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Canisius College Magazine SPRING/SUMMER 2015 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 2

We closed the 2014-15 academic year with spectacular and inspiring commencement exercises for graduate and undergraduate students. Increasingly, commencement is the day I look forward to as it represents the culmination of so much hard work, perseverance and intellectual effort on the part of so many. The opportunity to see the smiles on the faces of our graduates – smiles that reflect accomplishment, pride and satisfaction – is a special privilege indeed. Commencement 2015 brought to a close my fifth year as president of Canisius, a period during which the college celebrated many successes (such as our world champion Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Research Challenge team, which we celebrate in this issue) but also encountered many challenges amidst the rapidly-changing landscape of American higher education. Plans are underway for the development of a new strategic plan for Canisius that will build upon the successes and position us to continue to navigate the uncertain waters ahead. I have asked the college community to join in a process of imagining the Canisius we want to create over the next 20 years and developing the plan that will move us toward that Canisius of the future. There are big questions that need to be part of this process: How will we recommit ourselves to the enduring value of the liberal arts while reshaping some of our approaches so that graduates are prepared for a variety of careers? How might we build a solid consensus about the role of the college’s core curriculum as the defining characteristic of a Canisius education? How do we insure that the curriculum in every program remains absolutely current and relevant in this changing world? How do we incorporate technology and academic innovation at Canisius? We’re also asking questions about our relationship with the wider world. Both Pope Francis and the Society of Jesus are focusing attention on a faith that does justice. Jesuit universities are called to be instruments of justice and we need to ask ourselves how we have responded to that call, how we might make a more complete individual and institutional commitment to justice, and what making that commitment would entail.

President John J. Hurley Vice President for Advancement William M. Collins Director of Public Relations & Executive Editor Eileen C. Herbert Managing Editor Audrey R. Browka Art Directors Bill Zulewski Cody Weiler Contributing Writers Erik Brady ’76 Allison Braun ’13, MS ’15 Kristin E. Etu ’91 Photography KC Kratt Tom Wolf ’86 To Contact Us We are eager to hear your comments about Canisius College Magazine. Please send correspondence to: Canisius College Magazine 2001 Main Street, Lyons Hall Room 209, Buffalo, NY 14208 Phone 716-888-2790 Fax 716-888-2778 Email

As we have done for the past 145 years, we are also asking ourselves about our connections with the city we call home, Buffalo, as it undergoes a renaissance of sorts with exciting developments at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Canalside and the waterfront, the West Side, and new engines of economic growth made possible by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion. We are aware that Buffalo has become a city with increasing numbers of foreign-born residents, including refugees from many Asian nations, who bring new perspectives and a new vitality to the region but also pose challenges for a community that needs to be more open and welcoming. And we continue to look for ways to play a more significant role in solving neuralgic problems in our community such as the deeply-troubled Buffalo public school system. We have our work cut out for us at Canisius but we are energized by the challenge and up to the task! Postmaster send change of address to: Canisius College, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14208

contents SPRING / SUMMER 2015

8 | Mission & Identity

10 | Cover Story



President John J. Hurley explores the land of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.


Outstanding win at international investment competition proves Golden Griffin Fund students are best in the world.



departments Alumni Spotlights



20 | PLAY BALL John Axford MS ’13 is a major league pitcher who has given his Golden Griffins a major league gift.








24 | WALL STREET'S WATCHDOG Elizabeth M. MacDonald ’84 reports from the financial frontlines to break the big stories and deliver smart analysis on major market news.





Stay Tuned: Canisius Joins ESPN Team for Sports Broadcast Journalism Canisius and ESPN are teaming up this fall to introduce a new program in sports broadcast journalism. Students will produce live Canisius athletic events for ESPN3. In addition, they’ll be responsible for pregame, halftime and postgame content production, as well as feature pieces, commercials, in-game and postgame highlight packages, interviews and coaches shows. “This academic and athletic collaboration will provide students with practical, hands-on learning experiences in live video production and, at the same time, broaden the reach and visibility for Golden Griffin athletics,” President John J. Hurley says. “Not only is this the addition of an excellent academic program, it is a major step forward in the branding and marketing of Canisius and our athletics.” To support the program, Canisius will build a state-ofthe-art Golden Griffin Sports Broadcast Center, which will feature top-of-the-line video production and audio equipment, and also serve as a classroom for students enrolled in sports broadcast journalism, and other video production classes. Canisius is only the third member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) to offer a full slate of home sporting events on ESPN3. “By making this move to deliver games on ESPN3, Canisius has shown that it has a serious understanding of how sports fans – including alumni and prospective student-athletes – consume media,” adds MAAC Commissioner Richard J. Ensor. “The fact that the college has taken the steps to include its communication studies program in its production efforts further proves that Canisius’ vision will make this effort successful for years to come.” The student productions will be made available to more than 99 million households, and an additional 21 million U.S.-based college students and military personnel.



myMAGIS Nearly 100 Canisius alumni, students, faculty and friends took part in the college’s myMAGIS initiative, which invited participants to reflect on how they experience magis in their daily lives. Magis is the Latin word for “more” and a key element of Jesuit spirituality. It calls for “a deepening of one’s self-understanding, an openness to the larger world, and a generosity that engages others in the pursuit of wisdom, faith and justice,” explained Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J., director of mission and identity at Canisius. Father Tunney sponsored the myMAGIS initiative, along with the offices of Campus Ministry and Student Affairs. An abbreviated version of his magis reflection appears below. Canisius Magazine will continue to share myMAGIS reflections in future issues.

When I engage the examen and recognize, as in a rear view mirror or around a corner, a glimpse of Jesus’ spirit, I am propelled forward into greater engagement with my life and its people. Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J. Director, mission and identity

blue&goldbriefs McCarthy Appointed VP for Academic Affairs Canisius President John J. Hurley appointed Margaret C. McCarthy, PhD, vice president for academic affairs. McCarthy is a professor of graduate education at Canisius and currently serves as associate vice president for academic affairs. She will assume the position of vice president on July 13.

she served as dean of the School of Education and Human Services, during which time McCarthy led the school through the comprehensive NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) process, and later its reaccreditation process. Under her leadership, the school also introduced four new online master’s degree programs and saw the creation of the Institute for Autism Research.

“Dr. McCarthy’s collaborative approach and continuous expressions of the ideals and values embedded in the college’s Catholic, Jesuit mission and identity will be invaluable to her in the role of vice president for academic affairs,” President Hurley says. McCarthy has been a dedicated member of the Canisius faculty and administration for more than 30 years. Prior to her current position,

McCarthy holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Canisius College (1987). She earned a doctorate degree in social foundations of education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. McCarthy succeeds Richard A. Wall, PhD. Wall, a professor of economics and finance, will return to the classroom for the 2015-16 academic year.

Major Addition: Canisius Introduces New Degree in Human Services Beginning in fall 2015, Canisius will offer a new bachelor’s degree in human services. The program involves the study of social systems and how students can work to prevent or remedy human problems. The major is ideal for students who want to work with the elderly, aging or at-risk populations; are interested in helping individuals and families solve problems; or those who want to provide nutritional or health planning and programming for communities. “The new human services major meets a specific market demand,” says Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services. “Non-profit agencies are one of the largest employers in Western New York. These agencies help individuals and families live more independent and productive lives, and many current and prospective Canisius students are attracted to this same mission.”

The Canisius baseball team secured the program’s second MAAC Championship in the last three years in May, when the Golden Griffins defeated Siena twice to claim an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. Canisius (34-28) won five-straight elimination games en route to the championship, highlighted by the Griffs’ 11-2 win over the Saints in the final deciding contest. The Griffs fell to No. 8 Missouri State (14-1) and later Oregon (12-6) in the NCAA first round.

Graduates of the human services program will be job ready to become case managers, child and welfare reform advocates, group-home workers and gerontology aides.



facultynotes Breakthrough: Another Promising Treatment for Children on the Autism Spectrum Researchers at the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College continue to break new ground in the treatment for children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (HFASD). This time, IAR researchers set out to enhance Mind Reading – the commonly used emotion-recognition software – to assist children with HFASD who struggle to recognize emotional expressions in others. Prior studies with Mind Reading have relied almost exclusively on having children learn and practice emotion recognition using only the computer software. The IAR’s research included the Mind Reading computer instruction but also repeated practice opportunities for emotion recognition and expression. There was also reinforcement for accurately recognizing and expressing emotions in facial expressions. Following a 12-week treatment trial, researchers found considerable improvement in childrens’ abilities to read emotional cues, and they rated significantly better at facialemotion recognition and expression by their parents. The same children also had notably lower parent ratings of autism symptoms including social impairments following treatment. “These findings suggest that emotion recognition and expression skills of children with HFASD can be significantly improved, and autism symptoms and impairments reduced, by providing direct instruction, real-life practice opportunities and reinforcement for accuracy,” says Marcus L. Thomeer, PhD, co-director of the IAR and the study’s lead author. “More importantly, the improvements were maintained after treatment ended,” adds Thomeer’s colleague and co-author, Christopher Lopata, PsyD. “This is promising as children with HFASD often have difficulty maintaining skills after treatment ends.” This was the first randomized trial of the Mind Reading computer program for children with HFASD. WEB EXTRA

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Cochrane Receives Distinguished Faculty Award Professor of English Mick Cochrane, PhD, is the 2015 recipient of the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award. Presented by the Alumni Association, the award annually recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world. Cochrane is director of the Creative Writing Program at Canisius where he is also a Lowery Writer-in-Residence. In these roles, he nurtures and develops the talents of young authors who go on to top graduate schools or find professional work writing for various media, or in publishing, editing and education. Many launch their own writing careers. Mick Cochrane, PhD 6


Cochrane similarly contributes to the intellectual life of the campus community. As administrator of the Contemporary Writers Series, he brought noted authors to campus such as Seamus Heaney, Garrison Keillor and Joyce Carol Oates. Cochrane practices what he teaches since he’s also a celebrated author. He has written four novels: two for young readers, Fitz and The Girl Who Threw Butterflies; and two for young adults, Flesh Wounds and Sport.

Use It or Lose It Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, finds that cognitive vitality depends on learning new, mentally demanding skills Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp. But research by Jennifer Lodi-Smith, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Canisius, finds that only certain activities are likely to improve cognitive vitality. Lodi-Smith, along with lead researcher Denise Park, PhD, of the University of Texas at Dallas, randomly assigned various activities to 221 adults between the ages of 66 and 90. Some participants were asked to learn a new skill, such as digital photography or quilting. Others were instructed to engage in more familiar activities at home such as listening to classical music and completing word puzzles. Still more were assigned to a social group that participated in field trips and entertainment. “At the end of three months, we found that the adults who were productively engaged in learning new, mentally demanding skills – the digital photography and quilting participants – showed improvements in memory,” Lodi-Smith says. These activities required active engagement, and tapped working memory, long-term memory and other high-level cognitive processes in participants, she adds. “We see media reports that tell people they should get involved socially or do crossword puzzles but our research found that these activities are just not as beneficial as learning something new,” Lodi-Smith explains. “The key to our finding is that the group that showed improvement was productively engaged and consistently challenged during its activity.” The findings provide much-needed insight into the components of everyday activities that contribute to cognitive vitality as people age. “We need, as a society, to learn how to maintain a healthy mind,” Lodi-Smith concludes, “just like we know how to maintain vascular health with diet and exercise.” C ANI S IU S COLLEG E M AGA ZINE • S PR ING/SUMMER 2015 |




anisius President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, journeyed to the Holy Land in April as part of a week-long pilgrimage sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine. President Hurley chronicled his trip in daily reflections and photographs, which captured the places and events that shaped Christian faith. Excerpts from his reflections follow.

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The pilgrimage to the Holy Land was led by Revs. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage; Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America, and Brendan Lally, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph’s University.

WEB EXTRA To read more about President Hurley’s journey to the Holy Land and view pictures from his visit, go to



We arrived last night at the Mt. Beatitudes Guest House, high on the hill above the Sea of Galilee and near the place where Jesus spoke the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-16). Our pilgrimage leader, Father Jim Martin, stressed to us the need to make this trip a true pilgrimage and to allow God to work with and through us during the week. We did not choose to make this pilgrimage, he told us. Rather, God has chosen us.

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Our Holy Land pilgrimage continued today in Cana, the site of the Wedding Feast, Jesus’ first miracle. We had an opportunity to renew our vows and it was an especially poignant moment when Maureen and I renewed our vows in the chapel after 32 years of marriage. We also traveled to Nazareth. The highlight was the Basilica of the Annunciation. We visited the grotto underneath where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced she was to be the Mother of God. This is one of the most beautiful stories in the New Testament. To be present at the site where Mary delivered the “yes” that changed the course of the world was a powerful spiritual experience, indeed.

{ DAY THR EE } T U E S DAY, A P R I L 21 We walked to the Eremos Cave, which is believed to be a secluded place where Jesus went to pray. Father Lally asked us to imagine walking alongside Jesus down this path and sitting beside Him in quiet prayer in the cave.

We had a similar prayerful time in Bethsaida, home of Apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip. Father Martin observed that the Apostles were convinced to follow Jesus after he sent them out to cast their nets one more time. When Peter sees the fish in the net, he becomes convinced of what God can do and it enables him to say "yes" to God's call. In our own lives, aren't our own nets already full of the proof of what God can do? What holds us back from saying yes?

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We visited the site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. I stood in the murky Jordan River as Father Lally led us in a renewal of our baptismal vows. As with so many other parts of this pilgrimage, those vows took on new meaning at this holy site.

We continued on to Bethany, which now is a Palestiniancontrolled town, to see the tomb of Lazarus. I have been praying over St. John's account of Jesus' greatest miracle, the raising of Lazarus, for many years. Never in my life did I imagine that I would be standing in Lazarus' tomb. Father Martin asked us to think about what, in our lives, we might want to leave behind in that tomb. It was a powerful moment for everyone.

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Today, we are in Jerusalem, the holy city in the Holy Land.

We celebrated Mass at the Gethsemane Basilica. In the sanctuary is the rock that is purported to be the stone upon which Jesus prayed in the garden on Holy Thursday. Father Martin talked about Jesus coming to grips with God's plan for him and he asked if there was something we would like to surrender to.

We visited the Ascension Chapel on the Mount of Olives where, again, there is a stone which is reported to be the stone from which the Ascension took place. Interestingly, the site is shared by Christians and Muslims, and we had a large contingent of Muslim pilgrims in the same space with us.

The afternoon was spent at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a structure dating back to the 13th century that contains the site of Jesus' crucifixion (Golgotha), his descent from the cross, his internment in the tomb and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. This is not legend; scholars agree that these are the actual sites. It is almost too much to comprehend in such a concentrated space. But you are able to touch the spot on Calvary where the cross stood and you can venerate the tomb of Christ.

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The final two days of our pilgrimage bookended the life of Jesus: his birth in Bethlehem and his death in Jerusalem before his resurrection on Easter Sunday. At the Church of the Nativity, you are able to venerate the exact place where Jesus was born and the place where he was placed in the manger, which is not a stable (a creation of St. Francis of Assisi) but actually a cave.

In Jerusalem, we prayed the Stations of the Cross and carried the cross on the Via Dolorosa. We visited Peter in Gallicantu, the dungeon where Jesus was held by the high priest on Holy Thursday night; we saw the Pool of Bethesda, the site of the healing of the paralytic in John’s Gospel; and we made a final stop at the Western or Wailing Wall where we were able to pray with our Jewish brethren.

In walking through this ancient holy city, you are struck by the tremendous diversity. The narrow, almost claustrophobic streets are home to hundreds of shops offering Jewish, Christian and Muslim wares. Observant Jews with prayer shawls and children in tow were out on Saturday making their way to temple. The Arab music of the shopkeepers merges with our own chant of “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” The prayers at the Wailing Wall are joined with the hauntingly beautiful call to prayer from the Muslim Quarter.


I tell our students that I hope they will find – as St. Ignatius Loyola did – that life is all about a relationship with God and it is the process of exploring that relationship that brings about a transformation in human beings. I’ve always believed that to be true but the experiences of the past week confirmed it for me again. When our Canisius students go on retreats or service or immersion trips, we warn them at the end that it is very likely they will be flooded with emotions because of the intensity of the experience. I am no different and in addition to the emotions, I am left with some essential questions that Father Martin posed to us on our last day:

Where did I meet God on this journey and where did God move me? What did I learn about Jesus and how am I closer to Him? What do all of these experiences mean and what difference will they make in my life?

These are lifetime questions. No matter how holy or significant the site you visit may be, it’s never a “one and done” proposition. Our relationship with God needs to be a lifetime journey. C ANI S IU S COLLEG E M AGA ZINE • S PR ING/SUMMER 2015 |


Pictured (l-r): Matthew Coad ’14, MBA ’16, Stephen Miller ’15 and Kevin Monheim ’15


very spring, millions of basketball fans tune in to watch the NCAA’s few magical weeks of March Madness. But at Canisius, all eyes were focused on a different tournament – one that’s considered among the most rigorous and competitive of all college contests. The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge pits top university teams against each other in an intensive financial analysis competition. It’s the “Big Dance” of finance (brackets and all). The contest culminated in April when a five-man team from Canisius’ Golden Griffin Fund (GGF) beat more than 4,000 (undergraduate and graduate) students from 865 universities in 70 countries to take home the world championship. “It’s just surreal,” recalls team captain Matthew Coad ’14, MBA ’16. “There was excitement and relief, and then we started fist-bumping one another.” Brains supersede brawn in this college match-up, which begins each fall. Teams are assigned publicly traded companies. They then spend the next few months researching and analyzing those companies and outlining their findings in detailed equity research reports that make buy, sell or hold recommendations. In the spring, the students present and defend their reports to financial professionals who judge the teams on their investment skills, professional standards and ethics. The single-elimination contest starts at the local level where Canisius has established an elite status with first-place success for the past five consecutive years. The world championship now catapults the Golden Griffin Fund into the international spotlight. “The Canisius team competed against the most prestigious universities in the world,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs and team faculty advisor. “Our students won based on their knowledge, research, academic training and especially, their dedication.”

The Golden Griffin team invested a combined 2,000 hours to research, write and prepare its 10-page report (plus a 30-page appendix) about its assigned company, Sovran Self Storage Inc., which operates under the name Uncle Bob’s Self Storage. That’s 2,000 hours spent outside of class, and in addition to full course loads and full-time jobs, for some. “We definitely pulled a few all-nighters but somehow we were able to balance our schedules incredibly well,” says Stephen Miller ’15. He and teammate Carl Larsson ’15 gave up playing hockey for Canisius their senior years to join the GGF program. “It was a difficult decision but I’m glad I made it,” adds Larsson. “It will be beneficial toward my career.” Future clients of these Canisius world champions will bank on their educational and professional experiences when entrusting them to turn hard-earned money into nest eggs or college funds. That’s why Canisius took a more innovative approach to teaching investment management in 2003, when Nelson D. Civello ’67 established the Golden Griffin Fund. Civello, the former president of Dain Rauscher’s Fixed Income Capital Markets Group, developed the student-run investment management program to give students the opportunity to make real investments using real money. Novice financiers select potential companies in which to invest; create and manage portfolio holdings (stocks); and evaluate and recommend companies to add to the portfolio. Throughout the process, students are mentored by industry professionals. “The Golden Griffin Fund operates just like a mutual fund,” explains Civello. “Students buy a portfolio of stocks and manage them for a total return to clients.” The Golden Griffin Fund originated with an initial investment of $100,000 from the college’s endowment. It’s currently valued at more than $400,000 and consistently beats the market benchmark. C ANI S IU S COLLEG E M AGA ZINE • S PR ING/SUMMER 2015 |



Pictured (l-r): Stephen Miller ’15 and Carl Larsson ’15

The GGF program and the finance major have benefited also. A nearly half-million dollar renovation to the Nelson D. Civello ’67 Family Financial Markets Lab in 2012 tripled its size and equipped it with many Wall Street tools-of-the-trade: A four-color ticker display broadcasts stock and index prices, and a Bloomberg terminal provides live market data and news information on virtually every public and private company. The renovation helps Canisius meet demand for growing enrollment numbers. With 180 students, the finance major is now the fifth most popular at Canisius. Enrollment in the Golden Griffin Fund has more than doubled from 10 students in 2003 to 25 students this past year. The GGF boasts a 100 percent jobplacement rate with firms such as Morgan Stanley, Morningstar and Citi recruiting Canisius students well before graduation. “That’s a testament to the professors,” says Ryan Zimmer ’15, who turned a summer internship at Wells Fargo into a full-time job. “The professors here push us to do more and to be better.” In fact, the real value of the Golden Griffin Fund is the educational experience students receive. “Certainly, we want students and investors to see a return but at its core, the GGF is an experiential learning program,” says Steven Gattuso ’87, MBA ‘89, director of the GGF and president of the CFA Society in Buffalo. “Our objective is to prepare students for what they’ll experience in the job market in a much more effective way than traditional academics.”

To do this, the Golden Griffin Fund functions as a six-credit, 12-month course open only to top-seeded seniors and MBA students in the finance program. The first semester focuses on exploring and analyzing potential stock picks. Students conduct in-depth research on the selected stocks and build financial cash flow models during spring semester. “Students learn to fundamentally analyze companies and select stocks, and how to be independent and objective analysts,” says Wall. Life skills are built into the curriculum. “Students have to become experts on their companies so a lot of self-study is required outside of class,” says GGF teammate Kevin Monheim ’15. Students make site visits to their companies; interview management, customers, suppliers and competitors; and present and defend their findings. “Every couple weeks you’re in front of class pitching a stock, analyzing one in the fund or going over indicators,” adds Stephen Miller. “I used to shake in my boots but now I’m much more confident and prepared when presenting.” Miller’s confidence and that of the entire GGF team were in overdrive during the CFA global competition. In this “final four” of the research challenge, Canisius beat the University of Florida, Kyiv National Economic University (Ukraine) and Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) “to prove that it’s not just topname universities who win this competition,” says Bryan Stype, director of the CFA Research Challenge. “It’s the students who put in the most effort.” And, the ones who work best together. The Canisius squad took a “man-to-man” approach, assigning responsibilities that played to the strengths of each team member. “We were a group of five acting as one,” says Coad.

The whole experience “taught us to work toward something greater than our individual selves” and was exemplified by their coaches, Professors Wall and Gattuso. “We could not have done any of this without their help,” adds Zimmer. The team’s efforts paid big dividends for the students and Canisius. The five teammates split a $10,000 cash prize from the CFA Research Challenge. Most plan to use those winnings to settle themselves in new cities, where they were recruited to work. In the aftermath of the big win, the Golden Griffin Fund received a five-year, $125,000 commitment from Uncle Bob’s Self Storage, which owns and manages more than 500 self-storage properties in the U.S. The gift will go toward the purchase and support of new Bloomberg terminals in the Financial Markets Lab to “put standard industry tools in the hands of students before they hit the real world,” explains Kenneth F. Myszka ’70, the company’s president. Stock in the college’s finance program is sure to rise, as well. Like any successful tournament run, this one put the GGF on the map. Gattuso expects that will translate into “a further boost in interest and enrollment from high-quality students,” in Western New York and beyond. The financial world is also taking notice. “This is a head-turner in the industry,” says Civello. “The banner of Canisius College is now on Wall Street and in the financial capitals of Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong. CFAs are paying attention and asking ‘Who is this college in Buffalo, New York that’s producing such quality finance students?’” For Canisius, it’s a fairy-tale ending – and beginning – to its very own Cinderella story. “The perception of us going into the competition was that we were a small school, and so we had a bit of a chip on our shoulder,” says Miller. “Well, we’re not so little any more. We proved our Canisius finance program is not only the best in Western New York – it’s the best in the world!”

Pictured (above): Ryan Zimmer ’15 Pictured (below): The Golden Griffin Fund team celebrates after winning the CFA world championship





William E. Leising ’72 Educates for a Lifetime “If you plan for a year, plant rice. If you plan for 10 years, plant trees. If you plan for a lifetime, educate.” The late William E. Leising took the wisdom of this Chinese proverb to heart. A 1972 alumnus, Leising was an exemplary student who valued his Catholic, Jesuit education and its tradition of shaping minds and spirits. His Canisius education taught him how to discern the meaning of his experiences and make decisions about his life. Those decisions led Leising to law school at St. Louis University and later to a prominent career as a Buffalo attorney, and real estate and insurance broker. For more than three decades, Leising operated his law firm out of the MainSeneca building, where he also managed the large number of commercial properties he owned throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario. Leising’s affluence came second, however, to his principal vocation: giving back.

Throughout his lifetime, Leising sponsored religious pilgrimages for his three aunts, who were nuns in the Sisters of Notre Dame. He, too, made religious pilgrimages to Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe. Leising also supported the priorities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo as a member of the Bishop’s Council of the Laity, and lent his guidance and faith in the Gospel to the Board of Directors of the Sisters of Social Services and the Laity Board of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Canisius has been similarly blessed by Leising’s spirit of service and philanthropy. C ANISIUS COLLEGE M AGA ZINE • FALL 2013 |

“Bill Leising was the consummate Canisius man,” recalls President John J. Hurley. “He was an accomplished student, and became a loyal and generous alumnus who unfailingly supported the college.”

Leising served as a Canisius Fund volunteer, an enthusiastic member of his class reunion committee and a frequent guest at the college’s various alumni events. In 1998, Leising generously established the Hubert George and Alice Shyne Leising Scholarship. Named in memory of his parents, the scholarship supports freshman students who are physically challenged and demonstrate financial need. Leising’s generosity continues to endure, even in his passing. Canisius recently received a $1.15 million gift from his estate. The dividends of such an endowment are vast: Leising’s gift secures a permanent source of revenue for his scholarship. It keeps a Canisius education affordable. Ultimately, Leising’s legacy will provide a lifetime of educational opportunities for Canisius students. “Bill’s bequest to the college culminates a lifetime of giving to Canisius and we are touched by this final act of generosity,” concludes President Hurley.

Join the Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, Society William E. Leising ’72


advancement One Gift = A Lifetime of Opportunities Annual support is strengthening all aspects of a Canisius education The Canisius Fund concluded its 2014-2015 campaign May 31 with overwhelming support from more than 5,000 Canisius alumni, family and friends. The generous financial contributions of these donors this past year will strengthen the most powerful aspects of a Canisius education. From academic excellence, to scholarships and tuition assistance, as well as real-world and service experiences, the Canisius Fund impacts all of the college’s 4,181 students. That gives them 4,181 reasons to be thankful. Here are just a few.

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endured so much, yet always had the biggest

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the beauty in life by experiencing it from a

so many others to fulfill our potentials and

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achieve our dreams.”

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my younger brothers. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for this opportunity.”

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Sold Out Regents Ball a Record Success The principal fundraiser for the Canisius College Board of Regents Scholarship Fund proved to be a record success. Nearly 700 guests helped to raise an extraordinary $159,040 at this year’s sold-out Scholarship Ball, held in May. Proceeds from the event provide financial support to promising young students who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education. In addition to the generous support of the scholarship fund, Distinguished Citizen honoree Scott Bieler established the Scott Bieler Endowed Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will provide financial support to Canisius students pursuing degrees within the Richard J. Wehle School of Business.

Pictured (l-r): Regents Ball attendees Jackie and Bart Oddo, and Lisa and William Hartnett

Pictured (l-r): Regents Ball attendees T.J. and Ryan Fisher, and Jennifer and Bob Hermann Pictured (l-r): Canisius President John J. Hurley and Maureen Hurley; Scott Bieler and Kathy Lasher; and Regents Ball co-chairs Annette Dispenza-Kajtoch ’88, MBA ’90 and Brian Murphy ’95. Bieler, president of West Herr Automotive Group, received the 2015 Regents Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award.


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Mary Wilson, the wife of the

late Buffalo Bills owner, Ralph C. Wilson Jr., visited Canisius this spring to meet the latest recipients of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Sports Scholarships. Awarded annually, the scholarships assist academically deserving studentathletes from Western New York and Southern Ontario.

Pictured (l-r) are: Christian Westermeier ’17 (swimming); Spencer Bray ’16 (swimming); Mary Wilson; Marissa Watroba ’17 (swimming); and Sara Nungesser ’15 (swimming)



advancement D O N O R P RO F I L E

Robert J. Fierle Leaves Legacy of Leadership and Loyalty Robert J. Fierle did not graduate from Canisius but he lived his life inspired by Jesuit ideals. The late manufacturing icon is renowned for buying a bankrupt machine shop in 1947 with the help of 17 investors and building it into a multi-million dollar company. American Precision Industries grew into a diverse manufacturing enterprise, creating heat transfer equipment, motion control devices and electronic components for industrial and military applications. At the time of Fierle’s retirement in 1997, Forbes magazine named the company one of the 200 best small businesses in America, nearing $200 million in sales. Fierle distinguished himself as a leader in business but it was his broad interests in the civic well-being of Western New York that continue to touch so many lives. He believed in giving back to the community that contributed to his success and established the Robert J. and Martha B. Fierle Foundation. Its focus is to support cultural organizations, education, those most disadvantaged and the environment. The foundation is also a faithful supporter of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. Canisius College is a fortunate beneficiary of Fierle’s generosity, as well. During his lifetime, he shared his business acumen as a member of the college’s Boards of Trustees and Regents. Fierle also advised future business leaders as a member of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business Council.

Robert J. Fierle

Since his passing in 2013, Fierle’s legacy lives on at Canisius. Through a planned gift to the Rev. James M. Demske ’47, S.J., Society, Fierle is helping to ensure that the strength of Canisius’ Jesuit education continues for generations to come. “Canisius College is grateful for Mr. Fierle’s very generous commitment, which will be used to help our students develop into thoughtful, faithful and compassionate citizens and leaders, much like their benefactor, Robert Fierle,” says William M. Collins, vice president for advancement.



Canisius College and The Buffalo News hosted a celebratory reception for Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis ’04. Pictured top: Adam Zyglis with Richard H. Escobales Jr., PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics Pictured center (l-r-): Adam Zyglis on stage with Warren T. Colville, president and publisher, The Buffalo News; Michael Connelly, editor and vice president of The Buffalo News; William M. Collins, vice president for advancement at Canisius; John J. Hurley, president of Canisius College Pictured bottom: Adam Zyglis (center) with Joshua Zaccarine, friend, and Carol Horton, vice president for marketing and public relations at The Buffalo News

Zyglis ’04 Wins Pulitzer Prize Adam Zyglis '04 received the epitome of journalistic recognition in April when he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. Zyglis is the editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News. He is also nationally syndicated and his work regularly appears in USA Today, The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. The Pulitzer Prize committee recognized Zyglis for his use of “strong images to connect with readers while conveying layers of meaning in a few words.” Zyglis began drawing editorial cartoons in 2001 for The Griffin. He won three national collegiate cartooning awards before graduating in 2004 with a degree in computer science and math. “Even though I’m not working in my major, my Canisius education remains instrumental to what I do now,” says Zyglis. “It taught me how to think critically in all areas and that is particularly necessary for what I do because sometimes I am analyzing current events and other times I am commenting on life.” Established in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize is administered by Columbia University and recognizes achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition throughout the United States. WEB EXTRA

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canisiusconnections Alumni Association Confers LaSalle Medal Upon Celani The Canisius Alumni Association presented the LaSalle Medal to Ann Celani ’74 during undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 16. The LaSalle Medal is awarded to outstanding alumni who have made substantial contributions to advance the interests and mission of the college. Celani built a successful career steering the financial and administrative divisions of the transportation and logistics company, Spearhead Transportation Services, in Blasdell, NY. Along the way, she lived the Jesuit mission to serve others by contributing her time, talent and counsel to many Western New York organizations including Canisius College. Celani recently concluded a six-year term on the Board of Trustees. As chair of the institutional advancement committee, she guided efforts to further engage Canisius alumni, family and friends and secured resources to enhance the educational experience for students. During her tenure on the Board’s mission and

identity committee, Celani promoted a deeper understanding of the college’s Catholic, Jesuit educational mission and worked to ensure that those ideals enrich the campus community. In 2010, as the college prepared to inaugurate President John J. Hurley, alma mater called upon Celani again. Her business acumen, complemented by her loyal history with Canisius, made Celani an ideal adviser and helped assure a seamless presidential transition. Celani’s enthusiastic efforts on behalf of Canisius endure well beyond the weighty work of the college. She helps with class reunion committees and as a Canisius Fund volunteer. A gracious host, she opens her home for alumni events in Southwest Florida. In 2012, Celani made, perhaps, her greatest commitment to alma mater, when she included Canisius in her estate plans. Celani’s generous gift will help to secure an even brighter future for Canisius and forever tie her legacy to the college and its students.

DiGamma Inducts Nine New Members The Canisius College DiGamma Honor Society recently welcomed nine members to this prestigious group. Inductees are men and women who have distinguished themselves in service on behalf of students, alumni and the entire Canisius community. The 2015 DiGamma inductees are: (row 1, l-r) Joseph P. Michael MBA ’77, founder and president, Pro Benefits Administrators; Margaret C. McCarthy MS ’87, PhD, associate vice president for academic affairs; Teresa M. Amabile ’72, HON ’92, PhD, the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and director of research, Harvard Business School; John P. Belbas ’82, dentist in private practice; (row 2, l-r) Gary M. Everett, (retired) director of public safety, Canisius College; Edward M. Murphy ’73, vice president, chief investment officer and secretary, Merchants Mutual Insurance Co.; Donald P. Ware ’78, chief financial officer, EduKids Inc.; (row 3, l-r) Anthony B. Habib ’95, former CEO and president, Petri Baking Products Inc.; and Ben K. Wells MBA ’82, former chief financial officer, Burger King Corp. C ANI S IU S COLLEG E M AGA ZINE • S PR ING/SUMMER 2015 |


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OHN AXFORD MS ’13 fondly recalls the first time he saw a griffin. He was watching "Family Guy" on TV when a cartoon version of the majestic, mythical beast flew past as a sort of sight gag.

“It was just a quick, little joke,” Axford says, “but I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that’s really cool.’” He had no way of knowing someday he’d be a griffin, a Golden Griffin, and among the coolest in Canisius history. How cool? Let us count the ways: • He’s a right-handed relief pitcher for the

Colorado Rockies. • He pitched 2 1/3 hitless innings for the St. Louis

Cardinals in 2013’s World Series. • He has 78,000 Twitter followers who enjoy his quick

wit more than his fastball. • He tweeted predictions of 2014’s Academy Awards

and hit 18 of 18. • He gave Canisius baseball a major gift this year —

figure undisclosed but the biggest in team history. Axford grew up in Port Dover, Ontario, and originally played for Notre Dame, where he graduated with a degree in film — and one year of eligibility. That’s when he came to Canisius to pursue his master’s degree in sport administration. He pitched one season for the Griffs — 3-8 in 14 starts in 2006, before he found his calling as a closer. Then he did various stints in the minors until, in 2009, he was called up by Milwaukee, where his handlebar mustache reminded fans of Hall of Fame closer Rollie Fingers. In 2011, his performance did, too: Axford recorded 46 saves as the first Brewer to lead the National League in that category since Fingers. That was also the year he was awarded the Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year Award. (Never mind that Axford is Canadian — Goulet grew up in Canada, too.) Axford tweeted in 2013 that he’d been traded to the Cardinals: “My arm. My mustache. Everything.” He has also played for Cleveland and Pittsburgh, and is the first 20


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Canisius grad in the majors since Bill Goeckel, from the class of 1892, played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1899. The master of sport administration is a two-year program and Axford played one season here. He had the inclination to finish his degree but not the time or money until he hit the big leagues. He earned it in 2013. “It is a really great program,” Axford says, “and sets me up for what I might want to do after baseball.” The Canisius bullpen is now named for Axford. Coach Mike McRae cites him as emblematic of a program that blends under-recruited gems with castoffs like him to forge a .635 winning percentage in the past seven seasons, fifth-best nationally for teams outside power conferences. USA Today’s Paul White says it’s easy to root for Axford as a standup guy who’ll always answer questions after good games or bad — like the night in 2012 when his consecutive save streak was snapped at 49. Actually, that night Axford was missing afterward because his wife had just gone into labor. He left reporters a handwritten note. “All I can do is begin another streak and keep my head up,” it said. “Cliché … cliché … another cliché. Gotta go! Love, Ax.” Photo (right): Colorado Rockies & Clarkson Creative

classnotes 1950s ’58 BS Nelson H. Murphy, attorney at Murphy and Maloney Esq., and his wife, Dorothy, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 28, 2014.

1960s ’62 BA Hon. Salvatore R. Martoche, senior counsel at Hodgson Russ LLP, was named to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Board of Directors. ’65 MSED Phyllis A. Horton, retired educator, was named to the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System Board of Trustees. ’65 BA Andrew J. Scoma, MD, endocrinologist, received the “Golden Gland Award” for clinical excellence in endocrinology at the 34th meeting of the Florida Endocrine Society. ’66 BS Col. Joseph P. Leary, a financial specialist at the Office of Joseph Leary MBA, ChFC, AFC, is providing personal financial counseling to active duty, reserve and National Guard service members of the Missouri Air National Guard at Whiteman AFB. ’69 BA Kenneth E. Kendall, PhD, distinguished professor of management at the Rutgers School of Business, received the Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award from the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI). The award recognized Kendall for 40 years of service and dedication to DSI and the study of decision making. Fewer than 50 people, worldwide, have received the DSI Distinguished Service Award.

1970s ’70 BA George M. Colabella is the new executive director at The Tiny Miracles Foundation in Darien, CT. He also finished his second book, Taking it from the Top…One More Time, which will be made into a short film by the New York University Film School and supervised by Emmy Award winner Kimberly Switzgable of Capriole Productions. ’70 BA Richard R. Vergili retired as a professor at the Culinary Institute of America after more than 30 years of service. ’72 BS Rocco R. Termini, chief executive officer of Signature Development LLC, received the Executive of the Year Award from the Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives for his excellence in representing his company in the sales and marketing arena. ’74 BA Hon. Christopher J. Burns, a New York State Supreme Court Judge (Eighth District), was inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. ’74 BA Daniel H. Page is the new principal of Surf City Fiduciary in Huntington Beach, CA. He previously

served as director of airlift programs business development at the Boeing Company. ’75 BS Sally A. (Taylor) Kuzon, director of public works for the city of Batavia, NY, was named Professional Manager of the Year, in the administrative management category, by the Genesee Valley branch of the American Public Works Association. ’75 BA, MS ’77 Patrick J. Pignataro received the Lions of Georgia Hall of Fame Award for outstanding community service in vision and hearing conservation. ’75 BA James V. Tricoli, PhD, chief of the diagnostic biomarkers and technology branch at the National Cancer Institute, received the MERIT Award from the National Institute of Health for his contributions to the exceptional responders initiatives. ’76 BA Joseph A. Sciandra, podiatrist and podiatric surgeon, was named president of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. ’77 BA Michael A. Chadwick was promoted to Eastern regional dealer training manager for Toyota and Lexus Financial Services. He previously served as the district training manager for the Toyota Motor Sales Division in the New York region. ’77 BS David S. Reedy, insurance and pension specialist at Beck, Reedy & Associates, was named a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an exclusive honor that is achieved by only the top six percent of life insurance-based financial service professionals in the world. ’77 BA Lawrence J. Vilardo, partner at Connors & Vilardo LLP, was nominated by President Obama for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. ’78 BA Daniel F. Smeragliuolo is a new clinical operations coordinator at The Resource Center in Jamestown, NY. He previously served as a social worker at the United Methodist Church Board of Childcare. ’79 BS Timothy R. Baker, PhD, was promoted to research fellow with Procter & Gamble’s research and development capability in Cincinnati, OH. ’79 BA Martin J. Berardi is the new owner and chief executive officer of Schutte Buffalo Hammermille LLC. He previously served as vice president for Moog Inc.’s medical device group and chair of the Buffalo Billion Advanced Manufacturing Working Group. ’79 BA Norma Nowak, PhD, director of science and technology at the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, served as the keynote speaker during the Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series. Nowak presented an annual update on the Buffalo Institute for Genomics (BIG) and Data Analytics.

’79 BS James S. Smyczynski, general manager of operational compliance for National Fuel Gas Corporation, won the Silver Beaver Award, which is the distinguished service award of the Boy Scouts of America. The award was presented by the Greater Niagara Frontier Counsel. ’79 BA Hon. Gerald J. Whalen, New York State Appellate Division Justice, administered the oath of office to Governor Andrew Cuomo at the New Year’s Day ceremony held at the Buffalo Historical Society.

1980s ’80 BS Daniel S. Blake, founder and chief executive officer of Southtowns Financial Group, received the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation. He is also a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Financial Business Specialist. ’80 MBA John R. Garfoot is the new vice president for financial affairs and treasurer at D’Youville College. He previously worked as vice president and dean of administration at Jamestown Community College. ’80 BA Col. Robert E. Pecoraro, deputy director for the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, was appointed alderman-at-large by the North Tonawanda Common Council. ’80 BA (Ret.) Maj. Andrew D. Ross recently retired from the United States Postal Service. ’81 BS Matthew J. Becker is a new representative at the Dorsey Group LLC. He previously served as chief executive officer and owner of Becker Professional Services. ’81 BS Joseph J. Emmerling is the new chief financial officer for Try-It Distributing Co. Inc. He previously served as chief financial officer at Kaufman’s Bakery. ’81 BA Jean M. Wactawski-Wende, PhD, was appointed dean of the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions. She previously served as interim dean and professor of epidemiology and environmental health. ’82 BS, MBA ’95 James J. Dickinson is the new chief operating officer for the Buffalo Orthopaedic Group. He previously served as director of business development at UB/MD Internal Medicine. ’82 BA Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, spoke at a White House panel on philanthropy’s role in advancing opportunities for young people of color in America’s cities. The panel discussion was tied to President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. ’83 BS Victor M. D’Ambrosia is the new principal at Montview TSC Realty Advisors LLC. He previously served as commercial broker.


’83 BA Agnes C. Smith is the new managing director at U.S. Trust, Bank of America in its Private Wealth Management Group. She previously served as senior vice president and private client manager for Bank of America. ’83 BS John A. Sperrazza, president of Advanced Alarm in Tonawanda, received the President’s Award in recognition of his contributions to the New York State Electronic Security Association. ’84 BA Paul M. Fontana is the new vice principal for academics at All Hollows High School in South Bronx, NY. He previously served as academic dean. ’84 BS Jeffrey P. Steinig, MD, a general and vascular surgeon, was named chief of staff at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo for 2015 and 2016. ’85 MBA Rebecca T. (Tracy) Boyle, executive director of human resources for Trocaire College, was named to the Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled Board of Directors. ’85 BS Jeffrey D. McArthur is the new finance director at Ellicott Development. He previously served as vice president at HSBC Bank. He has also been named to the 2015 Leadership Buffalo Board of Directors ’85 BS Gerald F. Pullano, partner at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, was awarded the Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor credential by the International Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors. He has more than 30 years of experience providing tax, business consulting, and merger and acquisition services to clients in a variety of industries. ’86 BS John R. Ahrens, president of Ahrens Financial Group, was named a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an exclusive honor that is achieved by only the top six percent of life insurance-based financial service professionals in the world. ’86 BS Joseph D. Distasio is the new chief financial officer for Lakeshore Behavioral Health Inc. He previously served as controller and interim chief financial officer for Orleans Community Health. ’87 BS Bonnie L. (Zmuda) Cywinski is the new director of program development at Toca Travel. She previously served as client services director at Leveraging Technology. ’87 BS David A. Jacobs, president of The Jacobs Team, was named a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an exclusive honor that is achieved by only the top six percent of life insurance-based professionals in the world. ’87 BS Gina B. (Bellavia) McDonough was promoted to tax principal at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. She previously served as senior manager.


’88 BA James L. Lawicki II, a spine consultant at Medtronic Inc., was appointed to the Erie County Medical Center Board of Directors by the Erie County Legislature. ’88 BS Rosemary Stanton is the new director of finance and business operations at GQ magazine. She previously served as director of finance and business operations at Wired Magazine. ’88 BS Stephen M. Ulrich, owner of Granite Spine LLC, was named to the Catholic Charities of Buffalo Board of Trustees. ’89 BS John M. Cleary III is the new vice president for business development in the Hospitality Division at Calamar Development. He previously served as vice president for business development at Eastern Hospitality Advisors. ’89 BS Eric C. Tudor, broker owner for Coldwell Banker Commercial Meridian LLC, won the Transaction Volume Award from the local chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors, for 44 lease and sale transactions in 2014.

1990s ’90 BA Harold Seth Freeman Barnes is the new managing director and market manager for Wells Fargo Northeast Ohio Market. He previously served as complex manager in Tulsa, OK. ’90 BS Kristen M. Kulinowski, PhD, research staff member at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute and faculty member in the Chemistry Department at Rice University, was elected to the Chemical Safety Hazard Investigation Board by the Obama administration.

’94 BS Karen M. (Karaszewski) Antonelli was promoted to partner at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. She previously served as principal. ’94 MBA Patricia Farrell is the new managing director for Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Advisory Office, a subsidiary of M&T Bank. She previously served as senior vice president and private client advisor at the U.S. Trust in Manhattan. ’94 BS Kevin C. Gillen is the inaugural senior research fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. He previously served as the senior research consultant at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. ’94 BS Mark A. Johnson, vice president and community development manager at SunTrust Bank, accepted the 2015 Tidewater Distinguished Merit Award on behalf of the SunTrust Foundation at the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities 2015 Humanitarian Awards. ’94 MS Janet R. Wojcik, PhD, assistant professor at Winthrop University, was selected as the Bank of America Endowed Professor in the Richard W. Riley College of Education. ’96 MSED Patricia C. (Stern) Dann, a Spanish teacher in the Burnt HillsBallston Lake School District in Glenville, NY, led her fourth group of high school students on a home exchange program with Marista Auseva High School in Oviedo, Spain. She made her first, life-changing trip to Oviedo as a Canisius graduate student. ’96 BA Tracey M. McNerney, director of online programs at the University at Buffalo, is a new PhD candidate in the school’s Curriculum, Instruction and Science of Learning Program.

’92 BS Louis A. DiLeo, manager of financial control and support for the WNY District of the U.S. Postal Service, was selected as WNY’s Lean Six Sigma Coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service. He was also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt trainer and selected for the Lean Leader HQ Program.

’97 BS Geoffrey A. Bernas, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, shoulder, hip and knee orthoscopy at the University at Buffalo, obtained a subspecialty certificate in orthopaedic sports medicine from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

’92 BA Kimberly M. (Molnar) Pagano, director of orientation and student leadership development at Daemen College, received the 2015 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region II Outstanding Contribution to Student Leadership Programs Award.

’97 BA Amy (Forand) Burkhead was promoted to project leader and scientist II at KBI Biopharma Inc. in Durham, NC. She previously served as scientist II in biopharmaceutical development.

’92 MBA Michael D. Riegel was promoted to executive vice president and chief operation officer at Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York. He previously served as vice president for finance and administration. ’93 BA Jeremy P. Stevens, writer and ELA teacher to middle grades in Greenville, NC, recently authored The Devil Speaks Louder: We Stood at the Turning Point. The book is the first of three Stevens will publish about the choices people make as they consider their consciences.

’97 BS Darren J. Forcier, an orthodontist in Depew, was installed as the 2015 president of the Erie County Dental Society. ’97 BA John P. Mannion was promoted to vice president for regulatory risk and compliance at ING in New York City. He previously served as vice president of operations control risk management. ’97 BA John S. Prizner III is the new assistant dean for advancement in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He previously served as assistant dean and director of development at the University at Buffalo.

classnotes ’97 MBA Alexandra M. Wehr, a senior relationship manager in corporate banking at First Niagara Financial Group, was recognized by Suburban Adult Services Inc. for her outstanding effort and years of service at the annual SASi Celebration. ’98 BA Audrey A. Seeley, attorney at Hurwitz & Fine PC, was named chair of the Defense Research Institute’s Insurance Law Committee. ’98 MS Christian D. Voigt, assistant manager at Realty USA Williamsville, earned his broker associate license. He also received the e-PRO and Accredited Buyer's Representative designations. ’99 BS Danielle M. (Dorsaneo) Goetz, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist at Women & Children’s Hospital and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, is the new director of the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Women & Children’s Hospital. ’99 BS Eric J. Gawron, a personal financial representative at Allstate Financial Services LLC, was named a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an exclusive honor that is only achieved by the top six percent of life insurance-based financial service professionals in the world. ’99 BA Maria (Wichlac) Grove, event lead at Relay for Life Glastonbury, is the new president of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance Board of Directors. She also received the 2015 Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award for her work in the New England Division of the American Cancer Society.

2000s ’00 BA Jarod T. Haslinger was promoted to group vice president at M&T Bank. He is responsible for managing the bank’s direct consumer lending business. Haslinger previously served as administrative vice president. ’00 MSED Leslie E. Simon, a social studies teacher and coach for varsity baseball and girls’ junior varsity basketball at Kenmore East High School, is the newly appointed girls’ varsity field hockey coach. ’01 BS Jamie L. Decker is the new senior director of marketing and business development at the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as a program and project manager for independent contracts. ’01 MBA James D. Smith is the new financial advisor at Buffalo First Wealth Management. He previously worked in New York City with UBS Financial Services and boutique firms. ’02 BS Rebecca J. (Jones) Berry is a new faculty member in the Social Sciences Department at Concordia College. ’02 MBA John B. Ende is the new vice president for Nelsons Bach USA North and South America in North Andover,

MA. He previously served as executive vice president of sales for Hello Products LSC. ’02 BS Holly E. Sega was promoted to senior program director at the Ken-Ton Family YMCA. She previously served as program director for School Age Child Care and Camp at the Southtowns Branch. ’03 BA, MS ’06 Jennifer M. Basile is the new associate vice president for data analytics and systems integration at Erie County Community College. She previously served as a consultant and data expert. ’03 BA Omar S. Fetouh was promoted to assistant news director at WBFO-FM 88.7. He previously served as a radio reporter and announcer for WNED-AM 970 ThinkBright. ’03 BA, MS ’05 Brandy L. Vandermark was promoted to director of inpatient and detox services at Horizon Health Services. She previously served as program director. ’03 BS Aimee J. (Wertman) Swartz, MD, joined the Vascular & Endovascular Center of Western New York. She also provides services at Batavia’s United Memorial Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. Swartz previously served as general surgeon at Strong Memorial Hospital. ’04 BS Michelle L. Kieser was promoted to director of benefit administration and compliance at Independent Health, where she previously served as a member services representative. ’05 BA Patrick McNally is the new vice president for institutional advancement at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He previously served as an associate at Connors & Vilardo. ’05 BA Adrian M. Szelazak is the new solutions manager at Verizon Wireless in Auburn, NY. He previously served as a data sales consultant for Verizon in Syracuse. ’05 BA Shannon R. (McCarthy) Vogel was promoted to account supervisor at Crowley Webb & Associates. She previously served as partner relations associate for Seevast Inc. ’06 BS Andrea C. Hampton, professional realtor at Keller Williams Realty in the southeast region, received her master’s of divinity degree from Emory University. ’06 BS Stacy L. (Piatkowski) Hoffman is the new owner of Hoffman Family Dentistry PLLC. She purchased the dental practice of Brendan P. Dowd, DDS, where she previously served as an associate dentist. ’06 BS Brian J. Kern was promoted to principal at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. He previously served as manager. ’06 BS Alicia C. Pangborn was promoted to director of finance in business insurance at The Travelers Companies Inc. in Hartford, CT. She previously served as manager of finance in personal insurance.

’06 BA Eric M. Soehnlein, associate at Lippes Mathias Wexler & Friedman LLP, was named to the Mental Health Association of Erie County’s Board of Directors. ’06 BS Jonathan M. Urban is the new implementation specialist at Brisbane Consulting Group LLC. He previously served as the staff accountant for Benderson Development Company Inc. ’07 BA Katie L. (Rampino) Briggs is the new public relations manager for Crowley Webb & Associates. She previously served as public relations activation manager at Eric Mower & Associates. ’07 BA Jamie A. Gerace was promoted to senior project manager at Splash, a New York City tech start-up. She previously served as a digital marketing producer at NBC News. ’07 MS Jennifer J. Herrmann is the new associate dean of new students in the Griff Center for Academic Engagement at Canisius College. She previously served as associate director of disability support services. ’07 MBA Ismael A. Logdali is a new account manager at Axa Assurance Moroc in Casablanca, Morocco. He previously served as the business manager assistant at Valeo. ’07 BS Colin D. Pratt, vice president of financial planning at Pratt Collard Advisory Partners LLC, was authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards to use the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP ® certification marks in accordance with CFP Board certification and renewal requirements. ’07 MBA Aaron Sypniewski is a new tax manager at Brock Schechter & Polakoff LLP. He previously served as a staff accountant at Freed Maxick CPAs PC. ’07 BA David R Thompson Jr. is the new manager of investigations and consulting for Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates in Chicago, IL. He is also an instructor for interview and interrogation methods. ’08 BS, MBA ’11 Kevin W. Blackley, controller for Gypsum Systems Inc., published his first children’s picture book, entitled It All Starts With You, under his pseudonym K. W. Wilson. He now owns a publishing company, Kevin W. Blackley Books LLC, which has published two books for other authors. '08 BS Matthew R. Bona, chief operating officer of Redline Rentals of Buffalo, and his partner Gregory H. Straus '08, successfully completed their first season of business with Redline Rentals of Buffalo, a niche rental car business serving as a great addition to special events all over the Buffalo/Niagara area. ’08 BS Greggory P. Gallson, a business valuation analyst at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP, earned the Certified Valuation Analyst designation from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

’08 BS Colleen B. Lanz received her PhD in physics from North Carolina State University. ’08 BS Gregory H. Straus, president of Redline Rentals of Buffalo, and his partner Matthew R. Bona ’08, successfully completed their first season of business with Redline Rentals of Buffalo, a niche rental car business serving as a great addition to special events all over the Buffalo/Niagara area. ’08 BA Katherine M. Wutz is the new marketing and proposal coordinator at POWER Engineers. She previously served as director of communications for Community School of Sun Valley in Idaho. ’09 BA Annmarie Dean was promoted to manager of foundation development at WNED/WBFO. She previously served as corporate communications assistant. ’09 BS Aubrey A. Hlavaty is the new financial controller for the Buffalo Public Schools. She previously served as a fiscal administrator of grants for the city of Buffalo’s HUD Department. ’09 MSED Heather E. McCarthy, a literacy specialist at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, received the Sontag Prize for Urban Educators for the third consecutive year. She also has been chosen to teach a graduate level course to Massachusetts educators titled "The Common Core and Elementary ELA." The course will teach current educators how to cohesively implement common core ELA standards into their daily practices. ’09 BA Nathan A. Remmes was promoted to vice president for marketing and business development at NanoLumens. He previously served as director of business development and demand generation at the company. ’09 BS Andrew J. Ziolo was promoted to supervising senior accountant at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP. He previously served as senior accountant at Freed Maxick CPAs PC.

2010s ’10 BS, MBAACC ’11 Benjamin S. Bolas is a new associate in the Tax Department at Dilworth Paxson LLP. He previously served as a student attorney with the Villanova Law Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. ’10 BS, MBAACC ’11 Matthew J. DeVincentis was promoted to senior accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. He previously served as staff accountant. ’10 BS Anthony Gagliardi was promoted to vice president and senior compliance risk assessment officer at HSBC Bank in New York City. He previously served as associate vice president and antimoney laundering business manager for coverage assessment. ’10 BS Elizabeth D. Kermis is a new resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Sisters of Charity Hospital of Buffalo.

’10 BS, MS ’11 Rebecca L. Muench was promoted to senior accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. She previously served as staff accountant. ’10 BA Tessa Scott is a new associate in the Litigation Department for Hurwitz & Fine PC, where she focuses her practice on insurance litigation defense. ’11 BS Caitlin M. Antonio is a new resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Sisters of Charity Hospital of Buffalo. ’11 MBA Adam M. Desmond is the new vice president and relationship manager for the Buffalo Middle Market Commercial Banking Division at First Niagara Financial Group. He previously served as relationship manager at First Niagara Financial Group Inc. ’11 BA Kaleigh M. Ziobro is the new legislative analyst at Ostroff Associates. She previously served as client services coordinator for Patricia Lynch Associates. ’12 BA, MSED ’13 Kathryn E. Cifaratta is a new third grade teacher at the Palm Beach County School District in Greenacres, FL. ’12 MBA Michael J. Edbauer, DO, is the new president and chief executive officer for Catholic Medical Partners. He previously served as chief medical officer. ’12 BS Alysse M. Johnson is a new staff accountant at Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP. She previously served as a bookkeeper for Questcom Inc.

’13 BS, MS ’14 Corey M. Kruszka is a new staff accountant for Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. ’13 BS, MBA ’14 Nicholas J. Morrissey is a new staff accountant for Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. ’13 BS, MS ’14 Robert Edward Novak is the new accountant for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as a business assistant for athletics and recreation at American University in Washington D.C. ’13 MS Caitlin C. Root was promoted to senior accountant in the Audit Department at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She previously served as a staff accountant. ’13 BS, MS ’14 Danielle C. Young is a new first grade teacher at Stanley G. Falk School. ’14 BA Emalie G. Herberger is a new communications content associate at WNED/WBFO. ’14 MBAPA Rebecca Lynn Pullano is a new staff accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. ’14 BA Samuel T. Stahl is a new PhD candidate in classical literature at the University at Buffalo. He was also been awarded a teaching assistantship and a Presidential Fellowship. ’15 MBAPA Mark P. Kransler is a new staff accountant for Brock, Schechter & Polakoff LLP.

’12 MS Elizabeth S. Krause was promoted to senior accountant in the Audit Department at Lumsden & McCormick LLP. She previously served as an audit staff accountant. ’12 BS, MS ’14 Mary Kate Sidoti is a new market analyst for Crowley Webb & Associates. She previously worked at Delaware North Companies. ’13 MSED Daniel L. Brunner, U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San AntonioLackland in San Antonio, TX. ’13 BS Alexander J. Bussenger is a new broker in Morgan Stanley’s Financial Advisor Program. He previously served as an equity research associate at Citigroup, covering stocks in the technology sector. ’13 BS, MBA ’14 Leah G. Fallone is a new assistant accountant in the Healthcare and Tax Exempt West Division for The Bonadio Group. ’13 BA Katherine D. Johnson was promoted to account executive at SKM Group Inc. She previously served as account coordinator.

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LIZABETH M. MACDONALD ’84 isn’t a typical journalist. The stocks editor for “FOX Business” and “FOX News” built her career by taking the backwater beats no one else wanted to cover. “I, in my nerdiness, was interested in the IRS, taxes and corporate accounting,” she says. To unearth even the slightest nugget of news, MacDonald buried herself in the Congressional Record, sat in countless congressional committee hearings and scoured and devoured public documents – especially the footnotes. “All sorts of action gets submarined in the footnotes of corporate and government documents,” she says. MacDonald’s relentless search for truth led to one blockbuster story after another. She was among the first journalists in the 1990s to sound the alarm about the coming wave of accounting scandals. Her investigative series on IRS abuses resulted in improved taxpayer rights and reforms and led to her testifying before Congress. MacDonald exposed behind-the-scenes bailout controversies at the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve and unmasked the Democratic congressmen who influenced the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party conservatives. Each story MacDonald breaks is well-written, well-narrated and packaged with an absolute sense of responsibility to her audience. “Journalists have a duty to get it right and to make the news understandable to the ‘little guy,’” says MacDonald, who maintains an acute awareness of what taxpayers are up against. “Covering the IRS for about 20 years really informed my consciousness about the government we’re paying for.” A Long Island native, MacDonald knew she wanted to be a writer and reporter by the age of 10. She graduated from Canisius as an All-College Honors student, earning dual degrees in English and communication studies, and returned to New York to launch her career. MacDonald has since covered stock market earnings and accounting abuses for Money magazine and The Wall Street Journal. While senior editor at Forbes, she developed the

magazine’s annual list of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.” “One thing stood out,” she says, “these women didn’t let anyone else define who they are. They defined themselves.” As does MacDonald. It’s that same quality that attracted the journalist to her latest story. Skirting Heresy: The Life and Times of Margery Kempe is MacDonald’s newly released book. It chronicles the heroics of Kempe, the first autobiographer in the English language and a non-conformist from 15th century England who dared to follow her calling from Jesus Christ at a time when women were not allowed to preach the Gospel or travel without men. “Margery told of her pilgrimages to holy sites and the Holy Land, and her conversations with God,” MacDonald says. “Her lecturing on the Gospels led to repeated arrests and even the threat of death by a burning at the stake.” In many ways, MacDonald is the modern-version of the historic figure about whom she writes. She is a pull-no-punches truth teller, eager to dispel myths and expose wrongdoing and yet perfectly content to live life among the footnotes.



IN MEMORIAM John J. Carrigg ’43, PhD February 10, 2015

Alfred C. Boyd Jr. ’51, PhD December 5, 2014

Thomas J. Williams Jr. ’59 November 9, 2014

Sharon A. (Murray) Wurster ’69 January 12, 2014

Ronald E. Wilson ’79 December 23, 2014

William F. Brown Jr. ’44 November 29, 2014

Hon. James T. McFarland ’51 January 1, 2015

Mary M. (Haar) Arnold MS ’60, PhD December 16, 2014

Bernard J. Anibaldi ’70 September 11, 2014

John R. Zak ’79 November 22, 2014

Norbert E. Weckerle MBA ’44 January 27, 2015

William J. Paxson ’51 November 8, 2014

James R. Hoerner ’60 May 14, 2014

Terrence J. Babchak ’70 December 11, 2014

Sheila J. (Hynes) Gibbs MS ’80 January 18, 2015

Stanley J. Cyran ’45, MD August 19, 2014

Carmen A. Queeno ’51 December 8, 2014

Sr. Elaine E. Malloy MA ’60 February 22, 2015

Patricia M. (Feidner) Miller ’70 February 1, 2014

Susan J. (Cellino) Haxton ’80 February 26, 2015

James A. Curtin ’46, MD March 5, 2015

Louis V. Santercole ’51 January 27, 2015

William L. Henel ’62 January 7, 2015

John J. O'Brien ’70 February 17, 2015

Angela F. (Fricano) Riordan ’80 February 15, 2015

Paul V. Glauber ’47 December 9, 2014

William J. Van Dewater ’51 October 21, 2014

Thomas P. Shea ’62 February 27, 2015

Kenneth J. Herrmann Jr. ’72 November 2, 2014

Patricia J. (Jones) Welker MS ’80 March 7, 2015

Clarence C. Sanscrainte ’47 November 5, 2014

James F. Atkins ’52 November 17, 2014

Frank C. Slazyk ’62 August 20, 2014

Frank A. Lewczyk ’72 October 17, 2014

Michael A. Marasco ’83 February 19, 2015

Henry E. Snyder ’47, MS ’60 February 24, 2015

John L. Burns ’52 October 27, 2014

Terrance R. McKnight ’72 November 29, 2014

Diane C. (Kochanski) Basile MS ’84 February 1, 2015

Julius J. Juron ’48 March 3, 2015

William J. Cotter ’52 March 31, 2015

Barbara W. (Wernlund) Keller MS ’63 September 21, 2014

Salvatore M. Schifano ’72 October 6, 2014

Ernest J. Felder ’86 January 7, 2015

John W. Mulkin Jr. ’48 March 4, 2015

Valentine A. Bartkowski ’54 December 6, 2014

John E. Schmidt ’72 January 17, 2015

John W. Fronckowiak ’89, MS ’06 October 10, 2014

Joseph T. Quinlivan ’48 March 31, 2015

Frank E. Benbenek ’54, MS ’63 February 19, 2015 William R. Cravatta Sr. ’54 March 13, 2015

William J. Schoeffield ’72, MSED ’74 March 3, 2015

Mary A. (Privitera) Howard ’89 September 7, 2014

Arthur A. Roetzer ’48 November 11, 2014

Cmdr. Michael B. Booth ’65 June 9, 2014

Henry J. Wrona ’48 November 20, 2014

Louis J. Harasty ’54 March 1, 2015

Roger P. Russ ’65 November 21, 2014

John J. Lindner ’74 March 5, 2015

William F. Callahan ’49 March 20, 2015

Richard R. Romanowski ’54, MD January 15, 2015

John A. Buscaglia ’66 March 6, 2015

Stanley F. Tezyk ’74 January 7, 2015

Joseph M. Mattimore ’49, MD November 27, 2014

William J. Wiedeman ’54 March 29, 2015

Joseph A. Greco ’66 July 15, 2014

Michael J. Buxton ’75 March 4, 2015

Victor J. Norton ’49 March 22, 2015

John J. Kaczor ’55 January 23, 2015

Russell P. Massaro ’66, MD March 9, 2015

Robert J. Liguori MBA ’75 December 9, 2014

John J. Balthasar ’50 January 9, 2015

Joseph A. Kulick ’55 November 29, 2014

Joseph D. Flanigan MS ’67 August 11, 2014

Frank P. Wood MS ’75 March 28, 2015

Samuel J. Caito ’50, MS ’66 December 27, 2014

David M. Chapin ’56 March 26, 2015

Daniel P. Boyle MS ’68 January 22, 2015

Rev. Ignatius Staniszewski MS ’77 January 24, 2015

Thomas F. Collins ’50 March 14, 2015

Marjorie E. (Crosby) Devine MS ’56 January 25, 2015

Robert J. Dunford BBA ’50 February 13, 2015

Patricia C. (Connolly) Marso ’56 March 8, 2015

John C. Lanigan ’50 December 12, 2014

John J. DiPasquale Sr. ’58 November 3, 2014

Edward W. Sullivan ’50 January 10, 2015

Bernard E. Nowak ’58, MS ’60 November 26, 2014

Michael T. Sullivan Jr. ’50 November 30, 2014

Col. George O. D’Amico ’59 March 24, 2015

Patrick E. Joyce ’64 September 4, 2014 A. Ronald Sorgi ’64, MS ’68 October 27, 2014

Frank J. Hargrave MS ’68 January 24, 2015 Concetta B. (Polizzi) Muscarella MS ’68 January 29, 2015

Henry Jones Jr. AA ’91 October 12, 2014 Daniel E. Wilson ’92 January 2, 2015 Lisa M. Violanti MS ’96 November 24, 2014 Drew C. Patterson ’02, MS ’06 January 4, 2015 Beth A. Kawczynski-Walenka MS ’04 February 22, 2015 Christopher T. Moscati ’07 February 7, 2015 Mary S. Koessler ’15 January 11, 2015

Hugh P. Hanley III ’78 February 17, 2015 Deborah A. Russo MS ’78 January 19, 2015

Erva M. (Miller) Prince MS ’68 January 16, 2015

Patrick J. Ucci ’78 March 27, 2015

Elizabeth C. (Fink) Baker MA ’69 October 30, 2014

Ronald Motyka ’79 February 11, 2015

Norbert R. Jankowski ’69 February 24, 2015

Joseph D. Tomani ’79 October 31, 2014


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Jamie K. Antholzner ’06 and Brian Henretta July 2, 2014 *Michael Bax ’07, MD and Bethany Lema, MD December 13, 2014 Sara M. Abrams ’99 and Craig Maurer, a son, Declan Robert, born November 13, 2014 Francisco J. Aragon MBA ’02 and Stephanie Aragon, twin sons, Niles and Tate, born March 10, 2014

Megan E. (DiCamillo) Hill ’08, MS ’09 and Nicholas R. Hill ’08, MS ’09, a son, Nicholas Patsy, born March 7, 2015 John R. Lewin Jr. ’95 and Heather Lewin, a son, John R. III, born March 6, 2014

*Katie L. Carroll ’11, MBA ’13 and Thomas Vivian February 7, 2015 Adam M. Castracane MSED ’01 and Laura Lavoie December 28, 2014

Nia C. (Capuano) Bates ’08, MS ’12 and Jeremy Bates, a daughter, Lena Pearl, born November 3, 2014

Margaret E. (Beltrami) Moberg ’04 and Amos Moberg, a daughter, Sarah Catherine, born April 30, 2014

Sarah A. (Smolinski) Bell ’00 and Aaron Bell, a daughter, Audrey Christine, born August 21, 2014

Colin D. Pratt ’07 and Laura Pratt, a son, Theodore Joseph, born February 10, 2015

*Emily G. Drower ’11 and Mark J. Smerka ’12 March 21, 2015

Christopher S. Ruminski ’98, MBA ’00 and Katherine Ruminski, a daughter, Clare Rose, born September 1, 2014

Bradley R. Ertel ’02, MD and Amanda Shaw March 7, 2015

Elizabeth A. (Gruber) Brém ’06, MD and András Brém, a son, Milan Freidrich, born December 19, 2014 Jamie L. (Willard) Brittain ’03, MSED ’05 and Charles R. Brittain MS ’05, a son, Dawson James, born October 9, 2014 Jennifer L. (Dugas) Burkhardt ’00 and Jake Burkhardt, a daughter, Alisyn Regan, born June 22, 2014 Timothy D. Calkins ’02 and Bethany Calkins, MD, a son, Oliver Riley, born July 25, 2014 David J. Covert ’06, PhD and Laura Covert, a son, Patrick David, born August 6, 2014 Catherine M. (Sicoli) Darling ’02 and Luke Darling, a son, Elliott John, born February 3, 2015 Erin (Herlihy) Hartnett MS ’11 and Dennis P. Hartnett ’96, a son, Patrick Sullivan, born May 13, 2015

Maureen L. (Thaxton) Sgambelluri ’01, MSED ‘05 and Steve Sgambelluri, a son, Luca Thaxton, born April 19, 2014 Robin P. Sroka ’00, MSED ’03 and James Orluk, a son, Oliver Jackson, born January 17, 2015 Melanie J. (Mierzwa) Vold ’00 and Matthew Vold, a son, Maxwell Spencer, born November 7, 2014 Laura M. Wisniewski MBA ’06 and Mike Wisniewski, a son, Tyler Garrett, born October 3, 2014 Erin M. (Lawless) Zack ’00, MS ’04 and Kevin Zack, a daughter, Pela Joyce, born November 21, 2014

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Antonio Pasquale A son, born to Maria Frisina ’93, on October 5, 2014

Amy Forand ’97 and Matthew Burkhead August 9, 2014 Robert M. Grabowski ’02 and Michelle Mays February 7, 2015 Patrice R. Paolucci ’05 and Jonathan French, PhD July 5, 2014 Monique N. Perez ’08, MS ’11 and Thomas Olejniczak ’09 November 7, 2014 Katie L. Rampino ’07 and Matthew Briggs September 20, 2014 Melanie Reimondo ’12 and Gary Brem Jr. September 26, 2014 Justin J. Sledz ’04 and Joelle Reinheimer September 20, 2014 Katherine M. Wutz ’08 and Ben Varner June 20, 2014

*Indicates married in Christ the King Chapel

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