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Spotlight on Service

s-be-the-light-spotlightFor one week on campus this summer, Canisius faculty, staff and students will help high school students brighten their lights of faith, knowledge and justice at the first annual Be the Light Youth Theology Institute.

Funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Institute runs from July 5-10.  Participants (25 high school sophomores and juniors) will deepen their knowledge of Catholic theology, Jesuit ideals and issues of justice in the city of Buffalo.

Each day includes a service-immersion experience, academic instruction, prayer and reflection – all led by Canisius undergraduate students, faculty and staff.  Themes of the Institute include: tradition and innovation in Buffalo, the Church and the Jesuits, foundations of Catholic views; Jesuit advocacy on human rights and understanding; Catholic social teaching (e.g., the preferential option for the poor, solidarity) and Ignatian spirituality (e.g., social justice, discernment).

Stephen Chanderbhan, PhD, assistant professor of philosophy, is the Director of the Institute.  Sarah Signorino, associate campus minister, is the assistant director, and Jennifer Kilo ‘17, communication and leadership, is the graduate assistant for 2016.  Applications are due on Monday, April 25.

For more information, visit the Institute’s website:

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

Baseball Hosts Weekend Series with Iona

massicciFollowing a thrilling 3-1 win over the University at Buffalo in 12 innings Wednesday afternoon, your Canisius baseball team returns to conference play this weekend with Iona coming to town. The Griffs and Gaels will start an hour earlier than usual on Saturday, April 23 with the first pitch scheduled for game one at 11:00 a.m. Game two starts 30 minutes after game one. The single-game on Sunday, April 24 will begin at noon.

Canisius is locked in a three-way tie for second place at the halfway point of the conference season. The Griffs trail league-leading Fairfield by 1/2 a game for the top seed.

For more information, visit

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

Men’s Lacrosse Final Home Game is a Must-Win

gravino_quinnipiac8952Your Canisius men’s lacrosse team faces a must-win situation in its final home game of the season on Saturday, April 23 when it hosts Detroit at 7:00 p.m. The Griffs need a win to have any chance of securing a spot in next weekend’s MAAC Tournament.

Canisius is 2-3 in conference play, while Detroit and Monmouth are 2-2 and Marist is 3-2. A win would give the Golden Griffins a tie-breaker edge over Detroit in a head-to-head matchup.

The game will be televised live on ESPN3. For more information, visit Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 888-2885, or at the door.

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

The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

The Rev. J. Clayton Murray Archives and Special Collections is displaying “The First Folio of Shakespeare: The Norton Facsimile” (1st ed.) in conjunction with the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

At the invitation of the Folger Shakespeare Library, archives and special collections throughout the world have opened their original facsimiles, or copies of “The First Folio” (1623) to The Tragedy of Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1, Line 1710, page 733. The oft’ quoted phrase “To be, or not to be…” appears for the first time in print.

Two members of Shakespeare’s acting company, John Heninge and Henry Condrell, compiled the “First Folio” and had it printed seven years after Shakespeare’s death. All 18 plays in the volume make their first appearance in print. Without “First Folio” (1623), Shakespearian scholars and historians believe that “all of that work would have been lost forever.”

The facsimile is displayed on the second floor of the library near the archives through the end of April, National Poetry Month.

For more information, contact Kathleen DeLaney at or Ext. 8421.

Submitted by: Kathleen DeLaney, archivist and special collections librarian, archives