumni newsletter? Take our first-ever readership survey. Results will be compiled so that we can present you with a new version of Canisius Online that is fresh, easy to read and offers you the content that interests you most. The new Canisius Online will debut in spring 2017.

Take our Canisius Online Readership Survey here. Thank you for you participation!

Canisius Magazine to Feature Griffs Under 40

Do you know an innovative and inspiring young graduate who is using his or her Canisius education to make a difference in the world? If so, Canisius Magazine wants to know.

The editors are compiling the college’s first Griffs Under 40 list of alumni who demonstrate success in their professions and/or through their community advocacy.

Help us identify our best and brightest. Click here to nominate someone impressive (or your amazing self!).

Donor of the Month
Chris Malof ’96

Chris Malof ’96 is a managing director for the Arthurs Malof Group, part of UBS Financial Services in Buffalo.

“During my MBA studies at Canisius, I had the opportunity to speak to the boards of directors for various companies. It enabled me to harness my previous financial and investment experience.  My Canisius coursework gave me the business skills to round out the technical capabilities of my engineering background.”

Giving Back to Alma Mater

“I have a personal mantra when it comes to giving to Canisius – ‘learning, earning and returning.’ If you have the means, I believe it is important to give back.”

Advice to Students

“There are a million different professions in the business world. Keep your mind open, think broadly and take advantage of the myriad of opportunities available to you at Canisius. You never know where they might lead you.”

If you would like to join Chris Malof ’96 as a member of the Leadership Society or make a gift of any size, visit

"Dream, Girl" Premiere and Red Carpet Event

Caption: Caption: (l-r) Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts and co-director of the Canisius College Video Institute; Komal Minhas, co-producer, “Dream, Girl;” Erin Bagwell ’09, director and co-producer, “Dream, Girl,” and Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Canisius College Video Institute.

The Montante Cultural Center was packed on September 30 when a taste of Hollywood came to Canisius.  Guests walked the red carpet and posed for “glam shots” before the Canisius premiere of Erin Bagwell’s “Dream, Girl.” Bagwell ’09, a graduate of the digital media arts program and an alumna of the Video Institute, produced and directed the nationally-acclaimed documentary which chronicles the inspiring stories of female entrepreneurs.

See more photos of the event here.

All alumnae are invited to Building PoWerful Partnerships, a speed mentoring and networking event, on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons. The evening is co-hosted by the Women of Canisius and the Griff Center for Academic Engagement.

Attendees will participate in a unique evening of “speed mentoring” and networking with accomplished, high-profile Canisius alumnae and friends through one-on-one brief coaching sessions. See our list of mentors.

The evening will be fun, fast paced, and most importantly, an opportunity to make valuable connections with influential leaders across Canisius and our community.

We hope to see you there! To register, click here.

Girls on the Moon Reading and Launch Party

Janet McNally ’02, assistant professor of English and creative writing at Canisius, marks the release of her first young adult novel, Girls on the Moon, with a reading and launch party on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the college’s Student Center.  The event, which includes a book signing and reception, is free and open to the public.

Read more about McNally here.

Alumni Invited to a Pilgrimage to Africa

Timothy Wadkins, PhD, professor of religious studies and director of the Institute for the Global Study of Religion (IGSOR), invites alumni to “Explore Religion and Nature on the Slopes of Kilimanjaro,” a pilgrimage from July 5-15, 2017. The trip includes exploration of the religion and culture of the Chagga people of Kilimanjaro, visits to important cultural programs/agencies, on-site presentations by experts, and a two-day wildlife safari in two national parks.

An informational meeting about the trip will be held on January 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church, 3330 Main Street in Buffalo. For more information about the trip or IGSOR, contact Wadkins at (716) 888-2824 or

IGSOR exists to promote interest in the study and practice of religion within the Canisius College community and the wider community of Western New York. Affiliated with the department of Religious Studies and Theology at Canisius, its programs and activities facilitate the academic study of religions across the world, promote the Catholic identity of Canisius College, and assist in the Jesuit pastoral mission to educate men and women for the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

Hassett ’64, PhD, Pens New Book

Washington, D.C. attorney Joseph M. Hassett ’64, PhD, penned a new book, The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law.

A noted W.B. Yeats scholar, Hassett authored two other books, Yeats and the Politics of Hate and W.B. Yeats and the Muses.  Read a review of The Ulysses Trials here.

Alumna Recognized by Buffalo Broadcasters Association

Stephanie Aponte ’16, a journalism and communication studies graduate, is in good company. The Buffalo Broadcasters Association recognized Aponte with its Tim Russert Medal of Merit. During the ceremony on September 29, the association also inducted six Buffalo broadcast legends into its Hall of Fame. Read more about Aponte’s award and the event here.

Enstice MBA ’04 Interviews Masiello ’69 on New Podcast

Matt Enstice MBA '04, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus,
interviewed former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello ’69 on his inaugural podcast - “Talking Cities with Matt Enstice.” The podcast features people who create vibrant, healthier, and more sustainable communities.

“Talking Cities” is available through iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher Radio. Listen to Enstice's interview with Masiello here.