Canisius College will launch a new bachelor of science degree in integrated marketing communication (IMC) in fall 2019. It is one of a very few such interdisciplinary programs of its kind in the nation. It will be chaired
Working with professors from the college’s Communication Studies, Digital Media Arts and Marketing departments, students will engage in a blend of coursework, including advertising, communication, consumer behavior, marketing, traditional and new media, promotions, public relations, research and sales.
Thanks to the generous alumni in our departments, we had lots of guest speakers come and visit our classes this semester. Thank you all for coming and sharing your valuable careers advice to our current students! Scroll through to see who visited our classes.
Congratulations are in order for Jessica McKay (COM ’18) who was recently named in Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under 30 List! Recipients under the age of 30 are awarded due to factors such as career achievements, leadership and initiative, community engagement and each nominee’s potential to become a community leader on a grand scale.
We recently interviewed her for our newsletter last semester. Read what she had to say about being a Canisius alum!
Where do you currently work and could you describe what you do?
I currently work at Mercy Flight as a Marketing and Development Coordinator. I help coordinate events such as our gala, open houses, helicopter unveilings, summer and holiday employee parties, and a new spring event that is currently in the works. Another major part of my job is to recruit, manage, and retain our volunteer base. In addition, I help with social media marketing, inputting donations, meeting and making relationships with donors, and various day-to-day tasks.
What are your favorite memories of Canisius?
My favorite memories of Canisius consist of long nights in the library with friends, studying abroad in Italy and traveling around Europe, being an orientation leader, and going on service trips.
What advice do you have for current students?
Always put the extra work in, it will show and people will notice.
Were you involved in any clubs or internships at Canisius?
I was involved in the Student Programming Board, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Nu, Lambda Pi Eta, Association of Women and Men in Communications, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Chorale. I completed two internships on my own through the Albright Knox Art Gallery in the Event Services Department and Shea’s Performing Arts in the Marketing Department as well as completing two internships through Canisius at Mercy Flight in the Marketing and Development Department and Hospice in the Development Department.
How do you think Canisius prepared you for the real world?
I believe my internships prepared me for the “real world” in the sense that I was able to gain valuable experience doing the sorts of things I would one day do as a profession. I also took a great deal away from my leadership roles at Canisius through various clubs. In addition, I strongly believe that Canisius taught me how to become a better person for others and myself. I carry the ideals and values that became such a crucial part of my life throughout my time at Canisius to the professional and personal life I have post-grad.
Congratulations to Communication Studies alumnus John Prizner, III (COM ’97), who is the latest recipient of the Marilyn G.S. Watt Award. The Marilyn G. S. Watt Award is awarded annually to a graduate of the Communication Studies Department based on four criteria, including career achievement, communication-related community involvement, professional commitment, and previous honors & awards. The award stands as a tribute to Dr. Watt and her sense of sharing and community.
Prizner graduated from Canisius with degrees in Communication Studies and Sociology in 1997 and then went on to receive a masters degree in Public Relations at Syracuse University. He put these degrees to good use for The Buffalo Bills as a Marketing Partnerships and Public Relations Coordinator until 2002, where he serviced and executed more than 100 corporate marketing partnerships for the organization.
He then held Executive Leadership roles at organizations in North Royalton, Ohio and Rochester, New York until 2006 when he returned home to Canisius to serve as the Development Officer for the college.
During his four year tenure here, he managed a portfolio of 150 major gift and annual leadership donors and secured more than $1.25 million in support of the campaign, consistently exceeding established annual goals. When he left Canisius, he continued his fundraising work at the University at Buffalo’s School of Management, acting as the Assistant Dean and Director of Development until 2015.
He has now been at the University of Syracuse for four years, where he is currently employed as the Senior Principal Gifts Officer. During his time at Syracuse, he has consistently surpassed annual fundraising goals for the Whitman School of Management, raising more than $30 million from 2016-2018.
On Tuesday, April 23, the Communication Studies, Journalism, and Digital Media Arts faculty honored the top students of the class of 2019 at the annual Senior Awards Ceremony. Congratulations to all of our graduating students! We can’t wait to see what you do in the future! The award recipients are listed below:
Senior Communication Studies Academic Awards
Academic Excellence in COM (Highest GPA)
Academic Achievement in COM (GPA 3.6+)
Academic Quality in COM (GPA 3.4+)
Senior Digital Media Arts Academic AwardsP
Academic Excellence in DMA (Highest GPA)
Academic Achievement in DMAv(GPA 3.6+)
Academic Quality in DMAv(GPA 3.4+)
Senior Journalism Academic AwardsP
Academic Excellence in JRN (Highest GPA)
Academic Achievement in JRN (GPA 3.6+)
Double Major Awards
Academic Quality in JRN/COM(vGPA 3.4+)
JRN/COM Double Major Certificate
Academic Achievement in DMA/COM (GPA 3.6+)P
DMA/COM Double Major CertificateP
Integrated Marketing CommunicationP
Senior Club Awards
The Griffin – College Newspaper
Editor-in-Chief: Adam Duke
Opinion Editor: Branwyn Wilkinson
Outstanding Journalism SeniorP
Association for Women and Men in Communication (AWMC)
Service: Zoey Maggiore
Excellence in Communication Research
Digital Media ArtIST Awards “For Outstanding Portfolio”
Digital Media Arts Club
Video Institute Award
The Gene and Peter Jankowski Award of Excellence
When I came back to the Communication Studies Department in 2017 to begin my stint as the department’s graduate assistant, I was a little lost. Having graduated from Canisius in undergrad two years prior, I held a series of jobs I did not love (ok – some I might have actively and intensely disliked), and I didn’t know what I wanted in my career.
So when I came back for grad school and got the job in the Communication Studies Department, I was thrilled to get to work. I’m proud that during my time here I’ve helped the department establish a budding social media presence, re-instated the alumni newsletters (on an updated digital platform!), and even helped coordinate the department’s first holiday desk decorating contest.
The professors worked me hard, but it’s also been a fun two years. There have been lots of laughs with my fellow GA, Devon, who I have grown close with as we roamed around the office laughing, singing loud songs, and generally annoying the professors who were just trying to grade papers.
I fed Dr. Irwin’s dog carrot sticks, hung out in Professor Higgins’ office discussing politics, fretted about my capstone project with Dr. Hartman, and took a great class with Dr. Wanzer. Each day brought something new and exciting.
Everyone I encountered here has helped guide me or inspire me in some way. The Communication Studies, Journalism, and Digital Media arts students at Canisius are in good hands, with professors and staff that truly care about their students’ success. Thanks to them, I’m leaving Canisius (again) a matured, more inspired person with a reinvigorated plan of what I want for my future.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to come back to a place I love so dearly. I won’t miss the three-floor trek up the stairs in Lyons Hall every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but I will miss coming to a place that has always felt like home.
The Canisius College Video Institute premiered two student-produced documentaries this semester, NewBorn: Maternal Health and Resources in New York State and Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life.
NewBorn premiered on Tuesday, March 26th and was produced by Canisius College students Kathryn MacConnell, Emyle Watkins and Elaine Stickney, with assistance from Deysha Johnson. This film focused on issues faced by pregnant or parenting women in New York. From homelessness to addiction, poverty and more, women across the state see barriers to accessing care. You can watch it here.
Love Conquers Fear: Lessons in Boxing and Life, a film produced by digital media arts students Alex Kontak ’19 and Ryan Gelder ’19, premiered on Monday, April 8. The film focused on a youth boxing program created for the purpose of helping high school students grow and develop physically, mentally and spiritually. Many of the participants were from Buffalo’s international high school, having recently relocated from third-world countries. Faith-based “life lessons” are woven seamlessly into each boxing lesson. You can watch it here.
Under the direction of Barbara Irwin, PhD, and Jamie O’Neil, the award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today.
Congrats to the 16 Communication Studies students who were inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, Canisius College’s Communication Studies Honors Society. These students were inducted at a ceremony on Sunday, April 7 in front of family and friends.
Students are selected and asked to join the honor society based on rigorous academic standards set by the Lambda Pi Eta National Organization. Graduating Lambda Pi Eta members were also honored and presented with their red and white honor cords to wear at graduation in May. Congratulations to all!
Thank you to all the alumni, faculty, staff, and current students who donated to the Communication Studies, Digital Media Arts, Journalism, and Video Institute Departments on Canisius College’s Giving Day!
Thanks to the generosity of 47 very special donors, $2,375 was raised for the Communication Studies Department. Donors also gave more than $1,000 total to Digital Media Arts, Journalism, and the Video Institute Giving Day pages.
We want to thank you all for your support! Your generosity will allow our students to take trips, complete research, and more!