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Join the Canisius College Video Institute as it Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, the Canisius College Video Institute will host a screening, “Filmmakers on the Front Line: Living the Mission through Video Institute Alumni,” on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons.

The 30-minute screening will feature several short films by Matt Rath, COM/DMA ’09, video producer for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief: Conflict in South Sudan, Forgiving Isis and Human Trafficking. A discussion, question and answer session, and reception will follow the screening. The event is free and to the public.

Rath, a 27 year-old Christian filmmaker who loves photography, storytelling and social justice, has traveled to more than 20 countries including Iraq, South Sudan, Rwanda and Niger for his work with Samaritan’s Purse, an international humanitarian organization founded by Franklin Graham. He has witnessed the wounds of war, poverty and disease but has also laughed with someone everywhere that he has been. Rath is living the mission of the Canisius College Video Institute every day through his work with Samaritan’s Purse. For more information, click here.

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical and cultural issues relevant to the world today. The Video Institute is co-directed by Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies, and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor of digital media arts.

“Filmmakers on the Front Line: Living the Mission through Video Institute Alumni,” is co-sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry, the Canisius Jesuit Community, the Communication Studies Department, the Digital Media Arts Program, the Journalism Program, The Office of Mission and Identity, and USA JUSTICE. For more information, Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, at Ext. 2108 or

Submitted by Marketing & Communication

The latest Canisius Magazine is Now Available Online

You won’t want to miss the latest edition of Canisius Magazine, which hits mailboxes this week.

This issue’s cover story, “Memories of a Movement,” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and the historic march in Selma. In it, Canisius alumni, who participated in the march, reflect on their personal experiences from that time. Their stories exemplify how the search for justice can often change an individual as much – if not more – than the broader change he seeks to achieve.

If you haven’t received your copy of Canisius Magazine in the mail yet, be sure to check out the online version, which includes even more, unabridged memories, which we weren’t able to fit in the print edition.

Submitted by Marketing & Communication

Counseling Center Provides Drop In-Hours

The Counseling Center is now offering daily “drop-in” hours for students from 3:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. Drop-in hours are opportunities for students to stop by the Counseling Center for an informal, confidential consultation with a counselor.

Faculty and staff are often the first point of contact for students experiencing emotional difficulty and play an extremely important role in referring students for help. Faculty and staff are encouraged to refer students to the Counseling Center, located in Bosch Hall 105. This guide can assist faculty and staff help a student experiencing distress. Counselors are also available for consultations to help faculty and staff help our students. If you would like to consult with one of our counselors, please contact us at 716-888-2620.

There are three ways in which you can make a referral to the Counseling Center.

1. Tell students about the Counseling Center. This tends to be least likely to succeed, as the student may procrastinate following up on the information.

2. Call and make an appointment for them. This should be done while the student is still with you, so you can help them work out an agreeable time for their appointment by calling 716-888-2620.

3. Walk them to the Counseling Center in Bosch 105 and remain with them while they set up an appointment. This tends to be the most successful type of referral, and students are most likely to follow up. If it is mutually agreeable, you may choose to sit in on the appointment.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, counseling center