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Canisius in the News

Chuck Pelitera, EdD, assistant professor of kinesiology and coordinator of health and wellness, was recently quoted in a SHAPE Magazine article about “How to Keep Warm During Winter Workouts.” The article was then picked up by international media outlets including websites in Ireland, Great Britain and South Africa.

Click here to read the article that ran on

Submitted by: Public Relations

Spotlight on Service

S-NativityMiguel spotlightThe on-going project with the NativityMiguel Middle School is a collaboration between the Canisius College Graduate Literacy Program, the NativityMiguel Middle School, Canisius College Service-Learning students, and Canisius College faculty and staff. The NativityMiguel Middle School is one of three Jesuit apostolates in Western New S-NativityMiguel 2York—thus our strong commitment to collaborating with it.

For this project, NativityMiguel students are transported to the Literacy Center at Canisius College once a week, after regular school hours. While on campus, these students have the opportunity to develop skills in traditional literacy processes (reading, writing, speaking and listening). They are taught and mentored at the Literacy Center under the direct supervision of Mary Shea, PhD, professor, graduate education and leadership; Rosemary Murray, PhD, associate professor, chair, graduate education and leaderS-NativityMiguel 3ship; and Virginia Carver, administrative associate, graduate education and leadership. The lead teacher, Cassandra Cimasi, is a graduate of the Canisius College Graduate Literacy Program. Diane Attalah, a graduate assistant, and several service-learning tutors provide one-on-one support.

The NativityMiguel middle school students also have the opportunity to explore Canisius with the hope that they will aspire to attaining a college education, ideally at Canisius College. Finally, the experiences develop students’ self-confidence as successful learners who have an important voice in their schools and communities.

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

Ash Wednesday Schedule

On Wednesday, February 10, Canisius will offer Mass and ash distribution during the following times at Christ the King Ash-WedChapel:

8:00 a.m.               Fr. James Dugan, SJ

12:05 p.m.             Fr.  Daniel Jamros, SJ

5:05 p.m.               Fr. Thomas Colgan, SJ

8:30 p.m.               Fr. James Pribek, SJ

1:05 p.m.               Non-denominational service with distribution of ashes.

Join us for prayer, scripture, reflection and music. The service will be led by Lu Firestone, associate campus minister and Jonathan Lawrence, PhD, associate professor of religious studies and theology.

Submitted by: Barb Wozniak, administrative associate, campus ministry

Alternative Spring Break Experience

Group-shot-with-Marilyn-2015Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to participate in a mini service-immersion experience with Campus Ministry and the Canisius Colleagues Program over spring break. The group will depart from campus Wednesday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m. and return Friday, April 1 and approximately 8:30 p.m. The cost to participate is $25 and includes transportation, lodging, food and programming.

This three-day program will fully engage participants with the Erie Benedictine Community through prayer, ministry, service, meals and reflection. It will be a shorter version of what our students participate in during Winter Service Week where they commit to the cornerstones of social justice, solidarity, simplicity and spirituality.

The Erie Benedictine community operates many ministries throughout the city of Erie, PA. They are committed to peace, sustainability and hospitality. To read more about the community, click here.

To get a glimpse of what students did during Winter Service Week, check out the Smilebox video one of the Sisters made of the group.

If you’re interested in participating in the experience or have questions, please contact Sarah Signorino in Campus Ministry at or at Ext. 2424 as soon as possible. There are currently four remaining spaces for participants!

Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, campus ministry

Commencement 2016

Please mark your calendars for the following commencement exercises and events to celebrate the graduating class of 2016.

Graduate Commencement – Wednesday, May 18 – 7:00 p.m. (Koessler Athletic Center)

Spring Honors Convocation – Friday, May 20 – 2:00 p.m. (Montante Cultural Center)

Baccalaureate Mass – Friday, May 20 – 5:00 p.m. (Koessler Athletic Center)

Undergraduate Commencement – Saturday, May 21 (Koessler Athletic Center)

  • Undergraduate General Ceremony – 10:00 a.m.
  • College of Arts & Sciences Ceremony – 12:30 p.m.
  • Wehle School of Business and School of Education & Human Services – 3:00 p.m.

For more information or questions, please call the Office of Event Services at Ext. 2180 or email

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students, director, event services