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An accounting professor from Mexico whose daughter spent two semesters as an exchange student at Canisius College is the first Oishei visiting professor at the college, Canisius officials announced.

Alberto de Lachica-Trevino of Morelia, Mexico, will also serve the Buffalo community as art historian-in-residence at the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy, and as a consultant to Hispanic business owners through the Buffalo Enterprise Development Corp.

His visiting professorship will be funded through a $1.5 million grant awarded to Canisius by the John R. Oishei Foundation in 1998. The grant is also supporting nine in-house professorships at the college over three years.

Canisius President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke said of de La-chica, a member of the faculty of the School of Accounting at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo:

"As a member of our faculty for the next year, Dr. de Lachica will benefit not only our students but the entire community by sharing his extensive business expertise as well as a broad knowledge of the art and history of his native Mexico."

As the college's first Oishei visiting professor, de Lachica will lecture on international management and marketing.

"I am committed to making the very best of this opportunity, one of the main tasks being to promote and diffuse the knowledge of my country, Mexico, among the people of Canisius and to the people of Buffalo," he said.

"My daughter, Luisa, spent two semesters at Canisius as an exchange student from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and now we have a student exchange agreement with my university -- so I have strong emotional bonds to Canisius College."

A teacher for more than 34 years, he has a degree in public accounting from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. He also has had an accounting firm since 1965.

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