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Canisius College Magazine SPRING 2014 VOLUME 15, ISSUE 2

We celebrate our graduates this spring. It’s a time for them to reflect back on their great experiences at Canisius and their academic, athletic and extra-curricular accomplishments. At the same time, the word “commencement” speaks to new beginnings, hope and anticipation as our graduates prepare to make their mark on the world. Congratulations Class of 2014! While our graduates go forth, the end of our spring semester brings with it the latest gathering of our retired faculty and staff at what organizers, Dan Starr and Joe Bieron, have dubbed as the Geezer Party. We gather annually (or more often) off-campus for a low-key reception, a little discussion about the present, and a lot of discussion about the past. Bob Davis – through whose accounting wicket every aspiring Canisius accountant has had to pass, over the past 40-plus years – mans the door and collects the small entry fee. At a minimum, this party provides me with information to share with alumni who always ask, “Have you seen Professor [blank] recently? What’s he doing?” The college’s English Department was well-represented at our May gathering. Ed Zimmermann, now 86 years old, was in fine form. We spoke about the college and we lamented the recent passing of Pete Seeger. We were joined by Dave Lauerman, Frank Riga and Jim Dolan (and wife Diane). Paul Dowling and Dave Greenman (he of the still mostly black hair and youthful looks) were at another table, discussing Shakespeare, perhaps, or more likely the slow start of the St. Louis Cardinals. Dick Thompson discussed all things Irish at the end of the bar. Our longtime vice president for business and finance, Larry Franz, reveled at being back on the faculty side of things as he entertained Alan Duchan, marketing guru Stan Arbeit and the more recentlyretired Gene O’Connor.

President John J. Hurley Director of Public Relations & Executive Editor Eileen C. Herbert Managing Editor Audrey R. Browka Director of Creative Services & Layout Editor Andalyn Courtney Contributing Designer James Neiler Contributing Writers Caroline Barry Elizabeth M. Bohen ’74, MS ’76 Erik Brady ’76 Kristin E. Etu ’91 Cece Gotham ’13 Sarah Graham MS ’13 Lisa Murray Roselli Photography Charles Barry 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

The Department of Modern Languages was represented by Jim McGoldrick (who often updates me on Bob Hagspiel and Mike Burtniak) and Ray Clough. Mathematicians Richard Uschold and Don Girod greeted their still-active colleague, Rich Escobales. But wait, there’s more. Dennis Duling, hired during my senior year at Canisius, is still studying theology and playing the piano. Jim Sylvis still looks very much like the racquetball champ he was years ago. I spent time with Walter Sharrow, Joe Tomasulo, Jim Lauffenburger and retired dean of enrollment management Tony Bellia. And while the focus is on retired faculty and staff, a few active members are allowed to infiltrate. As I scanned the room that night, I concluded that this was like Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium but Canisius-style. What a great reunion of people representing hundreds of years of service to Canisius College! To a person, they expressed their gratitude for all that the college has been for them in their careers. They note their pride in all that Canisius and its graduates have achieved. I’ll repay the compliment: I was grateful to be in their midst and to be included in this great event.

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contents SPRING 2014

12 | Cover Story

6 | Student Profile


STUDENT STARTUPS Enterprising college students turn their great ideas into sustainable ventures via Canisius’ Entrepreneurship Program.


Billy Baron ’14 caps off his golden career as a Golden Griffin with All America honors


10 | Added Feature LATE NIGHT WITH CANISIUS Canisius Magazine pulls an all-nighter to explore nocturnal life on campus.


18 | Alumni Profile PEAK PERFORMER As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, John E. Zvijac ’82, MD, works to get injured athletes back in the game.

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High Score: Accounting Graduates #1 in NYS A rigorous curriculum, exceptional faculty and real-world experiences add up to success for the Canisius accounting program. Canisius alumni ranked first, overall, in New York State on the 2013 CPA exam cycle, with a 71 percent pass rate among large programs (institutions with more than 60 candidates). On the individual sections of the exam, Canisius participants ranked second in the regulation and auditing portions. This same group ranked fourth on the business environment and concepts portion, and sixth on the financial accounting and reporting portion. Canisius was categorized as a medium program for these individual sections (institutions with 21-60 candidates). Canisius accounting majors are heavily recruited by employers and 90 percent secure jobs in their fields within four months of graduation.

Breakaway: Conacher ’11 Playing for ‘Hometown’ Team Former Canisius winger Cory Conacher ’11 is back in Buffalo. The Sabres picked up the star forward, after he was waived by the Ottawa Senators.

A Burlington, Ontario native, Conacher played four years at Canisius and was the Golden Griffins’ all-time leader in points (147) and goals (62). He became the first former Canisius ice hockey player to appear in an NHL game when he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning in January 2013. A few months later, Tampa Bay traded Conacher to the Senators. He has scored a total of 55 points in 126 games played, throughout his three NHL seasons.

The women’s lacrosse team made conference history in May when it scored its fourth-straight MAAC Championship, following an 11-9 victory over Marist. The win earned the Griffs an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where the team later fell to Penn (9-4), in the first round. The women’s lacrosse team now joins softball as the only two programs in Canisius history to win four consecutive MAAC titles.


First Place for Future Finance Analysts

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Canisius students took home first place at the Western New York Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge, for the fourth consecutive year,

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The Canisius team is comprised of students from the Golden Griffin Fund, one of the area’s first real-money, equity investment funds managed by undergraduate and graduate finance majors.


Endowment Exceeds $100 Million For the first time in Canisius history, the college’s endowment exceeded $100 million. At $106,113,258, the endowment is more than double its amount before the beginning of the last fundraising campaign, A Legacy of Leadership, which concluded in 2012. In addition to new money raised, Canisius’ endowment had strong returns due to wise investment strategies employed by the Investment Advisory Subcommittee of the college’s Board of Trustees, during challenging economic times. The college actually saw the endowment dip to $57 million in spring 2009, only to recover and gain more than 80 percent over the past five years.

Davis Named Vice President, Enrollment Management Kathleen B. Davis joined the Canisius community this month as vice president for enrollment management. In this newly-created position, Davis manages undergraduate and graduate recruitment, retention and student financial aid. She is also responsible for implementing a comprehensive enrollment management plan, and serves as a member of the college’s senior leadership team.

“This is a milestone for us, as we continue our ascent among regional comprehensive universities in the country,” says President John J. Hurley. “Continued growth of the endowment remains a key priority and an absolutely essential part of our efforts to keep a Canisius education affordable for deserving students.” The endowment is treated as a permanent asset, in which a fixed percentage of a rolling three-year average of the market value of the fund is spent each year. The majority of the endowment is directed for scholarship assistance for students however it also supports faculty research and academic initiatives. To learn more about how you can establish an endowed fund, contact Dianna Civello, interim vice president for advancement, at 716-888-8220.

Kathleen B. Davis

Davis comes to Canisius with more than a decade of higher education experience. Most recently, she served as dean of admissions at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, ME. During her tenure, Davis expanded the institution’s search and recruitment market, executed new marketing and communication plans for interested and admitted students, developed a new student financial aid matrix, and implemented a long-term retention plan. Her efforts resulted in increases in applications and deposits.

Prior to St. Joseph’s, Davis was director of graduate admissions at St. John’s University; associate dean of admissions at New York University’s Polytechnic School of Engineering; and assistant director of admissions at Clarkson University. She holds a BS in business administration from Russell Sage College and an MBA from Clarkson University.

Gilman Scholar: “Worldview Broken to Bits” Canisius student Neil Savoy ’15 (pictured, left) is studying at Comillas Pontifical University in Spain, as a recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, the prestigious scholarship provides study abroad opportunities to students so they may gain a better understanding of other countries, cultures, languages and economies. “I want to have my current worldview broken to bits so that I may reassemble it using this new experience to learn about others cultures,” says Savoy. A triple major, pursuing degrees in English, Spanish and creative writing, Savoy adds that studying abroad in Spain is the first step in his becoming a world citizen. “Until I can stare another culture in the face, become immersed in its people and language, I will not truly understand my relationship with the world around me.” Savoy is enrolled in translation and international relations classes at Comillas, as well as a Spanish class for international students. After graduation, he plans to teach English in impoverished communities in Central and South America. C ANISIUS COLLEGE MAGA ZINE • SPRING 2014 |


$TUDENT Enterprising college students turn their great ideas into sustainable ventures via Canisius’ entrepreneurship program. Story: Audrey R. Browka

Mike Gzyl ’11 turned a family tradition into a flourishing business, as a result of what he learned in the Canisius Entrepreneurship Program.

ichael Gzyl ’11 first learned the art of pickling when he was five years old. It was a summer pastime, passed down to him by his great grandmother and father, whose Polish recipes for garlic dill and sweet bread-and-butter pickles were favorites among friends. Gzyl still pickles each season. Only now, he’s not just preserving a family tradition. He’s made it his business. Gzyl is the founder and owner of Susie Cuke’s Pickles. The company is rooted in Grandma Gzyl’s century-old pickle recipes. However, the seeds for Susie Cuke’s were sown during Gzyl’s years in the entrepreneurship program at Canisius. “By the time I graduated, I had my business plan in place, a positioning statement and logo, a targeted market (Buffalo’s Polish community and farmers’ markets), and a great network of professors and mentors who believed in me and my product,” says Gzyl. “I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I sold out of pickles on my first day!” 6


It takes guts and a whole lot of hard work to turn a great idea into a sustainable business venture. Nevertheless, entrepreneurship is fast becoming a viable career option for today’s enterprising college students: It’s the third most popular major (after neuroscience and bioengineering), according to a national study by the research and consulting firm Millennial Branding. Here at Canisius, the entrepreneurship major saw a nearly 300 percent increase in enrollment over the past eight years. “To some extent, this generation may see entrepreneurship as a way to protect itself against a shrinking job market,” explains Gregory R. Wood, PhD, associate dean for the Wehle School of Business. “More likely, today’s students have grown up watching entrepreneurship become a huge and profitable part of pop culture. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram are all successful start-ups launched by relatively young people,” adds Wood.

$TARTUPS Alex ’13 (left) and William ’13 Severyn launched their real estate investment firm, Ambitious Enterprises Inc., as undergraduates in the Canisius Entrepreneurship Program.

Canisius has been an incubator for entrepreneurs ever since Alan G. Weinstein, PhD, taught the first entrepreneurship course at the MBA level in 1982. Back then, his class roster included Nancy Ware ’78, MBA ’85, owner of the childcare and kindergarten readiness centers EduKids Inc.; Andrew Shaevel ’88, MBA ’90, who launched Remarketing Services of America (RSA), which managed the sale and resale of offlease vehicles; and Michael Newman ’90, MBA ’95, executive vice president of the family-owned NOCO energy company. Now, these seasoned entrepreneurs and others of their ilk share their formulas for success with Canisius’ next generation of start-ups. They call themselves Entrepreneurs on Campus (EOC) and the group is helping to further differentiate Canisius as a leader in entrepreneurship education. “Ultimately, our job is to support entrepreneurship students in getting their businesses off the ground,” says Ware, chair of the EOC. That support comes in many different forms. EOC members are professors, financial advisors, mentors and friends to students. Their work with undergraduates begins where every entrepreneurial venture originates: with a good idea.

“Students have some really enthusiastic ideas but often forget to consider the value proposition – or - why a consumer should buy their products or use their services,” explains Stuart Angert, EOC member and co-founder of RSA. “I remind students that any entrepreneurial idea has to save consumers time or money or make them money.” It also has to be supported by a sound business plan. Considered the ‘road map’ for any new venture, the business plan outlines everything from resources to revenue projections and marketing plans to management expectations. It took Alex ’13 and William ’13 Severyn nearly an entire semester to write the 40-page business plan for their start-up, Ambitious Enterprises Inc. (The real estate investment firm helps homeowners who are in distressed situations or who need to sell their homes quickly.) When they finished, the EOC “reviewed it, ripped it apart and worked with us to rebuild it and perfect it,” says Alex. Their final business plan “ultimately helped us secure nearly $700,000 in private investments within five months of graduating,” adds William. The EOC put the Severyns in touch with many of their investors. But members provide financial assistance of their own. Upon joining the EOC, participants agree to serve

ventures. Whether those ventures succeed or fail, students still gain experience from the application.” Failure is actually built in to the curriculum. “Entrepreneurship is a curly profession,” says Weinstein, who established the EOC. “There’s no straight line to success and there’s no job security. We want to make sure students understand this before they graduate.” To underscore the point, members of the EOC share their bootstrap stories with students in the program’s capstone course. Their stories often include tales of rejection, false starts and white-knuckle moments.

three-year terms and contribute $2,000 in dues each year. These contributions enable Canisius to build upon its already mighty entrepreneurship program. There are now 10 courses in the major, compared to three, less than a decade ago. In addition to traditional management, marketing and finance studies, new courses emphasize creativity, innovation, interpersonal skills and entrepreneurial leadership. “These are universal business skills that students can apply anywhere in whatever fields they choose to pursue,” says Ji-Hee Kim, PhD, director of the entrepreneurship program. Real-world experience is also engrained in an entrepreneurial education at Canisius. Students act as consultants for small businesses. Under the guidance of faculty, they work on projects for and advise practicing entrepreneurs. Outside class, undergraduates manage MyLinkFace, a studentrun social venture that uses multimedia technology to teach foreign-speaking individuals how to master the English language (Canisius Magazine, spring 2011). The CanDo Society pairs entrepreneurship students with local chief executives, who provide students with practical work experiences within the various departments in their organizations. “One of the reasons I transferred to Canisius for entrepreneurship was because of all the exposure I’d get to real entrepreneurs and real-world entrepreneurship practices,” says Samuel Garofano ’14. Garofano served as president of the Canisius chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). The club develops and implements experiential entrepreneurship projects, which students then test at on-campus elevator pitch and business plan competitions. EOC members serve as judges. The front-runners then compete at the national CEO conference. Since 2007, the Canisius team has taken home multiple Best Chapter awards in the categories of marketing plans and teaching entrepreneurship. Ji-Hee Kim is a three-time recipient of the Best Chapter Advisor Award. “Books can only teach so much and Dr. Kim knows that,” says Gzyl. “She’s developed a program around the idea that students apply their knowledge from the textbook to actual business 8


James Cipriani Jr. ’87 talks about the many failures he endured before finally getting his executive recruiting and placement agency, Systems Personnel, off the ground. Jim Kessler ’87 shares accounts of the technological and financial roadblocks he hit prior to enlisting the help of Alan Weinstein to open the laser tag and entertainment center Lasertron. Stuart Angert and Andy Shaevel recall how they “sweat bullets for 18 months,” waiting for RSA to break even. “There’s no textbook that can teach the lessons of courage, ambition and perseverance that I learned in those classes,” says William Severyn. His brother, Alex, adds, “All the entrepreneurs who spoke found their successes in Buffalo, which is exactly what we are trying to do, and that just makes our vision seem all the more attainable.” Perhaps sooner than expected. Western New York is in the midst of a renaissance and Canisius’ promising entrepreneurs can be another catalyst for the region’s resurgence. Entrepreneurs create jobs. Jobs create wealth. Wealth supports the infrastructure that brings new products and ideas to market and ultimately makes for a more vibrant community. “Canisius is a platform for the next class of opportunity takers and value makers in this community and if they succeed, everyone succeeds - the college, the city, the region and New York State,” says Ware. Something to chew on the next time you pick up a jar of Susie Cuke’s pickles at your local farmer’s market. Just remember where the seeds for that great business were cultivated.

ENTREPRENEURS ON CAMPUS Nancy Ware ’78, MBA ’85 (chair) President EduKids Inc. Stuart Angert Founder, CEO (Former) RSA Solutions Brian D’Amico ’95 Managing Partner Summer Street Capital Partners George Chamoun Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing Synacor Inc. James Cipriani Jr. ’87 President, CEO Systems Personnel Inc. Mark Hamister Chair, CEO Hamister Group Inc. Mark Kamp ’89 Special Counsel Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger Paul Kolkmeyer ’75 President, Managing Director Priam Enterprises LLC Michael Newman ’90, MBA ’95 Executive Vice President NOCO Energy Corp. Chris Palmerton ’81 President, CEO Buffalo Filter/MedTek Devices Inc. Ronald Raccuia ’90 President ADPRO Sports Andrew Shaevel ’88, MBA ’90 Chief Executive Officer Bobalew Ventures


Read more about the history of the Entrepreneurship Program at Canisius at

facultynotes Lindauer Named Dean, School of Education, Human Services Canisius named Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services. Lindauer is the former chair of and associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He served as interim dean for the past 11 months and has more than 15 years of higher education experience. During Lindauer’s tenure at Canisius, he taught courses in physical education and health, movement education, and the capstone seminar for teachers. He also led the development of the undergraduate major in health and wellness, and implemented a professional development curriculum for physical educators from Shanghai, China. “Jeff is committed to our core values and dedicated to developing Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD new programs, creating an atmosphere of excellence, and collaborating with a wide range of constituents including our local partnership schools,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs. “His student-focused teaching, progressive leadership roles and extensive, applied research experience make him an ideal fit for both students and faculty.” Lindauer holds a PhD in health, physical education and recreation from the University of New Mexico, an MS in exercise science and sport science from the University of WisconsinLa Crosse, and a BA in physical education from Wartburg College. He replaces Michael J. Pardales, PhD, who left Canisius in 2013.

Haselswerdt Receives Distinguished Faculty Award The Canisius College Alumni Association conferred its Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award upon Michael V. Haselswerdt, PhD, during Spring Honors Convocation. The award, presented annually, recognizes a faculty member for teaching excellence and outstanding contributions to the academic world. A professor of political science, Haselswerdt’s unique approach to teaching combines academic rigor with hands-on experiences and real-world insight from political consultants and candidates. Students attend regional political association meetings and model Congress conferences. Haselswerdt also hosts an annual trip to Washington, D.C., during which undergraduates meet one-on-one with alumni who work in the areas of government and politics. Michael V. Haselswerdt, PhD A valued contributor to the life of the college, Haselswerdt brought continuity, distinction and vision to the Fitzpatrick Institute for Public Affairs, when he refashioned the popular lecture series to include more student-centered components and involve larger segments of the Canisius community. His active research in the areas of surveys, voting behavior and straight-ticket versus split-ticket voting make him the go-to political analyst for several print and broadcast media outlets. Haselswerdt holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Davis and a doctorate degree from Michigan State University. He began teaching at Canisius College in 1974.


The Guinness Book of World Records recently crowned Michael Thomasson the new world-record holder for having the largest video game collection. Read more at

Canisius Magazine pulls an all-nighter to explore nocturnal life on campus.

Canisius students feed their minds during the day but how do they nourish their spirits at night? To find out, the editors of Canisius Magazine invited student ‘night owls’ to capture the campus social scene – after dark. The all-nighter was enlightening. Contrary to their predecessors, who fled from campus by mid-afternoon for their full-time jobs, this generation of learners embraces nocturnal life on campus. As you’ll see in the following photo essay, students host study sessions in the library or visit the Tutoring Center for extra help with coursework. They cheer on their favorite Golden Griffin teams at the KAC and like to hit the training room for a late night workout. Members of the Chamber Orchestra gather after dark to fine tune their performances in the Montante Cultural Center, while Little Theatre students take over Marie Maday for dress rehearsals. Meantime, the editors of The Griffin write throughout the night to get the student newspaper to press on time. But that’s not all. When the sun goes down, students come out for an abundance of club activities. From midnight mini-golf to Battle of the Bands competitions and headphone discos, Canisius has all the ‘night stuff’ for students.




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Billy Baron ’14 caps off his golden career as a Golden Griffin with All America honors STORY: ERIK BRADY ’76




illy Baron ’14 is the very picture of the AllAmerican boy, given his All-American good looks and All-American work ethic. And now he has the paperwork to certify what is plain for all to see. Baron is a bona fide All America. He was named to the Associated Press’ All America team after his stellar second season at Canisius, when he was the nation’s fourth-leading scorer at 24.1 points per game. Just 55 players each year achieve All America status — five each on the first, second and third teams plus 40 honorable mentions, where Baron was chosen. He joins just three other All Americas in Canisius men’s basketball history: Johnny McCarthy ’56, honorable mention in 1955-56, when he willed Canisius to within a whisper of the 1956 Final Four; Larry Fogle, second team in 1973-74, when he led the nation in scoring with 33.4 points per game; and Ray Hall ’85, honorable mention in 1984-85, when he finished as Canisius’ all-time career scoring leader with 2,226 points. “Pretty good company right there,” Baron says. “I have heard so many great things about all of those great names that it is a privilege and an honor to be mentioned with them.” That’s vintage Baron. He always says the right things. He’ll tell you he’d trade 1,000 individual awards – Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, finalist for the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s best point guard, even All America – all for a victory in the finals of the MAAC tournament, which comes with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Canisius didn’t reach that Holy Grail in Baron’s two years here but he’ll be fondly remembered as one of the greatest players in the school’s history and for helping to turn around a stalled program. The Griffs won just five games the year before Canisius hired Billy’s father, Jim, as coach – and they won 20 last season and 21 this season, a new golden age of the Golden Griffins.



Billy’s senior season was wildly successful – top 20 nationally in 10 statistical categories – and he graduated in May with a degree in marketing, which will come in handy as he markets himself to the NBA. His long-range shooting skills and aptitude for the intricacies of the pick-and-roll give him a real chance at realizing his NBA dream. If not, he is a sure bet for a career in Europe, where his brother, Jimmy, makes big money as a shooting guard, most recently in Rome. Jimmy played for their father at the University of Rhode Island (URI), where Jimmy is the Atlantic 10’s all-time three-point scorer. Billy’s unusual road to Canisius begins in Rhode Island, where he had a sterling career at Bishop Hendricken High School. Next he played a year of prep basketball at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts before landing at the University of Virginia (UVA). UVA seemed like a good fit for Baron. He scored 19 points against William & Mary in his first game for the Cavaliers but Billy’s heart was at home, where his father was coaching the URI Rams, and he transferred after just one semester. Billy is ever the good son. His father’s job was in jeopardy and he came home to help save it, though he couldn’t play until the next season’s second semester because NCAA rules require transfer players to sit out a year. The Rams won just seven games and Jim was fired after 11 strong seasons there. Father and son shared bitter tears. Each felt as if he had let the other down. That’s when Canisius came calling. Jim, who played at St. Bonaventure in the 1970s, knew all about his old Little Three rival and happily shuffled off to Buffalo. The decision for Billy was harder. When his mother, Cindy, had open heart surgery weeks later, he longed to stay nearby. She is an accomplished landscape painter ( with an established studio in Rhode Island. Billy had offers from Providence and Purdue, and he wouldn’t have to sit out a year, as the NCAA typically offers waivers to sons who played for fired fathers. He leaned toward Providence so he could be with his mother but he



also felt a strong pull to play for his father. The good son was torn. “Deciding what to do was hard for Billy,” his mother says. “It was hard for all of us.” The turning point came when Jimmy weighed in from overseas, urging Billy to follow his father. “I told Billy, ‘You wanted to come from Virginia to play for Dad, not play for Rhode Island,” Jimmy says. “That’s the same decision I made to play for him, no matter where he would have been at.” Billy flourished under his father’s tutelage at Canisius. “He pushed me more than anyone else could ever do,” Billy says. “I told him how good I want to be and he never let up on me, which is exactly what I wanted. You can’t ask for more than a coach who knows your game and believes in you and puts you in a position to succeed.” When Billy arrived at Canisius, he was the new kid on the C-Block, just as he’d been a newbie at UVA and URI. “It was difficult at first,” he says. “My third school, away from home, out of my comfort zone. But from the moment I stepped on campus, everyone was so welcoming. My teammates, my professors, the friends I made. I feel like I grew up here, matured here, became the man I am today here. This is my school and I’ll always love Canisius.” His school will always love him back. Billy’s two golden seasons included a 6-2 record against Big Four rivals Niagara, St. Bona and University at Buffalo plus an upset victory at Temple and a three-OT win at Siena when Billy played all 55 minutes and scored a career-high 40 points. Baron left it all on the floor – blood (four stitches in a win against Niagara), sweat (39 minutes played per game, second-most in the nation) and tears (after a stinging MAAC tournament loss to Iona). Senior Day offered a fitting tableau. Billy walked to center court at the Koessler Athletic Center flanked by his father and mother, who carried a phone turned to FaceTime so Jimmy could join them from Rome. That picture is worth 1,000 words – and 1,716 points. Billy had come to the right place. Home is where the court is.


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Billy Baron ’14 is the fourth All America in Canisius men’s basketball history. Johnny McCarthy ’56 was the first. No surprise there: McCarthy has a way with firsts. He was a star on the first Canisius teams to make the NCAA tournament (1955 and 1956). He was the first Canisius graduate to win an NBA championship ring (Boston Celtics, 1964). He was the first Canisius grad to coach an NBA team (Buffalo Braves, 1971). And he was the first to achieve a triple-double in his first NBA playoff game. Just two others have done it. You may have heard of them:

Ray Hall ’85

• LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (2006) • Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers (1980) • And McCarthy, St. Louis Hawks (1960) That’s it. That’s the list. McCarthy scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 11 assists as his Hawks beat the Minneapolis Lakers 112-99. Not that anyone paid attention to oddities like double figures in three statistical categories back then. McCarthy never realized his place in history until James turned the trick (32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) in his first NBA playoff game. That’s when statisticians scrubbed old box scores and determined such a thing had happened just twice before.

Johnny McCarthy ’56

“I had no idea until my kids read about it and called,” McCarthy says. “Now they call me ‘TripleDouble.’ ” He says this with an easy Irish charm that belies his deeply competitive nature. This “broth of a boy,” as the Canisius centennial history styles him, turned 80 in April and he still shoots around on the backyard hoop in West Seneca when his grandchildren visit. As a sophomore, McCarthy was carried from the court after leading Canisius to an upset of ranked Niagara. As a junior, he carried Canisius to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight, dribbling away the last two minutes of a tie game against Villanova before hitting the winning free throws. As a senior, he led the Griffs to another Elite Eight, along the way beating No. 2 North Carolina State 79-78 in four overtimes. Baron and McCarthy have more in common than All America. McCarthy coached Canisius in the mid-1970s when Billy’s father (and current Canisius coach) Jim Baron played at St. Bonaventure. And this season Billy was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which goes to the nation’s top point guard. It’s named for the Celtics great who retired after the 1963 season, leading Celtics coach Red Auerbach to acquire ol’ Triple-Double, that broth of a boy from Canisius.



Regents Ball Raises Record Amount; Recognizes Russ Brandon Nearly 600 guests helped raise an extraordinary $136,084 at the 48th annual Regents Scholarship Ball, held on May 3. The money raised from the gala will be used to grow the Board of Regents Scholarship Fund, which provides annual scholarships to deserving students who otherwise would not be able to take advantage of a Canisius education. Martin J. Berardi ’79 and Deborah A. DiMatteo MBA ’88 served as co-chairs of this year’s ball and played key roles in the event’s success. Independent Health was the presenting sponsor for the evening, which included the presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award to Russ Brandon, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Bills.

Pictured (l-r): Shaun Simkin, Alex Zaccagnino ’14, Cori Zaccagnino ’14 and Chris Manhertz ’14

During Brandon’s tenure with the NFL franchise, he played an integral role in negotiating a new stadium lease agreement between the Bills, the State of New York and Erie County, to keep the franchise in Western New York for the foreseeable future. Brandon also grew the team’s sponsorship revenues and developed the team into a regional franchise. Both strategic moves have positioned the Buffalo Bills organization for long-term sustainability in the league. WEB EXTRA

Pictured (l-r): Amy and (honoree) Russ Brandon, Canisius President John J. and Maureen Hurley, Deborah DiMatteo MBA ’88 and Martin Berardi ’79.

Learn more about honoree Russ Brandon by watching the Regents Ball video at

Planned Giving: A Gift that Gives Back for Generations Here at Canisius, tradition runs deep: The college’s academic programs challenge the way students think; its Jesuit values develop men and women of character. Past generations of alumni helped build this Canisius tradition by including the college in their estate plans. Planned gifts make a Canisius education engaging and affordable because they provide a permanent source of revenue for student scholarships, academic programs and research. They also enable Canisius alumni to leave a legacy that fits within their philanthropic goals. No matter the size, each gift expands the minds, strengthens the bodies and enriches the spirits of today’s students – and tomorrow’s. Create your legacy. Make a planned gift to the Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, Society by calling the Office of Advancement at 716-888-8200.

Photo: Pictured at this year’s Endowed Scholarship Brunch (l-r-) are Gianna Yockel ’15, Daniel Buonaugurio ’15, Carl Carballada ’56, HON ’81, Ashli Terrigino ’16 and Alexandria Salansky ’15.


Gerald Zon ’67: A heart for Canisius


t could easily be said that Gerald Zon ’67, PhD, has a head for science and a heart for Canisius. Zon is currently the director of business development for TriLink BioTechnologies. He’s worked in the field of cancer research since graduating from Princeton, published more than 250 research articles and is named on close to 30 patents. Certainly, Zon has seen his fair share of accomplishments. However, his path to success almost never was. Originally an engineering major at Canisius, Zon discovered his passion for science the summer before his sophomore year. While working for the Canisius cleaning crew, Zon observed a research student in the organic chemistry lab. He asked the student to explain the work and felt an instant affinity. “That event is what I refer to as the ‘magic moment,’” says Zon. “I ended up taking organic chemistry and it was amazingly easy for me to grasp the principles.”

In honor of the summer research that forever changed his path, Zon established an endowed fund, which will provide permanent support for undergraduate research in the Chemistry Department. Zon also continues to return to campus to work with the program’s students and faculty, and is an important contributor to the new home of the sciences at Canisius, Science Hall. He served on the Canisius College Science Advisory Council and was the 2009 recipient of The James H. Crowdle Award for Distinction in Chemistry.

Gerald Zon ’67, PhD

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Zon has been extraordinarily generous to Canisius, in a multitude of ways, but feels it is only appropriate, given that Canisius is the root of his success. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that the students who leave Canisius really take with them a great education that influences their lives in positive ways. It’s very reasonable for them to want to give back in one way or another. And that’s what I’m doing. I get a lot of satisfaction from this.” To learn more about how you can establish an endowed fund, contact Dianna Civello, interim vice president for advancement, at 716-888-8220.






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RFORMER As an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, John E. Zvijac ’82, MD, works to get injured athletes back in the game. Story: Kristin E. Etu ’91

When a wide receiver with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers severely fractured his tibia during a play against the Chicago Bears, he not only suffered excruciating pain but agonized over how the injury might impact his NFL career. Then, he saw team physician John E. Zvijac ’82, MD, at his side.

“Don’t worry, I can fix this,” Zvijac calmly told the player. “Just don’t look at it. You’re going to be okay.” The player relaxed and immediately put his trust in Zvijac, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. “Dr. Zvijac is a master communicator,” says Todd Toriscelli, director of sports medicine and performance and head athletic trainer for the Buccaneers. “In today’s NFL, the players don’t just need the best doctor available but someone who can speak their language.”

Zvijac’s unruffled demeanor and expansive clinical skills put him in high demand. At the UHZ Sports Medicine Institute, which Zvijac founded in Coral Gables, FL, he treats professional and Olympic athletes from the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as recreational athletes. Outside the ‘office,’ Zvijac is an assistant team physician for the NHL’s Florida Panthers, the sports team physician for Florida International University and medical director for the Miami-Dade County Public School District. “If I add it all up, including office hours, supervising residents, attending educational conferences, operating on patients and staffing sporting events, I probably put in between 80-100 hours a week,” says Zvijac. But he’s not counting.

“I consider what I do to be my lifetime hobby and I guess it happens to be my work,” adds Zvijac, who credits much of his unbridled enthusiasm to his former Canisius professors. “They had a real passion for what they did,” recalls Zvijac, a biochemistry major. “Teaching wasn’t just a job for them. As a result, they piqued my interest in research and were instrumental in my development.”



Joseph F. Bieron, PhD, professor emeritus of chemistry, taught Zvijac. “The best gift a professor can give to his students is an excitement for the discipline. I’m pleased that an outstanding, hard-working student like John took that to heart.”

A native of Buffalo’s East Side, Zvijac and his brother, David ’72 (a chemistry major), attended Canisius High School and Canisius College. An interest in science, originally led the younger Zvijac to study biochemisty, where he says he felt like part of a Canisius family. “During the week, our professors taught classes and led research in the labs,” recalls Zvijac. “On the weekends, they joined us for racquetball or basketball games down at ‘The Aud.’”

A part-time job at a local pharmacy convinced Zvijac he wanted to pursue an advanced degree in medicine. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and then moved to Miami, with his new wife, Gail ’82 (also a biochemistry major from Canisius), to complete his residency training. Zvijac focused on orthopedics because he “wanted to fix patients” and specialized in sports medicine because “it marries his two interests.” Now hundreds of athletes put their trust in Zvijac to repair their most challenging injuries, from dislocated knees to torn rotator cuffs and ACLs, so they can heal properly and get back in the game. “Dr. Zvijac not only cares for our players but has operated on more than 40 players from other NFL teams, including retired Baltimore Raven Ray Lewis, retired Buffalo Bill Shawn Merriman and New Orleans Saint Jonathan Vilma,” says Toriscelli. “The agents know who the best doctors are and they seek them out.”

To stay on top of his game, Zvijac conducts cutting-edge research in the fields of orthopedic medicine and surgery. At UHZ Sports Medicine Institute, he and his partners have developed new surgical techniques to reconstruct damaged ankles and knees, and to repair injured elbows and shoulders. “Right now, the use of biogenetic (or biologic) type tissues instead of metal and plastic for surgeries, such as a total knee replacement, is a burgeoning field,” explains Zvijac, who also works to educate the next generation of sports medicine professionals. He is a professor at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine.

“I am not surprised at all that John is successful as an educator and a practitioner,” says Edward C. Kisailus, PhD, professor of biology. “He was among my first group of students as a Canisius professor and helped build the foundation for my current research. I still reference the background work he did more than 30 years ago.”

And although Zvijac shares many of those same fundamentals with his own students, the greatest lesson he hopes to impart is more personal, rather than practical. “Students who study sports medicine should know that if they think of the profession as a job, it will be a difficult life,” says Zvijac. “Canisius professors like Drs. Kisailus and Bieron showed me that education, teaching and research are all joyful – something to look forward to every day. I try to bring that concept to life in my teaching and in my practice.” Photos on this page provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Donna Victor Photography and Baptist Health South Florida

canisiusconnections Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 1994 Softball Team; Five Others

he 51st class inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame includes individuals from hockey, lacrosse, synchronized swimming and basketball, as well as the entire 1994 softball team. The annual induction ceremony honors former outstanding athletes of Canisius who competed in intercollegiate athletics, as well as individuals who made outstanding contributions to Canisius athletics in a nonplaying capacity. This year’s inductees (pictured right, l-r) are: Derrick Bishop ’95 (hockey), Mark Miyashita ’03 (lacrosse), Jill Wright ’03 (synchronized swimming), Brian Dux ’03, MS ’13 (basketball), and Keith Stube, MD, (team physician, basketball). Stube received the inaugural Rev. Paul J. Dugan, SJ, Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the Canisius athletics program over an extended period of time but is ineligible team is the fourth team to be enshrined in the Canisius Sports Hall for induction as an athlete or non-athlete. Pictured (above): Mike of Fame. The Griffs posted a 36-8 overall record that year, and won Rappl ’77, head coach of softball, and former assistant coach Ann both the MAAC regular season and tournament titles. Woloszynski ’90, MBA ’94 (standing, far right). The 1994 softball C ANISIUS COLLEGE MAGA ZINE • SPRING 2014 |


Therese Hickok ’96: Energizing Canisius and the Greater Community



PRESIDENT of her sorority, an admissions ambassador and a college tour guide. She was so involved on campus that she earned induction into the prestigious DiGamma Honor Society. Years later, with a robust career, Hickok marries her professional expertise with her natural desires to be involved and give back. “I was lucky to have many club and internship opportunities at Canisius, which helped me develop my strengths. And I had incredible support from faculty, particularly Barbara Irwin, PhD (professor of communication studies),” says Hickok. Irwin guided Hickok through her first internship, helped her navigate job opportunities based on her strengths, and ultimately gave Hickok the support she needed to switch her career focus. Hickok worked in broadcast journalism after graduation before she found her calling in public relations and marketing. She began at the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation and, later, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, where Hickok focused on marketing Buffalo to businesses and investors. She has since held senior level marketing positions in the healthcare industry and at Uniland Development Company. Hickok’s career evolution came full circle in 2013 when she became vice president of marketing and engagement for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. The agency works to expand private sector jobs and investments in the region and although its reputation is strong amongst members, the broader community is unfamiliar with the role it plays in the community. Hickok’s job is to change that by spreading news of the Partnership’s accomplishments and energizing the community around those successes. In other words, she builds engagement, and for her, it’s a calling that is second nature. Hickok is loyally engaged with Canisius, and especially with students. She shares her expertise as a career mentor and as a guest speaker on media ethics. As an alumni liaison for the Canisius chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Hickok arranges for students to meet and spend a day onsite with local marketing professionals. She gets to know individual students, gives them advice, support, even professional contacts. Her goal, she says, is to encourage students to set and meet their own objectives, whatever those may be. “There are some people who you know you can call who will give you good advice, their time, their expertise,” says Canisius Fund Director Erin Hartnett who met Hickok through the alumna’s continued involvement with the college. “Therese is one of those people. She’ll go to bat for you.”





canisiusconnections Leous ’79, MBA ’82; Hassett Jr. ’62 Receive LaSalle Medals Despite his busy law career, Paul Hassett remains loyal to alma mater. The senior managing partner at Brown and Kelly LLP is chair of the Pre-Law Advisory Council, and facilitates law-related internship opportunities for students. He is also a generous contributor to the Hassett Family Endowment, which funds the Contemporary Writers Series and From class reunion committees its annual Hassett Reading. Hassett to Canisius Fund call nights and previously served on the Board of Deborah Leous ’79, MBA ’82 Paul M. Hassett Jr. ’62 service on the Boards of Trustees Regents, his class reunion committee and Regents, Leous is steadfast in her dedication to alma mater. She currently mentors under- and as a Canisius Fund volunteer. In accepting the LaSalle graduate accounting students, as a member of the Council on Medal, Hassett remarked, “I’ve never done anything for Canisius Accountancy, and similarly guides graduate students via her role with the expectation of receiving an award. Everything I’ve done and continue to do is my way of paying back Canisius for all it’s on the MBA Mentoring Committee. done for me and my family.” Leous is chief financial officer for Florida’s Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. She holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting Hassett holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Canisius and a juris doctorate from Georgetown Law School. and French from Canisius, as well as an MBA.

The Canisius Alumni Association conferred LaSalle Medals upon Deborah C. Leous ’79, MBA ’82 and Paul M. Hassett Jr. ’62, during commencement ceremonies in May. The LaSalle Medal is presented to alumni who have made substantial contributions to advance the interests of Canisius.

DiGamma Welcomes Seven into Society The DiGamma Honor Society tapped seven new members during its annual ceremonies in March. The prestigious society, which was first introduced as the Coffin Club in 1925, honors alumni, students, faculty and administrators who have rendered outstanding service to, and promoted the interests and welfare of, Canisius College. The 2014 DiGamma inductees are: Jack E. Anderson ’70, retired from a 30-year military career; Michael G. Christiano ’83, owner of Buffalo’s Left Bank restaurant and partner in Mes Que soccer bar and restaurant; Amy E. Hoffman ’82, owner of Rooster Hill Vineyards on Keuka Lake; Peter F. Kowalski ’82, MD, physician and assistant clinical professor at University at Buffalo Family Medicine; Jennifer L. Smith ’91, MBA ’93, clinical sales specialist at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; Frank E. Swiatek ’65, president of the leadership, management and sales consulting firm Frank Swiatek & Associates; and Andrew N. Smith ’89, head athletic trainer at Canisius College. C ANISIUS COLLEGE MAGA ZINE • SPRING 2014 |


classnotes 1940s ’49 BS William T. Vaughan received France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honor, for his service with the U.S. Army’s 13th Infantry Regiment of the 8th Infantry Division during World War II. Vaughn was a medic who served, unarmed, during the Normandy Campaign. He has two Purple Hearts.

1950s ’52 BA, MS ‘61 Angelo Prospero was inducted into the New York Boxing Hall of Fame in the Boxing-Writer Category. Prospero is a boxing historian and the author of Great Fights and Fighters.

1960s ’64 BA, MBA ’75 Alfred D. Culliton is the new interim chief executive officer for Launch New York. He previously served as COO and chair of the management team for the Erie Co. Industrial Development Agency. ’64 BA Donald R. Dean, retired chair of the Business Department at Villa Maria College, authored a book entitled Shadows on the Wall, a biography about his business career and the role his Canisius education played in it. ’64 BA John J. Dumpert is a new certified docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin Martin House in Buffalo. He previously served as a security bond broker at RJ Vanner & Associates. ’65 BA Kenneth M. Sroka, PhD, retired professor of English at Canisius College, gave a presentation entitled “Companions for Healing: One Page at a Time” at the annual Conference on Neurobehavioral Rehabilitation in Acquired Brain Injury in Hamilton, Ontario. ’69 BA, HON ’07 Robin Schimminger, NYS Assemblyman, received the Legislator of the Year Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. Schimminger was recognized for his dedication and commitment to the state’s future.

1970s ’70 BA Joe G. Grifasi, a New York city-based actor, is producing the new PBS production OnStage in America. The program is a joining of forces to put the best theater productions from across America on prime-time national television in a fresh and exciting format.

’72 BA Kevin T. McNally retired from his position as executive assistant of health and senior service for the State of New Jersey after 31 years of service. ’72 BA Leonard J. Milioto is a new water treatment specialist at Nussbaumer & Clarke, Engineers and Surveyors. He previously served 30 years at the Buffalo Water Authority. ’72 BA John E. Schmidt, retired president of John Schmidt & Associates, is a new ambassador and volunteer for the New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors. ’73 BA Anthony A. Kubera, director of business development at Russell Bond & Co. Inc., was elected to the Professional Insurance Agents of New York State Board of Directors. ’73 BA Christine M. (VanDooser) Miner, RN, retired from her position as a registered nurse in high-risk OB/GYN at the Women and Children’s Hospital after more than 20 years in the field. ’73 BA Patricia A. Poreda authored a historical romance novel entitled By Love’s Honor Bound, under the pen name Patricia Bond. ’73 MS Paul T. Wietig, retired assistant superintendent at Amherst Central Schools, received the Amherst Central Alumni Foundation 2013 Distinguished Educator Emeritus Award. ’74 BA Christopher A. Head, legal and compliance director at Moog Inc., was elected to the Niagara Frontier Corporate Counsel Association Board of Directors. ’74 BS Robert R. Meiss, president and CEO at Beechwood Continuing Care, was named the Senior Community Leader by the Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation. ’75 MBA Christine F. Procknal was promoted to director of support and facility services at Meals on Wheels for Western New York. She previously served as support services clerk. ’76 BS Archangel L. Muscato was appointed to the AARP National Chapter Advisory Team. ’76 BS Brian L. Schulz, district treasurer of West Seneca School District, was honored as Educator of the Year by the West Seneca Chamber of Commerce. ’77 MS Mary E. Mulvey, director of the community partnership program and TRIO Student Support Services Program at Medaille College, received the President’s Award for Leadership in Western New York.

’71 BA Joseph W. Helak, MD, is the new cardiologist at Appalachian Regional Health Care System in North Carolina. He previously served at the Sanger Clinic.

’77 David J. Reedy, insurance and pension specialist at Beck, Reedy and Associates, qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table.

’72 BA Catherine M. Burzik is the new general partner at Targeted Technology. She previously served as president and CEO at Kinetic Concepts Inc.

’78 BA Hon. Michael F. Pietruszka, Erie County Judge, has been named Science and Technology Fellow by the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center for his work on digital forensic evidence in criminal cases.

’72 BA Gary G. Campbell retired from his position as insurance fund hearing representative at the New York State Insurance Department after 40 years of service. He joined the law firm of Lewis & Lewis and represents injured workers’ compensation claimants.

’79 BA Richard G. Battaglia, MD, director at PwC, presented “Unique Challenges of Sector –Wide Health Planning in an Emerging Market” at the Healthcare Design Conference in Orlando, FL based

on work he performed with the QATAR Supreme Council of Health.

manager for the KAUST-Cornell Center for Energy and Sustainability.

’79 BS Paula R. Dhanda, MD, received the 2014 Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award by the Wisdom in Action organization. The Dalai Lama presented Dhanda with the award, which recognized her outstanding work with her non-profit organization Worldwide Healing Hands.

’87 BS David A. Jacobs, president of The Jacobs Team, qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table.

1980s ’80 BA Paul F. Diehl, PhD, Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois was named president-elect of the International Studies Association. ’80 BS Michael J. Greenberg, managing partner at Greenberg Financial Service, recently celebrated the company’s 25th anniversary. Personally, Greenberg also marked 36 years as a high school basketball referee, 26 years as a member of the Region 3 Junior College Basketball staff and nine years as a member of the American Basketball Association referee staff. ’82 BS, MBA ’95 James J. Dickinson is the new director of business development at UB/MD Internal Medicine. He previously served at Univera Healthcare. ’82 BA Mark A. Genovese is the new marketing coordinator for Trudeau Architects/Truarchs Online. He previously served as associate director of communications for the New York State Nurses Association. ’82 MBA Christopher J. Golinski is the new group vice president of wealth services – trust and investment services at Wilmington Trust subsidiary of M&T Bank. He previously served as group vice president of central trust services at M&T Bank. ’82 BA John A. Sheehan, is the new managing attorney of the Cellino & Barnes’ expansion in Los Angeles. He has been an employee with the firm for 10 years. ’83 MBA Nancy M. Blaschak, regional chief executive officer for the WNY & Finger Lakes American Red Cross, was honored by the Girl Scouts of WNY for her work in public service. ’83 BS Karl F. Krebs is the new executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Chemung Canal Trust Company. He also is the new chief financial officer and treasurer of CCTC’s parent company, Chemung Financial Corporation. ’86 BS John R. Ahrens, president of Ahrens Financial Group, qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Round Table. ’86 BA Suzanne L. Rattigan is the new art director at Universal Creative. She previously served as production designer and art director at IATSE Local 800. ’86 BS Celia Szczepura-McLean is the new director of administration for the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University. She previously served as the administrative

’87 BS James C. Lawida is the new chief of the Main-Transit Fire Department. ’87 BS Jeffrey M. Salerno, science teacher at Lake Shore Central High School, is a member of the inaugural group of educators in Gov. Andrew C. Cuomo’s Master Teacher Program, established to recognize and reward outstanding math and science teachers. ’88 BA David E. Castro was promoted to administrator for Region 5 of the Montana Department of Corrections. He previously served as a community corrections supervisor. ’88 BA James L. Lawicki II, spine consultant at Medtronic, was appointed to the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture Board of Directors at Canisius College. ’88 MBA Mark J. Nigro is the new chief financial officer for Buffalo City Mission. He previously served as the executive pastor, chief operating officer and chief financial officer for Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church. ’89 BS Vincent L. Barrese was promoted to mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Director for Edwards Lifesciences in the Transcatheter Heart Valve Division. He previously served as territory manager for Upstate New York. ’89 BA LTC Andrew J. Bauer, MD, retired from the U.S. Army after 29 years of service, which included two combat tours in Iraq. He is the new medical director of the Thyroid Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. ’89 BS Lynn M. Tytka, an educator at St. Mary’s High School, was named “Math Hero” by Raytheon Company for her effective, innovative methods to promote student enthusiasm and achievement. ’89 BS Joseph F. Volpe is the new chief financial officer of Freed Maxick CPAs. He previously served as director of accounting at Elderwood Senior Care.

1990s ’90 BS, MBA ’95 Michael F. Newman, executive vice president at NOCO Energy Corporation, was named chair of the Business Advisory Council at Canisius College. ’91 BA Matthew J. Barr was sworn in as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association by Hon. Mary Grace Diehl ’74, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. As a candidate living outside Illinois, he was allowed the honor of having a federal judge swear him in. ’91 BA Lynette Greene, a licensed clinical social worker, is the new mental health coordinator at Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital. ’91 BA Jennifer A. Orlando is the new assistant director of development at the Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command. ’92 MBA John F. Daly, vice president and principal of Trautman Associates,


co-chaired the “Making a Difference Dinner,” which celebrates the Western New York region’s Catholic schools. ’92 BA Amy (Robinson) Morris was promoted to director of visitation and court-related services at Catholic Charities of Buffalo. She previously served as program supervisor. ’93 BA Michelle S. Bullock, owner of the Law Office of Michelle Sardina Bullock, was elected to the WNY Collaborative Law Professionals Board of Directors. ’93 BA Lisa Mendoza-Mineo, family practitioner at Kenmore Family Medicine, was named Doctor of Distinction by Kenmore Family Medicine. ’94 BA Jeffrey O. Burnett was promoted to director of the Osteopathic Family Practice Residency Program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. ’94 BA Mark D. Notaro was promoted to senior buyer of the U.S.-Canada region at Rich Products Corporation. ’94 BA Todd J. Pignataro was promoted to environmental reporter at The Buffalo News. He has been with newspaper for 15 years. ’94 BA Scott L. Sroka is defending a proposal by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to name its national headquarters after Eliot Ness. Sroka’s grandfather, Joe Leeson, was one of Ness’ “Untouchables,” the agents who were considered integral in bringing Al Capone to justice during Prohibition. Sroka has been featured on National Public Radio, and in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Sun-Times. ’94 BS, MBA ’95 Heath J. Szymczak, attorney/partner at Jaeckle Fleischmann and Mugel LLP, was named one of the 100 Legal Elites of WNY. ’94 BS William L. Wlodarczyk was promoted to chief executive officer at Fox Run Orchard Park. He previously served as chief financial officer. ’95 MBA James E. Iglewski is the new managing director and regional investment executive of institutional and philanthropic investments at the U.S. Trust. ’95 BS James P. Schnell was promoted to partner at Mengel Metzger Barr and Co. He will lead the firm’s Tax Department. ’96 BA Sean M. Croft, EdD, assistant superintendent at Starpoint Central Schools, earned his doctorate in education leadership and policy from the University at Buffalo. ’96 BA Therese J. Hickok is the new vice president of marketing and engagement for Buffalo Niagara Partnership. She previously served as senior marketing manager for Uniland Development Company. ’96 BS Lisa M. Palladino was promoted to principal of small business administration at the Bonadio Group. She previously served as a manager. ’96 BA Joseph J. Parlato III, agent at Allstate Insurance, received the Agency Hands in the Community Award.

’97 BA Vincent D. Clark, vice president of development and communications at Buffalo Urban League, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list. ’97 MSED Gerald J. Desiderio, co-owner of Desiderio’s Dinner Theatre and Lancaster Ale House, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, for his contributions to the arts. ’97 BS Lauren A. Doss, DDS, is the new chief of dental services at the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center of Canandaigua and the Rochester outpatient clinic. She previously served as a dentist at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. ’97 BS Steven P. Pierpaoli, senior manager of IT security at HSBC Bank, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list. ’97 BA Charity A. Vogel, reporter for The Buffalo News, authored a book, entitled The Angola Horror: The 1867 Train Wreck that Shocked the Nation and Transformed American Railroads. ’97 MBA Alexandra M. Wehr is the new senior relationship manager/vice president of corporate banking at First Niagara Financial Group. She previously served as a vice president of corporate banking at KeyBank. ’98 BA Christopher J. Duquin, owner and operator of Stevens Driving School, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list. ’99 BS Blazenka Hadrovic Zakic is the new assistant professor of economics at Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek in Croatia. ’99 BA Kevin F. Yost is the adjutant of the Ely-Fagan Sons of the American Legion Squadron #1151 in Henrietta, NY, and vice president of the Henrietta Historical Society.

2000s ’00 BA Sarah E. Gilson is the new executive director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness at the UB School of Management. She previously served as vice president for organizational development at First Niagara. ’00 BA, MSED ’01, MS ’06 Robert I. Haley, EdD, a teacher at Cleveland Hill School District, earned his doctorate of education in teacher leadership from Walden University. ’00 BA Jarod T. Haslinger, administrative vice president at M&T Bank Corp., was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list. ’00 BA, MSED ’05, MS ’06 Mark D. Mambretti, principal at East Aurora Middle School, was named New York State Middle School Principal of the Year and named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list. ’00 BS Michael J. Petri was named partner at Summer Street Capital Partners. He previously served as vice president. ’00 BA Jennifer L. Pitz-Jones was promoted to assistant principal for academics at Mount St. Mary Academy. She has served on the faculty since 2002.

’01 BS Kari A. Brossard Stoos, PhD, is the new assistant professor of health promotion and physical education at Ithaca College. ’01 MBA Carrie A. Cariello, former marketing manager at Lehigh Construction Group Inc., authored a book, entitled What Color is Monday? It’s the story of how autism changed her family for the better. ’01 MS Jaimie L. Falzarano was promoted to senior associate director of graduate programs at UB School of Management. She previously served as interim director. ’01 BS Archana Shenoy was promoted to director of SI Tech. She previously served as a manager. ’01 MSED Joanne G. Vile is the new lead teacher for the introductory kindergarten program at Nardin Academy. She has served on the faculty for 12 years. ’02 BA Julia Foy Hilliker was promoted to partner of business litigations at Hodgson Russ LLP. She previously served as an attorney. ’02 BA Jennifer L. Leonardi was promoted to partner at Damon Morey. She previously served as a senior associate in the Litigations Department. ’02 BA, MS ’04 Kathleen F. Martoche is the new director of career development and service-learning at Hilbert College. She previously served as assistant director of campus programming and leadership development at Canisius College. ’02 MS, MBAPA ’08 Brian M. Moran was promoted to tax supervising senior at Lougen Valenti Bookbinder and Weintraub LLP. He previously served as tax senior. ’02 BS, MS ’04 Scott N. Teeter, head women’s lacrosse coach at Canisius College, was named Team Canada Under-19 head women’s lacrosse coach for the 2015 Women’s Field National Team. ’03 MSED Kelly M. Benkleman is a new literacy intervention specialist at Read to Succeed Buffalo. ’03 BA Gary A. Bostwick, co-owner of Sunshine Beverages LLC, recently launched a new naturally flavored functional beverage, Buck O’Hairen’s Legendary Sunshine. ’03 BA, MSED ’05 Shannon M. Brown is the new academic advisor for the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. ’03 BS, MSED ’06 Susan P. Burzynski, clinical hygienist at James A. Hoddick, DDS, received the Dental Hygienists’ Association of the State of New York Excellence in Dental Hygiene Award for mentoring. ’03 BA Todd M. Hurtubise is the new co-founder and co-portfolio manager at Proteus Global Partners, an alternative asset management company focused on global equity markets. He previously served as vice president of enhanced index and structured product at Blackrock. ’03 BS Theresa L. Miyashita, PhD, is the new program director for the Athletic Training Education Program at Sacred Heart University.

’03 MSED Scott R. Zipp was promoted to principal for Cheektowaga Central High School. He previously served as assistant principal. ’04 BS Maggie D. Bland was promoted to assistant professor of physical therapy, neurology and occupational therapy at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis. She previously served as instructor of physical therapy and neurology. ’04 BS Angelo S. Gambino is a new associate at the law firm of Brown Chiari. He previously served as an attorney at Gibson McAskill and Crosby LLP. ’04 BA Jessica A. Kalbarczyk is a new web content and social media communications strategist at Furman University’s Department of Marketing and Public Relations. She previously served as social media analyst at Samsung Electronics. ’04 BS Brian T. Koscielniak, teacher and boys varsity basketball coach at Salamanca High School, led his team to the CCAA Division 1 East Championship. It is the first division championship in 12 years for the school. ’04 BA Adam O. Zyglis, editorial cartoonist at The Buffalo News, received the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award, which is presented by the National Press Foundation. ’05 BA Daniel J. Leonard is the new director of regional development at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. He previously served as urban planner at Peter J. Smith & Company. ’05 BS, MBAACC ’06 Jamie L. Lotz was promoted to auditing manager at the Bonadio Group. She previously served as a senior on the audit team. ’05 MSED Danielle N. Vallas was promoted to mental health counselor at Nichols School. She previously served as a physical education faculty member, coach and wellness teacher. ’06 BA, MS ’11 Tiffany C. Benning, development manager for Empire Merchants North, was recognized at the 41st Annual Black Achievers Awards Banquet for her contributions to the African-American community. ’06 BA Lindsay M. Evans is the new marketing communications coordinator at Lumsden McCormick LLP. She previously served as a training specialist at Brisbane Consulting Group LLC, the firm’s technology division. ’06 BS Sarah A. Radka was promoted to controller by Goodwill Industries of Western New York. She previously served as case manager and vocational evaluator. ’07 BA Lindsay M. Adornetto is a new media buyer at the SKM Group. She previously served as marketing associate for advertising and promotions at the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. ’07 BS Christin M. LoFaso is the new director of IPA and navigation at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. She previously served as employer clinical consultant, account management associate and pharmacy benefits specialist at HealthNow New York.



classnotes ’07 BS Matthew B. Millanti, DC, is a new chiropractor at All Natural Chiropractic and Spinal Decompression. ’07 BA Janna M. Reilly is the new procurement assistant at Harvard Medical School. She previously served as a laboratory animal technician at Boston University. ’07 BS Bernard J. Switzer, president at Precision Manufacturing Group, was named to Buffalo’s Business First “40 Under 40” list. ’08 BS, MBAACC ’09 Alex M. Brehm was promoted to senior staff accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner. He previously served as a staff accountant. ’08 BS Daniel R. Paradise was promoted to vice president at AXA Advisors. He previously served as a financial advisor. ’08 MSED Lisa Salsman earned her doctorate of education degree in educational leadership from Argosy University in San Francisco, California. ’09 BS Alex M. Brown, CPA, is the new grants and endowment fund accountant at Canisius College. She previously served

as supervisor of the Tax Advisory Group at Dopkins & Company LLP. ’09 BA, MBA ’12 Jeffrey Dougherty is the new sourcing relationship analyst at Xerox Corporation. ’09 BA William A. Lorenz is a new associate attorney at HoganWillig PLLC. ’09 BS Ryan E. Najmulski is the new senior associate in the Talent Acquisition Department at Makosi Consulting.

’10 BA Stephanie Majercik is the new marketing manager of Semester Online, an online undergraduate education program through the education company 2U.

’12 BA, MS ’13 Victoria A. Rebmann was promoted to merchandise coordinator for the Buffalo Bisons. She previously served as a ticket sales representative.

’10 BA, MBA ’11 Joseph E. Robinson is the new vice president of corporate development at Colocrossing. He previously served in finance and corporate development at Toyota Material Handling North America.

’12 BS, MBAACC ’13 Christine D. Roemer is a new staff accountant for Dopkins and Company.


’11 BA Alexander J. Eadie is a new program coordinator for the youth and young adult ministry program at the Diocese of Buffalo.

’10 BA Emily A. (Caruana) Ayers is the new associate litigations attorney at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP.

’11 MBAACC Neil A. Giunta was promoted to in-charge accountant at the Bonadio Group.

’10 MBA Richard Brennan was promoted to manager of internal audit at Rich Products Corp. He previously served as senior internal auditor.

’12 MBAACC Andrew R. Borowski was promoted to in-charge accountant on the Small Business Administration Team at the Bonadio Group.

’10 MSED, MSED ’12 Kirsten B. Kenny, a ninth grade religion teacher at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, received the World Trade Center Teacher Award. She was one of 10 educators selected in the nation.

’12 BS, MBAACC ’13 Jeremy R. Chopra is a new staff accountant at the Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner LLP. ’12 BA Julia B. Dahlkemper is a new immigration paralegal for Harter Secrest & Emery LLP.

’12 BS, MBAACC ’13 Zachary D. Shroyer is a new staff accountant at Chiampou Travis Besaw and Kershner LLP. ’12 BS Megan R. Tafelski is the new brand coordinator at The Martin Group. ’13 MSED Marissa A. Dauria is the new assistant principal for student life at Mount St. Mary Academy. ’13 MBA Taylor R. Gahagen is the new digital and promotions coordinator at the Harbour Center. ’13 BS, MS ’13 Robert E. Novak is the new business assistant for athletics and recreation at American University. ’14 MBA Joseph Valentini is a new auditor at EFP Rotenberg LLP.

IN MEMORIAM Henry J. Baker ’41 May 24, 2013

James W. Banigan ’51 February 10, 2014

John O. Schaefer ’60 January 4, 2014

Richard J. Rosche ’68 October 28, 2013

Joanne M. Langheier ’77 December 12, 2013

George M. Keller ’42 October 22, 2013

Peter N. Cavaretta ’51, MSED ’61 January 18, 2014

Paul J. Guarnieri ’62 October 15, 2013

William A. Conti ’69 December 23, 2013

Jayne G. Gilbride Bauer ’78 January 28, 2014

Leonard E. Amborski ’43, PhD January 8, 2014

Donald E. Hartnett ’51 December 30, 2013

Mary Ann Kaminski MSED ’62 January 4, 2014

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

Michael C. Lauria ’80 February 19, 2013

John J. Kowalak ’43 October 20, 2013

Robert F. Hoffer ’51 October 7, 2013

James R. Privitera ’62, MD September 23, 2013

James M. Perry ’70 December 27, 2013

Robert C. Ellis MBA ’81 November 11, 2013

Thomas J. Decker ’45 November 5, 2013

Daniel J. Krzesinski ’51, MSED ’58 December 31, 2013

Donald J. Dietrich ’63 November 16, 2013

Brother John C. Shinsky ’71, MS ’73 Richard J. McNally MBA ’81 July 19, 2013 January 19, 2014

John F. Hagen ’47 October 18, 2013

Wilfred A. O'Donnell ’52 December 28, 2013

Ronald A. Carnevale ’64 November 28, 2013

Martha J. Yingling MSED ’71 October 28, 2013

Lucille C. Salamone ’82 February 7, 2014

Joseph A. Wechter ’47, MD November 18, 2013

Richard T. Danahy MSED ’54 October 11, 2013

Ronald M. Kozar ’64, MSED ’64 August 25, 2013

Charles W. Dorsey ’72 December 24, 2013

Richard J. Morgan ’83 January 29, 2014

William J. Dengler ’48 November 22, 2013

Richard E. Procknal ’55 December 16, 2013

Rev. Norman P. McTigue ’64 December 30, 2013

Mary A. Kelly ’72, MSED ’75 December 15, 2013

Melanie M. (Murphy) Luongo ’84 January 22, 2014

Kenneth T. Sawers ’48 October 15, 2013

Sister M. Monica Riordan ’55 October 30, 2013

Donald W. Sheridan ’64 July 1, 2013

Patrick R. Lillis MBA ’72 December 15, 2013

Edward P. Kosieracki ’85 November 7, 2013

Arthur E. Kwapich ’49 September 30, 2013

Barbara F. Butler ’56 September 7, 2013

Edward C. Balthasar ’65 October 1, 2013

Kenneth L. Beiter ’73 January 17, 2014

Joan S. Uschold ’96 December 19, 2013

John J. Horan Jr ’50 December 24, 2013

Darwin R. Gemerek ’56 October 18, 2013

Michael M. McConnell ’65, MD February 7, 2014

David A. Busenlehner MSED ’73 January 5, 2014

Timothy P. German MSED ’98 February 11, 2014

Vernon D. Jackson ’50 November 13, 2013

Joseph J. Crowley ’57 October 21, 2013

James C. Dukat ’66 October 17, 2013

Olga Janeczko MSED ’73 December 6, 2013

Joan M. (Drilling) Kader ’98, BA ’03 January 8, 2014

Donald F. Kane ’50 February 3, 2014

Paul L. Pellien ’57 January 31, 2014

John F. Kirwan ’67 September 17, 2013

Msgr Anthony J. Jasinski MSED ’73 Gregory J. Boyd ’99, MS ’03 January 10, 2014 December 2, 2013

Maurice J. Mahany ’50 January 23, 2014

Franklin A. Yerina ’57 October 18, 2013

Robert J. Biletsky ’68, MS ’84 January 2, 2014

Dennis J. Kucharski ’73 December 10, 2013

Joseph M. Tripi ’00 February 4, 2014

Alexander J. Sawick ’50 October 28, 2013

Paul C. Weaver ’58 October 26, 2013

Sister Barbara Ciarico MSED ’68 October 25, 2013

David R. Perry ’75 October 7, 2013

LeVern L. Durham MSED ’07 October 28, 2013

John B. Shults ’50 December 22, 2013

William J. Mullins Jr. ’60 November 21, 2013

John P. Empric ’68 January 18, 2014

Ellen M. (Kelsey) Harmon ’76 January 28, 2014

Brian Moretti MS ’13 March 5, 2013



Laura C. (Casey) Amo ’04 and Corey Amo ’05 MBA ’11, a son, Ira George, born September 17, 2013

Sean K. LeBeau ’03 and Elyse Benamati, a son, Ben Kiley, born July 25, 2013

Craig S. Clark ’02 and Laurie Clark, a son, Colin Samuel, born September 6, 2013

Brendan E. Lynch ’92 and Suzanne Chung, a son, Connor Liam, born January 24, 2014

Jason J. Evchich ’00 and Jennifer Pulaski, a son, Mason Jerome, born May 28, 2013

Tracey L. (Penner) Mancini ’07 and Matthew J. Mancini ’06, a son, Cameron Dominic, born October 5, 2013

Amanda N. (Marts) Golisano ’07 and Michael Golisano, a son, Landon Michael, born January 9, 2014 Suzanne M. (Piske) Gracie ’01, MBA ’08 and Matthew D. Gracie ’99, ’08, MBA ’12, a daughter, Monica Marie, born September 19, 2013 Jill A. Horohoe ’01 and David S. Rekas ’01, a son, Gabriel Thomas, born August 28, 2013 Mary C. (Calvert) Kanaley ’05, MSED ’09 and Thomas Kanaley, a son, Thomas James, born May 19, 2013 Jill M. (Martek) Kean ’01, MSED ’04 and Benjamin D. Kean ’03, a daughter, Cecelia Eve, born December 24, 2013 Elizabeth M. (Chiappone) Kick ’05 and Joseph G. Kick ’04, MBAACC ’05, a son, Declan Joseph, born June 17, 2013

Lisa N. (Head) Melonusky ’98 and Alan J. Melonusky, a daughter, Julia Lisa, born May 9, 2013 Alicia M. (Sorrentino) Millanti ’06, MS ’08 and Matthew B. Millanti ’07, a son, James Anthony, born July 29, 2013 Jessica L. (Budinger) Orleman ’06 and Daniel T. Orleman ’08, twin sons, Nathan Gabriel and Samuel Caleb, born December 31, 2013 Nicholas J. Reinhardt ’09 and Samantha M. Reinhardt, a daughter, Felicity Marie, born July 13, 2013 Johnna (Riley) Swartele ’05 and Lance Swartele, a son, Tyler John, born June 14, 2013 Shawn C. Tierney ’97 and Tracy M. Tierney, a son, Brayden Thomas, born August 18, 2013

T H I S I S S U E ’ S F E AT U R E D B A B Y G R I F F

Evan Joseph born to Erica C. (Surbone)’00 and Joseph A. Sammarco ’96 on March 2, 2014

*Kristine L. Ciesiulka ’09, MSED ’11 and Nicholas Galante on October 5, 2013 *Paul M. Coleman ’01 and Jennifer Abraham on September 14, 2013 Michael J. Devine ’82 and Sonya March on October 22, 2013 Lauren A. Doss ’97, DDS and Russell H. Stricklen on July 13, 2013 Stephanie Dylag ’08 and Chad Froebel ’05 on July 13, 2013 *Stefany Gunderman ’08, MSED ’10 and Glenn Dombrowski ’08 on October 12, 2013 Lyndsi Jachimowicz ’05 and Daniel Marth on September 7, 2013 Ann T. Klements ’12, MBAACC ’13 and Maurice D. Cooper III ’11 on May 18, 2013 *Eric Koch ’97, DO and Katie Frizzell on September 28, 2013 Danielle M. Kusmierski ’07 and Colin R. Hastings on October 12, 2013 *Kristen May ’12 and Ryan Bloom on October 19, 3013 *Royston Mendoza ’01 and Carrie Olsen on October 19, 2013 Joseph M. Milosich ’08 and Christine E. Hawke on September 27, 2013 Jessica K. Workman ’07 and Jake Meredith on August 24, 2013 *Indicates married at Christ the King Chapel

LinkedIn is your Canisius Connection Looking to connect with fellow alumni, professionally? There’s no better place than the Canisius College Alumni group on LinkedIn. This professional networking resource is comprised of more than 4,300 career-minded members, who all have a Canisius education in common. “LinkedIn is a great resource for alumni to reconnect and network with fellow Griffs,” says Eileen Abbatoy, associate director of the Canisius College Career Center. “It’s also a valuable forum for alumni who may want to mentor, advise or recruit current students or recent graduates, for internships or jobs.” To take advantage of the Canisius College Alumni group on LinkedIn, simply visit and type Canisius College Alumni in the search box.



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Canisius Magazine – Spring 2014  
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