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President John Hurley Travels to the Holy Land

Sea of Galilee at Mt. Beatitudes Guest House

President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, are on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine.  It is being led by Frs. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage; Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America; and Brendan Lally, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph’s University.  Watch The Dome for photos and President Hurley’s reflections from his week-long pilgrimage.

Father Martin also invites all to join a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land through video links that will be posted daily (see below).

Day One – Sunday, April 19

Virtual Video Link –

Photos and Reflections from President Hurley

We arrived here last night after dark at the Mt. Beatitudes Guest House, high on the hill above the Sea of Galilee and near the place where Jesus spoke the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-16).  Our pilgrimage leader, Fr. Jim Martin, has stressed to us the need to make this trip a true pilgrimage and to allow God to work with and through us during the week.  We did not choose to make this pilgrimage, he told us; rather, God has chosen us.  And as we got our first view of the Sea of Galilee this morning, he reminded us all of the Apostles who were called by Jesus right here, with words, “Come, follow me.”  He challenged us, “What is our response?”

The Synagogue at Capernaum

Today, we visited Capernaum, the place where Jesus lived after leaving Nazarerth.  We saw the place where he preached in the synagogue (now replaced by a fourth century synagogue).  Adjacent to the synagogue is the excavated village of Capernaum, the site of so many miracles in Mark’s Gospel.  We also visited Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and the seashore where Jesus appeared again to the Apostles after the Resurrection and established Peter as the leader of the Church here on earth.

The Gospel reading for Saturday was John’s account of Jesus walking on the water at night while the disciples’ boat was caught in some strong winds.  When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they were frightened.  His words, repeated in many other places in the New Testament, were, “It is I, do not be afraid.”  At the end of this wonderful first day, I pray with these thoughts:  God has called me to this pilgrimage; Jesus called the apostles to follow him; I have now seen the places where Jesus astonished so many with his miracles; life is full of dark and stormy nights which frighten us; and I wonder where I might encounter Jesus this week.  I am consoled with the words in John’s Gospel: “It is I.  Do not be afraid.”

I have the entire Canisius community – students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – in my prayers and intentions this week.

Submitted by Marketing and Communication

Congratulations World Champions! Canisius Wins Global Finals at CFA Challenge

A team of Canisius students won the Global Finals at the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge held in Atlanta, GA, on Friday night.  The Canisius team – Matthew Coad ’14, MBA ’16 (team captain), Carl Larsson ’15, Stephen Miller ’15, Kevin Monheim ’15 and Ryan Zimmer ’15 – competed against students from the University of Florida, and two other regional winners, one from EMEA (Kyiv National Economic University in the Ukraine) and one from APAC (Aateneo de Manila University in the Philippines) for the 2015 global title.

More than 4,000 students from 865 universities from around the world competed for a spot in the Global Finals to show they have what it takes to be successful investment management professionals.

“The competition and talent from prestigious universities from across the globe was fierce,” says Richard A. Wall, PhD, vice president for academic affairs and the Canisius team advisor.  “The CFA Challenge is one of the most rigorous and competitive financial competitions in the world.  Our students worked extremely hard and their success speaks to the in-depth, forward-thinking training they receive in equity research at Canisius.”

Read more about the competition here.

To watch videos from the competition, click here.  Canisius’ presentation is the second video on the site and begins at the 27:00 mark.  The first video shows the winning announcement at the 2:01:00 mark.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Sit in on the Social Security Benefits Presentation Tomorrow

Lillian Wright, Buffalo claims representative from the Office of Social Security, will present an overview of social security benefits. Wright will discuss how to apply for social security benefits, what impact collecting Social Security benefits prior to your full retirement age, will have and much more.

The presentation will take place tomorrow, April 21 at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center Conference Room. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

To ensure that there are enough handouts for everyone, please email Dawn Rotterman at, if you plan to attend.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources

Join the Next Board of Regents Lunch and Learn

The fourth Board of Regents Lunch and Learn took place on Thursday, April 16. Bonnie Cywinski from TOCA Travel joined students for lunch in the Griff Center Employer Services suite to share advice on “Building Your Virtual Identity” and how to develop your personal brand and career path.

Our next Board of Regents Lunch and Learn will be held Thursday, April 23 with Annette Kajtoch from First Niagara. All undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. To RSVP, email Julie Zulewski at

The Board of Regents Lunch and Learn Series is sponsored by the Griff Center for Academic Engagement and provides students with valuable career insights and connections to professionals in our community.

Submitted by: Julie Zulewski, assistant director, graduate admission

Support Honors Students’ Thesis Defense Presentations

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the Honors Thesis Defense Presentations that are taking place on campus from April 20-24. We hope you are able to support our students as they defend their works.

Audience members are encouraged ask questions and provide feedback to our students following their presentations.

The capstone of the Honors Program is the Honors thesis that is completed in the students’ senior year.  Students can choose the topic to explore which usually draw from their past academic experiences. Students must also possess an excellent understanding of the subject area, its theoretical assumptions, and its research methodology. Thesis presentations require considerable independent thinking and creativity, self-discipline, and effective time management.

The full schedule of presentations can be viewed by clicking here.

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate, academic affairs