June 2015 - Canisius Online

Always a Griffin: Homecoming Weekend 2015

Rekindle old friendships and make new memories at Always a Griffin: Homecoming Weekend 2015.  In addition to the popular Friday night Tent Party and other traditional events, the Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner will be held this year during Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, September 26 in the Montante Cultural Center.  Please plan to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of fellow Canisius graduates. (See Distinguished Alumni story below for additional details)

Events are being finalized and registration will be available July 15 on www.canisius.edu/alumni.  See the tentative schedule of events below: 

Friday, September 25

  • Individual Class and Affinity Group Reunion Celebrations: Science Hall Commons - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tent Party: Old Main Quad - 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Enjoy the video from last year’s Tent Party:

Saturday, September 26

  • Canisius Open House: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Athletic Events: Noon - 5 p.m.
  • Fall Fest: Koessler Athletic Center - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner: Montante Cultural Center - 6 p.m. -
    10 p.m.

Sunday, September 27

  • Mass: Christ the King Chapel - 11:30 a.m.
  • Java with the Jesuits: Immediately after Mass

Class years celebrating milestones include: 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010.  Affinity groups that are celebrating this year include: Distinguished Alumni, Football Alumni, and Master of Sport Administration Alumni. Remember, all alumni are welcome to attend Homecoming Weekend, not just those celebrating milestone years.

For more information about Homecoming Weekend, please email or call the Office of Alumni Engagement at alumni@canisius.edu or 800-201-4952.

Two Canisius Alumni Ordained by the Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus, the largest order of priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church, ordained 28 Jesuits to the priesthood this summer — the largest group of new priests ordained by the Jesuits in more than 15 years. Canisius alumni Father Ryan Duns ’02 and Father Aaron Engebretson MS ’10 were ordained on June 13, 2015.

Father Ryan Duns ’02 is pictured sitting fifth from left. Father Aaron Engebretson MS ’10 is pictured standing eighth from left.

The ordinations are the culmination of a rigorous process, which includes obtaining a graduate degree in theology, serving at Jesuit high schools and colleges, and travel abroad to work with the poor. The Jesuit formation process also includes service at local Catholic parishes and homeless shelters, and as chaplains in hospitals and prisons, just as St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, laid out in his precise guidelines for Jesuit formation.

Click here to read the story in its entirety

Learn more about Father Ryan Duns ’02

Learn more about Father Aaron Engebretson MS ’10 

Canisius Fund Concludes 2014-15 Campaign

The Canisius Fund concluded its 2014-15 annual campaign on May 31, with more than $2.9 million in commitments from over 5,000 Canisius alumni, family and friends. The generous contributions of our donors strengthen the most powerful aspects of a Canisius education. From academic excellence, to scholarships and tuition assistance, as well as real-world experiences, the Canisius Fund impacts all of the college’s students, including Lee, Angel and Emily (above), who have been the “face” of the Canisius Fund this year.

Please take a moment to read about the impact of philanthropy on their Canisius experiences.

To our more than 5,000 donors – thank you for your support of and dedication to Canisius College.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner Held During Homecoming

Each year Canisius College presents Distinguished Alumni Awards to graduates who demonstrate leadership and make significant contributions to their chosen professions. This year’s recipients represent diverse backgrounds – academia, law, media and banking. All, however, have enriched society and humanity through their chosen careers. The Canisius community is invited to honor the accomplishments of the following outstanding individuals at the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center: 

  • Edward Burke Carey ’69, president and chief executive officer, Carey Realty  Investments Inc., Columbus, OH
  • Richard A. Wall ’78, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, Canisius College, Buffalo
  • LeRoi Johnson ’71, attorney and artist, Buffalo
  • David J. Nasca ’79, president and chief executive officer, Evans Bank, Hamburg, NY
  • Gerry Zon ’67, PhD, director of business development, TriLink BioTechnologies, San Diego, CA
  • Adam Zyglis ’04, editorial cartoonist, The Buffalo News, Buffalo 

 Registration will be available July 15 at www.canisius.edu/alumni

Steve Tasker Presents Self-Leadership Experience at Canisius

The Canisius Center for Professional Development (CPD) and the college’s School of Education and Human Services present Steve Tasker’s Self-Leadership Experience for high school students on Tuesday, August 4 - Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on the Canisius campus.

Best known as one of the greatest special teams players in NFL history as a member of the Buffalo Bills, Steve Tasker will draw from his professional experiences on and off the field to help motivate and inspire students during the three-day summer leadership program.  Topics covered will range from public speaking and effective networking to ethical decision making, goal setting, how not to ruin your reputation on social media and how to be a team player.  The program will provide students with the necessary skills to distinguish themselves amongst their peers. 

Tasker will be present at the beginning of each day to provide a welcome, leadership messages, and overview of the importance of the day’s topics.  At the end of day three, Tasker will present certificates of completion to all participants. Developing excellent personal skills is absolutely essential to effective leadership and success in every profession,” says Tasker. “This program will provide participants with the necessary skills to distinguish themselves amongst their peers.”

Pete Herr will serve as the head leadership coach for the program.  Herr, a published author, blogger, speaker, and award-winning teacher, spent the last 20 years educating and mentoring high school students. He recently published his first book, "10 Things We Should Teach You in High School and Usually Don't."  

Cost for the three-day Steve Tasker Self-Leadership Experience is $295 per participant. Sign up with friends and receive a discounted rate – two or more participants pay $250 each (use coupon code: STLE15). Cost includes snacks, lunches and a copy of Pete Herr’s book. To enroll, go to https://goo.gl/ONrvVX and complete the online form.

For more information, contact Colleen Lyons at the Center for Professional Development at (716) 888-8490 or lyonsc@canisius.edu.

Canisius Hosts National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference 

Canisius College hosted the 2015 National Jesuit Student Leadership Conference (NJSLC) from Wednesday, June 24 to Sunday, June 28.   More than 300 students representing each of the 28 Jesuit universities in the United States, as well as St. John’s College in Belize, participated in leadership sessions, networking activities, small group discussions, a day of service and social events.

NJSLC is designed for student leaders to develop ideas, explore student issues and build stronger leadership skills to better serve their colleges and universities in the Jesuit tradition.  Student hosts are responsible for the theme, design, planning and execution of the entire conference.  This year’s theme, “Be the Light,” proposed by Anthony Kroese ’14, Anne Continetti ’14 and Alex Valvo ’16, conference co-chair, was derived from the following quote by Miep Gies, one of the Dutch citizens who helped hide Anne Frank and her family during World War II - “But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small way, turn on a small light in a dark room.” 

Attendees also visited attractions in downtown Buffalo and Niagara Falls and enjoyed a talk by Teresa M. Amabile ’72, HON ’97, PhD, Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and director of research at Harvard Business School.

Sports Hall of Fame

Nominations for the 2015 Canisius Sports Hall of Fame are being accepted until July 20, 2015. To fill out a nomination form click here.

Lisa Bell Wilson ’91 Featured in “I am Jesuit Educated” Campaign

Lisa Bell Wilson ’91 represents Canisius College in the AJCU “I am Jesuit Educated” campaign, which features noted alumni from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. See Bell Wilson’s feature here.

Photo from ajcunet.edu


Josiah Heath ’15 Plays in International Tournament 

Congratulations to former Canisius men’s basketball player Josiah Heath ’15, who was selected as one of 10 players to represent the United States in the 2015 Four Nations International Basketball Tournament June 22 - July 2 in China. The NetScouts Basketball USA All-Star team played a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games against national teams from China, Denmark and Slovenia. Heath closed out his career as a Golden Griffin as the school’s all-time leader in career games with 131 from 2011-2015. His best season was 2014-2015, when he averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.

Canisius Alums Selected in 2015 Major League Baseball Draft

Congratulations to Canisius College baseball players Connor Panas '15 and Devon Stewart '15 who were selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft in the ninth round by the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, respectively, on June 9.

The selections are the highest a Canisius player has been chosen since 1994 when the Boston Red Sox took Joe Mammott in the sixth round. The two teammates nearly got drafted back-to-back, as Panas, the Toronto, Ontario native was picked by his hometown team with pick No. 272, and Stewart was selected with pick No. 274. Read more

Griffs Night at the Ballpark

Batter up! Griffs Night with the Buffalo Bisons at Coca Cola Field is Friday, July 31, 2015.  Watch the Buffalo Bisons vs Pawtucket Red Sox at 7 p.m.  Price per person is $15 and includes game ticket and a coupon for a hot dog and soft drink.  Enjoy fireworks after the game! 

Additional events include:

  • Bisons happy hour from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Craft Corner (Swan Street entrance) Join members of the Buffalo chapter at this event.
  • The Bisons post-game "Family Camp Out” – Enjoy a movie played on the scoreboard.

Tickets will be mailed to you, and your payment is due at the time of reservation. If you register the week before the event, tickets will need to be picked up in the Office of Alumni Engagement. Click here to register

*Please note that the Office of Alumni Engagement will not issue any refunds 72 hours before the event.

Blue & Gold Golf Classic

Photo by Tom Wolf

The Canisius Athletic Department hosts its 18th Annual Blue & Gold Golf Classic on Monday, August 3 at Lancaster Country Club. Cost is $175 per golfer, or $700 per foursome.

This year’s tournament begins with a delicious buffet lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., continues with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. and concludes with an open bar and sit-down dinner once action on the course comes to an end.

If you cannot play, but would like to advertise your business at the tournament, a tee sign is a great option for only $125.

This event is a wonderful way to kick-off the upcoming academic year, recap the previous season’s successes and thank our partners, boosters and parents for their support. In addition, many of our coaches and athletic staff members are expected to be in attendance.

Go Griffs!  Go Golfing!  Click here to register

Griffs at Darien Lake

Join alumni, family and friends from the surrounding areas of Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse for a fun-filled day at Darien Lake theme park on Thursday, August 20 from 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person (children under two are free) and $14 per person if you already have a season pass.

Enter the park at any time during the day! The price for the event includes your admission into the theme park and water park, 1 12 hours of all you can eat buffet; 2 12 hours of unlimited soft drinks, and parking. Please RSVP by August 14. For more information contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 1-800-201-4952.  Click here to register

**Per Darien Lake contract, no refunds will be given within 72 hours of the event.

Canisius Networking Event

Join prospective students, alumni, friends, and family to learn more about graduate school and career and service opportunities on Thursday, August 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Science Hall Commons. Representatives from our 35 graduate programs, top Western New York employers and non-profit service organizations, all looking for talented individuals, will be in attendance. This event is designed for our Canisius community to connect with employers in the area – another great way to build your Canisius network!

For more information or questions please contact the Griff Center at griffscareers@canisius.edu. Registration will be available after July 15.