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July 19, 2017


Pietruszewski ’84 to appear in locally-shot feature film

Actor Alan Pietruszewski ’84 will appear in several scenes of the feature film "Cold Brook" that was shot in and around Buffalo earlier this month.

Pietruszewski is a retired Navy F-14 navigator, flight instructor and Top Gun graduate.

See more here.

Fellow Western New York native William Fichtner makes his directorial debut with the film which he co-wrote with Cain DeVore. Fichnter also stars in the film.

Canisius’ Lyons Hall is one of several locations being used as a backdrop for the film. The movie is set on a college campus. 

See photos from the “Cold Brook” shoot at Canisius here.

Read more about "Cold Brook" here.

Evans Named MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year

Lacrosse player is third female in Canisius history to win award

Erica Evans '17 led the Canisius women’s lacrosse team to its sixth Metro Atlantic Conference (MAAC) Female Student Athlete championship. The MAAC presented Evans with its highest individual honor, MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year.  The award recognizes both athletic and academic achievement.

Read more about Evans' MAAC honor here.

Evans was also a part of Team Canada that earned a silver medal at the 2017 Rathbones World Cup in London. The team was coached by Canisius Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Scott Teeter.

Read more about the game here.

Read more about the achievements of our student-athletes here.  

Alumna Continues Olympic Aspirations

Casey MSED 14 trains with elite boxers from around the globe

As a member of Team USA Boxing, Wendy Casey MSED ’14 trains with the best of the best from around the world.  She fought in two international tournaments, nabbing a silver medal in Poland. Casey is pursuing her goal of making the 2020 Olympic team.

Watch a WIVB-TV Channel 4 story about Casey here.

Manhertz '14, MS '15 Mentors NFL Hopefuls

Former Golden Griffin participates in league's annual skills showcase

Chris Manhertz '14, MS '15, tight end for the Carolina Panthers, is among three NFL stars who participated in the league's 100th Annual All-American Fundamentals Showcase on July 23. Aspiring young football players learned from the pros and took part in a number of drills including the 40-yard dash, cone drills and speed shuttles.

Read more about the showcase here.

Manhertz is also among our Griffs Under 40. Read the Summer 2017 issue of Canisius Magazine here.

Loncar ’06 Creates Retro Baseball Caps for New Era

Alumnus works with LA designer to pay tribute to African-American MLB players

Billy Loncar ’06, senior design manager for New Era Cap, worked with LA-based fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo to create a high-end, limited-edition baseball cap that honors African-American baseball all-stars from the 1980s and 1990s.

Read more about Loncar and the baseball cap project here.

Alumna to Lead Softball Program at Ferris State

Janes brings proven track record of success

Kristin Janes ’10 is the new head softball coach at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI.  The 12th head coach in the program’s history, Janes spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Fort Scott Community College (Kansas) where she turned around a team that went winless the season before.

Read more about Janes here.

Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Alumna’s Company

Abati ’14 Honored for Best New Business

Jena Abati ’14, a graduate of the college’s music performance program, won multiple awards for her singing talent. Now, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce named Abati's Music Academy of Western New York, as the best new business in town. The Academy offers beginning through advanced instruction in several instruments, acting lessons and performance opportunities.

Read more about Abati here.