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IMG_5155“I love teaching Canisius College students and I especially love teaching them in Buffalo.  A lot of schools have bright students and Canisius is no exception.  Our political science graduates fill positions of power in Buffalo, Albany, Washington and around the world.  Moreover, they are some of the warmest, caring human beings I have ever known.  They practice their Jesuit ideals in their careers in making our world a better place and Buffalo is the perfect laboratory for them to hone their skills. Past classes have advised me on everything from housing issues to a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills. By the end of the semester, students have a sense that they have simultaneously mastered course concepts and done some good for the community.”

Kevin R. Hardwick, PhD
Associate Professor of Political Science

The shop worn canard, “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach,” receives proper rebuff with the career of Kevin Hardwick. From legislative aide to New York Senate majority leader to Erie County Legislator, Kevin has melded a career as a successful politician with an equally successful career as a popular teacher. This felicitous blend of the political and the pedagogical has redounded to the benefit not only of the college but more so to Kevin’s students, who have filled his classrooms to capacity, year after year.

Did you know…Kevin appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2012. You can view the episode here. Kevin also was elected to the Susquehanna Valley School Board as a senior in high school – and on the only day he ever received detention!

Submitted by: College Communications

Desire2Learn Workshop Thursday Night

D2L_COLIOn Thursday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m., the Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) is conducting a workshop for faculty interested in learning how to use Desire2Learn, our campus Learning Management System.   D2L is great for communicating with students, collecting assignments, conducting online discussions and quizzes, reporting grades and avoiding all the paper that courses required in the past.

We will go over the basics of using D2L, and a COLI staff member will be available to answer any specific questions professors may have concerning features or procedures.

All faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  We hope the evening time is particularly helpful for adjuncts who cannot attend daytime workshops.

Register for this and other workshops today!

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

49th Annual German Christmas Mass

Canisius College will host its 49th Annual German Christmas Mass at the college’s Christ the King Chapel on Sunday, December 11 at 10:00 a.m.  An Advent brunch reception will be held in the Grupp Fireside Lounge and Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter ’42 Student Center following the Mass at approximately 11:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.


Rev. Daniel P. Jamros, SJ, professor of religious studies and theology at Canisius, will be the principal celebrant for the Mass, which will be spoken entirely in German.  The German American Musicians will perform a concert of American Christmas Carols at 9:30 a.m., before the Mass, in the chapel.

For more information about the German Mass, call the Canisius College Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at (716) 888-2835.

Submitted by: Peter Böhm – professor of German, Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Griffs Under 40

40-under-40_1-griffs-under-40Canisius Magazine needs your help in identifying the college’s best and brightest young alumni.

Our spring/summer 2017 edition of Canisius Magazine will feature the inaugural Griffs Under 40 list.  We will recognize 40 of the college’s most innovative, inspiring and impressive young graduates who are using their Jesuit, Catholic education to make a difference in the world.

To be eligible for selection, nominees must be 39 years or younger as of June 1, 2017, and they must have received a degree (undergraduate or graduate) from Canisius College.  Editors will feature individuals who demonstrate success in their professions and/or through their community advocacy.

We realize that choosing only 40 of our young graduates will be an extremely difficult task.  Please keep in mind when submitting nominations to choose those who are doing extraordinary things at a young age.  For instance, Adam Zyglis ’04 is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for .  Chris Manhertz ’14, MS ’14 is a tight end for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Also keep in mind those alumni/alumnae who are successful in their careers, and are also devoted to community service.  Venzella Joy Williams ’10 is a drummer for pop singer Beyoncé, who also presents inspirational talks to at-risk youth across the country. And Peter Tassini ’10 was recently ordained a priest.

Tell us about alumni who have a unique story to tell.  Like finance graduate Drew Monti ’16, who landed a job with a top financial firm and is also a successful harness racing driver at Batavia Downs.  Or Alana Keppler ’12, a management and entrepreneurship major, who is a fifth-generation farmer using her education to run the family’s beef operation.

Please click here to nominate someone for Griffs Under 40.  Nominations must be received by January 31, 2017.

If you have questions, contact Eileen Herbert, executive editor, Canisius Magazine at or Ext. 2791 or Audrey Browka, managing editor, Canisius Magazine, at or Ext. 2792.  Thank you for your assistance.

Submitted by: Eileen Herbert, executive editor and Audrey Browka, managing editor, Canisius Magazine