October 2012

New Name for the Office of Alumni Relations

This fall, the Office of Alumni Relations became the Office of Alumni Engagement. The name change underscores the department’s focus, “which is to engage alumni and the college community in meaningful ways,” explains Craig T. Chindemi, vice president for institutional advancement.

Rachel L. Flammer will serve as the new director of alumni engagement.  Flammer spent the past year as interim director of alumni relations, during which time she oversaw the successful implementation and management of the college’s local, regional and national alumni relations program.  Prior to this, Flammer was assistant director of alumni relations at Canisius.

“Rachel has demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively with the campus community and is a great resource to connect alumni with faculty, staff and students in order to contribute to the success of alma mater,” adds Chindemi. 

Flammer is a 2000 graduate of LeMoyne College.

Never Stop Exploring

You already know the value of a Canisius education, so please spread the word to others. Or come back and advance your career with a graduate degree. Learn more at one of our admission open houses.

Undergraduate Admission Open House

Sunday, November 11

Graduate Admission Open House

Wednesday, November 14


The 2012-2013 men’s basketball season is underway and alumni receptions are being planned before the following games. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more information!

November 17 v. St. Bonaventure (Koessler Athletic Center)

November 20 v. UB (Koessler Athletic Center)

December 15 @Syracuse

December 22 @UNLV

January 19 v. Siena (Koessler Athletic Center) *Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Reception*

March 7 – 11 MAAC Championships in Springfield, MAACachusetts

Support Canisius

It’s that time of year: beautiful fall leaves, football on TV and the Canisius Fund annual appeal! Did you know that alumni are our largest single source of support? Every gift matters. Every gift counts. Donate today.

Upcoming Alumni Events

NYC Marathon Volunteer Opportunity – Sunday, November 4

Distinguished Alumni – Saturday, November 10

Canisius vs. St. Bonaventure Pre-Game Party at Science Hall – Saturday, November 17

Canisius vs. Buffalo Pre-Game Party at Science Hall – Tuesday, November 20

Annual Alumni Mass of Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 22

Upcoming Center for Professional Development Programs

Basics of Intellectual Property (IP): A powerful new online certificate program that explores the risks and opportunities of IP. Visit canisius.edu/cpd for details, or to register.

The Performance of Teaching: 
An interactive seminar for teachers looking to maximize their effectiveness and increase opportunities for student learning. Click here for more information and to register.

Alumni Happenings  

Pictured: Members of the Canisius American Marketing Association pose for a photo with Therese Hickok ’96 and Michael Ball ’95 on the helipad at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

On Saturday, September 15, members of the Canisius College American Marketing Association (AMA) had the opportunity to tour the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) with Michael Ball ’95, director of implementation and planning for the BNMC and Canisius College Alumni Association board member, and Therese Hickok ’96, senior marketing manager at Uniland Development Company. A former Alumni Association board member, Hickok has worked with the AMA for the past two years to organize programs that encourage personal and professional growth and inform students about the exciting investments being made in WNY. Others include tours of the Lafayette Building with developer Rocco Termini ’72, a visit and chat with Marc Honan, senior vice president of marketing and broadcasting for the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium and a tour of the First Niagara Center with Brent Rossi, vice president of marketing for the Buffalo Sabres.

Pictured: The Masters Business Alumni Association (MBAA) organized a special evening at the Buffalo Zoo on Tuesday, September 18 which included a presentation and tour with Zoo President and CEO, Donna Fernandez. Deborah DiMatteo MBA ’88 is shown above on a tour of a restricted-access area of the zoo that houses the lions and tigers.