Canisius Online February 2014

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Olympic Connections

Canisius alumni Erik Brady ’76 and Tom O’Connor ’13 are both in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. 

Brady is a sports writer for USA Today covering the games.  O’Connor traveled to Sochi simply to experience the games first-hand. 

Follow Brady’s coverage of the Olympic games on Twitter at @ByErikBrady. Follow O’Connor’s journey through Sochi at

March Basketball Receptions Planned

MAAC Tournament Reception
Join us during the MAAC Tournament on Saturday, March 8, at Champion’s Sports Bar inside the Marriott Hotel, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA. The $15 cost includes appetizers; there will be a cash bar. Time to be determined.

NCAA Tournament Reception
We will gather on Thursday, March 20, at the Embassy Suites Hotel (the Avant) downtown following the afternoon games at the First Niagara Center. The $30 cost includes a buffet of beef-on-weck, classic Buffalo wings, vegetarian sammies, snacks, and assorted soft drinks.  There will also be a cash bar. The closest trolley stop is one block away.

To register, call 716-888-2700 or visit us at

Cast Your Vote for National Award for Billy Baron

Senior basketball player Billy Baron is one of 24 Division I point guards to be named a finalist for the 2014 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award.

Fan voting is available through March 10 at

Be More Than a Fan

What do alumni Jim Schofield, Mary Perna Greenwald, John Langer and Ann Woloszynski have in common? They’re all supporting our students on and off the court through their gifts to the Canisius Fund.

Learn why at

Canisius Students Earn First Place in CFA Challenge Again!

For the fourth consecutive year, a team of Canisius College students won first place at the Western New York Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge.  The CFA Institute Research Challenge is a competition between university-sponsored teams that research a designated publicly-traded company, prepare a written report on that select company and then present their findings to a panel of judges.  The competition tests the analytic, valuation, reporting writing and presentation skills of university students.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our students,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, professor of economics and finance and interim vice president for academic affairs.  “This competition provides students with an opportunity to integrate their academic training in a team environment and become polished professionals at the very start of their careers.”

The Canisius team included - Richard Hilliker ’14, business economics and finance; Josh Kehoe ’15, MBA; Brock Wilkinson ’14, business economics and finance; Randy Toth ’14, finance; and Nick Perez ’14, MBA. Wall serves as the faculty advisor to the Canisius team.  Steven A. Gattuso, CFA, CFP, CMA, director of the Golden Griffin Fund is the team’s industry mentor. 

Read more here

Civil Rights Legend C.T. Vivian Joins Black History Month Celebration

Canisius College presents “Reaching Back, Moving Forward,” an education, health and economic empowerment summit on Thursday, February 27 from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  The event, in celebration of Black History Month, is sponsored by the college’s Academic Talent Search Program and is free and open to the public.  The day also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Freedom March, and the 20th anniversary of the Academic Talent Search Program at Canisius College.

Civil Rights legend Rev. C.T. Vivian will lead students from Buffalo city schools in a reenactment of the Freedom March beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Rev. Vivian (age 89) and students, grades 6 – 12, will march down Franklin Street and into the Convention Center to begin the program.  Rev. Vivian and Touré, iconic journalist, culture critic and television host, will address the audience at 9 a.m. 

Read more here.

Canisians Score Super Bowl Appearances 

The person responsible for the playing surface at the nation’s biggest sporting event has two degrees from Canisius. Stephen Sansonese is the field and site grounds manager at MetLife Stadium, site of this month’s Super Bowl. Sansonese earned a bachelor’s degree in 2008 and a master’s degree in sport administration in 2010. His Super Bowl appearance garnered him a front page story in The Buffalo News, an interview on WGRZ-TV, and an article in  Learn what the sport administration program can do for you at

A clip from sophomore Chris Rumble’s video made it into Microsoft’s Super Bowl ad about empowering technology.  Chris, a defenseman on the college’s hockey team, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2012.  He gathered other pediatric patients, doctors and nurses to create a video to Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger.”  The video went viral and caught Microsoft’s attention.  View Chris’ video here and watch the Microsoft Super Bowl ad (Chris’ part is featured at the 43 second mark).

Call for Alumni Board Nominations

It’s time for nominations to the Alumni Board of Directors. Nominations are due March 7.  The board assists the college with engaging alumni in direct and meaningful ways. New members are elected each April. You can learn more or fill out a nomination form by clicking here

Alumni Service and Immersion Trip to New Orleans

Alumni, friends and family are invited to join members of the Campus Ministry Office for their Alumni Service and Immersion Program in New Orleans from May 19-25. Since 2007, alumni and staff have journeyed to New Orleans each year for a week of service and solidarity with marginalized people still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. While great progress in the rebuilding efforts has been made, there is still much to be done. “It's always a great week,” says Tim Blewett ’67. “We live out what the Jesuits taught us--to serve others in need and contribute to our community. We come back renewed and transformed.” 

Learn how you can help.