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Canisius in the News

Marcus Thomeer, PhD, co-director of the Institute for Autism Research at Canisius College, was interviewed by Time Warner News and WIVB-TV (Channel 4) regarding the addition of Julia, an autistic character, to the cast of Sesame Street.

Watch the Time Warner story here.

Watch the Channel 4 story here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Hurley Leads by Example

Canisius students (l-r) Maddie Rotterman ’17, Midge Bishop ’17, Gustavo Dos Santos ’17 and Olivia Danis ’19 recently made a special visit to President John J. Hurley’s office to thank him for his generous support of the 2015-16 Canisius Fund.

This year’s Canisius Fund campaign theme, Be the Spark, is inspired by the immortal words of Society of Jesus founder St. Ignatius Loyola who urged his followers “to go forth and set the world on fire.” Be the Spark celebrates the impact of donors’ support, which makes a Canisius education possible and ignites a fire in our students to go forth and make a difference in the world.

To make a gift, visit, where you can direct your gift to the college’s greatest needs, your favorite campus initiative or academic department.

Submitted by: The Canisius Fund

Canisius Presents Lecture by Mining Injustice Solidarity Network Tonight

Canisius College will present “Environmental Solidarity: Injustices and transnational mining operations in Latin America,” from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. tonight, Monday, October 26 in the Science Hall Commons. A presentation will be given by members of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, a Toronto-based activist group that educates about unfair practices of Canadian mining companies.

Is the transference of wealth from communities to foreign companies, the pollution of natural environments, and the persistence of human rights violations a viable model of development or progress? The group will discuss such thought-provoking topics. Come learn about their work to resist exploitation and build environmental justice.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Canisius College Department of Campus Ministry, the Department of Latin American Studies, the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the WNY Peace Center.

For more information, contact Terry Bisson, PhD, professor of mathematics and statistics, at Ext. 2497.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Oscar Romero: The Legacy

Join Canisius faculty, students and alumni on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge for a discussion of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Archbishop was beatified in May 2015 in San Salvador at a service attended by hundreds of thousands of people. What is this all about? What could draw such a crowd of people and what does it mean to be “beatified?”

The panel features Richard Reitsma, PhD, Paola Fajardo-Heyward, PhD, Timothy Wadkins, PhD, Gabrielle Walter ’15 and Monica Wrobel ’17.

The event is free and open to the public. Free food and drinks will also be available.

Submitted by: Nancy Rourke, associate professor, religious studies and theology

Soup With Substance

“The Francis Effect” and “Talking Back to Francis” will be the main points of discussion during “Soup with Substance” on Wednesday, October 28 in the Grupp Fireside Lounge from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join students Meg Cook, Amelia Greenan and Mo Siam along with Paul Waldau, PhD, professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation, and Rev. Tom Colgan, at the event.

A free, light luncheon will be served.

The event is co-sponsored by Canisius College Campus Ministry, the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR), the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Service Learning, the Office of Mission and Identity, and the Department of Religious Studies and Theology.

To RSVP, call Campus Ministry at Ext. 2420 or email

Submitted by: Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, campus ministry