April 2015 - Canisius Online

Canisius Alumnus Wins Pulitzer Prize

Congratulations to Adam Zyglis ’04 who received the ultimate journalism honor on Monday, April 20, when he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Zyglis is the editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News. He is also nationally-syndicated with his work regularly appearing in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

In receiving the Pulitzer Prize, the committee recognized Zyglis for his use of “strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words.”

Learn more about Adam Zyglis in this 2009 Canisius Magazine story 

Click here to see his editorial cartoon portfolio

Read last week's story in The Buffalo News

See the congratulatory ad Canisius College placed in The Buffalo News

Canisius Students Win Global Finals at CFA Challenge

Congratulations world champions! A team of Canisius students won the Global Finals at the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge held in Atlanta on Friday, April 17. The Canisius team -- Matthew Coad '14, MBA '16 (team captain), Carl Larsson '15, Stephen Miller '15, Kevin Monheim '15 and Ryan Zimmer '15 -- competed against students from the University of Florida, and two other regional winners, one from Europe (Kyiv National Economic University in the Ukraine) and one from Asia Pacific (Aateneo de Manila University in the Philippines…a Jesuit institution) for the 2015 global title.

More than 4,000 students from 70 countries and 865 universities from all over the world competed for a spot in the Global Finals to show they have what it takes to be successful investment management professionals. Babson College was the last U.S. school to win the competition, in 2007, and since then, the names of American colleges and universities that advanced to the finals but failed to win include Southern Cal, Missouri, University of Florida, Rice, Houston and Brigham Young University.

“The competition and talent from prestigious universities from across the globe were fierce,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs and the Canisius team advisor. “The CFA Challenge is one of the most rigorous and competitive financial competitions in the world. Our students worked extremely hard and their success speaks to the in-depth, forward-thinking training they receive in equity research at Canisius.”

Click here to read more about the competition

Read their story in Financial Advisor Magazine

See the congratulatory ad Canisius College placed in The Buffalo News

President Hurley Makes Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Canisius President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, participated in a seven-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The week-long pilgrimage was sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine. It was led by Revs. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage; Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America; and Brendan Lally, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph’s University.

President Hurley shared photos and his reflections throughout his pilgrimage. Read his reflections and view his photos here.
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View a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land at journeys.americamagazine.org.


2015 Homecoming Weekend is September 25 - 27

Plans are well underway for Homecoming Weekend 2015 and in order to make the weekend truly memorable for your class, we need your help! For 2015, Homecoming Weekend will be September 25th – 27th. The move to Fall of last year allowed us the opportunity to integrate alumni with student and family weekend. This further energized the weekend, increased attendance and brought the campus to life!

Building a strong reunion committee is crucial to create a memorable weekend for your class, and we are asking for your help to take on a leadership role in your reunion committee this year. Class years celebrating milestones this year are 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. To find out how you can be of assistance please email or call the alumni office at alumni@canisius.edu or 800.201.4952.

More information is available online.

Canisius Accounting Grads Rank #1 Overall in NYS on CPA Exam

Canisius alumni with graduate degrees ranked first overall, in New York State, and sixth nationally, on the 2014 CPA exam cycle, with a 75 percent pass rate, in the category of small programs (institutions with 10-20 candidates). The 2014 exam is the most recent to be published by the National Association of the State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The results are for graduates with advanced degrees in all events (sections) taken.

“Graduates of the Canisius College Accounting Program consistently rank among the best in the state, based on CPA exam pass rates,” says Ian Redpath, chair of the Department of Accounting. “The exceptional knowledge and dedication of our accounting faculty, the high quality of our curriculum and the rigorous program standards equates to successful graduates who are heavily recruited by employers.”

Read more about the rankings here.

O’Leary ’95 Honored at Annual Accounting Banquet

Michael J. O’Leary ’95, CPA, partner, advisor, and global internal audit leader at Ernst & Young LLP, received the Dr. Joseph R. Coppola ’40 Award at the 59th annual Canisius College Accounting Society Banquet held on Thursday, April 23 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. The Coppola Award recognizes the exceptional achievements of a Canisius College accounting alumnus.

Keith Stolzenburg, CPA, managing partner in the Buffalo office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, was honored as the Outstanding Accountant in Western New York.

Learn more about the recipients here

Regents Ball to Honor Scott Bieler

Scott Bieler, president of West Herr Automotive Group, will be honored with the 2015 Regents Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award at the 49th Annual Regents Scholarship Ball on May 9 at the Hyatt Regency in Buffalo. The Regents Ball provides an opportunity to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Western New York while also raising vital funds for the Regents Scholarship Endowment Fund. Thanks to the support of alumni and friends, the 2014 Regents Ball raised a record $136,000. Please note: the 2015 Ball is a sell-out. There are no more tables or tickets are available.

Canisius Regents Annette Dispenza-Kajtoch ’88, MBA ’90 and Brian Murphy ’95 are co-chairs of the event.

Click here to read the release

NYC Alumni Reception

Pictured at the Canisius over Cocktails reception at Cliff Young Ltd. on April 8 in New York City (l to r): Joshua Coleman '10, President John Hurley, Leslie Zarra, Christopher Zarra '90, and Bill Collins, vice president for advancement.

More than 80 alumni, parents and friends attended the reception in the New York Design Center on Lexington Avenue.

Click here for photos from the event.

Regional Alumni Chapter Revitalization

The Office of Alumni Engagement is in the process of growing its regional chapters. Regional chapters provide the college with a direct connection to its most valued assets -- Canisius alumni! A regional chapter is a great way to connect with fellow Griffins in the area and stay current on Canisius’ news and events. It is an opportunity for fellow Griffins to build new bonds, and strengthen existing ones.

We currently have active regional chapters in New York City and Buffalo-Niagara and are working to revitalize and/or form chapters in Albany, Chicago, Las Vegas, Rochester, Syracuse and Washington, DC. Alumni leadership volunteers have been identified in each of these areas. If you are interested in joining one of these regional chapters, please email the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@canisius.edu or call 800-201-4952.

Click here to connect with a chapter in your area.

Your Gift May Increase Alumni Participation!

Your participation – with a gift of any size – matters!

Alumni participation refers to the number of undergraduate alumni who make an annual gift of any size to their alma mater. When it comes to participation, a $25 gift is weighted the same as a $2,500 gift. Participation is one of the critical metrics used to determine national rankings of universities; it also helps leverage financial support from corporations and foundations.

With less than two months to go in our 2014-15 annual campaign, please consider participating by making a gift to alma mater today through the Canisius Fund or a designation of your choice. Gifts to the Canisius Fund provide essential funding for tuition assistance and scholarships, academic and athletic programs and initiatives that strengthen our Jesuit educational mission.

Commencement 2015

Robert E. Rich Jr. and Melinda Rich, two of the nation’s most dynamic business leaders, will address the graduate school Class of 2015 during commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Robert and Melinda Rich are chair and vice chair, respectively, of Rich Products Corporation, the country’s largest family-owned frozen food manufacturer. Under their leadership, the company expanded into new and emerging markets, grew to more than $3 billion in worldwide sales revenue and distinguished itself for delivering high-quality customer service while nurturing an award-winning organizational culture.

Catherine M. Burzik ’72, a leader in the life sciences industry, will return home to Western New York and alma mater in May to serve as commencement speaker for the Canisius undergraduate Class of 2015. Ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Wehle School of Business and School of Education and Human Services ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. The ceremony for the School of Arts and Sciences will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Burzik successfully managed several major biomedical and biotechnology businesses throughout her career of more than 30 years. She is currently an operating partner at Targeted Technologies, a venture capital firm focused on medical devices, life sciences and biotech investments.
Burzik is a former member and chair of the Canisius Board of Trustees and served an integral role in generating support for the college’s successful A Legacy of Leadership campaign.

Catherine Burzik, Robert Rich Jr. and Melinda Rich will receive honorary degrees during commencement ceremonies, as will Rev. David Hollenbach, S.J., professor of theology at Boston College; Hon. William M. Skretny ’66, chief U.S. District Judge for the Western District of New York; and civil rights legend Rev. C.T. Vivian.


Canisius Alumna Places Second on “Jeopardy”

Canisius alumna Lindsey Ohmit Love ’08 tested her knowledge on the popular quiz show, “Jeopardy.” She competed hard against two other contestants, including the reigning six-day “Jeopardy” champion, Kerry Greene. After the final “Jeopardy” round, Ohmit Love came in second and walked away with $2,000.

Ohmit Love, a native of Eden, NY, currently resides in Washington, DC. She graduated from Canisius with degrees in European studies, international relations and French. Love is program coordinator of European & Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Sports Hall of Fame Nominations

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