Canisius Online - April 2014

Regents Ball to Honor Bills CEO Russ Brandon

Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon will be honored with the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award at the 48th annual Board of Regents Scholarship Ball on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency in 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 RegentsMartin J. Berardi ’79 and Deborah A. DiMatteo MBA ’88 are co-chairs of the event.

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To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities for the ball, contact Rachel Flammer, assistant director of advancement events and stewardship, at 716-888-8228, or click here.

50th Reunion Celebration for Class of 1964

The Class of 1964 will celebrate its 50th reunion the weekend of May 15-18. The weekend will include class tours on and off campus, a social on May 16, a dinner dance on May 17, and the annual Golden Plus Mass and Brunch on Sunday, May 18.

Registration is open at

Alums Leous and Hassett Receive LaSalle Medals

Lasalle Medal recipientsThe Canisius Alumni Association will confer LaSalle Medals upon Deborah C. Leous ’79, MBA ’82 and Paul M. Hassett Jr. ’62 during undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 17. The LaSalle Medal is presented to alumni who have made substantial contributions to advance the interests of Canisius College.

Leous is chief financial officer for Florida’s Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Hassett is senior managing partner at Brown & Kelly LLP.Read more about their dedication to alma mater.

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President Hurley Hosts Screening of “Olmsted’s Enduring Legacy”

Canoeing on Hoyt Lake imageJoin Canisius President John J. Hurley for a special screening of “Olmsted’s Enduring Legacy” on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.   The PBS documentary describes Frederick Law Olmsted’s concept for the first urban park system in the United States, located in Buffalo.  The film was broadcast on WNED as part of the Designing America Series. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the screening.

There is Still Time to Take the Canisius Magazine Survey

Thank you to those who have completed the Canisius Magazine survey.  If you have not taken the survey, there is still time to share your thoughts. Your answers will help shape the future of your alumni publication! 

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Simon ’13, Hoak ’06 Finish Top in Shoes for Shelter 5K

hoak crosses the finish line imageCanisius alums took the top prizes at the 16th annual Shoes for the Shelter 5K race.  Alex Simon ’13 won the race in a time of 16:08 and Aileen Hoak ’06 posted the top female time at 17:20.

Adam Zyglis ’04 Wins National Press Award

Adam Zyglis ’04 received the 2014 Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning from the National Press Foundation.  The prestigious Berryman Award is given annually to an editorial cartoonist from a newspaper or magazine in the U.S. for work that exhibits power to influence public opinion, plus good drawing and striking effect.  “It was amazing for me to get the phone call that I’d won the award,” said Zyglis, an editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News. “I was really shocked.”

Read more from Zyglis in the Always A Griffin Blog by clicking here.

Accounting Alumni Rank 1st in NYS 

Congratulations to our Canisius alumni who ranked first, overall, in New York State on the 2013 CPA exam cycle. 

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Learn How to Double or Triple Your Impact

Wouldn’t it be great if you could double or even triple the value of your gift to Canisius? Well, if your employer offers a matching program, YOU CAN!     

Thousands of companies match their employees’ gifts to non-profits, doubling or even tripling the value of their employees’ charitable giving every year. 

Taking advantage of this opportunity is as simple as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Determine whether your employer offers a matching gift program by using our searchable matching gift database or contacting your HR Department
  2. Make your gift to Canisius*
  3. Follow your company’s matching gift guidelines to submit a request for a match – some employers require you to submit a form with a copy of the gift receipt to their HR department while others allow you to submit the form directly to Canisius College

All of these steps can be completed online at

Like all gifts to the college, your matching gift plays a critical role in our ability to provide much-needed tuition assistance and deliver transformative learning experiences for our students.  Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your impact at Canisius even further! 

For questions, please call the Canisius Fund Office at 716-888-2712.

*Already made a gift? It may not be too late to have your gift matched!  Ask your Human Resources office if your company’s match applies to gifts made in the last several months and send your form to the Canisius Fund (Lyons Hall, 206) office for processing. The Canisius Fund Campaign concludes on May 31.