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Shoot and Score Winner Sam Hansen

Sam Hansen is a sophomore psychology major, a member of the swimming and diving team, and a winner in the Shoot and Score contest:

“Canisius College has truly been a home away from home for me. From the faculty to the Athletics Department to my fellow students, Canisius has accepted me with open arms. Because I live in California and can only go home about one time during each semester, everyone being as welcoming as they are has allowed me to enjoy myself despite being 3,000 miles away from where I call home.

“I’m a member of the men’s swimming and diving team and they have been the core of my second family here at Canisius. Regardless of my situation, they have supported and encouraged me. This has enabled me to succeed at a level that I never dreamed of both in the pool and in the classroom. I completely appreciate what they have done for and with me.”

Sam won two tickets to a Sabres game. Your next Sabres game could be on us too. Click here to enter and win by including an example or story that best reflects the Canisius experience. It could be a short story about a student, professor, class, project or activity on or off campus. It could involve you or someone else. We want to hear about service projects, internships, clubs and people that go the extra mile and deserve recognition. Submissions are due each Wednesday through

Students, faculty and staff can also purchase tickets at the discounted price of $25 each. Tickets are available for most home games and available in the Office of Campus Programming and Leadership Development in the Student Center.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Concert Lecture Today: Composer in Residence, Persis Vehar

“Music History’s Influence on a NOW Composer” will take place TODAY at 2:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Canisius College Composer-in-Residence Persis Vehar continues her two-part series on the correlation between-well-known composers in music history and a NOW composer.  Besides her own music, the program will include works of Beethoven,  Brahms, Poulenc, and Donizetti.

An exciting surprise will be the premiere of the “Assassin’s Aria” from Vehar’s upcoming opera, SHOT!, by Canisius College Faculty member Baritone James Wright.  SHOT!, her new opera, is based on the assassination of President William McKinley here in Buffalo. The opera will be premiered by the Nickel City Opera Company in 2014.

Submitted by: Martha Malkiewicz, adjunct professor, fine arts/music

Free Frosty’s at Griffs Hockey Game

Your Canisius hockey team concludes the regular season portion of its schedule this weekend against Atlantic Hockey nemesis, RIT. The Griffs are at RIT on Friday night, before returning home on Saturday at 7 p.m. for Senior Night festivities.

Saturday night’s game features a few exciting opportunities for fans. The first 200 Griff fans will receive a free Frosty, courtesy of Wendys.

Those arriving by 7 p.m. will have the opportunity to view senior ceremonies as Ben Parker, Torrey Lindsey, Preston Shupe and Chris Barrea prepare to play their final home game.

It’s Fan Appreciation Night with plenty of prizes, and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been kind enough to donate an autographed Cory Conacher shirt that will be auctioned off at the game.

All proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. As you know, Cory is currently leading all NHL rookies in scoring.

For additional information, please visit

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

Annual WST Spring Luncheon

Please join us at the WST Spring Luncheon to be held on March 8 in Grupp Fireside Lounge. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. The cost for the luncheon is $10. WST faculty and students dine free as guests of the program.

The I. Joan Lorch award winners will be announced and honoured at the luncheon.
Our guest speakers this year are Joan and Jackie Albarella. The talk begins at 12:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Please contact Deanna Pavone at or x2650 to make your reservation.

Submitted by:  Johanna Fisher adjunct professor, English/women’s studies

New Members for Cantio Sacra

Canisius College’s Cantio Sacra, a choral ensemble dedicated to performing sacred music for college events, is looking for more members to join! The vocal ensemble, under the direction of Brad Wingert, rehearses Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. New faculty, staff and student members are welcome to join!

Submitted by: Bradley Wingert, director, Cantio Sacra; fine arts department