2018 Distinguished Alumni

September 26, 2018


The Canisius Alumni Association conferred its Distinguished Alumni Award upon four graduates of the college on Saturday, September 22. The honor recognizes individuals who have made noteworthy contributions in their chosen fields and who, through inspirational leadership, add distinction to their respective professions. Congratulations to the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award honorees:

James D. Basil ’85 – President, Joe Basil Chevrolet

Basil equals “just great deals” for the Western New York community.

As president of Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew, NY, he oversees one of nine stores in the Basil family of automobile dealerships. The enduring business was started by his parents, Joe and Shirley – whose roots in the auto industry trace back to 1953 – and each of their seven children worked in the company while growing up. Instilled with the family spirit of hard work and perseverance, Basil made his way from cleaning showrooms and detailing cars to running the leading Chevrolet dealership in Western New York.


Catherine A. Bolz ’85, MBA ’89 – Global Human Resources Leader, Bloomberg LP 
Bolz has a world of knowledge on human resources.

She is Global Head of Benefits for Bloomberg LP, a worldwide media company founded by Michael Bloomberg, an internationally acclaimed businessman and former mayor of New York City. Bolz provides international human resources consulting services to the many business sectors of Bloomberg including designing, developing and managing global compensation and benefits programs. As a senior HR business partner, she also works with lawyers acting for both claimants and defendants to provide employment expert witness reports in connection with various types of legal cases.


Michael A. Ervolina Jr. ’79 – President, CEO, Valu Home Centers Inc.
Ervolina understands good values, both in monetary and altruistic terms.

As president of Valu Home Centers, a regional chain of home improvement stores headquartered in Buffalo, Ervolina helps bring good values on a variety of products for do-it-yourselfers. Ervolina also believes in the values that have underscored his company’s success for 50 years – being involved in and giving back to the communities in which it does business.


Hon. Acea M. Mosey ’92 – Surrogate Court Judge, Erie County
Mosey once described her work with Erie County Surrogate Court as caring for people who can’t do it for themselves.

Mosey was elected Judge of Erie County Surrogate’s Court 8th Judicial District in 2017. Prior to that, Judge Mosey served as public administrator for more than 12 years in the Surrogate Court which handles cases involving the affairs of decedents. Judge Mosey and her staff help citizens navigate the probate of wills and the administration of estates and trusts. The Surrogate Court also oversees guardianships and adoptions.



Read more about the honorees here.  

Enjoy a photo gallery from the event here