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Celebrate Presidential Inauguration With Gift of Community Service

The Canisius College community, including faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, are invited to give a gift of community service in honor of the inauguration of John J. Hurley, the 24th president of Canisius College.

Community service activities provide growth and leadership opportunities as well as spiritual fulfillment. The service may be performed in the participant’s own neighborhood and with an agency of his or her choice. In addition, the college’s Office of Campus Ministry coordinates a number of community service projects and activities during the academic year that provide volunteer opportunities. These initiatives include:

  • Canisius Community Days (September 25, November 20 and April 16, 2011).  The college assists its community partners with various projects and tasks at meal programs, food banks, shelters, refugee agencies, senior citizen homes and Habitat for Humanity.
  • The Buffalo Burrito Project provides fresh home-made burritos to downtown Buffalo’s poor and homeless population every Tuesday.  Participants are welcome to prepare and/or walk a four-mile route to deliver the burritos.
  • South Buffalo Community Table is a soup kitchen in South Buffalo where Canisius students, faculty and staff serve every Wednesday afternoon during the academic year.  It has been a tradition at the college for more than 25 years.
  • Alumni/Faculty/Staff Immersion Program in New Orleans (May 23-29, 2011).  Canisius College faculty staff, alumni and their families team up with Catholic Charities and Jesuits of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus to help rebuild New Orleans following the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina more than five years ago.

For more information and to sign up for community service, click here.

Submitted by:  Kristin Etu, public relations specialist, public relations

Alumnus Establishes Travel Fund For Students

The Division of Student Affairs and the Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership are pleased to announce the creation of the David W. Rohde ’67 PhD Student Academic Conference Travel Fund.  The Rohde Fund will support the presentation of student research at academic conferences.

Rohde is currently the Ernestine Friedl Professor of Political Science at Duke University.  On September 16, he presented the Fitzpatrick Lecture entitled “The Search for Patterns in Congressional Elections.”  He asked that any speaking honorarium be used to assist Canisius College students.

“This is a very fitting tribute to Dr. Rohde because his career has emphasized the importance of student research,” said Michael V. Haselswerdt, PhD, professor, political science; director, William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership.

Grants will cover 50 percent of travel and conference costs up to a maximum grant of $500.  Interested students should apply to Haselswerdt.  The request should include a brief description of the research that will be presented, a tentative budget, a letter from a faculty member attesting to the travel plans, and a commitment to write a one-page memo describing and evaluating the experience, as well as an agreement to provide a copy of the paper that was presented.

Submitted by:  Michael V. Haselswerdt, PhD, professor, political science; director, William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership

End-of-Life Issues Topic Of Lecture

Thomas A. Raab ’73, MD, chair of the Department of Medicine at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and board-certified internist with a subspecialty in infectious diseases, will present “Wishes Do Come True: End of Life Issues for Doctors and Patients” on Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. in Grupp Fireside Lounge.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  This lecture is sponsored by the Dr. George E. Schreiner ’43 Pre-Medical Center Distinguished Speaker Series.  All are welcome to attend.

Submitted by:  Lainey Pate, assistant director, events and stewardship, institutional advancement

Men’s Soccer Game Kicks Off Family Weekend

Regan Steele ’13

The Golden Griffin men’s soccer team plays host to Little Three rival St. Bonaventure Friday (October 1) at 7 p.m. on the Demske Sports Complex turf.  The game kicks off a full weekend of activities for Family Weekend.

In addition to the game, fans and families can enjoy plenty of pre-game entertainment, all at no charge, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Included will be a bounce house, free hot dogs and hamburgers and plenty of games and prizes for Griff fans of all ages.

For additional information, contact Maggie Martini at Ext. 6707 or go to

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics

Hockey Hosts Exhibition Contest Sunday (October 3)

The 2010-11 Golden Griffin hockey team begins play this Sunday (October 3) with a pre-season tilt against the York University Lions (Canada).  Game time is 3 p.m. at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.  Canisius returns 18 veterans including Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Year Cory Conacher.

For ticket information, call Ext. 2885.

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director – external affairs, athletics