Canisius Online April 2013

I Make A Difference: The National Jesuit Service Project

National Jesuit Service Project logoRecognizing the importance of service for and with others is a theme common to all graduates of Jesuit colleges and universities. This year, the I Make A Difference | National Jesuit Service Project will open service projects across the country to all Jesuit alumni.  

Under the auspices of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), several institutions have agreed to open their planned service projects in March and April 2013 to graduates of any Jesuit college or university. These schools have developed a registration process that allows you to select Canisius College from a list of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. A list of service projects is available through the AJCU website.

Canisius will once again offer the Spring Community Day for alumni in Western New York. Click here for more information.   

Prestigious Fulbrights Awarded

Fulbright logoCanisius students Eric Mietz ’13, Jonathan Beck ’13 and alumna Kaela M. Glenn ’11 are the college’s most recent recipients of J. William Fulbright Scholarships. Named for Senator J. William Fulbright, it is the U.S. government’s premier scholarship program designed to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. The Fulbright program provides recipients with tuition, fees, travel and research funds for up to one year.

Mietz is a senior international relations, German and European studies major. He will use his Fulbright Scholarship to study Austrian policies regarding European security policy and integration, as part of the Masters of Advanced International Studies Program at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Meitz’ research is a continuation of his Canisius Honors thesis, which focuses on Europe’s role in developing security policy and maintaining transatlantic relations. Central to his Fulbright research will be an examination of how Austria’s implementation of non-military foreign policy options is carried out using instruments of intergovernmental organizations, such as the European Union, NATO and the U.N.  Read more

Robert D. Gioia to Receive Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award

Robert D. Gioia headshotThe Canisius College Board of Regents will present Robert D. Gioia with its Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award at its 47th annual Scholarship Ball on Saturday, May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The Regents Scholarship Ball is the principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund. Independent Health is the presenting sponsor of the event. 

"The Board of Regents is proud to bestow its Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award upon Mr. Gioia, a longtime champion for Buffalo and all of Western New York,” says Deborah DiMatteo MBA ’88, co-chair of the Scholarship Ball with Rocco Lucente ’80. “Countless non-profit organizations and institutions are economically and culturally more vibrant as a result of his leadership and vision,” adds Lucente. Read more

Save Tax Dollars; Support Canisius

The IRA Charitable Rollover is back!  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress at the end of the year reinstated the popular tax incentive that allows individuals, age 70 1/2 or older, to transfer any portion of a mandatory distribution from an IRA (up to $100,000 per year) directly to a tax-exempt charity, free of federal income tax, through December 31, 2013. 

To learn more about this or other opportunities to support Canisius with tax savings, contact Dianna Civello, interim vice president for institutional advancement, at 716-888-8220, or at

Canisius Community Celebrates Old Main Anniversary

Members of the Canisius community gathered to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Old Main on Monday, April 8. President Hurley shared the rich history of the college’s signature building and unveiled a new commemorative wall of photos. In addition, stories of the famous pranks of the 1960s were shared by Michael Ryan ’64, partner with the Cosgrove Law Firm, and Robert Greene ’66, partner at Phillips Lytle.

The New Canisius College Focus Group Facility

Focus Group Facility imageTwo internationally-recognized, full-service marketing research firms have partnered with Canisius College to open the new Focus Group Facility at the Center for Professional Development. Insight Associates and Ruth Diamond/Cornerstone Research have come together to open the new 2-room, state-of-the-art facility dedicated to focus group research.  The facility may be reserved for focus groups by contacting Insight Associates President & CEO Tony Diina ’69, MBA ’72 at 716-362-0400 or  

Are you interested in a master’s degree for professional teacher certification?  Join us to learn more about our Masters in Differentiated Instruction on Tuesday, April 23 at our live, online program info session. Click here to register.