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Ecumenical Prayer Service: Voices of Compassion

Dear members of the Canisius community,
As we continue the conversation about the hurt and anger felt in our community and begin to discern a path forward, I’d like to invite you to gather together to share and listen to compassionate voices in the midst of our pain.

Please join me for an ecumenical prayer service on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  We’ve tried to find a time that will work on a busy evening at the college, including the annual RHA Thanksgiving Dinner for the resident students.

We’ve invited some of our friends who are members of our ecumenical community to lead us in prayer and help us to stand together as one Canisius community.  I look forward to being with you on Thursday.

Submitted by: President John J. Hurley

International Education Week Student Spotlight

In honor of International Education Week (IEW), the Office of International Student Programs (ISP) will spotlight students each day who have shared what international education means to them. IEW is an initiative driven by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that encourages educational institutions to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. The Office of International Student Programs is sponsoring activities and events all week, in collaboration with various campus departments, student clubs and community organizations. You can view the full schedule events by clicking here.

Our next student spotlight is Sota Hirayama, an exchange student from Sophia University in Japan, who is studying at Canisius for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Why did you choose to come to Canisius College?

“At first, I chose to come to the U.S. because there are many different races and people who study together and I wanted to meet different kinds of people. Specifically, I came to Canisius because it is a liberal arts school. There are small class sizes and the professors know my name and remember me. Members from ISP, like Molly, care about me and meet with me every week and that personal care is very helpful for me.”

Why is international education important?
“My major is management. I want to work in a company that practices all over the world so it is necessary to study about other countries. If I studied in Japan only, I could not fully understand aspects of other countries, so I choose to come here and meet many people of different backgrounds. It is very helpful for my career and future.”

Submitted by: Kathleen Brucato, director, Office of International Student Programs

Bookstore Sale Today

The Canisius College bookstore is once again holding a 25 percent off sale today, November 16! Items included in the sale are all sweatpants, all sweatshirts, all outerwear, all drinkware and clearance items!

Stop in and get a head start on your holiday shopping!

Submitted by: Andrew Thomas, manager, bookstore

Jazz in the Sanctuary

Jazz in the Sanctuary, sponsored by the Immersion East Side Speakers Series, will take place this Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Montante Cultural Center. The big band performance celebrates the 100th anniversary of Union Local 533, which formed Buffalo’s historic Colored Musicians Club.

Under the direction of George Scott ’80, the big band will play music and give insights into the union’s rich history. Many musical icons like Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Grover Washington were members of the Buffalo-based union.

The Canisius community is encouraged to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information contact Devonya Havis, PhD, associate professor, philosophy, at

Submitted by: Deanna Pavone, administrative assistant, philosophy

New Era Cap Night Highlights Hockey Home Stand

Canisius kicks off a weekend home stand against Atlantic Hockey foe American International College (AIC) this Friday, November 18 at 7:35 p.m. at the HARBORCENTER. Free Golden Griffin hockey hats will be given away to the first 400 Canisius fans.

Under a new coaching staff, the Yellowjackets have seen an immediate improvement and are currently tied with the Griffs for fourth place in the conference standings.

The second game will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 4:05 p.m.

For additional information, visit

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