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Mass of the Holy Spirit, Thursday August 29

Join our campus in calling down the Spirit on our new academic year at this Thursday, August 29 for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Please assemble outside Christ the King Chapel a little before 1:00 p.m. for a joyful procession, complete with bagpiper, to Montante for our liturgical celebration. Mass will begin at 1:15 p.m. All are welcome to join.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry

Women’s Soccer Continues Homestand

Your Canisius women’s soccer team continues its season opening homestand on Wednesday when they play host to St. Bonaventure. Kickoff at the Demske Sports Complex is slated for 7 p.m.

When you come to the game, please make sure to stop by the merchandise stand and see all of the new Golden Griffin items on sale for the 2013 fall season.

For additional information, please be sure to follow Canisius athletics @GoGriffs.

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

Canisius Chorale Launches Fall Season, Invites New Members

The Canisius College Chorale invites students, faculty and staff to join its ranks for its upcoming season of concerts.

The choir’s first rehearsal will take place on Monday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Rehearsals will continue each Monday evening at the same time. Auditions are NOT necessary for membership and everyone is welcome.

The course numbers for Chorale are FAM 181 (CRN: 30743) for 1 credit and FAM 171 (CRN: 30736) for 0 credit.

The Chorale just ended a very successful Spring season that included performances throughout Western New York. Its acclaimed “Sacred Spaces” series brought hosts of eager listeners to a number of the region’s most beautiful and historic churches. And the choir’s annual Spring Concert drew a capacity audience to the college’s Montante Cultural Center again this year.

The coming season’s activities include performances in some of the region’s finest concert venues, including a February 4th performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Consider membership in the Canisius Chorale! For more information, call Ext. 2536, 907-0466 or e-mail the Chorale at

Submitted by:  Frank Scinta, adjunct professor, fine arts

Student Academic Support Services (SASS) Relocation and Staffing Changes

Student Academic Support Services (SASS) provides students with the academic support, accommodations, and assistance they need to become successful lifelong learners. SASS includes the following areas: Tutoring Center, Study Center, Academic Mentoring Program, General Proctor Site, and Disability Support Services.

Staffing changes

  • The position of assistant director of SASS was eliminated as part of the reduction in force. Annie Dobies, associate dean of students and director of SASS, assumed the responsibilities of managing the daily operations of the Tutoring and Study Centers, in addition to running the Academic Mentoring Program and overseeing Disability Support Services. Jennifer Herrmann remains as the associate director of DSS and will have the primary responsibility of overseeing all the daily functions in DSS and the proctor site.

Location Changes and Operational Hours

  • All of SASS is now housed on the third floor of Old Main. The Disability Support Services Office and General Proctor Site relocated to Old Main 317. The Academic Mentoring Program is also housed in OM 317.
  • The Operational Hours for the DSS Office are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • The Operational Hours for the General Proctor Site are Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. All make up exams may be scheduled during these times.
    Accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis for students registered with DSS that have evening classes.
  • The Tutoring Center is now located in Old Main 315.
    The Study Center remains in Old Main 318.
  • New Operational Hours for Tutoring and Study Centers are Sunday 6-10 p.m., Monday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The SI program has been dissolved to facilitate more tutoring hours for all academic disciplines. The regular tutoring schedule will continue to offer math, writing, science and accounting tutors during as many hours of operation as possible. On-call tutoring will continue on an as needed basis.

Employees needing specialized parking for temporary or chronic disability issues should contact the Human Resources Office.

Please feel free to stop up and see us or contact us at (716) 888-3748 if you have any questions or need further information.

Submitted by:  Annie Dobies, associate dean of students

Video Institute Produces August Kaleidoscope Broadcast

The Canisius College Video Institute production of the August episode of Kaleidoscope is now airing on Time Warner Cable.  This 30-minute television program celebrates the religious diversity of our region, and represents a collaboration between the Video Institute and the Network of Religious Communities.  Kaleidoscope is re-broadcast each Friday at 6:35 p.m. on Time Warner Cable 20.

This episode features a story about the importance of water and the unique role it plays in the Hindu and Eastern Orthodox Christian traditions.   Dr. Jonathan Lawrence, associate professor of religious studies and theology and president of the Network of Religious Communities, interviews Rev. Thomas Reese, an expert on the US Catholic Church and the Vatican, about Catholic identity in the 21st century.

Students in the Spring 2013 Video Institute course produced six episodes of Kaleidoscope.  The course was taught by Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies, and Paula DeAngelis-Stein, COM ’86/MS ’02.

Submitted by:  Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies