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Jason MacClellan Joins Men’s Basketball Program

Men’s basketball coach Jim Baron announced that 13-year old Jason MacClellan has become an honorary member of the Golden Griffin men’s basketball program.

MacClellan is joining the men’s basketball program through Team IMPACT, an organization that aims to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses through the power of team.

A native of Tonawanda, N.Y., MacClellan “signed” his letter of intent and was presented with a No. 1 team jersey that has his name on the back, during a ceremony held in the Koessler Athletic Center after practice on November 19. MacClellan has a locker in the team locker room inside the Koessler Athletic Center and will have the opportunity to sit on the Griffs’ bench for home games and attend practices.  MacClellan will also have the chance to participate with the team in off-court activities.

“Team IMPACT is a fantastic organization and we are delighted to welcome Jason to the Canisius men’s basketball program,” Baron said. “This is a great moment for the Canisius men’s basketball family. Being able to have a young man like Jason join our team and to have our guys welcome him to our group is a really special feeling. I’m pretty confident Jason is going to learn a lot but the guys on our team are going to learn even more.

MacClellan was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) Type 2L in June 2015. There are only about 1,000 people in the world with LGM, and MacClellan is one of the only pediatric patients in the world. LGMD does not allow muscles to repair themselves and he suffers from extreme pain while taking six or seven medications daily. Despite his illness, MacClellen loves basketball, hip-hop and techno music, and playing video games.

To learn more about Team IMPACT, please visit

Submitted by: Matt Reitnour, assistant athletic director, athletic communications

Reitsma Named to Loop Magazine’s 50 Most Influential LGBT Individuals

Richard Reitsma, PhD, chair of modern languages, literatures and cultures and associate professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, was selected for inclusion in Loop Magazine’s end of the year list, which recognizes 50 members of the LGBT community for their achievements and contributions to the Western New York community.

At Canisius, Reitsma coordinates a speaker series he founded in 2011, which focuses on LGBT and Latino-Latin American culture-makers. He takes students on study trips to Cuba and Costa Rica, on campus ministry service trips, and is the faculty advisor to UNITY, Canisius’ gay/straight alliance.

Reistma also started the college’s first Lavender graduation, which honors LGBT and ally students for their contributions to the school community.

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Printer/Copier Installs Start Next Week

ComDoc will be on campus starting Tuesday, December 8 to install new printers across campus. The installation schedule should conclude by the end of January. The first printers to be installed will be in administrative offices and new public spaces. Academic offices and labs will not be affected until after exams are completed. A complete list of publicly available printers and instructions will be available on the campus wiki here.

All of the new printers will utilize the FollowMe print model that will allow users to retrieve their printouts at any printer on campus. Users will be required to use their Canisius College ID card to swipe and release their print jobs. The enhanced security and flexibility offered by the new print services are just some of the new features to be introduced. Mobil printing will also be available soon. Users will then be able to print from tablets and mobile phones.

ComDoc will be on site as the new devices are installed to provide training. They will also be available for follow-up training later in January and February as needed. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk at Ext. 8340 or by email at

Submitted by: Scott Clark, director of user services, ITS