January 2016 - Canisius Online

2016 Commencement Speakers

Canisius College is pleased to announce the commencement speakers for the Class of 2016.

Rev. James Martin, SJ, will address the undergraduate class on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m. Father Martin is an internationally-renowned author, speaker and editor-at-large of America, the national Catholic magazine.

Terrance McGuire, a founding partner of Polaris Partners, will address the graduate class on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:00 p.m. A venture capitalist, McGuire is best known for his work commercializing academic research, particularly in the life sciences.

Click here to read more about the speakers.

Canisius will confer honorary doctorate degrees upon McGuire and Father Martin during commencement ceremonies, which will be held in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Also receiving honorary degrees are Edwin Mirand, PhD, DSc (doctor of science), vice president emeritus for educational affairs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and a former senior advisor to five previous RPCI presidents; Michael S. Taheri, a partner in the law firm of Taheri and Todoro PC and a lay missionary at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy; and Joseph Sr. and Shirley Basil, the retired founders and owners of the Basil Automotive Group.

Canisius Receives Prestigious Lilly Grant

Canisius is one of a select group of private four-year colleges and universities across the nation to receive a grant from the Lilly Endowment. Canisius received $583,000 to establish the Be the Light Youth Theology Institute at the college.

The award is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

“The creation of this institute is an opportunity for us to express more deeply our commitment to our Catholic, Jesuit identity,” says Canisius President John J. Hurley. “It will help us respond to Pope Francis’ priorities for the Jesuits and their works around the world: promotion of Jesuit spirituality, experiences with peoples at the periphery of society and vocation promotion.”

The institute will welcome high school students entering their junior and senior years to campus as part of a week-long residential learning experience.

Click here to learn more about the Lilly Grant.

Professor Angelini Awarded Fulbright

The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selected Eileen M. Angelini, PhD, professor of French at Canisius College, for a Fulbright Specialist project at the University of Manitoba in Canada.

Angelini worked on the project “Francophone Culture: Literature, Pedagogy and Additional Language Acquisition,” during her stay at the university from January 3 – 16. She collaborated on the project with faculty and graduate students in the Department of French, Spanish and Italian in the Faculty of Arts, and education students and faculty in the Faculty of Education from the University of Manitoba and the Université de St. Boniface. She also gave public lectures and participated in community outreach at l’École St. Avilia, a French-immersion school.

Angelini is one of more than 400 U.S. faculty and professionals who have or will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program, the Fulbright Specialist Program provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world.

Click here to read more about Dr. Eileen Angelini’s Fulbright.

Rev. Michael Tunney, SJ, Appointed Rector at Fairfield University

Rev. Michael Tunney, SJ, has been appointed by the Superior General of the Jesuits to become the rector of the Fairfield Jesuit community. He will assume his new role July 1, 2016.

A longstanding member of the Canisius community, Father Tunney has served as professor of fine arts and director of that program, as rector of the Canisius Jesuit community and for the past five years as the college’s first director of Mission & Identity. He has been an active supporter of the sacramental and liturgical work of Campus Ministry and the Alumni Association. He has also been of great service to the Diocese of Buffalo in his adjunct roles with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy and St. Joseph’s University Church.

The Canisius community wishes Father Tunney well in his new assignment.

Trying to Locate a Long Lost Canisius Classmate?

No matter where you are or how busy your schedule, former Canisius classmates are now just a click away with the new GRIFFNATION app.

Powered by EverTrue, the GRIFFNATION app is supported by iPhones and Androids, and available to all Canisius alumni. Features include an alumni directory that enables you to search by name, class year, company or graduate school. You’ll also have access to the alumni and college events calendars.

So what are you waiting for? Simply click here and you’re on your way to reconnecting with your former Canisius classmates.

Adopt a Student Program

Rebecca Krakowiak ’15 participated in the 2012 service-immersion experience to India.

More than 50 Canisius students will take part in one of the college’s 2016 International Service-Immersion Experiences this summer, journeying to locations around the globe to live out the Jesuit ideals of men and women with and for others.

This year’s international service-immersion trips include experiences in Jamaica, El Salvador, Poland, and India, where Canisius students will work with people who have suffered from war, hunger, neglect, discrimination and poverty. Students will be challenged to live simply, ask difficult questions about the injustices of the world, deepen their faith and spirituality, and serve others.

Students are excited to embark on this transformative experience but they need your help! Student participants are expected to raise funds to cover the cost of their experiences. This year, alumni, friends, and faculty and staff have the opportunity to support a specific student, team or service-immersion experience through the Adopt a Student program, offered through the Office of Campus Ministry. Your support of the program with a gift of any size will ensure all interested students are able to participate in this life-enhancing experience.

Click here to make a gift and learn more about the Adopt a Student program and the students who will directly benefit from your generosity. 

Master Your Finances

Canisius is rolling out a new program to help students and alumni master their finances. The college recently partnered with SALT, a non-profit educational resource that empowers individuals to confidently approach and manage their current finances, while gaining financial skills for life. 

SALT offers student loan repayment options, one-on-one repayment counseling with student loan experts, budgeting tools to manage federal student loans, and much more.

Canisius joins a growing number of colleges and universities that are using SALT to educate and counsel borrowers. All members of the college community are encouraged to sign up for this valuable – and free – service.

For more information, contact Sean Hudson, assistant director of student financial services at Canisius College, at Or, sign up for SALT services at

Canisius Celebrates Mid-1990s Men’s Basketball

John Beilein, one of the most popular and successful basketball coaches in Canisius history, returned to his roots on January 24 when the Canisius Athletics Department celebrated one of the greatest three-year runs in men’s basketball program history prior to the Golden Griffin’s game against MAAC rival Siena.

Coach John Bielein (left) at center court, alongside Canisius President John J. Hurley (center) and Canisius Athletics Director Bill Maher ’89.

The college paid tribute to the 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 men’s basketball teams, during a brunch and meet-and-greet event. Combined, these teams earned a total of 62 victories, two berths into the NIT, including a run to the Final Four in 1995, the 1994 MAAC regular season championship and the 1996 MAAC Tournament title, and an appearance in the 1996 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament.

Coach John Bielein (center) joins the players, trainers and administrators from the 1994, 1995 and 1996 men’s basketball program during halftime.

Nearly every player and all the coaches from that era of the men’s basketball program attended including Beilein and Canisius Sports Hall of Famers Darrell Barley, Micheal Meeks, Javone “Bam” Moore and Craig Wise.

Click here to view photos from the event.

Share in Your Devotion

Share in the spiritual and social advantages of having a Catholic, Jesuit education by becoming a member of the Alumni Sodality group at Canisius.

The religious aim of the Sodality remains the same as when it was founded at Canisius in 1896: To foster in its members an ardent devotion, reverence and love towards the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Alumni Sodality is open to all Catholic men and women of “liberal learning,” and meets on the first Sunday of every month from October through May. Members pray the Rosary, celebrate Mass and recite special Sodality prayers. There is also an opportunity to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Following the services, members enjoy breakfast and a brief lecture, which is often presented by a member of the community.

WGRZ-TV anchor Mary Alice Demler will be the featured speaker at the Alumni Sodality’s next meeting, scheduled for Sunday, February 7. She will discuss her visit with Pope Francis in Philadelphia last year. Demler will speak at 9:00 a.m. in the Faculty Dining Room, Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center, following the 8:00 a.m. Mass in Christ the King Chapel. The cost for breakfast is $12 per person.

To learn more or to join the Canisius Alumni Sodality, contact Paul Becker ’53 at (716) 835-7826.

Canisius Commemorates Black History Month

The Department of Academic Talent Search (ATS) is holding its annual Canisius College Black History Month event on Thursday, February 25. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the Buffalo Convention Center from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. More than 700 students from area schools are expected to attend.

This year’s keynote speaker is civil and human rights leader, former NAACP president, venture capitalist and author, Benjamin Jealous. Jealous was the youngest-ever national leader of the NAACP and earned accolades from Forbes and Time magazines for reviving the organization. ATS will also have workshops and informational stations set up from various organizations. Topics include educational and career opportunities, financial literacy and mental health.

The ATS is one of five federally funded Trio programs that provide educational, social and career support services to approximately 600 youths recruited from area schools and community service organizations.

To learn more about the event, contact the Academic Talent Search office at (716) 888-3280.

David Nalewajek ’74, PhD, to Receive Crowdle Award

David Nalewajek '74, PhD, research fellow for Honeywell International Inc., will receive the James H. Crowdle Award on Friday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Grupp Fireside Lounge. Presented by the Canisius Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the student chapter of the American Chemical Society, the award is given for distinction in chemistry.

A synthetic fluorine chemist, Nalewajek’s work focuses on synthesizing and developing environmentally safer replacements for chlorofluorcarbons.

Professor Crowdle was an outstanding member of the college’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more than 40 years, most of which he served as chair. He was a powerful force in the creation of many campus-wide institutions; he co-founded The Griffin and he founded the DiGamma Honor Society.

If you would like to attend the Crowdle Award ceremony, please contact Alice Steltermann at (716) 888-2340.

You’re Invited to Commemorate 100 years of ROTC service at Military Ball

The Canisius College Military Science Department cordially invites alumni of the program to its Golden Griffin Battalion Military Ball. Scheduled for Friday, May 6, from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Lockport Canalside, the evening will commemorate 100 years of service by the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). The ROTC program has been the foundation for providing education, training and inspiration to cadets who pursue commissioning in the United States Army.

Since 1951, more than a thousand Canisius graduates have earned their commissioning in the United States Armed Forces.

For more information or to purchase tickets ($50 per person), contact Major Stephen Ang at or at 716-888-3249.

Come Serve in New Orleans

Meg Wierchowski ’10, DO (foreground) and Kimberly Pepe ’10 help to rebuild a home in New Orleans

Campus Ministry invites Canisius alumni to participate in its popular service and immersion program in New Orleans. The program runs from May 23 - May 29 (dates are flexible), during which time participants will partner with the St. Bernard Project to repair and renovate homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Participants will also visit with New Orleans’ homeless and serve lunch at a drop-in center.
“Many families are still not back in their homes after Katrina,” says Joe Van Volkenburg ’88, campus minister and organizer of the trip. “There is still a great need.”

No experience is necessary to participate in this service and immersion experience - only a desire to live simply, spiritually and in solidarity.

“It's always a great week,” says Tim Blewett ’67. “We live out what the Jesuits taught us, which is to serve others in need and contribute to our community. We come back renewed and transformed.”

"My participation in the alumni service program to New Orleans has meant so much to me during my time in medical school and residency,” adds Megan Wierchowski ’10, DO. “These trips have been a great way for me to put my life back in perspective. They have allowed me to continue service after college, meet new people, develop new skills and focus on spirituality.”

The cost to participate in the trip is $300, which includes housing and most meals. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to New Orleans.

Click here for more information.

Registration for Summer Science Camp Now Open

The Canisius Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites alumni to take advantage of its annual Summer Science Camp for kids. Open to children entering grades 5-8, this week-long camp engages students, each day, in several broadly defined science topics, which they explore through hands-on activities. 

This year’s Summer Science Camp at Canisius will take place August 8 – 12, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available). The cost is $210 and includes lunch, daily.

Click here for more information or to register, or visit Summer Science Camp on Facebook

Governor Designates Canisius Alumnus a Presiding Judge

Gerald J. Whalen ‘79 was designated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo as presiding justice for the Appellate Division for the Fourth Judicial Department, which encompasses 22 counties.

"Justice Whalen has always sought to uphold the principles of our justice system and ensure that every New Yorker is treated fairly before it,” said Gov. Cuomo. “His strong legal background and even more impressive character is a prime example of what we look for on the bench."

Click here to read more about Justice Whalen.

Alumnus Quoted in National Fitness Magazine

Charles J. Pelitera ’80, MS ’90, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology and coordinator of health and wellness at Canisius College, talks about how to protect yourself when exercising in cold weather in the January/February issue of Shape Magazine.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Tom Wolf ’86 Featured in AJCU Connections

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) featured Thomas A. Wolf ’86 in its December edition of Connections. The issue celebrated the arts on Jesuit campuses. Wolf, an adjunct professor of fine arts/studio arts at Canisius, was recognized for the ways in which he integrates the Jesuit mission into his travel photography course.

Click here to read the story.

Matthew J. Jasen ’37 Remembered by Historical Society of NY Courts

December 13, 2015 would have marked the 100th birthday of the late Hon. Matthew J. Jasen ’37. Judge Jasen served as an associate judge of the New York State Court of Appeals for 18 years. A strong voice on the court, he authored nearly 430 majority and 280 dissenting opinions during his tenure.

Judge Jasen’s legacy is now chronicled in the Historical Society of the New York Courts. Written by Mike Powers, a former law clerk of Judge Jasen and partner with Phillips Lytle LLP, the biography provides an excellent overview of one of Canisius’ most distinguished alumni.

Click here to read the biography in its entirety.

Canisius Alumni Selected to Serve as Cabinet Members to Superintendent Cash

Five Canisius College alumni are among the eight individuals selected by Buffalo School Superintendent Kriner Cash to assist him in turning around the city’s struggling schools. The new Canisius “cabinet” members are current and former high-profile administrators. They are Anne K. Botticelli ’95, Darren Brown MBA ’00, Sabatino Cimato MA ’02, Kevin Eberle MS ’92, James Weimer ’86, MS ’99.

Click here to read more about these new cabinet members.

February 2016 - Canisius Online

Canisius Community Members Dominate List of Most Influential Leaders

Forty-five (45) members of the Canisius College community, including alumni, honorary degree recipients and members of the Board of Trustees, make up 18 percent of Business First’s Power 250 list for 2016. The annual ranking identifies the most influential leaders throughout Western New York.

The Power 250 list includes 30 Canisius College alumni, including President John J. Hurley ’78, who climbed eight places from last year to number 45. President Hurley and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi are the highest-ranking college presidents on the list.

Click here to see the list of those members of the Canisius community who were named to the Power 250 list.

Click here to see the entire Power 250 List.

College Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College maintained its business accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. 

Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education. Accreditation has been earned by less than five percent of the world’s business programs.

“The Richard J. Wehle School of Business is the largest private institution in Western New York accredited by AACSB International,” says Richard A. Shick, PhD, dean of the Wehle School of Business. “We are extremely proud that the college has held this distinction of excellence since 1977. This achievement is a testament to the caliber of our faculty who continue to provide our students with rigorous academics to prepare them for today’s challenges and opportunities.”

Click here to read more.

Canisius College to Hold First Annual Giving Day

Save April 27 to your calendar and help us make history at Canisius!
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The college needs 427 donors on 4.27.2016 to make history at Canisius. With so many loyal and caring alumni and friends, the Canisius College Board of Trustees has set forth a challenge that will provide thousands of dollars of additional support should 427 donors make a gift to Canisius on Giving Day.

Learn more about #CanisiusGivingDay at Together WE CAN make Canisius the best possible experience for our students.

Canisius Wins First Place in CFA Challenge for Sixth Consecutive Year

Canisius 2016 CFA team from l to r: Rich Kubiak '16, Alex Vienne '16, Mallory Murdie MBA '17, Dan Suarez '16 and Lee Huber '16.

Canisius College began its defense of its 2015 world championship in the CFA Institute Research Challenge when, for the sixth consecutive year, a team of Canisius students finished first in the Western New York round on Monday, February 15 at SUNY Geneseo. Canisius placed over Cornell University (second place) and Geneseo (third place), as well as Niagara University, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oswego, the University at Buffalo, Syracuse University and St. Bonaventure University.

The Canisius team now advances to the Americas regional competition in Chicago on April 13-14, where it will compete with college and university teams from North and South America. The winner of the Americas regional competition moves to the final four of the global CFA championship. Last year, Canisius’s five-man team placed first over more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 865 universities in 70 countries.

“This competition provides our students with an opportunity to integrate their academic training in a team environment and become polished professionals at the very start of their careers,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, professor of economics and finance and faculty advisor to the Canisius team. Wall is joined by Matthew Krajna ’12, MBAACC ’12, who is serving as the Canisius team’s CFA mentor throughout the competition. Krajna is a portfolio advisor with Nottingham Advisors.

To learn more about this year’s CFA Challenge, click here.

Dibble ’15 Awarded IPS Scholarship

Andrew C. Dibble ’15 was selected for an International Parliamentary Scholarship (IPS) by the German Bundestag (Parliament), in collaboration with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin.

Dibble will receive a stipend of $450 Euros per month, free room and board, and insurance and travel expenses to study at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He will be placed in a 15-week internship in the office of a member of the Bundestag.

Dibble is a 2015 graduate of Canisius with degrees in international business and German.

“I first learned about the IPS four years ago when a member of the Bundestag spoke at Canisius,” says Dibble. “I was instantly fascinated by the idea of living in Berlin and becoming even a small cog in the political machine, and gaining experience working in the office of a member of the Bundestag. In addition, I hoped to get to know people of different nations and cultures in the multicultural setting of Berlin.”

Dibble will begin his five-month placement with the German Bundestag at the end of this month. During this time, Dibble will have the opportunity to learn about the German parliamentary system and the political decision-making process. Dibble will work closely with a member of the Bundestag and will be introduced to the wide variety of tasks carried out by that member's office. Each year, the IPS places 120 young professionals from 41 countries around the world in Berlin to take courses at a German university. The purpose of the International Parliamentary Scholarship is to teach young people about the significance of friendly cooperation based on shared political and cultural values.

Learn more about Dibble’s scholarship here.

Canisius Offers SALT Financial Literacy Services for Alumni and Students

The college recently partnered with SALT, a non-profit educational resource that empowers individuals to confidently approach and manage their current finances, while gaining financial skills for life. 

SALT offers access to helpful information during tax time. College students, new grads, and their parents may be able to take advantage of tax credits and deductions that reward them simply for paying for (or repaying loans for) their educations.

Note the article “4 Education Tax Credits and Deductions for College Costs,” and other similar articles at  Complete the simple sign up for free access to a wealth of helpful financial information.  Tax information can be found under the Master Money heading of the SALT website.

SALT & American Student Assistance (ASA) are partners with Canisius College.  

For more information, contact Sean Hudson, assistant director of student financial services at Canisius College, at

Happy Birthday Petey!

Canisius Women's Lacrosse Coach Scott Teeter’s daughter, Olivia, joins Petey’s birthday celebration.

The Canisius community gathered in the Patrick Lee Center on February 5 to celebrate Petey Griffin’s 83rd birthday. The celebration included a tailgate party prior to the men’s basketball game against MAAC foe Iona. Guests enjoyed food, inflatables, cake and a DJ.

DiGamma Honor Society Inducts Eight New Members

First Row (l-r) Jim Bingeman (brother of Kurt C. Bingeman ’71, awarded posthumously); Terri L. Mangione, PhD; Annette Dispenza-Kajtoch ’88, MBA ’90.  Second row (l-r) Martin J. Berardi ’79 (2015 recipient), Sharon A. Kasperczyk AA ’12, Edward J. Kelley ’08. Third row (l-r) Kevin W. Spitler ’71 and James L. Budny ’70, MD. 

The Canisius College DiGamma Honor Society inducted eight new members on Friday, February 19 during a ceremony in the Montante Cultural Center. The prestigious honor society is composed of Canisius alumni, faculty, administrators and students who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service to the college, over an extended period of time.

Congratulations to this year’s inductees:
Kurt C. Bingeman ’71 (awarded posthumously), owner and CEO, Russell Bond & Co.
Martin J. Berardi ’79 (2015 recipient), CEO, Schutte-Buffalo Hammermill
James L. Budny ’70, MD, neurosurgeon, Gates Vascular Institute/Neurosurgeon, UB Neurosurgery
Annette Dispenza-Kajtoch ’88, MBA ’90, senior vice president, First Niagara Bank
Edward J. Kelley ’08, lead consultant, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Kevin W. Spitler ’71, attorney, Law Offices of Kevin Spitler
Sharon A. Kasperczyk AA ’12, alumni engagement officer, Canisius College
Terri L. Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs and Title IX Coordinator, Canisius College

Click here to view photos from the event.

Sports Hall of Fame Induction

(l-r) Carl Montante ’64, HON ’04, Dennis Misko ’67, Carl Carballada ’56, HON ’81 and Canisius President John Hurley. 

Dennis Misko ’67, director of external projects and major gift officer, received the Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Award at the annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, February 20 in the Montante Cultural Center.

The newly-established award recognizes individuals who have had a significant impact on Canisius College Athletics over an extended period of time but who do not qualify for induction into the Sports Hall of Fame as an athlete or non-athlete. Sports Hall of Fame inductees were recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Marist College. Congratulations to:

Jon Udwadia ’93, MD, Men’s Tennis
Ryan Stewart ’97, Men’s Hockey
Genevieve (Garcia) Dispenza ’02, MBA ’05, Softball
Matt Vinc ’05, Men’s Lacrosse
Brian Cavanaugh, Men’s Hockey Coach

Click here for more photos from the event.

Cienki ’79 Donates Signed ESPN Banner to Golden Griffin Sports Broadcast Center

(l-r) Paul Cienki ’79, Deirdre Cienki and Canisius President John Hurley pose in front of the new ESPN banner.

Paul Cienki ’79, vice president, government accounting & compliance at Honeywell International, donated an ESPN banner for display in the college’s new Golden Griffin Sports Broadcast Center. The banner is signed by high-level ESPN executives. Cienki’s daughter, Deirdre Cienki, manages the programming on ESPN Radio Network in Bristol, CT. The Cienkis were on campus Monday, February 22 to present the banner. Deirdre also spoke to students in the college’s Sport Management Program and Sports Journalism concentration. Her talk was entitled “A Young Professional's Journey into Sports Broadcasting.”

Click here for more photos from the event.

MAAC-n-Cheese Fest

The Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, with support from the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, invites fans to celebrate the return of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship to downtown Albany with the all-new “Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest” on Friday, March 4 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 90 State Street in Albany, New York.

During the pre-game event, fans will have the opportunity to sample gourmet mac-n-cheese dishes from numerous Albany-area restaurants, as well as multiple varieties of craft beer from New York State breweries. A portion of the proceeds from the event will jointly benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York and the Times Union Hope Fund.

Tickets for the Hannaford MAAC-n-Cheese Fest are $10 for 10 sampling tickets, which can be used in any combination for selections of mac-n-cheese or craft beer. A set of 10 sampling tickets may be purchased in advance and reserved online for $8, a 20 percent discount on the door price by clicking here.

Men’s and women’s quarterfinal games will be played over two days at the MAAC Basketball Championship on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5. Women’s games start at noon and 2:30 p.m. and men’s games at 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The semifinal round will take place on Sunday, March 6 with the women’s games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and the men’s games at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The women’s championship will be held on Monday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. The men will tip-off for the championship trophy on Monday at 7 p.m.

Click here to purchase tickets for MAAC-n-Cheese Fest.

First Annual Griff Fair

The Griff Center is sponsoring a Griff Fair, the first annual career and internship fair, on Wednesday, March 9 from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This free event is open to all current undergraduate, graduate students and alumni. More than 60 employers are expected to participate. Registration for the event is available through our new career portal, Handshake. More information, including a list of employers, can be found here.

If you are looking for a new career opportunity, please join us!

All-College Honors Program Banquet

Alumni of the Canisius All-College Honors Program are invited to the annual banquet on Wednesday, April 6 at the Hotel Lafayette (Greenhouse Room) in Buffalo. There will be a social hour at 6 p.m. with a cash bar, followed by a buffet dinner. 

Honors alumna, Julie Anna Golebiewski ’04, PhD, a new faculty member in the college’s Department of Economics and Finance, will give a brief talk. Many current honors students and faculty will be in attendance, including Bob Butler, PhD, the beloved former director of the Honors Program.

Cost for alumni is $30 per person. Please make checks payable to “Canisius College.” For more information and reservations, contact Alice Steltermann, administrative associate, Chemistry Department, at or (716) 888-2340. The deadline for reservations is March 15.

We are always interested in hearing about what our alums are doing, so please contact Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, director, All-College Honors Program, with updates at

Perez-Bode Dedecker ’82 Named Distinguished Citizen

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ’82, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, will be honored with the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award at the Golden Jubilee Board of Regents Scholarship Ball on May 7 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The Regents Ball is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support to promising young students who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education. Canisius Regents Annette M. Dispenza-Kajtoch ’88, MBA ’90 and Brian M. Murphy ’95 are co-chairs of the event.

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities for the ball, contact Cecelia Gotham, assistant director of stewardship and events, at 716-888-8228 or

Click here to read more. 

Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience Held at Canisius

The Canisius Center for Professional Development (CPD) and School of Education and Human Services present Steve Tasker’s Self-Leadership Experience. The three-day leadership program for high school students will be held on Tuesday, July 26 - Thursday, July 28, 2016 on the Canisius campus.

Best known as one of the greatest wide receivers and 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 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.

Cost for the three-day Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience is $295 per participant. Canisius alumni signing up children are eligible for a discounted rate of $250 (use coupon code: STLE16). Cost includes snacks, lunches and a copy of the book 10 Things We Should Teach You in High School and Don’t, by Peter Herr.

To enroll, go to and complete the online form.

For more information, contact Colleen or Christina at the Center for Professional Development at (716) 888-8490 or

Williams ’10 Performs During Super Bowl Halftime Show

Drummer Venzella “Joy” Williams ’10 performed with superstar singer Beyoncé during the halftime show of Super Bowl 50. Williams previously toured with Beyoncé and Jay Z during the “Mrs. Carter World Tour” and played at the White House for Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday celebration.

Joy graduated from Canisius with a major in criminal justice and a minor in music before moving to Los Angeles, where she continues to thrive as a professional drummer. Click here to read more about Williams in the Canisius Magazine, Page 22.

Alumnus’ Company Wins Super Bowl Ad Contest

Death Wish Coffee, the Saratoga County-based maker of what it calls “the world’s strongest coffee,” beat 15,000 other entrants of Intuit QuickBooks’ annual Small Business, Big Game contest to win a free, 30-second Super Bowl commercial, worth an estimated $4.5 million. John Swedish ’99 serves as the company’s master roaster, director of product development and lifelong best friend of the company’s founder.

Swedish is a Springville native, lived in Arcade and Delevan, and graduated from Canisius College in 1999 with degrees in criminal justice and sociology.

Death Wish, Vidler’s and California-based clothing company, Chubbies Shorts, were the three finalists.

View the commercial here.

Swedish and Death Wish Coffee were featured in The Buffalo News. Read the article here.

James Mezhir '95, Oncologist, Loses Battle With Cancer

As a teenager, James Mezhir ’95 had a difficult battle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After an 18-hour surgery, grueling rounds of chemotherapy, and many hospital stays, Mezhir beat the disease. Rather than run from cancer, the 1995 biology/psychology graduate decided to become an oncologist to give others a chance at a better life. Mezhir went on to attend the University at Buffalo Medical School and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, to specialize in the very surgery that saved his life.

Tragically, his cancer eventually recurred, and Mezhir lost his battle on February 3. Mezhir performed many miracles during his medical career. Read more here.

Business First Publishes “Who’s Building Western New York”

Business First compiled a list of men and women who are developing the future of the Buffalo Niagara Region. Canisius alumni represent 14 percent of the executives lauded for the construction projects underway in Western New York. Canisius alumni are:

Penny Armitage MBA ’08, principal architect, Armitage Architecture PC
Philip Casilio ’80, vice president, Casilio Companies
Domenic Cortese ’78, president and CEO, Cortese Construction Services Corp.
James Dentinger ’83, MBA ’94, president, McGuire Development Company
Tim Hughes MBA ’99, office principal, C&S Companies
Timothy Hourihan MS ’96, manager, Commercial Division, REALTYUSA
Karen Kirst MBA ’87, president, Kirst Commercial Real Estate Corp.
Paul Kolkmeyer ’75, president and CEO, Priam Enterprises LLC
Carl Montante ’64, HON ’04, president and managing director, Uniland Development Company
Michael Montante ’91, vice president, Uniland Development Company
Thomas Montante ’65, CEO, TM Montante Development LLC
Eric Tudor ’89, co-owner/broker, Tudor Collins Commercial Real Estate
James Warren ’85, owner, Morgan Homes
Corey Wiktor ’00, executive director, County of Cattaraugus Industrial Development Agency