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Spanish Program Open House Today

Join the Department of Modern Languages today, November 10 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Language Resource Center, Old Main 314, for an Open House event with the Spanish program.

Students are encouraged to attend the workshop to learn how becoming a Spanish dual major with their current major can enhance their resumes.

For more information, contact Maureen Kanczak at Ext. 2746.

Submitted by: Maureen Kanczak, administrative associate, modern languages

Canisius Alert System Test

The fall semester test of Canisius Alert, the college’s emergency notification system, will occur on Friday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the Canisius Alert system and check that the college can reach you immediately. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text or email message. Before the test, please be sure to review your contact information, which can be accessed through myCanisius (“All Applications and Services” -> “Campus Services” -> “Canisius Alert/Update Emergency Contacts”).

Should you have any questions about this, please contact Kathleen Brucato, director, international student programs, by calling Ext. 2784 or by email at

Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, director, international students programs

Step Up! Griffs Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention

Step Up! Griffs is a Department of Student Affairs initiative designed to educate students to recognize, identify and intervene in situations that could lead to sexual violence. This 50-minute program encourages students to assume personal responsibility when they are bystanders or witnesses to a potential sexual assault. Initially presented to the freshman class through the Griff 101 program, the Student Affairs Sexual Violence Prevention Team is looking to expand Step Up! Griffs to classes, student organizations and other areas of the campus community.

To schedule a presentation or for more information about the Step Up! Griffs Sexual Assault Bystander Intervention program, please email Kyle Snyder, the counseling center outreach coordinator, at

At Canisius, we are committed to creating a community based in cura personalis, or care for the whole person. We all have a shared responsibility to become active bystanders, taking care of and looking out for one another. Help us help our students to Step Up! to prevent sexual violence at Canisius.

Submitted by: Eileen Niland, director, counseling center

Canisius Celebrates Janet McNally

Eric Gansworth, left, and Mark Hodin, PhD, celebrate with Janet McNally.

Janet McNally, assistant professor of English, was presented with one of Business First’s 40 Under 40 Awards on Thursday, November 5. Her works of poetry and fiction were highlighted during the awards ceremony. Several members of the Canisius community attended the ceremony to celebrate her success including Margaret McCarthy, PhD, vice president, academic affairs; Mark Hodin, PhD, chair, English department; Eric Gansworth, professor, English and creative writing; Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and reference librarian; and Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, academic affairs.

Janet was particularly pleased to share the evening with several of her current students including Aryanna Falkner ’17, English and creative writing; Darby Ratliff ’16, English and creative writing; and Elizabeth Sawka ’16, English and creative writing.

Congratulations, Janet!

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, academic affairs

Public Safety Holiday Charity Drive

Once again the Public Safety Department will be sponsoring a Holiday Charity Drive and we will be supporting the mission of the Ladies of Charity Christmas Program. We are collecting toys, gift cards, gently used clothing, bedding, small appliances, etc. through Tuesday, December 1.

Thank you in advance for your continued generosity!

Submitted by: Wil Johnson, director, public safety