February 2015 – Canisius Online

Canisius Alumni Among WNY’s Most Influential

Congratulations to the 31 Canisius alumni who were ranked on Business First’s Power 250 list.  The annual list is comprised of the men and women whom the newspaper feels wield the most clout in Western New York’s eight-county region. The Canisius community represents more than 16 percent of the Power 250 list. Here’s a brief breakdown of how the Canisius community fared.


Number of Canisius alumni named to Power 250


Number of honorary degree recipients named to Power 250



Number of Trustees named to Power 250


President John J. Hurley’s place on the Power 250

(President Hurley and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi are the highest-ranking local college presidents to make the Power 250 list.)



Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ’82, president and CEO,

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo



Carl Montante ’64, HON ’04, president and managing director,

Uniland Development Co.

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

Click here to see Business First‘s entire Power 250 list.

Canisius Appoints McCarthy New VP for Academic Affairs

Peg McCarthy headshotCanisius President John J. Hurley appointed Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, as the new vice president for academic affairs. McCarthy is a professor of graduate education at Canisius and currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs. McCarthy will assume the position of vice president on July 13.

“Dr. McCarthy’s collaborative approach and continuous expressions of the ideals and values embedded in the college’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity will be invaluable to her in the role of vice president for academic affairs,” said President Hurley. “I certainly look forward to working with her as we continue to chart a new course for Canisius.”

McCarthy has been a dedicated member of the college’s faculty and administration for more than 30 years, during which time she has held a number of key roles at Canisius. Prior to her current position, McCarthy served as dean of the School of Education and Human Services.

She succeeds Richard A. Wall ‘78, PhD, who has served as the college’s interim vice president for academic affairs since 2011. Wall is a professor of economics and finance at Canisius. He will return to the faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Click here to read more about McCarthy and her tenure at Canisius. 

It’s Not Too Late to Get in the Game

Beat Niagara graphic

There’s still time to get in the game by participating in the Beat Niagara Challenge.

After the women’s basketball win (65-59) and the men’s basketball loss (82-71) against the Purple Eagles in the KAC on February 24, Canisius continues as the leader of the annual Battle of the Bridge Competition against its biggest rival.

Please take this opportunity to participate in the Beat Niagara Challenge and support our students by making a gift to the Blue & Gold Athletics Fund or a designation of your choice.

Gifts to the Blue & Gold Athletics Fund provide essential funding for scholarships, staffing support, recruiting and team travel that is critical to the success of our Golden Griffins both on the playing field and in the classroom.

Make your gift today at canisius.edu/gift. All donors who make a gift of $50 or more will receive a limited edition “In Petey We Trust” t-shirt.

Your support of the Beat Niagara Challenge gives our team the winning edge. Go Griffs!

Canisius Alumus Wins Big on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup”

Lloyd Taco Truck owners Cimino ’03 and Dorsaneo Receive $250,000 for brick-and-mortar restaurant

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Canisius alumnus Pete Cimino ’03 and his business partner and childhood friend Chris Dorsaneo accepted a $250,000 investment in exchange for a 25 percent stake in Lloyd Taco. The deal came down after some intense negotiations during an episode of CNBC’s reality series “Restaurant Startup,” which aired on Tuesday, February 10.  

The pair will use the $250,000 investment to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant on Hertel Avenue between Wellington and Sterling Avenues later this spring.  The investors are Tim Love, a Texas chef and Joe Bastianich, business partner of chef Mario Batali and an executive producer of the show.

Lloyd Taco Truck was launched in 2010 as Buffalo’s first food truck. Soon, Lloyd fans eagerly checked social media daily (@whereslloyd) to find out where the truck would be, and gladly waited in long lines to get a taste of their favorite burrito or taco. Lloyd Taco Truck is also popular among guests at Canisius’ Spring Fest and Homecoming events.

The Lloyd Taco Truck fleet has since increased to four, which makes it the largest of more than 20 local food truck operations. Cimino and Dorsaneo spearheaded the passing of a Buffalo food truck permit law that has fostered a mobile-food boom.

A Kenmore native, Cimino is a 2003 cum laude graduate of Canisius with a degree in mathematics and teacher education. 

Click here to read The Buffalo News article about Cimino’s appearance on “Restaurant Startup.”

Click here to see his feature in Canisius Magazine. 

Come Serve with Campus Ministry

Canisius alumni are invited to join Campus Ministry this spring when the team travels to New York City May 20-24, for its annual service and immersion program.  Participants will serve with Covenant House in the Times Square section of New York City.  Covenant House shelters more than 60,000 homeless and trafficked youth each year.

The trip is equally balanced with service, immersion, community, prayer and reflection.  It takes the place of Campus Ministry’s successful service and immersion program in New Orleans, which has been offered in recent years.  The hope is to draw new alumni, family and friends of the college to this unique Canisius experience.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to New York City plus a $250 program fee.  Lodging and most meals are included. 

Click here to learn more.

MAAC Bball logoMAAC Championship Post-Game Reception

Saturday, March 7 – Albany, NY

The Canisius Men’s Basketball team will  compete in Round 1 of the MAAC Championship Tournament next Saturday, March 7  at 2:30 p.m. in the Times-Union Center in Albany. Canisius alumni, faculty, staff and friends who attend the game are invited to a post-game reception immediately following the game at CH Evans Brewing Co at the Albany Pump House, 16 Quackenbush Square. Join us for complimentary hors d'oeuvres as we celebrate a Golden Griffin first-round victory. Other food and drinks will be available for purchase. 

Click here to RSVP.

“The Teacher Wars” is Topic of Fitzpatrick Lecture

Dana Goldstein imageAcclaimed journalist and New York Times best-selling author Dana Goldstein will speak at Canisius on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in theMontante Cultural Center. Her lecture is entitled “The Teacher Wars: The History and Politics of America’s Most Embattled Profession.” The topic will highlight Goldstein’s research, which chronicles 175 years of groundbreaking history about the American education system and explores that past history for answers to the controversies that plague today’s public schools.

The event is presented by the William H. Fitzpatrick Chair of Political Science Lecture Series.  It is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited. 

Click here for more information. 

“Sultan of Synthesis” to Speak at Gassman Lecture 

Baran imageDubbed the “sultan of synthesis,” Phil S. Baran, PhD, will visit campus on Friday, March 13 at 1:00 p.m. to speak under the auspices of the Paul G. Gassman Memorial Seminar.  Baran’s lecture, entitled “Studies in Natural Product Synthesis,” will take place in the Montante Cultural Center. 

Baran is the Darlene Shiley Chair in Chemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA and considered among the most brilliant of young organic chemists.

Click here to learn more. 

Enjoy the Frozen Finale at Buffalo RiverWorks

Spring is just around the corner, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy skating, curling and frozen fun at the all-new Buffalo RiverWorks. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 21 and join the Canisius College Buffalo/Niagara Alumni Chapter as they invite alumni, family and friends to celebrate the end of the season.  Curling is scheduled from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and skating from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  A reception will be held at Pearl Street Grille and Brewery at 5:30 p.m.  

Click here for more information and to register.


President Obama Nominates Vilardo ‘77 for Federal Court

President Barack Obama nominated Buffalo attorney and Canisius trustee Lawrence Vilardo ‘77 to become a federal court judge for the Western District of New York.  Vilardo has been a partner at Connors and Vilardo since 1986, and handles both civil and criminal matters at the trial and appellate levels.

Williams ’10 Hits Like a Girl

Success doesn’t happen by accident.  Just ask Venzella “Joy” Williams ’10.  The young drummer recently went on tour with Beyoncé.  Watch for a feature about Williams in the winter 2015 issue of Canisius Magazine

Crawley MS ’13 is Head Sports Performance Coach at HARBORCENTER

Health and human performance alumnus Matt Crawley MS ‘13 moves back to Buffalo, from Florida, to take on a new position that caters to the elite athlete.

Machajewski ’08 Has Surefire Success in Insurance

When Dana Machajewski ’08 took a job as a customer service representative at Geico, she figured she would stay a few months at the insurance company until she found a job in her field. Seven years later, Machajewski is a supervisor in charge of eight underwriters, who measure the risk exposure of potential and existing clients.

Med School Student Croglio ‘13 has a Prescription for Business

Vincent Croglio ‘13 employs his entrepreneurial spirit to help pay for medical school.