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Fulbright professor to speak on India TONIGHT

Manav Ratti, assistant professor of English at Salisbury University, Maryland, will speak at Canisius College TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Regis South. His lecture, entitled “Deadly Divisions: The Violence of Nation and the Birth of Modern India,” is free and open to the public. Dr. Ratti holds PhD and master’s degrees from Oxford University, a master’s degree from Cambridge University, and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto. He is a recent Fulbright Scholar at New York University, and is the author of The Postsecular Imagination: Postcolonialism, Religion, and Literature (New York and London: Routledge, 2013).

The event is sponsored by the Canisius All-College Honors Program. For more information, contact Dr. Bruce Dierenfield at

Submitted by: Bruce Dierenfield, PhD, professor of history; director, All-College Honors Program

Special Olympics Softball Event TONIGHT!

Dr. Lauren Cavanaugh, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Kim Griffin, assistant softball coach, have been coaching a Special Olympics softball team for the last two years. TONIGHT from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the Special Olympics and Canisius women’s softball teams will pair up for our second annual unified game at the Demske Complex.

To make this event as exciting as possible for the Special Olympics athletes, the event will have a PA announcer and a running scoreboard. The goal is to draw a big crowd, and Petey will even make an appearance with prizes for the spectators.

Thank you in advance for your support and we hope to see you there. GO GRIFFS!!

Submitted by: Lauren Cavanaugh, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology

Candidates for VP of Business and Finance Coming to Campus

Ronald Olejniczak, the second candidate for the vice president of business and finance position, will visit the Canisius College campus on Tuesday, October 8. There will be an opportunity for the campus community to engage in conversation with Mr. Olejniczak on October 8 from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge in the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center.

Information about the candidates is posted on the myCanisius portal under the “VP Business Finance Search” tab located on the gold banner across the top of the page. Visit schedules and evaluation forms for the candidates are also posted in this location.

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate to the vice president, academic affairs

Melting Ice, Mending Creation

On Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. in Lyons 418, Canisius College joins the hundreds of other Catholic parishes, schools and colleges who will participate in a nationwide awareness campaign, “Melting Ice, Mending Creation: A Catholic Approach to Climate Change.” The program highlights the Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ Working Group (PAS) statement, Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene, combined with vivid video evidence of climate change as captured by James Balog, the science photographer behind the documentary film Chasing Ice.

We will watch a presentation and share in a facilitated discussion and about steps we can take in response. The event provides a concrete example of responding to Pope Francis’ words urging us to make care for Creation and care for the poor and vulnerable a significant part of our Catholic witness: “Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!” (March 19, 2013).

Canisius’ Campus Ministry and Catholic Studies programs, this event’s co-sponsors, believe the event will help us to better understand both Church teaching and the real consequences of global climate change.

The program is also sponsored in part by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, a national Catholic partnership organization whose members include, among others, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information about this event, contact Nancy M. Rourke at Ext. 2460,  E-mail at, or visit

Submitted by: Nancy Rourke, PhD, religious studies and theology; director of Catholic Studies

Wine & Chocolate Tasting to benefit Clean Air Coalition of WNY

Join us for a chocolate and wine pairing happy hour to celebrate the achievements and partnerships with Canisius College and the Clean Air Coalition as we work towards social and environmental justice in Western New York!

The event will be held on Wednesday, October 23 at Choco-Logo, 141 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203

Please visit for more information
Tickets are $28

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, modern languages