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Canisius faculty and students are back to classes today – the first day of the 2016-17 academic year. The Office of Student Life, along with some other spirited Canisius community members, welcomed new and returning students at the annual Griffin Welcome Walk outside of Old Main in the Koessler Plaza.

More than 400 freshmen and transfer students moved into the college’s residence halls last week. President John Hurley was on hand to greet new students and their parents, and student athletes pitched in by carrying boxes and luggage.


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The Griffin Welcome Rally was held Thursday, August 25 in the Koessler Athletic Center.  Terri Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs, President Hurley, and prominent alumni welcomed new students to the college.

The celebration continues. Be sure to check out some of the many “welcome back” activities going on during the first few weeks of classes.

Monday, August 29

Slide into #CanisiusLife – Join the party in the Bart Mitchell Quad from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. An inflatable slide, rock wall, photo booth, the Macarollin’ food truck, sno-cones and live music are just part of the fun!

Thursday, September 1

Mass of the Holy Spirit – Like many Catholic colleges and universities across the country, Canisius celebrates the start of the school year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit.  Mass begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center.  Faculty will process in full academic regalia from Old Main at 12:45 p.m.

A Chiavetta’s chicken dinner will follow Mass in the Bart Mitchell Quad starting at 2:00 p.m. and continue through 7:00 p.m. with vegan and vegetarian options.

C-Block Bonfire – The annual bonfire will take place in the Bart Mitchell Quad from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Enjoy s’mores, Anderson’s ice cream, dancing, glow sticks, airbrush tattoos and a C-Block t-shirt exchange.

Friday, September 2

Outdoor MovieCaptain America: Civil War” will be screened outside of the Bart Mitchell Quad starting at 9:00 p.m.

CVWednesday, September 7

President’s Convocation – Come hear President John J. Hurley discuss the state of the college in the Montante Cultural Center at 2:30 p.m.  Refreshments will follow President Hurley’s talk.

Submitted by: College Communications