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Attend The Strategic Planning Forum – Crafting a New Vision for Canisius

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 today, 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 producing 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 today’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 who 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 today.

Submitted by: John J. Hurley, president, Canisius College

Men and Women’s Hoops Seeing “Red” This Saturday

Your Golden Griffin men’s and women’s basketball teams are hosting a doubleheader this Saturday, November 21 in the Koessler Athletic Center. The women meet St. Francis University (PA) Red Flash at 1:00 p.m., while the men host the Big Red of Cornell at 3:15 p.m.

Saturday’s women’s game is the team’s home opener. The twin bill is being presented by The Buffalo News and Wendy’s. Students with ID will receive a free burger and frosty in between games, while The Buffalo News will have plenty of great prizes.

For more information, visit Reminder, faculty-staff receive discounted tickets with their ID.

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

Win Two Free Tickets to the Canisius – St. Bonaventure Game

Your Canisius Golden Griffins host the Bonnies of St. Bonaventure on Tuesday, November 24 in the Koessler Athletic Center. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

You can win two free, reserved tickets to the game by being the first faculty-staff member to answer this question:

Point guard Malcolm McMillan has 64 points in his first two games as a Griff. Who was the last Canisius player to score at least 64 points in his first two games in a Canisius uniform?

You may submit your answers to John Maddock at or by calling Ext. 2977.

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

College of Arts and Sciences Colloquia Series

“Hitler versus Hindenburg: The 1932 Presidential Elections and the Collapse of German Democracy” will be presented by Larry Jones, PhD, professor of history, at the next College of Arts and Sciences Colloquium on Monday, November 23, at 3:30 p.m. in Regis North.

The last years of the Weimar Republic witnessed a dramatic shift to the right that culminated on January 30, 1933 in Adolf Hitler’s appointment as chancellor. At the heart of this process stood two men: one, the sitting Reich President Paul von Hindenburg and an icon of the authoritarian and military traditions with which Germany’s rise to world power was so closely associated. The other, Adolf Hitler, a self-styled political revolutionary who saw the destruction of German democracy as an indispensable precondition for Germany’s return to great power status. In the spring of 1932, these two men faced off against each other in two epic elections that defined the struggle for political power in the last months of the Weimar Republic.

In his presentation, Jones will discuss the two protagonists, their respective campaigns, the outcome of the elections and the irony with which this exercise in democracy foreshadowed the collapse of Germany’s republican system of government a scant 10 months later. Jones will present examples of campaign propaganda and reflect upon what the campaign meant in terms of the events that were to follow.

All faculty and staff are welcome!

Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, executive associate to dean, college of arts and sciences