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Roger Stephenson, PhD (second from right; back row) director of the college’s Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC), stands with the incoming class of 2020.

A hallmark program of Canisius, the ULLC is defined by a specialized team-learning curriculum, scholarship support, on-campus residency and leadership development programs to create a new generation of leaders for Buffalo.

The ULLC was established in 2000 by Stephenson and Ken Sroka, PhD, professor emeritus of English.

Submitted by: College Communications

Many Stories, One Buffalo

kohler60Erie Country Historian Douglas Kohler ’88 will speak at Canisius College today, Wednesday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.  The event, entitled “Many Stories, One Buffalo” will take place in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and is being held in conjunction with the induction of new members into Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history.

His talk is co-sponsored by the Canisius chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the Canisius College History Club and the Department of History at Canisius.

Since graduating from Canisius with a degree in history, Kohler served on the staff at Clarence Middle School as a teacher and chair of the social studies department.  In the early 1990s, he became involved with the Clarence Historical Society, serving as a board member and director of special projects.  As vice-chair of the Clarence Bicentennial Committee, Kohler authored four books on the town’s history.  In 2008, Kohler was the Clarence Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year.  Twice, he was the Master Teacher for Crossroads of Empire, an NEH summer program at Fort Niagara, and though it wounds his “inner Griffin,” he has taught as an adjunct at Niagara University.

Kohler was appointed Erie County historian in 2009.  Much of his recent work has centered on the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812.  He also served as an educational advisor to WNED and guest curator for the Buffalo History Museum’s 1812 exhibit.

Among Kohler’s favorite topics as a guest speaker is the Pan-American Exposition.  He is also a frequent contributor to Western New York Heritage Magazine on topics ranging from The War of 1812 to the Gilded Age in Buffalo to the Fenian Invasion of 1866.  In 2011, Kohler received the Owen B. Augspurger Award from the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, an award that recognizes local historians devoted to the preservation of Erie County’s heritage.  The following year he published a fifth book on the history of Clarence.

Submitted by: Larry E. Jones, professor, History

Dream, Girl


Get a taste of Hollywood glamour when you walk the red carpet at the Canisius College premiere of the acclaimed documentary “Dream, Girl” on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  Follow the search lights!

The film’s director and producer, Erin Bagwell, will be on hand for the screening, along with her co-producer Komal Minhas.  Bagwell is a 2009 graduate of the college’s Digital Media Arts Program and an alumna of the Video Institute.   After the screening, Bagwell and Minhas will host a question and answer session.

“Dream, Girl” showcases the empowering stories of women-run companies and the founders whose ambition and dedication drive them. The film features several female founders from a variety of diverse companies in tech, fashion, non-profit organizations and advertising.

“Dream, Girl” premiered in New York City on June 9 to rave reviews. The film has received more than 200 requests for screenings in 27 different countries, including a May showing at the White House hosted by the National Women’s Business Council.

As a result of the groundbreaking film, Oprah Winfrey named Bagwell and Minhas to her “Super Soul 100,” which honors 100 extraordinary individuals who live life intentionally, create great social impact and bring inspiration to others.

Click here for more information about “Dream, Girl.”

Click here to see the complete “Super Soul 100” list.

Submitted by: College Communications


Protect Yourself from the Flu

flue-shot-2The Student Health Center is teaming up with Wegmans to offer flu vaccinations to the campus community.  You must be 18 years of age or older to obtain a flu shot on campus, and a copy of your health insurance card is required at the time of vaccination.  The cost is $28.99 for anyone uninsured; payment must be made by credit or debit card.  (For safety reasons, Wegmans will not accept cash.)

Flu vaccinations will be available at the following dates and times listed below:

Tuesday, October 4 / 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. / Science Hall Atrium

Thursday, October 6 / 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. / Student Center Lobby

Wednesday, October 26 (Wellness Fair)/ 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. / Student Ctr., Regis

Submitted by: Patricia Creahan, director, Student Health