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Wake and Funeral for Victoria Brooks ’20

Wake and funeral services for Victoria Brooks ’20 and her mother, Christie Brooks have been arranged. The wake will be held on Monday, December 5 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Antioch Baptist Church, 304 Joseph Ave, Rochester, NY 14605. The funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 6 at 11:00 a.m., also at Antioch Baptist Church.

For any questions, contact Campus Ministry at Ext. 2420.

Submitted by: Mike Hayes, director, Campus Ministry

AJCU Presidents Sign Statement in Support of Undocumented Students

Canisius President John J. Hurley joined the presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) in signing a statement in support of undocumented students. Read the AJCU statement here.

In a message to the Canisius community earlier this month, President Hurley urged all employees of the college to reach out to any undocumented students on campus and offer them cura personalis, the Jesuit characteristic of care for the whole person that includes respect for all that makes up each individual.  He asked that any process or requirements that conflict with the college’s obligations to these students be brought to his attention for remedial action.

Submitted by College Communications

Employee Christmas Mass and Luncheon

A Christmas Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel on Thursday, December 22, followed by the employee Christmas luncheon from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Peter Gust Economou Dining Hall. Please take this time to visit with and enjoy the company of our college community as we come together to celebrate Christmas and the blessings of our friends and co-workers.

In the spirit of giving, members of the Canisius community attending the luncheon are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to benefit the St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy Food Pantry.  Look for the drop-off bins inside the Dining Hall.

St. Luke’s is an independent mission based in the Roman Catholic tradition that provides a variety of services to help those in need. In addition to the pantry, St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 people each day in their dining room and also operates a Mission Mall, homeless shelters and a Catholic grammar school.  For more information on St. Luke’s and ways in which you can help, please contact Joe Van Volkenburg in Campus Ministry.

No RSVP is necessary and all but essential employees are released to begin their holiday immediately following the luncheon. Happy Holidays!

Submitted by: Laura A. Montaro, executive associate, Office of the President

Serious Games Meetup Group

SeriousGamesMeetup2Attend the second meeting of the Serious Games Meetup Group Friday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. in Lyons Hall Room 122.  Our goal is to familiarize faculty and staff with theories and tools for the design and development of serious games or games for purposes other than pure entertainment.

Serious games can serve a wide variety of purposes: educational, scientific simulations, healthcare and therapeutic processes, personnel training, emergency management, city planning and politics. The group will explore learning theories, game design, and conduct workshops using various applications and “game engines” that will aid faculty and staff in the development of serious games…and yes we will play games too!

The group, facilitated by P.J. Moskal, PhD, associate professor of communication studies and Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer in the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI), will meet on the first Friday of the month for one-hour sessions.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, PhD, instructional designer, COLI

CSA Elf Spaghetti Holiday Luncheon

The Commuter Student Association (CSA) cordially invites you to attend the Elf Spaghetti Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 2 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Penfold Commons.  With a donation ($5 faculty/staff and $2 for students), you can enjoy a lunch catered by Chef’s Restaurant.  All proceeds will be donated to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.

In addition to lunch, attendees are welcome to watch the movie “Elf” and bring their unwrapped gifts and utilize the CSA gift wrapping station.  For your convenience, wrapping paper, bows and tape will be supplied.

For more information please contact, Annalyse Paulsen, CSA president, at

Merry Christmas from CSA!

Submitted by: Connie Pileri, assistant dean of students/director, event services