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Canisius in the News

Marcus Thomeer, PhD, co-director of the Institute for Autism Research (IAR) at Canisius College and Christin McDonald, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow at the IAR, were guests on Talk of the Town, a 30- minute weekly program on WBBZ-TV in Buffalo.  Drs. Thomeer and McDonald discussed autism awareness and the work of the IAR.

To watch the show in its entirety, click on the links below:

Talk of the Town: Part 1
Talk of the Town: Part 2

The IAR is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center dedicated to understanding autism and related developmental disorders, and enhancing the lives of those affected and their families. IAR researchers are from diverse backgrounds and work together to address critical questions involving causes, development, assessment, clinical treatment and education. This research work has led to the development of several new and effective treatments, which are provided by the IAR staff, our community partners and schools.  To learn more about the IAR click here.

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President Hurley’s Pilgrimage – Day 3

Canisius President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, continue their pilgrimage through the Holy Land. On day three, they visited Eremos Cave, believed to be a secluded place where Jesus went to pray. The group also visited Bethsaida, the home of Apostles Peter, Andrew and Phillip, where they were encouraged to spend some quiet time pondering the call of the Apostles.

The week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land is sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine.  It is being led by Revs. 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.

Throughout the week, “The Dome” will continue to share President Hurley’s reflections and photos from his journey (see below).

Also, click here to follow a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land through video links, which also will be posted daily.

Day Three – Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reflections from President Hurley

Today, we were on the Mount of the Beatitudes for morning Mass, followed by a walk down the mount to the Eremos Cave.  We visited Bethsaida, the home of Peter, Andrew and Phillip.  After lunch in Magdala, we took a short afternoon cruise on the Sea of Galilee and then finished our day by visiting a new excavation of a village and synagogue at Magdala.

Fr. Jim Martin, S.J. celebrates Mass on the Mount of the Beatitudes assisted by Fr. Brendan Lally, S.J. and Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.

We celebrated Mass outside on the grounds of the Mt. Beatitudes Guest House overlooking the Sea of Galilee.  I am hard pressed to think of a more beautiful setting to celebrate the liturgy.  Our Gospel reading was, of course, the Beatitudes from St. Matthew’s Gospel, each one of which took on new meaning in this special place.

We walked down the hill from the guest house to the Eremos Cave, which is believed to be a secluded place where Jesus went to pray.  Fr. Brendan Lally, as he has done each day, did a wonderful job of centering us on the experience.  He asked us to imagine walking alongside Jesus down this path and to imagine sitting beside Jesus in quiet prayer in the cave.

The path down the Mount of the Beatitudes

We had a similar prayerful time in Bethsaida, the home of Apostles Peter, Andrew and Phillip.  We were encouraged to spend some quiet time pondering the call of the Apostles.  In his opening talk this morning, Fr. Jim Martin observed that the Apostles were convinced to follow Jesus after he sent them out to cast their nets one more time.  When Peter sees the fish in the net, he becomes convinced of what God can do and it enables him to say “yes” to God’s call.  And in our own lives, aren’t our own nets already full of the proof of what God can do?  What holds us back from saying yes?

We had lunch in Magdala today, and while the food was wonderful, the company of our fellow pilgrims was the highlight.  We number about 45 and it is a most interesting group that is absorbing every moment of this experience.  The hunger for spiritual nourishment among our group is palpable.  We are blessed to be among them.

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Check Out Softball This Week

Outfielder Michelle DelPrince `15

Your Canisius softball team hosts six straight conference games this week with a position at the top of the league on the line.

The Griffs kick off the week’s action by hosting Little Three rival Niagara in a twin bill on Thursday afternoon. First pitch for game one is slated for 3:00 p.m.

Canisius takes a deep breath on Friday before welcoming conference foes St. Peter’s and Manhattan to Buffalo for the weekend. The two games on Saturday versus the Peahens start at 12:00 p.m., while first pitch for the Jaspers doubleheader is slated for 11:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Currently, Manhattan (10-2) and Canisius (8-2) sit atop the MAAC standings. St. Peter’s and Niagara are near the bottom of the standings.

For additional information, visit

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

Attend the Independent Health Presentation

Laryssa Domagala, medicare sales audit and training coordinator, will be on campus to present an overview on Medicare Insurance options available through Independent Health. This overview will include the two college-sponsored plans available for full-time faculty and staff when they retire and individual plans offered through Independent Health.

The presentation will be held in the Student Center Conference Room 205 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23.

To ensure that we have enough materials on hand, please contact Dawn Rotterman by Email at or by phone at extension 3151 if you plan to attend.

Submitted by: Dawn Rotterman, benefits specialist, Human Resources