Commencement 2015

Two of the nation’s most dynamic business leaders will address the graduate Class of 2015 during commencement ceremonies on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Robert E. Rich, Jr headshot imageMelinda Rich headshotRobert E. Rich Jr. and Melinda Rich are chair and vice chair, respectively, of Rich Products Corporation, the nation’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 headshot imageCatherine 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. 

Burzik successfully managed several major biomedical and biotechnology businesses throughout her 30-plus year career.  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 played an integral role generating support for the college’s successful 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. Dr. C.T. Vivian, a spiritual leader and strategist. 

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President Hurley Named to Irish Education 100

President John J. Hurley was named to the 2014 Irish Education 100.  Irish Education 100 celebrates and honors the latest generation of Irish educators and supporters of education.

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Athletics Inducts Three into Sports Hall of Fame

Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

Pictured (l-r): Pat and Don McMahon '55, MS '61, Ellen O. Conley, PhD, Veronica Maher ’02 and Jenél Stevens ’04, MS ’05

The Canisius College Athletics Department welcomed three new members to its 2015 Hall of Fame class.  Inducted on Sunday, January 25 were Veronica Maher ’02 (softball), Jénel Stevens ’04, MS ’05 (basketball) and Ellen O. Conley, PhD, retired vice president for student affairs, former athletic administrator and women’s sports advocate. 

Don '55, MS '61, and Pat McMahon were both presented with the Rev. Paul J. Dugan, S.J., Award.  The award recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to Canisius athletics.  The McMahons are long-time supporters of the Athletics Department.

Click here to learn more about these award recipients and the Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

Score One for John Axford MS ’13

Score one for John Axford MS ’13!   The major league baseball pitcher and Canisius alumnus talks about how the Masters in Sport Administration Program prepared him for a professional career, on and off the field, in this latest video

A current free agent and former representative for the MLB Players Union, Axford played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and previously pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis cardinals and the Cleveland Indians. 

He is a 2013 graduate of the Masters in Sport Administration Program and recently returned to alma mater to serve as the keynote speaker at the college’s annual MSA Sports Forum

When Canisius beats Niagara, everybody wins.

Support the Beat Niagara Challenge and help our student-athletes win when the Golden Griffin men and women take on archrival Niagara February 24 at the KAC.

Open for Business

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Canisius College’s first START-UP NY partnership opened for business this winter, when Simply Natural Clothing moved its manufacturing work to Demerly Hall on Main Street.  In partnering with Canisius, the eco-lux apparel and accessories company will offer students, who study fashion merchandising, business, marketing and accounting, opportunities to work in the facility, assist in business development strategies, and learn how to operate 3D manufacturing machinery. 

START-UP NY is a statewide initiative that provides tax exemptions to new and expanding businesses that locate on college campuses.  The idea is to spur economic development in the region while providing joint research opportunities for faculty and practical learning experiences for students. 

Simply Natural Clothing is expected to invest more than $1 million in the business and create 16 jobs over the next five years. 

Sign Up Now for Science Camp

When school lets out for summer, make sure your children aren’t left behind.  Sign them up now for Canisius College Science Camp, August 3 - 7.  This week-long camp turns today’s young investigators into tomorrow’s science leaders by exploring a different science topic through various hands-on activities. 

Learn more about Canisius Science Camp and how to register by clicking here 

Canisius Hosts International Symposium on the Perils, Promises of Ecotourism

Ecotourism was the subject of an international symposium hosted by Canisius College last week.  The symposium brought together world renowned scholars and practitioners from across the globe to discuss “Ecotourism:  A Partnership with Nature?” 

Over the course of two days, the speakers and panelists examined the critical variables that underlie the ecotourism enterprise, reporting on the industry’s track record to date, and its promise for the future.

“When done right, ecotourism should be a genuine partnership with nature in which two separate benefits are accrued:  we humans are uplifted by close encounters with the natural world, while at the same time the cause of wildlife conservation is advanced,” noted Canisius Animal Behavior Professor Michael Noonan, PhD, who organized the symposium.

The symposium panel concluded that, at present, the industry is only about midway towards achieving that idealized equation.  A set of recommendations emerged from the symposium deliberations.   

Click here to read more about these recommendations.

Call for Award Nominations

The Office of Alumni Engagement is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Faculty and Distinguished Senior awards.

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented periodically to recognize the accomplishments of alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen careers. The deadline for nominations for this award is March 25, 2015.

The Distinguished Faculty Award recognizes outstanding faculty members of Canisius College.  To qualify, a faculty member must be a full-time faculty member of the college andhave served in that capacity for at least three years.  He or she must also be distinguished for contributions to the academic world and teaching excellence.

The Distinguished Senior Award recognizes seniors who are in good academic standing and have distinguished themselves through their leadership roles and involvement at Canisius.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 6, 2015.

If you are interested in nominating someone for any or all of these awards, please do so online by clicking here or contact the Alumni Office at 1-800-201-4952 for more information.  


“Joy” Williams ’10 Keeps the Beat for Beyoncé

Venzella “Joy” Williams ’10 has gone from playing drums in her church to sharing a stage with one of the world's biggest superstars.  Hear the Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) alumna in her recent interview on WBFO radio.  Then, watch for her feature in the upcoming issue of Canisius Magazine.

Robinson ’07 a Rising Star

Shopper Marketing magazine knew what it was doing when it named Krystina Robinson ’07 a “Person to Watch” in the coming year.  The publication featured the communication studies alumna in its November 2014 issue, recognizing her as a rising start in the marketing industry. 

Manhertz ’14 Signs with Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills signed former Canisius College basketball player Chris Manhertz ’14 to a contract in December.  The 6-foot, 235 pound alumnus is likely to play as a tight end.