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First Rio and now kinesiology!

Faculty members of the Department of Kinesiology hosted the Orientation Olympics on Saturday, August 27 on the Lyons Hall lawn. New students took part in cooperative activities to break the ice and get to know one another.

The culminating task required the entire class of 2020 in attendance (more than 300 students) to take part in a single group challenge.  Many thanks to the student orientation leaders, Emily Dorward, Phil Ciallela, and Clancy Seymour EdD, for organizing this event.

Submitted by: Clancy Seymour, EdD, director, physical and health education, teacher education

Canisius in the News

Justin Rogers, director of undergraduate admissions, advises prospective students to tell their individual stories in college essays in order to stand out from the crowd in an article in The Washington Post.

Read the article in its entirety here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Spotlight on New Faculty

nf-lee-2016-0831Jinsook Lee PhD, is a new assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department.  Lee received her PhD in Finance from the University of Iowa in 2016. Her research focuses on empirical corporate finance (debt structure and cash management).

Before joining Canisius, Lee served as an instructor for undergraduate-level finance courses at the University of Iowa. At Canisius, she teaches Introduction to Finance for undergraduate students and Corporate Finance for MBA students this fall. In her free time, Dr. Lee enjoys playing tennis and exercising at the gym.

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

Celebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit

Begin the school year in the Jesuit tradition!

Universities across the nation join in a time-honored tradition to welcome the new school year through a special Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, September 1 at 1:00 p.m. This Mass is open to all faculty, students, staff and friends of Canisius regardless of faith background. The Mass is intended to celebrate our communal ties in light of the Catholic, Ignatian tradition upon which our university is founded.

Join the procession from Christ the King Chapel with your club or organization, residence hall floor, athletic team, close group of friends or come alone and make some new friends!

All student organizations present will be recognized and their leadership will be commissioned in front of the entire campus body. Organizations with high attendance may receive a special prize!

Mass will be followed by a free Chiavetta’s BBQ!

For more information, contact Paul Stage, associate campus minister, at 888-2423, Old Main 207, or

All are welcome regardless of faith tradition. Bring a friend!

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Time: Faculty line up at 12:45 p.m.; opening remarks and procession begin at 1:00 p.m.

Faculty Procession: Meet at quad-side vestibule of Old Main.

Opening Remarks location: Outside Christ the King Chapel.

Mass and Student Commissioning location: Montante Cultural Center.

Dress: Faculty, please wear your full academic regalia. All others, please dress comfortably. Time spent in the heat outside will be minimal.

Submitted by: Paul Stage, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry


President’s Convocation

You are cordially invited to attend President John J. Hurley’s annual President’s Convocation on Wednesday, September 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

This event marks a special coming together among our campus community at the onset of the fall semester to hear from the president about the state of the college.  He will discuss the college’s new strategic plan, Canisius 150: Excellence, Leadership, Jesuit and discuss some of the strategies the college will undertake in the months and years ahead.

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.  If you are unable to be there, President Hurley’s remarks will be posted to the Canisius website.  Light refreshments will follow his address.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, associate vice president, assistant to the president/secretary, board of trustees