Select Page

Elaine Sciolino ’70, HON ’92 Receives President’s Medal

Canisius President John J. Hurley conferred the President’s Medal upon Elaine Sciolino ’70, HON ’92 on Tuesday night, December 1.  The President’s Medal bears the phrase “For God and Country” and is bestowed only periodically to individuals who have distinguished themselves in public life through service to God and community.  This is only the 46th time the President’s Medal has been awarded since its inaugural conferral, in 1955, to the Hon. Jefferson Caffery.

As a New York Times writer and author, and former Newsweek correspondent, Sciolino reported on some of the world’s most historic events including the Iranian Revolution. She was the first American – and the first woman – ever to interview the Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian Revolution. Sciolino also covered the hostage crisis in Iran, the Iran-Iraq War and the rise of Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.

The author of four books, Sciolino visited campus on Tuesday to publicize her most recent release, The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs.  The book, she says, “is part memoir, part travelogue and part love letter to the people who live and work on this magical street in Paris.”

Though the street is a mere half-mile long its history dates as far back as 250 AD.

Sciolino explained “The patron saint of France, Denis, after whom the street is named, was beheaded here.  The ritual of communicating with the dead was codified here.”  It was also on rue des Martyrs that “Ignatius Loyola and his compatriots took their vows before he created the Society of Jesus.”

Sciolino dedicates an entire chapter in her new book to the Jesuit history of the street and her efforts to convince Pope Francis to visit rue des Martyrs.

To read more about Elaine Sciolino, click here.

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Adopt-a-Teenager or a Family from St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy

Campus Ministry is partnering with St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy this Christmas.

Adopt-a-Teenager Program
• St. Luke’s has 200 teenagers in need of adoption for Christmas. The teenagers either live in one of St. Luke’s 24 homes or live in the neighborhood and their families are served by the mission.

• Purchase a gift set of personal care items. The cost is $12. All the major stores have these gift sets, which include deodorant, lotions and cologne.

• Upon adoption, you may choose as many teens as you’d like and may indicate if you would prefer boys or girls.

Adopt-a-Family Program
• St. Luke’s has many families who are in need of adoption for Christmas. These families are large and small. Just indicate the size of the family you want and St. Luke’s will match you with a family. The cost is usually about $100 per person. If you desire to buy a sweater or a few items, we can let you know what items are on a family’s wish list.

St. Luke’s cares for the most vulnerable and those most in need of God’s children with love and with mercy. The mission does not receive money from the government or the diocese. “Trusting in God’s Divine Providence,” the ministry depends on donations, both big and small, from many individuals who give generously and do so in gratitude of God’s many blessings.

Please contact Joe Van Volkenburg, in campus ministry, for more information at 888-2875 or by email at

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, Campus Ministry

Men’s Hoops Host Monmouth Friday

Your Canisius Griffs return to the Koessler Athletic Center on Friday, December 4 to host the red-hot Monmouth Hawks. Monmouth has already knocked off #17 Notre Dame, UCLA in Pauley Pavilion and USC. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

The first 400 fans to arrive at the game will receive a free Golden Griffin t-shirt and all fans will get free ice cream from Anderson’s after the game.

For tickets call, 716-888-TIXX. For additional information, visit

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