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Dear Canisius Faculty, Staff and Students:

This is a reminder invitation to the members of the Canisius community about the first campus-wide strategic planning forum on Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  I realize this is a very busy time of year, but your involvement is critical to the process and I hope that you will make it a priority to attend.  Our agenda for the session is attached here.

The college’s Strategic Planning Committee has been working diligently to identify the emerging themes and critical elements of a new vision for Canisius as a result of our ongoing Vision Project and other inputs.  To frame our forum discussion, I have also attached a discussion piece that we will explore as a community at the forum.  As you will read, this document reflects our early thinking on the critical elements of the next vision statement for Canisius, including the college’s commitment to:

  • Providing exceptional and innovative academic programs and learning opportunities and produce graduates prepared to respond to the needs of a global, digital world.
  • Justice in the world
  • Its Catholic and Jesuit identity

These elements are listed in no particular order and exist as prospective elements only at this stage.  The subordinate statements listed are possible ways in which we might undertake or explore the dimensions of these commitments.

While I think the interactive nature of our discussion at Thursday’s forum will be valuable, if you are simply unable to attend but would still like to offer input on this discussion piece, I urge you to submit your input through the Vision Project link on the college’s portal or through any member of the Strategic Planning Committee.

I am very grateful to our colleagues that have contributed to this process to date, and I look forward to a more expansive discussion about vision for Canisius and some of the strategies that will get us there.  In the best Canisius tradition, refreshments will be served.  I hope to see you tomorrow.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, canisius college